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Works in Progress, Report No. Unknown

  2.   Author Musings & News
  3. Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Inside the Flavian Amphitheatre/Colosseum, Rome, 2013 (photo by the author)I’ve mentioned before that I was struggling with a couple of projects that just weren’t coalescing. I’ve shelved them, perhaps indefinitely. Right now, I’m doing research for a new project, inspired by my recent visit to Ital...

Balfa Brothers – La Danse de Mardi Gras

  2.   Author Musings & News
  3. Tuesday, 25 February 2020
I know it’s a bit of a cheat, but this post from two years ago is exactly what I would have shared today for Mardi Gras … and I can save myself a bit of work this way!Laissez les bontemps rouler!Sharon E. CathcartHi, everyone.  Today is Mardi Gras, so I thought I would share some images from the Caj...

Alea Iacta Est

  2.   Author Musings & News
  3. Monday, 24 February 2020
As Julius Caesar once rather famously said, the die is cast. I made up my mind today to leave the Romance Writers of America. I waffled for two months, but this morning I knew it was the right thing to do. In the good news department, I may have found a “home” that’s more appropriate to my writing a...

Weekend Reads: “Jubilee”

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  3. Friday, 21 February 2020
Jubilee by Margaret WalkerMy rating: 5 of 5 starsBased on the author’s ancestors, “Jubilee” is the story of enslaved Black people during both the US Civil War and Reconstruction in Georgia. Vyry (Elvira) is the protagonist; through her eyes, we see the challenges of not only hard labor and enslaveme...

Five Historical Fiction Mistakes to Avoid — Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center

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  3. Thursday, 20 February 2020
While you shouldn’t overwhelm your reader with every imaginable detail about your period (see above), selective use of some of the small details of every-day life can really help to create a sense of authenticity. The problem is when writers get these details wrong.We’ve all seen the kind of mistake...

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