Yes, it is Wyrmflight’s anniversary. I started this blog on December 27, 2011. My intention was to build on and support a podcast I was doing called Masters of Air & Fire. This is a middle grade fantasy novel I had written and marketed, but couldn’t find a home for. But since I find it obnoxious when authors talk about nothing but themselves, I decided Wyrmflight should include all facets of dragons in myth, modern storytelling, and even a few in real life. Sometimes I get very in-depth and philosophical. Other times it’s short and silly.
Now three years have gone by. I’m always afraid that I’ll run out of dragons to talk about, but so far so good. I’m certainly not the only one who likes dragons. I keep finding them on display in public places or used as the name of some interesting creature or product. Although my goal was to connect with kids who might enjoy Masters of Air & Fire, my core readership has become adult fantasy readers and writers. Some of you have become good friends and we all cheer each other on.
I know some writers find blogging to be a burden after a while. It takes too much time from actual writing, or they don’t achieve what they had hoped for. For me, Wyrmflight has been so great and rewarding that I could never dream of giving it up. This is my thanks to all of you who fly with me on the wings of dragons.
My next post will be on New Year’s Eve. I’ll review what I wrote this year, and what publications are due out soon. (Including Masters of Air & Fire, at long last!) For now, I’ll leave you with a reprise of my very first post from 2011.
WHY THE DRAGON?
Why am I writing a blog about dragons? Because they’re so cool, of course.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved stories with dragons in them. They’re so big and tough. They can breathe fire. They can fly! (Didn’t you always want to fly?)
Okay, I was never so into the maiden-eating thing, being a maiden myself. Putting that aside… what’s not to like?
All over the world, people have legends about dragons. Some are fearsome monsters. Some are wise nature spirits. Some can change their form and walk among humans. Some have an intimate bond with riders, sharing all their joys and fears, defending the people they love.
Dragons are beautiful and terrible. They touch something deep inside me. That’s why I can’t stop reading about them. Now that I’m a writer, those dragons keep finding their way into my stories, too.
Now I would like to hear from you readers, especially from kids. What do you love about dragons, and what makes you keep reading about them?