a wanderer's journal 00: setting the stage.

🟣Lysis: a journey is one's day to day travel. A journal is a daily account. In a way, then, a journal is an accounting of one's journey; the root of both words being the French “jour”, ultimately from the Latin “dies”, both meaning “day”. The word “diary” comes from the same Latin root, and means the same thing as “journal”, so if anyone ever asks you what the difference is, now you know: it's neither in the origin nor the destination, which are both the same—

—it's in the journey it took to get from one to the other.

and ultimately the same is true of all of us. All of us wanderers, sharing a source and headed for the same destination, differentiated only by our individual journeys through this in-between space, this liminal world, this golden spiral.

a story isn't much like a journey, in this sense. A story has a set beginning and ending. And in this way, a story is just a segment of a journey, defined by arbitrary (but necessary) boundaries. So the question, then, is...

🟣Ana: where does this story begin? And where does it end?

🟣Lysis: and who are the characters? The protagonist of our story? The antagonist? Who pulls the strings? Who weaves the threads?

🟣SYN: television static

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