This was supposed to be a simple project; comparing the timeline of the Big Bang to creation stories from different cultures and religions. Of course, it was no such thing. Even if it had remained within the confines of my original idea, it's a HUGE subject. And the parameters I'd set for myself, was challenging. I wanted everything to be based on the shape of a circle. (And no repeats! Each composition had to look at circles in different ways.)
My germ of an idea was a meditation on the differences between circle and zero. They both started out as the same shape. But the one is tied to the rules of geometry while the other (when one really starts to look into the concept) skirts the edge of metaphysics and the meaning of infinity. I soon discovered that, to honestly portray the Big Bang portion of the book, I had to understand the underlying physics (at least on the most simplistic level) of the theory.
The creation story part of the book presented another challenge. First, I had to decide which myths to include. I wanted to touch on as many cultures as possible , and include something from each continent.