Where do I begin? Well, for starters, I’m a writer. Oh, and I’ve been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. As such I don’t completely understand humanity or the world around me. I am currently studying Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Romanian, Czech, and Swahili (primarily focusing on Spanish, French, and Japanese) and as challenging as they can be, learning them so far has not been nearly as challenging as the years I spent trying to learn facial expressions and basic body language. …

Collecting antique books is one of my passions. I can’t afford literary classics such as Great Expectations or Moby Dick, two of my all time favorite novels. However, I can afford obscure books, forgotten books. For a reasonable price I can find books that have been buried deep beneath the sands and sediments of history, forgotten in graves of obscurity that are tombs to these mostly or completely forgotten authors.

Unlike books such as The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island, or Hunchback of Notre Dame, these forgotten books have failed to obtain the prized status of immortality. Maybe that’s why I…

When this rough draft is no longer a rough draft, but a polished clean story, I plan to publish it in A Treasure Greater: A Collection of Short Stories, hopefully by July of this year.

This story is copyright by Jonathan Scott Griffin.

The smell of sour pickles, stale cotton candy, and hot dogs sizzling over a grill freely intermingle under the rainbow of neon lights. I should find this all enchanting. Instead, I find it’s giving me a headache. It’s also too loud. …

When this rough draft is no longer a rough draft, but a polished clean story, I plan to publish it in A Treasure Greater: A Collection of Short Stories, hopefully by July of this year.

This story is copyright by Jonathan Scott Griffin.

Gyshtak by Rowan Trea McCarty.

Twilight was steadily encroaching on the tall stone fortress that sat upon the gray cliffs and snow-topped peaks of Mount Jybok. The setting sun bathed the chain of stony mountains in a faint gold. Standing on the balcony of the stronghold was the once imposing figure of Gyshtak, greatest of the gods. At one time he was…

Yugasan in Bizan Province. Hiroshige. 1858. Snowy landscapes were a common them in ukiyo-e just as they were in Impressionsim.

One often thinks about the east borrowing from the west. But many times history has shown that the west has borrowed from the east. Nowadays, the west borrows from the east, particularly from Japan’s art style of anime and manga. However, this borrowing of an art style from Japan, such as American animators have done with Avatar the Last Airbender and Americans drawing their own manga, is nothing new. In the latter part of the 19th century, Japan would inspire European impressionists with ukiyo-e.

But first some background.

What is Ukiyo-e?

Ukiyo-e is a style of Japanese woodblock prints. Different blocks of wood…

A Journal Writing Book by David Schwarzenberg. Wikimedia Commons.

A writer or any artist can’t expect to be embraced by the people…. You write poetry books that, you know, maybe fifty people read, and you just keep doing your work because you have to because it’s your calling.” — Patti Smith

A challenge to being a writer is knowing that many of your friends and family don’t read your work. But you’re not alone. This is something that many struggling writers deal with. It’s hard when so much passion and hard work is put into crafting poetry, creating a short story, or completing a novel, only to have those…

“Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief, they kill their inspiration and sing about their grief.” U2 — The Fly.

“Your idea reminds me of another book I’ve read,” or of “a movie I’ve seen,” a friend says to me when I tell him about the idea I have for a novel or a short story. The fire of my exuberance is extinguished under the cold water of reality, leaving my ‘so-called’ original idea in a heap of ashes.

I thought it was a unique concept for a book. I thought that I alone had thought of…

Bookshelf by Stewart Butterfield. Wikimedia Commons.

“Would you like to edit a novel I’m working on?” a man asked me. “Also, I would like you to have free reign to make any changes you deem necessary.” I’m honored. For not only is this man a friend, but he’s a university professor, and he’s asking me to be his editor. Sure, part of it is because he wants me to learn the editing and rewriting process, but it’s still an honor because he sees my potential. It goes without saying that I seize the opportunity.

As authors we are always trying to improve our craft, and perhaps…

Timeless Books by Lin Kristensen. Wikimedia Commons.

When young we’re natural storytellers, concocting tall tales to tell our friends and our parents. During that brief moment of childhood, we are a temporary microcosm of primitive man, telling stories not on cave walls using pigments, but upon paper using crayons and markers. Within our small frames is the soul of ancient mythopoeic thought, enabling us to see the world. We anthropomorphosis the world around us, everything from the animals to the plants. We tell outlandish stories to our parents with gusto, taking upon us the mantle of bards. Mankind was born to tell stories.

Yet, as many people…

Nature is harsh. Paradoxically, it can also be strangely beautiful and even, — dare I be audacious enough to suggest — spiritual in it’s violence. While I can’t state Katsushika Hokusai intent behind his woodblock print of The Great Wave off Kanagawa as a fact, — besides, I’m not a scholar. — I can at least state it as a layman. Think of me as the poor man’s Sister Wendy, except I’m not a female and I’m not a nun.

First, some background info on Hokusai.

Hokusai was born in 1760 and lived to 1849. According to the artist himself, he began drawing at the age…

Jonathan Scott Griffin

Independent author and freelance writer who is working on getting a book published.

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