Writing

  • Faith,  Writing

    An Antidote to Disenchantment

    “If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with the things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.“ Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder So far this year has proven to be immensely encouraging as far as writing goes. I’ve had a few early successes (an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s of the Future contest…

  • Book Reviews,  Writing

    Book Reviews: Writing and Reference Books, First Half of 2022

    I haven’t done any book reviews here yet. To be honest, I’m not the sort of person to write out long, drawling reviews of what I’ve read. I prefer to keep things brief with only a highlight or two. So, let’s get started. What writing/reference books have captured my interest so far this year? Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks – This is more of a memoir than a text that teaches specifics of writing. That being said, there are some great nuggets of writing wisdom all delivered with a dose of humor and honesty by one of the most prolific living fantasy writers. For anyone in need of…

  • Writing

    Skyrim, Medieval Woodworking, and Izbas

    I’ve begun work on the first story in my book-length collection set in the world of “The Road to Fjallmark”, and I wanted to share both a brief synopsis and a glimpse of what is going into the project. With a working title of “The Woodworker’s Guest”, this piece tells the story of a young, talented woodworker who had a perfect life – a great business, friends, beautiful wife, young son – and lost it all in a fire. Now isolated and alone and struggling with grief, he may find hope and healing when a magical, unexpected visitor shows up in his home. As I work on this story, I’m…

  • Writing

    Coziness and Comfort in Story – A Personal Reflection

    This is a more personal and introspective entry, probably a bit rambling and borderline stream of consciousness. I would like to spend a few minutes exploring my conception of the coziness and comfort that I find in books. I want to think back to all the books I’ve read from my childhood up to now and examine what exactly I find cozy and comforting and why. “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” – Langston Hughes I find rain comforting, the sound of rain falling, the grayness of the sky, the chillness in the air,…