We as humans learn our first and most powerful spell early; "NO!" With this one magical incantation we can stop someone in their tracks ("NO! Don't touch that!"), we freeze objects in mid movement ("NO! Mr. Can you will NOT roll off that counter!"), and make adults cry ("NO! Don't like you Mommy!"). But as time goes on, we forget that words are powerful, that what we say has the ability to shape the world around us.
I like the trend that some paranormal authors have been going, adding back the simple magic of words. You see it a lot in the Harry Potter books and even in the Abby and Ophelia mysteries. They have begun to ring with the simple truth that what is said, good or bad, echoes in unexpected ways.
The story I'm writing (again, slowly, haven't done a damn thing this week) doesn't really deal a lot with magic. Well, not yet anyway, I'm flexible. I'd like to bring some of the 'eclectic' magic into it, but I'm not sure exactly how to bring it in.
Maybe if I finally finish my time line.........