We’re all influenced by the worlds around us. I have yet to meet anyone who has created entirely in a vacuum, though that might be interesting, too. I have a feeling, given the prevalence of the story, that they might end up re-re-re-re-re-making “Dances With Wolves” and I’d be thrilled with that, because I’ve liked that story every time someone tells it.
Anyways, my world has been influenced by a lot of the fantasy and sci-fi genres. I grew up on my Dad’s seventies science fiction, and the sword-and-sorcery stamp on the fantasy world. I’ve grown with it through the the various iterations we’ve seen over the past several decades, and I love all of those works dearly. But when there’s bad news all day every day like it seems we’ve had the past couple weeks, I go back to the stories from my childhood. They are the chicken soup to my cold-ridden heart.
I just found this interview with Carrie Fisher about the upcoming Star Wars movie, and it really cheered me up. She’s such an unstoppable source of good humor. I hope you like it! P.S. Who’s excited to see the new Star Wars movie?