Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Emily's Warrior

Why do we create superheroes? If we are multi-layered, wonderful yet flawed, sometimes strong and sometimes not, why does Emily need to create a perfect man? If Emily’s father is a narcissistic bastard, can she be protected from him by a nice even-tempered man? Not in Emily’s mind. Emily needs a hero to counteract the brutality of her father. Enter Reid, the best friend, to play the part. Reid has already been cast as her superhero, the antidote to her father. Reid’s strength and admirable qualities are elevated, and his flaws are quickly dismissed. The person that she has created as flawless, noble, and fierce cannot have weakness because that would distort the superhero that she has created to protect her from her father. We see this in a passage from Pages in the Wind, when young Emily daydreams about Reid, and what he will grow up to be:



Reid is waiting for the day that he is taller and stronger than my father, and will tower above him in height and mental acuity. His childlike heroism will be replaced with a fierce resolve to rid me of the terror of my father. He’ll look like one of those Roman warriors, handsome and larger than life, capable of anything and afraid of nothing. Reid will be there for justice, to free me from this prison of pain that father has built around me. He will take him down, yes, but for the sake of justice and the love he feels for me. Reid has been sadly aware of the savage cruelty had I have endured, and he will someday avenge this tyranny, even though I have never uttered a single word to him about my life. He knows. He just knows.


When times are dismal, do we look for a fearless warrior? By definition, do both extremes carry similar traits? Are leaders asked to be ruthless, bold, and cunning? Emily needs a hero to combat her villain, but she is unaware that she is creating him. What happens if her superhero leaves? Is she left unarmed? What she doesn’t realize is that the person that left is her. She created him, she breathed him into life. Will she ever see that these super-qualities really belong to her? What then?

16 comments:

  1. This is a great story. Emily is relatable, and I like Reid too although I would love to know where he is going in this. I think you make a great point about how we make our leaders superheroes. It is pretty amazing and true. Im not sure if Emily will realize that she has what it takes but I hope she does. Great writing! I'm loving it and following!

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  2. interesting point... I guess like Emily everyone looks for a protective upper hand specially in distress.

    Keep writing...

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  3. Beautiuful story, I have been following your writing and it is moving and catches me. I love the way you have designed Emily the character. I think that she is creating a superhero, but she hopefully will come into her own. Fabulous and interesting story.

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  4. I just found your blog--thanks for stopping by mine! I'll be following the story with interest.

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  5. I think that we always need heroes. Not a doubt that the abused look and need heroes and when times are tough they are so important to us. I wonder if Emily could survive this horrid childhood without her heroes. I just wonder if Reid will be able to live up to what she needs. Awesome and very seductive story! Love your blog and looking forward to the release of your book.

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  6. To an extent we all need heroes but are there really any heroes? I guess that there are people that do wonderful things like rescue people but are they heroes forever? No. I think that Emily is an interesting character and shes doing what she needs to do to survive in an impossible situaiton. Fabulous story.

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  7. I think we all need our heroes in this crazy world for sure. I don't think that Emily could easily survive without her hero. Whether Reid will be the "one" is doubtful! Love your story, and I'm a follower!!!

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  8. Just passing in again to let you know that I follow your blog and the writing is beyond beautiful.

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  9. My opinion is that your writing is INCREDIBLE! This is a great work of art, truly engaging writing. I found your writing on my friend's blog roll. I love the way that you weave intrigue into your writing - amazing and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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  10. So engaging. :)

    I feel one needs a superhero when they feel they can't cope. Hopefully, before long, Emily will be able to look within herself to face reality... and it will be enough. :)

    Intriguing. Thanks for the post.

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  11. This is such a great concept! I'd have never thought to put my works in progress out there like this! Definitely added you to my list!!
    I'm excited to watch your book grow!
    I love networking with other writers!

    ~Brooke
    http://mybeautifulbrooke.blogspot.com/

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  12. Your writing is so beuatifully written and I've been so intrigued with your posts. I wait for each and every one (its been while!) can't wait to read the finished book.

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  13. I am a loyal follower, your story is most well written. I look forward to the new sagas please put more, and the book!

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  14. Beautiful writing, i found your blog and am following with interest. I love the way you define your characters, intriguing.

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  15. I found you through google, and find your writing compelling to say the least. The characters are fascinating and yoiur use of psychological is inventive. I wonder what will happen and definitely look forward to the final write in hard back. Great writing.

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  16. First of all congratulations on your writing award; well deserved.

    You not only have your pulse on how a woman thinks, but you have captured the need in our society for a hero. It appears from your writing of your heroine, that she is actually attracted to the anti-hero which makes your story even more interesting. It would seem that her love for Reid may become in your book more of a flawed hero, although I won't know until I read your finished book. I'm getting a glimpse into the mind of Emily herself, in the sense that she is creating what she needs in Reid, rather than what he is. This is an interesting concept and not lost in our complicated life.

    I am intrigued to see how Emily matures, and I know in your outline that she will grow into a woman of great passion. How this plays out with the flawed Reid is going to be a great read and full of steam, no doubt.

    I understand that your posts are rare at this point in light of your schedule, I'm sure. I see that you were tagged as among the ten most beautiful blogs on the internet, so I hope you have the time to keep posting. I discuss this on LinkedIn, where I feel that blogs inspire my teaching. I added you as a colleague, and I appreciate your comment in one of my discussions there. Having the summer off from teaching enables me to catch up on my favorite blogs, yours being the top of the list. I may even start blogging myself, hoping to become independently inspired to branch out from the academic world into some creativity of my own.

    Thank you for your time and your inspiration.

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I would love your input on this work-in-progress. I thank you for your opinion.