Jonathan’s Dream (An Adventure Novel)
(Copyright 1984, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)
This story is purely a work of my imagination and as such, is completely fictional. Any references to actual names, places, settings, events, characters, and/or persons is derived solely and generically from my imagination and reflects no actual person – living or deceased – nor any business enterprise, village, city, county, territory, state, principality or nation.
While practicing what I called free-form writing in 1984 – a process of writing whatever came to mind on my manual Smith Corona typewriter – I was exploring the thought that in order to become a good writer you need to spend time writing every day. As this theme evolved over the course of a few days, Jonathan’s Dream (An Adventure Novel) emerged spontaneously, as if waiting for me to discover it by accident. I call that serendipity.
It’s only natural that this tale evolved from an actual event in my early childhood. One Saturday morning when I was a young child, I embarked on my first real-life adventure. I got up earlier than the rest of the family and quietly snuck out the back door of our house. I don’t remember much about that day beyond climbing the small retaining wall that marked the boundary of our backyard and then exploring beyond our property – but that’s the real life basis for Jonathan’s Dream (An Adventure Novel). So in essence, Jonathan and I are one and the same person. He reflects who I am in almost every way except in name. Jonathan simply completes the adventure I first began on that fine summer morning, sometime in the early 1960s.
Jonathan’s Dream (An Adventure Novel) evolved in ways I never considered when the story first unfolded. It’s a story about young boys and their dreams of adventure, which also explores issues and themes that are timeless and cross-cultural. It captures my imagination for adventure, as well as the thoughts of young children everywhere – dreaming of all that lies beyond their known boundaries.
Few children are content to stay within the borders that define their worlds. It is this same thirst for adventure that fuels our imagination and drives us to seek our fortunes, explore the unexplored and challenges us to reach for the stars. May the spirit of adventure that lives in our hearts never die and may we always explore beyond the boundaries of our worlds – wherever it takes us!