Vanishing

I've been writing (very slowly) about birds. As I read about various birds, I'm finding that they are strange, intelligent, alien creatures living their own full, social, and interesting existence, right next to us. The more I think about birds and other animals, the more I see our overwhelming waste of the beauty right in …

Christmas Cat

Happy Holidays! I hope you are all having a great time with your families and friends and pets. Give the little furballs extra treats and hugs! Pets can detect emotions, so the cheer will spread to them too, if you let it. Don't leave them out in the cold!

Active crows

I've always felt drawn to crows, but lately I've been feeling more and more interested in them. Something about their eyes and their behavior radiates mystery and intelligence to me. I think my next novel will involve crows in some way... But, it also will involve active characters. In editing my novel and my novella, …

Crows getting braver?

It seems that I see more and more crows walking the streets, picking at sidewalk trash in big crowds, not flying away when I come near... is it just me? Or are these birds becoming more a part of the city over time... It seems to me they've learned that humans are not really much …

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Turns out the version I purchased of ¬†The Peregrine also contains another writing, 'Hills of Summer', so I was much nearer to the end than I thought in my previous post. I'm now finished, and it ends just as it began, with prose of the highest order. This is the kind of book that can …

Multitudinous progeny

Different creatures have different strategies for passing on their genes. Spiders for example, produce thousands of offspring and send them flying off on the wind without a care for their survival--with a thousand chances, a few are sure to survive. Humans and other mammals, on the other hand, put all their energy and effort into …

Alien worlds in our own backyard

I watched this TED talk the other day and haven't been able to stop thinking about it. It is exciting to think of so much unknown still in our world, even if I myself will likely never do any of the discovering. There are millions of miles of unexplored caves beneath us. Untouched by humanity. …