I'm a lover of all things related to myths and world stories. My new book, Timeless Tales of the Wide World, is a collection of 25 mythic tales from six continents, retold by me and soon to be published by Whimsy Creek Press.
I'm also the editor, compiler, and designer of Writer's Coffee House, an anthology of encouragement and practical advice for writers — written by members and friends of The Writing Academy, available from Infinity Publishing.
For ten years, I enjoyed my position as design editor for Cookies & Milk, a children’s page published in several SW Ohio newspapers.
To see what I'm working on currently, click on the Writing icon in the menu at the left side of the page.
Writers read. For soul-food. For pleasure. For inspiration. For research. To learn from the great masters of language, wisdom, and story-telling. And sometimes just for fun.
The Wind in the Willows. Why-oh-why-oh-why did I wait so long to read this book? The Wind in the Willows begins when Mole is doing his spring cleaning. He is unaccountably drawn to abandon the cleaning and his house to walk about in the great outdoors. Over time, Mole meets Rat and Toad and Badger, with whom he shares many amazing adventures. The characters are charming and the nature descriptions are inspiring. Theodore Roosevelt wrote to the author, Kenneth Grahame, to say he had "read it and reread it, and have come to accept the characters as old friends."
Writers Gone Wild. Ever wonder what your favorite writers do when they're not writing? In Writers Gone Wild, author Bill Peschel dishes the literary gossip, blabbing the feuds and follies of great literary minds. For example, Mark Twain was delighted when the public library in Concord, Massachusetts banned "Huckleberry Finn." He said, "That will sell 25,000 copies for us sure." Or this: Hemingway once had a fist fight with poet Wallace Stevens. Stevens asked Hemingway not to tell anybody about the fight (which Wallace lost). But Hemingway couldn't resist a veiled reference in fiction. Stevens probably never knew, however, since he once said, "About Hemingway I can say little because I don't read him."
A Wizard of Earthsea. I'm ambling along through this book, savoring the world of Sparrowhawk, a young and reckless sorcerer-apprentice, who unleashes a dark shadow on the world. The story is enthralling and Ursula LeGuin's writing is beautiful.
A Wind in the Door. It's high time I revisited this delightful sequel to A Wrinkle in Time. Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace are back for more adventures with science and theologyfighting evil on a cosmic scale. Another treat from author Madeleine L'Engle and Audible, beautifully read by Jennifer Ehle!
My magnum opus is a collection of mythic tales set in a storyworld loosely and affectionately based on Ancient China. I'm also working on a novel sort of a mystery as in it's a mystery how I'm ever going to get it finished!
At the St. David's Christian Writers Conference last June, I was honored (and amazed) to tie for 1st place in their contest for serious poetry. Thank you, St. David's, for this gift of encouragement!
Lately, for no good reason at all, I've been writing a collection of poems for children. I think my main motive is to procrastinate on all my other projects. But I'm having fun. Fun! And I think that sometimes we forget that writing should be fun.
Your life is a fascinating story.
So is mine.
My blog on myth and story — Stark Raving Mythopath — invites you into a conversation about stories. The stories we read. The stories we listen to and watch. And especially to the mythic tales we live: https://mythopath.blogspot.com.
I'd love to hear from you!