Category Archives: Story

Magic in The Lord of the Rings–Deus ex Machina Part II

In last week’s blog I wrote about how magic and the paranormal can sometimes become a cheat in modern fiction. This week, I want to focus on how Tolkien handled magic The Lord of the Rings. I know he is not … Continue reading

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The Supernatural–A Modern Deus Ex Machina

*I’m on vacation and reblogging this from a few years ago!*  Deus ex Machina—this phrase means “god from the machine” and was originally a stage device used by the ancient Greeks in which a god would be lowered to the … Continue reading

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The Hero’s Sidekick

Everyone needs a good sidekick—the person who stands by you through everything and helps you out when you are at your lowest. This certainly holds true for Heroes. In archetypal terms the Sidekick is the faithful and loyal companion to … Continue reading

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I Watch TV

“I don’t watch TV,” a woman said to me not long ago, a self-righteous tone in her voice. “Except Downton Abbey.” Wow. I didn’t know how to respond to this, other than a feeble, “I watch TV.” Of course, that … Continue reading

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The Uneasy Deal

**April 5th, 2014 was the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.  I wrote this short story thinking about him, his death, and the deaths of many other musicians at a young age.** The Uneasy Deal by Kim Barton  Jeremy grabbed … Continue reading

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The Gift of Mortality, Part II—Choosing to Die

J.R.R. Tolkien gave his Men the “gift” of mortality. They could die, unlike the Elves, whose lives were connected to Middle Earth itself. As I wrote in a previous blog, Tolkien thought that mortality was a blessing given to his … Continue reading

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Vikings Review

I’ve had a few people ask me what I think about the new History Channel show, Vikings. All I can say is…it’s complicated. When I watch historical movies or television shows based on a time period in which I’m familiar, … Continue reading

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Sacrifice and the little mermaid

Last week, as part of my work, I read a book of Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales. I paid close attention to The Little Mermaid. I couldn’t help but think about how different the original was from the Disney version. … Continue reading

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Richard III and Mary Ingalls

What do King Richard III and Mary Ingalls have in common? Science and a good story. Both were featured in news stories on Monday, because new scientific or medical information came to light. Both have the scientific, literary, and historical … Continue reading

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The Shapeshifter

There are many archetypes in literature, from the Hero to the Shadow, but the one I enjoy the most in the Shapeshifter. The Shapeshifter’s job is to confuse the Hero. Think of a character of whom the Hero is uncertain … Continue reading

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