do you ever get that feeling

You know, that feeling. The feeling at the beginning of the week, where you just had a great time with a bunch of people, and now it's all over?

We had four more people at my house this year at Thanksgiving, and now that they're all gone, it's like the world is over. Do you ever feel that way? And it's like that for writing too. I have to write 4,000 words today and I don't feel like doing it at all.

I guess it must be done, for the sake of the people and for NaNoWriMo!

who is the incognito?

One of the principle plot elements for the Incognito is (great surprise, I know) the Incognito himself. Or herself? Is it really a person? Who is it? What does it stand for?

My favorite analogy for imagination comes from J.J. Abrams (what's with initialed authors and great plots? C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, J.J. Abrams...maybe I should pick up D.P. Vosburg). When he was a child, he enjoyed mysteries, and magic because you didn't know how it worked behind the scenes. He had a box that he bought at a magic shop when he was a child when he bought lots of magic stuff. This box had lots of question marks on it, and it was a mystery magic trick. But Abrams has never opened the box.

He's had it since he was ten or eleven, and he's never opened the box.

And that box sits on his desk, and every day he looks at it and it is the inspiration for much of his plotting. If you think of that all of his plotting revolves around what you don't know.

The Incognito is that box in the Incognito. At that first one. Who knows how many more there will be to follow?

Just some insight into the idea of mystery and how powerful the lack of knowledge can be.

Dawson "Tall, Pale, and Mysterious" Vosburg


I love my imagination. It's one thing that I'm thankful for every day (not just Thanksgiving, although that was one of the major ones for me this year.)

I want to hear from you. What's something you used to imagine when you were a child? Think way back...everyone used to have imaginary friends (I had Bob and Joe, who turned into Bob and David in the book, David being named after my brother). In case you didn't know, Double Life and Terminal Velocity are based on my childhood imaginings of being Agent 12 in the BLUE Agency and fighting against the evil RED Agency.

So what do you imagine? One of the things I did as a kid was to take old bricks we had in our yard and make medieval cities out of them. It was the most fun I'd ever had. We invented cultures, rituals, and battles. That's  what led me into writing fantasy.

Your imagination doesn't stop when you grow up. Share your imaginary world!

Dawson "Agent 12" Vosburg