I haven’t been blogging much lately, because I have been channeling my most inspired writing into a re-do of a book I wrote in 2011-2012, while still living in Edenlight Garden. The book, which may be growing into a trilogy, is titled EdenWold. When I finished the first draft, which I had enjoyed so much, I went into a kind of separation grief, which then prompted the following year-long construction of the heavens grounding aqua aventurine triangle and Jesus shrine. Not at all unrelated to the book. It’s not about Jesus, but what Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Mother Mary, Mohammed, the Archangels, Gaia herself, the goddesses Iris, Isis, Lakshmi, Kwan Yin & Mary Magdalene, the Nature Spirits, and Elementals have all tried to teach us about ourselves. Especially the “selves” part.
The story, while largely inspired by my twenty-seven years at Edenlight, a magic garden created cooperatively with infinite Spirit, is taking on a life of its own. It lives in me. I dream chapters. I dreamed two this morning before waking up. I write whole chapters while seated amongst magical trees in the dark woods at night. As an artist who is happiest in the midst of a project, this is the current project.
The revised EdenWold now has 44 chapters, and is at about 40,000 words. I have both laughed and cried while writing it. And there is a lot more coming, as it encompasses now about a third of the first draft – with a lot of the older stuff thrown out as richer material presents itself.
What is it about? Everything, maybe? In a nutshell ( I had a full visual sensory revelation several months ago that my awesome 27 year experience at Edenlight could be contained inside a walnut shell); it is about the New Earth that is both coming and already here. The story itself is peopled by a diverse array of beings, from all life kingdoms, though the central characters are a magical girl, a dragon, a raccoon, a chicken, a snake, and a unicorn. And trees. The story itself is a zoological and botanical Ark.
The world of EdenWold grows from a tiny spot where we first meet the girl, who then meets the dragon under conditions only stressful to the dragon, to a richly evolved planet. The girl, who’s name is Girl, both deva and teacher, creates first her ever evolving garden, EdenWold, and then teaches the beings who begin appearing to create it themselves. Her teachings include lectures around a large communal fire pit with time traveling holograms over the fire, and exploration via dragon flight. And “adventures.” If that sounds too simplified, that’s because it is.
Of course I love re-reading and editing it myself, but the greater hope is that others will get something both entertaining and meaningful as well. I do envision finishing it this year, 2018.
It’s not The Lord of the Rings, (which I’ve read three times in the last 50 years), but perhaps the Ring of the Lords.