Birthday Ink

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Thanks to the folks at Hudson River Tattoo, I got some birthday ink. They’re a friendly bunch with sweet doggies. The artist was Eric and man, he was fast as well as skilled. The v-rod and crescent is a recurring symbol in Pictish art (see the stone from the Knowe of Burrian in Harray below, for example). As usual, a good opportunity to listen to some chatter between the guys while I was getting inked. Material a-plenty for my writing, of course: better than daytime TV for drama.

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Happy Birthday to a Legend (or two)

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I should be on my way across the Atlantic at present, but I have to be sure to say a happy birthday to a couple of legends today: Tony Hancock and Paul D. Brazill. They both make me laugh like a crazy person, so if you don’t know them already, you shouldn’t waste any time in making their acquaintance.

Here’s a story of mine that pays homage to Hancock and Sid James (pictured above) and here’s a fave episode from Hancock’s Half Hour.

And you should drop by Mr B’s Facebook page or his website to wish him Happy Birthday — or just buy all his books so he can make you laugh, too. You won’t regret it.

Now, blow out your candle!

On the Road Again

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Yes, I am Scotland bound once more, arriving in Dundee for my birthday tomorrow by way of Dublin and Edinburgh. Bertie and I got a tree this weekend from the farm around the corner and decorated it while watching Fanny & Alexander in accordance with tradition. There was some akvavit and monster king crab legs, too. Yum!

I expect to arrive jetlagged but happy to be spending my birthday with loved ones I have been away from far too long. Who knows? I may even get to all the things I should have done a while ago but was too crazy busy to do. Or not. I may just play video games, watch movies and sing along with “Let It Go” a few more thousand times with a certain four year old.

It doesn’t really matter. I do my best to enjoy where I am all the time, but it’s easier to do when it’s somewhere you long to be and with the ones you love. May you all be with the ones you love at this dark time of year. And if you want to wish me a happy birthday tomorrow? I don’t need expensive gifts or grand gestures, but I could always use some reviews. If you don’t have time for that, please consider sharing links to my stories (yes, even the freebies!) on social media. Every bit helps my little voice to be heard in the cacophony.

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Happy Birthday, Fox Spirit Books!

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A big happy birthday to Fox Spirit Books! Two years old already and so many many books out there, including several I wrote, edited or contributed to in some way. Under the insightful guidance of the fearless Adele Wearing, the Muse who Kicks You in the Face®, the collection that kicked things off — Tales of the Nun and Dragon — has been followed by a wealth of gorgeous, genre-ending volumes that have in common both the little fox head logo and a commitment to excellence — from the hand-picked list of authors, through the rigorous editing process (we love you, Daz, even when we’re cursing ;-)), through the detailed process of formatting by the wonderful Handebooks, until at last they are wrapped in the beautiful covers designed by fabulous artists like S. L. Johnson, Sarah Langton, Daniele Serra and Vince Holland-Keene.

So raise a glass, look back to see how far we’ve come — and jump into the future!

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
           ~ Arthur O’Shaughnessy

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All the Fox Spirit titles I’ve been part of so far (click on the image to go shopping) — more soon!