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Salal RainI watch people. I observe, quietly and from a distance. Like a naturalist out in the wild, I do this so that I might better understand the behaviors of others—all y’all are often a mystery to me—and, in seeing what it is that makes them tick, take that knowledge and use it to create more believable characters in my writing.

If you study what moves someone emotionally, you can learn a lot about them, but while this works well with other people, I find that it doesn’t work well when I try to do it on myself. That is, I can’t seem to learn much about myself when I study the things that affect me. Other folks? When something makes them happy, sad, angry, it’s usually pretty clear why. But for me? All my deductions, all my insights are obscured by the fog of my own feelings, and the reason why I feel the things I feel remains a mystery.

Example: Miyako. (more…)

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Gird thy Loins

Clock TowerNext week, our very dear friends are leaving on an extended, 3+week tour of Europe. And by “our very dear friends,” I mean their whole family; Grandma, the kids, and the grandkids are all packing up and will travel, together, for nearly a month.

First, I set aside my bogglement at (and envy of) a family for whom being in each others’ company, 24×7, for a double-fortnight will be great fun, and then I noted that for some of them this is their first overseas trip. To help them on their way, I was going to email them some salient advice (aside, that is, from my First Rule of Traveling: bring earplugs).

Then I thought, what the heck, let’s share it with everyone.

And so, for them and for y’all, my Three Top Tips for Travelers…

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The final installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which we have a major “oops,” meet some pleasant security agents, and our luggage takes an extended holiday.

19:  Home Again Home Again Jiggity-Jig

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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which take our last day trip and walk through a sheep pasture to see an old relative’s house. And I sweat a lot…

View from Old Sarum

18:  Baking on Salisbury Plain

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Two installments today from my April 2011 travelogue, and a wrap up, tomorrow. In which visit the omphalos of Austen drama, sit by the river Avon, and learn the meaning of the word “reserved.” Salisbury Cathedral Baptismal Font

17:  A Nice Hot Bath

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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which we move from Plan A to Plan B to Plan C.

Kensal Green Monument

16:  The Day We Met the Rest of Europe

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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which we visit the place where my wife’s ancestor made a man into a saint. And I took a lot of pictures.

Canterbury Sanctum

15:  Scene of the Crime (more…)

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