Truth, like fire, takes many forms. There is a harsh truth that burns everything it touches and a softer truth that has the mysterious spark of life at the core of it. And then there is the basic truth of the universe that is as irrefutable as the waves of cosmic radiation that constantly washes over us, unfelt and unseen.
Many kinds of truth are best explored through fiction. That’s what is at the heart of my new project, Mythnology. I’d like to take some time to explain this new novel, the interaction I hope will guide it, and an a way that writers can connect directly to their readers. If you like what you see, please subscribe – and tell your friends!
Mythnology is set up to be a novel written in blog form. Call it a “Blovel”, as the great Dez has suggested. Each chapter, after the first three, is available only by subscription. I hope to develop a community of subscribers commenting and asking questions which help guide this process through to its completion. This should be a lot of fun as the process of writing a novel (really a novella) becomes a kind of performance art, as the ancient art of storytelling has long been.
The story itself begins with a simple premise: what if you could look inside people’s heads and read their thoughts? Mythnology is based on what I think are the two almost certain results from this process – that you would probably not understand what you are seeing, and if you grew to understand it you probably wouldn’t like what you saw. That’s simple enough as it is, but speculating the nature of what you’d see is where the story comes in.
The title Mythnology is a combination of Technology and Mythology. One is based on a system of faith where the other has a core of truth in it. No, not that way – the other way ‘round. Longtime readers of Barataria know that while there popular culture believes that technology can connect people, I happen to believe that myths, or stories that illuminate a grain of truth at the core of them, are the strongest connections between people. If a strong society is all about connections between people and people or people and ideas, our faith in technology is certainly going to test us in ways we probably do not understand very well yet. The ancient art of storytelling, or the crafting of myths, is how we usually fill the gaps.
Exploring this through fiction seems like most fruitful way. Taking a step back from our everyday lives into an imaginary world is a very traditional way of putting difficult subjects into bright relief. The light that comes from this kind of fire has a way of sparking new ways of looking at the world that direct facts cannot. Or, as Prof. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Your contributions to this process are vital. If you would be so kind as to take a look at Mythnology and consider subscribing I will be forever grateful. It is, like any good science, a kind of experiment – a formally stated question in search of a reasonably direct answer. My experience in the lab has taught me that the best experiments only lead to more questions, and I believe that this is true in writing as well.
Again, thank you all for being here. Without readers, there isn’t much point to writing at all!