Metaphor #7: Wizard in a Purple Glass


My very favorite story is by Stephen King, the only fiction writer I read regularly. I love his stories and style and worlds so much, I cannot bring myself to move on to someone else — his mind is too perfect. So he started this series of stories in the late 70’s and the set of seven books spanned until 2004 I believe, The Gun Slinger.

The story itself is a cross between Clint Eastwood’s ‘The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly’ (a totally classic manly western movie) and Tolkin’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (perhaps one of the greatest fantasy series ever). So the reason I mention this book and why it has had such an impact on my life, my reality, is the idea of the power of the story teller. King indirectly touches on the idea that the story teller is, for lack of a better term, God.

The story teller can create a character, a story, a plot, and a direction, and live out their fantasies. This is also a concept a Wizard has taught me (one of many — right): you can pretend anything and master it! So, often times I wonder (maybe not so much anymore, because I’ve had the opportunity to TEST my theories): How much truth exists in the idea of someone being able to write their own story?

Of course, then you get into the philosophy about what is TRUTH? … lol, so many stories to tell here. “Truth” : the philosopher’s stone — the illusive obvious. But really, if you think about it, how wonderful would it be to write a short story (in your head or on paper, doesn’t matter really) about something that you want to happen, and just try it on, see how it feels. I can think of some pretty elaborate stories I’ve written in my mind I intend to make a reality, something in the shade of purple.