Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Canterbury Limericks?

A clever fellow in the writers group I attend is named Mr. Kohoutek. He may be a distant relation of the comet of the same name. One of his talents is organizing things. His latest project was a limerick contest. A "poet" in spite of himself, his own contribution is a series of related limericks.

I'm inspired to share them with you because they were dedicated to me!

The Canterbury Limericks
Frank Kohoutek

There once was a bloke name of Chaucer, 
Who wrote as he drank from his saucer,
The church said, "Geoffrey, my lad,
You must not be bad, 
And do not break the law, sir!"

He started to write anyway,
Hid his thoughts in word play,
Had they figured it out,
They'd be left with no doubt,
But he outfoxed them and got it away!

What were his messages about?
He hid his thoughts--couldn't shout, 
So thoroughly hidden,
His meanings unbidden,
It took Dolores to figure them out!

And so we are left with his tales,
Which some say are slower than snails,
But don't ever be blue,
'Cause this isn't true,
Mrs. Cullen has lifted the veils!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

In the Christmas spirit!

What do you know about Chaucer? I mean Chaucer the man or Chaucer the pilgrim character in the Canterbury Tales.The second book I wrote--Pilgrim Chaucer: Center Stage--explores both sides of him. To tell his whole story, I had to include an X-rated chapter!

If you'd like a copy of the book -- at no cost to you -- email your address to me (Chaucer600@aol.com) and I'll send you a copy. The offer is only good for US residents. Sorry, rest of the world.

If you want me to sign it, just say so. I'd be happy to. The number available is limited, of course. Isn't everything?

Y'all have a Merry Christmas and a splendid 2015.

(PS I've only received a small number of requests. Don't be shy.  lol  The offer is good through the Twelfth Day of Christmas --January 6.)

Friday, December 5, 2014

On the cyber trail

A comment I received a couple of days ago was a special treat. It had had quite a cyber trail before it reached me. Chaucer  ain't like Gospel! is linked to Facebook. What I received by email was a "friend" request for Facebook from a Mr. Mault, whom I knew not at all.

So for curiosity, if for nothing else, I queried, "Why would you want me as a friend? Who do you know that I know?" and "What's your opinion of Chaucer?"

Aha, Mr. Mault responded that he had seen my Chaucer chat on YouTube!

He also expressed the intention of reading my books and Chaucer's. Therefore, recognizing Mr. Mault of Ohio as a man of noble spirit and good intentions, I accepted him as a Facebook "friend."

When he next contacts me, I'll be sure to direct him to my website

which holds a wealth of Chaucer information and considerable news of current Chaucer events and publications as well as stuff to download. 

A link to my radio interview (Oct 21) will also be there soon. 

With all the busyness of Thanksgiving and the Christmas season, the powers that be just haven't gotten around to it yet. 

Blessings of the Season to all of you!