I always thought that Alice in Wonderland was a very weird story until I watched Tim Burton’s version. I was so captivated by the visual effects and the twist in the plot. I was also endeared by how Alice was a quirky individual who thought outside of the box, allowing her personality to shine. In truth, I never truly embraced my “uniqueness” until I was an adult because I grew up in an era and culture where such types of behaviour were shunned and various corrective methods were used to curtail it. Such a personality will allow you to have an overly active imagination, which no amount of restriction could have changed that for me.
Guess who else is like that! Even though her creativity was sparked by having no internet and living in an area which she felt like was in the middle of nowhere, Heather Ramsay has used such imagination to produce quality work. I have to point out how she took the same twist on the story of Alice and turned it into an action-adventure masterpiece. Can you imagine Alice as a member of a secret organization which plots to rid Wonderland of the Red Queen? But when love, scandal, and intrigue began to muddle her mission, Alice finds herself on the wrong side of the chopping block? Now that’s a different twist…thanks, H.J. Ramsay, you have provided me with the ability to view the story from a different perspective yet again.
On her journey (no matter which version of the story you read), Alice needed to understand her role in this new world, engaging in the act of self-discovery as the story unfolded. Embracing who you are is the key to being a good writer. It provides that level of stability that encourages creativity to flow and for you to accept positive criticism and reject negativity. Accepting who you are also mean that you are looking at the lessons learned from your past mistakes, and sometimes laughing at your quirkiness, whether your top fell off in a swimming pool at a birthday party (I still can’t live that one down with my friends after so many years) or you blasted a sexually provocative song in your pastor’s office. Heather, I know you find playing that song hilarious now as I do. I wonder what would possess two sixth-graders to play “I Touch Myself” by the Divinyls so loud at a church? Well, if that’s the only place where you could find a cassette player, you have a somewhat valid point. Or, it could be at the age of 40 that you “accidentally” join a tap dance class and participated successfully in a recital, teaching your daughters the lessons of dedication and hard work. I loved the way how Heather was able to do that and hold back the jitters to teach her children such a valuable lesson. I won’t be teaching my daughter that lesson by dancing; not with these two left feet.
If you want to know more about this author from Rogue River, South Oregon, check out her social media information and grab yourself a copy of Ever Alice.
Social media: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @hjramsay
Embrace the adventure and even the fear that comes with it. Going down the rabbit hole can actually be a life-changing experience. I will continue to let my quirkiness be my muse. What about you?
Sheryl : )