Be careful of stomping on these worms! A Lindworm is a wingless serpentine monster with 2 clawed upper arms, a dragon-like head, and scales. In Britain it is a slithering dragon, and in Scandinavia it is a sea serpent. Handle with care. Better yet, run/swim for your life.

The most famous Lindworm was Fafnir. He was a dwarf who got on the wrong person’s bad side and was changed into a Lindworm. Sigurd slayed him.

(Sorry, I could not find photos, the last is Fafnir)

I am under a druid’s curse! I must write about Lindworms!


Vive la France!

July 14th is Bastille Day, the French National Holiday, La Fete nationale. On this day in 1789, the Bastille (prison fortress) was stormed, over 200 people dying. This is the turning point in the French Revolution.

Poisoned Wedding!

My guest post about the Poisoned Wedding is on Kim Gore’s blog: The Amateur Food Detective. Read it & learn all about Louisville’s most famous wedding!


Charles Thomas Suddeth

Gillenwater mansion, Hamburg Pike, Jeffersonville IN (It was Cementville back then, before being annexed). My grandmother lived here as a child. Her father, Thomas Gillenwaters, died here 1912. He was a Union Civil War veteran. Died from a broken nose/infection—be thankful for antibiotics.

My middle name is Thomas, after him. Maybe that is why I like to write about the Civil War. (sadly, most editors don’t want Civil War books)

I saw the movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom today. The critics do not like it. I do not understand critics. It is great movie, with a unique plot. It would be a little intense for small children—perhaps too intense for critics, too.

I have to do a dinosaur novel. It is too, too, too tempting.


(those on a diet should stop reading)

My grandpa, Lawrence Suddeth, grew up on a farm east of Henryville, Indiana, north of Charlestown, near Mount Moriah Church & Cemetery. His next-door neighbor was Harlan Sanders (he was not yet a Colonel) Grandpa was a few years older, but his younger brother played with Harlan when they were small boys.

So, yeah, the inventor of KENTUCKY Fried Chicken, was a HOOSIER.

That being said, someone pass me the fried chicken.

Dedicated to the USA on its birthday!

(from George M. Cohan)

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July

You’re a grand old flag
You’re a high-flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave
You’re the emblem of
The land I love

Note: I was born on July third. I sometimes alter the lyrics.

A real live cousin of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Third of July