One of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury, provides a wonderful fantasy Halloween romp in his 1972 book ‘The Halloween Tree’.
“It was a small town by a small river and a small lake in a small northern part of a Midwest state,” reads the opening line.
In the typically quirky, spooky fantasy style only Bradbury can conjure, we follow the mysterious Mr. Carapace Clavicle Moonshroud as he leads a group of eight Halloween-dressed boys on a trick-or-treating journey that turns into a mission across time and space to find the group’s missing friend, Pipkin. Along the way, they discover the role that fear of death, ghosts, and the supernatural have in shaping our world.
This adventure is just pure Ray Bradbury fictional fun.
It is no secret one of my favorite authors is Ray Bradbury. He penned and published some wonderfully interesting work including ‘Illustrated Man’, ‘Dandelion Wine’, ‘The Martian Chronicles’, ‘Fahrenheit 451’, ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, and so many more.
He also left us with some inspiring and often amusing sayings. Here’s one of my favorites:
More sane advice from Mr. Bradbury. Not sure about the drunk part but perhaps my alcohol-to-ink blend is a bit too thin lately.
Plodding along, sluggish and uninspired, I failed to make my writing quota for the week. Granted, it has been raining heavily for over a week bringing needed moisture to the land. Unfortunately, it also brought severe storms and left behind overcast, dark conditions that fed the procrastination monster and left me in a gloomy, uninspired mood. I muddled around, lethargic and unproductive, until a blogger friend of mine, Kay Kauffman at suddenlytheyalldied posted a picture of seeds on a dandelion.
That picture made me think of one of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury, and his work “Dandelion Wine.” That, in turn, brought to mind Mr. Bradbury’s many famous quotes some of which I decided to post here in the event anyone else might need a bit of get-off-your-backside-and-create type serendipity in their writing life. Thank you Kay!
More inspiration and motivation from Ray Bradbury:
“You can’t TRY to do things. You must simply DO them.”
“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.”
“Remember plots are no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
“Bees do have a smell you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with the spices from a million flowers.” (from Dandelion Wine)