My husband and I were riding down Easton Way, on our way to the airport to pick up our son. The satellite radio was set on the Classic Vinyl station, and the Doors’ “Light my Fire” was playing. I started to think about Jim Morrison and how he thought the spirit of a Native American entered his body as his family drove past the accident that killed the man. If you haven’t seen the movie The Doors, or read any biographical material, that probably made no sense. I offer you these lyrics as clarification.
While I was lost in this thought, my husband said, “Look! Look at the donorcycle guy!” My husband and I often say that motorcycles (AKA donorcycles) are organ donation machines, and this guy was a great example. I looked over to my right, and I saw a motorcycle rider standing up on his seat and doing a wheelie, while going at least 80, if not faster. I stared at him as he passed us, and I watched him weave in and out of cars. I told my husband, “Stay back. I don’t want to see it.” I was wiping my sweaty palms on my pants because I thought for sure we were about to witness the cyclist’s horrible death.
As I stared at him, I could almost hear the motorcycle rider say, “I am the Lizard King. I can do anything,” which is a line from one of Jim Morrison’s poems. The combination of witnessing someone who is that unafraid to die, and hearing Jim’s voice made me start thinking about reincarnation. As a wannabe Buddhist, I have read about how the Dalai Lama is found. Each Dalai Lama is believed to be the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama. What if all leaders, whether they are artistic, spiritual, or both, were reincarnated? As I thought about the people I would like to see reincarnated, I realized that most of them were members of the 27 Club, musicians who have died at 27. So, I thought, what if some of the most famous members of the 27 Club came back, and it was completely normal and expected? How would we recognize them? Could they complete their missions this time around?
So, I have begun writing The Lizard King Club, my second YA novel. While it will still be realistic fiction, for the most part, it will contain more fantasy than anything I have previously written. I will post excerpts on my blog as I write. I hope you enjoy reading them, and I would love to hear from you as I write.
The Lizard King Club by Lisa R. Petty is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.