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One of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury, died today.  I haven’t read all of his works, but I’ve read enough to appreciate his brilliance.  His book, Zen and the Art of Writing, has been an inspiration to me.

Two of my favorite passages from his books:

“Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I’m one of them.”
Dandelion Wine

“Sometimes the man who looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin. There are smiles & smiles; learn to tell the dark variety from the light. The seal-barker, the laugh-shouter, half the time he’s covering up. He’s had his fun & he’s guilty. And all men do love sin, Will, oh how they love it, never doubt, in all shapes, sizes, colors & smells. Times come when troughs, not tables, suit appetites. Hear a man too loudly praising others & look to wonder if he didn’t just get up from the sty. On the other hand, that unhappy, pale, put-upon man walking by, who looks all guilt & sin, why, often that’s your good man with a capital G, Will. For being good is a fearful occupation; men strain at it & sometimes break in two. I’ve known a few. You work twice as hard to be a farmer as to be his hog. I suppose it’s thinking about trying to be good makes the crack run up the wall one night. A man with high standards, too, the least hair falls on him sometimes wilts his spine. He can’t let himself alone, won’t let himself off the hook if he falls just a breath from grace.”
Something Wicked This Way Comes

Rest in peace, Mr. Bradbury… The world is an emptier place without you.

According to the number of comments I’ve been having to moderate, the spammers are really enjoying this blog…  Too bad no one else really is.  Yet…

Had to moderate the first spam comment to this blog this afternoon…  At least someone knows I’m here…


on February 13, 2011 in miscellaneous No Comments »

I decided to start a blog about my progress in writing The Archer’s Legacy, a sequel to my first self-published novel, The Last Archer of Laummoren.

I must admit that the writing of the second installment of what I envision as a trilogy has been longer and more difficult than I had anticipated.  At the same time, the story has taken me in different directions than I had foreseen–which has been an interesting experience for me.  I’ve read authors describing the process of writing and storytelling as one where sometimes the writer is merely an observer, chronicling the story as it seemingly unfolds of its own volition.  I now know what they mean.

For anyone who happens across my ramblings chronicled here, I hope you find something of interest.

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