Today I haven't been feeling well, so I've had the heating pad, pencil and notebook, and research in bed with me today. My Master's Thesis deals in part with Mitchell Reid's book, "The Vacant Chair," and how hand-written letters become a replacement for that vacant chair within the domestic sphere. One of my readings today… Continue reading The Last Letter: A Reflection on a Soldier’s Letter from WWI
As I begin the task of constructing my Master's Thesis, I have found myself occupied with the search for World War I primary documents. I was happy to find a collection of 88 letters and assorted other materials from Ohio. Waiting to get them in the mail is hard: I'm impatient sometimes. Putting together the… Continue reading Searching for Primary Documents – The obsession with World War I
Yesterday one of my most favorite authors passed away at the age of 91, Ray Bradbury. Next to Kurt Vonnegut, he was one I held in high esteem for speculative Science Fiction, and I read religiously when I was younger. During the 2011 school term, I took a class offered by Dr. Stearns in which we… Continue reading In Honor of Ray Bradbury – Essay “An Age of Atomic Paranoia”
For those of you who follow my blog, you've seen an earlier post on here (March 1, 2012) about two dreams I had which centered around a loud cracking noise under the land and a ghost revealing to me that an earthquake was to hit Texas. Not knowing at that time about fault lines running through the state, I set… Continue reading May 17th, 2012 Quake in East Texas: Update to “Are Dreams Able to Predict the Future?”
Yesterday I had one of the strange afternoons of analyzing the collection of things I learned during the week. In Friday's "Pro-Soviet Films" history class with Dr. Thomas Stearns, we watched a documentary about Dalton Trumbo. For those of you unfamiliar with who he is, he was one of the original "Hollywood Ten" during the McCarthy… Continue reading This Historian’s Theory of Chaos
This question about dreams predicting the future has been on my mind all day. I guess it's because I had two similar dreams this morning that pretty much scared the crap out of me. The first one happened after I got up at 3:00 am to get a glass of water. Going back to sleep, I… Continue reading Are Dreams Able to Predict the Future?
As I created the complex history of Be'thasileth, the parallel world in another dimension to Earth, I knew as I compiled the history of the characters that there should be a Deity, an individual who cares for those residing in this land, that looks down at the events happening in this world and knows what… Continue reading The Morrigana – Feminine Aspect of Green Isle’s Deity
Since I can remember, I have been fascinated by the theory of Atlantis. Plato's description of the city beyond the Pillars of Hercules has fueled an imagination of who these people were. Many scholars have rebuffed the idea, claiming this theory is pure fantasy. But what if it were true, and there existed a civilization that rivaled our… Continue reading Writing Atlantis into my stories