Most of my stories share common themes, or have Easter eggs linking them to one another. One of the less subtle links is the location of New Eden. New Eden is a small town where lot of strange things happen. It is referred to in my short story collection [six] in The Jeweler and the Witch, and Lady of the Snow. It's also the focal point of Hallow part 1.
But this got me thinking about how people create their own realities in the REAL world.
We do it every day, mostly without realising it. The things we eat and drink, the people we hang with, the art & media we consume/create, the way we dress, the job(s) we have etc; all of these things summarised create our own reality.
Whilst we can't fully control every aspect of our lives, most people have a LOT of control over their own realities. Most of us are fortunate enough to be able to buy our own food, dress ourselves, apply for the jobs we want, make new friendships and cultivate existing ones, show love and gratitude where it is due, and travel to places near and far.
We can decide to alter our realities at any given time. Some changes can be minimal, and others drastic and labourious; and there may be some bad habits to break along the way. But our lives are our own stories, and we shouldn't forget that we are the authors.