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Gray cat behind a cardboard box with a book, titled Endurance, held in the foreground

Q&A Part 3

More of my updated Q&A with the wonderful Women and Words (sadly “on hiatus”). A lot of the answers are still good, and I’ve updated others. Here’s the rest of me. Is there a book by another author that you wish you had written? I don’t know that there’s another book that I would like […]

Book cover with title Wishbone showing a wishbone lying on painted boards, byline Elaine Burnes

Q&A Part 2

Several years ago, I did a Q&A with the wonderful Women and Words (sadly “on hiatus”). A lot of the answers are still good, and I’ve updated some others. Here’s Elaine! Part 2 Tell us about your biggest guilty pleasure. For example, do you sit naked in your pantry in the middle of the night […]

Photo shows flat-stone patio and stone steps from the side with many small pieces.

Construction Day Done!

The work is finished. I can’t even begin to believe it. Seven days and they took several tons of rock and sawed and hand chipped into shape two lovely patio/walkways and stairs. I thought I’d be blogging the long process of this project because every project undertaken at this house and my last one took […]

Photo shows a large pile of flat gray stones called Goshen stone

Construction Day 1

There’s a phrase, live lightly on the land, that would be nice to adhere to, but sometimes to get there you have to make a mess first. When my wife and I moved to our little slot of paradise a few years ago, we knew we wanted a nature preserve vibe. We’ve worked to remove […]

Photos shows a wreath-like circle of twigs forming a wren nest inside the back support of a satellite dish

There’s Birding and Then There’s Birding

The house wren is back. This insouciant little guy clicks and clatters a call that sounds more like a baseball card in bike spokes than a bird. For a couple of years he tried building a nest in my satellite dish (for internet before my small town finally got wired). His girlfriends never went for […]

Phtos shows two cruise ships in a foggy bay. One very large, the other much smaller. Rows of hills inthe background

Setting: A Sense of Place

Have you ever been on a cruise? I’ve only done it once, a small-ship cruise in Alaska’s Inside Passage. The ship had about a hundred tourists and we were able to go into smaller coves and closer to the glaciers than the big Princess ship we saw a few times along the route. The contrast […]

Photograph of foggy tree-covered hills layered in front of each other with water in the foreground

So, Back to Writing

I’m reading a very cool book, In Search of the Canary Tree, by Lauren E. Oakes. It’s early yet, and in it she’s just starting her Ph.D. research project analyzing yellow-cedar forests on an island in the Alexander Archipelago of southeast Alaska, near Sitka. What does this have to do with writing? I’m enthralled by […]

View of Provincetown, Mass., from the beach showing the Pilgrim Monument and spire of Town Hall

The Message That’s Missing from News of Climate Change

It seems incomprehensible to me that one senator can block legislation designed to literally save our way of life, but this is where we are. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) doesn’t like President Joe Biden’s climate bill, likely because the senator, made a millionaire by the coal industry, which he still makes money from (not to […]

Thoughts about the Emmys (This will be short)

Emmy nominations are out. Not exactly The Most Important Thing In The World right now (I just finished Tom Nichols’ piece in The Atlantic about how screwed we are on nuclear strategy), but I still have opinions. Not many since I haven’t seen 90, maybe 99 percent of the shows and people nominated. For Supporting […]

Image of a galaxy cluster by the James Webb Space Telescope shows a black background dotted with dozen of stars and shapes of galaxies

Is It Bad for a SF Writer To Be Unimpressed by the Webb Telescope?

The long-awaited first images from the James Webb* Space Telescope were revealed the other day. Would it be heresy for this writer of science fiction to be meh about them? After all, I just released a novel about, well, space exploration. But like much of what I like to read, it’s about more than that. […]

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