Listening to the Police Spirits in the Material World – on vinyl and contemplating a twist in my creative career.
It’s fun adding “favorite vinyls” back into a collection I gave away in the 90s after trading for CDs. More interesting is discovering Aaron and I are in agreement with “must have” vinyls like Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road.
Who Made Who. Okay, music on the mind. Cheesy movie but the AC/DC Soundtrack to Maximum Overdrive is pretty awesome in my opinion and while that movie considered the question of which came first the robot chicken or the tech egg I’m dealing with an observation of a similar yet parallel – as in universe – consideration.
Does the author write the story or the story choose the author?
This question occurred to me as I considered the twisty turny way The Day Before has come into being
- Started as an image that appeared on my mental screen
- Observation allowed me to get a feel for the character which led to who, what, when, where, why
- Fingers to keyboard and watch as 50 words explodes to 25000 with an acceleration rate that started somewhat slow then exploded up – or out depending how you visualize.
- Realize that in spite of my initial thoughts if not beliefs on what this story was – it wasn’t that simple.
- Follow the trail of breadcrumbs.
Follow the Leader. Ironically, the image that presented itself early on was a soldier standing waiting for someone to catch up to him as he stood on a path. I stepped back to notice the environment he was in and who it was he was waiting for while taking his measure as to why he was waiting for the individual known as a retrieval and more to the point – who was he that he was the one leading?
And why him?
Turns out this character – Cai Ranger – is not only a guide for another character he is the guide for the author.
I began the story confident it would be a success even though I hadn’t planned it. As I went along I saw numerous possibilities for where it would fit in my catalogue, numerous directions the plot could twist and turn, and numerous branches it could extend for future books. And yet…
It soon became apparent that somehow the story had – like a manifestation – managed to show up in my world in a manner that showed me the story – not the writer – is in charge of this excursion.
A central theme behind manifestation is you visualize something – feed it energy – and it outmanifiests itself. In this case – the story “manifested” into my creative studio – the place where body mind and spirit come together to create.
What’s Happening? Though I was happily working along producing and satisfied with where things were headed I got a strong urge to step aside and read a book that showed up in my sphere one day.
Unsurprisingly there was a seemingly cosmic message delivered along with a much needed break.
This action led to another which led to another and suddenly I realized the story itself seemed to be leading me along a path to completion.
Including where it will fit in the catalogue – Dragon Core.
It made me stop and wonder – do we pull from the well of creativity or does it drag us into itself?
Do we dream the dream or does the dream dream us?