As I have said elsewhere in this blog, dreams factor into my writing quite heavily sometimes, being integral parts of many of my stories.
This new story came to me the same way most of them do: confluence of ideas, situations, and goings on in the world and in my life.
I was told many times in conversations with my dad that you "can't have God in a box."
As I have written here previously, my younger brother Andrew is an actual, real-life Russian Orthodox monk who grew up unique, different from others, and always interested in the monastic life.
One of my favorite graphic novel series, written by Neil Gaiman (of course!) was just adapted into an audiobook on Audible.
Crazy things and times, and dark forces behind them continue to go on.
A character, a story, an idea formed and once again I typed up a rough outline bringing all those threads together.
I have not named the monk. Not yet. I suspect in the coming weeks I will.
He too, is special, and has many spiritual gifts others do not, that he will develop over the course of his life encoded in the words contained here on this blog. I will strive my utmost to upload a chapter of his story each week until the entire story is told, to the best of my ability. Once I compile these chapters, I will publish them somehow as a novel.
And he, too has dreams and communicates with a reality above our own.
That is all I will say for now, other than that in such a crazy world that shows no signs of slowing down or returning to the normality we might have enjoyed to a degree in the past, it is important that we carry on writing, reading, creating, and making new things that will inspire and get us through it, give us and future generations, hope, and shine some light in uncertain, dark times.
Without further ado, here is chapter one.
I sincerely hope you enjoy it.
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