Monday, 26 February 2018

Flu Journey

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I’m sorry for the gap in posting here, I went down with a nasty strain of flu nearly three weeks ago. The worst is over and I feel like I’m just coming up for air. I’m still weak and have to be careful not to rush into doing things, but I’m hopeful I can start blogging soon.

Monday, 5 February 2018

The Journey Through Wales Begins

As we have seen in our examination of the life of Gerald of Wales, almost everywhere he went he kept a record, and published many books. In 1188, men everywhere were being encouraged to take the cross and join the great Crusade. Archbishop Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury, decided to visit the four corners of Wales, and he took Gerald with him. It is mainly through Gerald’s writings – The Journey Through Wales - that we know what went on. If you want to read the series from the beginning, go here.

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In addition to documenting the journey, Gerald often digressed into long stories about the ‘noteworthy things’ (usually meaning the natural or supernatural wonders) of the regions he passed through. Some of these stories he heard as he rode along, or in the places where he lodged for the night. Some he added much later (he was still revising his work 25 years afterwards) until there were so many that they swamp the narrative of the mission altogether. Though they make the Journey Through Wales a poor travel guide, they also make it a much more readable book – which is just what Gerald would have wished.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Intruders, Flight of the Kestrel book 1

The last few weeks I have been recommending science fiction books I have read recently. I’m still reading voraciously, but I’m going to be cheeky this week and recommend my own book!

The Kestrel is part of the Fast-Response fleet of PACT (The Planetary Alliance for Cooperation and Trade), a sort of UN Peacekeepers in space. There will be a series of books, all stand-alone adventures, about the Kestrel and her crew of eleven. The first book is Intruders.

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Due to a crew shortage, 18-year-old Tabitha Enns is given work experience on board the Kestrel, part of the fast-response fleet of the Planetary Alliance for Cooperation and Trade (PACT). The fast-response fleet is a diplomatic and emergency service, and Tabitha is excited at the chance to get away from her home planet for the first time. She is shocked to find she is the only female on board and has to share a cabin.