The Deception of a Beautiful Day

When I’m asked what my novel, Foreseen, is about, my brain struggles to figure out what to say.  My mouth still works, fortunately, spouting out that its a novel about a young woman who can secretly alter the decisions of people around her and wants to use that power for the good of humankind.  But part of me is rather dissatisfied with that accurate but superficial response because, for me, the book is about so much more.

I won’t go into everything I think the book covers – each reader will bring their own perspective and experiences to shape those ideas for themselves.  But one idea was clarified for me on this morning’s walk: Foreseen is about the deception of a beautiful day.

Looking out the window, the morning is spectacular.  Bright sunshine, blue skies with a couple of white puffy clouds.  This is going to be a good morning, I thought as I prepared to take my morning walk. But when I stepped outside, the 90 degree morning heat hit me in the face like a frying pan, and the 85% humidity was like breathing underwater.  “Still, its such a beautiful day,” I told myself. “I should walk.” And so I did.  Not as far as usual, nor as fast. It wasn’t unpleasant, but I soon realized that although the day was picturesque, that didn’t make it good for being outside.

That’s one of the ideas in Foreseen that appearances can be deceiving, often making assumptions based on them incorrect. If you could protect humankind from making stupid decisions, would you? The answer seems obvious, until the costs come into play. A handsome young man is expected to act a certain way – but does that define him? Or is it just an act to comply with what the world around him expects?

I like reading books with embedded ideas like this one. It isn’t new, but the context gives me a fresh way of exploring the ramifications. Of course, if you ask me what Foreseen is about, you’re still going to hear about a young woman who can secretly alter the decisions of people around her and wants to use that power for the good of humankind. There just isn’t any other way to answer.

 

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