In 2014, when my whole life was breaking apart, I wrote a piece of prose/flash fiction called The Demented World. It was a really dark time in my life. It involved a relationship of many years ending, a relationship around which I had built my inner world. The Demented World is me burning that world to the ground, basically a tantrum, metaphorical furniture being thrown as my rage, betrayal, and self doubt were given flight. I didn’t sleep, I cried all day, and I wrote. Sometimes I really didn’t want to write but I couldn’t stop; some of the stuff in there is written from anguish.
But then, in 2017, I started The Augmented World. I didn’t intend it as a response to that previous piece of work; I was starting my infatuation with magic realism back then and wanted to give that place a venting vector. But then, when I sat down to actually write it, the title just flowed from my fingers and I realized that this was to be part of my healing process, already well under way back then. This paralleled my own psychological turn to magic realism as a way to combat nihilism, as a way to balance it with a brighter and more willful outlook on life.
Thus, The Augmented World is my attempt to imagine a more beautiful world, made beautiful because it has ugliness within it. It’s an attempt to reconnect with a naive, hopeful, gleeful side of myself. It’s also what I mentioned above; an homage to the greats of the genre and a place for me to let my flights of fancy take shape.
Above, you'll find all the pieces of it. It's a work in progress. Enjoy.