Usually when I write posts like this, I try my best to be eloquent and poetic. But this story sounds so unbelievable there is no other way to tell it, than to just spew it out and hope I don’t become the subject of your ridicule.
When The Disincarnates Series first popped into my head, it wasn’t called The Disincarnates Series because it was never going to be a series. It was simply The Fifth Warrior- a planned standalone about a girl in a world of magic who has to fight as one of the boys. It had a plot so simple I cry tears of shame when I think about it. It had no substance. No message. No point.
One night, while I was in a deep sleep, I had an out of body experience. Your first instinct might be “You were dreaming, duh,” but you will soon learn that I was not.
I saw many fascinating things in my journey to what I assume was the spirit world or some plane that humans can’t comprehend with our pathetic and limited senses. I won’t tell you what I saw. I am saving that for book six.
I was lost, confused and afraid. A man approached me. He was a big ol’ nerd. He wore a lab coat, and thick black rimmed glasses. He was tall, and had short dark hair. It’s a face I am never going to forget. I asked him, “Who are you?” and he said, “I’m your disincarnate.”
The word disincarnate did not exist to me. I had never seen it, heard it, read it, or thought of it at any point in time before then. It was new to me. So I asked him, “What is a disincarnate?”
And the man said, “It means spirit guide. I am your spirit guide.” Then he took me on a new adventure, and showed me things that again, I am not going to mention here, because they will feature in the series.
Before I left his world behind he said to me, “I have to tell you something important,” but I returned to my body (in a great big shock) before he could get the words out.
Sounds like an ordinary trick of the subconscious, right?
Except it was so vivid, and so real, that the first thing I did when I got out of bed, was look up the definition of Disincarnate.
Do you know what it means?
Here is it’s definition:
adj. Divested of bodily nature or form; disembodied: disincarnate spirits. tr.v. (-nāt′) dis·in·car·nat·ed, dis·in·car·nat·ing, dis·in·car·nates. To divest of bodily nature or form.
And here is the definition of a spirit guide:
“Spirit guide” are entities that remain as disincarnate spirits in order to act as a guide or protector to a living incarnated human being
The realisation that the nerdy man correctly defined a word I had no previous understanding of, leads me to assume that what happened to me was as real as this blog post.
Just like that, I knew what my story was going to be about, and therefore, what it would be called.
That encounter formed the basis of the story of my soul.
Although none of the characters in The Disincarnates Series resemble or mimic the disincarnate that I met, they are based on him.
Do you understand now, that when I say The Disincarnates Series is a story of spirits, I mean it?
It is the freakiest thing that has ever happened to me. But it is also the most wonderful.
I always think of the origin stories that writers tell. George R. R. Martin apparently got his idea while he was breeding turtles or something ridiculous like that. J. K. Rowling says Harry Potter popped into her head while she was on the train. Fifty Shades of Gray began as sexy Twilight fan- fiction.
Can you imagine what it will be like for me, if I become super famous and people ask me where I got the idea from.
“Well,” I’ll say, “I travelled to the spirit world and there I met a man in a lab coat who told me that he was a disincarnate.”
You have my full permission to laugh.
Have you ever experienced something similar? Have you met your disincarnate? Or, do you think I am delusional and that there is a logical explanation for this encounter? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to read your stories and thoughts.