Life: It’s a rather calm weekend here. Went on a short road trip to get pictures of an old train station that had been abandoned, salvaged, moved, and restored by a local Polo Club. I love it when a bit of local history is preserved. If you’re in the area, this is located on Bridge … More An Old Depot
Contrary to popular opinion, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is not the first English language vampire story. That credit goes to Lord George Gordon Byron, in 1813. His epic poem, The Giaour, has some chilling vampiric scenes that later authors, including Dr. Polidori, have applied to the legends. Some folks credit Lord Byron’s personal physician with the … More The First Vampire
How they Work and Where the Hell is That File? Directory Structure In order to understand the Internet and the world wide web, one must first understand and be able to navigate their own computer. All desktop, servers, or laptop computers function in essentially the same way. They store the Operating System (OS), application programs (APPS), … More The Internet and the Web
The rush, stress, and practicalities of modern life have cost us more than we know. Many of the polite acts of chivalry have been abandoned. I know that a strong, modern woman is fully capable of opening their own restaurant door, but I feel it is my duty as a gentleman to graciously hold it … More Kissing the Hand
This is the tale of young priest who is introduced to a satyr by a beautiful member of his flock. Deep in the Black Forest, they break bread, discuss religion and learn the horror of the burning times.
I am constantly running into news articles on the web that sound like fodder for a story. The stories might be historical fiction, alternate history or just an interesting background to a romance or mystery. Here’s a case in point. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/evolution/9269523/Dogs-helped-man-out-compete-with-Neanderthals.html “Now experts have suggested the domestication of dogs, and the benefit it gave to … More Jumpstart the Muse
In case you’ve not noticed, I’m a huge history fan. One of the reasons is that I’ve constantly finding neat story ideas in news articles on historical items. For example, I just read this little piece: http://archaeologicalmuseum.jhu.edu/the-collection/object-stories/a-roman-lead-curse-tablet/ The first thing that popped into my mind was an urban fantasy tale, based on the idea that … More Finding Inspiration