“Civilized men know they can be more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.” – Tower of the Elephant, Robert E. Howard.
I love Sword & Sorcery because it is not just simple fantasy, but a lens through which the world can be examined. I was drawn in early by Conan, not because of his barbarism and action, but because Robert E. Howard used that character to explore the mundane both within and without, often with a sense of amazement, wonder, and yes, even disappointment. Yet in that disappointment there was always a sense of strength in his fatalism, as if to say through Conan “No matter what the world throws at me, I will conquer it or fall trying.” I think that is a very important message, though sometimes it is a very difficult one to live by in these times.
What I hope you will find here at Sit. Write. Bleed. is more than just some articles, interviews, videos and podcasts (coming soon!) I hope to show you the beauty of the genre I love, and convince you to ply into its depths and find something beyond warriors and wizards, whether it is in my work or the work of others.
But it wouldn't hurt if you checked out a few of my stories too ;)