A couple of years ago, I had this story idea kicking around in my head about a princess running from the man who slaughtered her family, and was now coming after her. I needed someplace for her to go, someone for her to run into that would assist in hiding her until the culmination of the tale came into being. I racked my brain for months on end and came up with nothing.

Then I went to Cirque Du Soleil.

BINGO! The princess would run into a traveling circus!

Tonight, I attended another Cirque Du Soleil, this one 'Allegria.' And as I sat in the audience, marveling at the talent before me, I realized that the story I wrote – Castle Walls – was now officially in print. The announcement came only two days ago.

Cool, huh?