May 17, 2017

Dear Summer,

The days of late spring and summer are finally here. We are a little ways into May and it seems good to wear shorts and t-shirts. Although you never fade into Winter’s drab garb in someplace and you never quite seem to visit others. But here in Eastern Carolina we are thrilled you’ve come to visit. 

Threes days of “summer vacation” are drawing to a close. Tonight we should be laying on a blanket under the stars listening to the waves caress the sandy beach. Instead I am in my room getting ready for work and the rest of the week tomorrow. 

Tuesday was fun. Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2, popcorn and drinks. Afternoon fun hidden from summer heat. Monday was nice too, even if I grilled alone. The flames reminded me, fire is a sneaky beast and will burn the meat if your attention should stray. 

All in all Summer thank you for three nice vacation days. Cheers, james

The Rest of the Story and a childhood hero

My local radio station 95.1 WRNS used to play a half hour radio program called “The Rest of the Story” hosted by the smooth voiced gentleman, Mr. Paul Harvey. He would come on the air and he would tell you a part of a story and at the end he would tell you who he had been speaking about. And sign off, “and now you know the rest of the story.” Mr. Harvey also advertised for several different products, the two I remember most vividly were JB Weld and Bose radios. How I yearned for the smooth dulced tones of the highly expensive Bose. As of yet I still have not made this dream a reality. 

One program I remeber Mr. Harvey telling was about a civil war general that lost his pet chicken. Turns out it was the famous Robert E. Lee and the the infamous Battle of Gettysburg. This story was inspiring to me that someone from history could be so human. 

After I left and went to college there wasn’t a radio station that broadcast Mr. Harvey and he was a sorely missed piece of home. Today he crossed my mind and I looked up Mr. Harvey. Sadly he passed away Feb. 28, 2009 at the age of 90. He had been on the radio since before WWII and his last broadcast was a mere week before his passing. Rest in much beloved peace Mr. Harvey and know you touch many, many lives theough your broadcasts. 

And now you know the rest of the story, james 

In the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

I picked up a copy of Mr. Eco’s book last weekend. I had a copy about ten years ago and I couldn’t get into it. This time the story has caught my attention. I offer cudos to Mr. Eco on his writing, however the endless lines of Latin have driven me nuts. This is the first time I have ever considered writing in the margins. It seems there are more folks that write books in their books than I realized. Marginalium, according to Merrium Webster, is marginal notes. It orginated from Medeval latin. There are lots of expamples in the old iluminated manuscripts of marginalia that show glimps into a scribes’s working life.

One of the IJ facebook group told me there is a book he wrote after Rose that gives the translations of the latin phrases. Why didn’t it come with my copy? Seems like that should have been a no brainer. Great book well recieved except for stumbling over the latin. So companion book. Brillant. Which means I don’t have to write in my book. I just have to find a copy of the companion book. 

Cheers I am going back to my reading. james

Wild Wind

The wind is wild tonight. Trees are whipping and moaning. The power lines spark when they slap together. All in all a nasty night for man and beast. And yet there is something that calls to me from the wild heart of the storm. A call echoed about within my soul. Dear tempest do you know how you temp me? Calling me to embrace the fiece wild wind. No, I thought not. I don’t understand it either. 

Cheers on a windy night. Be smart and stay safe. james

Welcome April

Last couple of months I haven’t posted as much as I wanted. However I couldn’t seem to find the words. I read a few books and posted the reviews and that was fun. My stories on the other hand, I had trouble putting pen to paper. I have thought about them quite a bit, yet it never translated to words on the page. 

I know I am far from the first and far from the last to experience this. It is comforting knowing I’m right there in the middle with everybody else and fustrated that I can’t seem to move past it. I just finished reading a Conan story and it has rekindled my passion for the Cimmerian. Mr. Howard’s hero is still valid and worthy of consideration in our modern world. 

In my NaNoWriMo project, Manuscripts, Ephinanies, Illuminated, Conan plays a part first as a comissioned project and they when my heronine needs to believe in herself. The Cimmerian visits her dreams to build her confidence. Ambitious but worthwhile project, if I could just get the story out of my head and on the paper. 

Here’s to a new month and inspired writing. Cheers, james

Book Review: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

I picked up a copy of this book for two reasons; I have never seen this version before and I have been curious about Pride and Predjuice and Zombies. However I don’t do zombies in any way shape or form. Not my cuppa. I dig sea monster movies and adventure novels. Loved Peter Benchely’s Creature, the book was awesome, don’t bother with the horrible movie mess. 😬 Kronos by Jeremy Robinson, who also wrote Anatarkas Rising. And Steven Alten’s Megalodon books. Very enjoyable reads. So I felt I would be a suitable reader.

Since I wanted to try Ms. Jane Austen again I thought this might be a better way in vs the orginal book. I must say the world is in a right mess when the book opens and it takes some time to get used to the new normal. All sea life has gone man eater mad and wants nothing more than the death, destruction and dismemberment of the human race. Odd premise, but I was willing to go with it. Ms. Austen’s words and voice are meshed nicely with the coauthor Ben H. Winters. 

I did feel I was missing some rather important details by not having read the orginal story first. There were some interplays between characters that seemed to have been lost under the constraints of the sea monster theme. Or maybe it was me. One interesting thing is the loss of one seemingly important character, Maragret the youngest sibling. What happened or did she vanish in the orgnial story too? 
All in all it seems to be a diverting and fun way to spend a few nights reading. I think a fun twist would be update the story leaving the sea monsters in place. See how well cell phones and the victorian sensibilities would mesh. 

Cheers, james

Thank you!

Dear Readers, friends and fellow bloggers,

Thank you. I have reached 157 followers. I am touchee that you are willing to keep up with my posts and inspire me with your own.

Best regards to each and every one, james