Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the worlds you create? To stand beside your characters and battle their trials with them? To even be one of your characters you created? I wish this every time I place the pen to paper. Instead of seeing it as if I’m nothing but a phantom, to live the life I write.
The closest I can get to living in my book is by visiting the places that resided in my timelines: Williamsburg, Sturbridge, Salem, Beaufort, Mystic Seaport, Edenton, Philadelphia, Jamestown, Yorktown, Mount Vernon, Monticello, and, of course, England – London, Leeds Castle, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Arundel, Salisburg, Stonehedge, Bath, Tintern Abbey (Wales), Broadway, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bladon, Oxford, and Hampton Court. OMG, I LOVE RESEARCH! It’s living bits and pieces of your character’s life and time.
Yet, still they are only bits and pieces. There are times where I wish I had Maggie’s power (From the Inkworld Series) to read myself into my book’s pages. To see my Island, an Island which no Island could compare too in real life. Then again, what lives within its beautiful tree, I may never wish to met. I feel tore between living in the real world and living in my imagination. And since I can’t live within my imagination, at least I can run off and step into their shoes for a while : ).