The Destruction of Leviathan by Gustav Dore from his illustrations of the Bible
The Destruction of Leviathan by Gustav Dore from his illustrations of the Bible

pneuma – breath 

mythology – the study of myth

As a writer, I particularly enjoy creating new myths: allegorical monster stories with heroes, villains, and spiritual themes. In one sense or another, myth arises from or is based on reality, and so it breathes and is in some way alive (hence the play on words for my site title). Imagination frees us to consider reality from different perspectives, and it is therefore pragmatic when employed properly. Unfortunately, it is often regarded as little more than an entertaining escape in modern culture.

For fantasy to serve its greatest function, it must be entered into with a proper balance of intellectual discipline and childlike fascination. I advocate reading the myths conceived by the ancients. They feature the very things that attract us to modern stories, including character development, romance, action, convoluted story lines, and (of course) monsters. When it comes to compelling plots and fantastic creatures, contemporary writers have yet to outdo Homer, Ovid, and the writers of the Old Testament. Authors such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien understood this. A careful reading of Beowulf, for example, goes a long way toward providing greater understanding of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

When I first read The Odyssey all the way through, I found myself enjoyably living in that epic tale. This is the service I hope to pay forward. By means of my own stories, I wish to stimulate my readers and to provide them with a satisfying intellectual space which they can inhabit until something real catches up with them.

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      1. I know the feeling. Not many people follow this site and those who do rarely visit. (Perhaps because it is images and seldom commentary). But I am keeping it for now since it is a useful visual log.

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      1. No problem, all you do is create a new post. Copy the first paragraph from my post, where I explain the rules, and paste it into your post. Then copy my 11 questions and write your answers underneath each question. Then nominate five bloggers and send them a message telling them about it. Then you’re done. Hope that helps. If you need any help feel free to ask

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  1. Hello Robert! I hope all is well with you and yours! I am very interested in interviewing you for my blog, if you would be so kind as to concede. I have not noticed an e-mail to which to send my longer request, so if you would be so kind, then you may contact me at jdnoble8@gmail.com Thank you, and many blessings to you!

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  2. Thank you! About the email link, as I’m not a technologist I can’t say why it doesn’t work . . . that’s for smarter, more adept souls, I’m afraid. You may just have to copy and paste. An alternate e-mail, however, is jdnoble3@gmail.com and, again, thank you for your interest! This should be fun! 🙂

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  3. Hi, Robert. I see you have visited me a couple of times so I’m browsing back. I’m not sure I will understand some of your fantasy writings. But I see you have pingbacks to dawnliz. Can’t beat that relationship. She is great. Thanks for visiting.

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  4. Robert, thank you for the follow! I look forward to reading more. Yes, Dawnlizjones is a lovely Christian person. I think I have seen instagrams of you two.
    Proverbs 18
    22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
    And obtains favor from the Lord.

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