I have recently been reading a few of my favorite book series, and it's getting me pumped up to start up some writing again! One of the books I finished was "A Horse and his Boy" As most of you will know, this is a book from The Chronicles of Narnia The book series is good, and I really like the idea of talking animals. Considering it has been done multiple times, in many different series, I feel comfortable putting it in my writing because I won't be directly coining it. I just have to do it in my own way of course. The idea overall is generally very magical, and I liked it quite a bit. My thing now is that I'm working with a rut of sorts. I have two characters that pop up in most of my plot ideas, and they are Father Time and Mother Nature. You hear these all the time, and I'm working with the idea that they are the ones who really appear briefly every once in a while, to sort of help or guide someone through thick and thin. One thing I want for these two characters, is to have some animals identified with them, as in an interchangeable form. I have tossed around a couple of ideas, but so far my favorites would have to be a Stag or Lion for father time and possibly a Dog of sorts for mother nature, maybe a collie. I have also thought of just designing two creatures, making their brief appearances seem that much more mysterious and magical. I am working on doing this my own way. So, if you guys have some potential ideas to help me toss around, I'm just looking for little snippits of ideas. Thanks in advanced! ~TY PS; know I am not talking about an anthropomorphic animal, or anthro as some people call it. I am speaking purely about regular, every day animals, that can simply speak in human tongues.