As many writers know, inspiration can hit at very random times. Such as when in the middle of a shower, BOOM! It hits you, the lightning-struck oak, duir.
Anyways. I’ve had this vignette, “Morning’s Kiss” kicking around for a while. It’s a decent erotica piece, a “slice of life” story. Not a long of depth or length to it… just passion.
Now, on the April Fool’s board, someone was asking for suggestions for a job for a hippie/witch character that they are writing about in their story/novel (not really sure which). I’ve been mulling it over for a bit.
I was hanging out with an old friend (more like brother…), Paul, and his SO. Both of them are pagan… and in conversation, it came up that she’s a florist. Didn’t really think much of it at the time… but this morning in the shower, it hit me.
A florist is a perfect spot for an active magician. When someone gets married, you send flowers. When someone has a baby, you send flowers. When you’re courting someone, you send flowers. When someone passes away, you send flowers. Sometimes you send flowers as a “thank you”, sometimes as a “haven’t seen you in a while, and was thinking of you”. There are a lot of reasons to send flowers, touching on most aspects of modern life.
It’s a perfect position, because flowers and herbs are not dissimilar. By arranging certain combinations of bouquets, you can effectively produce a spell. Protection, comfort, happiness, etc.
So… I’m thinking about the female character in my vignette, and I’m thinking I’d like to explore that aspect, that kind of career choice melded with the magical path she follows. I’m thinking she owns the store, and does a lot of the work herself, probably most of the people that work for her just do the deliveries. Maybe her boyfriend is pagan, maybe not… but if she’s weaving spells, of say protection, into flowers sent to someone who follows the Left Hand Path… that would leave her open as a target. And would make for some very interesting doings.
I haven’t done urban fantasy before. I think I’d like to take a go at urban fantasy erotica and see how it goes.