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Seeds of Stories
by Tia Nevitt
Everyone has a story to tell. I told myself this when I was faced with working with a difficult person who outranked me when I was in the military. He had two more stripes than I, but I had to work with him every night, when we would pull gearboxes out of T-38s, tear them down, rebuild them with freshly-refurbished parts, and reinstall them. The process took hours, each of us working on a gearbox, side by side on the back porch of the flight shack, under the yellow light of a sodium-vapor lamp.
No, I didn’t marry him. I married someone else. But I did get him to talk to me, and eventually, be less than difficult—at least to me. “Everyone has a story to tell” became my mantra. And in the twenty-odd years since then, I’ve heard a lot of stories.
One of them concerned promiscuity. One of my Air Force roommates freely admitted that she slept around while she was in tech school. I asked her why. She thought about it.
“I never thought I’d see those guys again,” she said with some chagrin. Why? Because some of those guys were stationed at our base.
Small world, it is.
Another story. A man and a woman, who have never slept with anyone but each other. I thought it made a nice dichotomy with the promiscuous woman. Another seed. News articles with sobering statistics on teenage promiscuity and absent fathers completed the theme.
Loved ones with disabilities. What if a disability were magically-induced? How would that look? Another seed.
Economics lessons. When you restrict access to a commodity, the price soars. Not because everyone gets more greedy—but because it is harder to bring the commodity in and out, thus making it more expensive. A small but vital seed.
Memories of news stories from the 90s about sit-in protests and voila—my story has an opening. Natural disasters. Novels. Movies. Biographies. History. Ancient buildings and ruins.
When I finish a story, it always amazes me how much comes from tiny little seeds gathered over the years. Memories I don’t even remember until I recall it while in the act of writing. I never know what will become part of a story. I’m working on a time travel historical now, and a great deal of my research comes from first-hand memories of my own grandmother. She was a young lady in the 20s—I had a very old grandmother—and she would tell of milk bottles and iceboxes and sugar cubes and ice delivery trucks. Along with my parents, she has sprouted an entire garden of stories!
I think the fun part of writing stories is to bring in those little bits of your life—and by experiencing them through others, they do become part of your own life—and tying it together in ways you never expected. The Sevenfold Spell had a lot of surprises for me, and in some way, the writing of it has made me more compassionate.
Everyone has a story to tell. Have you ever told yours? If not, I’m all ears.
Not even a stint in the military as an aircraft mechanic could erase Tia Nevitt’s love of fairy tales. To this day, she loves to read (and write) books that take her to another place, or another time, or both. Tia has also worked on an assembly line, as a computer programmer, a technical writer and a business analyst. Over the years, she has suffered from TMI (too many interests) syndrome, and under its influence she also learned calligraphy, and how to play the violin and piano. All these activities occasionally distract her from her true calling, the writing of fiction, but she always comes home. When she’s not writing, she keeps a book blog called Debuts & Reviews, where she focuses on debut novels. She lives in the southeast with her husband and daughter.
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