brooks-oceanHey Everyone,

Am recovered from the New Zealand experience and had a chance to rest up for a couple of weeks, I am going back to blogging now and again – but at least once a week – about writing and the writing life. Kinda got in the habit while watching them film Shannara, so I have an itch to write some more. But not necessarily about the TV show. I will muse on this and that, whatever seems of interest. I hope to find interesting and relevant things to say because you know me – I hate it when people, and I mean me especially – talk about themselves. I was raised in a publishing era when writers were told to just go home and write. Plus, I don’t like talking about myself. My books, now that’s a different matter. So I will lean more towards that in this blog. If I don’t, I am sure you will let my faithful Web Druid know.

Maybe this isn’t even a real blog. Feels more like a report or a conversation. You tell me.

I came up with the title for this blog after an article appeared online in the Hollywood reporter entitled something like “Hollywood’s 25 Most Influential Authors.” On the face of things, this sort of listing seems categorically insane. How do you even measure such a thing? What are the criteria? What sort of standard was I being measured against? I just laughed.

Of course, since I was ranked #25, I realized it might just be a case of jealousy. But, then, I didn’t care about it in the first place, so maybe jealousy doesn’t enter into it. There doesn’t seem to be a prize of any sort if you are #1, as JK Rowling is. Although you could argue her prize is having seven great movies and enough money to buy Seattle. Or at least Peoria. But the more I thought about it (yes, I did this bad thing), the more I wondered if I could find a way to move up on the scale of rankings. Why was I not at least #20? What did I have to do to get there?

So now I have embarked on an endeavor to raise my profile status on this stupid list between now and next November, when the new list comes out. If it does. I have no clue how to do this. Maybe a write-in campaign. The thing is, I don’t want to put any work into this. It just doesn’t seem worth the effort. Even if I got to #1, so what? So I expect, as with so many things, I will just let it go.

But it does give me an oddly attractive title for this blog.

So I’ll just go with that. Terry.

Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!