Blog Schedule

I post on Monday and Thursday with an occasional random blog thrown in for good measure. I do my best to answer all comments via email and visit around on the days I post.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

V is for...

This is my 6th year for doing the challenge. To learn more go to The A to Z Challenge Blog.

This year it's all about the 
The A to Z of 
A LIZARD'S TAIL


In which I will describe, show pictures of, and otherwise expound on plants and animals mentioned in the novel.




V is for Vanity
All is vanity.
Vanity is being overly proud in your appearance, qualities, abilities, and good looks.
Marvin is all that.
He's absolutely sure he has a destiny and will be hero.
He is extremely fond of his beautiful long tail.
He boasts and talks about these two things all the time.

Friday, April 24, 2015

U is for...

This is my 6th year for doing the challenge. To learn more go to The A to Z Challenge Blog.

This year it's all about the 
The A to Z of 
A LIZARD'S TAIL

In which I will describe, show pictures of, and otherwise expound on plants and animals mentioned in the novel.




U is for Unconditional Love

There is one character in A Lizard's Tail who gives his life in order to save the colony of lizards who live at Stone Wall in the Garden by the Sea.
THAT is unconditional love.

There is also the Dragon Spirit, the kind and benevolent Creator Being, that all lizards believe in.
Nine-Dragon Screen-1

Thursday, April 23, 2015

T is for...

This is my 6th year for doing the challenge. To learn more go to The A to Z Challenge Blog.

This year it's all about the 
The A to Z of
A LIZARD'S TAIL

In which I will describe, show pictures of, and otherwise expound on plants and animals mentioned in the novel.




T is for Tamarind
The Sacred Nursery, where mother lizards go to lay their eggs, is hidden within the log of a long dead tamarind tree that was blown down in a terrible hurricane. Tamarinds can live many 100s of years and were thought of as spirit trees. They were trees where people gathered under cool feathery shade to have resolve issues and tell stories. I've always been partial to tamarinds.

The brown pods are a delightfully sour fruit. They are ingredients in things like 
BBQ sauce and marinades.

 The flowers look kind of like orchid sprays.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

S is for...

This is my 6th year for doing the challenge. To learn more go to The A to Z Challenge Blog.

This year it's all about the 
The A to Z of 
A LIZARD'S TAIL


In which I will describe, show pictures of, and otherwise expound on plants and animals mentioned in the novel.



S is for Stone Wall 
in the Garden by the Sea 
This is Marvin's home, a long abandoned human garden, surrounded by a hand stacked stone wall. It is a safe and Edenic-like place. That is, until a feral cat threatens destruction.


 S is also for Scorpions
Marvin has to always be on the lookout for she-beasts and he-beasts. They are dangerous enemies.
Centruroides suffusus

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R is for...

This is my 6th year for doing the challenge. To learn more go to The A to Z Challenge Blog.

This year it's all about the 
The A to Z of 
A LIZARD'S TAIL


In which I will describe, show pictures of, and otherwise expound on plants and animals mentioned in the novel.


R is for Rhyme

There's a little rhyme that Marvin keeps hearing. At least he thinks he's hearing it. It could just be the wind in the palm trees or it could just be in his head. He hears it and doesn't hear it, it's familiar and it isn't familiar. 

"Follow the wind.
Follow the way.
Follow the night
As the night follows day."

What could it possibly mean?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Q is for...

This is my 6th year for doing the challenge. To learn more go to The A to Z Challenge Blog.

This year it's all about the 
The A to Z of 
A LIZARD'S TAIL

In which I will describe, show pictures of, and otherwise expound on plants and animals mentioned in the novel.




Q is for Questions


Marvin tortures himself playing the what-if game. What if he meets up with a mongoose? Or the cat? What if he can't find his way Over the Hill? What if he can't find the Great Iguana? Or the Dog? Or, what if he finds the dog and the dog won't help?

These are just of a few of the questions our hero asks himself.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

P is for...

This is my 6th year for doing the challenge. To learn more go to The A to Z Challenge Blog.

This year it's all about the 
The A to Z of 
A LIZARD'S TAIL


In which I will describe, show pictures of, and otherwise expound on plants and animals mentioned in the novel.




P is for Prince Leopold
Although we never "see" Prince Leopold, I imagine him as a fine, handsome male with a magnificent ridge. This is how I think Marvin will look once he has fully grown.

P is also for The Palm Tree Forest
A place of restful peace.
La Digue coconut palms