Until I enlarged it I thought the asterisk was made up of a few straight lines intersecting at the centre, like three diameters of a circle. Actually, that’s weird, when I look at my keyboard, it is made up of three straight lines intersecting at the centre just as I had imagined, but when I enlarge it on the screen it is made up of five half-sized lines (or radii), all connecting at one point in the centre. Perhaps it is because I am using an Apple computer, instead of a PC, they always do fancy things like that. I am not sure which one is the official asterisk. Can anyone help me out? It is important for me to know because I was about to start writing a novel called “The asterisk.” The premise of the book was that there are many things in life that have opposing sides but, in truth, all might connect at a common centre. Sure, I have a bit of work ahead of me – Intro, Chapters, Epilogue and all that – but I was kind of excited about the premise.
For example, let’s say we have three things; take some light hearted topics like politics, religion and science. For politics let’s just run with the left and the right wings on each side with the moderate centre. With religion let’s use the institutionalized on one side and the evangelical on the other, and in the centre let’s imagine there exist a few people just giving thanks when they receive something and simply give some kindness back to people in need. With science, let’s take the ones who are very attached to established theories, say Newtonian physicists on one side and the quantum physicists one the other, and in the middle, a bizarre few who think the established theories are useful but if something better comes along they’re up for it.
So, in the middle we have people of moderate political inclination, thankful and kind folks, open to new things but grounded in their approach. They don’t sound like interesting characters for my novel. I might have to focus on the folks at opposing sides to be more interesting. Perhaps I could speculate that at the centre of the asterisk is something holding it all together. Or perhaps that there is a constant ebb and flow around this centre, a process or a being that makes it all flow.
Oh, how about this? Perhaps one line of the asterisk could be time, another space and another the course of literature. We have writing inside time-space and outside time-space we have the inspiration to create literature, which of course, starts with a word.
If you know the answer to the asterisk, please let me know? My novel is kind of buggered if it is not made up of straight lines.
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