Second Chance Bird, Episode Four

Second Chance Bird, Episode Four

Chapter Eighteen: Birdwatching SouthCoast of Mauritius The days passed by slowly on their stranded shore, becoming weeks, and now nearly two months. Pam Miller, her companions Dore and Gerbald and the survivors of Redbird's crew busied themselves with various projects...
Northwest Passage, Part Nine

Northwest Passage, Part Nine

Bay of Biscay, March 1634 Two days into the voyage and habits were already forming. Meals were done in shifts, with the men usually eating last. Aboard the Grande Dame, Pierre Marion stood in line with a pail and bag to collect the evening meal for the group he ate...
Saint George Does It Again!

Saint George Does It Again!

  June 1635, Grantville Svetlana Andreyevna was caught up in a most delightful dream. Yesterday she’d married the man she loved and they’d spent the night making love. She snuggled up to her lover. Suddenly she was totally awake. Yes there was a naked...
The Medic

The Medic

If Rourke hadn’t dived into the shell hole outside the First Bank of Taiwan the instant he saw the two dead marines sprawled behind that burned-out Bradley, the sniper’s bullet would probably have taken his head off instead of whacking into his thigh. He...
Solemn Duty

Solemn Duty

Lieutenant Claus Brockman scraped his boots against the edge of the wooden walkway, trying to remove the mud that had accumulated there. It was early May and that meant spring had finally come to Falun, Sweden, and spring meant that the streets were a sticky mess.He...
Untying the Wind

Untying the Wind

In Macbeth (1606), the Second Witch tells the First, “I’ll give thee a wind.” (I, iii), and later Macbeth acknowledges their power to “untie the winds.” Gustavus Adolphus “was said to have been aided by wind magic practiced by the...
Influences

Influences

At the start of every year, I buy six calendars. I use them for various purposes, mostly to keep track of my reading or my exercise or my writing. I use the calendars on my phone, which I synch with my computer, to keep track of my appointments and deadlines. But I...
Arrested Development

Arrested Development

February–May 1635The organ at St. Mary Magdalene’s in Grantville moved into the opening strains of “Glory Be to Jesus.” Dennis Kovar poked an elbow into his cousin Dominic Grady’s ribs. “I love this hymn. It’s just so gruesomely...