Mackay Wood

My life, passions, and interests.

The place where the majority of my writing occurs.

The most vital things:

A few dear people who know who they are.

Porlock Vale Riding School, Somerset, England.

Sailing ~ the Caribbean; the Pacific NW; the Indian Ocean…  Greece?

Horses in general and specific (Teddy, Killarney, Manitoba Queen, Secretariat)

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers & my wonderful critique group.

Superfund:  the Summitville Mine & the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

The real me:

Favorite Places:
Exmoor    the Dordogne & the Cevennes    the Grand Canyon        Belize
Vancouver & British Columbia    San Francisco    Redstone    Languedoc/Roussillon
Spanish Peaks    York        Yellowstone & Grand Tetons      Winchester
Cumberland Bay, St. Vincent WI        St. Eustacia, DWI        Burgundy & the Morvan    Isle of Skye     Provence     Paris

To go before I die:    
Delphi and the Cyclades, Greece

mybookshelf Books
More than mere favorites, the books of my heart.  Books I wish I had written or could write; books to savor and reread often.  Each has its book-story and its me-story.

The Horsemasters – Don Stanford (this book changed my life)

Alice In Wonderland – Lewis Carol (my very first fantasy)

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (the book that opened a new world)

Angle of Repose – Wallace Stegner (the great American novel of the 20th Century)
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (a book to live in, over and over)
The Lymond Chronicles – Dorothy Dunnett (would that I could write like this!)
Sword At Sunset – Rosemary Sutcliff (the best gritty-realism Arthur)
Fire From Heaven – Mary Renault
Odds Against – Dick Francis
The Merlin Trilogy – Mary Stewart (the best magical Arthur, yet so real)
King of the Wind – Marguerite Henry
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (so funny, so sad)
Flesh and Spirit & Breath and Bone – Carol Berg
The Aeneid – Virgil (trans. Rolfe Humphries, but Robert Fitzgerald’s okay, too)

My Enduring Passions

La belle France – landscapes, culture, cuisine, history, people, wine
The Matter of Britain – all things King Arthur
Horses – I have worshipped the goddess Epona since I was a toddler
Sailing – though I am a fair-weather sailor and like to anchor at night!
The glory that was Greece, the grandeur that was Rome
George Washington – the Indispensible Man, as James Thomas Flexner called him
Le Tour de France – a sporting spectacular!
World War I – one of history’s clear turning points, fascinating and dreadful