Well, so today’s post is written by C.M Story, the author of Rise of the Sidenah! This is for a tour organised by Enchanted Book Promotions. I had a lot of fun thinking up a unique topic and this is the best I could come up with! Enjoy…
What Your Own Magical Powers Have to Teach You
Most of us think of fantasy stories as being “not real.”
All that magic? That could never happen.
But I think it’s just because we’re looking at it the wrong way. We all have magical powers. It’s just hard to see them sometimes.
In my fantasy novel, “Rise of the Sidenah,” Adrienna Vedica has the power to make the magical white stone come to life. A gifted sculptress, she works quickly, but then collapses of exhaustion when she’s done. That gives her devious mentor, Tishaan, time to hide her sculptures away. Adrienna remains in the dark about her power until the day the sculpture is too big to hide, and then, for the first time, she’s faced with the truth of what she can do.
Would I like to have this power? I don’t think so. The problem is, Adrienna’s sculptures are far from perfect. Like anything we humans create, they have flaws, and are easily influenced by Tishaan’s hypnotic powers—to disastrous results.
Much as I might like to create my own dragon, flying horse, or personal assistant, I wouldn’t want to try it. Likely I’d end up with something that would fire-breathe my house down, buck me off one-thousand feet above ground, or run off to a higher paying job!
In a way, though, Adrienna and I are alike. We’re both compelled to create things—she, sculptures; me, stories—and we can never really be sure how the result is going to turn out. Poor Adrienna has no choice but to live with her creations, since they come to life and have a tendency to haunt her. I’m a little luckier—I can hide my flawed works away where no one can see them!
It was this desire to create, though, that led me to writing in the first place. I was always making things as a kid. When I was in second grade, my short story took second place in the school writing contest, but like many of us, I didn’t see this as a sign of any particular “talent.” It was just something I liked to do.
I’ve since learned that our magical powers often hide themselves away like that.
Our Gifts Are Hiding in Plain Sight
Ask someone what her magical power is and you’ll likely get a blank stare. Ask what she likes doing, though, and she’ll be happy to tell you. But she usually won’t equate that with any sort of talent or gift.
I have a friend who’s always redecorating, finding new paint or new pillows or new furniture to embellish her home. To her, it’s just something she likes to do, but I see it as an extension of her ability to nurture people—to make them feel at ease in her house. I have a brother who can do just about anything mechanically, from rebuilding an engine to fashioning a replica of the Star Trek Enterprise out of cardboard. (Seriously—I have it hanging from my ceiling.) But tell him he’s talented at it and he’ll wave his hand as if it’s nothing.
It’s these personal powers, though, that we need to pay attention to. It’s through our gifts that we can find ways to help others, entertain others, or bring new and exciting things into the world. It’s through discovering and honing our talents that we find what we’re here to do.
Adrienna really has no choice but to explore where her gift takes her, regardless of what happens. Unbeknownst to her, she’s on her way to finding out who she is, and what her purpose is in life.
We’re all on the same quest, and I think it’s by tuning into our own personal “powers” that we find the right path.
What are you good at? What can you do that comes naturally to you but maybe not to others?
When you find the answer to that, you’ll no longer need to wish for magical powers, because you’ll realize—you already have them.
Thank you, Sania, for hosting me and “Rise of the Sidenah” on your lovely blog!
OMG, thank you so much, C.M Story, for writing such a great post! You all should definitely check out her YA fantasy novel! I know I will! 🙂
Rise of the Sidenah is a magical fantasy about a young sculptress forbidden from practicing her art, until a powerful man offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse. He draws her into a world of deceit, murder, and betrayal, leaving her no choice but to engage him in battle to save the ones she loves.