I thought I already had a “brand” with the escape reality, but this challenge made me realize that it might be a bit broad, especially with the expanding themes of Broken Time and Singularity. I pondered how to whittle it down to something more specific, and had a brainstorm after the shocking ending to Loki, Season 2, Episode 4.
My writing isn’t about escaping reality. It’s about breaking reality, and forming new ones. And the shift isn’t just shamelessly stolen from popular media. I realized that my writing these past few years have reflected my struggles with anxiety and finding my way forward in life after the pandemic and losing my Dad three years ago. 2020 did break my reality. It broke everybody's’ reality. Since then, it seems I’ve been wandering in a “world between worlds” (to shamelessly steal from Star Wars this time) to figure out how to fix it. And, after pondering this question, I finally realize that my efforts this summer to heal and get “back on track” came from a broken reality breaking me, and it can’t be fixed. The solution is to build a new reality.
As it is in reality, so it is in fiction. Art really does imitate life, probably because we are creating it from the pieces of our perception. Perhaps we’re all in this place, but I can only speak for myself and walk my journey. If you feel the same, feel free to join me and explore how these stories speak to your truth.
It’s a big concept, and one that I’m still wrapping my head around. But for now, a good start is to accept and embrace it. So welcome to the rebranding, both of my writing and my life. I’m not sure what it will become, but I have faith that the Spirit is leading me (and my writing) right where I’m meant to be. I hope you’ll join me on this journey to explore the fluid nature of reality.
That’s all today. Take care. Have a fun and safe Halloween and a great week.