Journey to the Center of the Jökull – (Giving volcanic ash the finger or Part 2)

They have T-shirts and magnets for sale at every shop in Iceland, but for once, the cheesy tourist junk was tempting because it was funny. “What part of Eyjafjallajökull do you not understand.”  I HAD to get the magnet! The Icelandic Kroner is a wildly flocculating rascal in the international exchange world.  Rather more colorful …

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The Happiest New Year! Look what’s coming!

To all my fellow bloggers, followers, readers, lurkers, casual drop ins, and merry makers: I wish you all a lovely and safe New Year. 2012 was extremely difficult for me on a variety of levels, but one place I found a great deal of joy was in writing.  Well, no duh, you say?  But of …

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The Best Historical Novel – How to Write History into Your Fiction – Part 1 – the All Essential Setting

On Wednesday, Nov 18th, I popped up a post on things you can do to help decide what time period and what place to set your historical novel. So now you know where and when. The question becomes, how do you convince the reader (in this case a picky history-lovin’ geek - me) that they …

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Writing Your Historical Novel – A Historian’s Viewpoint – Don’t Wait for the Writer’s Bug to Find You – Start Now.

As a historian, there are just aspects of context that drive me nuts in what is being sold as historical fiction these days. This is not a negative commentary on the quality of characterization or plot development – quite the contrary, one can write a brilliant mystery or family narrative without the advantages of accurate …

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You call that history??? A little introduction to writing Historical Fiction

As an author and reader, I attack libraries and book stores as a history-seeking missile. I anticipate the thrill of finding a historical novel, especially a mystery. Carefully, so as not to damage the spine of a hard back or the cover of its paper cousin, I open to a random page and begin reading. …

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Horoscopes, Victims, and Enlightenment

"There's nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly," said philosopher Buckminster Fuller. I encourage you to make that your personal motto in the coming weeks, Scorpio. From what I can tell, you are capable of generating a transformation that will look impossible to casual observers. You have the power …

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