BTB: Bioluminescence June 22 2018
Those of you that are familiar with my blending process already know, but for the folks just joining us, let me tell you a little bit about my work. I have a rare neurological oddity known as Lexical-Gustatory Synesthesia. Now, synesthesia itself is actually relatively common. The brain cross-wires sensory input and the results cause folks to see music as colors, experience sound as tactile sensation (I have this one too. Sometimes fun, sometimes not so much), associate personalities with colors/words/sounds or, like me, literally taste language and concepts as complex flavor profiles. For me, thinking about a character, a personality or a word is no different from eating a tasty (or nasty) snack. So let me introduce you to one of my favorites: Bioluminescence!
My friend Jill commissioned two blends from me for a writer's workshop retreat (Jill, what was that event called?) last year, and we had so much fun creating them! The first was one called Writer's Fuel, designed to keep folks perked up and working hard. The second was this blend. Jill told me a story about taking a night walk with her group at this event that was so lushly expressed (writers are great friends for blend inspiration!) I could immediately taste every part of it. I can't retell Jill's story as well as she initially told it to me, but the gist is this:
There is a full moon in New England, illuminating the night walk of a group of writers. A lighthouse is in the distance and the evening is quiet and pleasant. The writers stop on a small bridge and look down into the water, where several small jellyfish are colliding with one another and lighting up over and over again.
What a scene, right? The sweet, almost juicy flavor of that moment tasted so delicately floral sweet and with such a full underbelly, I was immediately inspired to create this blend.
|Bioluminescence with Friday photobomb. Picture by Rich Lilly|