"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." -C. S. Lewis Do you worry about being original just like everyone else? I do --probably to a fault. But I’m trying to just … [Read more...] about I Made This Post Up Myself
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One of those cases where the advert is art. This guy is worth paying attention to. Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl trailer from Gorilla Poet Productions on Vimeo. … [Read more...] about Welcome to the Carnival
Brandon Sanderson talks about the different forms a series of related books can take. Interesting for you readers and writers out there. What kind of series are you writing? I think my speculative fiction novel series is a combo of the Continuing Adventure and the Serialized Epic (and I'd like to do the Saga at some point -lots of ideas present themselves). I don't usually like cliff-hangers … [Read more...] about Why So Series?
I found this link to a fascinating interview with the late, great humorist when he was in his early nineties. I found his advice to people writing humorous stories very valuable and several of his suggestions challenge my current approach. So I am encouraged by the opportunity for growth. Here's a small portion taken from the website of AbeBooks. The interview they have posted was from a 1975 … [Read more...] about For You Writers: An Interview with P.G. Wodehouse
From time to time I am asked about why I write stories and novels when there is “no spiritual value in it.” I disagree with the idea that there is no spiritual value in literature, both in and of itself, and as a furrowing force for the later harvest of truth. Here I want to focus on the latter. May I present some guy you’ve probably never heard of, Dr. Martin Luther: “I am persuaded that without … [Read more...] about Today at the Rabbit Room: Why Do I Write Fiction?
I got a bit of good news last week. I learned that I am a finalist for the West Virginia Fiction Award. This is another in a long series of positive developments in my writing career for which I am very grateful. I am taking it as a bit of confirmation that all the work I am putting into this effort is paying off. It would be wonderful to win, but it really is nice just to be nominated. Did I just … [Read more...] about The West Virginia Fiction Award -Good News
Revenge of the Birds. Eric Peters. Wow. I would call it sophomoric, but he was a few years away from that grade in school at the time. Revenge of the Birds is one of those artifacts you have no idea what to do with except to build your life around it in radical devotion. I guess the only thing to be done is to put it into a vault and wear white gloves to retrieve it every anniversary for a … [Read more...] about Revenge of Revenge of the Birds
"Construction is the best way to rebel against the established rebellion." Zach Franzen Taken from this post about Courage, sent to me by Jodi many moons ago. This was the first item I ever came in contact with from Portland Studios and, wow. Read it, and be inspired. … [Read more...] about My New Motto