Saturday, October 4, 2014

Writer's Block

 I had a gnarly case of writer's block yesterday. Even what I could write to finish my current story cycle entry was, I admit, forced. But that's the nature of meeting deadlines, there's a compromise between quality and quantity that ebbs and flows. The Wednesday posts are supposed to be my showcase days, where I exhibit my talent as a storyteller. But I've noticed that my non-fiction niche on Sequart has prevailed over my capacity for fantasy.  I've been working fiction back into my diet recently as a part of my ongoing campaign to relax. Right now I'm reading Mike Carey's Lucifer, Alan Moore's Promethea, and H.P. Lovecraft's selected works; a healthy balance of occult, horror, and speculative fiction. 

I saw the reviews for Left Behind on Rotten Tomatoes the other day. I wasn't surprised by the outcome. I had the unfortunate opportunity to watch some of the entries of the movie serial some years back. To think that Nicholas Cage was burdened with this in good humor is either remarkable or terrifying. 

I've been a Christian for a few years now. I guess it's been ten years since I've committed to following Jesus in all things. The world has grown ever more complex since then. My original outlook, both optimistic and positivist, has matured. Years ago I declared that my life was going to change, that everything was going to get better once I accepted Jesus. It has, only not in the ways I had expected. In fact, the operative definitions for excellence and growth advanced by our cultural milieu fly in the face of what my savior intended. He introduced me to my wife, comics, Sequart, and my love of books and reading, all good things, but they were hardly what I was anticipating in the moments shortly after my conversion all that time ago. 

My growing fascination with these supernatural stories, including my love of Nordic mythology, is not an unwelcomed development. The aesthetic promoted by these stories sheds light on what humanity, at our basest, strives for. It illuminates, to me at least, the true nature of Jesus, God, and his people, especially when studying the chance interactions that occurred between the early missionaries to the North and the East. It's comforting to know that the Anglo angle for cultural supremacy is a pagan characteristic, one evidenced by the conversion of King Hakon. Mass killings and commands to force convert entire regions was very characteristic of the Nords. Each tribe gave tribute to certain gods, forced other to adopt theirs. The crusading spirit was all old hat by the time Christianity had reached the North. When I read Gaiman, Morrison, Carey, et al, I capture glimpses of my ancestral tribalism. 

My book is now online, Huzza! I would take a look at it, buy it, tell your friends. I learned Norwegian, went to Norway, and spent 4 years meticulously researching Nordic paganism to complete it. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.


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