Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Journal of the Traveler
This is Adam, 11 years ago (you might recall a more recent photo here). Our relationship has had its ups and downs. We were friends, then I hated him, then we were best friends, practically inseparable. And that was just high school. In my life, Adam has been a bane and a savior, but he's been there for a long time. 11 or so years, in fact.
A little while ago, Adam had a dream that he was 14 again, on his first day of high school. The only difference was that he knew everything then that he knows now. He was being given a gigantic UNDO button.
"Haven't you ever wished you could do it all again," he asked me, "knowing what you know now?"
"God, no," I responded, "Knowing that it's over and done with is enough for me."
"All I could think about was the things I could do differently. The possibilities." He went on. "What about 9/11? We started high school in 1999, two years before the attacks happened. What if you could prevent them?"
I thought about it. "I hate time travel stories."
Fortunately, Adam doesn't. And rather than spend the day musing about it, he decided to turn the odd and troubling dream into a short story, told entirely through electronic modes of communication, many of which were only in their infancy in 1999. Blogs, e-mail, text messages, and wikipedia entries are only a few of the methods he chose, and they work very well.
I urge you to check out his story, Journal of the Traveler. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did. I unloaded a ton of suggestions on him after reading it, so perhaps it will continue to evolve. I'll be sure to let you know if it does!