• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:

    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!



It’s about time! by Kim Falconer


Time to curl up on the sofa with a good book

Arrows of Time began with a dream. It was simple really—a woman laid out on a table, a man hunched over her. He turns to the wall and notes the clock. ‘Time of death,’ he says, ‘01:05 PM.’

And then I woke up. Cliché, I know. But it’s what happened.

In the light of day I realised who the woman was and why she had died and I could see potential for the man hunched over her. (His name is Dr Everett Kelly and he’s from a different … time.) As the story revealed itself, I got excited. It was thrilling to immerse in my characters again but even more than that, I was exploring notions of time in a new way. When I had a draft I rang my publisher Stephanie Smith. We talked for over an hour and at the end agreed the English language lacked the exact words necessary to describe what I wanted to portray.

The irony is that according to Einstein, time is an illusion. (Tell that to Rosette when she’s running out of it!) But if time is an illusion, it might explain why it’s so hard to pin down—and harder still to describe the process of time unfolding in anything but a ‘first—then—finally’ order. When we bend our perceptions of time, things get a little crazy. (Just ask Salvador Dali)

Close up of The Persistence of Memory by Dali

Close up of 'The Persistence of Memory' by Dali

I wrote Arrows of Time as a speculative fiction, a story about real people up against the wall, immersed in nano-technology and witchcraft, sentient and gender biases, fast horses, hot bards, stunning tattoos and environments on the brink of destruction. The narrative is set in three worlds experiencing multiple sequences of time. The philosophical implications are optional— you can take ‘em or leave ‘em. It’s the story that counts.

Still, I do like a good philosophical implication now and then. If you want to get on board, join me in this thought experiment:

1. Notice your primary belief about time.
What do you say to yourself? To others? What is your story? Does it go like this: ‘There is never enough time?’ or ‘Time’s running out?’ or ‘We’re under time constraints?’ or ‘I’d like to but I don’t have time?’ Your ‘story’ might be creating more issues than you think. Not convinced?

2. See what happens when you change your story.
For the next seven days, when you catch yourself telling your ‘old story’ about time, substitute this instead. ‘I have all the time in the world.’ Say it to yourself. Tell others. Write it down. And, be sure to leave any comments here, if you ‘find the time’ 🙂

Kim Falconer lives in Byron Bay with two gorgeous black cats. As well as the Quantum Enchantment website, she runs Falcon Astrology, trains with a sword and is completing a Masters Degree. Her novel writing is done early every morning. Currently she’s working on additional volumes in the Quantum Enchantment Series. You can also follow her on Twitter.

14 Responses

  1. Mmmm, I DO have all the time in the world. Thank you for the reminder… 😉

  2. It’s phenomenal really. The more I say it, (I have all the time in the world) no matter what the ‘dead line’, the easier things go.

    I’ve done 3 days work today AND still got to the gym and the cafe… I seriously think we have more control over the illusion of time than we give ourselves credit for!

    Thanks for dropping in, Janette 🙂

  3. I’ve been saying this all my life. The people who act like they’re so busy and have no time create that for themselves. Then I turned into one of those people. The past five months have given me an opportunity to realize how much time I really do have and enjoy the time.

    Thanks for the great reminder, Kim!

    • Dana, how inspiring to hear you’ve turned it around with awareness. It’s amazing what consciousness can bring when we focus on a different thought.

      Thanks for your contribution! 🙂

  4. Time truly is an illusion and I find when I stay present in this moment focusing only on what it is I am doing or being, then it is as if time stands still. Time becomes my friend, walks by my side, no longer running on ahead with me constantly running to catch up. Your suggestion Kim to keep saying that I have all the time in the world is an excellent one and keeps me on track. Very timely indeed. Thank you for that. Enjoy your day. Veronica

    • I like that, Veronica–stay present in the moment and time stands still!

      Making friends with time is a wonderful example. Thanks for pitching in!

      Kim 🙂

  5. YES YES YES!!! Time is what we make of it. I have all the time in the world, and the exact same amount of it as everyone else. Fun post. Glad I found it. 🙂

  6. Thanks, Kim. This is fantastic. When I take the pressure of time off, things definitely feel better.

    • I like that way of putting it–taking the pressure of time off. We forget that we can call ‘time out’ whenever we want!

      Cheers for bringing your voice to the discussion 🙂

  7. Fantastic, Kim! Indeed, ’tis an illusion.. an old construct.. thanks for the reminder! 😀 Blessings

    • Time as an ‘old construct’ is embodied in the archetype of Saturn–the wise old man. He is also the ‘illumination’ and I think you’ve nailed that one here.

      Your presence is appreciated. Thanks for dropping by.

      🙂 Kim

  8. hehe. It’s the bastards who say “I’m killing time,” that cause me to cringe. The hubris!!! xxx

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