Author Archives: Brendan

Twenty-seven days of solitude

Two years ago, I came to visit friends in Krenicna, Central Bohemia, and to look after the gardens and the dogs while they were away. I wrote the first 20,000 words of Reclaiming Civilization here. I returned again this summer, … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine”: A novel for all time, yet also of its own time.

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury is a world. It’s the author’s fictitious Green Town Illinois, but it’s also a fairyland where boys are young forever. It’s a town where a new pair of tennis shoes can make boys run and … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Can book launches be as big as weddings? Some (slightly selfish) thoughts about celebrating books and writers

While attending my brother’s wedding last week, I had a rather selfish thought: no one has ever celebrated my life and accomplishments on a scale that big. Of course the reasons for this are obvious. I’ve never been married; I … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

An expedition to the lake, and thoughts along the way

As often as I can, I like to walk from my house to Pink Lake and back; my usual route is about 12kms long, and I love every inch of it as much as I love my library and my … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Kenny Klein: Guilty on all charges

Kenny Klein: pagan celebrity musician and songwriter. Arrested and charged for possessing child pornography; today, found guilty on all counts. Here’s the court docket. Not that there was ever any serious reason to suppose the conclusion would be otherwise, beyond … Continue reading

Posted in General | 3 Comments

Why I’m Writing Science Fiction Now

I used to write books about druids. Then I wrote books about philosophers. Then I wrote a six-volume urban fantasy series. Now I’m writing a science fiction novel, and a second edition to a college textbook on logic. A friend … Continue reading

Posted in General | 3 Comments

The American Dream: What next?

Earlier today I wrote on my twitter: “Most of my friends on the political left, and some on the right, say the #AmericanDream is over. Do we have a new mythology to replace it?” And I was asked by a … Continue reading

Posted in General | 1 Comment

At fall of darkness, Minerva’s Owl takes flight.

Some thoughts on the election of Trump to the US Presidency. Although I prefer to keep my political rants to my FB and twitter, and off of this blog, I am aware that the majority of readers of this blog … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged | 1 Comment

David Guthrie Myers: An Unknown Soldier. Can you help?

Remembrance Day is tomorrow, and I would like to remember this soldier who fought in the First World War. He is my dad’s paternal grandfather. I hardly know anything about him. But maybe someone out there in internet-land can help … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Concerning Rabbits. Some thoughts on what I’m learning from my family of bunnies.

Two months ago, my sister B gave me a surprise gift of a live rabbit. Though BrightEyes was a surprise gift that I wasn’t fully prepared for, B knew that the gift would be fitting. For I have imagined and … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment