Dreaming a better future

This is mostly a plug for another blog post – https://thebardicacademic.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/defining-goldendark/  – please read it. It’s an exploration of the fantasy genre, with an eye to what we might need writing to do for us.

For me it also functions as a challenge. I think what Kevan Manwaring is asking of authors – and really by extension anyone making a creative engagement with life (all of us, surely?) – is the expressing of hope. And if we don’t have hope, the requirement to imagine, find or otherwise create it. Without hope, we can’t fashion a better future.

This week I’ve been struggling with depression. The nature of the ailment means that right now, I could not create the hope to get myself out of a wet paper bag. I’d just sit in the wet paper. Sometimes what we need is for someone else to tell us that basically its just a wet paper bag and it wouldn’t take much wriggling to be out of it. Where the challenges are bigger, the need for hope is greater.

Better things are possible, but to get there, we need to start telling each other stories about those possibilities, and making it believable for each other.


About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

6 responses to “Dreaming a better future

  • Sheila North

    With hope, all things are possible. Without it, nothing appears possible. All the best to you. x

  • Christopher Blackwell

    Sorry you have to deal with it, as I recall how bad it could get with me. Depressions wants you to feel helpless, almost as though it does not want to lose its hold on you. The only suggestion might be to keep it a low stress day until it passes. Best of luck.

  • jrose88

    Thank you for sharing this. I think it’s something I really needed to read before I start the next draft of my novel, to begin filling in a lot of what is still missing.

    And I’ve been struggling this week too, outwardly cheerful one moment and then staring blankly into empty space the next. I feel for you. Hang in there.

  • Kevan Manwaring

    You give hope to a lot of people. Sometimes we need some for ourselves though! Our artistic practice helps us to transform the lead of daily life into gold. Keep up the alchemy!

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