Felonious Intentions


Rene Descartes famously said, “I think, therefore I am.”
I would like to add a corollary to this: “I read, therefore I write.”
When I read, I am pulled into whatever world the author has created.  Every story, even if I’ve read it a hundred times before, becomes an out of body experience for me. Even mediocre stories can take me out of reality for a while in a way that the most immersive movie experience can’t.
My mind is trudging along next to Sergeant Vimes, feeling the cobblestones of the streets of Ankh Morpork under my thin-soled shoes, when I read Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards!
My heart tumbles right with Eve and Roarke’s when I read J.D. Robb’s Naked In Death.
I’m reading over Candy Foster-Smith’s shoulder as she writes in her journal about post-apocalyptic America every time I open the cover of David R. Palmer’s Emergence.
My pulse pounds with fear and excitement during that final battle for Gondor as I devour J.R.R. Tolkein’s Return of the King—a book I’ve read at least once a year since I was ten years old.
And that’s why I write.
It’s not because I have a million and one stories bopping around in my head like kids jacked up on Mountain Dew and Pixie Stix…although that is a factor!
I’d like to be published.
I’d like to be one of the few authors
who “make it” and become seriously rich.
I’d like to make it a career.
But I don’t need those things.
No.
I write because I need to recreate
that feeling of experiencing a different reality
vicariously through the characters on the page.
My goal when I write is to draw others,

          willingly or no,
into the world I’ve created.
I’m a wannabe literary kidnapper.
This post is my response to a prompt from Write On Edge to write about our writing goals.  Sure I want to be published.  Sure I want to have my writing on the New York Times Bestseller List (although the shine is off that one a bit ever since I saw Twilight up there, I have to admit).  But mostly?  Mostly I’m looking to abscond with your mind, your heart, and your soul. 
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