About

I have been a stage designer, decorative painter and international development worker. I am currently an visual artist, fiction writer and independent insurance adjuster. This blog covers everything. It is a catch-all for my crazy life. It will include any old thing I wish plus cross posts from my other blogs.

My other blogs are more focused and can be found here:

Marsh Hawk Studio LLC – is my fine and decorative arts business website/blog

LDavisCarpenter – Writer – is my general writing blog.

Long Ago and Far Away covers historical fiction set in locations outside the norm (meaning, outside the US and Western Europe).

The Golden Road to Samarkand

HASSAN:
Sweet to ride forth at evening from the wells,
When shadows pass gigantic on the sand,
And softly through the silence beat the bells
Along the Golden Road to Samarkand.

ISHAK:
We travel not for trafficking alone;
By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned:
For lust of knowing what should not be known
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand.
MASTER OF THE CARAVAN:
Open the gate, O watchman of the night!
THE WATCHMAN:
Ho, travellers, I open. For what land
Leave you the dim-moon city of delight?
MERCHANTS (with a shout):
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand!
(The Caravan passes through the gate)
THE WATCHMAN (consoling the women):
What would ye, ladies? It was ever thus.
Men are unwise and curiously planned.
A WOMAN:
They have their dreams, and do not think of us.
VOICES OF THE CARAVAN (in the distance singing):
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand.
James Elroy Flecker 1913

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Love the degree of variety in your life. While the super busyness can wear you down, you must have a wealth of information to fit into a story =)

    PS. Samarkand is inspiring a locale of my ‘Big Project’ story, as well as many other Middle East and Asian locales.

    • Thank you! My life is crazy but I wouldn’t trade it. I’ve always struggled to choose a focus and then when I have done so, life has intervened to keep me zig-zagging along.

      Samarkand! Yay! If I can get my current project done (a trilogy in the Near East), my next set will be Central Asia. Hah. If I can live to 120.

      Thanks for the visit!

      • That pesky life! Writers even now would do well in a remote country retreat, a pen and pad, sitting on a porch or under a tree… that spot Colin Firth ducked off to in ‘Love Actually’ would be awesome =)

        All the best with the trilogy; a semi-regular progress update would be great =)

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