December 2017 archive

Who I Am [Reading Challenge 2017]

Who I Am by Peter Townsend Harper Collins Publishers, Kindle edition, 2012 [For extra credit: A biography or autobiography about someone still alive.] I had planned to finish up my 2017 Reading Challenge with Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon, by Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, but it was stolen, along …

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The King of the Fields [Reading Challenge 2017]

The King of the Fields by Isaac Bashevis Singer Broadway Paperbacks, New York, 2010 [Challenge # 5:  A translation.] This is my next-to-last Challenge read for the year, and I want to reiterate, it’s been fun. Many of the books I’ve read are from the stash I collected over the years, and each has an …

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Published in Cadaverous Magazine

    My nanofic story “Garden Time” can be read in this issue of Cadaverous Magazine. At six words it will take you all of one second to read it. (Nanofic is what I call a story under 10 words, as opposed to microfic, which is under 50, and flash fiction, under 500)

Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/27/17: Angels

Be careful who you trust; the devil was once an angel. Old proverb I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape. Desmond Morris We cannot pass our guardian angel’s bounds; resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs. Saint Augustine Angels have a long history in Western culture. …

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The Secret History of the Mongol Queens [Reading Challenge 2017]

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued his Empire by Jack Weatherford Broadway Paperbacks, New York, 2010 [Challenge # 9: A book about a person you know little about.] Winding up my book challenges for 2017. Am looking forward to next years’ reading. Who knows where it will …

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The little children couldn’t wait for Krampus to arrive spreading joy and fear.  

Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/20/17: Beers

Chuck's Hop Shop

Who doesn’t like a strong draft of beer? Beer brewing is one of the most ancient of arts. Evidence exists for it in writing dating far back to 5000 BCE in Egypt and Mesopotamia. It went into eclipse during the days of the Roman Empire with its taste for wine; but came back in strong …

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Eye will always speak the truth to you.    

Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/13/17: Star Names II

Distinctive stars have distinctive names. Polaris, for example, is also known as the Pole Star, and at various places in its past Angel Stern, Cynosura, the Lodestar, and The Star of Arcady. Arcturus was known as Guardian of the Bear to the ancient Greeks. Constellation descriptions in old astronomical catalogs give descriptions such as “Regulus, …

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Tiny Funerals

Coffinmakers showcased their wares with miniature creations like these.