This month I am participating in the A to Z Challenge. I will be writing about memories from my life and all my different homes.
Growing up in Ireland, I was surrounded by myths and stories. One of the stories that scared me the most was the banshee. The word banshee comes from the Irish words bean sídhe, meaning fairy woman. If you hear her scream, the legend says that someone close to you will die. She is often depicted washing clothes at a river. There are similar figures in other cultures, like la llorona.
Of all the weird and creepy myths and legends I heard growing up, this was the one that always stuck with me. I was always nervous about being outside after dark. Somehow I had gotten it into my head that she only screamed at night.
Now I am using her as the inspiration for one of my writing projects. It's exciting to take something I feared as a child and transform it into something new.
Have you ever found inspiration in something you fear?