Flotsam 'n' Jetsam, Inspiration

Paul Revere’s Ride

Happy Independence Day, readers! Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five: Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, “If the British march By… Continue reading Paul Revere’s Ride


“To Be Loved by the Audience”

While researching an anime series she has come to enjoy titled Kabaneri no Koutetsujou (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress), this author was introduced to an important interview with the show’s creator. Araki Tetsuro, who worked on landmark series such as Death Note, was interviewed by Sugoi Japan about his new series in 2017. He began… Continue reading “To Be Loved by the Audience”


Providence and Miracles

For most of my life, I have heard critics, writers, and audiences complain about the last-minute save which occurs throughout most of fiction. We all know which moments these are; they are the pivot points on which the conflicts turn. It can be a last minute message that reaches the hero in the nick of… Continue reading Providence and Miracles


Remember the Republic

“Left to themselves, Americans build, cultivate, bridge, dam, canalise, invent, teach, manufacture, think, write, lock themselves in struggle with the eternal challenges that man has chosen to confront, and with an intensity not known elsewhere on the globe. Bidden to make war their work, Americans shoulder the burden with intimidating purpose. There is, I have… Continue reading Remember the Republic


Plant a Standard….

          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….


A Word on Fiction from Dean Koontz

“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


The Power of Story

“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

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Dancing Lights

Check out these amazing photographs of Light Pillars taken by an Ontario resident in 2017, readers: North Bay man captures incredible images of light pillars dancing in the sky By Jenna Wootton Updated: September 7, 2017 When a northern Ontario man recently woke to his two-year-old crying, he wasn’t expecting to witness a new natural… Continue reading Dancing Lights

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God and Superheroes…?

This post was too good to pass up. If you have not seen Avengers: Endgame, then it would probably be best to come back and click this link later. Whether or not you do that, though, this is definitely a piece that is worth reading and remembering: Agent Romanoff and the Furious Love of God Posted… Continue reading God and Superheroes…?


Quitting on the Desire to Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGCMeI-5-ss While enjoying the above song from Skillet, this author was struck by a sudden revelation about modern fiction. There is an item missing from it that once was pronounced throughout myriad genres, especially sci-fi and fantasy. What is this absent thing? Only the most important ingredient of all, the one without which man cannot… Continue reading Quitting on the Desire to Live