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In Written by Thomas on February 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

What’s the Homebrew?

If you stick around you’ll probably hear about it a good bit, so I’d like to give you an idea of where I’m coming from.

First of all, it’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about creativity, world-building (in a broad sense), and art. It’s a place for me and a few other “homebrewers” to talk about our craft rather than our work, and to open up a conversation with you guys about these ideas, too.¬†Hopefully it’ll be a place where you can think deeply, and also find some things to help you think even deeper. Ideas for finding inspiration, thoughts from artists on the (metaphorical) front line, and maybe a little bad humor from a guy you don’t even know that well yet.

Notice I said “yet.” I hope you’ll stick around and get to know me and my bad humor pretty well, and maybe even let me get to know you too.

The Homebrew is inspired by the scope and depth of J.R.R. Tolkien's Arda Legendarium.

That said, at its heart, the Homebrew is a crossroads of ideas. It’s an entire world, one that lives in the heads and hearts of our small team. You might call it a fantasy world, but if you wanted to sound pretentious you might call it a mythic history. It’s a tapestry of stories told through every medium we can get our hands on.

I believe there are some stories – C.S. Lewis calls them “myth” – that speak so truly to the human heart that it doesn’t matter how they’re told. That’s what the Homebrew is about, at least for me. It’s a way to dig into those kinds of stories. To learn about them, to get to know them. To be a part of them, and bring them to other people.

On top of all that, we believe the Homebrew is a way to do good. Story has power (take, for example, the Harry Potter Alliance), and we want to use it to make the world a better place. And maybe by building a community of world-builders here, we can do just that.

Hop on in, folks. It’s going to be a wild ride.


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