Posted 17th December 2012
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Hello. I’m Charlie. Not due to a priest pouring water over my head, or by my parents scribbling on a birth certificate (I don’t like the name settled on me at that time), but by an old friend for whatever reason she had. It stuck and for as long as I can remember I have answered to nothing else unless the speaker happened to be a teacher.
I live in a famous city in Britain, there is a castle here and I can tell you the locations of several dozen ghosts. As far as I know, they aren’t famous but they do mostly reside around the same area, aptly where most of the history lies. I can’t say I’ve seen one, but that’s fine with me, especially as I have heard interesting ethereal music in the vicinity before and appear to have played host in my home office to the spirit of my grandmother. Twice, in fact. The stench of cigarette smoke was undeniable.
When I was a child my mother made the mistake of telling me that a person can never have too many books. She’s still paying for that admission as a lot of my books are still in storage, in the location I expect she could easily fill with more Christmas decorations instead.
History has been an interest of mine since I was eight years old and my mother leaned over the back of the car seat to present me with a general dynastic history picture book. I remember this distinctly as we were at the traffic lights and she wasn’t able to talk about it because of the onset of neon green in the air above us. I read the book from cover to cover, being drawn to Henry VIII and his six wives because I saw the presence of those six women simply as more information to devour. When you’re eight years old, the craziness, and in Henry’s case downright horror, of a man married six times is nothing – a man with six wives is infinitely more preferable a subject than William the Conqueror and King Stephen who only had one each.
The book started not only my general interest in history, but my eternal love of the medieval period. Of course I haven’t always called it that, and when younger believed that the reign of Cleopatra came after the people with the pointy cone hats and thus the people in the pointy cone hats were in fact ancient history. While I am thankful that those people weren’t in fact ancient history, I am glad the pointy hats are. Nowadays I know my medieval from my ancient from my Tudor. My interest growing up was in Britain because it was difficult as an ignorant pre-Internet teenager to discover anything other than what the library and school placed in front of me. Since leaving I’ve extended it to various time periods and countries around the world, though I am rather prejudiced towards anything that has photographic evidence because part of my interest is due to the mystery, and photography limits that.
It will not surprise you that I am currently studying for a History degree, and that I intend to focus on the medieval period in any future historic studies.
Yet for all this, my passion is music. I play a few different instruments, and write both songs and wordless compositions in the contemporary classical genre. I used to dream of being a professional composer but it is a difficult industry to get into and takes time. In addition to this I am a self-taught web designer, and thanks to a batch of genes from my father’s DNA, have a tendency to gravitate towards old churches with a camera in hand.
Place me in the castle with a camera, a book, a lyre, and maybe even a dusty cone hat, and I’ll be as happy as Larry, whoever he is. We’ll overlook the fact that I’ve no idea how to play the lyre.
I’m a reader, a writer, a history geek, an amateur photographer, a musician, and a web designer. I might even be a blogger, stranger things have happened. Welcome to The Worm Hole, we’re all thin and twisty here.
Wondering where to start?
These are my most-viewed posts since I started the blog:
- Identity in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca
- My experience with the Kobo Glo
- My review of J R Crook’s Sleeping Patterns
- My review of Lisa See’s On Gold Mountain
With credit to Allison for the idea, the following links will take you to guest posts I have written and interviews for other sites:
- Why Reading Is Social Rather Than Solitary on Andrew Blackman’s blog.
- On The Relative Worthlessness Of Book Lists on Alice’s blog.
- Triple Choice Tuesday: The Worm Hole on Kim’s blog.