“The Road Goes Ever On and On…”

Given the impact J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnum opus has had on the world of writing, we tend to forget that it has had at least as much influence on the world of music. From heavy metal folk bands such as Blind Guardian* to family enterprises like Clamavi de Profundis (some of their songs are available on … Continue reading “The Road Goes Ever On and On…”

A Unique Conceit (or Three) from Western Television

Gargoyles Retrospective | Disney's Dark Horse https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=hc7yQ4nX_8k Along with others in the Superversive movement, this author tends to highlight various writing techniques which are popularly seen in Japanese anime. Since writers in the Orient frequently make use of practices forgotten here in the West, this is only sensible. If one wishes to learn a craft, … Continue reading A Unique Conceit (or Three) from Western Television

A Word to the Wise on Fellowship

Click the link to learn more, readers! And remember: when selecting friends, choose well and wisely. Good friends are worth more than their weight in gold. Friendship: 4 Things 'The Fellowship of the Ring' Can Teach Us We need fellowships for our own “quests,” too. Saturday, March 3, 2018 James Walpole In The Fellowship of the Ring, the … Continue reading A Word to the Wise on Fellowship

Review: The Most Expensive Alley Cat in London by Corinna Turner

I stumbled across this little treasure while surfing through Amazon’s Kindle store. Although I say “little,” the term is not meant to be derogatory; The Most Expensive Alley Cat in London is a short story. One can read it in under an hour, making it a small gem, indeed: A Desperate Urchin. A Mysterious Stray. … Continue reading Review: The Most Expensive Alley Cat in London by Corinna Turner

Amidst the Mallorn Trees….

Or maybe this is Dinotopia’s* Treetown. But whether the scene below puts one in mind of either James Gurney’s magnum opus or Professor Tolkien’s* landmark work, the location is sure to spark the imagination, readers: Tennessee Treetop Skywalk is the Longest Tree-Based Bridge in North America!  October 13, 2020 David Barns If you are tired … Continue reading Amidst the Mallorn Trees….

Children in Fiction, Part 1: What Happens When There Aren’t Enough?

In her perceptive article “Stop Pretending Children Don’t Exist in Your Story World,” R.J. Sheffler covers several reasons why putting children in fiction is a necessary element for good world-building. As she herself states, youngsters do not have to be in the thick of the fighting or be involved in the action to make the … Continue reading Children in Fiction, Part 1: What Happens When There Aren’t Enough?