Given the nature of this website and my nature as a professional writer, you would expect a steady stream of blogs about writing. But I would not want to claim your time and attention for so tedious a task.
I was receiving some bodywork the other day (I can recommend it without qualification for all of us who are senior) and my worker and I got talking about the universe. When you have 90 minutes alone with another interesting person, what better subject could there be?
The point we could not come to grips with was this: if the universe is indeed a “thing” with some finite limitations, however many billions of light years those may be, what then might lie outside the universe? And if that too is a container of sorts, what lies ever farther beyond? I seem to recall reading about Einstein’s reflections on space and time, in which he proposed the concept of a saddle-shaped universe. The general idea was that you could never come to the end of it because the shape would somehow turn you back into the original space.
Before you jump on the Internet and try to confirm or deny the correctness of my memory, I want to tell you that I don’t actually care what the answer is, if there is in fact an answer. What interests me is the kind of question I muse about as I contemplate starting another novel. I want to deal with something large and important. What could be larger and more important, in the ultimate scale of things, than the size and shape of the universe? This is, you will now discover, an exercise that has to do with writing. It’s about how to knead and stretch my mind so that I will jump into a subject that feels important, and create characters who lend themselves to that same level of importance.
So it is about writing, after all. I can’t entirely quell the process, even when I’ve finished a novel (Connections should be available on Amazon in a couple of weeks) and am casting about for the next challenge. Pull, stretch, break out of the self-imposed limits—then wind up and go!