Sunday, June 9, 2013

Magical Worlds

Though I've trained as a scientist, I've always been a believer in Magic. I simply never outgrew my childhood sense of wonder at the amazing world around me and the ability of people working together to create things or actions that are far more than the sum of those individuals contributions.

I don't believe in the ability of an individual to create fire, rain, winds, or to do spells that cause people to fall in love or to destroy each other.   However, I do accept that these kinds of things may actually exist. There is so much about how our brains work and what we can do together to change things that I can't completely dismiss the possibility.  This is probably what draws me to writing about magic or special powers in my books.  It is a way to ask questions about how that kind of power might impact someone and what types of decisions that person would be making in order to harness and use or diffuse that power.

Futurist and Science Fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke, said: "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible." In many ways, committing to that venture is magical to me. I do believe in many things that do not have a logical, scientific explanations: love, trust, beauty, God, karma, a universal spirit I cannot deny that is embodied by the good works of all. Whatever you call those things in your life, I think it is important to embrace them and allow the magic to work.

As I've been writing my YA Fantasy series, I've delved into lots of magic myths from around the world. It has been fascinating to learn not only the differences from one culture to another but also the similarities.  There is definitely something that ties us together throughout cultures and time in the way we form ideas about the world and how we live.

Another definition to consider. This is one of the three definitions of "Wonder" in Mirriam Webster's Dictionary. "rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience."  That is how I approach magic.

What do you define as Magic?  If you enjoy reading books that have magic as an important part of the plot or world, what is it that draws you to those stories?

1 comment:

Paty Jager said...

I like the saying by Arthur C. Clarke. The possibilities that can be conjured up with magic are what make me a believer. To me magic is like hope. If you believe it will happen.

Great post.