My niece recently asked me why we called it Building Blocks Library (BBL)? It’s a good question.
Imagine you suddenly find yourself in a room. You’re not sure how you got there. It has no windows and two doors. You are not sure where you are. Is it a house? An apartment? An office?
You look around. You open one door, and there is another room. This room also has two doors. So there are at least two rooms.
Is it a very small house, or a two-room apartment? You open a door. Behind that door are some stairs.
You walk out onto the stairs and look up and down the center of the handrail. You can see the stairs go upward and downward for many, many levels.
Now you suddenly have a sense that you are in a much larger structure. You can’t see it all yet, but you know it’s there.
A reader browsing through the levels of the Building Blocks Library (BBL) would quickly notice the obvious things like the consistent locations and development of characters - the walls and doors of the the first few rooms of the building.
However, it would take some time to notice that there is a deeper structure to BBL, one that may be sensed rather than seen directly, like the building above.
This deeper structure is reflected in the name, Building Blocks Library and it hopefully provides a feeling that by reading the series, you are peeking through a small window into a much larger world, which is usually what gives the best writing its believability and pleasure.
So let’s have a wander around and look at what makes up structure of the bigger building.