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What is Reality to an Author?

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: G. Jefferies

Founder & Owner of: Fiction is Food

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Aspiring Author and Writing Writer


If anybody read last weeks musing, with the genius Einstein featuring as the main protagonist, then you will already be aware I’ve called upon a theme for this very three post series as a way to tackle it – Genius to Insanity

The next to contribute quotes is the macabre mind of the literary critic, poet and short story specialist, Edgar Allan Poe. In keeping with my blog, it is only right that we move toward a more authoresque feel. Middle ground here methinks…genius touched with a mind that, post the death of his wife, grew ever more; shall we say, …erratic… The fine line between genius and insanity…not sure which comes first in the literary world 🤔

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things

which escape those who dream only by night”

I write, or try to. It’s not for me to say good or bad, that’s for you the reader to ponder and draw conclusions; if such is considered good let me know. Conversely if it’s not don’t…it causes insufferable self doubt and withering, unless using the clausal caveat, which is to say why. In which case it’s like water reversing the wither (not to be confused with a Minecraft beast of the same name, so say my kids) and allowing the mind plant to regrow and sprout new growth taking onboard the criticisms.

Dreaming, I digressed, all the time in a mind palace of Sherlock Holmes (new incarnation) fame…although the concept is much older. The place I go to avoid reality and invest time with the creatures that infest it. Call it an alternate reality if you like, but to my characters it’s very real – as Rose will tell you if her book ever graces some form of publishing…and breathe…moving on…

It is quite quite possible in this fast paced modern world that day dreaming has found itself replaced by the zone out zombie mind full of catastrophising and lost clarity of the child mind that was. Might be that’s just growing up too. Either which way, I think Poe has a point. The mind needs to dream to create and problem solve…at least mine does…until it stopped for a bit and everything paused…another story that one and indexes into the theme rather well!

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity”

There is not a lot to add to this quote, apart from a question in the form of a perspective thing. Which is which?

Rather akin to the failing eyesight habituation in the previous post of this trilogy…if one normalises on insanity how does one know if you are insane? From that perspective sanity appears insane…so add a new question. How do you know you are sane?

This ponderance moves neatly into…

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”

Now we are moving through the theme rather nicely, in my humble opinion. The first quote related to not dreaming during the day, the next to challenging sanity and now we can unplug from the Matrix proper and go…’What the (insert choice expletive!’

Have a wonderful weekend and next week look for the end of the trilogy and step into the world of one of my favourite authors.

In the interim, if you are stuck for a prompt or something to do why not try the three day quote challenge yourselves? The rules are simple and, if taken as fun for a blog series, can provide a mixture of humour and out of the box thinking.

  1. Post one to three quotes on successive days.
  2. Nominate three other bloggers on each post to do likewise.
  3. Link back each time to the original blog from whence the challenge came.

Think of it as shameless blog cross promotion if it pleases you more!!

Finally, if you’ve made it this far, then thank you for reading. Feel free to comment or visit my own blog, or not, as the case may be.


Article Credits: G. Jefferies

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Writing, Book, Journal Bloggers & More)
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