That Untraveled World
A blog about books, history, writing,
& journeys of the imagination
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’
Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move.
On Pendle Hill, Lancashire
Infrequent, yet Interesting
That’s my blogging motto. My first priority is to my fiction; still, on occasion, I’d like to share experiences, thoughts, and discoveries that don’t fit in my novels, yet figure large in my writing life. And, of course, I’ll keep you updated about my publishing and speaking news.
If you follow me by email, I can promise two things: I won’t clutter your inbox with a lot of chatter (you’ll get updates no more than once a month, and often less), and I will never share your address.
Here you’ll find musings about my books and the work of a writer: the travel, research, and random sparking thoughts that go into the making of a book. From time to time, I’ll post excerpts of writing new and old.
The quirks and surprising corners of history fascinate me, so you’ll also find some historical tidbits, mostly on the areas I know something about: Medieval and Renaissance Europe, especially England, with the occasional foray into more modern periods. Research for a book often turns up odd flotsam and jetsam that I can’t find a place for in the book at hand. Sometimes, people, places or events that get no more than a passing mention in a book open onto deep wells of story that would hijack a whole book, given half a chance. A blog seems a great place to share these.
On occasion, I hope to review books, films, and performances. Mostly, this will highlight stories I’ve loved in one form or another — those that are strong enough to shape my own imagination. These are the tales whose names I want to shout from the mountaintops, and whose inner workings I want to understand.
If you have a particular subject you’re looking for, my marvelous web guru, Chris Graham, has made the blog nicely searchable in a box on the sidebar. You can also click on the tags I use for labeling my posts, and explore various subjects that way.