The Tachyon Web

When I was still in my pre-teens, I remember going shopping for books with my mom and coming home with a copy of Christopher Pike’s The Tachyon Web.  I had previously borrowed it from the school library, but never read it.  Even after I owned a copy of it, I never made it very far.  It wasn’t a lack of interest in the story, per-se.  It just fell in-between the cracks of having other things to do, or other books to read.

Since I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, I grabbed it off the bookshelf and I’ve started reading it.  I’m ashamed to admit that after owning this young-adult book for more than fifteen years, this is the first time I actually got past the first twenty pages…

So far it’s actually pretty good.  More on that once I’ve finished it.

Catching up with Sosi! @ 9:53 pm

I’m super excited that I’m chatting with Sosi right now.  Been messing around with The Pillow Game for most of today; gonna catch up with Sosi and possibly talk about art for TPG!

Kiss Me, I’m Irish by Jo Wilson April 18th in Jo History

Kiss me, I'm Irish -- April 11th, 2006

I actually am Irish.  Well, I’m an American of (primarily) Irish descent.  I also have a significant chunk of Choctaw, but mostly Irish.  Although you can’t see the whole thing, the hat says, “Kiss Me, I’m Irish / (And You’re Hot)” around the shamrock. I also have a hoodie that matches this hat — and yes, I still have the hat — but I only wear them at the same time on Saint Patrick’s Day.  This picture was taken on April 18th, 2006. 

Feeling Nostalgic @ 12:53 pm

I recently purchased the first season of Home Improvement on iTunes.  Watching some before work today… this show really takes me back to my childhood.  Tim and Jill remind me a lot of my parents. I love this show! xD

Let There Be Light

If you’ve ever wished you could get to Middle-earth, or that you could fly on a Firebolt like Harry Potter… If you’ve ever fallen in love with vampires that sparkle in sunlight, or a ruggedly handsome Grey Warden who hopes you’ll help him slay an Archdemon… If you feel you were born in the wrong galaxy and were really meant to be a Jedi  — or maybe the wrong century, and that you’d be more at home in Starfleet… If you wish you could have sword fights with Peter Pan and never have to grow up, or maybe just escape into the nonsense of Wonderland for a few hours…

Well, then you’ve visited a fictional world, haven’t you?

The beauty of a fictional world is that when you escape into one, you can be whoever you want; you can be the true version of yourself that you could only ever be in that world.  And when you’ve finished that story, you can be someone else — another version of your true self — in another world.  For me, as I was growing up, I fell in love with fictional worlds.  I read about them in books, I watched them in movies, I played in them on video games.  I wished more than anything that I could actually go to those places, to live like those characters.  To have epic adventures, and save the universe from the terrible evils plaguing innocent people.  To be swept off my feet in a whirlwind romance.  To overcome any  and all obstacles and live a well-earned happily ever after. 

When you’re a kid, it’s perfectly acceptable to play make-believe games and pretend you are in those worlds — or to make up worlds of your own.  But if you’re like me, you never grow out of that phase, and maybe you decide to become a writer, if only for the excuse of visiting those worlds again, or to create your own.

As someone who has not only ventured into the worlds of others, but as an author myself who has created dozens of worlds from the ground up (and is currently doing so for her epic masterpiece, CODENAME: AURIVERSE), I’ve got a lot of experience with fictional worlds.  So, coming soon to my blog, I plan to blog about this very topic in a special series called “Let There Be Light.”  The link for the series’ category will appear on the Writer page if you’re looking for it later.

In the meantime, tell me in the comments which aspects of creating fictional worlds you would like to explore with me.