I have been working on Shade of the Morning Sun for well over 10 years in its present form, and in that time I have come to realize something important about the project: It’s not just about me.
It’s hard to put into words but I feel right now (2021) that Shade is basically a tribute to life, such as it has been for my parents’ generation, for my own, and for my son’s generation – who might live to see most of the 21st century, for better or for worse.
A lot of the stories – well, all of them in fact – are inspired by my own experiences and interests, all of which I feel cover fairly well a good part of life ‘in sickness and health’. I have written stories about love and divorce, care and abuse, parenting and children’s experiences, endless travel and being stuck in the same place, poverty and wealth, youth and aging, and much more.
More than my vision
But what about your experiences? I have come to a point where I feel it would be right to write stories inspired by other people’s experiences as well. I don’t believe there can be a life with pure success or pure failure, so it doesn’t matter what those experiences are, as long as they somehow return to the ‘guiding star’ I have – that we must always try to make the best of what we have, of our conditions, past mistakes and so on. Otherwise, life becomes meaningless and in the worst case, we risk going down the dark path of Lin Christakis.
Many do go down that path to depression, self-abuse, death, suicide, and so on, I don’t deny that. I have been hospitalized with depression and anxiety and had thoughts about ending my life. But we all know deep down that is not the answer. So in honor of those who did not make it, and who we can only hope to meet again, I still think it is important – vital – to keep that guiding star in mind.
Shade of the Morning Sun is about the shade and the light, but mostly about the light. Ultimately that is what we all search for, whatever ‘light’ means to us as individuals.
So is there a story from your own life you’d like to share? Some experience you want to be incorporated into the web of stories that make out Shade of the Morning Sun? An experience you want to leave behind for others to know about when you are no longer here? Is there one of my characters you think could have had that experience, or should we create a new one?
I’d like to know and I’d like to hear from you. That’s the beauty of being able to write publicly and online, for me at any rate. I like to share and connect, and I’d like to share your story, too.
What I am looking for
What kind of story? Well, any kind, really, as long as you think it has value for others and could be made into a good fictional story, perhaps with some of my characters, perhaps with some of your own, and fit into the greater story that is Shade of the Morning Sun – which, for all intents and purposes, is the story of us all, of life and how we try to live it.
I’m particularly inspired by the stories from everyday lives you can find on a site such as Humans of New York, but that’s just an example. It really is up to you. Contact me, if you are in doubt whether or not you have a personal story that should be shared here, in the guise of a fictional story, and let’s talk about it.
Submit your fiction, too
Or are you a writer and would like to write a short story or vignette yourself which fits into the collection, perhaps using some of my characters? Feel free to do so, but contact me first for some guidelines, okay? I don’t want you to waste your time writing something that is not a good fit.
Okay, enough said. I look forward to connecting and sharing!