Me and What Writing Means To Me
~Stories speak to us on a deeper level, in metaphor and symbolism, with an understanding that touches the very depths of our psyche and soul.~
It is nice to meet you and thank you for taking a moment to read some of my writing. My name is Sasha, or sometimes Ayllium, and perhaps more often, but less preferably, Christopher. My primary writing genre is Sci Fi or Fantasy, but I don’t rule out the possibility of straying into the occasional social commentary or critique.
I’ll let my writing speak for itself with the hope you enjoy the reading as much as I enjoy the writing. The experiences of my life have resolved that this is not a path of choice, but an inescapable track from which I cannot deviate, nor would wish to. Like a freight train careening forward full speed ahead with no breaks to speak of, this is it. What this means depends very much on how my writing is received and how it evolves when faced with your scrutiny, dear reader, so please be lavish in your praise and ruthless in your critiques, because there can be no growth without pain or courage without encouragement.
We, in our human experience, yearn for stories and the hidden lessons they hold. For the better part of human civilization, and prior to, we have defined and inspired ourselves with the stories we’ve told. The very meaning of our lives is derived from the stories we tell. Stories are one of the few things that really bind the entirety of humanity together.
Stories are where we keep all the knowledge of our ancestors and all the hidden knowledge that we either don’t know how to, or simply can’t, communicate in plain language. Stories speak to us on a deeper level, in metaphor and symbolism, with an understanding that touches the very depths of our psyche and soul. Fiction, storytelling, the intimate relationships that form between reader and characters are more significant and communicative than any other direct lines of communication, because it involves the whole of us.
Stories are sacred and storytelling is an art form. I cannot profess to be a master of this art, nor do I intend to insinuate that my stories, in and of themselves, are sacred. No, the sacredness of a story does not lie within the story itself, but in the reader for whom the story resonates.
What I hope, more than anything, is that you find something in my writing that resonates with you.
About My Writing
~…these worlds are real, bereft of the eternal sunshine and lighthearted happiness that permeates the factious worlds we so often seek shelter in as we evade the sorrow and pain of our own stories.~
In my first post I addressed where I am going and what writing, more specifically, storytelling, means to me. In this post I want to focus more on what you can expect as far as the type of writing I lean towards.
The worlds I build are realms loosely familiar with, but not restrained by the laws of our own. Each world is bound by its own physics, some very closely approximating what we know and others unlike anything we’ve imagined. Worlds in which magic exists and super natural powers might be common place or as rare as a three eyed frog. Worlds that might seem post apocalyptic or set in the distant past, or both at the same time. The worlds I describe might be populated by humans or human like beings, or they might be filled with alien races with no taint of humanity to speak of. Many of these stories take place in the darkest days of their respective world. The characters beaten down by hardship and betrayed by their societies, don’t always find the sunny ending of their bleak worlds new morning.
In short, I write about hope and struggle, pain and suffering, darkness and injustice. I write about growth and determination, weakness and surrender, and the ultimate brutality of worlds that simply don’t care.
This is not to say that I don’t have my happy endings and moments of inspiration. Rather, it is to say that I don’t write about aristocracy and affluence. My characters are not from the upper strata of their prospective social orders, or if they are, their stories find them dethroned from their place of privilege and forced to look the harshness of their world in its cold dead eyes and struggle to regain any semblance of the life they knew before they are consumed by it. To put it succinctly, my characters are real, facing the trials and tribulations that some avoid, either through social positioning or the good fortune of being born outside the misery and brutality that exists in every world for the majority of its inhabitants.
My stories are never baseless or hollow. Earlier I said that storytelling was communicative and each of my stories communicates something. What that something is I leave to you, dear reader, to define and explore as suits you best.
Some of my stories take place in the same world. Some in worlds so different they aren’t in the same universe. Some of my stories will be continual series, episodes each, telling a greater tale than a simple short story could ever hope, but telling individual shorts just the same. Still others will be nothing more than a single glance at an impossibly thin shard of a world that will otherwise forever remains shrouded in mystery, but for the glimpse through a keyhole.
It is up to you as my fans, critics, and general audience to decide which you like best and what worlds we shall dwell in most. Just remember these worlds are real, bereft of the eternal sunshine and lighthearted happiness that permeates the factious worlds we so often seek shelter in as we evade the sorrow and pain of our own stories. In that, these stories offer little escape, but, should we dare look close enough, perhaps they offer a more practical hope to be considered when we return home from our journey.
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