We started school today! September is here, and the School Year’s begun–it just feels like fall. I’m seriously ready for flame-colored leaves, crisp Autumn mornings, and pumpkin English Muffins. Just all of sudden I’m ready to let summer go. It’s my first year of high-school, and I’m planning on making it a good one!
Anyway, behind the scenes. . .
The Mushroom Feast is readable proof that stories write themselves. What was going to just be a silly little fairy-story turned into a lot more. What was supposed to be just another short story with some science in it turned out to be longest story I’ve posted on my blog, even if a little short compared to my average.
What actually came first of this story was the spider-scene. I came up with it sometime this summer (probably while looking at a spiderweb, though I don’t remember exactly when), and after toying around a bit I threw it on a shelf to gather dust till I wanted it.
I found a place for it surprisingly fast. Module 10 of my science book is called “Classifying Life”, and tells (if you remember) about the different Kingdoms that life forms are put in–and one of those is fungi–mushrooms! I’ve always liked mushrooms (I know, it’s weird), but in the squeeze of fitting two modules of information into one story fungus got dropped. But somewhere along the line I got inspiration to write a fairy story where there is a famine until a fairy finds a mushroom, and they can eat the mycelium.
Somewhere in the midst of the story forming I remembered the spider, and (after a little thought) realized it fit right in.
And somehow that turned into all this–nature, a lot of my imagination, my experience, science, romance, and even the idea of wrong feelings not being important if you if you don’t act on them–something I personally have been struggling with–ending up in the last line.
Oh, and the beetles were inspired by a Japanese Beetle infestation we had a few years ago. A little of my life experience always sneaks into my stories. 🙂
The names Elva and Cianna were suggested by my reader Savannah in the comments of this post, where I also got Titus, thanks to Ariel. I’m going to be looking back you guys’ name suggestions for a long time!
I actually didn’t know why Amelia lived alone at first. I just knew she needed to live alone, but wanted her young, so I decided to make her an orphan. The dying-of-a-bee-sting idea I owe to Spencer, from when we were very little.
And Ryan wasn’t originally in the scheme of things. He just came zipping in without warning and then stuck around. The romance came pretty naturally after that. At first they were sixteen and seventeen (who else is thinking of the The Sound of Music now. . . ?), but I decided I should bump them both up a year because of the romance.
Jerry was inspired by this little guy that we found at our porch light last fall:
Spencer looked it up and found out that it was a house centipede. I don’t know where the name Jerry came from. I called this one “Perelandra”, because it reminded me of a creature in The Space Trilogy: Perelandra, by C.S. Lewis.
Okay, maybe not so little! 🙂
The picture is just a mushroom that was growing in our yard, that I actually also posted here.
I picked the one that included the strawberry leaf because I liked that slash of color, even though it left the mushroom a little out of focus.
And Now It’s Your Turn!
And now it’s back to you, dear readers! If you would comment and tell me what you thought of my story, I would really appreciate it. Your favorite character, your favorite part, what you liked, what you didn’t, any questions about anything. . .
I’m all ears!