Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014...

...I submitted my Phra Jan story to a publisher in America. Today is July 12, 2014 and not a word. I have only done this once before and at least the publisher replied with a NO. Manners are a sadly missing thing these days, no? Well, we'll see; maybe they're just slow... ;-)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Phra Jan: Synopsis

Phra Jan is the Thai name for the Holy, or, Full Moon. The story begins aeons ago in the long forgotten past. A young Thai village girl named Mew, who has a question, begins a chain of events that have unforeseen consequences. It is a simple question; why are the days and nights never the same length from one day to the next? It was a question that had never before been asked; so, there was no answer for it. Her mother, her father, the village elders, all told her they didn't know the answer. Such a question, they all agreed. They said the hermit in the forest would know the answer; but, nobody could tell Mew, where in the forest the hermit lived. Mew has the gift of curiosity; this and her indomitable spirit give her a unique view of life and her relationship with her environment. With persistence, courage, sensitivity, and creative thinking, Mew finds a way to realize her search for the hermit. What she finds completely changes everything she thought she knew. Mew did not fully understand her question; if she had, she may not have taken the path into the forest. The illustrations are done in the Himmapan Forest style. Because of the time period in my story, I felt it was an appropriate art style. The origins can be traced back to the 4th or 5th century BC and are to be found in the Hindu epic, The Ramayana, which was written by the poet Valmiki. Here in Thailand the story is called The Ramakien. The illustrations are all original art, painted (by formally trained Thai artist Rewat Yutto) specifically for this book.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Pete Seeger 1919 - 2014

This pretty well sums up the man and a great man he is...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy New Year

Or as we say in Thailand; Sawad Di Pe Mai.

Phra Jan's editing is going swimmingly and nearly there. My editor is a true taskmaster.
My new found publisher is very interested in seeing this in print.

My first book: When Elephants Walked Backwards is undergoing a complete revision and rewrite.
Upon revisiting this book with a more experienced and critical eye, I was appalled at my poor writing.
Like most things revisited after a long hiatus, one sees things differently, and my writing didn't stand the test of time well.
The story is good (IMO) and that will not change; but the craft will hopefully show marked improvement.
This rewrite is a result of the excellence of my editor, from whom I've learned a very big lesson about crafting a story. So I had the tools to look back and see with far more clarity.
Happy trails and keep the quill at the ready.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Bread and Puppet Theater

Since writing, cooking/baking, and theater are art; Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppet Theater deserves a view. An amazing man and his art...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Greetings and Salutations on the Eve of The Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is tomorrow (it's the 20th here now), December 21, 2013 @ 11:17 GMT.
May the coming year find you and yours well.