By Alex Gallagher, Foothills Focus Staff Writer Jun 2, 2023
A poem plants a seed
“All The Dragons” was a phrase that Chris first heard at a talk given by writer and producer Barbara Hall — known for her work in “I’ll Fly Away,” “Judging Amy” and “Joan of Arcadia”— and it lingered in his head for years.
“Fifteen years ago, she gave a talk, and her talk was about slaying dragons,” Chris recalled. “She said our job as storytellers is to go into the cave and slay the dragons that we have and then to go into our imagination and force (those dragons) out into the lights so people can see what we’re facing as well.”
This was a phrase that would linger in Chris’ head for half a decade and recur in a poem he began writing titled “All the Dragons.” At the same time, he was considering crafting a story about a creative person aiming to break into the video game industry.