Worlds that Don’t Exist

Drawing of a red brick bridge, with vines over it, over a dull muddy river.  Caption reads: "Part of me lives in worlds that don't exist.

Worlds that Don’t Exist

Blog post by Iris Carden

I’ve always lived a part of my life in worlds that don’t exist. Whether they were the worlds created authors, or worlds created by my own imagination.

Even as a child, I preferred the worlds where a girl could go on an amazing adventure or solve a mystery, to the world where I was a fat girl, with an almost constantly bleeding nose, who was bullied in the school ground. (Yes, even as a child I had medical problems that interfered with everyday life.)

I suspect everyone who writes fiction is like me, not necessarily in having had a life they needed to escape, but in having entire worlds of events happening inside our heads while everyday life happens. Sure I’m doing housework, but I’m also riding a powerful motorbike through the mountains. I may be tripping and falling, sprawled over the kitchen floor, but I’m also a master thief and adventurer stealing the holy grail. I’m deleting spam emails, but I’m also standing on the surface of Mars.

Once my ex-husband demanded to know what I was thinking. The world I was in was so vibrant and real. I could have written him an entire novel of what I was thinking at that moment, but I couldn’t just have told him in a couple of words.

Now, one of the best ways I know of dealing with the pain and fatigue of chronic illness, is to be somewhere entirely different, somewhere a clever and brave girl can save her friends, somewhere a woman can deal with living in a haunted house, anywhere people are solving problems that aren’t the unsolvable problem I live with.

I write the best of the worlds and adventures that happen in my own many alternate worlds. That way others can enter into them too. I still look forward to the worlds other authors create.


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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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