We all walk ancientrails. Welcome to the journey.

At It

Spring                                                             Bloodroot Moon Still reading through Missing, making notes, trying to integrate beta reader observations and questions.  It’s slower right now because I’m also trying […]

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A Big Day

Imbolc                                                                              Valentine Moon Barring setbacks and further challenges today should be the day when each book has, […]

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Influence Peddlers

Fall                                                Waning Autumn Moon What literature has influenced you the most? The Bible, various authors The Stranger, Albert Camus Fear and Trembling, Soren Kierkegaard Novels of Herman Hesse The Trial, Franz Kafka The Trilogy of Desire and Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser Metamorphoses, Ovid (temple of literature, Hanoi) Novels of Isaac Bashevis Singer Novels of Willa […]

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Reading Matters

Fall                                                             Waning Autumn Moon Found these questions on one of my frequent reads, The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Thought they’d be interesting to answer. Q: What’s the first thing you read in the morning? The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Q: What newspapers and magazines do you subscribe to or read regularly? Wired, Scientific American, Scientific American Mind, […]

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A Carnegie Library

Fall                                                   Waxing Autumn Moon Reading.  Alexandria, Indiana had a Carnegie library, one of those brick and limestone buildings sprinkled throughout American small towns, so ubiquitous we give them little thought.  Like the water tower they’ve always been there. Ours had a long flight of steps that went up to the solemn, curved stacks of the […]

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The Weekend

Lughnasa                                                 Full Harvest Moon Kate’s out in Denver visiting the grandkids while Mark and I hold a visa watch, waiting for some word from the mysterious world of Saudi bureaucracy. Yesterday I took a trip to Duluth to deliver 3 pounds of honey in payment for use of the image on this year’s Artemis Honey […]

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Check My Logic, Please

Mid-Summer                                                  Waxing Honey Flow Moon “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero Not sure where this is headed with gadgets like the Kindle, but Cicero and I have something in common.  In fact, this room in which I write has a lot of soul.  Piles of it.  Shelves of […]

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Books

Beltane                                                                              New Garlic Moon When I get interested in something, I buy books.  Not just one book, but many books.  Book buying has always been an important of my life and continues to be. Latin is a for instance.  When I first got interested, I bought Wheelock, an iconic text for autodidacts wanting to tackle […]

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A Visit From the Goon Squad

Winter                                                               Waning Moon of the Winter Solstice More time with Ovid.  It went slower today, but I’m down to verse 60, at least with my rough draft translation.  Tomorrow Greg and I will go over it, give me a lesson in Latin vocabulary and grammar, polish my work.  We’ll also further refine my knowledge of […]

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Wading in Your Media Stream

61  bar steep rise 29.96 2mph NNW dew-point 45   Summer night, nice                               New Moon (Thunder Moon) I’d forgotten the all consuming nature of writing a novel.  It goes to bed with you, advances into your dreams and wakes up with in the morning.  Plot ideas, twists, character developments, inconsistencies, new characters.  All aswirl.  […]

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