Pandora. Prometheus. Eve. They had something in common despite the differences in their stories. As the human characters they represent, they shared a curiosity; a desire for more. More knowledge, more progress, more, more. More for the puny, quick little flicker of life that we all endure as individuals.
Human nature fascinates me. These extra-curious passionate human characters, although mythological, provide encouragement and mark trails for those of us looking for the light of knowledge ourselves. Of course, their stories warn also : don’t get too curious – you can’t put it back in the box! You might get burned or crash to earth! And of course, you can be cursed forevermore. But, but… These stories all sing to me of the possibility, the potential, the sheer wonder of the human spirit to grow and learn. To Try.
My first book Camp Follower chronicled one army brat’s life stories, those of myself, the author. So the lesson I’m taking for my next book, a fiction collection of short stories with threaded narration, will be themed on the wonder of those special human animals to grow, to learn, to risk mistakes to advance the rest of us. Who first tamed fire? What was our meeting with Neanderthals like? How did we get around the world from simple species beginnings in Africa? How did we do it? I hope to write stories that capture that human drive, that curiosity, the spirit that the rest of us can learn from. Or at least enjoy reading about. Stay tuned, “winter is coming”, and with it, my new season of writing 😉