The Battle of Hastings raged 450 years ago this month, in which my 28th-great grandfather William the Conqueror invaded England and put an end to six centuries of Anglo-Saxon rule. I wrote a book about the kerfuffle as part of my “Great Battles” series for Abdo Publishing. You can check it out (literally!) at your school or public library.
Westerns just keep on riding along. Nice article from The Guardian.
The Planet Earth series were the first BlueRay disks I ever bought. Super excited for the sequel, 10 years later. Check out the trailer over on YouTube for a dose of awe. Link: Planet Earth II
Here’s a nice article on how the Western genre has become fun again, thanks to an influx of writers willing to break the genre conventions. The old-timers won’t like the supernatural aspects, but I think it’s terrific. And Ghost Marshal has seen an uptick in sales, so yay!
I love listening to music while I write. It sets the stage for me. Today I’m working on a children’s book about the state of Kentucky, so naturally I rolled out my bluegrass playlist. Right now I’m listening to the sweet music of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. If you want to sample the toe-tapping sounds of The Blue Grass Boys, check out “16 Gems” for his early work with banjo virtuoso Earl Scruggs, or “Anthology,” which is packed with 50 of Monroe’s later compositions. If you’re feeling down, this music will pick you right back up!
Happy 245th birthday, Ludwid Van! I discovered that on iTunes I have two version of the 9th Symphony (my very favorite–we played it in orchestra one year, in my cello-playing days, back when the world was young). One recording is by Tosconini, the other is Herbert Von Karajan’s 1962-63 seminal recording of the Berlin Philharmonic. So I play them back-to-back, to see if I can discern the difference. Holy cow! Toss out the Toscanini (even though I love saying that word–“Toscanini”). The Karajan-led piece is so rich, so gripping. It is a marvel.
This is a wonderful little story by ZenPencils, with a great message. It’s also a good reminder for storytellers: let your hero figure out how to beat the bad guy alone, without outside help. It’s ever so much more satisfying.