walking through the door,
Bringing back a thousand dreams
I thought I'd lost for shore...
(Paul Williams, Inspiration)
WHENI look back on all the stuff I've written over the past few years--Journal entries, book reviews, short stories, novellas--I see it's pretty easy to spot my themes. Because that's the case, I was able to sort all my book reviews into categories and compile them into a book that I call, Ray-views: Volume 1 (soon to be published via Arbordin Park Press; Should be available by Dec 22). The categories I came up with are:
- Beyond the Usual
- The Human Problem
- On Prophecy
- The Dystopian Potential
Of these, the most popular pieces are those I put in the Inspiration category. Those received the most "likes" and comments, and almost always generated more web traffic to my blog. I can understand why. Inspiration is hard to come by in these dark times. I know I wrestle with depression when just reading the news (the real news; not the mainstream media) and I'm sure I'm not alone in that. Somehow though, inspiration still finds me, and when it does, I like to share it.
In Ray-views, I include essays of my thoughts on the subject matter of each category, and how the books Ray-viewed in them relate. As a teaser for the book, I've published the essay I wrote for its Inspiration category on the Arbordin Park Press website. You can find it here.
Inspiration is what Ray-views is about. I've included over 40 of my book reviews plus related entries from my online journal and some suggestions for other books to read for each category. All the books I've reviewed have inspired me in one way or another, even where the subject was dark. Many of those inspirations led me to write the stories in The Wider World, and in Ray-views, I share those inspirations with you.
I hope to have Ray-views out by mid December (in time for Christmas!). Watch my website and the Arbordin website for news of its release. I hope you'll buy it and let it be your springboard for your own research into the category subjects, and so find your own inspirations.