April 2014

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

What scares the monsters?

What scares the monsters?

What does it mean to be brave?  What does courage look like? One way to explore these questions is to look at what scares the monsters in our fantasy novels.  When you are a six-and-a half-foot, 270-pound vampire/ dragon-in-human-form/werewolf/or powerful mage (they all seem to be physically large, have you noticed?) is there really anything that scares you?  Apparently, yes.  Even though that which scares the monsters may not be what scares you and me. But it’s worth looking at to see what inhabits their nightmares to understand how it might illuminate our own. One of the things I’ve learned from my books is that scary things, like preferences, are extremely personal and particular. Some people prefer dogs to cats and vanilla to chocolate. Some like beef, while others like chicken. Standard stuff, for sure. But what about our fears? One of my close friends becomes paralyzed at the idea of… READ MORE

Recognizing Destiny

Recognizing Destiny

It occurred to me this morning while overlooking the beach from my villa in Costa Rica—and how awesome is that, the truth in my fantasy of world travel—that sometimes, or even often or most of the time, I don’t recognize something important—like a legitimate interest or a passion or a life direction—because it didn’t look like I expected. The way this blog started was that I had recently decided that despite my abiding passion for my beloved fantasy novels, I needed to stop reading them—give them up—because they were distracting me from discovering my true life’s purpose/the right direction in which to travel/getting on with my “real” work to improve the world and leave my mark upon it, etc., etc., etc. I had remembered that when I was in graduate school at the aforementioned Ivy League University, I only allowed myself to read magazines during the school semester.  I saved… READ MORE

Lives of the saints (and sinners)

Lives of the saints (and sinners)

Have you ever heard the word “hagiography”?  As I understand, it is the Christian concept of reading or telling the story of saints or holy men and women—describing their lives and activities and the ways in which they answer the call of their God to go beyond themselves to serve a greater purpose. The idea is that if we hear or read about these extraordinary people, we will be inspired to behave in a similar manner.  We become elevated by their example. We do exactly the same thing in secular culture.  We read the biographies of great men and women, as told by others, and we read their autobiographies and memoirs with even more enthusiasm.  We somehow think that if we can do like they did or say what they said, we’ll be more like they are.  And I think this is fundamentally true. However, I vastly prefer to take… READ MORE

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