The Forgotten Posts: Blogs that I Liked But Apparently No One Else Did, or An Encouraging Read During a Difficult Writing Period, or, Longest. Title. Ever.

I am writing a paper, and it isn’t going well. When writers face a losing battle, we often turn to little supports that we have surrounded ourselves with over the years. I know a writer who googles his name, to see if he still exists out there somewhere. Probably a bad idea for me. I have a little shrine in my workspace inspirational and encouraging notes and pictures that remind me of my place in the world. And many authors go back and read what they like, what has worked, to see what might inspire them. We all have our ways.

In a disturbing twist, I turned to my blog statistics and looked, mournfully, at the least viewed blogs. The upside of my personal torture is that you, fair reader, get to discover some posts that got lost in the forward motion of the digital age, where time moves forward not at 60 minutes an hour, but a billion bytes a second.

  • Natural Food for the Imagination, or Growing Up on Books.” Some read this summer 2013 post initially, but it quickly disappeared from public view. It is sort of autobiographical, how I was drawn into imagination and literature as a child through Shel Silverstein and King Arthur and Narnia.

When I say we grew up poor, I mean hand-me-down rubber boots caked in soil that would never turn a profit. So new books were at most an occasional treat. But growing up with the richness of imaginative literature, I never looked at first world poverty the same way again….

Note: the picture at the top has really nothing to do with anything. I don’t have writer’s block. But it is a wonderful picture, and I hear it comes from here:

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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4 Responses to The Forgotten Posts: Blogs that I Liked But Apparently No One Else Did, or An Encouraging Read During a Difficult Writing Period, or, Longest. Title. Ever.

  1. robstroud says:

    I look forward to reading these, some of which were written before I subscribed to A Pilgrim in Narnia.


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