Telling a Great Story

At the heart of what I hope to create is the desire to tell a great story. Last year I read a book called A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. He is one of my favorite contemporary authors. This book is about what it means to tell a great story with your own life. I was particularly struck by this comment:

“If you aren’t telling a good story, nobody thinks you died too soon; they just think you died.”
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Tolkien’s Birthday!

On this day, 120 years ago, was born my favorite author and artist, J.R.R. Tolkien. I could expound much concerning what his influence has meant to me, but it’s getting late, and I’m tired. Nevertheless, I feel it only appropriate that I should post at least something to mark this day. So here is a recording of him reading one of his own poems written in one of his own languages, Quenya: Watch it here!

Brett Weston at the Nelson

Today I got to go to one of my favorite galleries to see some wonderful photography: the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, MO. On display right now is a large exhibition of work by Brett Weston, son of the infamous Edward Weston, one of my favorite photographers. When I asked a friend of mine, who had seen the show a few days earlier, what he thought of it, he replied that he had always found Brett’s work to be “technically stunning and conceptually lacking.” Continue reading

Prospectus

One of my driving interests right now is Old English history. When you study a language, learning about the culture that speaks/spoke that language is extraordinarily helpful, if not necessary. Not a problem for me!  I began teaching myself Anglo-Saxon (Old English language) earlier this year in hopes of eventually being able to engage with the literature of that period more directly. I love the old history of England, especially since so much of it is yet unknown and left to speculation, or imagination, until more is revealed through research and archeology.

Much as J.R.R. Tolkien used his scholarship to influence and inspire his creativity, I too am seeking to let my studies galvanize what I hope to create. Continue reading