Beowulf, Tolkien…and the mad scribblings of a half-exhausted writer up at an hour far too late for another cup of tea.

So now that I’ve warned you how this thing is going to go… You guessed it! I finally dug my little claws into Beowulf, the story that has been described as Master Tolkien’s lodestone, and if my opinion is worth anything, isn’t half bad of an epic, either. You’ve gotta love alliterative epic poetry. ItContinue reading “Beowulf, Tolkien…and the mad scribblings of a half-exhausted writer up at an hour far too late for another cup of tea.”

Never-reads

There are some books I can’t read. Not because I don’t want to. Simply because I can’t. I realize this doesn’t make any sense. I have a world of words and my fingertips. Any book I want, I can hunt out, even if it takes me years. I’ll find it, from the Prose Eddas toContinue reading “Never-reads”

The Love of Books

If I think about it, my life is just a history of the books I’ve read. The Summer of the Lord of the Rings. The summer after that when I read Inkheart, The Thief Lord, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Fog Diver all at once, drinking in every lastContinue reading “The Love of Books”

Writing Update: NaNoWriMo Day 23

The adventure of writing 50,000 words in 30 days is almost over for another year. As in 4,000 words/7 days close. I don’t mean to say the “novel” I’ve been working on is finished. I’m not sure anyone looking at it would think that. But I’ve been doing what I set out to do. JustContinue reading “Writing Update: NaNoWriMo Day 23”

Life off the Page

So this month, I get to do one of my favorite things in the world. No, I’m not spending three days locked in a closet with my laptop and a pile of snacks to get some writing done. Funny. I’m actually going outside, in the crisp fall air, forgetting about deadlines, stress, and responsibilities, andContinue reading “Life off the Page”

September

I love September. And I guess I hate it just a little, too. Not entirely certain when this started. I imagine it was sometime after what I call my Summer of The Lord of the Rings. You know, about the point where you read Frodo always felt like going on adventure in the fall ofContinue reading “September”

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