Instant escape

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Sometimes, when things are overwhelming here on Earth, which, these days, they frequently are, I like to imagine other planets way, way out in the reaches of space. I imagine what they look like, from a distance, blends of colors, nothing more than distant marbles.

And then I try to envision their surfaces, or what it’s like to be in a planet that’s only a ball of differently-colored gasses. The color of the sky. If they have rainbows, how they change depending on the atmosphere. What a storm is like.

But those aren’t my favorites.

My favorites are the ones where I imagine life, teeming life, different than ours but still alive. What sentience might look like there; what vegetation might look like there.

It gives me comfort to know that out there in the universe, life exists. It must exist, because the numbers of stars and their halos of planets is just too too vast for there not to be life.

Way out there, in that part of the universe we’ll likely never see, we are no more than a shadow passing in front of a star, our conflicts and problems concealed by endless space.

I’m sure those faraway planets have their own issues, but the ones I flicker into existence in my mind don’t. They’re calm, serene places where everything happening now here is nothing more than the imagining of a curious alien being.

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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

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All at the same time

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By Kjordand (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Another rainy day, though I guess that’s what March is for. Isn’t it tough to believe it’s March already?

Time is so strange, it morphs and alters its nature depending on what’s happening. Waiting for something? It stretches itself out, as long and as thin as possible, so you can’t see from one side to the other.

Enjoying something? Time squishes in on itself, taking up the least space possible, and blip, it’s over before you know it.

And then there are those patches when it gets really, really strange. Where it seems to go by in a rush, and yet every single moment is etched in slow, slow detail.

I have my suspicions about an extra-worldly being with a universal remote (universal remote!) and a quick finger with the fast-forward, rewind and pause, but I’m still working on that theory.

We cannot see it, we cannot control or contain it, and yet it rules our lives. Too much and not enough, all at the same time.

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Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing.

Writing Prompt: Photo

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So let’s do something different today. I’m going to write a story (in theory, we’ll see how it goes,) prompted by this photo I took and manipulated in Photoshop.

Please feel free to do the same, and leave the link in the comments! Let’s leave it open until Friday.

Everyone have your imaginations ready? Then on your marks, get set, make something up!