I figured that before I went any further, I ought to explain the title of this blog. It’s not just a cool name, it does have some significance and meaning.
“The Dreamlight Fugitives” is actually the title of a new series of fantasy books I intend to write. Like all the best ideas, it just popped into my head one day, more or less fully formed. I didn’t even have to think about the idea, it was already there; all I had to do was sit down with a pen and paper and excavate and transcribe it. A whole new world was revealed to me, along with a diverse and quirky set of characters and a rather neat scenario that serves as a kind of socio-political allegory or fable.
The story features a group of escaped political prisoners in a world where creativity, philosophy and imagination are outlawed. People blindly follow the dictatorial Authority in a grim, grey and colourless world. The dreamlight fugitives are those that have dared to question the Authority and have discovered their own inner light, their own creative fire, their own capacity to dream, imagine and create. The act of doing so brings ‘dreamlight’ into the world, dispelling some of the darkness and bringing colour, vibrancy and lustre to an otherwise cold and hostile world.
The story is still in its infancy and the details are liable to change, but that’s the gist of it. It’s also how I see creativity in our own world. Many creative people are dreamlight fugitives of a sort. We see the suffering around us and we seek to create something that will dispel some of the darkness, shining a light that can inspire, awaken and transform. Art has no higher purpose that that. Everyone is a creator and many human beings create out of ignorance, confusion and hurt and end up causing and perpetuating suffering for themselves and those around them. And then there are those comparatively rarer people who create out of a desire to heal and inspire. In essence, they’re working with dreamlight, a substance that isn’t quite of this world, but which has the capacity to change the world.
So there you have it. That’s what a dreamlight fugitive is. As you’ve probably already gathered, I’m a rather philosophical guy and I don’t always see things quite the way everyone else sees them. I’ll probably end up sharing more about my own perspective on art and creativity as I go on.