Author Archives: 14thcenturypoet

About 14thcenturypoet

Author of The Legend of Zonza, an historical fantasy based on traditional Italian folk tales...

The Dog Made of Stars

Once upon a long time ago there was a dog that was made of stars. It ran across the night sky, chasing the moon from when the sun went down. As the sun rose in the morning the dog was … Continue reading

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The NaNoWriMo Post

Inspector Maigret Georges Simenon wrote seventy-five Inspector Maigret stories in his career as a writer. He would allow himself eleven working days from initial idea to finished work. Admittedly these are not long stories, most are novellas at best, and … Continue reading

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Family Trees

I was ten years old when I made it to the topmost branches of the horse chestnut in our family’s acre. The tree had been planted by great uncle Jack, just after World War Two and before he left England … Continue reading

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Back to work!

I was on a ferry last week, traveling from France to the UK, and it was packed. It took hours to load all the sunburned Brits heading home, the queue for the port stretched right through the town, past the … Continue reading

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You Can’t Push The River

This is one of my favourite sayings. I have used it many times to counsel patience in others, but rarely have I used it to counsel patience in myself. The river goes at its own pace. My recovery from major … Continue reading

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Sunny Sussex by the Sea!

What an incredible weekend to arrive in this exotic gilded location, the grass was parched, and the air was dry, and the tourists were out in force. Under the trees a student was sitting cross-legged, carefully committing the Brighton Pavilion … Continue reading

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We All Want to Live in a Castle!

Or at least go to school in one! Don’t we? The castle at Sille-le-Guillaume, just a half-hour on the train from Le Mans in North West France, was used as the town’s school right up to 1971. A purpose built … Continue reading

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First Family Cats

From the Cancer Memory Diary. I called Uncle Alan and Auntie Eila Nunc-nunc and Nauntie, and the names stuck their entire lives long, signing their pet names in my birthday cards for decades. My parents and Grandma Bing were close … Continue reading

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The Cancer Memory Diary

Shortly after my diagnosis last summer I picked up a notebook I had been given for a birthday and began to fill it with memories. I felt I needed to download in case the worst happened, but instead of fear … Continue reading

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What is a Castle for?

There are many reasons why a castle gets built. Some are strong rooms to protect a town’s goodies. Others are built to garrison troops. Some are built just to show off! The castle at Zonza was all about demonstrating the … Continue reading

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