Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Once Upon a Time

If you ever wondered what it would be like if Fairy Tales were real in our modern, everyday lives, you might want to watch the TV series, "Once Upon a Time." 

The story tells of a young woman with a troubled past who is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed. 

Each person in the town of Storybrooke is actually a person in another world - the world of Fairy Tales. A wicked Queen is mayor of the town and Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White, is the sheriff. Emma's son, Henry, knows all the fairy tales and helps Emma as she discovers the magic of Storybrooke. 

Other characters include:
Jiminy Cricket - Archibald Hopper, the town therapist
Little Red Riding Hood - Ruby, a waitress at Granny's Diner and who is also a werewolf
Rumplestiltskin - Mr. Gold who owns a pawn shop where he keeps all his magic. 

Also, Snow White, seven dwarfs, Prince Charming, Belle, Captain Hook and more.

I'm watching the entire series on Netflix. There are six seasons and I'm almost finished watching the second. I'm enjoying this journey of discovery in this magical tale. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


I'm once more reading the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Today I finished The Last Battle, but I want to read more and wish the story would go on forever. I hope this passage inspires you. It is the final passage of the final chapter of the final book in the series:

Then Aslan turned to them and said: "You do not look so happy as I mean you to be."

Lucy said, "We're so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often."

"No fear of that," said Aslan, "have you not guessed"
Their hearts leaped and a wild hope rose within them. 

"There was a railway accident," said Aslan softly. "Your father and mother and all of you are - as you used to call it in the Shadow-Lands - dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning." 

And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has ever read: which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.

 - (C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Bonjour, Sophie!

Sophie is one of the primary players in my novel. She is a Chartreux Cat, a breed that dates back to 16th century France. Her fur is smoky gray with silver tips and her eyes are topaz.

The name Sophie means "Wisdom" and she is a very wise and Magical Cat.

Thursday, March 2, 2017


C.S. Lewis's tales of Narnia are the kinds of stories that truly inspire me. The stories are a Christian allegory. The character of Aslan the Lion represents the Lord Jesus Christ - the Creator and Savior of the World. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

In "The Magician's Nephew," C.S. Lewis describes a scene in the last chapter where Aslan sends the children, Digory and Polly, back to their own world:

Both the children were looking up into the Lion's face as he spoke these words. And all at once (they never knew exactly how it happened) the face seemed to be a sea of tossing gold in which they were floating, and such a sweetness and power rolled about them and over them and entered into them that they felt they had never really been happy or wise or good, or even alive and awake, before. And the memory of that moment stayed with them always, so that as long as they both lived, if ever they were sad or afraid or angry, the thought of all that golden goodness, and the feeling that it was still there, quite close, just round some corner or behind some door, would come back and make them sure, deep down inside, that all was well. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

It was the best of times...

After watching the TV series "Lost" a couple of years ago, I was inspired by Desmond. If you're a fan of the show, you know that Desmond was first seen guarding the underground bunker. We find out later that one of his goals in life was to read the complete works of Charles Dickens. He had read everything except "Our Mutual Friend." And yes, this is a metaphor, if you're familiar with the series.

This intrigued me. I decided to take the Desmond challenge. Why not? The fact that "A Christmas Carol" is one of my favorite stories of all time makes this venture even more exciting. I have already read several of Dickens's stories including "Oliver Twist" and "The Pickwick Papers." Yet, I have only placed my toe in the waters of Dickens's world. 

I am currently reading "A Tale of Two Cities," which, if I'm not careful, can drown me if I don't come up for air every so often.

The opening lines are sublime:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness...