Meet Cia, manta whisperer and underwater cat trainer. Cia is so much more than a palindrome or colored pebbles arranged in a pretty pattern.
Every palindrome tells a story, and behind the palindrome is a longer story. Cia So Manic In A Mosaic contains 143 stories written as palindromes, plus the longer stories that go with the palindromes. The cover illustration and the introduction make up the long story behind the palindrome “Cia so manic in a mosaic.”
Why palindromes? It’s all about symmetry. We expect symmetry in biology, of the two arms and two legs kind. We expect it in cars, with mirror-image right and left sides. Most people don’t expect that right-left symmetry in language.
I can say “mosaic,” and you would know what I meant. But if I said “ki-yay-so-mmm,” would you have any idea what I meant? Probably not. That’s how “mosaic” sounds backward, sort of. No one speaks backward in everyday conversation. English doesn’t even have words that sound the same forward and backward.
Palindromes are surprising, absurd and delightful because they do fold in half like an ink blot. Find the center of a palindrome, and the same letters march away from the middle in opposite directions. That balance is why a palindrome reads the same forward and backward.
Even more surprising, the best palindromes have a stealth mode. Spaces between words, and punctuation, effectively hide the right-left pattern. The middle is not obvious. It reads like an ordinary sentence. But wait, it reads the same backward!
These are all new and original palindromes, not the stale and ancient ones found all over the web. Meet the authors of each palindrome and hear their stories. No anonymous compositions here. This is fresh, constrained writing.
After the collection of authors and their palindromes is the chapter “How to Create Palindromes.” It’s easier than you might think. The chapter is packed with detailed examples, from the first word of inspiration to the finished palindrome. It explains how to use unique word lists in the Palindromedary. That’s a reference book created to make writing palindromes easy.
Writing a palindrome is a game like solving word puzzles. Fit words together to make a sentence that reads the same backward. It seems hard, but the Palindromedary and practice make it easy.
This chapter also describes the Palindrome Composer, another tool that works with the Palindromedary to speed up palindrome composition. Both the Palindromedary and Palindrome Composer are free tools available online.
Targeted Age Group:: 10-110
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write my own palindromes since I encountered a near-perfect palindrome over forty years ago. Recently, my dream resurfaced and I found a way forward. The solution was Franklin’s Palindromedary, a unique tool that has only one purpose, to help anyone write palindromes.
After over a year of work on the project, the moment of truth had arrived. I had cobbled together a version that was good enough to use, but I had no idea if it would really help.
During one day, over a total of five hours, I used the tool and method to compose seven unique palindromes. I took substantial breaks between palindromes, because I had great anxiety over the results. Consequently, those seven compositions required less than two hours of actual work. The rest of the time I spent recovering from the tension.
But it was a success! The tool exceeded my wildest dreams. I completed one palindrome in only five minutes. That’s when I decided to share this unique tool with the world.
From that first step, I wound up becoming a publisher. I recruited members to compose palindromes and submit them to the first anthology. I pay forty percent of sales directly to my member composers. This collection includes palindromes and their stories, as told by the individual composers. It also includes a chapter on writing your own palindromes. This is all in support of my vision to develop more skilled palindrome composers.
With palindromes, it’s all about symmetry.
Symmetry abounds in our world and throughout the universe. We humans possess bilateral symmetry: two eyes, two ears, two arms, two legs, with the pairs generally arranged symmetrically around a central spine. The same holds true for most animals. In plants, every species exhibits symmetry, including bilateral, quadrilateral, radial, and more. A mineral crystal is a beautiful example of symmetry extending from the whole crystal sparkling in your hand down to the very arrangement of individual atoms.
And yet, despite living amongst countless visible reminders of our symmetrical universe, I find it surprising that language is symmetrical. On the intellectual level, I understand the concept. Every alphabet has a finite number of letters, as does every word. It stands to reason that some words would be mirror images of other words.
But in ordinary English conversation, I never hear that symmetry. If our language has pairs of words with mirror image sounds, I can’t name any. I have never met anyone who speaks their mind in reverse. Few people hear a word, convert it to written letters, reverse it, expose an ananym pair or a related palindromic opportunity, and file it away in memory, all without missing a beat in the conversation. Only David Lynch thought of making an actor move and say lines in reverse, then reversed the recording to produce a tormented rendition of English for scenes in the 2017 sequel to Twin Peaks. We can comprehend the resulting words, but the sound is most unnatural. Symmetry in spoken language is just not part of daily experience for most people.
For all these reasons, I find palindromes delightful. It’s a wonderful surprise to discover that a sentence—which looks and feels as if it were lifted from a novel—is really a palindrome. A skillfully crafted palindrome can masquerade as ordinary prose until it whips aside the feathered mask to reveal its true nature. Symmetry is the trait that beguiles and beckons. I marvel at the myriad ways crossword puzzles can mesh words together, as though language has a secret, cubic crystallography. I feel the same way about palindromes, no matter if I’m reading one for the first time or have just finished composing one.
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