For many years, I’ve referred to Ray Bradbury as my “story father.” I’ve only recently given dedicated thought to what that actually means to me… and in the process, discovered there are other members of my story family, too!
In this episode of Sonitotum, I unpack the concept of the “creative family,” and invite you to take up this particular perspective as a way to add a level of accountability and quality control to your creative endeavors… and add meaning and impact to your work, too.
Hint: it’s all about love, really.
Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode
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- The artwork for this episode features a photograph of picture frames on a wall from Travis Isaacs used via a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license. I’ve manipulated his image to include photos of Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, and two books from my personal collection.
- Ray Bradbury died June 5, 2012, a touch over six years before this episode. Here’s the post I wrote where I first refer to him as my “story-father.”
- R Is For Rocket is the Bradbury short story collection that got the ball rolling for me. My mass-market paperback edition is from 1978, when I was ten or eleven years old, but I may have read a library book edition before I owned my own copy.
- Ursula K. Le Guin wrote a remarkable proto-transmedia mosaic novel, Always Coming Home, that is not only a very moving, brilliant work, it also stands as a worldbuilding high-water mark in my mind.
- I mentioned this post on how gratitude will make you a better writer.
- Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights: “How It All Got Started” is my ongoing serial fiction project available exclusively to members of my mailing list community of friends and fans. Get in on it for free!
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What Do You Think?
So what do you think about the concept of the creative family? The story parents and story soulmate? Let’s hear from you in the comments!