I am very happy to announce the launch of The Butterfly Effect This really shows what can be achieved by combining different media such as beautiful photography, art and music. The Butterfly Effect inspired me for so many reasons. In essence the idea is based on how the tiniest flapping of a butterfly wing in South America could affect the weather in Texas. This means the smallest influence on one part of a system can have a huge effect on another part.
I found the theme inspiring on many levels. Perhaps it might mean a small action that impacts on the environment as a result of living in throw-away societies, causing resource depletion, climate change, and starvation in another part of the world.
The theme might be expressed on an emotional, personal level through a passionate desire, which, if fulfilled, might cause devastation to all around you.
Perhaps you perceive the Butterfly Effect in a tiny seed of love in a child’s heart that grows beyond our world, to reach the moon, the stars, infinity.
Alternatively, the Butterfly might be interpreted as a symbol of transformation, the plain caterpillar metamorphosing into the beautiful butterfly.
When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down.
One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.”
Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!”
I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I?
I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.”
Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray.
With love from Dr. Niamh,
Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com