One of my in-progress writing projects is a YA steampunk novella, and has the premise of a future, dying Earth being abandoned country by country to survive somewhere in space. Randomly, the country I picked to follow on their journey was France. They leave to co-colonize a terra-formed moon, joining hands with another dying planet’s people to survive. It’s a story that delves into the seeds of inequality and the need for civil rights and change. I researched French culture and history. I adopted the names of some of France’s Tunisian-born footballers to name one family. I included quotes from famous French authors and philosophers before each chapter.
I began this story before the horrendous tragedies occurred in France, Belgium, Baghdad, and Atlanta. Before the tears.
Writers don’t always know why they’re writing what they’re writing. I know the themes of inequality and civil rights aren’t new. It feels like they will never be new or un-relatable. This makes me sadder than I can say/write.
There are simply too many sad days. Social media can make us feel alone or united, depending on the moment. Hope must be sought out. I’ve been a little low on hope lately. But I read those old quotes and try to cling to the hope they harnessed.
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo
“All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.”
― Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” – Anais Nin