All smart people know that you must go backward to move forward.
No one really knows why.
It's enough to acknowledge it.
Art Bell and his successor George Noorey (of Coast to Coast A.M. fame) are both fascinated by time travel. As a sophisticate of the Inner Lodge of Wowness, I confess that Time Travel is cool stuff. Shadow People are a major yawn next to Time Travel. Rod creatures and Chupacabras don't even compare.
Why is time travel so cool?
It's easy enough to understand. As Immanuel Kant or his third cousin pointed out on more than one occasion, "Oh to go back to where I could wear a hat like that and get away with it."
As a writer, I find it very interesting.
It is the key to all human relationships, I believe. The need to go back. The need to restore things to the way they were. To go forward is to know that you are making a choice that could be wrong. Ending up with someone that may not be right.
To go forward is to get old.
Grim but true.
And if it's true that fashions cycle back into popularity, think of the trouble we'll all be in before too long.
To be able to travel back into the past means that the past is still there. That it's not gone forever, that we always have options to change what we did and start fresh.
But it's confusing, so I'm asking you, as a writer, do you use time travel in your stories? If not, would you?
If you don't know the answer, I'll have to ask the kid in the picture.
Imagine the answer I'll get.