“Quid Plura?”

About the blog:

“Quid Plura?” is Latin for “What more can I say?”

About the person behind it:

I grew up in a Central New Jersey town known for two Supreme Court cases and the nation’s only cat leash law. My family recently moved from suburban New Orleans to Savannah, Georgia. I live in Washington, D.C.

I went to college in Delaware and attended grad school in New Hampshire and D.C.

I’m the author of the book Becoming Charlemagne, which was published in 2006 by HarperCollins. I’ve also written a biography of Charlemagne for middle-school kids, three chapters for a National Geographic travel book, short entries for reference encyclopedias, and freelance articles about such subjects as the online sale of saints’ relics. More recently, I’ve translated a medieval romance about Charlemagne and written a book of poems about the gargoyles at Washington National Cathedral. I pay the bills by working as an editor, proofreader, and fact-checker; in the past decade, I’ve cranked out nearly a million words of largely uncredited copywriting.

From 1999 to 2010, I taught medieval literature for the University of Maryland University College. My classes met at the Shady Grove and College Park campuses; my students were highly motivated adult undergraduates.

As a writer and teacher, I’m hung up on the traces of the Middle Ages that survive all around us. That’s what this blog is about, too.

Back-read this blog by browsing the “best of” posts for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, or browse the best from the first five years.

Answer the question “What’s with the gargoyles?” by reading the gargoyle poem FAQ.

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This blog earns anywhere from $2 to $50 per year through the Amazon Associates link program. That pittance goes toward the $175 I spend annually on hosting, domain registration, and Sitemeter. I don’t accept advertising. I don’t post links, reviews, or endorsements in exchange for goods, services, money, or other consideration. If you think I might be interested, you can send me your book, product, or link, but I can’t guarantee I’ll write about it. Mine is an independent blog, its content determined by genial whims.

I’m also not the least bit interested in guest posts from random strangers looking to drive links to their sites or optimize their search-engine results. Please don’t ask.