Feral Words

Author blog of William A. Young; journeys through the mythology of the northern fringes of Europe

About

Me, coldThe Feral Words site started off as a place to tell travel stories; then, after I had picked up enough of them to create a book, it turned into a place for promoting that. The stories have kept on coming, though, and they’ve taken over from the book once more. Now, this site is swiftly turning into the record of a rather wonderful exploration of the Celtic countries, and of a project to put together another book on the legends of some of their lesser-known places.

A little bit about myself… I spend a lot of time in a tent, once studied anthropology, and now work in publishing in the beautiful city of Edinburgh – a city whose beauty I sorely neglect by chasing off to other places with great regularity! I have an intense fascination with the diversity of the world we live in, its people, its stories and its dreams. The portion that is mine, this foggy Celtic fringe of the European continent, is one that I love with a passion; some other favourites are the Himalayas of India and the Scandinavian Arctic. I’ve seen a lot of snow, along the way!

I hope you enjoy the writing on here; I hope it helps to showcase some wonderful corners of the world, and to inspire some adventures of your own. I’d be very pleased, needless to say, were you to buy my book; it all helps to fund future adventures. If you have any questions about any of the places or ideas discussed on here, just get in touch; I like very much to speak with like-minded people, and it would be a pleasure to meet you, somewhere down the road.

William Young 2/1/2016

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11 comments on “About

  1. lexklein
    November 3, 2014

    William, you are so kind to follow both of my blogs. Your blog is like no other, and I wish mine were more like it. Your sentences are not just beautifully formed; they are also filled with knowledge and learning and connections to everything I love – the land, literature, history, etc. I look forward to your posts and read them avidly even when I know nothing about the topics! Your erudition and writing finesse intimidate me, so again, I am flattered that you choose to read and view the piddling things I post!

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  2. lexklein
    December 20, 2014

    Not sure about blogging etiquette, but I mentioned your blog in a recent post and I hope that is OK with you. It was a positive comment and will not require any response from you (unless you care to respond in some way, which is fine, too!).

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    • williamayoung
      December 20, 2014

      That is very kind, thank you- yes, it is certainly OK. I would indeed be very happy to respond in kind- you have a wonderful variety of places and content on your site- and I coincidentally have an idea for a post that would certainly benefit from including a few names. Expect something in the not-too-distant future!

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  3. Ganesh
    January 25, 2015

    Nice and inspiring blog, William! Thanks for following “Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean”. 🙂

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  4. Liana
    February 7, 2016

    “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”

    ‘xactly.

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  5. Leya
    February 7, 2016

    Inspiring! Thank you for the follow – even if I am no writer myself. I do love Scotland…and I do count Seonaid as a friend. I will most certainly follow you back.

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  6. Su Leslie
    February 7, 2016

    Thanks so much for following Shaking the Tree and introducing me to your blog.

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  7. Nil
    February 7, 2016

    Fascinating… I’ll be back for more 🙂

    And thanks for the follow!

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  8. Vicki
    February 9, 2016

    Thanks for dropping by my B & W blog and following. I’ve had no internet for the last week so couldn’t acknowledge your ‘follow’ before now.

    What a strange co-incidence that my favourite part of the world is the Himalayas and the frozen north of Europe. (Alaska is also a favourite place of mine). I only wish I had visited them when young and healthy in the 1970s when I was travelling in the UK and Europe. I have a few CDs on Celtic Music too. This is the 3rd time I’ve encountered a kindred spirit on the internet. I wished I had studied Anthropology or Archeology in the early 1970s (of all subjects too). Perhaps Anthropology more, as I have a keen interest in indigenous medicine and using food/plants as medicine.

    Alas, in old(er) age (62) and chronic ill health, I have to rely on my DVDs and travel book collection to sustain my travel bug and interest in other cultures.

    I wish you well on your travels. To me, travel in foreign lands is the ultimate education anyone could have, or possibly wish for.

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    • williamayoung
      February 9, 2016

      Books are a wonderful way of travelling – and they have the side benefit that they enable you travel to lands that no longer exist, or never did. The world is swiftly becoming more homogeneous, and undiscovered countries exist really only in the imagination.

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  9. Erica
    April 24, 2016

    Thank you for the return follow! I haven’t posted to my blog in a long time. Got a little sidetracked. I so loved your post about the last temple. One of the images at the end resembled an image in a dream I had a while back. A stone crone at my bedside drenched in water. I’ve been to the highlands and find them so enticing. I would love to return some day. From Seattle, goodnight.

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