The Gates of Dream, by Xeeming on deviantart.com
n.1. A record of what passes in the night; a nightly journal; – distinguished from diary.
If you could see the future, would you write it down to remember? If you could see the past, would it be important to record it? If you saw honestly, would you want it inscribed, so it would last forever? If you could record your dreams, would you?
The answer, for me, is a resounding yes to all of these questions. But then comes the next question, why? Why would you want to record your dreams? (more…)
June 15, 2015 | Categories: Dreams, Old-fashioned words, Writing | Tags: brainstorming, dream journal, dreams, inspiration, noctuary, writing process | Leave a comment
On the Road to the Emerald City, a sand scuplture
Fear is the anti-mortar on the brick road of my life. It is the unbinding factor that consistently threatens to undo all of the hard work that put into life.
For twenty-five years I have wanted to be a writer. I decided at about eleven years of age that I wanted to write novels. I started almost immediately. Today I have boxes full of notebooks full of stories – most of them half-finished. These were all building blocks for what was to come, and what is, now. Every so often, I go back and discover great ideas that I once had, but I had since forgotten in the flowing tides of imagination. You know, things get buried under the sands as the imagination flows and ebbs. The Hidden History of Oz, Book One: The Witch Queens (Emerald Engine Studios, 2012) is my first published novel. Why did it take so long to write my first book? The answer is simple in its profundity – fear. (more…)
January 25, 2013 | Categories: Author's Vision | Tags: brick road, dreams, facing fears, faith, Fear, Publishing, writing advice | 1 Comment
Cowardly Lion, by Tarl Telford
Courage is a thing that when it is inside you, the world seems different. So it was for the Cowardly Lion in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. So it is for us. Sometimes we just need a little reminder that what we need is already growing inside of us – it just needs a little more light to grow properly.
Today is the first day of 2013. This new year is going to be an exciting one for the Hidden History series. Book Two is more than half complete. The master plan is to publish in spring.
The entire series is plotted. That’s seven books’ worth of story that I am anxious to share this with you, my readers. When I say I have plotted out the series, I mean that I have set the landmarks and the the conflict. But any trip is not defined simply by its landmarks. The journey is
January 1, 2013 | Categories: Author's Vision | Tags: courage, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy Gale, dreams, Emerald City, keep moving forward, Wicked Witch of the West | 6 Comments
Dream City, by Paul Klee, courtesy wikipaintings.org
The basic premise of the Hidden History of Oz is “dreams determine reality.” Compare this with the basic premise set forth by L. Frank Baum in his written introduction to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:
“… a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.” (emphasis added)
As stated on this site, “There is that history which is celebrated … and that which is hidden.” Baum told simple stories with no explanation. They have enchanted generations. The fairy tales of the past have been lost in the shadows as today’s knowledge has expanded. It is time to revisit the fairy tales and discover their meaning for our generation. (more…)
May 6, 2012 | Categories: Dreams, Exploring the Hidden History of Oz | Tags: dreams, Hidden History of Oz, L. Frank Baum, Land of Oz, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wizard of Oz | 1 Comment