That Time I…

Happy 2021, folks! Time for new beginnings and new musings. I had a moment of contemplation the other day that took me down a mental rabbit hole and it was pretty darned cool, so I thought I’d share it with you. 🙂

Have you ever let your mind wander and then been surprised by how you ended up in a place filled with purple trees and hippopotamuses being walked on leashes like family pets? It was during one of those daydreaming sessions that I pondered the concept of the theory of relativity—not deliberately and definitely not in those terms, of course, but that’s what it boiled down to—and how something like that could actually happen. What that something was, I was unsure about. See, when I started thinking about it, I realized I didn’t actually know what the theory of relativity was. I always thought it was what is actually called block universe theory—whatever, brainiacs… don’t judge me—which I will talk about below, but still the theory of relativity has one interesting component that plays well with the rest of my wayward imaginings: the concept of bending time.

What if Einstein was right about gravity bending time, time running at a slower pace where gravity is strongest, time-dilation and all that? And now I’m diving into concepts that are highly sci-fi intensive, and I do not, I repeat DO NOT, claim to be an expert about any of this at all, but what if there was a big formation like that Arcturus monstrosity in all those universe comparison videos or a planet we don’t know about (hmmm…. that’s a conversation for another day) that sits on the foam that is space and time and warps it (this is actually a very loose interpretation of the geodetic effect, if you wanted to look it up)? Then what if that same formation drifts away at some point. Maybe an asteroid destroys it, the gravitational pull changes and it dislodges, insert your plausible or implausible reason here. If that happened, couldn’t the imprint remain and the two sides of it might create a bend in space and time…where you could conceivably exist in two planes simultaneously?

Right? (I’m nodding in the way that people who want you to come along with them in their fantasy nod encouragingly at those who have been kind enough to hear them out.)

But seriously…right??

And that was just the beginning! Check out the rest of this incredible mental jaunt at DWASF.

What are you reading right now? I just started My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite and it’s a lot of fun so far. So far there’s been much about hiding bodies and controlling urges – my kind of story!

Are you listening to anything new this year? I am enjoying Kai’s new release, Mmmh, as I type. Very smooth and soulful – slow and groovable.

Have you watched anything new? I just watched Fatale, Michael Ealy’s new movie. The pairing with Hillary Swank worked really well and the story moved at a pretty fast clip. In short, cheating will get you nowhere. I also just finished The Guest, a mini-series about possession, and it was flipping outstanding. I didn’t want it to be over – really. Next up, Cobra Kai (how can anyone who saw The Karate Kid in the movie theater when it was originally released resist watching this show? Daniel and Johnny are at it again!).

Did you set goals for yourself this year? I prefer this over resolutions because I rarely keep my resolutions (facts). I have a few goals this year, one of which is to finish writing a series I have been working on. I am excited about it because I already know what I want to do with it – I just need to start. No spoilers, hahaha!

Do you need fresh books for your TBR list? The Realm is a fantastic one to add to it. A reader said this about it on Amazon, “The writer, has the most amazing character development in this book. I find it rare In the horror genre to see such well developed characters.” Come check out Patrick and the gang!

How ever you do it, I hope you enter 2021 with hope in your mind and joy in your heart. Onward!

Until next time,

L. Marie Wood

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