With the recent discovery of seven Earth-sized planets around a star, I've been thinking a lot about space. My current work in progress, an adult high fantasy series, was inspired by walks at night with my dog, when I'd gaze at the stars. I started thinking about how different people can view the same image in different ways...
Stars are ancient. Light from the nearest star, our sun, is already several minutes old when it strikes us, and most of the other stars are years or even centuries old. If a star supernovas tomorrow, we might not know for a millennium. Yet, who really thinks about that when looking up? Do you look up and see what's there, or do you see an impression of something different? Do you dream of things to come, or do you simply pause, wondering what's going on far away...