Dreams of a Young Writer: A Personal Post

When I was little, oh, I guess about ten or eleven, I had a big poster thumbtacked to the wall above my bed. If I'm not mistaken I got it from a local library, but I can't remember. It was a poster I bet a lot of kids didn't have in their rooms, now or …

Lighthouses and Stories Guide Us Through Darkness

I came across this quote many years back which speaks to the seeming futility of writing. And how wrong we are when we have that opinion. Whenever I am especially down about some aspect of writing, or doubting myself, I think of this quote. I think it captures a philosophical truth about perseverance, and why …

My 10 Favorite Opening Lines for Fiction

Here are my top first lines from books I've read.  These books have had an impact on my maturity and growth as a writer.  But they aren't arranged in any particular order.  I've tried to include  lines that weren't selected a while back by American Book Review, though there are one or two I couldn't …

Audiobooks, Futurism, and the Mythical Power of Storytelling

It's difficult bringing me into the modern age. I admit that. And those who are committed to bringing me up to speed with technology have their work cut out for them. The fools. I have a cell phone. I rarely turn it on (as people in my personal life can attest) because when I do it often …

The Civil War: A Narrative (Vol. 1) by Shelby Foote

The Civil War is not my favorite conflict to read about. I save WWI for that honor, and horror. Nor does the Civil War contain my favorite battle to study. The Battle of the Atlantic from WWII interests me most, although I admit Shiloh is a solid #2. Therefore, though this war is not my favorite to study …