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A Time Traveler’s Diary: The Thought Process

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A young girl bumps into a boy at school. A familiar face she recognizes from her pre-school days. A face she’s seen in class but barely remembers anywhere else. Their little collision sets off a chain of events that bring them closer together.

 

But the boy has a secret. One that he must keep hidden, even as his interaction with the girl threatens to reveal it, and with it, her own demise.


These last few weeks/months have been quite interesting. More than anything, they seem to be centered around this idea of Time Travel or at least something to do with the concept of time. I’m thinking of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children books I just finished. I’m thinking of the mind boggling film Predestination. I’m thinking of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. I’m thinking of the prevalent Facebook/9Gag questions “Would you rather have the ability to go back in time and fix one mistake, or relive your entire life with all your current memories?” etc etc.

I find the concept of Time Travel fascinating for obvious reasons. The fact that we are bound to moving forward, unable to shift either to the left or to the right, let alone skip back a few paces, means every moment we experience now is what will be. The question is: will we regret the choices we make today tomorrow?

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Don’t time travel into the past, roaming through the nuances as if they can change. Don’t bookmark pages you’ve already read. ~ James Altucher

 

 

I’ve got this novel in my head, and I’m working out the nuances of time travel. What exactly it looks like, why it needs to happen, who are the people affected by it and how are they affected by it. Will it be a magnificent, thunder-calling spectacle or will it be subtle shimmers one can step through? The past. The present. The future. All are important. All are relevant.

All define the Time Traveler’s Diary.

About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

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  1. Time travel is quite an interesting concept. I have a series idea in my head (that I actually started in a notebook a few months ago) that revolve around time travel among other themes. Maybe someday I’ll give it priority, but it most likely won’t be anytime soon. Though you’ve gotten me in the mood to take a peek at it again…

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  2. Time travel always interested me too. The idea of special forces who go forward or backward to fix things. Or, if you could go back and snipe Stalin, would you? Could you? The whole paradox question… Funny, I just heard of the Miss Perigrine book from someone else. I’ll have to check it out.

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    • Oh you must definitely check it out. It was actually a great series. Not the best but great.
      And yes, the paradox of time travel is amazing and the implications of it.
      Hope you’re having a grand weekend.

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