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Writing Process: A Blog Hop

I was recently invited by Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, author of Syncopation: A Memoir of Adele Hugo and The Stolen Golden Violin, to participate in a blog hop requiring me to answer four questions about my writing process. Syncopation is the fictional autobiography of the youngest of Victor Hugo’s children, and The Stolen Golden Violin is […]

Skara Brae

Dwellings at Skara Brae, a Neolithic settlement on Mainland, Orkney, older than both Stonehenge and the Pyramids at Giza. Photo by Christopher M. Cevasco.

And did those feet in ancient time…

Megalosaurus has the distinction of being the first dinosaur ever mentioned in popular media. It appeared in the opening lines of Charles Dickens’s 1852 novel Bleak House (the photo of Dickens at left dates from the year the novel was published). Megalosaurus bones were first discovered in 1677 in England, and in 1824 it also […]

There and Back Again: My Journeys With Tolkien

I saw the first of Peter Jackson’s three Hobbit films last week on opening day, and since then I’ve been reading the reviews and reactions to it–some glowing, some scathing. Over on Facebook, I posted my own brief review (I was utterly charmed by it), but the rather polarized response this film has received got […]

The Doomed Triumph of the H.L. Hunley

The H.L. Hunley was one of the great engineering wonders of the U.S. Civil War and the first submarine ever to to sink an enemy ship. Such a feat was not repeated for another fifty years, when a German U-boat sank the HMS Pathfinder with the first successfully deployed self-propelled torpedo at the start of […]

Old Man of Hoy

Old Man of Hoy: 449-foot sea stack on west coast of Island of Hoy, Orkney. Photo by Christopher M. Cevasco.

Lady Godiva – the Naked Truth

Mention Lady Godiva, and the first thing most people think of is the line of chocolates bearing her name. Others may dimly recall something about her riding naked on the back of a horse. But who was Godiva, and why do we remember her at all? In truth, very little is verifiably known about her. […]

Anglo-Saxon Astronomy, Over Easy

Through the successful defense of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms from would-be Viking conquerors, King Alfred the Great of Wessex (pictured at left in a 13th-century illuminated genealogy) had become the strongest of the Anglo-Saxon sub-kings by the time of his death in AD 899. His efforts paved the way for a united England to be ruled […]

Spring Updating

Yes, spring is in full swing, but the thought of cleaning doesn’t quite appeal. Instead I thought I’d post an update on goings on since my last general blog post. Much of the new year has thus far been taken up with work on my new novel, a psychological thriller of sorts about Lady Godiva […]

Halley’s Comet – Part 5 (19th – 21st Centuries)

This is the fourth in a series of posts about the storied history of Halley’s Comet (officially designated 1P/Halley). If you missed the earlier posts, you can still read Part One here, Part Two here, Part Three here, and Part Four here. When 1P/Halley made its 1835 appearance, streams of vapor were seen emerging from it. This led […]