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BVC Eats: Chinese Sticky Rice Stuffing

by Brenda W. Clough As other bloggers here have noted, food is key. Hobbits love lembas; wizards and Rangers smoke pipeweed. Long before you understand another culture, another race, you are happily eating their food. Thanksgiving is the quintessentially American … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler’s Thanksgiving Rant

Could a computer run the United States? Let’s suppose we’re not that far off from this. I probably won’t be alive and neither will Donald Trump (fortunately) but it could happen. (Consider WestWorld—or is it Disney World?) Today’s political arena … Continue reading

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NOT NOW NOT EVER by Lily Anderson

  Lily Anderson first came to my attention with her debut book, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, a hilariously witty young adult novel about smart kids at a smart school that used as its substrate Shakespeare’s Much … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 8: Rhodes Palace of the Grand Masters

Explore with me the fortress-within-a-fortress built by the Medieval Knights of St. John, and restored by the Italian Fascists in gaudy splendor. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many years ago, I had been longing to return … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Kitchens

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) If you’re anything like me, you take kitchens for granted. I mean, every house has one, right? There are some apartments that don’t, but even there, the assumption tends to … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 7: Rhodes Old Town

Wander the labyrinth of the Medieval walled city of  Rhodos Old Town, getting lost and found in this thriving community that links modern tourism with 2500 years of history. Note: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many years … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Local and Imported Food

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) As with phonology, paying just a little bit of attention to the food your characters eat can go a long way toward making your invented world feel real and lived-in … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer: Autumn Color in the Mountains

Now that “winter is coooming,” and the gloomy gray rain of the usual Pacific Northwest slog through the dark days is looming, here are a few highlights of my last couple of autumn hikes with Thor and Bear dog, to … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 6: Fabulous Rhodes

Visiting the island of Rhodes — or Rhodos, as the Greeks translate the name — is an escape into sensual beauty. And, of course, more rich layers of history. Note: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many years … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Where Does the Food Come From?

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Just as Halloween provided me with a good theme for October’s posts, the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving inclines me to talk about food: where we get it from, what we … Continue reading

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