Passing The Time With Research

Okay, so what’s the best way for a writer to pass the time when he’s recovering from a second heart surgery, research of course!  And watching the X-Files on Netflix.

My current line of inquiry has to deal with the relationship between Theosophists and Nazi Occultism.  The stuff I’ve found–both on the internet and in legitimate academic papers–is a mix of facts, theory, and myth, as you might expect.

For a fiction writer, all this is pure gold waiting to be harvested.  This isn’t a new area for exploration and exploitation by any means.  Thousands of books, movies, graphic novels, and plays have been generated with storylines based on the occult, Nazis, or some combination of both.

Typically the Nazis are evil and the occult aspects are sinister, all very stereotype. The challenge is to work the fantastic into a storyline that isn’t just black and white, good versus evil, and set in a world that is both recognizable and empathetic to the human condition.

I have the shell of the basic story written.  Every time I turn a corner though, I find some other aspect or avenue to explore, something else to give the story depth and a greater sense of reality. 

So now that I  have a few days, which I must see as an opportunity and take advantage of, I will keep researching and pushing ahead with the story.

Are you doing the same?

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About Kevin_Fraleigh

I am a novelist, and much of my writing is predicated on the concept that within each of us is a hole. For some of us, the hole is a divot, shallow and insignificant. But for many of us the hole is a cavern, deep and expansive. We try to fill it with sex or drugs or religion, but the cavern has an insatiable appetite. This is where the dark things live―the things that fill our nightmares. The things that claw at our minds. The things that inspire the stories of horror, madness, and twisted realities. From the depths of that cavern come the seeds of my stories. Won’t you join me in the dark edges of reality? Learn more about me from my blog at anytomorrow.wordpress.com. You can find my novels at amazon.com, smashwords.com, and most eBook retailers. You can also read some of my full length short stories at http://www.wattpad.com/user/Kevin_Fraleigh
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One Response to Passing The Time With Research

  1. ben says:

    If it weren’t for humankind’s love for politics and general disdain for Divine Wisdom, most of humanity would be living in the Kingdom by now. The spiritual understanding of apotheosis is ‘dumbed down’ by those who love the flesh and the distractions of the world.
    That is the essential difference between the intent of Theosophy and a profane result (Nazism) when it is stolen by egoism.

    Therefore, this perennial warning is pertinent to every generation: “….But watch yourselves, or your hearts will be weighed down by dissipation, drunkenness, and the worries of life—and that day will spring upon you suddenly like a snare…” –Saint Luke

    From the poet, Kabir:

    The whole world
    is enthralled by Maya;
    this same Maya
    has drowned whole families.

    O man, how did you wreck
    your raft in such a wide, clear place?
    Because you broke away from Hari,
    and hooked on Maya.

    Gods and men burn;
    the fire blazes.
    Water is so near,
    yet the beasts don’t drink.

    By meditating, by meditating,
    the water sprang forth,
    “That water is pure,”
    says Kabir.

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