Julian May: Author par Excellence

I have just finished re-reading a couple of books by Julian May. The books have the general title of “Intervention” and were published as two separate volumes titled “Surveillance” (1987) and “Metaconcert” (1987). May is also the author of “The Saga of the Pliocene Exile” series. There is a very good chance that I shallContinue reading “Julian May: Author par Excellence”

Pseudo-Synonyms: Words that seem like they should be, but aren't quite, the same

I love words. I love their meanings and how they sound. I love investigating their origins. But more than anything else, I love using them. And I love playing with them. That’s why I’m a writer. But they mystify me sometimes. And synonyms (words with similar or related meanings such as shut and close) areContinue reading “Pseudo-Synonyms: Words that seem like they should be, but aren't quite, the same”

Inspire, Promote, Encourage, Sing!

There is no doubt that songs can be inspirational. Songs are written about all manner of things and because words put to music are often easier to remember than otherwise, songs have been used through the ages to teach and inform as well as sell and influence and even warn. A national anthem tells theContinue reading “Inspire, Promote, Encourage, Sing!”

Things I Just don't Understand, Part One

Bath Tissue “If I put bath tissue on the shopping list, will you know which kind to get?” My husband, Bernd, actually said that to me. Me. Just who does he thinks does all the shopping around here? The Shopping Fairy? Why wouldn’t I know what kind to get? But that’s not what I don’tContinue reading “Things I Just don't Understand, Part One”

Common Misconceptions, Part One

In my ongoing efforts to educate and delight, I thought I might start a new series. Also, series of these sorts are handy to have around when you don’t really have anything truly amazing to write about (this statement predisposes that I sometimes do). In other places and at other times, I’ve written copiously aboutContinue reading “Common Misconceptions, Part One”

The Incarceration of Serafina

Day One Well, that most assuredly did not go as well as planned. What started out as a simple look-see to determine why so many of my crew have gone missing did not turn out well at all. At least they have not relieved me of my personal journal. In this way, I can keepContinue reading “The Incarceration of Serafina”