You see what you want to see but maybe it’s not reality – in a situation or an event, perhaps even a person. You think something’s one way but discover it’s another thing entirely. Disappointment might ensue, possibly the feeling of entrapment. Is it just life or life for just a few?
As Edward Bulwer Lytton said, “To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: ‘Leave no stone unturned.’"
And then it might be best to remove your hands and walk away if the stone in all its smallness never budged.
An arctic blast swept over the region. Many places are closed, schools, businesses, as folks hunker in their homes, warding the chill.
I sat, staring out the window this morning. My restless spirit stirred with the sense of captivity. So I did what I often like to do, selected music and watched nature, allowing appreciation to swell. A warm house, a cup of coffee, my favorite chair in a quiet corner, the first glint of sun reflecting off iced trees at dawn, music to warm and settle the soul.
Elected as the Songstress, Aria takes her place on the sacred platform to sing before every dawn. As long as she does so, peace and abundant life belong to her people. One morning, amidst a strange wind that brings with it a curse in its eerie howl, Aria loses her ability to make music. But the encroaching death that transpires isn’t her biggest tragedy. It’s that she adores the cause of her blunder, for he’s a magnificent winged creature who’s stolen more than her voice.
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I joined in a conversation that happened to spread into a multi-site debate over incorporating violence, sex, language, etc., into literature. Are these necessary in order to propel a story?
My questionable answer: Sometimes yes sometimes no. It depends on the plot and the subject matter. I don’t embrace pointless inclusion of such acts, but at times graphic nature is called for.
Every individual has their own meter of sensitivity, and it’s our responsibility to listen to that gauge within and decide what’s right for us. For every book there is an audience, but they’re not all shared. No matter what you do in life, somebody will be unhappy.
To follow through and finish a story I feel spiritually compelled to write which has the ingredients that might shock or offend certain readers certainly deserves a thorough consideration. At the same time, I don't want to fall completely captive to binding standards if taking specific points out of a story waters down the depth of forgiveness in its message.
Anyway, maybe if I had focused on my manuscripts over the past few days, being attentive to my own niche, perhaps I would have accomplished more than, say, try to redirect pointed answers that led nowhere.
It was fun. For about a minute.
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