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Toward Re-Enchantment

My goal is to tell stories that re-enchant. I begin with myself and hope that I am able to re-enchant my readers as well. This goal is elusive because re-enchantment is elusive: a unicorn slipping though the layers of a spring green forest. What do I mean by re-enchantment? Given …

Journey from There to Here

For half a year I disappeared. Without noticing I began to sink into a swamp. Each day I sunk a little farther, lost my way a little. Each day I thought, this is temporary, tomorrow will be better. And some days were. But most days weren’t. Then three months into …

Visiting the Enchanted Forest

Last week I went camping with friends and got to slip into the magic of the Olympic Rainforest. C. S. Lewis wrote that a child “does not despise real woods because he has read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted.” Here then are my …

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One Step and then Another

It’s hard to believe that it has been over a month since Norwescon – and it also seems like far longer. May has been a challenging month: one of those writing periods where progress seems to be slow as a snail, projects that once were exciting get bogged down and …

A Day Off or an Off Day?

Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. I’m not writing a proper blog post today, because the time I would have spent doing that was spent wrestling with my cloche cover which the super windy day dislodged. So here’s a funny flash fiction about taking the day off. Ixtab Takes …

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Evolutionary Fiction

In the episode of “On Being” on the work of Teilhard de Chardin, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson observed that it is our actions that have an effect on evolution. I am not a very good transcriber (and I was transcribing while working out on an elliptical,) but this is …

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The Spirit of Mars: War in Fantasy Fiction

Lately, I have been thinking about the portrayal of war and conflict in fantasy fiction. My novel manuscript, The Red Lion, which I am presently rewriting, takes place during wartime and such massive conflicts are frequently the backdrops of fantasy tales. Much of fantasy is about transformation – sometimes only …

Acting with Grace

Yesterday the utility crews came through our neighborhood and cut back trees and branches. They really walloped our lovely linden tree. This morning when I rose into the gray, slightly drizzly world I was a little sad. Then when I went out to water my little arugula and beet seedlings …

Discovering Great Ideas

I was on a walk through my neighborhood this morning and discovered one of my neighbors had put up something that looked like an odd birdhouse. When I approached it however, I discovered that it was a “Little Free Library.” This was the first time I ran into the idea. …