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Stand Back! I'm Inventing Reality

With its unending chaos and disorder, betrayal and pain, the world can be an abysmally boring place. It is so predictable with its hatred of anything ‘other’ and its inability to be kind. There are no unusual dragons to slay because they too are common and predictable.  There are no mysteries left to solve. So I seek to tame the written word; to mold it and its kin into a shape that matches the view through my minds eye.  I write. I write to create a world that is both frightening and right—or wrong. I write and create mysterious places that bring humor and strength; I write to answer the questions and to fight the demons that hound me; I write to erase reality for a while. Otherwise, I would stand at the top of the tallest building and scream at the top of my lungs: STOP THE WORLD! I WANT TO GET OFF—at which point three men will arrive in their matching white coats and escort me to a lovely quiet resort… ooo I wonder if I’ll get one of those nice sturdy jackets that tie in the back… I wonder if they come in colors…
Katija Katija 51-55, F 4 Responses Aug 8, 2007

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What does it matter what another thinks about your writing or what you want to write. You're doing it for yourself and if others like it that's great (money), if not there will always be someone in the human race that will. I, like you do it for me and my sanity. By the way I have a lot of friends in EP who ask me to write my poems. I'm not bragging I'm just saying words are important to everyone. Without words no one could communicate their feelings. I love to share - but in the end I'm really writing for me.

Thanks for the offer, Ellagarto, but while my own dragons may be boringly common they are still enough of a pain in the *** that I can truthfully say I don’t need any others to keep them company. Besides, have you seen the cost of FedEx ground these days? :-D I also agree with your summation of fantasy; it sort of makes me want to alternate between gagging reflexively and spewing colorful chunks. An alternate reality however… there’s a real world… (sorta). I mean, what would the future really look like if we don’t get the laws on genetic manipulation swiftly into place? We’ve already got designer pets—Ligors are particularly interesting looking—what’s next, the latest trend in designer children? I can hear it now, “Honey, BioGen Magazine says black haired, black eyed paper white little girls are all the rage this year…”

If you're looking for uncommon, unpredictable, and awe-inspiring dragons to slay, I have several in my barn, which I've only recently managed to subdue. But you'll have to pay the FedEx ground. As to writing itself - I can imagine no other reason to write than to explore, celebrate, and reveal reality - in all it's messy and unkempt splendor. Fantasy writing holds as much appeal to me as heroin addiction.

Kat,There is a flip side to all the chaos and disorder, some times we have to really look for it, but it's worth finding and basting in, there is goodness,and beauty in our midst, seek and you will find, my friend.Grams