Writing a Book

Writing a book is a rewarding and often not unpleasant experience even when the research leads you to a place you don't want to go. For modern telling of Canto I of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage I got books on bullfighting and discovered Fran Rivera Ordonez who father 'Paquirri'
was famously killed by a bull.

He fits the need for a torero whose looks rival Byron's (aka Harry) and his life is larger than life. He married into the Spanish royal family but later got divorced and remarried. Last year he took his beautiful baby daughter out to meet the bull and an avalanche of criticism fell upon him. Byron too was criticized for treatment of his gorgeous little girl Allegra, not to be confused with Ada

Lovelace, Byron's legitimate daughter who programmed the first computer.u

A Stunningly Handsome Man

Harry Childers:
A Modern Retelling of Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

When Cam remarks that the bull fighter in Zagroza is “a stunningly handsome manHarry feel insecure I didn’t think I would easily find one who rivals Harry/Byron’s “great good looks.” Then Ordonez appears. These photos are from the Facebook page which honors him.

Bull 2

Problems at the hotel in Zaragoza.
Cam falls for an English girl at the Goya Museum but returns to the hotel only to find Harry involved with the matador's

First draft

Kelley’s page

Blooded in Sleepy Hollow is told in a series of rounds wherein the father, mother, detective and little sister tell the tale. Here is a page from Kelley's chapter. The drawings are by Poppy who is helping to illustrate the story.


Byron put bullfights in his writing long before Papa Hemingway so for Harry Childers I studied bullfighting. In the first book I got the author described the matador as being more handsome than he had a right to be. I heard my son's voice snickering in my head, oh sure he is. Then his name rang a bell from my days of reading Hello magazine. I looked him up. It's true. He married into the Royal family of Spain.

His father, "Paquirri," died fighting a bull in 1984, but the son, Fran, (Francisco Rivera Ordonez) took his baby out with him when he tormented the bull. When he was criticized, other matadors took their kids into the ring. I am amazed. Truth is stranger than fiction. I won't be this but soon I will post what I made of bullfighting for Harry's sake.


If I can't get funding to pay artists for illustrations, and if my own talents can't get the job done, I could go for computerized images of the kid and others. Since Harry's songs substitute for Byron's poetry, and since both are fallen angels, this might mean having the kid don angel wings. Byron was a fallen angel long before Bansky came along.
Halloween is coming. This might come off. Hmm. I will have to compensate him.