If there is one thing writers have in common, it is this oft-asked question: Where do your ideas come from?
Most writers, including moi, will say something along the lines of, “I dunno.”
When the idea, that magical moment of inception, occurs is often as difficult to pinpoint. Often, but not always.
The plot line of What You Wish For came to me on a long, winding drive through northern Ontario. The drive itself had little to do with antique markets, typewriters, or wishes, though the winter view was magical.
Image by Sherry Isaac
Otherwise, the only other common denominator I can detect–and I oughtta know, being the author and all–is the unchartered twist at the end, a slippery slope not even I saw coming.
So, if not on the highway lined with frost-laden pine trees laden, where did the seed for What You Wish For emerge?
Inspiration, imho, was a culmination of every subtle twitch of Samantha Stevens’ pert nose, every cross-armed nod from Jeannie as she granted Master Tony’s wish. These Wildflower Heroines of my impressionable youth captured my imagination. Sam and Jeannie possessed powers beyond their magical gifts. Colour me Awed.
What You Wish For is a fun, suspenseful, psychological twist of a tale, and yet, for me, there is a message that delves a little deeper beneath the surface, like a pond in winter, waiting for the snow to melt enough to reveal its beauty.
Not fate, nor magic, rather, the choices we make, control our destiny.
What You Wish For is the first of ten short stories made available for digital download over the course of 2013. I hope you’ll give the story a read. If you do, you’ll be all set to play!
The crossword puzzle is a feature of Sweet Dreams, the next short to be released in this 10-story series.
The first five people who successfully complete the crossword crafted from clues in What You Wish For will receive a digital copy of Sweet Dreams when it comes available later this month.
True, you have to buy, then read What You Wish For in order to complete the puzzle. Think of it as a 2-4-1 deal. Buy What You Wish For, solve the crossword on this post, and you just might win a copy of Sweet Dreams.
BUT (a huge but, not to be confused with my huge butt)
Do NOT post your answers in comments. Posting your answers in comments gives the answers to your competitors. Answers to the puzzle should be entered by email to:
~~sherry dot isaac at yahoo dot com~~
So my server doesn’t confuse your answer with SPAM, please type CROSSWORD in the subject line of your email.
The first five contestants to correctly give the solution to all 12 clues in the crossword, by email, will be winners. Winners will be announced in this blog’s April 17, 2013 post.
And now, the clues:
Trouble reading the puzzle image or clues? Click on each image to make it larger!
Trouble answering the clues because you don’t have a copy of What You Wish For in your library? Click on the book cover for the handy dandy BUY links!
Remember, no answers in the comments. Send your solution to the puzzle by email to sherry dot isaac at yahoo dot com.
Good luck, and may life bring you What You Wish For!