Worlds in Miniature – Reflections to Inspire

In his book, The Romance of Religion, Fr. Dwight Longenecker recounts an insight he had during one of his bus rides at the beginning of first grade. Apparently he had a Mickey Mouse lunch box which, naturally, had been painted to show Mickey and his friends going to school. On closer inspection, however, Father realized … Continue reading Worlds in Miniature – Reflections to Inspire

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Natural Beauty – God’s Way of Feeding an Author’s Imagination

While scanning through several WordPress articles on…something, I came across a review of another sci-fi novel. It was a post-apocalyptic book, I believe, that doubled as an alien invasion story. Something said either in the post or in the comments was that readers could tell the writer had been inspired by his native Arizona, both … Continue reading Natural Beauty – God’s Way of Feeding an Author’s Imagination

“Sufferin’ Succotash!” Is THAT a Viable Form of Inspiration for Adults?

I think it was a writer over at Superversivesf.com who may have been the one to note that, in the U.S., animated television shows and feature films tend to be considered the province of children. Many look askance at an adult who openly proclaims interest in shows such as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, … Continue reading “Sufferin’ Succotash!” Is THAT a Viable Form of Inspiration for Adults?

History: One of the Greatest Sources of Inspiration

In the article “Cultured Characters” we saw how a broad knowledge of history gives the protagonists in fiction a proper perspective on the world they live in, an understanding of the people and circumstances they have to deal with, and at least a general appreciation of the past. An acquaintance with historical fact also leads … Continue reading History: One of the Greatest Sources of Inspiration

“Why do the good guys always win?” – A Word from R. A. Salvatore

While I have not yet read a book written by Mr. Salvatore, this quote suggests to me that his work is particularly enjoyable: “I was at a convention in Seattle, giving a seminar about publishing, when a young man accused my writing of being cliché. “Why do the good guys always win?” he wanted to … Continue reading “Why do the good guys always win?” – A Word from R. A. Salvatore

Build. Customize. Mobilize! – The Inspiration to Be Found in Zoids: Chaotic Century

“Build. Customize. Mobilize!” That was the tag line for advertisements featuring toys from two anime series I loved and watched regularly when they were on television. The first of these was Zoids: New Century Zero, the sequel to Zoids: Chaotic Century. Somehow Zero played in the U.S. ahead of Century; I have no idea how … Continue reading Build. Customize. Mobilize! – The Inspiration to Be Found in Zoids: Chaotic Century