Whether contemporary, historical, alternate or parallel worlds, steam-punk, time travel, magical realism, or something completely new, fantasies conjure ultimate dream-scapes. Readers love them so much, they re-read original novels, buy sequels, stand in line for autographs, create fan-art, write fan-fiction, & create fan websites. Fantasies inspire movies, beautiful paintings & illustrations. DiscWorld site-including merchandise/art Pottermore: Harry’s Potter’s world-news/shop/features… Continue reading Worlds Away: Creating Fantasies Loyal Readers Love
Literature and the arts are filled with references to stars and fate. Vincent Van Gogh painted nights blazing with stars. On cloudless nights, stars light our skies, symbolizing beauty, hope–and tragedy. Are we doomed to be star-crossed or are stars our guides? I like to think stars simply symbolize hope when all seems lost. Grief… Continue reading Starry Nights, Star-Crossed Lives, & Optimism in the Face of Overwhelming Grief
If we’re lucky, we live in the embrace of trees: in nearby forests, parks, backyards, gardens, landscapes, and dreamscapes. When young, I drew them, climbed them, and looked for bugs, birds, and tiny creatures among their branches. Their lush greenery still shades me on dreamy days of reading and picnics. … Continue reading Things of Beauty: Embracing Trees, Leaves, and English Romantic Poet John Keats
I hear the wind among the treesPlaying the celestial symphonies;I see the branches downward bent,Like keys of some great instrument. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When frosted windows, frigid air, and a flurry of snowflakes signal winter, I want to hibernate– Drink tea, read, and write by a cozy fire. But the more I hibernate, the more restless I get. A card on my bulletin board quotes Franz Kafka: ‘You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at… Continue reading Walking in Winter Wonderlands . . .
Each October, I visit the Topsfield Fair. Fairs are wondrous, tying us in with traditions and our agricultural roots. Adorable bunnies, cavies (guinea pigs), chicks, sheep, piglets, and dignified llamas, cows, and horses abound. We cheer on the pig races, ride the ferris wheel, admire the prize-winning pumpkin, and visit the cozy bee building with its hives, candle-making, and honey. Our… Continue reading Ode to Autumn, Country Fairs, and Charlotte’s Web
‘I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.’ Soren Kierkegaard
Mr. Hayao Miyazaki has hugely influenced my mural painting and writing. A superb world-builder, he creates wonderful stories and splendidly unique, detailed landscapes in a kaleidescope of colors. He’s guided his team to create animals and creatures using nature and mythology in a mix at once real and otherworldly. I’m sure many viewers of… Continue reading Amazing Art & Animation: Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli