Words and images are the magic wands of creative people, each of which has the power to take us on a journey of discovery.
It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to activate a wand of that nature…a few marks on a canvas or a few words on a page will open the doors to an idea which has never before seen the light of day.
The history of ideas is an interesting topic. If you were to do a Google search, you would find that the really big ones have occurred to three and sometimes four people at the same time, each of whom lived in different countries.
Take the invention of the television as an example. That idea did occur to several people at roughly the same time, but only one of them is credited with having been the original inventor.
Now that’s interesting, isn’t it? It suggests to me that that ideas are energy just waiting to be accessed by those who so desire.
I have heard of one theory which says that we actually play with energy…that we go out there into the non-physical realms…sometimes when we are awake but mostly when we are asleep…and create potentials that we might one day like to use.
The very idea that we have the opportunity to play with energy is one that appeals to me, just because it sounds like fun and over time apparently, we build up a storehouse of potential ideas…but accessing them is the tricky part.
However…all you have to do is start the creative process…sit down and make a mark…write a few words and hey presto…a door to an unexplored world opens before your eyes.
I have been doing that very thing over the past few months as I wanted to start work on my fourth book, so I just sat down and started writing…having no idea what it was going to be about…but I continued to peck away and it is now half finished and even though I have no idea where it is going…that’s half the fun of exploring new territory.
That’s how I prefer to work…and in a way, it is like playing with potentials. I did exactly the same thing with my first three books.
The only idea that I had in my mind when I started book four was that the narrator of my stories, Addric, wants to spend a lot more time on Planet Earth.
Even though he is human, he is also an alien and just about everything he encounters in our culture is mind blowing.
That allows me to have a little fun as I am developing the introduction. One thing leads to another and before you know it…he is in the middle of yet another adventure.
Universal energies are one of the primary elements which run through my stories. For Addric as a Yumi Master, it is his source of power, one that he can use…but only at his discretion…
As well as having a few off-beat moments…book four has a high powered emotional climax.
Addric discovers the secret of crossing the boundaries of time zones, but as he also discovers, it is an issue riddled with trickery. This particular element is the cause of the major complication. Dheago’s girlfriend Elisabeth is accidentally sucked into a portal and back in time. Her life hangs in the balance. She is in a coma and her spirit is wandering and if they are to save her life, they have no choice but to track her down.
The secret of writing a good story is that they must be believable, the reader has to engage from the first page…but another secret is to introduce a complication not long after having established the situation.
Providing your character with difficulties and maybe even life-threatening situations to which he or she has to find a solution is what really keeps a reader wanting to know more.
As with my other stories, this one also revolves around universal energies.
I didn’t plan it like that…well, not consciously at any rate…words appeared on the page and I just went with the flow…but this time a new series of elements have appeared…one of which is the magnetic grid system of the planet.
At this point in the story, Addric and Dheago are in serious trouble…they get caught in an energy surge as they are flying over the north east coast of Scotland and end up in one of the near Earth realms…but this diversion is no accident…
I will keep you posted as it is likely to be yet another wonderfully impossible but equally believable adventure.
Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of…The Memoirs of a Yumi Master… and expect the unexpected…
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