Choice, Consequence, and the Perfect Manicure. What If…
WHAT IF I did a big tease and didn’t wait another week to post???
Well, I’m sorry but I was traveling and I was busier than I expected. I said it was a business trip but I expected to have a lot of down time. Turns out, there was more business and less down time than I thought. Annoying.
Anyway, I think we left off with the (now final) lead in to tonight’s big “WHAT IF” episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly sit still waiting for it.
But in the meantime, last time’s tease left me (and you, I hope) pondering some of life’s bigger questions. Like:
WHAT IF we had choices?
WHAT IF those choices had consequences?
WHAT IF the fate of the universe was hanging in the balance of YOUR choices???
Well, that’s a little deep for this blog, and the truth is, the whole truth and consequences thing came to me as I was standing in the manicure place deciding what color to choose for my pedicure.
So, I only change up the color on my toes.
For nearly 10 years I always got the same exact color on my fingernails, week in and week out. And then…they stopped making it! Apparently my weekly manicures alone were not enough to support worldwide production of Essie’s Heavenly Harp.
I suffered a major existential crisis. What if everything good that had happened in my life over the past 10 years was as a result of this color??? It didn’t matter. I had to make other choices. And sure enough, some pretty crappy things started happening in my life.
So each week I would go in and feel the weight of the world on my shoulders as I stood there trying to choose—Allure or French Francs? Montauk the End or Mademoiselle (don’t even get me started on the added pressure of having the nice manicure ladies standing there, standing there, standing there breathing fire down your neck while you’re trying to make the biggest decision of the week–don’t they get that all things good and bad for my entire week are resting on THIS DECISION???)?? Never mind that you can’t tell the difference between any of these colors. It didn’t matter how it looked; I would choose or rechoose the color based on how my last week had gone. Are you getting my point???
There were bigger things at play here! The fate of the universe rested on this decision!! At least the fate of MY universe, which, when it comes right down to it is all anyone really cares about. I mean, their own universe, not mine. Although that would be pretty cool if all anyone cared about was my universe. Or maybe not.
Anyway, my choices felt BIG!!! Because there were CONSEQUENCES!!
So maybe choosing nail polish is a little ridiculous, but never let it be said that I shy away from the ridiculous.
However, you may have noticed that in life, our choices really do have consequences. Have you ever noticed that??? And very soon your choices in a new and AWESOME book are going to have consequences too.
That’s right, I have another author with a book coming out from Coliloquy, the publisher that gives you choices while you read. But this one is totally different from the four launch books (which are awesome and why haven’t you read them yet???).
FLUID by the amazing Travis Sentell is a complete book in which your choices have consequences.
It’s a standalone interactive novel that is both the large story of a cosmic battle between God and Satan, and the small story of two lost teenagers yearning for connection in a greedy, manipulative world.
From the very first page, the reader makes critical decisions that lead to one of over 500 pathways that explore the nature of good, evil, and the fluid core of humanity. Just as in life, readers cannot go back and change their minds once a decision is made. Every choice has its repercussions; every reading experience is completely different.
HELLO, PERFECT BOOK CLUB BOOK!!!
It’s brilliant. It’s unique. And it’s coming really soon from Coliloquy. You can read more about it here.
Tell me how SHIBUMI this sounds in the comments!