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Jul. 25th, 2020


"It's a dangerous business going out your front door."
J.R.R. Tolkien

Have a comment or question about FANTASTIC TRAVELOGUE or THE GOD'S CYCLE, including Gottim's Monster? How about the Tolkien fan fiction, or Maine Metaphor? We will respond here.

Nov. 14th, 2012

gott'im's monster 1808

moonlight reflection

Half light, as the saying goes, is better than no light in the woods but it's the kind of light could play tricks on your eyes, tricks in your mind, tricks along the nerves of even a seasoned trapper.

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Sep. 29th, 2012

Triologue cover

essays triologue 12384675_cover

Image: A "Rose" Made of Galaxies Highlights Hubble's 21st Anniversary
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
coldhighmountai designed the front cover, i did the back


Sep. 10th, 2012

Fictionalizing Lewis

GLOBAL FT with intro 12942584_cover

This introduction for the new globally available* edition, is adapted from an essay appearing in a bulletin of the Mythopoeic Society, Mythprint, No. 341.

Is there a right--or wrong--way to fictionalize C.S. Lewis? I cannot say the question was considered when I began tearing into the materials for Fantastic Travelogue. I was questing for a story of these giants in fantastic travels and conversation, and so used what came to hand in aid of it, including a synthesis paper to which chapters of the story might be appended. That's the genesis of Fantastic Travelogue.

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Apr. 17th, 2010

Five Points Akropolis

For order at a neighborhood bookstore, e-reader, computer or garage sale near you!


An alternate future? An insecure past? Another present made of dense woodlands and waterways ... or of streets and buildings and crowds? Are its populations living beside one another in a welter of frequencies or wavelengths not generally experienced in Place and Time?

A particular place called Five Points Akropolis -- This is what Anno Domine 1769, 1900 A.D., and 2017 CE have in common. But what influence does the dwarf-wanderer Pluto have on its fortunes?

One of many characters, Willie the grave-digger would like to know, and too Gregoff the Grak. So would True People's scouts Red Fox and Quick Claws. Jayrai, HBBBAH, and Tu are wondering--they want to get back to 2017, their own time. And little Quadri, whose flashing gaze is the pulse of the gamescape. But "the girl," who seems somehow responsible for all this, isn't saying anything. Three gangs of kids living on the same spot in different times, meeting up for the first time as Pluto descends.

Now at Smashwords and Dormannheim Lulu.

"Man's best directed effort accomplishes a kind of dream, while God is the sole worker of realities." --Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The Machine Stops" --E.M. Forster

Jan. 6th, 2010

FANTASTIC TRAVELOGUE: Mark Twain and C.S. Lewis Talk Things over in The Hereafter

Fantastic Travelogue is just that ...but also it is a make-believe conversation between C.S. Lewis and Mark Twain, two literary giants dedicated to the fantastic. Their travels are set in the dreamscape of creation--from creation's photonics and micro biology to its outermost energetic and cosmic origins. Their talk, often about the creative process itself, is shared with two other travelers, including the Renaissance humanist and astronomer Johannes Kepler, and the 19th century Scots romanticist George MacDonald. Together, rarely dropping the thread of story-telling and argumentation, throughout time and creation they range, sometimes losing themselves in the mystery and splendors encountered.

here's a link to samples from the fantastic travels:

To order (from Amazon where, we're are told, production values are better), please click the Fantastic Travelogue link on the sidebar. Or click here to order from the printer. (Costs you the same but we make more here.)

Sep. 23rd, 2009


the god's cycle... is six books, only one of which is currently published. THE GOD'S CYCLE is comprised of two themes, God's House and God's Wilderness, each divided into three books. It moves through its own story in time and place with increasing emphasis on mythic elements.

A Mary Shelley wannabe, GOTT'IM'S MONSTER is the first book published by ~Dormannheim~. The only young adult book of the six. Question. Was Mary Shelley's book a commercial success? GOTT'IM'S MONSTER is not a bad l'il YA fiction but not very commercial ... unless you consider the BOOK OF ACTS a commercial success. GOTT'IM'S MONSTER is not dissimilar with regard to construction. It is as hellenic in its qualities, as is the BOOK OF ACTS: story narrative interspersed with action, rhetoric, plot, character development, and the ever-important chorus. That early history of the apostles has had millions of readers over the span of 2 millennia--so here's hoping.

quote by NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE and link for the bookCollapse )

Sep. 1st, 2009

the god's cycle opening

God's Twilight

Elda stepped down from the dark kitchen doorway onto the hewn granite stoop, into predawn stillness. She stood there, almost as though to lift her nose to morning's scent, so poised was she to receive the strange day. She strained for a sight of Posey through the encroaching woods, where spindly trees grew thick and tall. Twilight filled woodland and the small clearing with nebulous shadow. It made a mist of existence, as though all things were dissolving. Elda associated twilight with Norse mythology and her grandmother's tales. It was all there in the immigrant Embla's old stories from a half-century ago, the '30s. Niflheim and Ginnunga were the source of these impressions, fathomless places of creation's inception. The cold of the abyss, of vapor and darkness, merged into a mist of sea smoke that writhed about tall teeth of ice.

In the early stages of tumbledown, tangled in budding foxgrape and woodbine, Elda's house hunkered below a fir-bound ridge. It faced south, as though its long-dead builders had been concerned to catch as much light and warmth as possible in these cold Meguntic Mountains of Western Maine. They trusted a crop of rocks to sprout through the thin soil each spring, pushed up by frost. Farming won't be easy here, said these Yankees, but the land is free. Over the run of those settlers' first century, the house was cobbled together, spreading on either side of its gray granite cellar hole foundation: compounded of hewn logs, timbers and clapboard; of casements, posts, glass panes and various kinds of shingle. Asphalt roofing crumbled on the east and west ends, causing the connected barn to cant and the roof of the attached children's house to rot.

dates out of order

Aug. 16th, 2009

Mirror Mirror

Wednesday, May 21, 1983
The best thing about class today—besides you—was the glass box. You really did it to me with that: I may be on the verge of learning something. And I'm going to call my report on mirrors Mr. Lewis's Glass Box. (Of course when I hand it in only the last two words will be at the top of the page.)

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Dec. 6th, 2008

God Said

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image from polarbearandco

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