Just as Chapters 4 and 5 were about time, Chapters 6 and 7 have a thread running through them as well. Can you figure out what it is?
Here are a few other interesting tidbits:
Are there real songs behind the titles in the story?
Yes, early on I had wanted to construct a story and a collection of music to go with it. A first draft of the album that I imagined the characters in the book to be writing was recorded in reality in the mid-1990s. It was really more of a demo and incomplete. To understand its integration, you have to understand the titles at the time that together formed a poem:
Into the Night
The Wind It Speaks
Of Dreams At Bay
What Will You Say
When We’re Gone
Only certain song titles survived the many drafts and edits over the years. One became the title of a chapter. Other rough drafts of songs recorded included: “The Devil in Disguise” and “I Am The Lion And I Am The Lamb”. (You can hear a version of this song here: https://www.alansgarrett.com/transition/.) I hope some day to properly record the collection of music that goes with this story, but then the story isn’t finished yet and I suspect neither is the music.
Where do some of the ideas in this story come from?
For myself, inspiration arises when unassociated thoughts or experiences collide and give birth to an idea. Sometimes this occurs through thinking, sometimes it seems as random as a car wreck. When someone says something like, “It hit me from out of the blue,” I think of the meteorite in this story, because that is how it developed: like something that fell from the sky, something that came from out of the blue.
(I need to note here that astroids travel through space, meteorites are what they become upon entering the atmosphere. The misuse of this terminology was a mistake that will be corrected in a future edition.)
There is a bigger story at play here, another level hinted at by the meteorite.