What are one (or two) writing projects you want to accomplish this year? What will be any obstacles you might encounter?
There is a wonderful Buddhist custom: treat every day as if it was the last of your life, and at the same time, act as if you were going to live forever. So, resolve any cause of ill feeling, because if you die before meeting the other person, you leave pain behind. And at the same time, plant a tree that will yield wonderful timber for furniture 250 years from now.
Photo by Bjorn Burton.
I’m fairly sure I won’t die today, and even more sure I won’t live forever. However, as I’ve argued, we’re at the end of days. The evidence keeps pouring in that our life support base is disintegrating at an ever-increasing pace.
So, is there any point in writing if I honestly believe myself?
That’s where the second half comes in. The past is history, the future is a mystery. I give you a PRESENT. That’s all there is, and the best way of filling it is whatever gives you joy. Writing gives me joy. So, I have it both ways, and write about this concern of mine. Our ecosystem may be on its last legs, but I might as well write about how to delay disaster and save what we can.
That’s how my current project started. It is the Doom Healer series. As of this moment, I’ve finished the first volume, seeking beta readers for the second, half finished the third, and am brainstorming about the content of the fourth.
In this story, I have managed to explain something that’s puzzled me for decades. All the religions specify that the greatest force in the universe is Love. There is actually suggestive evidence that the point of life is to go round and round, life after life, learning and growing until we have learned the ultimate lesson of Love and need not be born again. But if this is so, then where does evil come from?
If you want to know, you might want to read the Doom Healer stories.
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