Thursday, October 27, 2011

Research, Pt. 3: Suburbanism Can Wait


So apparently H.G. Wells spent his career writing about utopias.

For example, in The Time Machine he invented a future world in which everything was perfect. Every social or political problem had been resolved, and the beings of the world live in harmony. Or in War of the Worlds he considered a sort of dystopia, in which a world is thrown into utter chaos, in this case by a strong outside force that wishes to use imperialism to their own advantage.

He also sometimes presented anti-utopia, which looks at the world fragmented, questioning, revealing contradictions. Instead of examining a grand whole utopia or dystopia, he questioned the details of life as we know it, even the details of perfection or dis-perfection.

At least, that's what I got out of the three articles I looked at. And it got me thinking about my next book.

It's a story about cities and hearts, or something like that. Places where everything can be perfect, or dis-perfect, or if we want answers and solutions to our deepest questions, broken.

I do think perfection is good. It would be very good. And to change subjects a bit, why are there so few good guys anymore who are really good? I mean like really, really good. Like sure, they have their problems, but they never let that get in the way of doing the right thing. Maybe we need a good hero's journey. Maybe the hero of the story needs to go outside, face some bad guys who are really bad, and eventually save the day by his persistence. Maybe. We'll see what happens.

And until we meet again...(and during and afterwards)...keep on thinking free!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011



On the bright side, everyone reading this is still alive. So that's good.

P.S. Anyone who knows what the title is referencing and sends me a message with the correct answer...I'll write a poem about you. (Guess we will find out if that's an incentive or a hindrance.)