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Reading and Writing

November 16, 2007

As I’ve been watching the days go by over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking alot about what I’m going to say in this new forum of mine. Part of me wants to plug a web site I’m in the process of writing (via my web programming talents). Another part wants to start posting writing tips that I’ve been compiling over the last year. Still another part of me just wants to take time to sit back, relax, and spew out a spontaneous short story, or substantial fragment there of.
Frankly, I’m not sure what exactly will come to appear here at Broken Fingers in the coming weeks, months, and years, but it’s part of me nonetheless.
And so I’ll move on to cover the topic of this post.
I’m sure that there’s no small part of each of us that loves to read. Although it would be self-indulgent and egotistical to say that we write to read our own work, I think there is some truth in there. We imbue our writing with a bit of ourselves, some aspect positive or negative, real or imagined, literal or figurative. It’s there, a positive and/or negative reflection of our own psyche, waiting and begging to be discovered by some like minded individual reading our work.
I think saying that we’re writing for some specific person out there is going too far in most cases, but as readers we know that electric thrill of realizing exactly what the author had in mind when he or she wrote something that triggered a story related epiphany in our soul.
Take this for example… I have played Dungeons and Dragons for close to twenty years now, and I have been reading the related novels for nearly as long. R.A. Salvatore, my favorite author and unwitting mentor, is one of Wizards of the Coast’s most celebrated authors, whose most recent book in that universe is The Orc King. (There is a point to this, I promise you.) I started reading this most recent book not long ago, after finishing two other books in the Forgotten Realms setting, the two books in The Lady Penitent series by Lisa Smedman. Now, all of this ties together because I have always had a fondness for playing Elven, especially, Drow or Dark Elf characters in D&D, and almost as a universal rule, those characters have worshiped Eilistraee, who features prominently in The Lady Penitent series, after decades of basically being ignored in the Forgotten Realms. Within the first few pages of The Orc King, there is mentioned specifically that something that greatly disappointed Drizzt Do’Urden apparently happens to or with Eilistraee and her clergy. Given that this is Mr. Salvatore’s first reference to her in the Drizzt books, as far as I can remember at least, and that the goddess’ name has been popping up a lot lately for me, it seems as if he was speaking directly to me, warning me of what I began to suspect: Eilistraee is in for some seriously dark days in the near future.
These coincidences, and that’s all they truly are, made me feel a connection to both authors, and it’s the same sort of connection I seek as a writer to make with my audience. I suspect, that it’s the same for you as well.

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