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Etymology Excavation: coming down the pike

Etymology Excavation: coming down the pike

‘Coming down the pike’ can be used to indicate something coming to prominence, up-and-coming, making itself noticed. I’ve also seen it used as a warning phrase, e.g. ‘something big’s coming down the pike – better get ready.’

Why gender isn’t everything

Why gender isn’t everything

It seems that humanity can’t keep from a prurient fascination with the shape of other humans’ genitalia. It’s particularly annoying when you write a whole book, and the only thing that sticks with some people is the gender of the protagonist.

Hidden Gems – author services

Hidden Gems – author services

Hidden Gems advertises as an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) program, although they also accept published books for their reviewers. At time of writing, their review rate was 80%.

Past and Present

Past and Present

Amaranthe dreams of the past; of one of the old gods, woken by the Christian bells and the smell of blasphemy, and how one man gives his magic and his life to save his village.

Into the Westfjords

Into the Westfjords

Ísafjörður, Westfjords: my hotel had concrete walls half a metre thick, what looked like four layers of glass in the windows, and some of the gusts were still making the lights flicker. I was duly impressed.

Icelandic horses and Snæfellsnes

Icelandic horses and Snæfellsnes

Icelandic horses are amazing creatures, as Jules Verne observed long before me. Small and incredibly strong, they travelled to Iceland with the Vikings in Viking longboats, and have thrived ever since.

To, Through, and Around Iceland

To, Through, and Around Iceland

To, through, and around Iceland – part one of the vacation diaries includes Reykjavik, glacier caves, and the biggest lava cave in Europe. Oh, and a volcanic extrusion.

Cortiian Word of the Week: harena

Cortiian Word of the Week: harena

Officially, the hareni don’t exist. The only criteria for becoming a harena is knowing the wrong people, and remaining a harena depends on survival ability.

Author on vacation

Author on vacation

An author on vacation is a tricky beast, because at any given point, they’re likely to be mentally elsewhere. Icelandic scenery is a good antidote.

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