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The Art of Michael Bedard

Michael Bedard, the eldest of five children was born, on June 26, 1949. He was raised and educated in Toronto where still lives. As a child he spent much of his time reading comic books and exploring neighborhood in which he lived. He says that he never thought about being a writer as a child; he was content with just being a kid. His desire to become a writer took root around the age of seventeen when he discovered poetry and began writing. His first ventures into writing showed him the joy in the texture and taste of words. (Writing Stories, Making Pictures, 21)Bedard received his Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Toronto. After graduating, he worked as a librarian, then, as a pressman in a print shop. He continued writing poetry and began writing professionally in the 1970's. His first book was published by the printshop where he was working. Bedard worked closely with all aspects of the book's publication. In 1983, Bedard decided to focus on his writing full-time. He has written both picture books and novels for young adults.Today he writes nearly everyday for about four or five hours, depending on his level of inspiration. He begins writing around ten in the morning after his children have gone to school and the dishes have been washed. Superstitious about his writing, Bedard follows a strict routine. He says he is unable to write if the dishes are not washed. He always works downstairs with the door closed. He insists on the completion of these rituals in order to retain his muse. When beginning a story Bedard is careful not to over-analyze his work or ideas lest he chase away his inspiration before the story has a chance to develop. Given these somewhat mystical origins it seems appropriate that magic plays such an important role in Bedard's work.While listening to instrumental music, Bedard writes his first drafts and brainstorms in longhand in notebooks. He pretend[s] that [he is] not really writing so that the words will get by the guards at the gate. (Writing Stories, Making Pictures, 22) His concepts begin as images, feeding off each other as they multiply in his mind and link together to form the details of the plot. For several months he works on different scenarios and develops the characters. When he begins to gain a clear picture of what he is going to be writing, he says that, If the story feels right it will have the distinctive quality of a dream. After this initial process Bedard works on a typewriter.The influence of literature on Bedard's writing can be seen in Redwork and his other novels. Bedard regards the poetry of William Blake, which he synthesizes into the plot of Redwork, as a powerful influence on both his life and writing since he was a teenager. Bedard's keen interest in magic and Blakean mysticism create interesting backdrops and plotlines for his novels. His dense narrative style is a challenging read as he explores human relationships, magic and literature in all his novels. Bedard also claims children and their sense of amazement at the world as a great inspiration. Having grown up in a large family and raising four children of his own, Bedard has learned a great deal about the symbiotic relationship between the old and the young.Click here to view Michael's bibliography and a list of other awards he has won.Click here to view a list of articles and links on Michael Bedard and RedworkFramed Art (1)Disney - Mickey Mouse Art Print: Canine CaddyC 15.32With advanced search you can find specific art prints the convenient way.Buy the CDDetails about Free CD'sSearchProducts & ServicesTop-TrailerTop-SellerTop-Favoritenmore copies of this ISBN:Used, Hardcover, 10.95New, Hardcover, 15.99Get the multi-lingual Calendar+Agenda Icon Library, & use it to custom-made your own PIM - See here.Romy Schneiderbicycle, bike, travel, vacation, camping, outdoor, children, trailer, travelogues, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Scandinavia, Norden, nordic, Baltic SeaBeliose, Brigitte - Cheap Posters and WallpapersWondrous Strange: Tales of the UncannyBy Robin SpriggsPaperback / 264 Pages / Circle Myth Pr / January 2001 / 0963429604List 13.00 / Similar to Wondrous Strange: Tales of the UncannyCompare s ReviewsMy Favorite Childrens Books:A list by Kimberly Christiansen, Mom of 6(25 item list)Ordering InfoDesert Trip by Barbara A. Steiner5Desperate RemediesJane Curtin



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