Monday, December 12, 2022

Lord Dunsany's Re-Wilding: An Update

A year and a half ago, I noted the current Lord Dunsany, Randal Plunkett (the 21st Baron Dunsany), and his efforts at rewilding a portion of the Dunsany Estate. (The link is here.)  I found a few video updates recently about the continuing process. A short, six-minute one, "Lord of the Wild: Rewilding Dunsany Estate", can be found here.  A longer (22+ minutes) and more in-depth video, "Does Rewilding Work: Measuring Carbon and Biodiversity Gains at Dunsany Castle", can be found here. As an additional enticement to the rewilding study, I can recommend the many views of Dunsany Castle and the surrounding Estate.  Here the 18th Baron Dunsany wrote many masterpieces of fantasy literature.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Horribly low pay is pushing out my fellow authors – and yes, that really does matter

 This article by Joanne Harris is all too true.  The full article is here.  A few choice excerpts follow:

People are being paid less than half a living wage for their creative labour. The ALCS points to this as evidence of a global trend of the “devaluing of creative labour”. I agree – we see it everywhere: in the calls to work for nothing, in the initiatives to offer unfettered free access to creative work, in mass subscription models designed to serve corporations at the expense of creators.

Writing as a profession is becoming inaccessible and unsustainable for too many.

Monday, January 24, 2022

A Susan Cooper Interview

While it's nice to see a new (short) interview with Susan Cooper, it's a bit sad to see the interviewer focus mostly on the books she published fifty years or more ago, give or take.  Of course those are her classic and award-winning books, but still....  Here is the link at the School Library Journal.  The line from Tolkien she quotes comes from Note G in "On Fairy-stories":  “Fantasy does not blur the sharp outlines of the real world; for it depends on them”

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Alan Garner comments on his reading

The book I could never read again
I never enjoyed CS Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. I read the books with horrid fascination. They were, in my opinion, and remain, nasty, manipulative, morbid, misanthropic, hectoring, totalitarian and atrociously written.

The full article is at The Guardian, here


Sunday, August 8, 2021

Re-wilding by Lord Dunsany

The current Lord Dunsany, Randal Plunkett the 21st Baron Dunsany, is re-wilding a part of the land of the Dunsany estate. The Irish Independent gave it a somewhat reasonable write up here, but it takes The Guardian to snark it up into a caricature. (If you must compare, the link is here.)

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Hodgson in an Unusual Place

 A 1921 reprint edition
William Hope Hodgson's 1908 novel The House on the Borderland is acclaimed in an unlikely place, The Paris Review.  Read the article here

Sunday, May 23, 2021

New Issues with Following Blogs by email

The short version:  Most blogs I'm involved with have a "Follow by email" option. The "Follow by email" function worked (fine) via Google's Feedburner since I started using it.  Google is eliminating Feedburner in July, which means I have had to find an alternate source. I have transferred this following-by-email function to I already have seen anomalies, and hope they won't be numerous. This blog has a new "Follow by email" widget that goes directly to I have migrated the subscription list there too, but I suspect there will be issues. I'll try to fix errors if they are reported to me.