Monday, November 12, 2012

Chosen Paths


The book is progressing, it's taken some unexpected twists and turns along the way - which is indicative of the main character - Emily.  She takes some unexpected paths, that if she had known better at the time - she would have avoided.  That's part of life's lessons, for sure.  Of course, some paths should be avoided altogether, especially if you're not prepared for where the path leads.   Emily faces an inward battle between what she wants and what is best for her future.  In this scene from Pages in the Wind, she contemplates whether to take a path that her much wiser brother warns her not to take  

I wiped the tears from my cheeks, and began walking in the direction of my life.  Something stopped me, and I had to turn around.  It wasn't Reid, I knew that he'd still be there.  After all, he'd moved heaven and earth to find me.  It was something else, a haunting feeling about one of the last things Robert said to me: You cannot go back there.  It's very, very dark.  I'm sorry, but you just don't have enough light in you to fight it.  I instinctively rubbed my arm vigorously to stop the chills that were surging through me.  His words left me wondering if it was some sort of premonition.  But Robert wasn't a fortune teller, he was smart and measured - and he spoke with a certainty that scared the hell out of me.  

Emily is conflicted - for sure.  It makes for good fiction, but I can certainly relate to it in my own life.  I wonder how many of us wonder at times if we had only chosen a different path - how would our lives be different.  Would we go back and change it if we could?

4 comments:

  1. You have a very visually appealing blog, and I love the way you've designed the posts and the great intros to different subjects. They are all thought provoking. I'm now a follower and I certainly do look forward to your book coming out!

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  2. I always look forward to your posts, they are so well written and give me a lot to think of. I think that she will probably wish that she had listened, and could go back in time. Its the old "wish I coulda" I suppose. I wonder also if my own life would be different had I made different choices. Maybe its a good idea to think more before making those important decisions. Wonderful post and blog!

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  3. This is so interesting. I am a new reader, and it makes me want to know more. I want to know what else has been written about Emily and the place she wonders about returning to. I couldn't find your archives?
    Anyway, this woman, as you suggested, is compelling. I also like the artwork at the top of your site. Who did that? The art is haunting and mysterious. It almost looks like she has wings like a faerie?? And I can just imagine Robert, how she wonders if he was having a premonition--in the so sure way he told her she can't go back. Sally, I'm taken. Is she a simple human being or is she something different?

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  4. Looks intriguing and good Sally. Darkness needs exploring. Your web page is excellent.

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