… is now and now it’s gone.
Inspirations occurred to me since the late eighties. Initially, I was hesitating to write about them because of the unusual content of some of them. Wanting to be a good writer, I was concerned about my readers’ verdicts. Then I was only 43. By the time I crossed the 60 line, these worries had faded substantially.
Once the influx of stories increased, I felt the need of choosing a permanent pen language because even ideas pop up in my mind initially non-verbal, they would distil either in German, my mother tongue, or English. Being an ingeneer, writing per se was not much of a trial but when it came to personal experience and unorthodox information the challenge escalated. You have noticed, I had decided on English.
Before publishing online in 2008, I had to muster up enough courage – as well as and more so – receive an inexplicable urge. Whenever I was afraid to take the risk, I heard my Oma, my grandmother say: “If you don’t do it, you will never find out what it is like.”
All my writing is inspired, which fundamentally means: I write when inspired and stop when the feeling seizes. – The word inspiration includes several meanings for me. (The red titles are links to stories on this site, which demonstrate the kind of inspiration in question.)
• At the ground level, I would read or hear about something and feel inspired. I like it, it fascinates me, and I choose to write about it because I want to share the information. For example: About making a Point or Busy Bees or Black Holes
• A second level inspiration is triggered when I observe something happening, and it spurs me enough to find words to express it. For example: Infinitum minus Atomos or Time and Gravity or Occam’s Razor
• On level 3A the inspiration involves my physical, mental and/or spiritual participation resulting in an urge to write about it. And here are two examples: Speed of Mind and Like climbing a Mountain
• Level 3B inspirations evoke various degrees of passion; I must write. A bit of obsession still permits me to choose the timing; the full charge prevents me from resting and fulfilling my personal needs. Examples? Images of Nothing and Melting Moments
• A top-level inspiration is defined by its etymology. It is derived from Latin in spiritus, meaning: to be touched by the spirit or to be in it, enveloped by it. When this happens, I feel struck and forced to write, scarcely knowing the entrance of an otherwise foggy idea. I have to start, at whatever time this happens.
– As the story unfolds, it passes through stages of clarity, more information, synthesis (no analysis), and eventually, it finds a conclusion or any other ending. It is a balancing act between being absorbed by the sense of knowing and direction or being more conscious and less erroneous writing. Examples: A Cycle or Coordinated Harmony or Stardust or Kenonics
– Now that I am familiar with this style, the initial hurdle has disappeared, and I stopped worrying about how to express even my most unusual impressions. As this has involved some mind wrestling I have written about How to say it and Finding Words, the latter being published on another site of mine.
In case you have not been tempted to follow any of the links in the last chapter, here are three suggestions to get you started:
Number one is for the daring amongst you readers. Click here, and you will be taken to the table of content. Either, just click on any title, or, if you are more methodical, start at the top.
Number two. Here I give short introductions to four stories with their direct link on this site. Clicking on their title will take you there.
• The first story is a spontaneous discussion (with myself) about and in how far the principle of metamorphosis may be applied to all life, not only specific insects. They don’t know that they had undergone this process, why should we know? Would you want to know? Metamorphosis —
• This pondering was initiated by several comments on the simplicity of things and continues with suggestions about the components of the cosmos. Contented with my conclusions, I ended up with five, like the Five Elements of Eastern philosophy. To find out, click on Simply said —
• Imagine — is some sort of poem where each line starts with the word imagine and each line’s idea takes you to another conclusion ending up with everything.
• At a time when I needed to make a serious decision with a lack of information, my mind went ballistic. Then something happened, and this episode was written. Difficult or Not — a conversation.
Number three just crossed my mind, and I grabbed it before it could swish around the corner. I started a list of Content with Introductions. It will grow, promise.
Any of your suggestions are appreciated; click on Contact Me.
Albert said: “If only our thinkers could learn to talk and our talkers learn to think.” OK, here is a thinker trying to talk.
13 June 2011
PS: Nullius in Verba (Latin for on the word of no one or take nobody’s word for it). Hence, don’t take my word for it.