An Essay on Reality, Writing and Art
Written by
Maria Diana
September 2019
Written by
Maria Diana
September 2019

Ever had a great night's sleep, and woken up, to see the world around you is no longer what you thought it was? But you still wanted to drift around in that lumber state, exploring the distant worlds of fantasy and dreaming? So you let your attention go to where it wanted to travel to. You lay there half-sleeping, enjoying the moment.

That is what good fiction and fantasy books do for a person. It is also what art does, what singing does, what composing does.

I write, and this is exactly what I do when writing. I let my mind go where it wants to go. I do not control it. I do not dictate which path or mountain or cloud it must travel to. It is like I, the writer, am the dreamer, and I am dreaming for others too. And I type as a travelogue to where my mind goes. That is my trade.

I have also read the best and been taken down that same dream- the path by the world's most exalted writers and dreamers. That is why I venerate science fiction. I like to be led down the road by those great masters of Heinlein, Asimov, Herbert, Donaldson and more. It is why I like to dream for others.

Good books take you where you need to use your mind, imagination, to dream, far beyond the confines of the material world. It is your world, your real-world where your mind goes. Imagination is your asset. In fact, it is perhaps of the few assets that a spiritual being truly has. We use it to live by, plan by, and to even make a shopping list by.

Good music will do the same. It takes you there. It can invite that beautiful sadness, of times past or times not yet reached. Music does it for you. So can cooking.

Paintings can, as you marvel how the artist did it. Buildings can.

Imagination is so important. Without it, I am not even sure how alive we are.

You always finish the book and then look around you. You look at your surroundings. It is like waking to the alarm clock on Monday morning, at 6 am. You have to go to the dreary office to make another dreary dollar for the man. But you take the remnants of the dream with you.

Or, you put your book down to go and make a coffee and reflect on what you just read and compare that to the universe around you. You look at those pages and where they took you. You love your book. That is why I write and encourage all to write, paint, sing and more.

And have you ever noticed how much women and young girls talk about how they would like to be fashion models so they can get to wear all those dresses and other klær på nett, it is the same with men and young boys they are always talking about how much they would like to be a footballer, basketball player or some type of athlete. I'm sure by now you have realized some of these things on your own and if you haven't I'm sure after reading this it now actually clicks and you see the big comparison between the two topics by now. 

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