Book research done, Miss D. and I will be moving on today, heading for San Angelo, where Fort Concho was one of a chain of military installations that protected the West from Indian predations. The fort is well preserved, with many exhibits from the frontier era that provide fruitful material for writers. Here in… Continue reading Observations from Fredericksburg, TX
On the ground in Fredericksburg
Miss D. and I arrived safely in Fredericksburg, TX late yesterday afternoon, after a trip down the back roads of Texas, avoiding interstate highways. It was enjoyable to catch scenery one often bypasses on the main arteries, and also to see historically important sites of the German settlements in Texas and the wars with the… Continue reading On the ground in Fredericksburg
A short road trip
Miss D. and I will be on the road for a few days, doing research for a forthcoming book. As a result, blogging will be sparse; if I can fit in an article now and again, I will, but I don’t expect to do much of that. We’ll have a friend house-sit our cats,… Continue reading A short road trip
Some new books from friends
Several of my friends, fellow bloggers and fellow writers have published new books over the past few weeks. I’ve read all of them, and recommend them to you. I’ll list them in alphabetical order by author, to avoid offending anyone. First up is Rita Beeman, known in meatspace as Lawdog’s Lady. She has a… Continue reading Some new books from friends
Saturday Snippet: A very English poet
Continuing our occasional series on poetry, this morning I’d like to mention G. K. Chesterton. Well-known for his thousands of articles, Christian apologetics and his Father Brown novels, he was also a prolific poet. Some of his poems are popular to this day, and several collections are available. I’d like to start with one… Continue reading Saturday Snippet: A very English poet
Saturday Snippet: A hunting blast from the past
I mentioned earlier this week that Cedar Sanderson’s hunting anthology “How Not to Shoot Fish, and Other Deer that Got Away” has just been published. I have a story in this anthology. It’s one I told more than a decade ago in these pages, so I’m sure most of you won’t remember it. I… Continue reading Saturday Snippet: A hunting blast from the past
How not to shoot fish!
That’s actually part of the title of a new anthology of hunting stories from Cedar Sanderson: “How Not to Shoot Fish, and Other Deer that Got Away“. The blurb reads: Twenty-one tales of hunting, fishing, and trapping make this volume of stories big enough to hold a drink in one hand while you read… Continue reading How not to shoot fish!
Saturday Snippet: One of the legends of the Victorian era
Following last Saturday’s look at Jingoism and the poetry of Sir Henry Newbolt, I’ve had several requests from readers for more from that period. I’m happy to oblige. Alfred, Lord Tennyson was one of the greatest poets of the Victorian era and the entire 19th century. He was Poet Laureate of Britain for most… Continue reading Saturday Snippet: One of the legends of the Victorian era
A new book, and a new career
Two friends have important announcements today. First, Old NFO, a.k.a. Jim Curtis, has just released his latest book, the second in his Western series “The Bell Chronicles“. It’s titled “Ranching in Colorado“. The blurb reads: Back in Texas he might be The Rio Kid, but at the other end of a long cattle drive… Continue reading A new book, and a new career
Saturday Snippet: By Jingo, we’ll do it!
The term “Jingoism” has become an epithet for hard-line, extreme nationalism, and as such has fallen out of favor. However, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was common among all levels of British society, and was the philosophy that informed much of the British Imperial system and its colonies. (America had its… Continue reading Saturday Snippet: By Jingo, we’ll do it!