“Do you consider yourself spiritual?”
Spiritual but not religious? I am not sure if I believe in God 100% but I believe in like, a too-large-to-comprehend universal power? A power inherent in things and processes and maths happening, like the Fibonacci sequence or the small disturbance that caused the Big Bang. A power that makes you feel a sense of awe and smallness and oneness, like the loneliness and wonder that comes when you realise no alien life form has contacted us. Or the simultaneous sweetness to admire and back-in-the-head potential to destroy a ladybug between your fingers.
The best name/concept for what I just described is mysterium tremendum et fascinans. A mystery that both terrifies and fascinates. But it’s also called death, and not the death that destroys… the type of death that makes life possible and reminds you why life is important to savour and live and learn to the fullest. Memento mori. YOLO. That kind of thing.
Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.
She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.
Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.
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French Book Tour, January 2024