This morning’s pages went deep into the supernatural/spiritual element of the book. It also allowed me to do a small measure of foreshadowing and make some connection to events that will pay off later in the book. There was a great degree of poetic license, sensory information and I aimed to capture the emotional power of such a change in perceptions rather than make it like a destination that could be reached with a stout walk and a nod to Google maps.
I understand enough about magic to see that it’s about changing your perceptions. Arthur C Clarke once said that any advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. We can talk to people who might be thousands of miles and hours apart on devices that fit in our pockets, yet we are still unsatisfied. Perhaps it’s because we cannot truly say what we feel, sometimes, but still I think about these things especially when I write about such things, tangentially or otherwise.
It made for a dense two pages, and I was pleased with the execution of it. It will continue into tomorrow, I think, but it’s a palate cleanser, a sign that we are not in the world that we know, but somewhere else. Whether that is a good or a bad place depends upon the perception of the reader and the needs of the story. I did some research on vision quests, and found that the anecdotal accounts lack something, so I placed the writer’s caveat of ‘make it all up’ on the issue and found my way into it like that.
I finished Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon yesterday. It was an intense, powerful book that managed to be arousing, melancholic, shocking and disturbing whilst maintaining a lovely phrasing and energy throughout. Someone commented that they had read it twice, and still not understood it, and I came away with more of an impression that it touches on themes rather than says ‘this is this.’ It was a beautiful book and it provoked some interesting thoughts and ideas for me to explore, personally and creatively.
As a bit of a palate cleanser, I read Attica Locke’s Pleasantville, which is the third book to feature her lawyer protagonist Jay Porter. I had not read the previous books, but I enjoyed it, as it took an approach similar to The Wire, in that it shows the interplay between ambition, public image and personal passion whilst hanging on a murder charge that did not take as much of the book up as I had expected. There were some interesting choices here, it is chockful of internal details and in Porter, there is a wounded protagonist who is doing the right thing, at some personal cost. I enjoyed it because it was solid, made it’s points and did not cheat me, as a reader, out of any visceral experiences contained therein.
Thank you for reading.