Weird Inspirations

on January 11, 2015 in Misc

So you know how last week I mentioned (humorously) flying saucers.  In the comments I also wrote that my mom and sister had witnessed a weird UFO thing in New Mexico, and Carol Kilgore commented that she too had seen something weird there.

Carol, my dear – I WANNA KNOW WHAT YOU SAW!  Please tell me.


As for Mom and Sis – like I said, it was straight out Close Encounters.  You know the great scene with Richard Dreyfus in his truck being rocked by an unseen UFO?  After that we see a brilliant spotlight shooting down from somewhere above and onto the road ahead… and then nothing… and then farther down the road it shines again… and then nothing.

That’s what happened outside my sister’s home.  This was near Santa Fe where the adobe houses were widely scattered, with only acres of desert brush in between and no roads or streetlights or noise except for the occasional coyote yelp.  Mom and Sis were looking out the glass doors on the south side when a massive ray from above suddenly and in complete silence appeared… then blinked off.  Then a little farther along it appeared again… then blinked off.  Then nothing.

If there was a huge UFO up there sending down those lights, they never found out ’cause they stayed inside.


Anyway, this wasn’t the incident that inspired my (still in progress) sci-fi novel.  Instead, a story took root in my mind when The Denver Post ran a front-page article about a rancher in southern Colorado who had two bizarre cases of mutilated calves.  One night, he said, he and his wife saw silent and “translucent blue” lights in the sky.  In the following days the two calves turned up dead and with certain body parts neatly removed, yet there were no signs of predator or even human involvement.

And that’s how a weird news story gave me an idea for a story.   Have you ever come across something so weird it inspired you to write a book?

9 Responses to “Weird Inspirations”

  1. Always seems like that stuff happens in the desert.
    Nothing weird has inspired me, but glad it inspired you.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex – Maybe ’cause in the desert people can see mirages.

  3. It was probably someone in a hot air balloon screwing around with people with a really powerful flash light.

  4. Hart Johnson says:

    CHUPACABRA!!! *cough* to each our own take on what is inspired? I love all the central American myths and monsters. But I also find the idea fairly impossible that we are alone in the universe.

  5. My New Mexico incident happened in southereastern New Mexoco in the wee hours of the morning. We were on our way from Ruidoso to Texas and on a desert road far from anywhere. Our car was about a year old and in good repair. We’re driving along, and the lights dimmed. then the engine stalled. I accused my husband of messing with me. He denied it. Finally the car started again only to repeat the same thing only a mile or two later. I accused him again, only it wasn’t so funny the second time. So like the good husband he is, he got out and said, “You drive.”

    I got behind the wheel and nothing happened. No lights, no radio, no click. Nothing. Not even lights shining down, thank God, or I may have had a heart attack. I tried again, nothing. On the third try, the engine started, and I drove like I was in a race. It didn’t happen again.

    We still talk about that incident. Neither of us know what it was, but it was definitely suspicious.

  6. Helena says:

    Hart – Did you see the episode on Grimm about the chupacabra? It was a pretty good take on the legend.

  7. Helena says:

    Carol — How cool but scary! Was the cause a UFO? A ghost? A nearby government experiment? Faulty wiring? What must have been especially scary is when you’re out in the middle of nowhere; having a mechanical breakdown in such a place is scary enough.

  8. Helena says:

    Mike – Don’t think so. It had to be a powerful (and heavy) spotlight, and a hot air balloon had to fly close enough to the ground for the spotlight to be so extremely bright. Also, the flames in its engine would have been visible, and FAA has strict rules about balloons being well lit at night.

    But it was a good suggestion.

  9. The cause was outside the car. As soon as we left that particular area, all was fine. Husband had the car checked when we returned, and everything checked out with no problems. It never acted up again as long as we had it. I don’t believe it was a ghost. My bet is it was either some kind of natural force field or a government experiment. There are all kinds of things out in that vast desert.