A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog post entitled “Something Must Change,” because something in my life really does need to change. I’ve had some time to think more about what, specifically, that change needs to be, and I’ve taken my first tentative steps toward making change happen.
But the problems I’m dealing with and the changes I’m making—for the most part, all that stuff lies beyond the purview of this blog. This is a blog about science. This is also a blog about fiction. And, most importantly, this is a blog about putting science together with fiction to make some sort of—what would you call it?—some sort of scientifiction, I guess.
In other words, this blog is about the things in my life that are not changing, the things that, quite honestly, cannot change (not even if somebody tried to convince me that they should). Because if I stopped writing about planets and spaceships and extraterrestrial empires, if I stopped writing about homicidal telepaths and astronaut-hungry dinosaurs and self-appointed Galactic Inquisitors, if I stopped writing about intergalactic news agencies and cyborgs struggling with their feelings and sassy blonde time travelers named Talie Tappler… if I stopped writing about those things, I wouldn’t really be me anymore.
In my “Something Must Change” post, I did promise myself that I would not give up on my writing (or my art). But I now realize I need to be a little more specific than that, because not any old writing and not any old art will do. Not for me. When making promises to yourself, it’s tremendously important to be clear and specific about what your promise is and what it really means to you.
As Jean Luc Picard once said, “The line must be drawn here! This far, no farther!” I’ve drawn my line. I’ve separated (in my mind, at least) the things in my life that need to change from the things that must stay the same. It is a small step in the process, but an important step nonetheless.
And it’s a step I hope you can take too, friends, if the need ever arises. I hope you’re able to draw your line, to know what you can afford to change and what must always, always, always stay the same.
P.S.: And if you’re into sassy blonde time travelers, then I hope you’ll check out The Medusa Effect: A Tomorrow News Network Novella, available exclusively on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.
P.P.S.: And if you’re into that other stuff I mentioned—the homicidal telepaths, astronaut-hungry dinosaurs, etc.—more Tomorrow News Network novellas are on the way. I promise!