I suppose the fact that I have a vivid and active imagination isn’t a big surprise. Most fictions writers do.
One of the ways my imagination works often results in a kind of fun game. It’s something I’ve done since I was a little kid, and I’d have to amuse myself as we drove back and forth from shopping or one of the many activities I or my six sisters participated in.
It can be triggered by something as simple as seeing a charming house like this one on the left, with its windows lit warmly from within…
Or driving by an historic and lovely library…
Or spotting a cozy home when I’m driving in the around town or in the country…
Without much effort, I can create an entire story in my mind about the people who live or work there.
Sometimes even a bend in the road makes a scene blossom, shifting my thoughts to a more personal connection. At those times, I often feel a sense of longing or nostalgia and a vision of what my own life might be like in the imagined setting.
Almost like an alternative reality daydream.
This happened to me a couple weeks ago, on my drive to work. I saw a road curving off to the left , the leaves of the trees on either side brilliant and lit with the morning sun, and the farmer’s fields all around warm in the glow.
It’s a road I’ve seen many times before, but the angle when I looked at it, or perhaps the way the sun dappled the leaves, set off the imaginative machine inside me. I didn’t stop to snap a photo that day, because (as is usual) I had no extra time to spare in getting to work.
But I stopped to take this picture on the left a day later.
The atmosphere had changed…it was misty that morning, and far less golden as the sun slowly rose, but it inspired me nonetheless.
I could suddenly picture a cozy home (like this one on the right, perhaps) just out of sight down the road and imagine living in it – only not the real me, but a fictional me, from the alternate reality, where I live out in the country, like when I was young. In this world, I am a homebody, gardening, baking, and wandering around outdoors, rather than going to work every day and busy with a multitude of tasks, chores, and responsibilities I have to accomplish.
It’s a pleasant fiction, and it makes my heart pang for a second.
Okay…so I’m ready to hear from you – am I odd to have imaginings like this, or can any of you relate (whether or not you’re a writer)? Please let me know in the comments. I promise I can handle it if you think I’m just odd, LOL. 🙂
Happy Friday – and Happy Night Before Halloween!