Joe Hill

•September 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

“Schenectady. They have them on a shelf in a Mom & Pop on Route 147.

– Joe Hill
(from an FAQ, 2009)

The son of Stephen King, thumbs his nose at nepotism and became a writer on his own right with 2oth Century Ghosts and Heart-Shaped Box. Not content with just the written word, Hill delved into comic books with Locke and Key.

Expect him try his hand at poetry (dirty limericks?) in the near future with success.


Of Note…

•February 2, 2008 • Leave a Comment

The original idea for this blog was to ask favorite authors / artists / musicians / directors of mine where their wellspring of creativity… well, sprung from. I had some humorous answers, in-depth ones and curt replies.

The most common answer is that ideas come from anywhere. I, myself, am of this camp. The mystery is solved but I’m always waiting for that answer, that out-of-left-field insight in creativity.

Alas, I’m finding it harder and harder to keep this blog updated regularly. The entries will still come but I need to tend to more pertinent things like… learning how to write properly.

I thank you gentle readers and if you like to be updated sporadically, please sign up with our feedburner.

Anon, anon.

Neil Gaiman

•February 1, 2008 • Leave a Comment

“Every profession has its pitfalls. Doctors, for example, are always being asked for free medical advice, lawyers are asked for legal information, morticians are told how interesting a profession that must be and then people change the subject fast. And writers are asked where we get our ideas from. Continue reading ‘Neil Gaiman’

David Lynch

•January 25, 2008 • 1 Comment

– David Lynch
(from some Youtube video)

You want something that’s out of the world? Watch any David Lynch film. His work is hard to classify. His style of film making is so distinctive, so utterly his own, it’s easily recognizable as his own.

They termed it “lynchian.”

His art is pure. They are shot and cut to the beat of his own drum. Many of his DVDs are without chapter breaks as he believe all movies should be seen from beginning to the end with nary an interruption. He’s also a believer in transcendental meditation, where he attributes the origins of his ideas.

He describes his work, INLAND EMPIRE, as “a woman in trouble, and it’s a mystery…”

And the mystery of the man that his work endureth.

Marv Wolfman

•January 11, 2008 • 1 Comment

“That’s the first question every writer is asked and the one they most dread. My friend, Harlan Ellison, usually answers, ‘Poughkeepsie.’ He elaborates by saying he subscribes to a service, a sort of an Idea-Of-The-Month that periodically mails him new ideas and stories which he then filters through his typewriter (Harlan does not use a computer or even an electric typewriter – he still hunkers over his old manual which proves technology alone does not give one talent). He goes on, as only Harlan can, elaborating on this concept service, and by the time he’s done, the poor sap asking the question usually believes every ridiculous thing he’s said. Continue reading ‘Marv Wolfman’

Tami Hoag

•January 4, 2008 • Leave a Comment

“Writing about crime, ideas are everywhere. Some part of a news story might catch my interest, or something on an A&E documentary, or something I come across in a reference book. All it takes is a topic or a crime or a character to catch my interest and spark the question: What if…? Characters sort of come to me and shape themselves as I learn more about them. That’s one of my favorite parts of the process—the characters…”

– Tami Hoag
(taken from the author’s FAQ)

I can’t wrap around my head that Tami Hoag started her literary career in romance novels and it’s such a smooth transition.

One minute you’re reading, “As Lucinda sensually slides down and wrapped her quivering waifish hand around the throbbing purple-headed rod…” and the next, “… the killer deftly cuts across the appendage, blood poured out in torrents.” It’s just fascinating.

Meg Cabot

•December 28, 2007 • Leave a Comment

“Much of what is in my books is taken directly from my own diaries that I kept when I was in high school…I still have them, though I am the only one who will ever be allowed to read them. I am only using the selective bits that won’t incriminate me.”

– Meg Cabot
(from the author’s FAQ)

Meg Cabot writes what is commonly termed as “chick lit.” Her more famous work, The Princess Diaries, was made into a movie by Disney. Part of her work was lifted, this time in a sad act of plagiarism perpetrated by one Kaavya Viswanathan.

So, what of it? I enjoyed reading The Princess Diaries.

Don’t judge me.