For pretty much all of my life, I’ve been looking at my life as getting from Point A to Point B to Point yada yada, with the idea that it all adds up to one day going to heaven. Point Z, I guess, or Point Upper Case A. Or Point Exclamation Point.
After reading books by Murakami, watching shows like Legion, or the movie Last Days, something shifted. I started seeing life more like impressions and moods and experiences instead of A to B to C. It’s been an interesting way to live, this...I don’t know, artistic way more than a narrative way. It’s kind of a weird feeling as a writer, at least for my kind of writing, to move towards mood instead of plot, but I like it. I don't know if it's better (or worse). I think it's just different and also equally valid. One big benefit I've noticed is that experiences with people are more meaningful because I'm not in a rush to do anything.
Have you ever thought about that? How do you think of your life? Is it more doing things on this narrative, storyline arc, or is it something else?
Here are my favorite books so far in 2018:
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Hard-Boiled Wonderland & the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
- Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe by Yumi Sakugawa
- A Climate for Change by Katharine Hayhoe
- Stiff by Mary Roach
- Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
- SuperSons comic by Peter J. Tomasi
The Injustice comic series by Tom Taylor
The Highly Sensitive Person by Dr. Elaine Aron