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Update…

October 27th, 2011 2 comments

If you’re wondering how my next novel, Dancing the Maypole, is progressing I’m happy to say this evening I’ve finished chapter 41. The book now has 114,137 words and will probably end up with about 120,000. I’m quite excited to start chapter 42 tomorrow. I can see how it starts and sort of what happens, but anything could happen…though hopefully nothing that demands an extra half dozen chapters because that would be bad for my mental health! Noooooo! As it stands I’m looking at two more chapters and an epilogue. Let that be true!!! Read more…

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Remembering Lummox…

October 5th, 2011 2 comments

Collective memory is such a strange thing. Living in the moment we often take for granted that movie stars, pop stars, world renown authors, earth shattering historical happenings will never be forgotten. Sadly (or gladly depending on one’s point of view) this isn’t the case. The societies we live in whether nations or extended tribes, make choices as to what we will and won’t remember collectively. That which is replayed or repeated most often will be the winner whether it deserves a place in history or not. The English have this saying, ‘Remember, remember, the fifth of November.’ Nearly four hundred years old, this childhood chant (that all English people know) calls the people to remember Guy Fawkes (and his associates) who nearly managed to blow up parliament with kegs of gun powder in 1605. Every November 5th the English build bonfires and burn effigies of Guy Fawkes. This is an excellent example of collective remembering. Whether some individuals getting drunk and setting off fireworks can remember anything specific about Guy Fawkes is irrelevant. They remember collectively! Read more…