I’ve been thinking about how interesting it is to be able to open a novel or put in a movie that may have been sitting on the shelf for years and have the story told to you in that moment, separated though you are in time and space from the storytellers. And just as amazing, you can set the story aside at any time, put it back on the shelf, and have absolute confidence that whether you’re leaving for a two-minute bathroom break or a 27-month stint with the Peace Corps, the plot will not progress in your absence.
As a confirmed dabbler in books, short stories, movies, television, and sometimes even computer games, I’m usually juggling at least a half-dozen in-progress stories. It’s been a particularly busy couple of weeks in this respect. In my present Rand is getting his first look at the “worlds that might be,” while Harry is preparing to make his own excursion into the Nevernever. Sayid and “The Cheerleader” are both troubled because they no longer feel anything. Balsa is recovering from a close encounter with a Hunter’s sword. Paul has returned to the front; there are rumors of being reassigned to Russia. Orlando’s petitions of love for Rosalind are appearing all over Arden; meanwhile, Helena has recently realized that she still has not earned Detective Reese’s trust and respect. Speed changed the world of racing forever when he won the Grand Prix this past Saturday, and just last night Nanashi redeemed himself by saving both a dog and a boy (though the horse was not so lucky). It’s astonishing to think that, even in my quiet little life, so many different and exciting stories can be happening all at once.
So, I’m wondering: what’s your latest news? What’s been happening recently in the story-worlds you visit?