Postcards From Iceland, #12 – Arctic Buttercups

Dear Friend, tiny, yellow flowers blooming at the base of a glacier is such a beautiful, comforting sign. I may have been shivering on that cool June afternoon, but the light of Iceland’s midnight sun suffused the entire scene with a subtle, almost divine energy. It’s...

Postcards From Iceland, #11 – Stormy Glacier

Dear friend, The winds howling through this glacial pass were fierce. Like Iceland, life is full of stormy weather; temperatures drop, winds pick up, rain and sleet drive us to take shelter. Like weather, life’s little storms can come crashing on us unexpectedly. The...

Postcards From Iceland, #10 – The Lonely Mountain

Dear friend, my love affair with Iceland began when J.R.R. Tolkien introduced me to the Runes in his book, The Hobbit. That epic work of fantasy led to a lifelong fascination with the medieval and magical.. The 13 companions faced an impossible journey to a towering...

Postcards From Iceland, #9 – Elf Door

Dear friend, the Icelanders’s belief in elves fills me with joy. That apparent whimsy adds a splash of magic in a mundane world. Every little hole or crack in the earth becomes a possible entrance to their domain. By law, even major construction projects have to mind...

Postcards from Iceland, #8 – Black Hole Sun

Dear Friend, We live in a world of high contrast. Unimaginable wealth, sitting side-by-side abject poverty. Beauty, accentuated by ugliness, peace and harmony marred by discord. There’s some old wise saying about how you need darkness to know the light ... perhaps....

Postcards From Iceland, #7 – Crystal Clear

  Dear friend, the real beauty of Iceland is in its transient nature. What we find so breathtaking, the towering waterfalls, the roaring rapids, and the calving glaciers, are the processes of change ... of death. That torrent of blue water in my picture is the...

Postcards From Iceland, #6 – Flashback?

Dear Friend, The heart of Reykjavík is the oldest part of the city and is nicknamed 101, the postal code for the area. It’s a vibrant cultural nexus, a place where the old and new intermingle in the most interesting ways. The quaint, multicolored houses butt up...

Postcards From Iceland, #5 – Two Tongues

  Dear friend, This was one of my favorite vistas on the entire six-day trip. 

The dark foreground was comprised of sheets of ebony volcanic sand and gravel, like the surface of a black ocean leading to what could easily have been mistaken for an isolated...

Postcards From Iceland, #4 – Purple Haze

Dear friend, Iceland is possessed of constantly brooding weather, but it seems to suit my personality. I love the power in the storms - that fierce beauty of the clouds juxtaposed against the soft fields of purple lupins. What some may find oppressive, I find both...

Postcards From Iceland, #3 – Kissing Icebergs

Dear friend, I was mesmerized watching the icebergs make their final journey to the sea from the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. It's a humbling experience. I suppose it puts all of life into perspective really; we are all of us on a journey somewhere. This iceberg,...

Postcards From Iceland, #2 – Life Is A Highway

Dear friend, the dramatic is common place alongside Icelandic highways, so much so, it was hard for me to get anyplace without stopping to take pictures! Driving was my favorite activity in Iceland. Though the roads are narrow, the magical vistas make up for it,...

Postcards From Iceland, #1 – Temporary Street Art

Postcards from Iceland is a 52 week project exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik, including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery...

Pen Names, Genre, and Demographics

What's in a name? I've written under two names for years now, and yesterday I decided to add one more to my growing stable (my version of Pokemon Go!). As many do, I started writing under my own name, first for magazine articles back in the 90's. Years later I decided...

Review: Building Harlequin’s Moon

Building Harlequin's Moon by Larry Niven My rating: 5 of 5 stars An insightful and fascinating look at terraforming and generation starships. It follows travelers as they skip and hop across the galaxy, across the light years, and through tens of thousands of years....

Abhuman: Redemption First Draft Complete

Whew! I'm very glad to have finished this. I had a few plot mechanics that were giving me headaches, so the first draft is a few weeks late. Now the real fun begins! The framework is in place. Time for the artist to color in his sketch....

And the winner is … The United Kingdom!

The UK sweeps my Goodreads Giveaway! (whoops) Following last week's Oscar mixup, Goodreads sent me the list of winners for my giveaway for 10 copies of Abhuman: Resistance. As I glanced down the list I was somewhat surprised to see so many UK winners. Then I realized...

Hand of God – Frank Miller meets The OA

Wow. Another great show from Amazon. I just watched The Man in the High Castle last week, but back to Hand of God. After the first episode, I was sure someone had thrown Frank Miller in a blender with The OA. The visceral in perfect harmony with the cerebral....

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