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.

Harlan Ellison

•December 21, 2007 • 5 Comments

“Preparatory note on process: How it happens, where it comes from, why it speaks in that particular tongue, always the same damned unanswerable question. But they never give it a rest, the endless interrogation. Their cadre is never depleted. We sit under the broiling lights turned into our eyes, and they ask and ask, always the same damned question, and we plead ignorance; and when one of their number tires, she or he is replaced by another. And the question is asked again and again, without change, without compassion. We would tell if we knew, honestly we would. We would give up every secret possess, if only they would turn off the lights for fifteen minutes, let us curl onto the cold stone floor and catch forty winks. We would tell all, divulge every tiny code number and Mercator track, drop the dime on even the dearest and closest friend or lover, spill the beans, tell the tale, five it all up if only they’d knock off for fifteen minutes, let it go dark, let us sleep. Continue reading ‘Harlan Ellison’

Lemony Snicket

•December 14, 2007 • 1 Comment

“From eavesdropping and from reading other books.

“Writers are, pretty much thieves, stealing ideas from other people who didn’t have the foresight to write them down, and then from the people who did have the foresight to write them down.”

– Lemony Snicket
(from a CBBC interview, 2006)

It’s not known whether it’s the Lemony Snicket personae that answered or the author (real name: Daniel Handler).

Snicket, of course, wrote A Series of Unfortunate Events, chronicling the exploits of the Baudelaire children and despite the author’s warnings never to read these woeful pages, we go against caution and share in the grief, and brief joy, of the Baudelaires.

Since the end of The End, Snicket has released another book, this time a holiday fare, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story.

Lemony Snicket is still at large.

Philip Pullman

•November 30, 2007 • Leave a Comment

“This is the question that every author gets asked, and none of us know, so we all have to make up something that sounds as if it’s helpful. People are genuinely interested, I know, and it isn’t polite to be facetious about it. For one thing, people don’t always know you’re making a joke. I once said in answer to this that I subscribed to Ideas ‘R’ Us, and someone wrote in and asked for the address.

But what interests me is why people ask. I can’t believe that everyone isn’t having ideas all the time. I think they are, actually, and they just don’t recognise them as potential stories. Because the important thing is not just having the idea; it’s writing the book. That’s the difficult thing, the thing that takes the time and the energy and the discipline. The initial is much less important, actually, than what you do with it.”

– Philip Pullman
(from the author’s FAQ)

Conservative British columnist, Peter Hitchens, wrote that Philip Pullman is, whom “atheists prayed for, if atheists prayed.”

But look beyond the controversies, the hullabaloo and read His Dark Material Trilogy and you can see the value in its words as Pullman weaved worlds where children seek to be free of their authoritative stranglehold.

Some see his books as the antithesis to C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, while others see it as interesting reading.

The film version of Pullman’s first book of the trilogy, The Golden Compass was released.