Four days into reading ‘The Immortal Prince’, and I am 360 pages into it. The story is very intriguing, with so-called Immortals, hybrid creatures and relatable (to an extent) characters. The flow of Ms Fallon’s writing is impeccable, and is almost on par with Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Mistborn’ series. Checking my reading list, the last book of the ‘Mistborn’ series is my next read… Spoiled rotten from a reader’s perspective =D
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After reading the four-part ‘Were YOU meant to be a WRITER?’ series by thelivingnotebook, it had me thinking back to my first memories of writing. There are two that stand out, though both were at the opposite ends of the motivational spectrum.
Way back in 1991, one of the requirements of my primary school class was to write one creative story every one to two weeks. I don’t remember having completed one, and being told off by the teacher quite regularly for that reason. I guess that even back then, it showed if I wasn’t good at something I wouldn’t try.
Fast-forward to 1996, and for an English class we had to write a 2500 words or longer story to make use of our recent lessons on metaphor and imagery. The very little detail I can remember involved a male and female police officer hunting a person who was physically malleable; a ‘flubber fugitive’ if you will. I ended up getting 96% for the project, which was my best ever test result outside of my Accounting and Year 9 Maths classes. I guess that showed that it was possible to write a readable story.
Hit fast-forward again to today, and my writing is being used as a ‘sanity-retention device’ to keep the brain cells working while surviving kids on school holidays and the ongoing job search. Considering accountancy is a somewhat straightforward occupation that repeats month on end and year on end, something to keep the brain’s creative cells replenishing and non-degenerative would be useful. That and the fact accounting is hardly the most interesting topic of conversation (and banking, except when things go down the sewerage pipes), something that is hopefully interesting to others would be good to have.
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And now to today’s philosophical question:
Where does it all come from?
A Higher Power created everything. The definition of ‘Higher Power’ can be a religiously defined deity, or a universal process defined by science.
In the beginning, God took seven days to create Earth from its existing Chaos. From there, he created Man, and then created Woman to stop the Man being lonely. The pair ate a cursed apple, and it’s all been downhill from there.
In the beginning, the Big Bang flung the required elements to the farthest reaches of the Universe. Over a huge span of time, these elements grouped together in various forms to create stars. From there, stars exploded to spread newly created elements across the universe, providing the means to create planets, meteors and other interstellar items.
The first question, in both cases, is what existed before ‘the beginning’. The Big Bang presumes everything in the universe exploded from an infinitely small spot, and spread outward from there. Religion presumes Chaos, a complete lack of structure and form.
Theories put out there by various folk include that the Universe we know is one Child of a Parent Universe. Would it be a reasonable explanation that the Big Bang was a massive expulsion of matter from a bigger Universe, with the matter changing form over many billions of years, until black holes created from supernova explosions suck the newer forms of matter back into itself?
Maybe there is an actual personification of the fabled ‘Higher Power’. For all we know, ‘God’ could be a set of Sheldon Cooper-like scientists in the Parent Universe that are able to send excess matter through a wormhole to create Child Universes. It could be solely for the purpose of creating elements that cannot be formed in the Parent Universe.
In an extremely large nutshell, it all came from somewhere… we just don’t know where yet. Until then, we keep searching for answers and try to write stories involving interesting yet incorrect theories.
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