Current Project: St. Patrick's novella
Status: Ready to write!
I just finished a book called FRACTAL TIME by Gregg Braden. Braden was a computer programmer with the defense industry before he became a best-selling author. One thing I find fascinating about his work is the way he combines science and spirituality.
In this book, he talks about the recurring cycles of nature that are nested within ever-larger cycles of how we mark time. The 24-hour cycle of day and night, within the 28-day cycle of the moon revolving around the Earth, within the 12-month cycle of the Earth rotating around the Sun, within the 5,125-year cycle of world ages, within the 26,000-year cycle that it takes our solar system to pass through all twelve constellations or zodiac signs of stars.
Lots of fodder for the humorous time travel novella I'm working on!
Stunning as it may sound, Braden didn't write this book just to give me ideas for writing. He makes the case that the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012 isn't the end of the world, but the culmination of two rare events: the end of a 5,125-year world age and the completion of our solar system's 26,000-year journey through the twelve constellations. He arrived at these conclusions by combining recent scientific discoveries with twenty years of studying how ancient peoples, such as the Maya, tracked time so precisely without computers as we know them today.
He also states that there are predictable cycles of human events such as war and peace within these cycles of time, and introduces a Time Code Calculator to make these predictions. For mathematical genius types, he offers an appendix that shows each step he used to calculate when conditions were ripe for a repeat of historic events, such as the attack on Pearl Harbor or the 9/ll attack on the World Trade Center.
He also offered a simplified formula to figure when events in our own lives are likely to repeat.
Non-math types such as me were left to our own devices to make up stories about time travel and wonder if I could figure out how to win the lottery jackpot.
Seriously, I found his ideas really interesting. Are our lives a series of patterns or cycles that we repeat over and over? Fortunately, Braden offered the message that with each cycle, we also have the opportunity to make different choices that sets another pattern in motion--perhaps a more positive pattern.
Have you noticed patterns or cycles in your life or your writing? We've had quite a few discussions on this blog about our writing processes. Parts of those processes we like because they generate stories we love. However, other parts of those processes are riddled with anxiety and stress.
Have you intentionally changed how you write so you enjoy the process more? For instance, I've heard some writers say they jump right into another project as soon as one is finished and off to their editor. Others use the time between projects to relax and "refill their creative wells." Or do you just stick it out through the tough times of your writing process with the knowledge that writing The End will be worth the anxiety?