If bread and wine became the body and blood, then all the statues in the world

would come to life, keening and shedding bloody tears.

If the old gods returned, then Jesus would rip his sacred heart from his breast.

If there are half fae humans, then ants would sing and dance with them.

If there really were portals to other worlds, then people would change shape and size at will and slip through.

If cats grew thumbs, then mermaids would grow wings.

If every building became gardens, orchards, or sacred groves, then houses would take flight.

If women became swans, then everyone would celebrate their transformation into winged beings.

If people were born with an expiration date, then crows would prophesy the end of all things.

If an orchestra was all birds, then the fat lady would sing the final aria.

If the world ends with a party, then all the magical beings would come out of hiding for it.


  1. Dominique Christina


    Thank you for trying your hand at the “if-then” exercise. Lots of juicy non-sequitur lines therein. I have always loved this exercise. In my experience it gives insight. It points to what our sub-conscious needs us to know. You have a lot of good stuff here. Don’t be afraid to use it all. Thank you for sharing this with me.

  2. Nancy Stohlman

    OMG I love this! I especially like this one:
    If people were born with an expiration date, then crows would prophesy the end of all things.
    I did this exercise as well and it’s amazing how many strange things rise to the surface. I love seeing how very different our lists are. Thank you so much for sharing! xoxo

  3. Rhyannon Brightwater

    Thank you! Ive so enjoyed reading your work. Im looking forward to using some of these non sequiturs in a fantasy piece I’ve been working on set in Santa Fe.

  4. Martha Jackson Kaplan

    Rhyannon, Love your list of if/ thens. Lots of wings in the list. Also, I love reading that you plan to pick up on some of them for a work set in Santa Fe. Would love to see what you do. It’s one of my favorite places in the world.

  5. Rhyannon Brightwater

    Martha, thanks. I I’ll be glad to share as it comes along. Maybe not a full novel but a novella. Still dont have a satisfying title but have a good outline and I think 3 or 4 chapters. I love stories that seem normal real world and then get more twisted and magical.

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