July Journeys: Monthly Missives from The Dream Pedlar

In which a Scottish literary giant of the past reminded me that the story of humankind is as old as the story of the stars ...

July Journeys: Monthly Missives from The Dream Pedlar
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Hello, Dreamer!

Something special happened this month and so, even though I didn’t expect to have much to share in this column until September, turns out I now do.

But before that, here's a short announcement to let you know that next month, you can get The Mind Meddler and several other fantasy short stories, some for 99 cents and some for free, as part of an annual promotion run by the International Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors (IASFA).

The promo will run only for a week – August 20—24 this year.

I will send you a short reminder on August 20th, so you can fill up your e-readers with several awesome short reads in the fantasy genre!

Now, on to all the fun stuff!

For you see, I’ve been a-travelling. We were in the UK for a few weeks. Among the many moments of happiness we had, visiting family and doing touristy stuff, there’s one two I’ll hold very dear to my heart.

The first is that my darling nephew, not even 10 years old yet, has signed up to this newsletter! Hello, Aadit! 👋 A big welcome to you here!

So you see, dear Dreamer, I'll have to make doubly sure now that I don't post any NSFW stuff here! I don't wish to be accused of corrupting young, impressionable minds and all that, although I reckon some of the best creatives we've seen in history did precisely that with much aplomb. 🤭

The other thing that happened was the one which left a lasting impact on my own impressionable mind.

One fine afternoon in Edinburgh, I set out by myself in search of The Writers’ Museum. It features memorabilia from the lives of three Scottish literary giants — Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

It was literary heaven for me!