How I opened a wormhole simply by reading

I can tell you how to use a book to open a wormhole, but I can’t describe what it will be like.  Every experience is unique to the person experiencing it.  In fact, I can’t even promise that you will remember seeing the wormhole open because I sure didn’t.  All I remember is that I had found a shortcut from point A to point B in seconds.

I’ve perfected the art of opening wormholes over the years.  You need to be focused and committed or else it won’t work.  For this particular step-by-step process I will be focusing on books so if you are going to open a wormhole through this method then you need to enjoy reading.  If you don’t like reading you will have to find another way.  Perhaps meditation is the key for you or watching a movie.  Maybe drawing?  Scratching your fingernails on a blackboard to the sweet vocal styling of Carly Rae Jepson?

Whatever your method, the art of opening wormholes is one that takes practice and an open mind.

Let me get you started.

  1. Pick a book to read.  It needs to be a book that will interest you.  A topic you love, literature, fantasy, biography, whatever. (Don’t use Do It Yourself books until you’re really experienced; you’ll only end up with a new shelf unit that kinda, sorta looks like the one you saw in IKEA.)
  2. Get a blanket, some food and something to drink.  My drink of choice is a nice glass of red wine, but anything will do really.  This is important though, once that wormhole opens, you won’t have time to go back and get some refreshments and that blanket will keep you nice and warm.  Traveling through wormholes can get cold.
  3. Find an area of your home that is private and that you are most comfortable in.  Comfort and privacy are key.  You can’t focus if your cat is jumping on your lap demanding you feed him for the hundredth time that day.  Place the food and drinks around you where they are easy to reach.  You don’t want that hand of yours losing the page you’re on while you are reaching for that last chocolate almond thereby closing the wormhole instantly.  Nothing worse than being blasted right back to the present just as Princess Buttercup finally figures out that Prince Humperdinck is…well…a dink.
  4. Okay, ready?  Open the book.
  5. Read.

Well holy crap there friend!  Welcome back!  How did it go?

You see, once you start reading that wormhole is going to open up so fast you won’t be able to resist the gravitational pull of its force.  Depending on what you are reading you might be flown off to another planet where a whole new race of beings awaits their messiah or you might find yourself in a dark, dystopian future of earth.  You could  be a witness to Abraham Lincoln’s rise to power (or where he’s simply kicking some vampire ass).  You may wonder how the hell you got yourself mixed up with likes of Christian Grey as he really isn’t your type after all and maybe, just maybe you’ll walk right into the Shire where you will immediately drop to your knees in a weeping mess grateful that it does exist.

You get my point I’m sure.  You see a book isn’t just something to read.  It’s a gate, a door way to worlds we sometimes can’t imagine.  Or maybe we can, we just want to take a peek into someone else’s imagination.  It’s a bridge to potential.  A window to unlimited possibilities.

A book is quantum physics itself.

As I mentioned before, books are only one way to open those wormholes.  I’ve had other friends discover their wormholes through the paintings they’ve painted or the songs they’ve sung.  Imagination my friend, it is the doorway to creativity and creativity is the wormhole to everything.

Don’t believe me?  Well, I have the perfect book for you to read.  The Neverending Story…ever hear of it?  Michael Ende opened one huge ass wormhole with that one.  Big enough to fit a luck dragon through.

This post is in response to the weekly writing challenge over at The Daily Post at WordPress.com. Write something out of your comfort zone they suggested. So I took the concept of a list of instructions and twisted it around into a wormhole. I enjoyed this process as meeting a challenge is always a hard thing to do. We can get caught up in perfection forgetting that it’s okay to play with our creativeness. Once I determined the type of post I was going to do the rest just kind of came to me. I still wanted to make sure it stayed in the theme of my blog and you know what, accepting this challenge made me realize I can relate anything back to books. Oh, and that I am a bigger book nerd than I thought. Peace out!

About Geeky Book Snob

Happy introvert who enjoys the finer things in life; reading, ranting and going full on geek. Swearing is fun too.

Posted on October 10, 2012, in General Musings & Thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 159 Comments.

  1. I love it when you find a book and it draws you in. A good book I find hard to put down, a bad book (have a pile of them) I give it a few attempts before adding it to the pile. Does that make me a book snob?

  2. total awesomeness…both the post and the fact that every single reader knew EXACTLY what you meant from the words “I can tell you…”

  3. Beautifully done, my friend! On the odd occasion I have been so far down your wormhole (so to speak!) that I pop up again not knowing where I am. I usually read on a train which can be full of distractions so that was one mean feat, if I do say so. And yes, I was on the right train! This was where I thought you were heading but it turned out to be much simpler than that.
    Cheers!

    • I’ve never been on a train before but I did have it happen once where I forgot to get off at the bus stop I was supposed to due to a book. 10 minutes later I looked up and wondered where the hell I was.

  4. When I was a kid I loved reading. I still do, of course, but there was something amazing and new-feeling about it back then, and you captured that feeling perfectly.

  5. I very well agree with you. I always ensure, m not very hungry, sleep on the couch (under bed light or cell light or tube light),, open the book of your type and forget the world.. while u be one of ur fav characters in the book..! :) Good Luck and keep reading… BTW, whats the book which you are currently reading.. mine is 6 hours by Lee Child! :)
    Cheers,
    D

    • The one that I am getting sucked into right now is Second Glance by Jodi Picoult. Not at all what I was expecting from her, very haunting and tragic so far yet filled with melodic writing.

      • I haven’t tried Jodi’s books yet. will do some time.. Which book shall I read first.. I enjoy reading all kinds of books.. :)

  6. This was so great, thanks for sharing! I’ve always felt this way about a good book but never put the feeling into words. Wormhole is the perfect way to describe it. And I’m definitely adding the Neverending Story to my reading list.

  7. It is so hard for me to get into a book. I like to read but if the book starts to bore me, I stop. Reading books for school can get me interested sometimes because I have to push through the boring parts and finish the book for class.

    • My husband feels the same way. He prefers engaging with the external world to going internal for reading. Everyone is different. He opens those wormholes when he plays his guitar.

  8. Now I know why we are called us book-WORMS :)
    After all we are using WORM-holes.
    You make us book-WORMS proud. :D

    P.S. if any ‘non-bookworms’ trashes this post, they are just jealous cos they don’t know or get to use wormholes to travel to different worlds like us. ;)

  9. Absolutely loved this post! My girls and I love books that will transport us to faraway lands. What a great testament to an author when a book is capable of doing that. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed : )

  10. Thanks for this wonderful inspiration! This is exactly how I find inspiration for the game I’m making and for my characters in Lotro! Oh, those wormholes, they are so comforting! I remember I could spend hours in it without anyone being able to interrupt me. Now with a job, a husband and a household it’s a little bit more difficult, but I still find myself comfortable in these wormholes regularly!

    • I might have to write a blog post in the future when I have kids about how to find time to steal away into a wormhole. :) Lotro, holy cow, I never new that existed. I will have to check that out. Thanks for reading!

      • It’s an Online Roleplaying Game: Lord of the Rings Online (Yep, that Lord of the Rings :) )
        Oh yeah, stealing time. Now, that would come in extremely handy. Good luck!

  11. …just love reading myself! and it has to be a real book..not that silly techie stuff they call spindle, kindle or whatever! last year, i read 40 books…not bad going! great blog…great reading!

  12. Really good post…i think i can i kind of open wormholes through songs, but then i m not too sure if they really are those :p

  13. Nice concise post about the value of reading. I read to get me out of a bad mood, to take me to a different place, to teach me something, to make me laugh. It’s really the most useful skill anyone can teach you.

  14. You’ve described the experience perfectly. It’s just a bit of a bummer that the real world gets in the way of these adventure.

  15. I love when people can articulate what it feels like to love to read! Loved it!

  16. Nobody knows I’ve actually been through time and space several times in nine years since I started reading books at age 7. Now I’m trying to open a wormhole by writing. You can do that too right? :D

  17. I loved this! Cheers. There’s nothing like opening a good book and disappearing into a whole new world. The beauty of it all is that you can witness just about anything whilst being absolutely safe. I find that I always feel at loss when I finish a book and the wormhole closes. So many people would be able to relate to this post. Keep up the good work.

  18. Honestly i used to be an avid reader but i just can’t find the time to fit in some casual reading. How do you do it teach me your ways?

  19. Beautiful!
    I love opening up wormholes while riding on the bus. I’ve often completely forgotten where I am, by becoming so engrossed in a story.
    The weirdest feeling is coming out of that trance, it makes me feel like I’m falling. And it is pretty depressing to realize that I’m on the smelly bus, and not in another galaxy.

    • Yeah, I feel kinda drunk (or maybe hungover) when I come out of the wormhole – especially if I am jolted out. It takes some time for the colours of the real world to come back into focus.

  20. As an avid book reader, lover and Librarian I really appreciated this post. Think I am going to go home and open a wormhole to DiscWorld via the words of Terry Pratchett!

  21. I love this! It’s exactly everything that I feel about books too :) I always felt that if I had a genie, one of my three wishes would be to enter the book and become any character (ANY character – not just the main one(s), there’s so many interesting ones!).

    But the wormhole is almost as good ;)

  22. wow great post! i’m opening my wormhole in 3:00am. I get insperation on a book before i get up at 6.30 am and was shocked that i’m in a bed, i always thought i’m in a new world with new me! :))

  23. Fun post! I loved The Never Ending Story, so that really jumped out to me. Reminded me of the movie Contact with the mention of wormholes. Amazing how words and thought and imagination can transport us to other worlds in nanoseconds.

    Congrats on being FP. Well done.

  24. Reblogged this on Brittney's Reads and commented:
    Absolutely genius!

  25. I think I am constantly in a wormhole lol. I just started a new blog about books and am in the process of writing my own. I posted the first chapter if anyone wants to pop on over and read it. Maybe it can be your wormhole :)

  26. This blog post opened up the wormhole for me.

  27. My books, especially those I’ve read again and again over the years, are my best friends. I’ve always thought of them as ‘transporters’ but never as a wormhole. What a cool analogy!! Plus, I love Falkor! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  28. This is exactly how I feel when reading a really good book. And when I finish one, it feels like I’m emerging from another world- like how one would feel when tossed out of Narnia and into the closet. :)

  29. Great post! I enjoyed reading it. I have always loved reading, and love being able to escape in other worlds. Unfortunately though, in college its hard to find time to read anything other than textbooks!

  30. That’s exactly what happens when I read a good book!

  31. I get what you’re saying. I miss reading as much as i used to and i guess its about time i get off my lazy ass and find that awesome book.

  32. Reblogged this on Rajnie's Blog and commented:
    The power of reading a Book.Wonderfully written. Cheers! :)

  33. A fascinating concept that truly fits the picture of total rapture felt when engrossed in a great story. Thanks for a really good and thought provoking read.

  34. I love Falcor and I love your post : )

  35. great post, thanks for reminding me about Neverending Story by Michael Ende. I read it years ago and it took me into a big wormhole. Have you also read Momo? I must pick them off my bookshelves again and re-read them!

  36. Very awesome-sauce post! As a lover of all things sci-fi, science and books and an avid watcher of Stargate, wormholes are my gateway to endless possibilities in the world of story telling. Thanks for the great read.

  37. I’m one of five kids and we each have our genre of books we each like to read, as a child my dad (Sci-fi) called it the “curse of which will never be broken.”

  38. The last wormhole I explored was a David Edding’s fantasy novel. I emerged with a full beard, 10 pounds weight loss, and a shirt made of grass and straw.

  39. My problem is closing the wormhole when the story is finished. Books tend to stick with me. I wish I could describe better the feeling a great book leaves with you. It’s almost like my mind is dancing, my spine is tingling, and all I can think about is the story. It’s kind of like how you would explain to a young child what falling in love feels like.

  40. I love when this happens. Neverending Story is on my reading list.

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