She would imagine what she looked like, lying there, as if she were a few feet above herself, and the more she could imagine this, the less she would feel the boards beneath her. Soon, she would cease to feel even the weight of her own body. She would float up then, away from herself, through the roof of the porch into the air above her father’s farm. She would look down from the sky onto the neighborhood that spread out far below her and watch. She would watch her brothers and her sister and her friends and her neighbors as they went about their lives, working and playing, building and climbing, talking and running. She would watch them, flying high above their heads, feeling on her cheeks and legs the breezes that touched the tops of only the tallest trees, and when she had seen all that she wished to see, she would float down toward where she lay on the porch and open her eyes
She told me this reluctantly and only when I was older, because she knew that I would envy her, and in envying, try to emulate. She was afraid, because she had once been told that she had undergone an out of body experience and that, because of this, she was susceptible to extra-ordinary demonic influence. She didn’t really believe this. What she believed was that, ...
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.... How do I ensure that the words will come the next time I follow the old adage and apply seat to chair? I don’t. I can’t. Sometimes I fight for the words for weeks at a time, pulling at them like stubborn teeth. Sometimes they fall so fast that it’s like trying to catch a rainstorm in a thimble, but I know that when I’m there, really there, and ready to write, the words come. I don’t know if they’ll ever make it from bedroom to the stage, but I welcome them, because they came to me.
Where do the words come from? I don’t know. They come, like Lewis’s image of the girl and the fawn, without explanation, as if by accident, as if by magic. I can’t force them. I can just call. I don’t know where they come from, but, when I sit down, open my eyes, and begin to type, it’s as if I’ve learned to love the rock beneath my feet, and it’s as if I learned to fly.
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