I’ll probably write on or at least mention this topic often, because when I first discovered what was happening, it was a total “Aha!” moment. The moment occurred shortly after I wrote my first novel in 2005.
This novel still sits as a manuscript because it’s 500 pages long in Microsoft Word and I haven’t gotten around to editing it despite the mammoth effort by my friend Corinne to proof-read it for me. She’s been totally helpful over the years and was there to help me again for my second novel and I did actually edit it. I really couldn’t have got it into paperback form without her help. Everyone needs friends like this.
In regards to that first novel, I was unemployed at the time and decided to remain so at least until I finally forced myself to get down to it and actually write at least one novel. I didn’t know if I had it in me, because I was convinced I was better suited to short stories. But luckily I set a goal and had the help of a nagging mother. The goal was to treat it like a job. I started writing at 9 am each morning, took two 15 minute breaks, a 30 min lunch and ended each day at 5 pm: 5 days a week from the beginning of May until mid-June until I was finished.
Oh here’s a meta-moment for you. I’m thinking about blogs: I’m writing my thoughts about this on my blog. In doing so, I’m creating a new category called ‘Truth Diary’. That’s sort of in opposition to my ‘Liar’s Digest’ and while I think I’ll be waxing philosophic here, it’s not quite ‘Newman Logic’ because this will reveal truths about an individual rather than muse about Life, The Universe and Everything. And by the way if you have a fundamental truth about yourself you want to reveal in blog form contact me.
I remember back when the blogosphere was the next big thing. Back before the Huffington Post, Perez Hilton and Stuff White People Like they talked about this revolution: people would be sharing themselves with the world, their lives would be broadcast and then scrutinized and the most popular blogs would be the most honest ones. That didn’t seem to happen.
I’m sure many of you have questions about time travel. First of all, it appears that when it comes to Earth, the British seem to have the most experience with time travel.
Now, some of you might be convinced that time travel isn’t possible but you couldn’t be further from the truth. Have you ever had sex in the 4th dimension? This should be enough to convince you, as you haven’t lived until you’ve had time travel sex and this is why The Time Traveler’s Wife is the truest story I know. Time traveling friendships are ok too.
You also might think ‘Hey, things always go wrong when the future is involved.’ and therefore are wary of listening to the advice of future people. But what has the past ever done for you? That’s right, it abandons you, just like your ex. If you ever get a chance, just embrace a jaunt through the 4th dimension!
Based on my personal observation of human interaction these days, pessimism is running rampant. It seems to me that a great many people blame ‘the world’ for their current circumstances, presupposing that their current circumstances are bad and comparing the situations of poorly defined others who have ‘better’ lives and/or the imagining of another era (that never existed) in which things would be ‘better’.
I’ve never really understood this idea of blaming everyone else for not ‘getting ahead’. It seems to me that if you were to give up on a goal because it’s too hard to achieve due to the obstacles ‘others’ have placed in your path, then you’ve traded a difficult task for an insurmountable one: how is whining about it going to change the world around you to suit your needs? Isn’t it easier to circumvent the obstacles in your path rather than to point at them hoping that someone will remove them for you? In addition to that, it is necessary sometimes to acknowledge that an obstacle cannot be removed or a goal cannot be reached and move on to something else.
When I was in grade school my best friend and I used to come up with some pretty fanciful ideas. The one that I always remember was his idea to create a ‘flashdark’. I don’t recall why he needed one or what its intended use would be but I do remember how he came up with the idea that darkness wasn’t simply the absence of light but a particle all its own. His idea, assuming this were true, would be to create a device which would emit such particles much like a flashlight emits light.
Years later, I related the tale to two other friends who fancied themselves physicists. They laughed at the idea and at me for believing it possible. My naysayers likely mistook my assertion of the possible with that of the probable (and in this case highly probable). People are wont to do this. But possible is as far from probable as probable is from provable. They didn’t understand the distinction at the time and that I had stated possible, not probable. I assume they do now.