Quote of the Day: Douglas Preston

Something to remember when writing believable characters, every hero isn’t all good and every villain isn’t all bad. There are degrees of good and evil in everyone.

One of the writing books I have read included a parable. A young man sitting with his grandfather talking about good vs evil. Grandfather tells the grandson, within every person there are two wolves. A white wolf and a black wolf who are endlessly locked in battle. The grandson asks which wolf wins. Grandfather says it depends on which wolf you feed by your actions. Sometimes the white wolf wins, sometimes the black wolf wins.

Far be it for me to argue with Grandfather, however, I would suggest the existence of a third wolf. A grey wolf. A wolf for the times when life isn’t as clear cut as we would like. A way to explain why a person would chose one action over another.

Let me know what you think. Cheers, james

Quote of the Day: Jim Butcher

The above quoted passage is from Jim Butcher’s The Aeronaut’s Windlass. In it he talks about democracy’s violent heart. Before reading this passage, I never really gave thought to democracy and elections symbolism. Decisions that had once been made by battle, now decided by the people. We count votes to determine winners and losers and not bodies. Battles won and lost by the opinion of the public and not strength of arms.

Cheers on this 4th of July, james