No, no spells were cast or wands waved. Once upon a Time didn’t come to life. Harry Potter didn’t leap off the page. And Disney World didn’t become reality, but magic does happen if you let it. Every now and then the elements surrounding you and the state of your mind open a window for magic to enter your life. That moment in time when something touches your heart and spirit in a special way, be it a book, a song, a picture, a place, a person, a pet, or anything else imaginable. Do you know what I mean?
To introduce myself to the Whine Sisters and to readers, I’d thought I’d share a few magical moments in my life. Many times for me, I can point to a particular place that I visited, where the magic of the moment became an unforgettable experience. The first time I went walking in the early morning mists of the Shenandoah Valley I could feel the spirits of those who’d lived and walked the rustic trail hundreds of years before. The fresh dew glistened upon deep green leaves and the call of a crow echoed in the air.
Visiting Williamsburg and Jamestown, Virginia was the same way for me, too. The history, the atmosphere, and the experience all coalesced together to make it a place I will never forget. The footprints of brave men and women who forged a new world seemed to mark the cobblestones as I walked the streets, breathed the cool air, and read the headstones marking their graves.
As a reader, the moment I fell in love with romance through the words of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Wolf and the Dove– Aislinn of Darkenwald pain and confusion as she both hated and loved Wulfgar, the conquering Norman who may have won a battle but lost his heart to a Saxon maid.
As a writer, I’ve had a number of magical moments where for me the story came alive and the characters stole my heart. I’ll never forget writing The Mistress of Trevelyan, my first book to sell. I fell in love with gothics all over again as I delved Ann into the mists and murder mystery darkening the lives of those in within the brooding house on Trevelyan Hill.
In music, the raw passion of Music of the Night will forever reach into my soul. It is romance, seduction, love, hope, and redemption all within the words of a song.
But surpassing everything else ever are the first moments that I held each of my children as newborn babes. I will never forget the miracle of life and the precious gifts entrusted into my hands and heart.
Some magical moments are as simple as being the right place at the right time. My most recent experience occurred in Laguna Beach, California. Eating dinner, overlooking the ocean at sunset was just pure magic. There may be other places on earth where one can capture the sunset in a wine glass, but it was a first for me and magical.
If there is a magic potion for magical moments, it would be to keep an open heart, a positive mind, and allow yourself to relax and enjoy life.
So, today let’s give a toast to Magic!
Thank you for sharing in my moments. Will you share yours with me?
Jennifer St. Giles.
Remember every day to dream, believe, create, inspire, love, and heal.
And PS My latest book, Hard Irish written as Jennifer Saints has a few hot magical moments! LOL