A Winding Stair

“All rising to a great place is by a winding stair.” – Abraham Lincoln Some days, the winding stair can seem grueling. The top can seem unreachable. Happiness can seem unattainable. But notice, Lincoln did not say “a happy place”. He said, “a great place”. Personal fulfillment is secondary. A man like Lincoln—a great man, and a man of […]

The Writer’s Road

“Some, dreading that awareness of how they do what they do would cripple their spontaneity, never study the craft. Instead, they march along in a lockstep of unconscious habit, thinking it’s instinct. Their dreams of creating unique works of power and wonder are seldom, if ever, realized. They put in long, tough days, for no […]

The Enrichment of Creation

“So great is the bounty with which (man) has been treated that he may now, perhaps, fairly dare to guess that in Fantasy he may actually assist in the effoliation and multiple enrichment of creation. All tales may come true .” –  J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories, 1947