One of the greatest things an author can do for his or her readers is to provide them release from their circumstances for a time. Entertainment of all varieties and venues ought to serve this particular end, since even a “normal,” pleasant life free from obvious care or worry becomes dull without a touch of … Continue reading Nil Desperandum – Never Despair, Never Give Up
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
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
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?
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
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
I spoke before on how my father is a source of great inspiration for me. He is the one who helped to foster my love of good fiction, having shown me Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Dragonheart, a number of Disney animated films, and many other enjoyable stories all my life. My mother didn’t fail … Continue reading Playing with Father – Inspiration in a Nutshell