Portal to Visionary Fiction – Transforming Human Consciousness
When it comes to promoting visionary fiction, I sometimes feel like Don Quixote, cherishing magical hopes and taking on missions I’m not equipped to handle. I begin to wonder if I’m no more than a delusional dreamer, fighting windmills and sheep.
Then, as so often happens in life, along comes a reminder that being idealistic and impractical may not be quixotic after all.
During the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, for example, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, and two re-united Beatles proved the value of dark horses, following one’s arrow, and attempting something new.
Another event that emphasized the value of taking risks and attempting something new took place last week during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg won the first ever Olympic gold medal in men’s snowboard slopestyle by throwing in a new trick. Besides the usual jetting, whirling, and flipping of his sport, this “crazy” guy formerly known as “second-run sage,” helicoptered through 4 1/2 rotations, while grabbing his board and flexing it behind his back. “Never even tried it before,” he said. “Never, ever tried it in my life.”
Oh, and by the way, like genres, these tricks now have recognizable names: Cab Double Cork 1260 with a Holy Crail grab and Back 1620 Japan Air. “I kind of do random stuff all the time, never make a plan up,” Kotsenburg said. “I had no idea I was even going to do a 1620 in my run until three minutes before I dropped. It’s kind of what I’m all about.”
These timely examples of genre busters are mind-blowing reminders that the writing and promotion of visionary fiction, like singing and snowboarding, is about crossing lines, breaking barriers, and saying no to rules and regulations that have lost their meaning.
Promoting visionary fiction a quixotic quest? Nah. More like helicoptering through 4 1/2 rotations, while grabbing my board and flexing it behind my back.