Monthly Archives: October 2017

Halloween Special: The Love Sonnet of Zombie Genghis Khan

For the past five years, I have been on assignment to track down and interview the most hideously putrid, merciless brain-eating zombies in the world. Common sense must lead us to conclude that no matter how mild and benevolent the … Continue reading

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(If you read yesterday’s post by Kat Kimbriel, you can jump to the More section for today’s vignette!) We’re approaching a shifting, liminal time of year; it’s halfway to winter in the northern hemisphere, and halfway to summer in the … Continue reading

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Season’s Change

Halloween never seemed to be a big deal when I was a kid. I grew up in Florida during the mid-1960s, and recall maybe a week or so of festivities. We were able to wear our costumes to school for … Continue reading

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To honor the coming of the dark side of the northern year, I’ve written some vignettes. They will probably end up as writing snippets in my new book, because one of the characters is a writer who has a slightly skewed vision. I think of them as Tales of Unease.

Because I don’t care much for the gore of horror. But those teasing stories of suggestion?

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The Reluctant Traveler visits Hill House

I’m watching my favorite Halloween movie as I write this. Directed by Robert Wise, Claire Bloom’s clothes by Mary Quant, and starring the incomparable Julie Harris. Black and white. 1963. And the novel this movie is adapted from is one … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 5: the Ancient Agora

Note: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many years ago, I have been longing to return to this magical land of myth, history, and dramatic landscapes. I recently made a fabulous 3-week return trip there, to research additional … Continue reading

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New Worlds: The Afterlife

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Finishing out the discussion of death and the culture surrounding it (at least for now): what happens to a person after they die? Actually, there are two questions to answer … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Chicken Tetrazzini

Chicken Tetrazzini was invented in honor of Luisa Tetrazzini (1871-1940), an Italian coloratura of international fame. It’s total comfort food: chicken (or here, shrimp), mushrooms, boatloads of cheese, and a thick buttery cream sauce. Continue reading

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Facebook’s Algorithm Censors a Book Cover

Helen's Story

Whatever algorithm governs Facebook posts refuses to allow ones about the book Helen’s Story if they include the cover. Both the publisher, Aqueduct Press, and the author, Rosanne Rabinowitz, have put up posts that were taken down. I’ve tried to … Continue reading

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Bad Air Day

Katharine Kerr shares some history she first wrote about for her Patreon page. So, Some People We Could Name, but won’t because they’re depressing, want to roll back the environmental protections that are now USA law.  Let me tell you … Continue reading

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