Last month was tough.
Nick and I had several unexpected deaths in our family and there were plenty of illnesses and operations to keep us on high alert. If all that wasn’t enough, I turned the ripe old age of 60, which was a bit jolting to someone whose brain still thinks she is 22 and should be feverishly dancing every Saturday night at the neighborhood disco.
All worries aside, there remains so much to be thankful for.
As I sit at the Thanksgiving table today, I will bow my head in prayer to thank the Creator for the overflowing abundance of food, love and other blessings I continue to enjoy on a daily basis. And I will smile, knowing a new item has been added to my gratitude list this year, something that only a writer would fully appreciate.
I am giving thanks to the people who initiated the Visionary Fiction genre.
Originally, I had categorized my Inn Lak’ech novel as spiritual/New Age, but it didn’t feel exactly right. And then one day I was Googling for something completely unrelated and “stumbled upon” the Visionary Fiction Alliance. That’s when my overworked writing angels stood up and sang “Hallelujah!"
Ever hear of Charlotte’s Web, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Hobbit, The Mists of Avalon or A Christmas Carol? All Visionary Fiction!
“Visionary Fiction embraces spiritual and esoteric wisdom,” says the VFA website, “often from ancient sources, and makes it relevant for our modern life. Growth of consciousness is the central theme of the story and drives the protagonist, and/or other important characters.”
Knowing—finally knowing—which genre your novel falls under is like discovering a shiny gold coin in your slice of pumpkin pie. It’s completely unexpected but a nice reward for getting through such a marathon meal. In my novel, grief and anger drive my protagonist, Elm Sunday, to do things that are completely out of character. During her journey, many relationships are lost or severed, but the story is a hopeful one. It depicts Elm’s awakening and subsequent redemption, both achieved in a most unusual (and rather miraculous) way.
Visionary Fiction often uses reincarnation, dreams, visions, paranormal events, psychic abilities, and other metaphysical plot devices.
I think of my novel as a sumptuous buffet, because it features all of the above-mentioned side dishes and more. Inn Lak'ech is a modern-day story which begins in the historic New England town of Little Blessing, a seaside community rich in Puritan values. As a descendant of the founding family and only child of the town’s mayor, Elm’s life is one of freedom, privilege and magic. She sees mermaids and tree spirits nearly ever day, which is a metaphysical drop in the bucket compared to the Universal secrets Elm uncovers years later at a multidimensional bed and breakfast.
Read. Write. Awaken.
It’s only three words, but the slogan of the Visionary Fiction Alliance is a mighty powerful intention. As a visionary who also happens to be a writer, I’ve long understood that words hold tremendous power and responsibility. Yet no matter how “conscious” I believe myself to be, I know there is always room for spiritual improvement, especially since my heart’s desire is to help awaken others through my writing.
Dan Millman, the author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior, said: “Enlightenment is not an attainment, it is a realization. And when you wake up, everything changes and nothing changes.”
We gather together…
Discovering that I have been writing a Visionary Fiction novel all along has been a real eye-opener for me, and it seemed logical that I should join the VFA. Becoming a member was super-easy and I’m glad I joined because the organization is extremely supportive. There’s a lot of insightful conversation on the VFA’s Facebook page and the website is a visionary feast for light seekers.
So thank you, Visionary Fiction Alliance, for inspiring me to continue to reach for the stars, to boldly try anything and everything on my visionary plate (at least once) and for stuffing me full of your worldly gems of wisdom.
This writer’s prayers have been answered and I am eternally grateful.