I have an inside joke with a friend who I often talk with online. In between conversations about schedules and goals, our Facebook chat (now our Verizon chat) was a free-form space for personal and creative discovery. We call it "The Holy Chat Room."
I am given to having large, traffic-stopping discoveries, and so I often tell her about my most recent "epiphany." I like using the word. For me, it implies not just ideas, but also pomp: like, the kind of pomp that comes with trumpets and angels. I don't know. I like the way it feels in my mouth and on the page. It probably has something to do with January 6th and Catholicism, but I'm explaining too much, and none of that matters.
I had so many epiphanies throughout the years, though, that we decided it'd be a good theme for a party. We know a hash of musicians and writers and artists that we were insanely lucky to fall in with in the late 80's (and after). They're good, sweet, talented people, and we invited them all to congregate at my friend's house tomorrow, to discuss some of the epiphanies they had during the year (which will of course be songs, or poems, or essays, because that's what this group does).
I'm organizing the performances, reprising a role that I had in college when I was in charge of our annual cabaret. It's mad fun, because I get a small preview of what's to come for the evening - but just a tease, so it's not spoiled for me.
The point of this update, though, is that I have to come up with an epiphany to share. While I have quite a variety to choose from, I don't want to do anything too weighty. In general, I think, it's time for me to lighten up.
So I went looking through my conversations with @metaphoria for the word "epiphany" and I found this idea. It is really a kind of brain scrap, a thought not fully formed; but it's still interesting to think of. It's about a book structure that woud be way too much work:
"I was thinking two things, really. The first one is more visual. About constructing a framework and hanging your story from it, like you do poetry. Maybe you could apply that to a book. I wonder what would happen if you applied some kind of framework to a chapter, and then changed it ever-so-slightly from chapter to chapter. Would that amp up the tension? The other idea was about using frameworks that were completely different from chapter to chapter. When I say framework, I'm trying to figure out whether that means a certain paragraph structure, or a certain dialogue structure, or sentence structure. But something very technical, but also something subtle...Paragraph A is about place, and it highlights something specific about that place. Paragraph Chatper 2 A is about place, and highlights something metaphorically-related, or descriptively related to the paragraph in Chapter 1. It'd be like the whole book was written as a structured poem, but with paragraphs instead of verse."
And then we talked about Christmas shopping. Because I ain't got no kind of time to write a book like that. But it's fun to think of.
I still need an epiphany to talk about at the party. I have a few ideas off the top of my head, but I want to make it something fun. All my current epiphanies are good ones, but they're about my interior life...which is a place I've been too often, and for too long. Really, I'm starting to wonder about the wisdom of spending any time there at all. But that's a different epiphany.