Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Hunting

Tyr and Fenrir, John Bauer
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There are wolves at the door.

Digging around in the Goss archives, I found some characterization lessons from Agatha Christie (whom I have yet to read):
  1. Everybody lies.
  2. Everybody is motivated by self-interest.
  3. Everybody acts within character.
More Goss: Vampires (article) and Singing of Mount Abora ([excellent] short story).

Cris Urdiales has a lovely sketchbook depicting adventures in India.

From R. L. LaFevers's blog, a post on encouraging children in storytelling. Not sure how many points are applicable to how writers should treat themselves, but I submit it for anyone who might be in a mentor relationship to a young child.

Hilari Bell's latest writing tip, about the story structure points of becoming a hero.

Siege of Vicksburg,  by Alfred E. Mathews
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For a Civil War essay, I researched army logistics:

Also read some primary sources:

A poem: Revelation Must be Terrible, by David Whyte. Spoiler alert: I interpret the poem to mean that you cannot retreat when you discover your own power.

From Domythic Bliss: mystery, with some spectacular cabinets of curiosities.

More mysteriousness: music composed for Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus.

Caitlyn Kurilich's tumblrs: Opus Nine (her inspiration) and her own art (my inspiration).

Terri Windling makes me want to get up early and write in blood. I'm going to spoil the ending of the latter, because every creator, every reaper and rejoicer, must read it:
Dorothy Allison advises, "Write from your fear" ... and she of all people would know. But also write from your joy, your anger, your compassion, your love and humour and exasperation. Write from the heart but also from the belly, the liver, the spleen, from your hands and your feet. Tell the stories that are yours and only yours to tell. And don't stop. Don't ever stop.
(Emphasis mine. Shall we go on a journey?)
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