My work in progress centers on cardiac surgeons who have created the new field of emotional surgery by working on fictional emotive tissue.
Except that today, in the Baltimore Sun, there’s an article titled “Heart has a mind of its own,” about the relatively new field of neurocardiology.
Neurocardiology focuses on the heart/brain connection. The heart, it turns out, has its own nervous system which works very much like my imaginary emotive tissue is meant to. The article includes such quotes as: “If your heart isn’t working well, you are much more likely to have depression and anxiety too,” and “I’m totally convinced that the brain depends on input outside the brain, such as the cardiovascular system, to influence psychological factors such as the energy intensity of an emotional state.”
It’s like I’ve been plagiarized by life.
It’s like God said “Would you like a rational scientific basis and body of knowledge that completely support everything you just made up? I’ll get modern science on that, pronto. KABOOM!”
Have any of my other writer friends out there had this experience? If not, I hope you do someday. It’s great.
*Sorry I can’t link to the article. It’s not on the Sun’s website, and a search for “neurocardiology” in their bargain-bin search engine brings up no results. Maybe it will be up later?