“I saw Eternity last night/Like a great ring of pure and endless light”
Henry Vaughan, The World
These lines have lingered with me for years and possibly prompted me into thinking of numinous experiences.
Time is our everyday experience, but here the poet is faced with eternity. It is a challenge, a reassurance, a demand to see himself and his world more clearly.
I saw eternity and in its light, what did I see?
Ever since I was taught the “sociological gaze” at uni, I guess I’ve been aware that we can (metaphorically) step back and view our world through a different lens. The numinous experience makes that demand of us. Here we are, but what more are we?
I’ve been flicking around various book review sites in the last few weeks (mainly urban fantasy, although this slides into paranormal romance, fantasy in general, SF and crime) and I’ve come to the conclusion most are too crowded and the individual posts too long for my easily bewildered/distracted brain.
However, given the general resemblance of one to the other, am I the odd reader out? Does everyone else enjoy cover pics fighting for space, YouTube snips, large fonts and weird background colours?
If so, I’d guess this blog is going to be one that flowers unnoticed. Maybe a donkey orchid. After de-cluttering life, it’d be silly to clutter my online world.
Does pre-ordering books make them arrive faster? Probably not. I doubt my desperation to read the next book in a series affects publishers’ schedules. On the other hand, there is satisfaction in knowing I’ve done all I can do to get hold of the book asap.
So there’s my excuse for a buying binge on 2010 urban fantasy.
Diana Wynne Jones, Enchanted Glass
Patricia Briggs, Steel Borne
Patricia Briggs, Alpha and Omega
Tanya Huff, Enchantment Emporium
Ilona Andrews, Magic Bleeds
Lisa Shearin, Bewitched and Betrayed
Gail Carriger, Changeless
And I’m going to label this post reviews because handing over my money is a huge endorsement.
Having portal travel in my novel, I’m having to watch time shifts. Time and date seems the easiest time calculator to use.
Summer has officially started here in Perth. It’ll be 37 degrees celsius, today. Air-conditioning is the obvious answer, but I always feel vaguely guilty about using energy that heats the planet to cool my living space (if that makes sense). Well, maybe soon I won’t have to feel guilty.
People are looking into the possibility of geothermal energy. I really hope this works out.