Poets have many defining qualities. The tendency to break out into verse even when the situation doesn’t really warrant it, a larger capacity for decent wine than their purse can pay for, and the habit of trying something new.
I’ve seen poets try many new things in my time. Most of us flee our creditors, Lancet Foredeck adopted the entirely novel approach of confronting them face to face and denouncing them and whatever it is they sold him in no uncertain terms. Indeed I once saw him berate a pitifully weeping wine merchant who fled before him along the Ropewalk.
This approach, like many others that rely on novelty, work for only so long before the world studies them and seeks to devise a counter. Thus faced with Lancet’s most impressive techniques, his creditors provided themselves with earplugs, signed testimonials from satisfied customers, and in extreme cases, burly club-wielding assistants.
Still I have felt the need to do something different. I have just published a third volume of my anecdotes entitled ‘Tallis Steelyard. The Monster of Bell-Wether Gardens and other stories,’
The work itself contains some anecdotes that might have been found on the blog, combined with other tales never before published. It is already much sought after by those in the know, but I felt that I needed some way of bringing it to the attention of others.
Thus I hit upon the idea of a blog tour, but one with a difference. It chanced that at one point I had to travel from Port Naain for the good of my health. So I have written several tales about these travels and have distributed them amongst a number of wise individuals. These are folk who not only have their own inestimable and well regarded blogs, but also have professed a liking for my work.
The cunning plan is that they will post the stories on their blogs, and I will then reblog them here, in something that might even approach a chronological order. Thus each day you will be able to both follow my travels, but also acquaint yourself with several excellent blogs which contain much you will undoubtedly find of interest.
Oh yes, the book. It is available for purchase at