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Imagining Darwin 5: The Luminous Ocean

    From Darwin’s Beagle Diary: October 24, 1832 The night was pitch dark, with a fresh breeze.— The sea from its extreme luminousness presented a wonderful & most beautiful appearance; every part of the water, which by day is seen as foam, glowed with a pale light. The vessel drove before her bows two […]

Imagining Darwin 4: In the Galapagos

Imagining Darwin 4: In the Galapagos On October 18th, 1835 Darwin was camped on St James Island (Isla Santiago) in the Galapagos Archipelago, where he’d been exploring and gathering specimens. He and the crewmen who came with him were now waiting for the Beagle to return for them after finishing its surveying cruise around the […]

Imagining Darwin 3

Darwin was 22 years old and Captain Fitzroy was 26 when the Beagle set sail on its five-year mission. Pause and consider those ages for a moment. A hot-tempered 26-year-old, prone to depression and fits of rage, had command of a British naval vessel that was going to circumnavigate the globe and carry out surveying […]

Imagining Darwin 2

Almost from the moment the Beagle first set sail, Darwin was violently seasick and spent the first few weeks of the journey into the Atlantic confined to his cabin and unable to keep food down. It seemed to him he had made an enormous mistake undertaking this voyage. He recovered enough to change his mind […]

Imagining Darwin

  I’m working on a novel set during Darwin’s voyage on board the Beagle. In order to find my way imaginatively into his world, I’ve been creating dioramas out of my kids’ old toys, illustrating key moments in Darwin’s life (something like the collages I made when I was working on my novel Salamander, but […]

“Valerie Bug”

  “One morning, after a night of primitive neural activity that vaguely resembled dreams, an insect woke to discover that it had been transformed into a woman named Valerie…”   New story of mine in the Danforth Review!

A Soundtrack for Every Blade of Grass

A Soundtrack for Every Blade of Grass What follows are the names of some tracks and artists that inspired me during the writing of Every Blade of Grass. In most cases I found that a particular piece of music came to represent a scene or an aspect of the book’s themes of wonder, loss, and […]

Every Blade of Grass available as print-on-demand

If you love actual physical books like I do (which I presume you do if you found your way to this site) then I’m happy to tell you that Every Blade of Grass is available at last as a print-on-demand book you can hold in your hands, with actual pages that turn. It’s been […]

How and Why I Became A Hybrid Author

I’ll start with the how, and get to the why in a follow-up post. Actually it probably makes sense to start with the term “hybrid author.” When a friend first let me know I’d become a hybrid author, I had no idea what she meant and so I went looking for a definition. According to […]

Wonderful 5-star review of Every Blade of Grass

  by Hugh Griffith on Amazon “Every Blade of Grass by Thomas Wharton starts with a letter left at the front desk of a hotel in Iceland. The recipient, Martha, is a neophyte journalist from New York and the sender is a young biologist from Vancouver. Very quickly the story progresses as a series of […]