First Drafts and Dragons

Well, my friends, I am feeling a strange mixture of utter relief and tension right now. It's the feeling that comes when a first draft is finished (relief), and edits loom large (tension) .... Yes, you heard me. Mere minutes ago I typed the last sentence of my book. It is the second of a [...]

I Am Barrel Rider

I've always loved Bilbo's account of himself when being questioned by the dragon, Smaug. Even when his life is at stake, Bilbo manages to stay witty and even throws in a riddle or two. So here's the challenge: If you were to face a dragon with scales like tenfold shields, teeth like swords and wings [...]

A Few Things About Dragons

“Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien   “Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale [...]

Dragons: Naughty or Nice?

I love dragons. I’ve always loved dragons. I can’t explain it, really. The sheer size and power of them, the wonderful, horrible way fire explodes from between their rows of gleaming teeth, the flap of their great leathery wings as they darken the sky overhead, their hoards of treasure, their dark caves, their deep, shivering [...]