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Progress Report

Posted January 13, 2018 By John C Wright

Well, congratulate me, friends. I made my writing quota this week: 10,000 words. This brings NOWHITHER up to 50,000. Another fortnight or so of writing, and I should have the first draft ready to send to the publisher. Ilya has just found out that his father was blamed for the invasion of Earth and for California […]

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Nerea Christmas!

Posted December 12, 2017 By John C Wright

I received perhaps the most pleasing Christmas card of my life. A fan who is also a friend drew this illustration of Nerea from the book SWAN KNIGHT’S SON: Why do I say what seems a simple greeting so pleasing? The wonder and thankfulness I feel that anyone takes time to read my books, much […]

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A Courteous Note about Courtesy in Names

Posted October 10, 2017 By John C Wright

A reader wrote an anxious note to apologize for addressing me by my first name. I fear he was more taken aback by the matter than was I. Here was my reply, which I care to share with other readers, lest the same undue anxiety light upon any.

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Fun with Guns

Posted June 21, 2017 By John C Wright

The wife and daughter visited the gunrange. I post this to share the happiness with all fans of armed womenfolk. 

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In Small and in Large

Posted June 13, 2017 By John C Wright

It is my habit to avoid discussion of personal matters in public, but I will make an exception when the event ties in to a broader matter. This Sunday the scoutmaster of my sons’ Boy Scout Troop arrived unexpectedly and uninvited on the doorstep of my house, while I was at Mass. He announced that, […]

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On Being Off

Posted May 30, 2017 By John C Wright

I have made it my habit always to take a few days off after completing a manuscript and before starting the next one. Let me just say, I rather hate taking days off. I get snippy and irritable and my sleep suffers. I manage my condition by telling myself that rereading the manuscript and making small […]

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Posted October 31, 2016 By John C Wright

A reader just sent me a crate of the complete Ballantine Adult Fantasy series edited by Lin Carter, which was the backbone of all fantasy reading for SFF fans of my generation. The wife and I are debating which of our twelve bookshelves to clear off and give all these unwrinkled paperbacks a fine new home […]

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Posted September 29, 2016 By John C Wright

My eldest son just passed his board of review, and is an Eagle Scout. He is the first in my extended family ever to achieve that rank. 

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Tabling the Conversation

Posted September 6, 2016 By John C Wright

I am ready to call a cease fire in the ongoing non-debate with 1RW on the mysteries of matter worship. A cease fire and not a surrender: I will reopen the debate once he agrees to follow, and shows himself able to follow, the rules and usages of this fashion of war. My boasted patience […]

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On the Feast of the Assumption

Posted August 15, 2016 By John C Wright

Send by a friend: There was a beautiful reading in the Office of Readings today. I thought I should share it, especially with John Wright. St. John of Damascus was a Syrian monk and priest, from the same stock from which the Maronites descended. He lived in the monastery of Mar Saba near Jerusalem in […]

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