In my soon to be released novel, Warrior Knight, the main character has a habit of looking skyward when thinking. This leads to an amusing scene when he is in the company of a man named Linden Herzog, an Earth Mage. Here is the excerpt:
Ludwig looked up towards the ceiling, going over things in his head. In answer, Linden leaned forward, craning his neck to see the object of his companion's fascination.
Ludwig's eyes came back down. "What are you doing?"
"I was going to ask you the same thing. Is there something up there?"
"No, I was just thinking. Sometimes it helps to stare off into the distance to focus my mind."
"That's a bizarre custom, my friend."
I wrote that some time before Christmas. Now imagine my surprise when we were watching The Queen's Gambit on Netflix last night, and the main character, who plays chess, looks toward the ceiling, working out her moves. Her opponent, though he doesn't speak, looks up, trying to see what she's staring at.
An amazing coincidence that made me laugh out loud, especially as my wife and I had just been talking about that scene in my book earlier in the day!
Until next time, happy reading!
Paul Bennett, Writer of Epic Fantasy Stories.