Category Archives: Jack London

How Wolves Change Rivers

Wouldn’t it be nice to get rid of wolves? With those nasty predators gone, nature would be perfect — the forests and grasslands would be serene homelands. Gentle herbivores wouldn’t have to worry about being eaten.

So in many areas, the wolf was hunted down almost to extinction. But over time, subtle, unhealthy changes took place in the wilderness no one could understand. The above video tells the story of what happened when wolves were reintroduced into the northern Rocky Mountains. Turns out the big, bad wolf is an essential part of the greater ecosystem. By killing off diseased elk, wolves forced the overall elk population to adapt, making the elk faster, stronger, and healthier. And without the elk fearlessly eating their way through valleys and gorges, plants that help maintain riverbank integrity flourished once again. This in turn enabled greater biodiversity as other animals returned.

What appears frightening and brutal can be the source of beauty and wonder. That’s the mystery nature continues to teach us. Growing up on a farm, I read Jack London and Robert E. Howard, whose severe yet captivating visions of nature made perfect sense to me. In college, I discovered Robert Ardrey, Konrad Lorenz, and E. O. Wilson, who popularized the science that examined the role aggression plays in shaping animal behavior and ensuring the survival of the strong and beautiful. Without the yin and the yang, there is no viable whole. Each needs the other.

“Siberian Khatru,” a classic Yes song by Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, and Steve Howe, could be the wolf’s theme song:

Sing, bird of prey;
Beauty begins at the foot of you. Do you believe the manner?

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Best fiction and writing blogs

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The best fiction and writing blog posts from around the ‘net, all guaranteed to make you a literary adventurer. Compiled by jack.

Ed A. MurrayWhere I find my inspiration to write
Alicia GaileAdding Flavor To Your Characters
Lissa PelzerTop 5 Writing Tips
J. McSpaddenThe Word Magician, the Story Wizard
Melissa TriplettFinding and Organizing Your Story Ideas
Sonyo EstavilloFocusing on the right details
Didi OviattFocusing on content over word count
Jan M. FlynnAvoiding the Draft
Sy & JeiSy & Jei’s Five Writing Tips

The Art or the Artist?

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Today’s issue of irevuo features my article “The Art or the Artist?”

The painter Piet Mondrian once declared, “The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” But John Lennon saw things a bit differently: “If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.”

Which is right? I offer my answer at irevuo.

Best Fiction and Writing Blogs

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The best fiction and writing blog posts from around the ‘net, with advice and inspiration guaranteed to make you a literary adventurer. Compiled by jack.

Bob MayerTrue Grit. Writer Style.
Shaun LevinTaking Your Notebook for a Walk
Julian YanoverThe most Poetic cities in the World [infographic]
Mike CharaOn John Hudspith and Editors and Editing
Sarah K.L. WilsonHow to Avoid Major YA Errors
Andrew FergusonCreating Characters of the Opposite Gender
P. S. HoffmanWrite Everyday with these Nine Strategies
Jack LondonAdvice on Honing Your Creative Craft

Best Fiction And Writing Blogs

Jack London

The best fiction and writing blog posts from around the ‘net, with advice and inspiration guaranteed to make you a literary adventurer. Compiled by jack.

Anthony VicinoEnding Your Story Like A Boss
A. J.HumpageTricks to Hook Your Reader
Wallace CassThe Writing Lifestyle: It’s a Juggling Act
Jacqui MurrayMake Your Character Your Best Friend
J. C. WolfeWriting Prompts for Halloween
Sue VincentA Writerly Weekend
Jay Dee ArcherMy Take On This Whole Blogging Thing
Jack LondonGetting Into Print (yes, THAT Jack London!)

Best Fiction and Writing Blogs

Jack London

The best fiction and writing blog posts from around the ‘net, all guaranteed to make you a literary adventurer. Compiled by jack.

Andrew Solomon: Advice for Young Writers
Coastal Mom: The Way We Write
Jeff Wills: A Winter’s Morning Walk [Beautiful. Don’t miss!]
Dave’s Corner of the Universe: Geek Obscura: UFO
James Scott Bell: Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Characters
In My Cluttered Attic: Its National Visit MY Blog Day!
A Vase of Wildflowers: Links for Readers and Writers
Clare Langley-Hawthorne: Reimagining the Past