Yes, I’m late. My apologies. My day got started with a bang and hasn’t slowed down yet!
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So, back to the Mighty Wolf.
One of the really wonderful things about writing shifters is you realize there’s so much more to them than you could ever put on the page. Not that we don’t try, of course, but when it gets right down to it, how much about shifters can our imaginations pull together for one world?
In most cases, as an author progresses through a series, if one exists, the world becomes deeper, fuller, and more magical than it was in say, book one. The same is true, of course, of any world created by an author. Fantasy, science fiction, or any other paranormal. Ok, I’ll admit, the same can be true for contemporary and historical as well. But when it comes to the shifter, the magic we look for is something which can be found all around us.
Take for instance the wolf shifter. Most of us have dogs or have owned dogs in our past lives (you know, the one before we started hearing voices in our heads) or know of people who have dogs. What alot of people forget is every dog has a small piece of wolf inside him. Take my dog, Blackjack. No, not literally. I’m kinda hooked on the old man. In fact, here’s a little pic of him. Isn’t he handsome?
But I bet you can’t guess what wolf trait good ol’ man Blackjack has. I mean, he’s a Labrador retriever, with all the fun loving ways a Lab has. Yet almost every single Lab holds the same “Wolf” habit. It’s in the way they eat. When wolves eat, they “wolf it down” as fast as they can. This is because there are predators all around and they might not get to finish. They eat as much as they can, because they might not get to eat for another three or four days.
Blackjack likes to “wolf it down” too. I think ten seconds is his record for finishing a meal. Between the time I pour his food till I scoop up the food for the other dog, Blackjack is finished. The only problem is, he, of course, gets fed two times a day and so we must watch his diet for him, otherwise he’d be as big as a house.
So the next time you set down your shapeshifter book, take a look at Rufus the dog or Sam the cat sitting next to you and wonder. How much of the behavior authors use in those books also apply to your best friend? What lurks inside their hidden depths as they stare out with those sweet, lovable faces?
So tell us, what wild traits do YOUR pets have? And yeah, birds count too. After all, wouldn’t an Eagle shifter be awesome?