Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A REMINDER

I was looking through some old Creation Point posts and came across this one from seven years ago that, given the current lunacy in our country and our world, was just what I needed to read today: a reminder to myself about what's really important, what's really possible, stuffed in a bottle and tossed out to sea in 2010, found and opened in 2017.  Here it is, in a slightly edited version:


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While reading Ellen J. Langer’s book Counter Clockwise (which details a 1979 experiment in mind-body connection, in which Langer, in essence, mentally time-traveled a group of men in their seventies and eighties decades into the past, resulting in significant, positive changes in their physical health),  I came across a quote that went straight to the center of my soul:

The fact that something has not happened doesn’t mean it cannot happen; it only means the way to make it happen is as yet unknown.

As someone who believes that the (apparent) limits of the possible exist only to be exploded—as that quote over there on the left attests—I was delighted to come across such  a powerful reminder of a truth I already know, but still, for all my efforts, sometimes forget.

In my novel Imaginalis, the main character, Mehera Crosby, is guided on her adventure by words that many would dismiss as childish imagination:  “Because it’s impossible, I’ll do it.  Because it’s unbelievable, I’ll believe.”  To me this isn’t an immature world view, this is the essence of our existence.  For all the strangeness and suffering life can offer, it’s been my experience that we truly inhabit a universe of magic and miracles—one universe in a simultaneity of universes that we step into and out of with more frequency than we realize—and the more we acknowledge that, the more we realize that the sky isn’t the limit, that the only real limits are in our own heads, the more that magic will come alive for us.  Respond to us.  Transform the world within and around us.  

Just because something hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it can’t.  If we keep our eyes wide, open to the endless impossibilities the universe has to offer, the miracles will come.

Feel free to remind me of that if I forget again.  And I hope, in some small way, I’ve reminded you.




 
©copyright 2017  J.M. DeMatteis

Sunday, February 12, 2017

BEETLE, BOOSTER, PETER AND SERGEI

I recently did two podcast interviews directly related to the aforementioned Justice League International 30th anniversary.  The first was with the JLI Podcast (yes, there is such a thing and they analyze, and celebrate, a different Justice League issue each month) and for the second I traveled all the way to Australia (well, via Skype) for a chat with the Saturday Detention Podcast.  You can listen to the JLI Podcast here and Saturday Detention right here.  Enjoy!  And speaking of anniversaries:

This year is also the 30th anniversary of Kraven's Last Hunt.  As part of the celebration, I'll be attending New Jersey's East Coast Comic Con in April and participating in a panel that will reunite pretty much the entire KLH team.  I haven't been in the same room with Mike Zeck since the nineties and I look forward to spending time with Mike and the rest of the crew.  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY


I tip my hat to my brilliant co-writer Keith Giffen, to the amazing Kevin Maguire, whose one-of-a-kind art set the tone for the talented crew of artists that followed, to our truly extraordinary editor, Andy Helfer, who made the whole thing possible and to letterer Bob Lappan who fit all that damn dialogue in with style and grace.  We had no clue what we were getting into but, thirty years on, I'm profoundly grateful I climbed aboard the good ship JLI.

P.S.  Here's an anniversary interview I did with the JLI Podcast (and, yes, there really is such a thing).