Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 1

Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece–ahem, 35 years ago–I have been longing to return to this magical land of myth, history, and dramatic landscapes. Life always seemed to intervene. So Thor and I decided to celebrate our ten-year anniversary … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Bricolage

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) It’s the fifth Friday of the month, which means it’s time for one of the Patreon bonuses: an essay about the process of worldbuilding, the theory behind it, etc. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Fairy tales and the magic of science fiction conventions

Fairy tales are chasing me this year. I gave a talk earlier in the year (and wrote it up, here) and now they’re the theme at Conflux, the Canberra science fiction convention. I’m on several panels. I’m also going to … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Marinated pork shoulder

Try it with tropical fruits, especially papaya. Substitute another two limes for the apple cider. Throw in two tablespoonsful of chipotle pepper sauce instead of the serrano pepper. Have fun.Goodness knows, I made it up. You can too! Continue reading

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Time to Move

If you want to understand why – and how – to move your body, Katy Bowman’s book Movement Matters is a great place to start. I picked it up because I’m researching how our minds and bodies work together, but … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghost Writer: The Big Scary

I read a column this morning in CodeLikeaGirl (on Medium) in which Kira Leigh eloquently expressed the sheer scariness of pursuing a career as a freelancer. I was compelled to respond because while Kira is fairly new at freelancing, I’ve … Continue reading

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Mall-rats, 19th century style or, Meet the Beadles!

When Lord George Cavendish, younger brother of the 5th Duke of Devonshire (or should I say brother-in-law of the famous Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire?) inherited one of the family homes in London, Burlington House, he didn’t expect to be plagued … Continue reading

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A Trip to France 12: Citadel and Millau

by Brenda W. Clough  A rainy day means museum. The museum at Millau is pretty small, but because the Romans had a famous pottery works here they have more pottery than you would believe possible. The factory shipped all around … Continue reading

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Poem Written in 1991

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

oem Written in 1991

When the Soviet Union Was Disintegrating

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Studies in Frustration

Based on my title, you might be forgiven if you think that the studies in frustration came from writing or the publishing business. Both can be very very frustrating. However this time it’s about knitting. I’ve been working on socks. … Continue reading

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