Where Milton’s Paradise got Lost

Having read most of the great classic epics—the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid—I’ve been wanting to read Paradise Lost for some time. I read C. S. Lewis’ introduction, which I greatly enjoyed, and it piqued my curiosity to finally sit down and read the poem. I was prepared for formal speeches and the ritual … Continue reading Where Milton’s Paradise got Lost

Know your genre…or your classics? Or both?

One of the pieces of writing advice I have heard frequently is to “Know your genre.” “Read deeply in your genre,” people say. “Know what has been written, and how your work differs from others.” When I talk to science fiction and fantasy fans, they are often amazed by how many sci-fi/fantasy books I haven’t … Continue reading Know your genre…or your classics? Or both?