The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 39: Farewell to Delos

Thor and I wind up our second Mediterranean trip at the top of sacred Delos in the center of the Cyclades (“circle”) Greek islands. NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Crete: Flashback to the 80s

Thor and I are continuing our new Greek islands trip, and I’ll start a new blog series soon. Meanwhile, a glimpse of my first backpacking journey to Crete. My very first Mediterranean beach destination involved some rattletrap bus rides, cheerful misdirections, … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 38: Dionysos on Delos

Dionysos, god of wine, fruitfulness, and ecstatic revelry, was honored alongside Apollo and Artemis on Delos and nearby Mykonos. Join Thor and me as we visit his sanctuary. NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my … Continue reading

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MacGuffin or Grail #2: Your Own Devices
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In the first part of MacGuffin or Grail, I suggested a set of criteria for judging whether your particular plot device was one or the other. Having given my protagonists in THE ANTIQUITIES HUNTER a panoply of grails, my question … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 37: Delos Temple Quarter

Thor and I are back to continue our tour of the sacred island of Delos, moving onto the temple quarter and Sanctuary of Apollo. NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE … Continue reading

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MacGuffin or Grail #1: Is there a Difference?
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According to Webster’s dictionary, a MacGuffin (McGuffin or maguffin, as you prefer) is: ”an object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance.” (emphasis mine) … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 36: Touring Delos Residences

Join Thor and me as we start our tour of ancient Delos with the mazelike residential and theater quarter. NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew … Continue reading

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