"The pen is mightier than the sword."
That is an old saying, probably know by every writer, as well as a great many others. It comes from the 1839 historical play Cardinal Richelieu and was written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Writer's like to believe that this is true for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that it gives many of us hope that things can be changed without having to resort to violence. It is not always necessary to have to resort to the way of the past, to the ways that have led to the horrors of war, in order to settle our disputes.
For this reason, I have selected the name "Writer's Sword" for the blog on this site. When Bordofsky Productions graciously offered me an opportunity to express myself on the site, this seemed like a splendid way of doing it; the first thing that popped to mind was that Bulwer-Lytton quote.
If writer's forget the power of the word, we lose the reason to create. It is that power, the inherent energy contained within the words on the page, that provides writers with the ability to move people with their work. Whether the work is meant to challenge your opinion about a topic and then persuade to another view, educate you about something, or merely entertain, all writing has a mission; writers are entrusted with the delivery of a message using the language with which we communicate.
It is a responsibility that we know should not be taken lightly considering what writers are asking of you, the reader, to invest something that is important to you in order to read our work. We recognize that writing is a collaborative act: we work, for the most part, alone, but once a book is completed it only comes to life once people begin to purchase it and start reading. After that, things begin to happen on an entirely different level. Since my books are being published entirely through the electronic medium, it will be extremely helpful for readers to post reviews to both the Amazon Kindle and KOBO sites, or on Goodreads (coming soon).
Writers are constantly aware of their place in the world, if only because of the fact that the world is filled with the ramifications of the things that happen as a result of the written word. Every law that is passed, every treaty that is signed, every speech that is delivered, at some point, a writer was engaged to put the words on the page. If the words are not quite right, the laws may be overturned by a court, or be impossible to enforce, a treaty might similarly be impossible to enforce, or might never be adopted, and a poorly delivered speech could well end the career of the person delivering it, depending on the circumstances. Writers understand the value of their work, which is why they spend so much time honing their craft in private, outside of the limelight.
Many writers would probably rather spend time alone, working on whatever it is they are writing than mingling with others, exchanging small talk. It isn't that they are anti-social, but rather that they have something else upon which their attention is focused. I like to think about it in terms of being focused on the "big picture" rather than "small talk" ... but that could just be me.
History has shown, repeatedly, the perils of not listening to those who have the pen, of the perils of following a path blazed by those who have failed to read the warnings of those who have been reading the reports passed along to those who have had an opportunity to study the things that might have informed them enough about a situation to avoid the outcome they believed was inevitable. Unfortunately, this has resulted in the loss of many lives, and tremendous suffering around the world. History is something we must study, just as we cannot ignore the world around us, lest we find ourselves walking in circles, repeating the mistakes that led us to our present situation.
As a writer of Science-Fiction I have been striving to create a series that is both fantastic in its setting but also realistic in its concepts and ideas. While many things and ideas are alien, the ideas that are explored in the Felis Alliance Series are, perhaps, far more terrestrial than one might imagine considering that the setting for the books are on the other side of the universe.
Book I of the
Felis Alliance Series
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Peter Amsel is a Canadian author, composer, and human rights activist. His first book, Sun Killers, from the epic Science-Fiction Felis Alliance Series, is now available. He is currently working on the 4th book in the series while the 2nd and 3rd volumes are being prepared for publication.