Naturist Lives in the Balance — Exposed and Vulnerable

The title sounds a bit ominous, however it is true, naturist lives are in the balance and I am the one who will be responsible for all of it. Naturally, I am referring to the latest novel I am writing. It’s not all black and white as I sit in judgment of a number of […]Continue reading “Naturist Lives in the Balance — Exposed and Vulnerable”

Journey to the Edge of the Universe

Sometimes when I feel I’m losing sight of the wonder of this existence, not just here on this planet, but in this solar system, in this galaxy, in this unimaginably vast and still largely mysterious universe, I like to watch videos like this one in order to be reminded of just how amazing is theContinue reading “Journey to the Edge of the Universe”

Pesky Words — Story Empire

Hey SE Readers. Joan with you today. I’m going to preface this post by saying I’ve probably made every mistake I mention and then some. I tend to read with a more critical eye these days. It isn’t intentional, but as a learn more about the craft of writing, I pick up on things in […]Continue reading “Pesky Words — Story Empire”

How Long Does It Take to Write a Novel? — Blog About Writing

Since my last post, 2 things have happened which have taken my mind off the global pandemic, at least for a little while, namely: 1. On Sunday, I went out in my car (essential shopping, not a jolly!), for what should have been a 25-minute round trip and got stuck in the snow! It’s hilly […]Continue reading “How Long Does It Take to Write a Novel? — Blog About Writing”

Remembering the Bard — Bardic Lore

When most people encounter the epithet “the Bard” in text or speech, they automatically assume it refers to William Shakespeare, who is known as the Bard of Avon. But there is another who has acquired that particular sobriquet, and deservedly so. I’m of course talking about Robert Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, and the nationalContinue reading “Remembering the Bard — Bardic Lore”

Cock-a-leekie Soup Recipe

Ingredients 4 pounds chicken thighs, bone in, skin removed 10 cups water 1 onion, chopped 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped 1/3 cup barley 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed chicken broth 7 leeks, sliced 2 stalks celery, thickly sliced 2 carrots, sliced 1 sprig fresh thyme, chopped 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoonContinue reading “Cock-a-leekie Soup Recipe”

Mince and Tatties Recipe

This traditional Scottish dish has become the main course at our Burns Supper each year, since the sale of haggis is banned in the United States*. The second time we made this we couldn’t get peas due to the quarantine, so we added celery, which we liked so well that we didn’t even miss theContinue reading “Mince and Tatties Recipe”

My Mind Castle is Constantly Besieged

If you’re a fan of, or at least somewhat familiar with, the BBC’s Sherlock you’re probably acquainted with the concept of the Mind Palace. Well, mine is a Mind Castle of the motte and bailey variety. When I think of palaces I think of the fancy dwellings of Disney Princes and Princesses, or of MadContinue reading “My Mind Castle is Constantly Besieged”

Timothy McVeigh Would have Been Proud! — northierthanthou

NOT Antifa! Believe it or not, there was a time when liberals were the civil libertarians of American politics and conservatives were the folks most likely to advocate repression of individual rights. I do not mean simply that this was the substance of our nation’s politics at that time. No. I mean, that this was […]Continue reading “Timothy McVeigh Would have Been Proud! — northierthanthou”

“Joy Beyond the Walls of the World, Poignant as Grief,” with J.R.R. Tolkien and Frederick Buechner — A Pilgrim in Narnia

This week, I have decided to share my thoughts about Frederick Buechner‘s recent book, The Remarkable Ordinary: How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life (2017), and to share some highlights from the text. Drawing materials from his memoirs in a storied approach to his life, Buechner wants to draw out how the transformational moments are […]Continue reading ““Joy Beyond the Walls of the World, Poignant as Grief,” with J.R.R. Tolkien and Frederick Buechner — A Pilgrim in Narnia”