Hillaire Belloc: "When I'm dead, I hope it may be said, his sins were scarlet but his books were read." Fr. Hunwicke's suggestion for a memorial plaque on a park bench (he hates the idea of them): IN MEMORY OF THE REVD JOHN WILLIAM HUNWICKE MA Oxon HE WAS A SPLENETIC MISANTHROPE WHO LOATHED NATURE* … Continue reading Things that strike me as darkly funny or clever.
Spellbinder by Thea Harrison My rating: 5 of 5 stars Just finished Thea Harrison's Spellbinder. So wonderful! The conflation of Merlin and Morgana La Fey (here a male named Morgan) was brilliant! Morgan is an awesome character. You really felt his anger, frustration and loss. One more in a long line of awesome stories in … Continue reading Fantastic read!
The “Accidental” Historical Romance Writer
Originally posted to the Romance Writers of America's Hearts through History forum. When you think about it, I'm a strange choice for a Historical Romance writer. I've never picked up a Harlequin in my life. I generally don't read Historical Romances (a few of my favorite paranormal romances have time-travel elements though). I live in Virginia, … Continue reading The “Accidental” Historical Romance Writer
Fascinating take on a Christmas Favorite
"Smart Bitches, Trashy Books" put out an interesting essay on Romantic Love in "A Christmas Carol." Must admit, I never thought of it, but it makes sense and adds depth to what I thought was a convention of the time. http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2017/12/tale-true-love-romance-christmas-carol/
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There are certain patterns and traditions in literature and film/TV. Some might call them tropes. People recognize these. Hence, the Evil Overlord Handbook with ideas like "A quick death is NOT too good for your enemy," and "If you see a man and woman walking through your realm arguing constantly, kill them." In the world … Continue reading Warning Signs
You ever have that weird mental jump when two separate things suddenly become connected in your mind? And then you can't seem separate them again, ever? With me, it's the song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen and "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I know: "Where the heck did that come from?" Perhaps it's the effect … Continue reading Connections
The Pleasure of “Piffle”
“Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?" "So easy that, to tell you the truth, I am seldom perfectly sober.” ― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night
Why I cannot write a blog.
What a strange way to start a blog.