Always Past And Future, Never Present
I need to post something. Anything! It’s been eleven days, ELEVEN!!!
I was sitting, unattractively hunched in front of a giant computer screen, at my favorite Uni library. The coffee on my left was barely touched; it doesn’t take much to turn me into an unstoppable babbling machine, so I was taking it slow.
My calendar was lying open in front of me with a long list of assessments and readings I had to complete that day. I don’t know about you, but lists always give me conflicting feelings. On the one hand, I can immerse myself in a comforting illusion of an organized life, on the other hand the sheer lengths of them make me all panicky when I process it with a procrastinator’s mind.
I looked down at the list, then back at the screen again.
I closed my calendar, logged into WordPress, and stared blankly at the white emptiness of my new post. I wanted to write something so badly, but my brain decided to fart rainbows instead. The only thing I could think of is the upcoming medieval Rowany Festival I’ll be attending during the Easter break. I’m learning how to sew period dresses that don’t look like potato bags!
I can’t wait to dress up in medieval clothes, camp with friends, and then watch them fight.
This fascination with recreating the past, made me question my interests from a writer’s perspective:
I love both the creative worlds of the past and that of the future.
The possibility of the past already experienced by humanity, and the impossibility of the future that is out of my reach.
Fantasy, science-fiction, and all its subgenres.
After some thinking, I figured out that although they seem to be contradictory in themes, they all have one main thing in common: they are virtual worlds. Whether textual, digital, or any other medium, they create an alternate reality that is different from the experiences of my day to day to life. The other, the different, the unknown becomes the exciting, the compelling, the inspiring. At this point I might as well be accused of escapism, but who cares?
I have my poisoned daggers, invisible cloak, and a zeppelin, thus I’m off to fight monsters, save cities, and uh… do my uni assessments, I guess.