One of the things that I absolutely love about writing is that I can create or re-create any world that I see in my mind and put it on paper for other people to experience. I have always had a very vibrant imagination- so much so that for many years I thought that I was literally crazy. I would look at people, places and things, and my mind would begin to draw them in a different light. I would look at a highway interchange and see in my mind the ancient grasslands that came before. I would glance at a young boy and see him age into a wizardly old man, complete with gold-rimmed spectacles and laugh lines around his mouth.
Whether I am seeing what was, or what will be is hard to say. Perhaps that is what imagination and make-believe truly is- a window to the flow of time, the ability to see the shifting nature of things that were, and are yet to come. There is so much that we don’t know- about everything. We study, we learn, we grow and change, and reality does the same with us. I believe, in my heart that there is an ebb and flow to everything- that the world is not full of unchanging static things, but rather full of things searching for balance. Things can remain calm for a while, objects can be still for a time, but sooner or later, everything- from stone to fire will shift, change, grow or diminish. It is the way of things.
I think, perhaps that writing allows me to create an image, a snapshot if you will of that one moment in the flow of time. I know that the snapshot will change as well- after all, that’s what stories do, right? The good stories stay with us, not because they are static and changeless, but because they do change. The story alters each time it is read with new eyes, spoken of in a new voice. The timeless stories aren’t eternal because they exist outside of us, but rather because they exist both within us, and without us. They are us.
Okay-I’ve done enough waxing poetic about writing. It’s time now to get back to creating the final touches on the short stories that I am writing for The Spring and Autumn Murders world.
Enjoy creating your world!
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