Dane's Journal

Writers don’t often consider philosophical anachronisms in speculative fiction. But doing so offers insights and deepens our characters. I’ll explain why.

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Magic is created every time we make art or live our lives creatively. How can we use magic to shift our experience and to create better, more creative art?

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Is there a single practice that can multiply creativity? For me it was a small shift in the way I captured my ideas. This shift was the single most transformative practice I've made a habit of. I'll explain...

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Why are people so driven to create, and how can we become more driven? How can we all be more creative? Where do we look for inspiration? And how can we all live a more creative life?

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I rebuilt my website and started over on the journal. Why the hell would I do that, and what am I going to do now? You'll have to read to find out.

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Wherein I explore the classic epic fantasy novel The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison, a dark precursor to modern fantasy that I recommend to all lovers of fantasy.

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Frazetta's work showed me that art could be primal and terrifying, portraying an ancient and primitive world, where the terror of the unknown lurked in every shadow.

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