and the energy inside you goes round and round ….

swirlAccording to the kids’ song, it’s the wheels on the bus ….  but some days it’s the thoughts in your head, the feelings in your heart, and excitement in your soul that you can hardly contain as it all twirls and spins with the very force that powers the universe itself.

I wrote z2 because the idea of time and the nature of change absolutely fascinate me. I sometimes have this fantasy in which I’ve been given a magic photo album of my entire life and every year (maybe on my birthday?) I a get to open it to one random page somewhere in the future and study the photographs. Will I like the  pictures that I see?  Look, there’s me in front of breath-taking waterfalls. Me and my sister hugging and laughing in front of a festively lit bridge. Who are those kids? Are they mine? And who is this man that keeps showing up in the photos   ….

If I am paying close attention, I will notice that some years, there are clear omissions. Why isn’t my father albumshowing up in any pictures now? My mother, she’s gone as as well. Oh dear, I’ve put on a few pounds but otherwise I’m aging okay. I do look happy and healthy. Is that me on a beach? Where?

I think that this odd fantasy that I’ve head since I was a teenager has subtly shaped my life, urging me to build a future that would make 18-year-old Sherrie smile. Maybe this is what comes of reading too much science fiction as a child. Maybe this is what comes from letting the energy inside you churn round and round.

For more thoughts on the forces of life twirling and spinning, check out my y1 blog here as I share some joy and check out my x0 blog here for thoughts on particle physics and world peace.

 

The look of hope ….

I planned on z2 being a novel about time and about change, but when I began writing it I did not realize the extent to which it would become, for me at least, a novel about hope. With my first two books, x0 and y1, I’ve enjoyed finding ways on my blogs to visualize the theme of each novel. However, while artwork and photography about peace and joy abound, I’ve discovered that the very concept of hope is harder to convey visually.

What does hope look like?

Is it this?

Hope 2Or this?

hope 5

Does it help to add words? I think it might.

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Hope is a such a simple and universal concept, and yet so hard to capture in a single image.

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I’ll keep trying however. There’s always hope. 🙂

 

For images of joy shown on my y1 blog click here. For images of peace shown on my x0 blog click here.