All About Portals

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 by   7 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

M Miles-archby Michelle Miles 

I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about portals. There is something incredibly wonderful and awe inspiring about them, isn’t there?

The dictionary defines a portal as “a doorway, gate or other entrance, especially a large and elaborate one.” But I like to think there is more to it than just a doorway, gate or entrance. There has to be something magical about it, right?

I’ve done some research lately about them. There are all sorts of mythical places around the world that could become a portal to another time or place (Stonehenge, anyone?). Aside from standing stones, ley lines have long been thought to hold some mystical power. They fascinate me. The writer John Michell believed there was a mystical network of ley lines across Britain and wrote about them in his 1969 book, The View Over Atlantis. His ley line concept also mingled with the Chinese spiritual concept feng shui. His book spurred others with the idea that ley lines have been adopted and applied to landscapes all over the world.

My writer mind has never stopped thinking about ley lines or a way to incorporate them into my fiction. 😉 It reminds me a little of Orson Scott Card’s book Pathfinder where his young hero, Rigg, could “see” the paths of others in the past. Perhaps he was inspired by the idea of ley lines.

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There are lots of examples of portals in fiction. I’m sure you’re familiar with them, especially when Claire Randall traveled through time at Craigh na Dun. I was so envious of her. I wanted to find my own standing stones and step through time and meet a hot Scotsman. Alas there are no standing stones in Texas.

The wardrobe leading to Narnia. The rabbit role leading Alice to Wonderland.

I was talking to the husband about portals the other night and he said Jack’s beanstalk was a portal since he climbed up and into the land of the giants. I’d never really thought of it that way and it’s a little hard for me to wrap my head around the idea the portal is UP instead of, oh, I don’t know anywhere else. I think I have to agree, though, the beanstalk leading to the land of giants WAS a portal.

And those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. I know there are lots more.M Miles- circle

I’m a fan of the show Once Upon A Time and they use a LOT of portals in that show. Portals to the Enchanted Forest (a magical doorway or maybe it was a mirror. Maybe both). To Wonderland (through the Mad Hatters hat). To the Underworld (another magical doorway). To Oz (isn’t the cyclone really just a portal?).

And let’s not forget Stargate which also employed a fancy portal to get characters from one place to another.

Even I used a portal in one of my books—it was Fae magic and hidden inside an old steamer trunk in the attic of the heroine’s childhood home. In the first book I ever wrote (I think I was fifteen at the time), I had a portal in a mirror leading to a spaceship.

I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to portals if you want to check it out. I would love to be able to step through a portal into another world. I imagine they would be in the most ordinary places.

If you could step through a portal, where would you go?

In the Tower of the Wizard King, releasing September 1, 2016

In the Age of Wizards, Time is a commodity more valuable than gold.

Her magic is dormant.

When Aoife Burke rushes home after the unexpected death of her father, she discovers her mother has vanished amidst inexplicable circumstances. She returns to her childhood home to search for clues of her mother’s whereabouts but another shock awaits her. Sean O’Connell, the object of her girlhood crush, has purchased the family home. She senses Sean is hiding something from her, refuses to let her inside and does everything he can to keep her out. A determined Aoife breaks inside and stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic. When she opens it, instead of the normal musty clothes and ancient letters, she finds a stairway leading into darkness. It calls to her and she cannot resist stepping into the trunk and onto that first stair where it leads her to magical truths her mother never wanted her to discover.

His magic is dangerous.

Sean O’Connell has been assigned by the Inter-dimensional Portal Protection Agency to keep Aoife and her mother out of Faery. But when she breaks into the house and disappears through the portal in the trunk—like her mother—he has no choice but to follow her, even though stepping into Faery will force him to face his past. Keeping her safe and out of the hands of the Wizard King also becomes a fight to save Aoife’s life from her own mother, who has discovered a time portal in Faery leading her back in time to alter her past mistakes, putting Aoife’s life in peril. Sean is willing to do anything to make sure she’s safe. Even if it means he has to tap into his dangerous magic to do it.

M MilesAbout Michelle:

Michelle Miles writes fantasy and paranormal romance and loves fairies, elves, dragons and castles. Her books can be found online in eBook and print at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and other fine retailers. She has been a member of RWA since 2004 and published since 2006. You can connect with her online at her website, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.


7 Responses to "All About Portals"

  1. Comment by Michelle Miles
    August 11, 2016 12:32 pm

    Thanks for having me today!

  2. Comment by Karin Shah
    August 11, 2016 2:00 pm

    I love portals myself. My favorite views of landmarks are usually through some kind of “window.” The Taj Mahal is gorgeous, of course, but the view from just inside the arch at the front of the complex is so stunning I could just stand there for hours (if someone would let me:-) )

    And I think nothing stirs the imagination of a writer like the idea of a “door” seen or unseen.

    • Comment by Michelle Miles
      August 11, 2016 8:58 pm

      That sounds magical, Karin! I would love to go there someday 🙂
      Thanks for coming by!

  3. Tambra Nicole
    Comment by Tambra Nicole
    August 11, 2016 5:59 pm

    Wonderful article Michelle! The story sounds exactly like my kind of read, so I’ll be looking to buy it as soon as its out.

    All the best!

    • Comment by Michelle Miles
      August 11, 2016 8:59 pm

      Hi Tambra! I hope you do check it out – it’s available for preorder now. If you do, I’d love to hear what you think about it. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Comment by Katrina Snow
    August 13, 2016 12:54 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    I love this discussion. I’ve always loved the idea of portals to other worlds, times, and dimensions. I think one of my first stories, way back when, featured a portal built with mirrors. 😉 There’s also a portal in my novel Forbidden. It’s a mystery in Book 1 and used in Book 2. So fun!

    Anyway, I’ve also heard tales of mystical portals around the globe. I think there’s one in Peru with some ley line activity around it. And with Fiction, the Harry Potter books had a number of them. I recall the vanishing cabinet, the various port keys, even the toilet/fireplace gateways into the Ministry of Magic. 🙂 I know I’m missing some.

    Your book sounds fun. I’m off to check it out now. 🙂


    • Comment by Michelle Miles
      August 15, 2016 8:46 am

      Hi Katrina! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      How funny you had a story with a portal in a mirror too. I wish I could find that very first story I wrote way back in high school but I have no idea where it is.

      I totally forgot about Harry Potter!

      Hope you do check out the book. Thanks for your support and enjoy the read!

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