Adding An Alien To The Story

From a very young age, I have been fascinated by owls. I love owls, as do many other people I meet. According to psychologists, these birds are sympathetic to us for having an ‘almost human face.’ Let’s see if they’re right:

Both pics were courtesy of http://www.google.com

And this isn’t a hint that Johnny Depp looks like an owl. I just picked someone most of us know. Two eyes, a nose, and a mustache. Compared to other birds owls have both eyes on the front of their head instead of the side. But this isn’t the subject of this blog post.

As I said, I’m fascinated by owls. There are many mysterious facts about them:

  • An owls’ eyes are immobile; they cannot ‘roll their eyes’ or move the eyeballs. They can focus on pray. But then, they can turn their heads about 270 degrees.
  • Their ears are asymmetric; one ear sits higher on the head than the other. Since they have excellent hearing, this way they can hear sound in different dimensions.
  • Lager owls eat small ones. And an owl can eat up to 1,000 mice a year. They swallow them entirely: tail, fur, feet – everything. Later they choke up what their body can’t digest. Occasionally these pellets can be found on the ground in the woods.
  • The smallest owl on Earth is the Elf Owl, which is 5 – 6 inches tall and weighs about 1 ½ ounces. The largest North American owl, in appearance, is the Great Gray Owl, which is up to 32 inches tall.
  • Superstitious people in certain parts of the world still believe owls are death omens. In wide parts of Europe owls have been killed by the hundreds because, in particular, farmers believed, owls are a bad sign of destruction. Until in the early 70’s these stupid people nailed owls to their sheds with their wings spread and left them to hang to die and believed this way they could protect their crop, animals, and house from disaster, accident and natural force.
  • For a very long time, owls have been a symbol of scholarliness and wisdom. It seems the origin of this habit goes back to the Ancient Greeks: In Greek mythology, a little owl (Athene noctua) traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, or Minerva, her syncretic incarnation in Roman mythology.[1] Because of such association, the bird — often referred to as the “owl of Athena” or the “owl of Minerva” — has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition throughout the Western world.[2][3] (Source Wikipedia)

To me, they have a trace of magic about them.

The series of books I am currently writing is classified between paranormal romance and fantasy, and there is some magic involved. For a while now I have considered adding an owl to one of the stories. But I cannot place it.

No matter how much I think and try, no matter how fascinated I am by owls, that particular owl has no room in these books. It would feel like an alien within those stories. I even considered to build a story around the owl to add it, but it doesn’t make sense at all. It seems owls are not foreseen to be in this book series.

I then thought I might write another story about an owl. But I admit, I didn’t see a plot that does not make a children’s book. At this point, I never considered writing a children’s book. So, what am I doing with my owl?

Does anyone have an idea? And did anyone of you authors out there have an idea for a character and found out that it doesn’t fit into the book you’re writing? What did you do? How did it make you feel? I’d be happy to read from you in my comments.

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20 thoughts on “Adding An Alien To The Story

    1. Thanks so much Juliette. I was surprised too that a minor character I had invented suddenly took a much bigger part than I had expected.
      Currently I’m editing the last round on book four, then it will go to my editor while I’m typing in book 5 and 6. I’m drafting book 7 right now. And I still found no room for my owl. LOL

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  1. Like you are considering, Aurora, I had a real little alien from a different planet, called Nikko, an imaginary character from my childhood and I couldn’t put him in any story I was writing. So, I decided to write a book with him as a central character and the book is published and it is still my favorite. So, write a book about your owl in a magical fantasy paranormal..it will be great! K. D. 🙂

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  2. Lol, okay, this is going to sound batty probably, but what about a shapeshifter? When I was a kid, I was convinced I was going to marry The Goblin King from Labyrinth, lol. You write paranormal romance/fantasy, so I think that would be awesome! I’d read it! I mean… especially if your owl shapeshifter happened to also be an all-powerful wizard with a dark side who is totally redeemable to the woman he loves. ;D Ooooo – you could make a series about shifters! O.O I would also read that, lol.

    When I have characters that I can’t place, I put them in a special file I keep for them. Even if I can’t use them in what I’m currently working on, I don’t want to forget them because I know I have a story for them somewhere, rattling around in the back of my mind. Lol, right now I actually do have an alien/post-apocalyptic type character guy hanging out in that file. XD

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    1. Thank you so very much for this idea. I figure I will ‘park’ my owl somewhere in a file until I can use it. Maybe for an own story, maybe for a different book, we will see. 🙂 I really appreciate you dropping by and leaving your comment. It’s very valuable for me!

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  3. I’m not much of an independant writter. Traditionally, I remember the owl and the pussy-cat. I love the old childrens lit stuff. The pictures reminded me of my cousin Vinny and an owl that screetches. The zoo has owls and some are like captive, near by state and federal lands. Hoot owls go hoot.

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    1. He he… you know… I’m not sure I would be a great children’s book author. I like the idea, however. I more considered a ‘horror story’ about the owl as a true omen of death. Jeeeez. I think I scare myself!

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  4. Or, Aurora, people think….he is an omen of death as he doesn’t act very kindly. And then, when all seems lost… voila he ‘comes good’ and is not the demon people thought he was but saves the person at risk?! Only saying… x (I want half your earnings…) x

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