Only the Good: Inspiration


I am reading Eragon right now, Christopher Paolini’s debut novel. You guys know the story: originally self-published, it was picked up by a major publishing house, became a best-seller, and found its way to the Silver Screen. (Am I the only one who uses that phrase anymore? Why? It’s such a nice one.)

The rest of this post is NOT a reflection of Eragon.

You see, I was having trouble staying awake; it’s been stressful around here, both good (company!) and bad (don’t ask. It’s actually sort of embarrassing even as it colors the rest of my life). So I’m worn out.

To stay awake until bedtime, which isn’t as dumb as it sounds, I flipped on the TV to see what was on. Even though I wanted to keep reading.

I found a movie. And no, it wasn’t the film version of Eragon.

It was Iron Maiden‘s Flight 666.

I slept really well last night. Woke up much happier than I have been. And brimming with inspiration for the boys in the bands. Yep, bands.

What? You forgot about Deadly Metal Hatchet, too?


Here’s a teaser: they appear in Demo Tapes: Year 2. Sort of. It won’t be long until you see what I mean… September 12, boys and girls. Preorder info coming soon.

To Bruce and the boys, thanks. I needed that last night. Even if I kept reading Eragon during the commercials…

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  1. Alice Audrey

    August 7, 2009 11:18 am

    Oooo, I knew you were going to say Deadly Metal Hatchet. This should be good.

    Is the book better than the movie?

  2. susan

    August 7, 2009 11:23 am

    Dunno. I haven’t seen Eragon the movie yet.

    Or… is Eragon the book better than Flight 666 the movie?

    That’s a harder call, but I’d have to pick Iron Maiden every time. They make music.

  3. This Eclectic Life

    August 7, 2009 7:14 pm

    Eragon, the book, is very good indeed. I haven’t seen the movie either. I also haven’t seen Flight 666, but it’s probably too scary for me, because I am a wuss. Taking time to read and watch television is “good!” I think we need to take a break from reality now and then, although as a writer I know you live “in your head” a lot 🙂
    Have a weekend filled with good!

  4. Petula

    August 10, 2009 12:18 am

    I haven’t heard of this book (I think I live under a rock)… anyway sometimes what’s going on in our lives overwhelms our brains and causes shut downs. I have a friend that self published his first book and it was picked up by a publisher. He’s been writing so many books now I can’t keep count.

  5. Julie@Momspective

    August 10, 2009 9:30 am

    I handful of my friends keep talking about this. I’m going to have to check it out!

  6. Dragon Blogger

    August 13, 2009 1:51 am

    Though I think Christopher Paolini is a gifted writer considering his age, Eragon rehashes many of the same stories and plot points from dozens of other fantasy/sci-fi works. His popularity was timed very well with the industry shift into the fantasy/fiction that Harry Potter and LOTR kind of set.

  7. netta

    August 14, 2009 7:57 pm

    i have to agree with Dragon Blogger. I think Eragon was a classic example of being in the right place at the right time. I’ve said it often enough, that being published by the Big Dogs is as much serendipity as it is talent.

    Just sayin’.

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