I am Worldmaker

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I am Worldmaker. You know naught of me, yet behold me in the very fibers of the air, in the devices of my creation. My realm spans the chaos of stars, beyond time expanding, worlds shaped and dying. I am elemental, secretive, the spark that sets mystery in motion, the wielder of birth and destruction. Some name me God, but possess not a wisp of understanding. I am vaster than the reaches of imagination. Can you conceive, truly, of eternity?

My fingers roll as I breathe being into this gaseous inferno. I fling my fireball to the cold reaches of the void to cool and crack, to change the very complexion of space. There is a pattern in anarchy, a sublime collection of chance that in each moment transforms existence. Do you understand? That you are a miracle? Wondrous and infinitesimal, that you matter not at all?

Am I cruel, heartless? Do you find in my tale the fear of annihilation? Or in the infinite act of creation, am I the mother of life, an embodiment of love? Do I care for your ephemeral souls? I am none of your human imaginings. I am.

I am.

Curious.

I have contemplated myself in your corporeal image. You, the mere whimsy of happenstance. What is it that compels me to peer through the veil of stars to your blue orb with its wind-blown seas? You are nothing. In a sweep of my hand, I might hurl your planet into extinction, and in the dance of time, none would know or care. What is it that draws my gaze your way?

Hidden among you there is one who knows me, who has the power to read the runes burned in my countenance. He is the wyrd, Worldshifter, wandering in self-accepted ignorance while possessed unwittingly of truth. For to live without knowing is the doorway to wisdom.

He is a man grown now, rummaging through the hours you call time, hurrying over the surface of your mechanical planet, wasting breath and questioning why. I wonder at his constant seeking and inquisitiveness, his desire to part the veil and step into the mystery, even at the risk of his fleeting life. He might be foolish, yet I think he is, in fact, oddly courageous.

My latest world spins free with a turn of my wrist. It soars, whirling into other planets, colliding in a blaze of agonized destruction. In its debris new worlds will birth, new life that would not have breathed if not for death.

My gaze returns to him.

I gather stardust unto myself, shaping my vision of being into solid form as I plummet downward. The heat of your atmosphere burns me, peels away my identity in black cinders and powdery ash. Fear flares like a brand through white bones and scarlet blood. A shooting star, I plunge into your cool, gray sea.

Forgetting who I am.

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Note: So who is this mysterious World-Shifter she’s so intrigued by? Click here for the companion piece written by Nick (Babbitman). I love the direction he took!

125 thoughts on “I am Worldmaker

  1. Excellent !! Sometimes, get lost in moments similar, as if having the “power” to create all that “is” and the “powerlessness” in trying to experience and even perceive “its” infinite-ness”. Great writing.

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  2. Captivating I must say – both, the thought as well as the writing! 🙂

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  3. […] couple weeks ago I posted I am Worldmaker. It was a first person flash piece based on the image above. As an exercise in point of view, this […]

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  5. Another great one! I agree, I like writing a story from an image, and I do this exercise often with my creative writing students. Perhaps I should use this image of your World Maker!
    BTW, I’m just back from vacation and saw your Amazon review for Twin Desires. Many thanks. I agree about the POV skips and jumps. Only did that with my co-author. When you’re ready for another “fun page-turner,” try my THE RIGHT WRONG MAN. More my style, and I think you’ll enjoy. (and only one POV) 🙂 xo

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    • Thanks, Pam.The image was definitely evocative for me. This was from an assignment that let us choose our own image and, of course, I went with fantasy 🙂 I’m particularly sensitive to bouncing povs since I had to rewrite my entire first book to get rid of them. Ugh. Most readers don’t notice them at all 😀 I will definitely read more of your work!

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      • I know what you mean. I happen to dislike ‘bouncing povs’ (good term for it), but the device is used in many romance novels. Twin Desires was the first book I wrote, and the only one I’ve used the bounce on. 🙂 In my third book that I’m working on, every other chapter is first person POV from the main male character, and the every other chapter of that is the 3rd person main female POV. No bouncing, but I’m curious to see if this will work. For some reason, this is the way the characters are speaking to me. Ahh, the challenges of writing, experimenting, and making it all come together.

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        • I’ve seen the 1st person/third person combo done before (like you’re doing it) and it works well – especially if the book is telling you it wants to be written that way!! Romance novels actually are less strict about pov than other genres because romantic scenes often demand both characters’ thoughts and feelings, and you can’t stop in the middle of sex with a scene break! Even so, it should be only as needed. I have a post coming up in a couple weeks about pov. 😀

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  6. Annika Perry says:

    Powerful writing, Diana! I was totally captivated.

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  7. Diana, I’ve done exercises like this before. And I was thinking of doing it again these past few weeks. But the fire has yet to burn. You do it so well. I’m waiting for my turn. 🙂

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  8. smilecalm says:

    perhaps a funner
    more present world
    than this real one 🙂

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  9. Sacha Black says:

    Wowwwww weeeeee this was stunning, captivating, thought provoking. I feel philosophical now!

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  10. dgkaye says:

    Fantastic prose Diana, again, the makings of another book! 🙂

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  11. So beautifully written! Lyrical and powerful and vividly capturing the moment.

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  12. inesephoto says:

    So beautifully said, Diana! You know well what a Worldmaker feels because you are the one.

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  13. reocochran says:

    I liked so much of this amazing, yet frightening power displayed of the Worldmaker. Your description is wondrous, Diana.
    The part that scares me, which may be true, is that our part in everything in the world may not make a difference. I hope to “matter” to the curious One. I like the idea of the “Worldshifter.”

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  14. jlfatgcs says:

    You are such a terrific writer. I so enjoy reading your posts, and this one is excellent.

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  15. Judy Martin says:

    Wonderful, Diana, so vivid 🙂

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  16. Reblogged this on Riley Amos Westbook and commented:
    Another powerful message from one of the great authors I know. Beautiful piece, Diane.

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  17. Diana, that was breathtaking. The artwork is lovely too, by the way. Mega hugs.

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  18. This is wonderful. I have a world-maker in my ancient history novel. She’s not nearly this exciting. I need to work on her.

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    • Ha ha. I’m sure she’s just what she needs to be for your story, Jacqui. And this is a flash piece, not a novel, so I can go all out without having to think about what comes next. Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend 🙂

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  19. Morgan says:

    Very brilliant

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  20. yuthika5 says:

    One of the most beautiful pieces I have read! Wow, this was intense. I cannot conceive of eternity, but I just had a glimpse of it. Thank you, Worldbuilder!

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  21. Sue Vincent says:

    The test of a good piece of flash fiction is that it stands alone…and leaves you wondering when the book is coming out. This one does it. 🙂

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  22. This was totally and thoroughly captivating from word one! Diana, this just wowed me to no end. Brilliant! (But I want to know more about HIM!!!) xoxoxo

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  23. So glorious, Diana! Creation, power, the essence of being, all wrapped in your exquisite wordsmithing…and all of the top of your head. Absolutely outstanding!

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  24. Wow. This is utterly fantastic. Just the way you worded everything. It’s pretty sophisticated and enigmatic. “You, the mere whimsy of happenstance.” And “fear flares like a brand through white bones and scarlet blood” – Bravo to the whole thing

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  25. Steven Baird says:

    Simply… wow! Amazing work, Diana.

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  26. Alex Hurst says:

    Gorgeous. I’m always partial to “gods” in first person, though. They always make for an interesting POV. 🙂

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  27. babbitman says:

    Love this. Then I realised I’d already ‘liked’ it & it must be a reblog. So I STILL love this 🙂
    And I read this as being closer to Sci fi than Fantasy. You should do more SF – it was your SF short in the anthology that drew me to your writing in the first place.
    No pressure, Diana!
    Except you’ll just turn that back on me, won’t you! :-p
    Xx

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  28. Purpleanais says:

    You were obviously born for Fantasy! 🙂

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  29. Morgan says:

    Reblogged this on Booknvolume and commented:
    To me, this wonderful rendering by Diana is a remarkable tale of Love, Passion, and vulnerability…what does it say to you?

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  30. Morgan says:

    OH this is fantastical! I love the passion in it, the superiority shining brightly, yet the vulnerability speaking softly. Love it!!!!!!

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  31. The V Pub says:

    You truly do paint with words, Diana. I think that a writer should pull us into their world, and make us feel we belong in that universe. Your tapestry of images painted by words does exactly that.

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  32. When you poured so much substance to your craft it really appears extraordinary, from how it was started and how you brought your readers to the realm of excitement and how they satisfied with the end. It is indeed a good read. Enjoy your day Diana!

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  33. Nurse Kelly says:

    It’s so powerful! You captured and conveyed such intensity! Really felt this! And once again, there aren’t enough superlatives to describe your talent. 🙂

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  34. It’s all good but that last paragraph is fab!

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  35. maria9saif says:

    That was such an amazing read. You have a way with words. I hope i will be able to write like this someday. wow!

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  36. […] (For last week’s Lesson One attempt – Click Here) […]

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  37. BB Wynter says:

    Very poetic 🙂 Wow 🙂

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  38. This is what you wrote off the top of your head?? Wow…

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  39. Wondrous description in that piece, Diana. You are yourself a literary “worldmaker”. That sounds like an interesting course. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  40. This is captivating. You explained the image perfectly, yet dug deeper.

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  41. “I wonder at his constant seeking and inquisitiveness, his desire to part the veil and step into the mystery,” Fabulous, Diana. Don’t we all wonder about this ? Love this piece, it takes me to a different, magical place. Well done ! ☺ Van

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  42. Really intense! Kind of like a poem in some ways too, at least in the way it made me feel.

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  43. Jennifer Calvert says:

    Wow, an amazing story! I love the way your write; very descriptive and colorful. You defiantly know how to intrigue and captivate your audience. Love the writing exercise idea of writing a story by an image too.

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  44. You captured this picture perfectly! I felt the words as if I were there myself, living in the moment! Beautiful choice or words, so vivid and emotional!

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