About time

Something’s got to change, I suppose. This blog’s been dormant for over a year. But with Chuck Wendig single-handedly bringing back the blog who am I to gainsay a trend? A trend of maybe two, if you count Scalzi (and I do, seeing as I just met him ::waves::). Three now! I think I’ve figured […]

NaNoWriMo 2018

I first heard about “Book hunters” in Lisa Jardine’s book Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance. I’d been learning about Renaissance and medieval history for years and yet I can’t recall ever hearing about the Italian Humanists who would venture into the dark and hidden parts of monasteries to return great books to […]

Top 100

I took over 1000 photos on my recent trip to France. Most aren’t what anyone else would find fun to see: closeups of blocks used in walls, cobblestone patterns, the vaults of way-too-many cloisters and churches. But there are a few that are just pretty or (I think) represent something cool. If you’re not sure […]

Choosing settings

I’m here for a purpose. I have a story in mind that takes place in the south of France. I’ve been researching the area and had made some decisions about how things were going to go. But the purpose for being here was to check things out, to learn what’s actually here. The difference between […]

Reading a place

There are things that I needed to know before traveling that I didn’t realize I didn’t know. Language plays a huge part in this, I realize now. How often does one go into a restaurant, a shop, and listen to the other people around to learn how the place works. Do they want you to […]

Not the start I had hoped for

Let’s just say I’m off to a slow start. Two days in France and I accomplished driving to Limoges. In a minivan. Diesel, manual transmission, but where I was hoping for a small car I got “upgraded” to the minivan. European-sized mini van, but still. I stopped one place for pictures near St Emilion but […]

Fly, by night

Moon rise, thoughtful eyes Staring back at me from the window beside No fright, or hindsight Leaving behind that empty feeling inside Start a new chapter I find what I’m after Is changing every day The change of a season Is enough of a reason To want to get away

Almost there…..

I’m now in the final stages of preparation for my trip. Tickets and lodging were secured before 2018 even began but the big work of the last 4 months has been taking my list of things to do that is THAT LONG and getting it down to something that might, possibly, sort of, be close […]

Looking Forward to 2018

Last year, I accomplished some big things. I published my first novel to Amazon, A Call of Moonhart, I finished one draft and one rewrite of a book I’m calling Harmony in Three Voices, and I began the research for my next novel series. It’s possible that I’ll get Harmony published in 2018. It’s pretty […]