by Roderick MacLeish
In my previous post, I discussed one of three books that influenced me as a child. This book, “Prince Ombra” is the second. While the hero is a child, the enemy is unclear throughout the majority of the story. There is no one thing or person to defeat, just an ever-present evil that consumes the world if not fought back once every thousand years. When it comes, it challenges a single “hero” and does so by taking the form of the hero’s worse fear. This time, the hero is just a child named Bentley. That is probably the reason I initially picked up this book on my regular library visit that afternoon: great big evil vs 9-year-old child. We were allowed to check out 3-5 books each visit. I was probably not reading that much, I simply liked to pick out five so if I didn’t like one I had others to choose from. Turned out I really like “Prince Ombra”. Read More
Someone once asked me “What are three books that influenced you the most?” And I had an immediate answer. He wasn’t expecting, however, for them to all be children’s books. Perhaps I wasn’t either, but there you have it. When we were children my parents brought us to the library on a very regular basis. I took a long time to venture out of picture books (which I still love) and didn’t always have the attention to stick with a book until the end. As my mother tells it, there was one book I renewed over and over again reading more times than she could count. That book was Out of the Bug Jar by Kathleen Thomas. This is the first of my three most influential books. (I will post about the others separately) Read More
‘Life is Distracting and Uncertain,’ She said and went to draw the curtain
A line from Edward Gorey’s story The Shrinking Treehorn.
Naturally, as I begin my journey online and at home to move my stories from my private world to the public world, life gets in the way. I remember this quote because I once was in a play titled “Gorey Stories” in my community college. It was a fascinating production for me especially since I was already a bit of a fan. I was cast for only a very small part, but for the purpose of experience, I attended every single rehearsal and the set design meetings as well. During one meeting, not too far from opening night, we were told one of the leads had a broken ankle and could not perform. I suspected she might have actually just dropped out because ours was such a small production and it was indeed a strange play. Whatever the reason, the director needed someone to stand in her place, and because I had been to every rehearsal and only had one or two lines of my own, I was given her part. Read More
I am writing blog posts for no one to read.
I have done nothing to promote my website or even have it visible by any web searches. This site is not even completed, yet I post. I do this for several reasons.
First – I want to visit my website pretty regularly right now as inspiration, a reminder, something to hold me accountable. I have all these stories and I have let them sit around for far too long.
Second – practice. I want practice writing for the public. Practice writing in my own voice, not a character’s. Practice keeping a schedule that is about MY life, not someone else’s.
Third – I will eventually use these posts as tests when I begin using tags and SEO tactics.
I’ve had blogs in the past, but they had no direction or purpose. Well, they sort of did, but that’s maybe for another post. Another post for no one to read.
Since I make a hobby out of imaginary people and places, it feels completely normal to introduce my blog to my imaginary readers. My blog should be book reviews, writing tips I find shareable, and updates on my own progress as a writer. But one of the reasons I love writing is to get thoughts out of my head. There’s a lot swimming around in there and some of it goes into my stories, some goes into my journals, and some is going to end up here. From Godzilla to Shakespeare, Vivaldi to VNV Nation, there may be any variety of non-book related topics sprinkled in now and again. I hope you enjoy.