Last Words

Characters die. Sometimes they're characters we don't like. But sometimes they're characters who mean so much to us that we mourn their deaths almost as a friend would do. I've never liked killing off my own characters - even the truly evil ones. Yet sometimes an author must. Recently I had to work on writing [...]

Light and Peace

Well, I suppose it's not too late (yet!) to wish you a Merry Christmas! My plan was to write a Christmas post full of depth and meaning ... But the truth of it is that I haven't had a spare moment to sit down and write a post of any kind in a shamefully long [...]

Book Sightings and Library Love

A couple of weeks ago I went to my local library and saw, for the first time ever, my own book on the library shelf! And not just one copy ... two! I was pretty excited, as you can well imagine! When I visited my alumni college (later that same day, as it happens), an [...]

Words of Freedom

What a perfect day for hearing all of the great things that can be said about our freedom!   "Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." (George Washington) “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” (Charlotte Bronte) “Our [...]

A Few Things About Dragons

“Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien   “Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale [...]