Wednesday, April 28, 2010


I'm sipping my coffee and will probably ramble a bit as the caffeinated-goodness flows through me. First I wanted to mention that l already have a couple of 'early adopters' following me....Thanks guys!

At some point I'll start to post snippets of what I'm working on. But to get my feet wet in this whole blogging thing, I'll start with a few daily topics and a few funny writing stories. This is all to keep me from focusing on the fact that someone, somewhere is currently placing my name and address of a rejection form letter.

Today's topic -"Inspiration"

I've written a lot of things over the years. Some of it is good, a lot more is absolute crapola.

I have a couple hundred poems of varying quality, a few comic books (I have a really cool rejection letter from DC Comics from the 90's), short stories, etc. What I'm working on now is my first legitimate novel series.

Why 'legitimate?'

Well, It's the first concept I've come up with that is keeping me entertained...and is spawning new ideas all the time. For example, the first book (For the moment titles 'The Prodigal's Foole') is done, I'm finishing the first act of the second book, and I have outlines for three more in various stages of development. And it shows no sign of stopping. Hell, I'm writing it and I can't wait to see what happens next!

But where did this all come from? Loads of places, like any writer will tell you. But I remember the moment the questions started. Questions that lead me to develop a series.

I put down the last book of the 'Harry Potter' series by JK Rowling. I'd finished it ten hours after buying the book on the day of its release. And I had a question. Just one.

"Are muggles really that stupid that they didn't notice ANYTHING about Harry's world?"

Of course I realized immediately that if the muggles of Jo's tales knew--or suspected-- what was going on, the story would be about magic in the real world, and not about Harry, Voldemort and good vs. evil.

So then the next question I asked myself was "What would happen if 'normal' people found out that magic existed?"

Well that lead to a boat load of other questions, like "Who would try and control the power of magic?" And "What impact would technology, globalization and instant communications (The Internet) of today's modern world have on such 'controlled power?'"

I started to write down these questions...and a story began to develop from there.


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