Tuesday, February 12, 2013

THE POWER OF NOW


Ever wonder how you will do it all? The time crunch is always upon us it seems.  I dream of the day when I can retire from my day job and have wonderfully endless hours to write all the stories that are commanding me to write them down NOW! I have the perfect spot all picked out. It’s in my dining room with an amazing view of our park-like yard. Deer are constant visitors and a source of inspiration. Shakespeare got it right when he wrote, “A touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

I know I am years away from achieving my vision of nirvana.  I rise each day hoping for just a brief hour or two of writing to sustain my soul against the hardships of life that exist outside the four walls of our happy home. I also know I am a lucky woman to have the love of a good man and be supported in my endeavors to think I might have a little something to share with the world. He actually reads my work and likes it! But until that time comes I will live and dream of days when all my best efforts go into creating books that hopefully speak so others about what it is to be human, or not!

An excerpt from a work-in-progress (screaming to be written NOW) tentatively titled FIRST VAMPIRE/ Book One/Star Children Series:

Eighteen Dynasty, Egypt, 1355BC

“I want to live forever.”

“Have you any idea what you’re asking?” The ancient voice rumbled with deep disapproval.

“Yes, I do!  And it’s what I wish. I have bore my children. The timing is right with the chaos brought on by plague. I am at the peak of my human beauty and I will preserve it at all costs.” The haughtiness of her tone compared nicely with her bewitching countenance, the ancient Sun God took note as he spoke with the full authority of his status, wishing briefly that he was not beyond the human need of procreation. A beauty such as hers came only once a millennium.

“Beware, Queen Nefertiti, the cost of what you ask for is far higher than you could imagine. Are you willing to pay those costs? You will not know what they are until it is too late. You cannot be brought to this state until you agree to accept the other side of the coin—and it is a dark side, I warn you.”

“What cost? Living as I am now—forever? Bah, nothing you could say could sway me from this course of action. I will rule this land forever—my beauty commands all. And you said I would have one wish granted for my dedication to praising you to my people and making you our one god. Not to mention moving our capital from Thebes to Amarna as you wished it. Living forever is my wish and it is in your provenance to give it to me.”

The finality of her tone convinced the deity of her conviction, though grave doubts lingered of her understanding of the high cost of becoming immortal. And most of which he could not divulge until she was turned as it was far too dangerous to have such knowledge venture into the human world. But his word was his word and thereby he bestowed his gift of everlasting life on her with a single edit; damn the cost.

“Then I, Lord RA, will make it so.” With a dramatic flourish of his golden aura that surged with shinning rays of intense light from his entire being, he pronounced the words, “Regina vitam aeternam dona tibi—I give you the gift of eternal life my Queen.”

“I feel no different.” Nefertiti said after a moment and looked at Lord RA with distain clearly written on her beautiful face. A face that could command an army at will. But he knew how to bend it to his own.

Habere patientiam—have patience. First you need to be inficitur.

“Inficitur?”

“Infection with the aeterna sanguis virus is essential to immortality. Only blood changes what we are. You will wake up immortal only after it is administered.”

“Let’s get started.” Her tone was certain and he approved her steadfast conviction. Even felt a little thrill at knowing that such a beauty would exist for all time; and if he could not be the beneficiary—so be it for it must be written in the stars.

“This is the substance you seek.” With a sleight of hand he pulled a shimmering vial from beneath his snow white robe and held it up to the single candle that lit the dim, dank cavern beneath the new capital city. 

“I will take it now.”

“Drink it all in one go. It is the gift of the distant star visitors. You will be the first of your kind—the first female to be immortal.” He proudly commanded and handed it over and felt her shiver involuntarily with anticipation as she ran her pink tongue over her full lips. He calmly watched as she quickly pulled the stopper from the vial and tipped her head back allowing her thick mane of undulating tawny blonde hair to flow far down her back. She drank the shimmering liquid that shone with an iridescent unearthly glow as greedily as a hungry babe at its mother’s breast. Bemused, he watched her look of instant horror at the vile taste of the ancient concoction. Just the first insignificant cost of what she was about to become…

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3 comments:

Big Mike said...

Hate to brake your bubble but I am retired and I still can't keep up, only the things I struggle with have changed. I'm still always hassled, always behind, and someone is always still telling me "You're late!"

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I'm with, Mike, January. You have to live each day and cherish it, and not project too far ahead. It's never the way you imagine it. There is growth and hange -- as you already know there is loss.

I "got it all done" so I could write, and have done so. But, it has always been against the odds: the changing climate of immorality (not immortality), and the end game of a long life when I finally have soemthing to say -- as fewer want to listen..

January Bain said...

Interesting, guys! At least I never hear that, "I'm late!" as my dear grandma would never allow any of us to be late. But it does suggest how very busy you are Big Mike, but you do sooooo much for others!
Julie, so true about cherishing each day! I guess that would be living in the NOW. Seems wrong that when you have the most to say, fewer listen. The wealth of a lifetime should be cherished by all. I know I truly appreciate your advice.
Thanks for all your input. I feel blessed to have such wise friends! Best, January