April 11, 2009 Firefly
Firefly is the name of the TV series that Joss Wheldon created. It came out in September of 2002, but only 11 of the 13 episodes ran. Although it was quickly canceled, it gained a loyal fan base. I can see why. I got the DVDs from the library this week and have been running a Firefly marathon. It was a well written show with memorable characters and moving stories. The movie Serenity was based on the TV show. I watched Serenity for the first time just two months ago and movie led me back to the series.
I thought perhaps watching the Firefly series might give me some inspiration for the journey of Kiri and Bashir in our story The Prophets of Paladin. I haven’t been able to write much the past 5 or 6 days due to Jason and Ana being home. Joel hasn’t written much either—at least he hasn’t sent anything my way the past week.
The firefly is an important symbol. Fireflies give off light and illumination, thus they are a symbol of profound growth. They embody inspiration, illumination, patience, attraction, energy, hope, aspiration, guidance, efficiency, creativity, new ideas and awakening. Certainly the past few months have been full of all of those things. It is no coincidence that this diary ends on a meditation of the firefly—both the show and the symbol.
On the cover of this Serenity Diary is a Dragonfly. Dragonflies are creatures of the water. They carry the symbolism of the subconscious or dreaming mind and thoughts. A dragonfly implies that deeper thoughts are surfacing and that we must be mindful of the outcome we wish to have. Life is short, the dragonfly reminds us, so we must live life to the fullest with a graceful serenity.