Sunday, March 15, 2009
Living in the World of Fantasy for Real
Wolves are territorial animals, just like humans are, really. Just think, if people trespass across your property, don't you get a little annoyed? Years ago, my dad built a wall to keep people from cutting across our corner property in Florida, where they ruined the grass by creating dirt paths. I think shrubs (prickly, if nothing else) would have sufficed. LOL
I've been doing some research in the area of Maine, and thought it quite fascinating that private owners allow snowmobilers to "trespass" on their land in order to let others enjoy winter activities in the area. I'm not sure I'd like to hear the peace and quiet of my property disturbed by the sound of snowmobilers, but I do think it's nice that property owners are generous enough to allow this.
When I was driving home from the romance writers conference at Shreveport, Louisiana back to Texas, I was thinking about the wolves in my stories and how they could not very well run free in the areas I was driving through. Why not? At least in the case of the roads I was driving on, a lot of land was fenced for cattle, horses, even saw emu and pygmy horses on two different ranches, and several farms that grow corn and rye grass also were fenced. So fences would be a hindrance for wolves who love to set up their own territories, and wouldn't appreciate being hemmed in by man-made devices.
When creating a new world, things like this have to be considered. :) In fact, while I'm working on my stories, I truly have wolf on the brain. :)
When my library manager mentioned making some signs for Easter, she wanted to include eggs; I wanted to include wolf pups. She just laughed. But I was serious. Wolf pups, like many new baby animals, come in the spring! :) Luckily, my co-workers understand me, so I can get away with speaking wolf whenever I want. In fact, whenever there are any books on wolves, my co-workers think of me.
What about you? Have you ever fallen in love with a book and couldn't quit thinking about it? If you're a writer, do you find that your world follows you around wherever you go?
Have a super Sunday, everyone! And look around your area. Would any of the places you live be a good locale for a wolf pack? :)