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Genesis of a Novel – The Scene List – Part IV

This is the next installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond. . I did the next step on Misfortune of Vision (Book 4 of The Druid’s

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The Genesis of a Novel, the Beginning – Part 1

This is the first installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond. Although I’ve already started on the process, I thought it might be interesting to

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Celtic Guide June Issue is Live!

I am honored to be a somewhat regular contributor to the Celtic Guide, a bi-monthly publication that carries stories and art from the Celtic world.   In June’s issue, I wrote an article based on the theme, Kith and Kin.

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Edinburgh, Auld Reekie, in its splendour

Edinburgh.   It is a city of contrasts, and ancient. It is full of beautiful architecture, dark secrets, intellectual giants, and inner stubborn strength.   Humans lived in the area for thousands of years. There is evidence of a settlement

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6 Ancient Tributes to Winter

A wonderful entry on Ancient Tributes to the Winter Solstice.   It describes several sites where the Winter Solstice was celebrated, such as Stonehenge, Newgrange and Maes Howe, as well as others around the world. ********* Don’t miss information on

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The Green and Red of County Mayo, Ireland

The Green and Red of Mayo – a haunting and evocative song by The Saw Doctors… The song really does give a glimpse into the amazing and stunning landscape of this part of the Emerald Isle. Situated about in the

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Stunning Isolation – Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Up along the northwest coast of Scotland, a small group of islands hug the coast. In total, these are called the Hebrides. The Outer Hebrides consist of the Isles of Lewis and Harris (really one island), North Uist, Benbecula, South

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Small Business Saturday is here!

It’s Small Business Saturday! Come check out my jewelry at Handmade at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/handmade/Green-Dragon-Artist… Or, if you prefer my photography, I have lots I’ve taken in Scotland, England, and Ireland on http://www.greendragonartist.com. For Iceland photos, see my blog post here. Email me for

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The Wild and Wonderful County Donegal, Ireland

I am unapologetically stealing the motto from West Virginia to describe County Donegal in Ireland. Yes, they have their own motto, which is “Up here, it’s different.”  This motto applies just as well, but it doesn’t convey the sheer lonely

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Irish Cemeteries

Some people avoid cemeteries, believing them to be sad, depressing, or just plain creepy. I, however, love cemeteries. I love wandering around in them, looking at the beautiful funereal sculpture, the interesting notes on the headstones, the different ways in

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My Full Trip Report from Iceland, July 2015 – with photos!

I’ve made a 2017 calendar of my Iceland photos! Available on Lulu!   The plan: 15 days around the Ring Road. My husband and I, in our mid-40s. Rent a 4X4 so we can go on the F-Roads. 2-3 nights

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Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Happy Autumnal Equinox! Otherwise known as the first day of Fall. Excellent article below on this time of the year. http://belsebuub.com/articles/the-spiritual-meaning-of-the-autumn-equinox Excerpt: The autumn equinox is a mysterious time. it marks an essential passage in the process of enlightenment that

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The Mysteries of the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, Scotland

Any trip to Orkney would be incomplete without a visit to this site. It is a truly impressive structure. The large circle of stones, measuring one hundred and fourteen yards in diameter, lies just north of the Stenness Stones on

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Scotland’s Haunted Castles

An excellent post on Scotland’s Haunted Castles by the estimable Carolyn Emerick. http://www.carolynemerick.com/the-archivists-corner/scotlands-haunted-castles **************** Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books. – Stunning, Strange and

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Achill Island, Ireland – Island of Memories

Achill Island is the largest island off the coast of Ireland

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Jervaulx – the Forgotten Abbey

The Forgotten Abbey   Yorkshire is lush with ruined abbeys, golden bones left over from Henry VIII’s rampage across the religious landscape of England.  Nestled among it’s rolling dales you can find Fountains Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey, Bolton Abbey, Ripon Abbey,

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Vatican Library Puts 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online For Free

http://www.theeventchronicle.com/study/vatican-library-puts-4000-ancient-manuscripts-available-online-free/ The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work.

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A video of the simple days in Ireland, early 20th century

Lots of hard work, and certainly not romantic, but certainly less complex. Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books. And watch out for my upcoming

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Building a Celtic Roundhouse

Building a Celtic Roundhouse http://naturalhomes.org/celtic-roundhouse.htm Great article on the actual construction thereof. As a note, roundhouses aren’t specifically Celtic, and they were built before the Celtic peoples were a group (though that’s a bit of a misnomer anyhow) Don’t miss

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The Magical Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Isle of Skye in Scotland is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides. It has a varied and unique landscape, and is a fantastic place for hiking. It is one of my favorite places in the world, as there is so much to see and do in such a small area.

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