Driving to Byzantium

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Jul 16, 2024
An aged man is but a paltry thing

"An aged man is but a paltry thing,A tattered coat upon a stick, unlessSoul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing"--Excerpt--Sailing to Byzantium --KeatsI have in fact sailed to Byzantium. I'm at a new locale across the state where we're temporari...

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Jul 16, 2024
Writers Cantina 2024

 The weary miles betwixt Le Chateau du Chat Gris and the UCC prevented me from posting last week. Today I'll recount what I can remember with help from my recent newsletter. What I can't remember, I'll fabricate to the best of my recollectio...

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Jul 08, 2024
How dull it is to pause

"How dull it is to pause, to make an end,To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!"--"Ulysses" --TennysonThe sentiment above is true, but Bugs in the System has reached an end, and it's not dull. It's action-packed and heavily stacked with excitement...

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Jul 01, 2024
A Timely Rescue

  Les Freres Corses finally completed the level--I forget the number, but it was the one with the dragons and glitches. Unfortunately, the time traveling DeLorean was killed in combat with a dragon or some other mean beastie and our...

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Jun 24, 2024
Gobsmacking

 Sometimes things don't go as planned: The bugmageddon novel isn't complete, but I did get it nearly finished on Saturday as my fingers danced over the keys while episodes of Magnum P.I. (the good old one) played in the background.&...

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Jun 17, 2024
I am a part of all that I have met

"I am a part of all that I have met; Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’ Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades For ever and forever when I move."--"Ulysses" - TennysonDo you have a favorite line from that poem? If so, let me know.It's...

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Jun 16, 2024
Rocinante and the Volcanic Slag

  I saddled up and loaded the steel steed with requisite equipment and bags, including a sandwich for the road. We passed the first brief leg of the trip racked with doubt and trepidation. If everything went as planned, it would be our longe...

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Jun 10, 2024
When bugs take over the world

"We hope that, when insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics." -- Bill VaughnThat's not happening in the bugmageddon novel. Those insects have no gratitute. Here's an excerpt from the fi...

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Jun 03, 2024
Tomorrow's news today

 Who can foresee the future or weave it from the past? Who knows what a man will speak or when he'll breath his last?The future lies hidden in impenetrable cloud, while the past, with each expiring second, passes beneath a shroud.The present...

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Jun 03, 2024
Amanda Muratoff

 Interview with Amanda MuratoffAuthor of The Pantracia Chronicles Please tell me a little about your current work in progress. We are currently working on Book 12 in the Pantracia Chronicles! It is the second book in the final tril...

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May 27, 2024
About Time

   My, my, my, look at the time. It's that time of the week again. A blank blog whispers for attention. Time is slip sliding away, and slipping, slipping, slipping into the future. Who invented time? Was it a conspiracy by...

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May 20, 2024
Life would be very miserable indeed

Things are somewhat turbulent in my neck of the woods with the primary election happening in a few days. I won't give the particulars, but depending on the outcome of a local contest my day job may be coming to an end. Big changes could be just aroun...

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May 15, 2024

 Fun Fact: Bohemond and his Norman troops scale the walls of Antioch, in an engraving by Gustave Doré Gather round and hear the tale of the taking of Antioch in the spring of ten-ninety-eight. A fair Norman prince, Bohemond...

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May 13, 2024
The Fall of Generals

 Benjamin West's The Death of Wolfe The Fun Fact today returns us to the French and Indian War and Wolfe's attempt to take Quebec.In September 1759, Wolfe was moving forces up river, but Montcalm believed that was a diversion and th...

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May 06, 2024