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Dispatches from the writing front # 6: The Eternal Cave of Children’s Books

The “dispatches” series usually ends up on my other blog, but this post is manga-related. Connie’s been doing some research, finding setting references to fire her imagination, and last night we were talking about caves and looking at cave images … Continue reading

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Canadian, American, and British Spelling

Spelling can be an interesting subject. I like words, and grammar, and language; I like the way that in the spelling of word in Modern English, you can deduce something about its past, its evolution. (Not to mention how it … Continue reading

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Currently reading … mostly natural history

Time for another few short book reviews — or at least, brief comments upon a few books: I’m currently (re)reading … Himalaya, by Michael Palin, and India, by Michael Wood — two of the great contemporary travel writers. Both of … Continue reading

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Dark Ages (and Stone Age) Musical Instruments

At last, the long-promised entry on musical instruments! I’m not sure why the main viewpoint character in “The Storyteller” ended up being an aspiring skald, or musician/storyteller. I knew that Ulfhild/Moth had played the harp long ago in her past … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Art of Drawing Manga – Camara & Duran

Most “Drawing Manga” books seem to consist of pictures of big-eyed kiddies to carefully copy, and are aimed at big-eyed kiddies themselves — young anime fans who want to draw cartoony Pokemon-style heroes. When we started this project, I knew … Continue reading

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Research

There’s a lot of research involved in writing, and just as much in illustrating. I have a degree in Medieval Studies, and many years since then of studying history on my own. Connie hasn’t had time to read nearly so … Continue reading

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