THIN PLACES  -  NOVELLAS  -  (1) FAnore & (2) Erris

 
 

Fanore is a very real place but this is not a guide book for tourists. It is the first Novella of what I hope to develop into my 'Thin Places' Series. 


Not many people can be expected to know what a 'Thin Place' is, so let me tell you what little I know. First and foremost, there is no accepted definition of what they are, but we do know something of what they do.


Thin Places exist primarily in wilderness areas and through them, we can paradoxically gauge our significance to this reality by the extent of our insignificance or helplessness inside it. If we yield and become one with them, we can expect temporary insights into moments beyond the present that may form parts of tomorrow. That version of tomorrow will be filled with possibilities additional to what we can normally anticipate. Some people report insights and even experiences of moments long past, so we also know that time seems to be in flux inside them.


Our sixth sense is not a constant. It waxes and wanes in response to some metaphysical almanac that we don’t seem to understand. ‘Thin Places’ are probably where the metaphysical world most strongly interacts with the physicality that we are conditioned to accept as the only fact. However, philosophers throughout the ages tell us of the essential duality in, or the Yin and Yang aspect to everything.


So it’s only logical to assume that physicality must also have its opposite or metaphysical reality. Both of them together are essentially our extended reality, which can neither be all of one or the other. 'Thin Places' are where each state mixes like a fluid with the other producing phenomena that don’t conform with what we normally expect to see in a purely physical world. 


The suggestion is that the membrane which surrounds our physical reality from the rest of it, is stretched thin in these places and hence the name. I personally believe that our dual reality is what is contained inside against the vastness of infinity outside. I say that, because logically, infinity can be the only source of all possibilities. Thin places therefore, would be where these possibilities come but also go when they haven’t been realised.


This novella takes a look at what might be going on to make this particular 'Thin Places' so apparently thin. The Wild Atlantic Way along Ireland's West Coast seems to have quite a few of these 'Portals' and that is why I chose to start in Fanore, which is right in the middle. Each story will be as unique as the place it is set. Instead of chapters, each book has Acts, which are presented like a small play. The purpose of this is to get the reader involved in the scenes as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. The reader should succumb to suggestion just as the observer succumbs to the power of the 'Thin Place' ambience.


The events of Fanore take place within a small area of North County Clare, but time seems to be what makes this particular location so thin, so you may have to establish that aspect for yourself. Fanore is part of the Burren area of County Clare and whereas I do appreciate that not all thin places are Irish, I can only write about what i know.


I hope you enjoy it enough to revisit my Blog/Site/Facebook Page to follow my progress and hopefully to look at my other, much bigger books that will take you so much further away from your daily cares.


Please oblige with feedback and I will be guided by your comments as I decide which turn to take on my own particular road. More Mega Books on Science Fiction/Fantasy / Normal sized books on Spirituality / or this quirky and quick brand of Fiction.

 

ABOUT FANORE

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A Novella is too long to be a short story, but too short to be a novel. They are designed to be short and sweet but hopefully, you will find they are neither. To get you into the groove, this first one is free.


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ABOUT Erris

Erris is also a very real place. You’ll find it on the ruggedly remote, but very beautiful corner of Northwest County Mayo in Ireland. It was given its name by the first settlers when they discovered they had reached the edge of the world and could venture no further west.  

‘Westernmost Reach’ is precisely how the name translates from the old Gaelic and the latest visitors now come in thousands to immerse themselves in its pristine timelessness. 

However, Erris is also a very ‘Thin Place’, so called by the ancient orders of Celts who found that people and ‘things’ could often disappear into them. That’s because the boundary between our physical reality and the metaphysical reality that flows alongside it, can sometimes become porous and even fracture.  

There are as many reasons for this phenomena as there are rainy days there, but prime amongst them are the strong reverberations from undocumented histories. We tend to assume that someone must have always survived history to write it all down for us to study later, yet we know this can’t always have been the case. We don’t know muchof what happened in Erris beyond a certain date.

Histories that weren’t written down still happened however. It’s just that they were etched into time rather than into rock or papyrus.

In a place where realities are occasionally in flux, we should never assume that our four dimensional version is the constantly default value. What that means is that we need to be very careful regarding just how immersed we want to really get in a ‘Thin Place’.

When one rather naive young man responds to that apparently placid prompt and soaks up its timeless ambience, he gets immersed in more than just the cold water. He is plunged into a life or death struggle that may not have ended well for him. 

Watch his space because I do believe you’ll be hearing quite a lot about this book later. 

Meanwhile - Please stop by anytime for updates.


Denis