Now, we all know the rumors that have swirled around Mr. Travolta probably since around the time he posed for that cover. I'm not here to gossip about him (although, let's face it, I am). I don't know what he does in the privacy of a bedroom. I don't particularly care. But a lot of people do; and I understand why. Especially for gay men. If a guy becomes a big movie star (and in Travolta's case, cultural icon) and in actuality he's gay; but then he gets married and has kids and says he isn't (although in Travolta's case, I don't think he's ever said he wasn't)--well, the message that delivers to gay men is that it's wrong and it's bad to be gay. This is still commonplace in Hollywood; so for all the talk about diversity and so on; the same message is being sent. That's why people obsess over it.
The concept of the "beard" may very well have been invented by Hollywood. A beard is usually a woman who dates and/or marries a gay man so that the gay man appears "straight." There's also the "lavender marriage" wherein a gay man and a gay woman become beards for one another. Some "lavender couples" (rumored to have been) include Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor, Adrian and Janet Gaynor and Vincent Price and Coral Browne...
Or that John Travolta would become a muse that would lead me to writing my first book?
I read once about the "magical artifact." I'm not sure who the author was or even if that was what they called it. But the concept was, that in many books and stories and so forth; there is usually some thing that propels the protagonist forward through the book. For example: the painting of the goldfinch in Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. Or the ring from Lord of the Rings. There's, of course, "The MacGuffin"; which is a device which merely pushes the plot forward. The magical artifact is deeper than that. Like the tree, in A Separate Peace. I guess the "magical artifact" is perhaps maybe a little more spiritual. A bit more symbolic. I see now that John Travolta himself is the "magical artifact" in my book. Near the end of the book; the protagonist receives an answer to a fan letter that he and his friend had sent to John. John sends back one of his armbands from the movie.
I'd like to think so.