You cannot choose your battlefields, The gods do that for you. But you can plant a standard Where a standard never flew. – Nathalia Crane, 1913 One of the most pernicious movements of our time may be the idea that artists can change the world. For decades … Continue reading Plant a Standard….
“I think you’re born to tell stories, Bibi [Blair]. That’s a wonderful thing. I’ve read more truth in fiction than in nonfiction, partly because fiction can deal with the numinous, and nonfiction rarely does. The human heart and spirit. The unknown. The unknowable. Storytelling can heal broken hearts and damaged minds. As a writer, Bibi, … Continue reading A Word on Fiction from Dean Koontz
“But this new component of the Guardians’ defenses, these ever-amassing stories, struck some deep and fearful alarm inside his [Pitch Black’s] dark heart. Spells, magic, jolliness, chocolate eggs, presents, elves, teeth – all the Guardians’ methods to fight his darkness were, to him, puny parlor tricks. But this power of story? He could not figure … Continue reading The Power of Story
A long time ago, I was given a very special book. It was the translated diary of a survivor of the Bosnia-Herzegovina war. Her name is Nadja Halilbegovich, and the title of her book is My Childhood Under Fire: A Sarajevo Diary. You can purchase it here, if you wish. It is worth reading. Growing up … Continue reading Moving Ahead One Step at a Time
In keeping with the article on courage as inspiration for authors, this post lists the (growing) number of Sabaton songs that this writer listens to even when she is not writing. Each song has a story behind it, some of which are mentioned briefly beneath the videos made by Piscator (the notes beneath the videos … Continue reading Songs from Sabaton
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRhg2zvalXc Recently, this author began to listen to the Swedish power metal band Sabaton. I am a little late to the game, since several of my fellow writers enjoy listening to and have mentioned them, but that does not matter. This group was worth the wait. For those who are not familiar with these performers, … Continue reading Courage – Timeless Inspiration for Every Age
“In a flash I had a change of heart. Even one precious life was worth saving. Japan was defeated; but the wounded were still alive. The war was over; but the work of our relief team remained. Our country was destroyed; but medical science still existed. Wasn’t our work only beginning? Irrespective of the rise … Continue reading Inspiration from the Land of the Rising Sun