DISCOVERY: that the addition of “Harry” to almost any Plato quote makes it seem legitimately like a nugget of wisdom out of the mouth of Albus Dumbledore.
“Death is not the worst that can happen to men, Harry.”
“Harry, good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”
“He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it, Harry.”
“Harry, how can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?”
“Harry, astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.”
“He was a wise man who invented beer, Harry.”
Adrian Murdoch speaks for many:
The Percy Jackson novels by Rick Riordan are essential reading for any classicist. I claim to buy them for the kids – they are nominally aimed at children – but instead devour them myself as soon as they are published.
Yesterday’s statistics: About one third of activity on this blog was generated by Canadians! Since I grew up in Michigan (where I could practically see Canada from my house), I’m quite honored. So now maybe I’ll also have to develop a subplot involving wendigos or maybe a pagwadjinini or two. 🙂
I’m going to vote No, but have a look and see…
Roughly a third of my page views yesterday came from Australia! Admittedly, in absolute terms, this is still quite a low number, this blog being barely two weeks old and all, but still worth noting, I think.
Keep it up, Oz, and I may just have to throw a slightly misplaced yowie, mimi, or grimmacha into the Wonder!
This is kinda sorta me. Carl Sinclair has put his finger on an affliction that affects a lot of writers, especially of fantasy fiction: Tolkienitis. Having spent the past week roughing out half a dozen possible species of unicorns—with absolutely no plans for including unicorns anywhere in the “Into the Wonder” series—I am definitely somewhere on this spectrum.
What is World Builder’s Disease?
World builders disease is a terrible affliction for many writers and authors, mainly in Science Fiction and Fantasy, but it can certainly affect writers in many genres. The scientific medical term is Tol-kien-itis.
What causes it?
It is caused by the constant building and tweaking of your world and setting. So much that you never actually get around to writing the book.
J.R.R Tolkien had the worst case on record, spending much of his life (around 30 years) building the world, languages and setting for Lord of the Rings. He finally managed to finish his series, but his case was very severe.
I would only suggest that the proper clinical term should probably be Tolkien Syndrome on the pattern of Asperger Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, etc.
Well done, Carl, and thanks for your honesty!
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
—Albus Dumbledore (via J. K. Rowling)