Category Archives: Fantasy

Which week Witch Week?

NEXT WEEK! Chris at Calmgrove and I will be hosting WITCH WEEK this year, and it all starts on 30 October, just in time for Halloween and then ending right after Guy Fawkes Day (aka Bonfire Night). Want to know more … Continue reading

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Something witchy this way comes

Originally posted on Calmgrove:
Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series is like Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, one of those secondary worlds that I’ve found I’ve needed to revisit every so often. I’m not the only one, I know, that — however…

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Ramping up for Witch Week

The days are getting cooler and shorter, the nights are getting nippier and longer. And you know what this means…. WITCH WEEK is only a month away. Calmgrove and I will be co-hosting the event (30 October to 06 November), with … Continue reading

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Do the math

Some days I think I’m an idiot, but other days the proof that I really am an idiot smacks me in the forehead. Ursula K Le Guin’s The Wizard of Earthsea was published in 1968. That’s 50 years ago, folks. … Continue reading

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My co-conspirator (Calmgrove at this website) is traveling, but I’m certain he’ll be posting similar information as soon as he returns. WITCH WEEK. This is a yearly event named after the third book in Diana Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci series. The … Continue reading

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Early Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wind’s Twelve Quarters (1975) (read as an e-book from the NYPL) This collection of seventeen short stories and novellas, all published before 1975, includes several that Le Guin considers “germinal”, that is, leading to two … Continue reading

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The universe sends me a message

And I try not to ignore it. This was yesterday’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Beautiful, yes. Historically fascinating, indeed. Appealing, without a doubt. And meaningful to me because this object makes an appearance in my current work-in-progress, on which … Continue reading

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