|Posted by Elyse Draper on September 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM|
The Freewill Trilogy: We are not defined by the choices that are made for us; but by the choices we make when we believe that all other options have been taken away.
The last book of the Freewill Trilogy, was written to explore freewill, consequences (because consequences, whether good or ill, always follow our choices,) and vindication (to be cleared of guilt, or doubt.) Life is magnificent and brutal; and within it, our being is changed indefinitely ... colors of emotions whip, and thus grace or scar our thoughts, marking us as survivors and giving each one of us a unique, and potentially grotesque, beauty. We have this affect on one another ... touching each other with random acts of kindness, unfounded defensiveness, or shallow judgments; we are responsible for shaping the world around us, even when the acts are unconscious. And we leave the deepest wounds on those closest to us. Ellie, a brilliant and beautifully damaged creature, wants nothing more in this world than to not be the source of someone else's pain. She finds out that, loving someone inherently contains pain … but in the act of loving two become one. Sometimes the only way to live is to understand bad things happen: we hurt each other; we heal each other; we grow and leave unintentional injuries on those we allow to be close; and then we help each other mend. In, Vindication, we find that, very often, we have no control; we are vulnerable and rely on one another … that now and again, we must allow ourselves to put everything we are, into the hands of the person who can take it all away. Standing on the edge, walking with one foot out in space … we find vindication for love and life by jumping: sometimes we fall, and break -- but then again, with a little unexpected help, sometimes we fly.