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Exploring "The Proving Ground," Part 2

Note: My novella “The Proving Ground,” which was first published in the January/February 2017 issue of Analog, is being reprinted this month in Lightspeed Magazine… 1,160 more words


Yup, the horse has gone.... Shut that door!

I know it’s a bit late in the day (read year) but I had a bit of a thought while I was out and about in the recent snow and ice. 316 more words

Manual 365

Alred Hitchcock - A Genius without an Oscar

It was late in the evening, I was glued in front of your small TV and watched The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. My Grandmother had long gone to bed, the living room was dark, and I enjoyed staying up late, as every child does. 320 more words

Writing And Prompts

Exotic Rage

Peacocks inspire in me an uncharacteristic callousness. It’s their growing ubiquity, their casual destructiveness, and the mere fact that they are of the avian persuasion. 433 more words


the birds

What a spooky Hitchcock moment that was – the trees full of ravens.


Daphne du Maurier's letters to Oriel Malet

As regular readers of this blog will know, I have been following the Month of Letters February challenge for the past few years, I think since its first year. 1,381 more words


A Look At Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" Review

Along with Psycho and Torn Curtain, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is one of his most iconic and well-reviewed films of the early 1960’s.  This film stars Tippi Hedren, as Melanie Daniels and Rod Taylor as Mitch Brenner. 518 more words