Looking Beyond…

Yesterday, an idea popped into my head.  It was probably a consequence of discussions I’ve read online over recent weeks.  Essentially, it involved the question of whether I could break out of my normal two genres, science fiction and fantasy, and write something entirely different.  More, could I do it in a different style.  It was certainly a challenging idea.

I should say that I have attempted this before, but for entirely different reasons.  In one instance, I was writing during a lunch hour at my then place of work.  It was akin to “automatic writing” in that I was simply setting down on paper a vision that was passing through my mind, with no voluntary control of it whatsoever.  When I read what I had written, it was like reading something written by a stranger.  On the second occasion, however, I had set out to prove a point, following something of a religious debate.  I had asserted that any reasonably competent writer could produce a considerable body of writings, each in a significantly different style.  I was, unfortunately, prevented from completing that by a bout of migraines, but the few pieces I had finished did prove my point.

Yesterday, however, the idea was a challenge to myself!  It insisted that I should attempt to step out of my comfort zone.  Now, I’m not about to write a novel to accomplish this!  I am, though, a fair way through a short story that may be sufficient to achieve the result the idea demands.  If I’m reasonably happy with the result, I’ll be publishing it as an ebook.  I’ve already established that it is refreshing. I may even do similar exercises in future, when the mood strikes.


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An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

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