What’s In A Name?

Yes, a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet, thus my decision today to change the name of my blog to "The Mingled Yarn of Life." This quote "the web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together" truly applies more to this blog than the previous since… Continue reading What’s In A Name?


Book Review: ‘Blood and Ink’ by DK Marley

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‘Blood and Ink’ is brilliant historical fiction that takes the questions surrounding Shakespeare’s life and the authorship of the works that bear his name, and weaves them into a most enjoyable and credible narrative.

The story is rich in vibrant detail, from the sounds of horses’ hooves on cobblestones to the swish of cloaks and the innermost thoughts of both Shakespeare and Marlowe as it follows their lives from childhood to their final days.

The web of intrigue and espionage surrounding the court of Queen Elizabeth I is brought to life in the characters who surround her and the machinations of the Star Chamber, drawing the reader into the high drama and adding another layer of complexity to the tale told in these pages.

The writing is bold and vivid, seamlessly incorporating quotations from the works of both Shakespeare and Marlowe. While it is definitely fiction, the author has made…

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The Three Month Void

No excuses. I am having a hard time blogging, no doubt. But, I am determined to push on ahead. I mean, I said no excuses, but my excuses are legitimate. I am a writer and and, after all, I have been writing some pretty important stuff. I finished my fourth novel "The Fire of Winter"… Continue reading The Three Month Void

The Romance of Shakespeare

If you are indeed among the group of people who dislike Shakespeare's words, gagging at the thought of even trying to scan over the words, let me tell you what you are missing. Hardin says in his analysis that a 'powerful impulse came to the study and appreciation of Shakespeare with the generation who lived… Continue reading The Romance of Shakespeare

Critical of Shakespeare?

Well, I am deviating a bit from what I said my next post would be about. The external and internal evidence of Shakespeare's research and works is for another day - but I thought I might delve into Hardin's assessment of how to read the Bard's words and how to enjoy the plays themselves. This… Continue reading Critical of Shakespeare?

Shakespeare’s Dramatic Development

In the next few blogs, I am going to attempt to post word for word some of the articles from Hardin Craig's The Complete Works of Shakespeare and add some of my own thoughts about the research. In this first article, I begin with 'Shakespeare's Dramatic Development - External Evidence' The plays of Shakespeare in… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Dramatic Development

Researching Macbeth

I am now nearly finished with my first draft of "The Fire of Winter" which is a historical fiction adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Yes, there have been other adaptations in the past, so I thought I might relate how my novel is different. In this version, I attempt to combine both the play and actual… Continue reading Researching Macbeth

Time Heals All Wounds – When?

I have heard this expression over and over again in my life, and I find myself reflecting on this as I am now approaching the fourth anniversary of my daughter's death. Tomorrow, the 4th, she would have been thirty years old. She will never see 30. It is such a bittersweet thing to imagine your… Continue reading Time Heals All Wounds – When?

2018 – Out With a Bang!!

It's official! My novel "Blood and Ink" is now the recipient of a Bronze Medal for Historical Fiction Book of the Year from the Myths, Legends and Coffee Pots book blogger Mary Anne Yarde. I am so thrilled and honored, and after 12 years of research and almost giving up on this book, this is… Continue reading 2018 – Out With a Bang!!

At the End of 2018

So, the end of the year is approaching and time to reflect on all the past year has brought. A lot has happened, a lot has not happened, but the journey for a writer never ends. So many people to thank along the way, you know who you are and I will be sending personal… Continue reading At the End of 2018