The picture is not relevant to the post (unless you wish to find an obscure reason) but does act as a distraction for I wish to get thinking of something else and a picture of that would have an effect on your imagining process. Not a lot of effort is required as I have already done the hard work for you on that score but it is a Sunday and you should be resting anyway.
Those of you with active imaginations will already have at least one world somewhere inside your head that you are or plan to write about For some of you, you have the blank starting canvas ready to imprinted with and cluttered up with many exciting and unique things.
I would like to suggest to you a door, it leads nowhere at the moment, the purpose of it is irrelevant and you can choose where it goes later, it is the door itself that is going to be the actual focus.
At first glance it’s a solid-looking regular door sized door, it has the weighty look of stubborn resistance. It is made out of dark wood, with a varnished finish and has a liberal sprinkling of cobwebs as well as a bounteous supply of dust. Most likely this entrance (or exit) has not been used for innumerable years and gives off the impression that it will most likely squeak like a cliché when opened.
On closer inspection, after wiping away a few layers of dust, there is revealed a metal shape, similar to a severely angled fleur-de-lys. There is a lattice effect scored into the symbol which is raised almost imperceptibly from the door’s surface. It gives off the impression that it was beaten into the very fabric of the wood.
The cobwebs seem to mirror the symbol on the door like it is somehow influencing the things around it. there is a compact hunk of rounded metal in the usual place which serves as a handle, should you wish to try it but no keyhole to keep people out…or in. Although the door fits snugly into the wall, it is wearing away at the bottom, with some jagged edges, a slow and inexorable rotting process is gradually taking place. There is nothing to see through the gap, just a darkness that makes pitch black seem shiny.
The wood feels rough to the touch despite its smooth finish, it retains a natural harshness like it yearns to be tree bark again. This door is strange, it is subtle, it blends in to the landscape and is easily overlooked, like it wishes to avoid attention and wishes to dwell only in the corner of your eye…its presence radiates a palpable sense of sentience.
I hope this gateway to new worlds (or dusty rooms) can find a place in your worlds or create new ones, I am curious to know what you would make of such a door, where you would place it in your creations and where it would take you…