won a Nebula last night (novelette category) for “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast". Yay, Eugie! Go read!
Chapter 5, pt. 1 of Pas de Chat is on the ‘net. I’d love it if you’d give that a look too.
Magnetic Attraction Analysis 101
One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is: What am I drawn to? Plenty of people are inspirationally challenged – not sure of what lights their fire. Others are so selective about what floats their boat that not much new can get past their preferences.
Whether you’re confused or highly particular, curiosity is a form of power. Use it.
What are you attracted to? Make a list.
- Space travel/exploration, especially manned – the technological ingenuity *and* the curiosity and bravery required to get it done.
- World building, when all the pieces finally click together and it looks like a "real" world.
- The concept of original sin. It’s the ultimate before/after. Especially Milton’s realistic "before."
- Hummingbirds. They’re cool little suckers!
- Rainbows. Especially the small ones that appear in a random patch of clouds. Random beauty caused by optics.
- Fairy tales/myths. Hiding kernels of truth in metaphor and analogy. Can be enjoyed on both levels.
- Realizing that many behaviors make up for deficiencies.
- Imperfect physical features.
- The ocean, waves crashing.
- The prairie, wind moving through tall grass.
- In ultimate frisbee, zone offense or defense that is ideally played.
- Gray pallets. Orange pallets.
- Good lyrics/puns/turns of a phrase.
- Grand unrealistic illicit romances.
- The got-away-with-it heist.
- The concept of true neutrality. The concept that "good" may be as harmful as "evil."
- Saxophones in rock/industrial music. Great bass-lines. Male vocals. Violin concertos.
- The sheer quantity of stories in the world.
What’s on your magnetism list? Now ask yourself what’s so interesting, or soothing, or sexy about the things that you gravitate towards. Go with the first thing that enters your mind, no matter how silly or grandiose it may seem.
Causation; nothing happens randomly. Beauty in systems. Wrapping ‘truth’ in stories. Bravery & curiosity. Subtle subversion of the sacred or normal. Something seeming like something else. Contrast. Playing with notions of good and evil.
Being aware of not only what we are attracted to, but why we’re attracted to it, gives us access to the most tender and creative places within ourselves. If you put your finger on the magnetism, you can attract more of what you want into your life.
I’m not sure if I entirely buy the concept of "magnetism," but it’s never a bad thing to keep in mind the things that give you a little thrill. Working on projects that are exciting, that can be made exciting, is better than working on something that holds no interest.