Writing

Written. Edited. Now What Should I Name You?

Sometimes titles come naturally to me.  They just jump out and yell, “Please pick me!” For my latest short story, however, nothing’s coming to me.  I’m wracking my brain, looking up inspiring quotes, even digging through my Bible, all in an attempt to come up with the perfect name. A bit of explanation about the… Continue reading Written. Edited. Now What Should I Name You?

Writing

Inyë ólëa ata — An Introduction

Inyë ólëa ata. Loosely translated, it means ‘I Dream Again’ in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elvish language. That should tell you at least two things about myself. 1.) I’m a ‘Tolkienite.’  That is, a complete nut about all written works by the great J.R.R. Tolkien.  I have endeavored to learn Elvish through a website (www.councilofelrond.com), and while… Continue reading Inyë ólëa ata — An Introduction

Writing

We Write What We Know — And What do We Know More Than Ourselves?

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~Henry Ward Beecher Consciously or unconsciously, I think as writers we often write ourselves into stories.  That doesn’t mean that every character is exactly like us — that would make for boring stories.  But each character, each place,… Continue reading We Write What We Know — And What do We Know More Than Ourselves?