It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my literary childhood hero yesterday--Ray Bradbury. Once upon a time, a long time ago, I came upon a book he wrote in the high school library...THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. From that point forward, I devoted a good portion of my life to writing and trying to emulate the poetic style which seemed to ooze from his novels. My nickname here at dArt is "montag451" which is derived from Mr. Bradbury's prophetic novel, FAHRENHEIT 451 with anti-hero Guy Montag as the focal point of the story. DANDELION WINE remains another favorite of mine and to this day, I have this and other classic novels and collections of short stories by Mr. Bradbury in a bookcase in the living room just a few feet away from where I'm writing at this moment.
Many years ago, I shared some correspondence with Ray Bradbury about Guy Montag and FAHRENHEIT 451; his passion for the novel he wrote in just a few days amazed me and his enthusiasm for exploring the unknown had a lasting effect upon me ever since. I took it upon myself to write a continuation of a short story he wrote called--"The Pedestrian." I sent my work to Mr. Bradbury with a certain amount of reservation that he might be upset with me for daring to extend the story about Mr. Leonard Mead. Weeks later, my story came back to me in the mail in the return envelope I had provided and Mr. Bradbury was actually quite pleased with what I'd written. I did do one more draft of the story but for one reason or another, didn't get a chance to send it to Mr. Bradbury...you will find my continuation of "The Pedestrian" here in my Gallery and please feel free to read and comment as you please.
Time itself marches on and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone here at Deviant Art for their comments, Faves, Watches and so on! Your words of encouragement are most inspiring and will continue to have me creating and uploading new images as often as possible..."Stay tuned!" as I've written here many times so shall it remain.
All the best to one and all and yes, "Stay tuned." More to come!