Take, for instance, the original idea behind my young adult novel Swan Song. Who would'a thunk that a children's picture book would have inspired me to write a book about an Old English Epic?
It was part of a series of books that came, by subscription, through the mail.
My sons loved all the Zoobooks titles, and we read them over and over until the copies were as pliable and wrinkled as crepe paper.
It went on to explain that the concept of a one-eyed giant was probably conceived by someone who had never seen a live elephant, but found an elephant skull. Looking at the skull at the beginning of this blog, it's easy to see how the giant nasal hole that is where an elephant's trunk attaches could be misconstrued to be an optical socket.
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