New year, new hopes, new goals. Whether you’ve written out a detailed list of what you plan to accomplish this year, or you’re simply praying for a year of less stress and weirdness than 2020, you’re probably looking with hope to what the new year might bring.
While I certainly can’t predict what this year might be like, I can provide a few inspirational quotes from others to help you focus on the all the hopeful possibilities that a new year brings. Here’s to a creative and productive new year!
As a writer of books, I often feel guilty when I like a film adaptation better than the book that inspired it. I feel sort of like a traitor to my craft, as it were. But ultimately, I like a good story—and sometimes, the movie tells a better story than the book. In this post, I explained in detail why I think that the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz told a better story than Baum’s original classic book.
Here is a list of some other movies that I think are better than their original book inspirations. In most of these cases, I feel that the movie version told a more cohesive story—whether it be fewer extraneous sub-plots, better pacing, fewer minor characters, or just plain easier to follow. In some cases, the movie ending was more positive or satisfying than the book ending, which is something I’m partial to. Continue reading
For anyone who follows this blog, and/or is wondering what I’ve been up to of late, here it is in a short summary: not writing.
I’ve missed several weeks of blogging here and there over the past few months, and I’m embarrassingly behind on my writing goals for my current dieselpunk series. So it’s more “other shenanigans” rather than writing that I’ve been doing this summer. Continue reading
Every writer has a different reason for writing.
Some write from a place of pain, and their writing is both healing to themselves and a message to the world about true hurts.
Some write from a place of joy, wanting to share the positive experiences that tie all humans together.
Some write because they have a message to deliver, a cause they want others to support, or a lesson they want others to learn.
Some write to explore the inner workings of their own minds, or to help others explore theirs.
Some write just to tell a good story. Continue reading
Just for something a little different, this week I thought I’d share a poem that I wrote. I’m not much of a poet, but as I stood outside in my yard the other night and watched the evening around me, a few lines came to mind; and now I’m sharing them with you. Enjoy! Continue reading
Not much of a blog post this week, because I’m writing this on the 4th of July (very late), and I’m feeling lazy.
But as I was trying to decide what I could write in my tired and lazy state, I reflected on how blessed I am to live in a place and time where I have the freedom to write what I want, when I want.
Of course America is not the only country with a freedom of press. But on this American holiday, when we celebrate our freedoms, I’m grateful for the freedom to write. I can write whatever I want, and publish it in any format I want, whenever I want. The freedom to write, publish, and distribute should not be taken for granted. And I do not want to squander that freedom that I have.
No matter where you might live, if you have the freedom to write, do so. Celebrate your freedom and write!