I was proofing an article (for the day job) about a groundbreaking physicist, and some of the language used in the piece talked about how “deeply and imaginatively” they thought about the universe on a regularly basis. I couldn’t help thinking, ‘”Hey, I do that to.”
Not that there’s really any comparison to what a fantasist does, inventing possibilities from pure speculation, to what a scientist does, who must base their speculation on known facts and then prove them through experimentation. But we both start with the same, “What if…?” even if our paths take us in distinctly different directions.
But after I acknowledged my creative kinship with one of the leading minds in science today, I started thinking about how scientists (in narrative) are given the opportunity to save the world, but fantasists never are. Think Jeff Goldblume in Independence Day, for example. In movies and books, the protagonists (if not scientists themselves) are always turning to the scientists for the answers to solving whatever dilemma they’re facing, whether it’s computer hacking, a new vaccine, or repolarizing the deflectors to simulate tachyon emissions. There always seem to be scientists on hand to solve problems. But no one ever turns to fantasists for help saving the world, even though we are equally competent at coming up with big ideas about how the world works.
Admittedly, this is a super silly line of thought, because the kind of problems we create and solve in fantasy stories aren’t the kind of things we confront in the real world, except metaphorically, and that’s what makes it fantasy. But what if…and there’s that question again…what if there was a real world situation that couldn’t be solved by science, and the people confronting had no choice but to turn to a fantasist for help? A problem that could only be solved by intimate knowledge of the Hero’s Journey, what makes a valid price for the use of magic, and how long it takes to make stew when you’re on a quest. There is some potential for an amusing story there, if the right elements were put in place. I don’t have any specific ideas in mind right now, and I’m not planning on expending any more thought energy on the idea, as I have enough projects on my madly spinning plates.
I forgot to do a check-in post on Monday, and again yesterday. ETA: I wrote this on Wednesday, and then simply forgot to post it until Friday. No excuses, though. Except that I think I can stop doing them here on a regular basis, as I’ve been keeping decent track in my paper journal, and there’s not a lot of moving parts on my writer-do list from week to week, so I don’t think I need to keep throwing it up here. I am going to include last week’s list to wrap up this phase of weekly check ins, because there’s one major item checked off which makes me super happy. What’s in store with the blog, though? Well, I hope to keep doing at least once weekly posts, preferably a little more often. We’ll see how it goes, I guess?
This week’s goals:
- Blog posts – 3 (including checkin): Nope, check in only
- Daily prompt – 5 (M-F): Complete
- COB: Finish revision on The Princess: Started, not complete
- COB: Start revision on The Bull: Not started
- Website updates: Editing services page: Not started
- WIP worldbuilding revisions: Done!!!!!