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  • There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

    Carl Jung

    Where I Am Going, Where I Have Been

    September 29th, 2013 by creative writing  personal

    From the earliest years of my life, stories were my closest and dearest friends. Gifted with an imagination remarkably fertile and grand, elaborate worlds naturally sprung up in my mind. Even before I had a grasp of written language, I spent countless hours weaving together complex tales filled with quirky characters, wrought with imminent dangers […]

    What is the Purpose of a Novel?

    August 16th, 2013 by fiction classifications  upmarket

    What is the purpose of a novel? I don’t think there is a “one size fits all” approach to the writing experience.  Some readers seek commercial thrillers with the goal of keeping them on the edge of their seats, while others prefer serious literary novels that explore the nature of what it means to be […]

    Death of The Father

    July 2nd, 2013 by death  literary themes

    When I first wrote the untimely death of Ary’s father into the plot of my novel, I never imagined that within three years, my own active, healthy father would be dead after a brave battle with cancer. Losing him rocked my world. It changed me in a fundamental way. I felt like an orphan, lonely […]

    The Meaning of Home

    June 3rd, 2013 by literary themes

    One of my readers has asked me to write an entry about the meaning of home. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for this subject, considering I have just revised the scene in Metavalde where Ary magically happens upon his childhood home exactly as he had remembered it. This scene is particularly powerful because […]

    Existentialism and the Modern-Day Hero

    May 15th, 2013 by character development  mythology

    Classical mythology is filled with tales of larger-than-life heroes battling formidable beasts, embarking on long voyages across the sea, and descending into the underworld to rescue a loved one from the snare of death. But where would these brave men and women find themselves if these same stories were retold in our world? Are the […]

    The Tragically-Flawed Protagonist

    April 24th, 2013 by character development

    What do Nicholas Urfe from John Fowles’ The Magus, the unnamed narrators from Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club and Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle, and, Greyson Todd from Juliann Garey’s Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See all have in common? Not only are they protagonists in five of my favorite books, but they’re all tragically […]

    Location, Location, Location

    April 15th, 2013 by travel  writing process

    It’s quite synchronic to have this blog entry discussing the connection between writers and their locations pop up in today’s The Write Practice. This week, I’ve been fortuitous enough to test the very hypothesis presented by Sophie Novak — that one’s environment directly affects the tone and mood of the work in progress, as well […]