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Here I will communicate about any writing that I have out or will soon have out. If you want to interact with me directly, you can find me on Twitter “@DAmadeck” where I intend to be as active as possible, and I mean that whole heartedly. I would love nothing more than to hear from people who enjoy my work or found something meaningful within it.
And now for a misattributed but thematically appropriate quote!
Tolkien never actually said this. It was actually written by Ursula K. LeGuin as a part of The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction where she paraphrased Tolkien’s essay On-Fairy Stories. What Tolkien actually said was:
“I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which “Escape” is now so often used: a tone for which the uses of the word outside literary criticism give no warrant at all. In what the misusers are fond of calling Real Life, Escape is evidently as a rule very practical, and may even be heroic. In real life it is difficult to blame it, unless it fails; in criticism it would seem to be the worse the better it succeeds. Evidently we are faced by a misuse of words, and also by a confusion of thought. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word, and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter.
Just so a Party-spokesman might have labelled departure from the misery of the Führer’s or any other Reich and even criticism of it as treachery. In the same way these critics, to make confusion worse, and so to bring into contempt their opponents, stick their label of scorn not only on to Desertion, but on to real Escape, and what are often its companions, Disgust, Anger, Condemnation, and Revolt. Not only do they confound the escape of the prisoner with the flight of the deserter; but they would seem to prefer the acquiescence of the “quisling” to the resistance of the patriot. To such thinking you have only to say “the land you loved is doomed” to excuse any treachery, indeed to glorify it.”
Did I mention that I went to school for this? Because this is the kind of random knowledge studying creative writing in college will get you.