Where do you run to?

Is it safe to come out now? Has the planet stopped burning and flooding? Are the world leaders finally addressing the issues of climate change?

Ha. As if.

For the past two and a half years, I’ve buried myself in the fantasy world of romance writing. My reason is simple: reality keeps bringing me down. Embracing the genre of happily-ever-after endings allows me to mould the world to a kinder, more generous place.

In the meantime, I’m still reading a wide range of fiction. My most recent bedside book is Fahrenheit 451. Written in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s dystopian story is about a ruthless totalitarian state. It depicts a government that attempts to destroy knowledge by censoring and burning books. The harsh regime demands unquestioning loyalty to its version of the truth. Sound familiar?

Lately, powerful bullies, funded by a war chest of taxpayer dollars, have combined resources to try to force through a massive building project on our quiet, residential street. Sometimes a person can only ignore abuses of power for so long.

I’ve come out of my burrow now, ready to fight. Perhaps if I can make a difference in this one small corner of the globe I will take this energy to bigger battles.

In my writing life, I will continue with my romantic fantasies a while longer. It’s important to have an escape, a safe place where fairy tales come true and human decency abounds.

What is your escape? Where do you go when things overwhelm you?

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