Instantly it turned pitch-dark, as though someone had covered her eyes, even though her eyes were wide open. She could feel a breeze blowing against her face as if she were moving extremely fast, yet she was still standing in one spot and had not moved her feet. Then, as quickly as it had gone dark, she could see again. Golden looked around and gasped in surprise.
She was no longer in her grandpa’s study. Instead, she stood inside a ring of fifteen standing stones. They towered over her, as tall as the trees on her grandpa’s farm. Looking up, she saw a perfect ring around the top, made by smaller, flat stones laid atop the large vertical ones. Beneath her feet was a level pavement of large, perfectly cut stones, in odd-sized shapes, filling the space inside the standing stones. They fit together perfectly, leaving no cracks or holes, like pieces in a puzzle. Golden thought each of them was larger than any of the rocks in her grandpa’s rock pile at the back of his property.
Excerpt from Dagger of Urachadh: Attack from the Underworld, p. 11-12.
When I first started the writing process, I wasn’t sure about what I would write about for my first fiction book. It is commonly recommended that an author pick a topic that he or she is familiar with. I thought about that for a while, and since I was born and raised, and lived all my life in Saskatchewan, I decided that I would write about my own province.
As I started my web search to identify all the unique places to visit in Saskatchewan that I might want to highlight in my story, I found an interesting article about the Mystery Rocks in Saskatchewan:
The origin of these rocks remains unknown. Some speculate that they are likely a unique rock formation, while others postulate that this location “is one of a few magical vortex power spots on the earth, others located across the globe like Stonehenge ”. Whether or not these rocks are Saskatchewan’s own Stonehenge remains to be seen. But regardless, I thought these mystery rocks would make a great addition to my book!
Karen E. Mosier
1. Ryan Wunsch. “Mystery Rocks of Saskatchewan”. Ryan Wunsch Photography. 22 September 2016, http://ryanwunsch.com/mystery-rocks-saskatchewan/