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The Nomadic Troglodyte

Writer Out West

Messy Family History

While touring the highlands of Scotland this fall, I had the privilege of seeing some of my ancestral lands and buildings. My father's grandmother was a Campbell. While I, personally, have yet to solidify the American Campbell line back to Scotland,... Continue Reading →

Substance Over Style – Improving Art

We all have flaws, whether we want to admit them or not. Some of us become very good and dancing around those holes in our skills or characters. We might even be fleet-footed enough to turn that dancing into something... Continue Reading →

A Wee Dram: Thoughts on Scotch

I have a confession to make: I didn’t care much for whiskey before I went to Scotland. It’s like going to France and not liking red wine. Just… why? I’d sampled a little here and there, but my preference was... Continue Reading →

NaNoWinning – How to Re-enter this thing called ‘Real World’

You've spent 30 days writing your heart out. Maybe you hit 50K, maybe you didn't. The point of the exercise was to write as much as you could, and if you even started - you ended up winning. Because winners... Continue Reading →

Hospitality – Finding a Home Away From Home

We all want that warm feeling, that slight gasp of incredulity at exactly how /well/ we're being treated. In my opinion, it's that giddy feeling when you look around a spacious room and think 'all mine', when the waitress slips on... Continue Reading →

The Fog of War – NaNo: Final Stretch + Snippets

For those of you WriMo-ers out there, you may be feeling a little fatigued at this point. You may be dealing with writing-related injuries like strained wrists, bruised fingers, blisters, or early-onset cray-cray-writer syndrome*. Well, I'm here for you, and... Continue Reading →

Finding Family in Paisley Abby, Scotland

Confession time, I have a deep and abiding love of old churches. The moment I gaze up at ancient soaring spires, something wakes up deep inside my heart and mind. That thing, that spark of old wonder, burns like a... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo – Writing Through the Fear

I think every writer, possibly anyone who has ever tried to write, can relate to the moment when the words seem so weighty and the subject so large that writing further seems impossible. In my experience, this happens during NaNoWriMo... Continue Reading →

How to Behave in Hallowed Halls – Scotland Part 3

Have you ever been quietly musing over a grand artwork in a vaulted museum, letting the artist close the gap between time and space until it felt as though their brush was touching your very thoughts... and then a crowd... Continue Reading →

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