(Caution: Sleepy-writer thoughts lie ahead.)
More isolating than I expected.
And I love being alone.
It feels safe.
But writing brings on a whole different kind of aloneness.
It’s not a very still and quiet alone.
Too many pesky thoughts and ideas. Too many noisy inner voices.
Things start to get muddled up.
In a surreal Dali-esque mad artist kind of way.
You begin to want a real presence. (As I allude to in my poem Tidal Pool).
But people are also distracting.
And you have a book to write.
Unlike your characters, you can’t customize your interactions with people.
Which makes you feel lost. Full on, fairy-tale-waif-in-the-woods lost.
And, so, when I sat down to compose this review of Peter Edwards’ books, I was trying to figure out where to start.
Then a thought spoke.
It said “The Little Fears are good company.”
Granted, probably not the kind you would bring to the office party.
Or to your neighbourhood potluck.
But they are, strangely enough.
The quirky nature of the Little Fears helps banish the feeling of alienation you get from the day job and the real world.
“I’m not so odd, after all,” you tell yourself. (Even though you have developed the bad habit of talking to yourself ever since you first decided to become a writer.)
Oh, the art, too. It tickles something in my (Jungian, I hope, not Freudian) subconscious. Like when Peter invited his blog followers to create something based on his art and characters.
Durthi, the plant shaman, was very evocative for me—I love the idea of plants and animals having powerful agency against humans.
Overall, in decrypting the pun-based humour of the little stories, your mind focuses; becomes grounded. And then the laughs come. Or groan, as the back of some of his Little Fears books proclaim.
But I find myself chuckling more often, when I read his books and his blog posts.
They not only take the edge of my ever-circling mind, they take the edge off my horror-in-real-time, confusing, mucky mess of a life.
And I don’t feel so lost.
For I have Edwards’ Little Fears to keep me company. (Visit his blog here: https://littlefears.co.uk/)
(My favourite pun was the Stephen King cameo, by the way. In case you were wondering…)
Adopt some of your own Little Fears on Peter’s Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittleFears.
Little Fears books by Peter Edwards: