And today’s writing takeaway, from Castle in the Sky (because there just might be a Miyazaki festival going on at our local theater):
Making someone care about a whole world–even a floating world, shrouded in the most beautiful clouds ever drawn, even a world that can fly–is hard.
But make me care about one character living in your world–say, a giant gardening robot who cares about protecting birds’ nests and is a friend to fox squirrels–and I’ll care about your world too, utterly and completely, because what happens to the world, happens to that one character, too.
Secondary takeaway: Flying is awesome. We should all do it as often as possible.