While floundering for a plot line, I got far too “in my head” and philosophical about the meaning of a word. Alphas lead. They are confident. Sometimes they’re cocky, but they have the goods to back it up. Alphas are strong. Many writing hours were lost in the grey matter of my brain, pondering the following question.
What is strength?
If playing word association, what would be the first word to come to your mind when someone says, “strength?”
Rebel that I am, I hate to run with the pack, but yes, muscles was the word for me and about 98% of participants. So, I looked up the “S” word. When talking about people, it’s broken up into two categories: body and mind. Strength of body is measure by the bulge of a muscle and the feats it can accomplish. Strength of mind is gauged by fortitude in the face of opposition.
But what about strength of heart?
Some of the best characters I’ve ever read, heroes or heroines, have it in the heart. (I know, technically, the heart is a muscle.) The heroine I wrote in Fierce Wild, featured in the newly released Wild at Heart Anthology, is no muscle bound genius. But what she lacks in brute force and brilliance, she more than makes up for with will and heart.
On the horn of Africa, Salima Pavia fights poachers, stubborn rhinos, and an attraction to a ruthless mercenary to keep the black rhino sanctuary her parents founded a decade ago running smoothly.
Wild at Heart
Wild at Heart Volume I & Wild at Heart Volume II are available on Amazon! These collections of multiple authors’ short stories captivate the imagination, soothe the soul, and benefit the residence of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, AR. TCWR provides a lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats.” Check out the great stories these books have to offer and help out some animal in need.
Megan Mitcham, Author