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 …

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 …

A slow burning fuse

I'm still reading  The Peregrine , and it is taking me a while. It is such beautiful writing but with no conflict, it is easy to set it down. But I always come back eventually, for the beautiful writing. It's like an expensive box of rare chocolate, you have one now and then and savor …

Nature as an alien world

I'm still reading The Peregrine, very slowly because the lack of narrative drive makes it a bit hard to get into. But it is starting to draw me in with the eerie feeling of looking into an alien world, even though all he is describing is perfectly natural Earth. Seeing the lives of animals without …

Bird watching

I recently started reading The Peregrine by J.A. Baker, and am stunned by the beauty of the prose. I have always been endeared by birds and though I've never gone birdwatching, this is making me want to. How he can go on about all the details of how these birds live, and make it so …