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Unicorns, faeries and the prince

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My Secret Life with Unicorns

It was one of those WTF moments when you wake up at three in the morning with that phrase stuck in your head. My Secret Life with Unicorns? What the hell did it mean and most importantly: Just why? I mean, I didn't see a unicorn, not even a picture of it. I didn't read about unicorns. I didn't watch a movie. Nothing. Zilch. Nada. But there it was, three in the morning I was wide awake with this phrase stuck in my mind. Then, for two weeks, nothing else apart from that phrase appearing at the most inopportune moments.

Then, one morning, again at three, it was there. One scene in the book, then again nothing. And that scene still didn't give me any indication of where this was going. There was only a brief mention of a unicorn but that was all. It was clear though that it was a romance, but not like any other I've written before.


Did I get much further than that? It is now almost eight months and I have a grand total of 20800 words. Yes, only 20000 words of which I've written 4000 in the last two weeks. But finally, I know what is the story and the issues with my characters, so finally, finally, I can plot and hopefully finish the story in the next month or two.

Now, this whole experience had me thinking a lot about unicorns and fairies and other magical creatures and consequently, I spent a lot of time in forests since September.


Did you know that the unicorn is Scotland's national animal? Why?


According to Celtic mythology, the unicorn was a symbol of purity and innocence as well as masculinity and power, according to the website www.VisitScotland.com. Was that the reason? I mean, we all know that unicorns had been linked to Scotland for centuries. I guess it was the ideals that it represents that one or the other king had decided it would be a good idea to make it Scotland’s national animal. According to mythology, the unicorn is a proud beast and it would fight, just like the Scots, to remain unconquered. The unicorn was believed to be the strongest of all animals - wild and untamed and that it could only be humbled by a virgin maiden. The unicorn also had powers but he chose to use it to do good and to protect others.


Also, did you know that there is a Magical Unicorn Society? You don't believe me? Go, check it out and if you believe in unicorns, why don't you become a member. They even have an awesome handbook.

(https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magical-Unicorn-Society-Official-Handbook/dp/1782439633/)

http://www.magicalunicornsociety.co.uk/


And that's where I am going to leave you today so I can go and talk to my characters and hopefully Princess Ayla can find the forest fairies which will lead her to the magical unicorn and then the prince. And like all fairytales, it would end there as they live happily ever after.


Until next time


Francine


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