For today’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group post, I want to talk not so much about writing in general but about the topic I write about specifically. Read my blog or the articles I write for Sci-Fi Ideas or the stories I’ve written for my Tomorrow News Network series, and you’ll soon realize that I am obsessed with space.
A friend recently asked me why I care so much about space. The question, so bluntly put, left me tongue-tied. I could only think to say that space is… eh… well, really awesome. I can’t express how embarrassed I was to have such a lame response.
Of course, I could have said that I care about space for professional reasons. I write science fiction. I need to know about this stuff. It’s part of my job. But that feels like an incomplete answer. I’d still care about space no matter what sort of work I did.
I could have told my friend about the limitless material resources space could provide and the need for humanity to expand beyond the cradle of the home planet. Space offers us a future (a really awesome future!). Yes, I could have said that. It’s certainly what I believe, but that’s still only a partial answer.
Why am I, James Pailly, so personally obsessed with space? That’s what I think my friend was really asking. And the full, honest answer is that space humbles me. Planets and stars are so far away, split by a cold and endless night. Everything is so big, and I am so small.
Yet at the same time, space makes me feel special. Life in our universe is surely rare. Intelligent life even more so. Space reminds me how lucky I am—how lucky we all are—to be alive.
So what’s your personal obsession, and does that obsession drive you as a writer?
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Today’s post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a blog hop for insecure writers like myself to share our thoughts and feelings about what it means to write. Click here for more information and the see a full list of participating blogs.