Jun 29, 2013

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Alternate Dimensions, String Theory, Mirror Games

Alt Worlds

Alt Worlds

My Guest Post for Wicked Readings by Tawania on June 24th.

What inspired me to write in this genre, and what were my inspirations for this story?

Ever play the childhood game called “walking on the ceiling?”  Maybe you did but didn’t give it that name.  It involves taking a hand mirror, holding it in front of you, pointing it up at the ceiling, and start walking through your house.  It feels like you’re walking on the ceiling. Like the world has turned upside-down and you are in a different place altogether. I know Alice wasn’t the only one fascinated by looking glasses.

Now fast forward to present day String Theory.  Recent discoveries in physics and astronomy, point to the idea that our universe may be one of many universes populating a grander multiverse. Okay. Let’s go back to playing mirror games.  Take the hand mirror and stand in front of a bigger mirror. Turn your back to the big mirror and look over your shoulder at it using the hand mirror.  You’ll see your reflection multiplied forever. So it seems as if it’s the creation of endless parallel dimensions.

There you have one of my inspirations for writing the Synemancer novels.  I love the idea of alternate realities where anything is possible.  Arthur C. Clarke once said ““Magic’s just science that we don’t understand yet.”  I’ve always loved that quote.  When you look at all the technological and knowledge advances (genomes anyone?) it would look exactly like magic to someone from the not-too-distant past.

My childhood (and I confess, adult) fascination with magic, the paranormal, the supernatural, science fiction, and fantasy also inspired me to write my own stories with those elements.  All through school I wrote stories that amused, intrigued, and occasionally horrified my teachers. Many encouraged me to take up creative writing in earnest.  Yet I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to make a living writing stories.  So I put writing on the back burner of the stove of life for a long while.  But I couldn’t give up my fascinations and funneled my interests into reading.  But every time I read a good story, I’d wonder – could I write a story like that?  The urge to create stories, simmering all those years, finally came to a boil and I decided to try to write a book.  That first book was Syn in the City, Book One in the Synemancer series.  This series is a planned trilogy.  And I’m currently working on the last book, tentatively titled Dark Syns.   Oh, yes. I have to mention. In the SYN-iverse mirrors are used as portals to other places. Or other dimensions.  Of course.

The future is wide open and so full of interesting things to write about that it’s hard to decide which idea to pick.  But I know I’ll be inspired by something.  And that little “click” I’ll feel when it hits will start another book or series.  Now I think I’ll go find a hand mirror and play for a while.  Anyone want to join me?

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