Friday, January 1, 2010

Lightning, Eh?

When I bring up this blog to most people for the first time, they usually end up looking a little confused. "What's it about again?" they ask. "And why lightning?"

Fair enough questions, I'd say, and deserving of answers. In a nutshell, I Saw Lightning Fall's purpose is summed up by the seven-word phrase in the masthead -- "narrative, genre and the craft of writing." To be more specific, ISLF is a place for people who like stories in general and genre fiction in particular. It's a place for folks who prefer to read and write fantasy and horror, science fiction and crime fiction. It's a place where we can talk about both the profound and practical parts of storytelling, from literary theory and technique to whether you find it easier to write first drafts with pencil, pen or word processor.

Regarding the lightning bit, some of you may think it sounds a little familiar. And you'd be right. It's an allusion to a rather famous text, a passage I find simultaneously beautiful and terrifying -- just like my favorite stories.

So thanks for visiting. Pull up a chair, settle in and join the conversation. Just be sure to keep the tone irenic. We can't wait to hear what you have to say.

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