Books on books
May Day morning on Dartmoor

Myth & Moor update


Dear readers, my apologies. I'm working on the next of the "Books on Books" posts, but it may be a while before it appears -- largely because my illness-depleted attention keeps getting diverted into Other Necessary Tasks. In the meantime, I'd like to pass on a fabulous piece about writing that I came across recently, which made me laugh...and wince with painful recognition...and cheer because it's so damn true:

"How Do We Write Now?" by Patricia Lockwood.

I couldn't agree with Lockwood more. (Except for the penis thing.)

''Tell Us a Story''


SO excited about this piece, which I was madly sharing a couple of weeks ago! Thanks for adding it here (and we'll happily anticipate your post tomorrow)!

While I wait
A poem, a thank you, a morning jot because you left us something, while we waited. xo Mokihana

While I wait for you ...
The Geese fly over head
While I wait for you ...
I drink the first cup
of Peppermint Tea.
While I wait for you ...
A Tin House opens

While I wait for you ...
A different poet
fills in, pinch-hits
While I wait for you ...
I am not alone
While I wait for you ...
I begin again.

Should be limited to earlobes only in my opinion!

While I wait for. . .
I begin again.

A mantra for each today.

Thanks, Mokihana.


While I wait for you ...
I begin again.

Boy that gets me in the heart!


That's where I felt it, as I wrote to thank Teri the dear heart who keeps giving me hope, inspiration, a place of solidarity. So I can begin in spite of the odds.

Thanks, Jane. Nice to see your reply!


That was such a glorious read. Thanks, Terri.

Happy Beltane to everyone. May the Beltane fires burn away all ills and woes.

Happy Beltane too. Your remark about the traditional significance of the Beltane fires prompted me to read up on the subject finally.

For more than forty years the name 'Beltane' has reminded me of one of the guilty reading pleasures of my early teens, the novels of Mary Stewart, and specifically 'Wildfire At Midnight', set on Skye. Her romantic thrillers with their plucky heroines seem so old-fashioned now, but the Arthurian novels still stand some comparison with TH White.

Bealtaine blessings to all and roaring fires on the hilltops. If one could see the old ways honored anywhere, it would be in Chagford, I imagine. :)

Hello Helen and Carmine. The old ways are still honoured by some, though I suppose a small fire in the back garden of a house in the suburbs doesn't have the same sense of the Wild and the Magical as a roaring conflagration on the hilltops.

And Helen, I agree entirely about the Arthurian novels of Mary Stewart! I re-read them every year if I can. But have you tried the works of Rosemary Sutcliff? If you haven't, seek her out and don't be put off by the fact she's listed as a children's author. As I'm sure you know some of the best writing and authors write for the children's and Young Adult market. Sutcliff's works are superb, though sadly many have now gone out of print. Her best Arthurian work is 'Sword at Sunset', actually one of her very few adult novels and a brilliant depiction of post-Roman Britain where the native people struggle to hold back the tide of invading Saxons. Her books are easily found on many second hand book sites, and some are still in print. Well worth a read.

Happy Beltane to all again!

Stuart, it gladdens my heart that you read, and re-read, Mary Stewart's finest novels... And interesting too that you should mention Rosemary Sutcliff. When I was around ten years old, a kind neighbour gave me his own copy of 'Outcast'. I agree that she conjures up so well an atmospheric version of Britain on the brink of the (so-called) Dark Ages. I must read her other works - thanks for the pointer!

'Outcast' is one of my particular favourites!

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