Perception Part Dos-You can say that again …

And they did and did until it was said and done.

Some were romantic and some cynical … others depressed and more optimistic. The makers and shakers of our world from time immemorial, what they saw was what we got.



On the walls of caves, primitive man needed to communicate what was going on outside his domicile. Neanderthal man vs. Cro Magnum,  Neanderthal vs. Homosapien … or as scientists prefer … everyone back then vs. Homosapien. Science perceives that the Neanderthals of Europe evolved into homosapiens, leaving all of ancient man behind in the dust.

No matter what you believe or perceive, all of mankind sought to communicate, sought to tell us who they were and what their world was like. And when we use the expression … “the writing was on the wall,” we are speaking literally about entire generations of mankind who left us their messages on  cavern walls … on the inside of the pyramids … hammered in the early stone scribes.

And thus mankind began his journey to write down thoughts … the individual perceptions of each of those who passed along the “word,” which became history.

What you see is what you get …

And what the author sees is the story you read or perhaps the story you see.

The two most read of all popular fiction are romance the numero uno and mystery a distant second. All others fall in line after those.

Dystopia for instance:

“A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia,  kakotopia, or simply anti-utopia) is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening.It is translated as “not-good place”, anantonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Thomas Moore and figures as the title of his most well-known work, “Utopia.”

“… By contrast, dystopia is a nightmare world which, in many cases, has resulted from attempts to create an ideal society. Such dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in a future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society.” Wikipedia 


Reference to Brave New World

Emerse yourself in a dystopian era and try to imagine a time thousands of years from now when our descendents uncover the remains of an old Barnes & Noble book store.

The once known city of New York and dozens of other major cities were blasted out of existence; destroyed in the war to end all wars.

A band of rebels have been attempting to uncover the truth and not the propaganda about our time and believe that it can be found in not what they have been told, but in what we wrote about our time.

For the purpose of my story, the only section of the book store that is salvageable in the wreck is the popular fiction section and the only books that are still readable are from the romance and mystery sections.

This is their only chance to convince the populace that we were once a great nation. They have found proof … the printed word.

As we attempted to piece together the daily life of the Neanderthal, they attempt to piece together the daily life human kind in the Twenty-first Century.

What truth can they cull from these ancient books … what does our bent toward the fantasy of happily-ever-after and the who-done-it say a about who we are as a society?

As we tried to learn from the ancients, so they must try to learn from us.



My perceptions about our modern novels might be quite different from yours. Perhaps you love romance but not “hot” romance or you want a story that has romantic elements but does not guarantee a happy ending. Do you see the eternal struggle for love and happiness as the battle of the sexes, the fate of a woman to follow a dream no matter how impossible it may seem at the onset?

Or you prefer the cozy mystery to the more frightening thriller, a bit of both in romantic suspense?

What we write may be based on our personal perceptions of the concepts of good and evil; right and wrong … it might be to entertain or enlighten and give our reader a place to escape the harsh realities of their hum-drum life?

Regardless how or why you began writing down your thoughts … the are just that … YOUR thoughts. And if you believe as some do that there are only X-number of plots, then your personal thoughts mold and shape themselves into one of those.

Therefore, what we perceive is fashioned by what thousands, perhaps millions of others perceived as the outcome of our human condition. There is no “original” thought and the universe has long ago given us the answers to every dilemma. You might believe that everything and anything has been recorded from the beginning of time and rests on the astral plane or is written in the Akashic records as perceived by theosophists.

“The akashic record is like an immense photographic film, registering all the desires and earth experiences of our planet. Those who perceive it will see pictured thereon: The life experiences of every human being since time began, the reactions to experience of the entire animal kingdom, the aggregation of the thought-forms of a karmic nature (based on desire) of every human unit throughout time. Herein lies the great deception of the records. Only a trained occultist can distinguish between actual experience and those astral pictures created by imagination and keen desire.” Wikipedia

And balderdash to theosophists-snobs who claim that only the “trained occultist” can see and know. As if they discovered the thoughts that exist in our universe.Were our little band of future rebels to know and perceive this to be the real truth, it would hardly matter. No one can ever live two simultaneous lives. our human bodies are mortal, the temporary vessel for who we are to be while here on earth.

I’d rather laugh …

And I do. I laugh at my own foibles and use them to entertain you. I come to this place in the blogestsphere to give you a little tickle … like grandpa did with his fuzzy beard.

Why I write at all is impossible to explain … mostly because I think explanations are a giant yawn. Who cares why you do what you do or how you see the world around you. Will you write the next Harry Potter or Hunger Games or will you fashion a tender love story? Whatever you perceive to be the driving force behind this craziness that we call creativity is personal. And frankly, I am grateful that I will never know why Emily never married but spent a solitary life enchanting us with her words.

I could truly care less what motivated Charles Dickens and I have no desire to question a modern writer or seek to look inside the brain of Stephen King … now that would be what a trip.

In the triple play of perception, I would like to dissect and devour the stranger than strange world of the blog … stay tuned.

Tell me true … is there a reason

you do what you do ?

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10 responses to “Perception Part Dos-You can say that again …

  1. I tried to post a reply and it just wouldn’t go through so I’ll try again.

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  2. Okay, it worked….. I want to thank you for explaining “dystopia”. I’d seen dystopian movies but never had a definition for it. Now I do, especially after you explained it at the opposite of “utopia”. So simple, yet I’d never thought of it. Thank you for that.
    Why do I write? I have to say it’s simply that I like to create a world that “I” create with people who “I” like or dislike, hoping that someone else will read my books and have some, or many, feelings while reading it.

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    • Oh yeah, Patti … the best way to share our thoughts is to write what and who we like … it comes through to the person reading the story. Like you loving spirit comes through.

      Glad I could offer some “enlightenment” about dystopian. Reading it gives me chills, but at a certain age I loved being shook to my roots. I still love it sometimes and wish they had done a better job with the second and third Hunger Games 🙂


  3. Hi, Florence! Wow, what an enlightening post and thank you for that. I write because I like to. I like how I’ve expanded as an author. I write funny because that is a natural extension of my voice. In fact, I never knew I was funny until a long time ago when a friend told me I was. And when I read a popular author who is incredibly funny, I said, “Finally.” Life isn’t just gloom and doom.

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    • You bet’cha, Vicki … I once cured a depression by reading the first eight books by Janet Evonowitch (sp) … I mean I laughed myself right out of a deep troth.

      And when we can do that for people we create magic, don’t we? 🙂


  4. People have certain affinities for certain kinds of work and play. I am sure there is a reason, but as you said, it doesn’t really matter in the end. It is what you do. And no one can explain genius.

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    • Lindsay … while my “taste” in reading has changed over the years, I still love a story that takes me to another place. I mean that is why we read … and ultimately why we write 🙂

      And heck no, it doesn’t matter at all !!


  5. christicorbett

    I’m just so happy you’re back! I’ve missed your blog posts!

    As far as why do I do what I do? I’d say it’s because I’ve always known that I wanted to be a writer, and now that I am fortunate enough to be a full-time author, I consider it a privilege and an honor.


    • Thanks, Christi … and I am so happy to be back. I love that I knew you when and more so that I can share in the amazing journey you have traveled to find that place inside of you to create.

      The honor is all mine 🙂


  6. Florence – This is one of your best and you’ve had so many ‘best’ over the years – you simply keep outdoing yourself.
    I always stop and make myself a fresh brew before reading your post as I want to slow down and enjoy myself. The past few weeks I’ve been interrupted more often than not. I DO NOT want to be interrupted when I’m reading your blog so simply wait for another time.
    The phrase, “The writing is on the wall,” is one we used during my career over and over. We could see what we were after every time we opened a case but seeing wasn’t enough. We had to bring all of our other senses into what I always called ‘the proof is in the pudding.’
    Your discussion regarding dystopia is downright scary in the truth we live today. All I have to do is look at the world around me [and I don’t have to leave the USA to see every example you mentioned]. Dehumanization is everywhere – from the grocery store to doctor’s offices to our men and women who serve in our military. Then we have our totalitarian government wherein we no longer have honest elections and could we find an honest candidate to support if we really tried. Would you want to run for public office? I don’t? Congress is a mess along with the Supreme Court and don’t get me started on the White House. Last but certainly not least are the environmental disasters – while the west coast burns the east coast drowns. For us here in the middle – we sit on the biggest and most dangerous fault line in the universe and those folks in congress want a pipeline to run through the same place – I don’t think so. Fracking has caused earthquakes stronger than California on a regular basis.
    Your post has so much meat in it – my coffee is gone. This is what I love about a meaty blog – you tickle my mind and give me something to really think about and that’s also why I won’t read your blogs until I have uninterrupted time. I know I’ll need my full attention – you are one smart lady.
    BTW – Stephen King has written some words that’ll make up my next blog!
    As to my writing – well – you know why I write Florence and that’s good enough for me. Have a great week, my friend.


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