Paul M. Carhart
Originally published, iU SF/F Community, 8/04
2004 will mark my one-year wedding anniversary with Lori. Since
our wedding, I've polished One of the Girls (my YA novel), started
a new novel in hopefully a new series, re-edited Chance for the
Future for a forthcoming new edition and put down most of my first
nonfiction book (more on that in a future article). Lori and I have
also collaborated musically, leading worship for a Bible study we've
been having in our home.
perhaps the most inspiring, miraculous creation that either Lori
or I have ever accomplished has been the birth of our new little
was born on April 19, 2004. She was two months early so we weren't
really ready for her. But then again, is anyone really ready? How
do you prepare for creation?
Melody's birth, I've spent a great deal of time contemplating the
act of creation... not only biologically but within the framework
of music and writing. The conclusion I have reached is that we as
human beings have been given a great gift: The ability to create.
We can take nothing, and make something from it. A musical instrument
cannot play itself. Stories do not write themselves. Some people
may claim that they have no creative talent. I would argue with
them. I believe everyone has something, polished or not, that they
have been given. This ability to pull something from nothing is
not silly or childiish or in any way to be diminished. Every person's
gift has power and purpose. It also has value.
you've been contemplating a story or a song has been dancing around
in your head... If you've got something to say about any subject at
all... If you feel unfulfilled, bottled up, constrained, depressed...
were made in the image of a Creator. Because of this, the gift of
creation has been given to us. To not use this gift is to deny your
very nature and the nature of those we bring into this world and
will ultimately leave behind.