2017 goals

Do a little exercise every day – aerobic/weight as well as stretching Write a dozen short stories based on notes from The Campaigners (starring Portugal, below) Finish Campaigners second draft Continue Reading2017 goals

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2016 Peterloo remembrance an act of creation

Each year, people gather in Manchester to remember the massive gathering there on 16 August 1819, when a meeting to demand political change turned into a bloodbath when local militia Continue Reading2016 Peterloo remembrance an act of creation

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July sale at Smashwords

The Spanish Patriot and An Untitled Lady are among the thousands of ebooks at Smashwords on discount this month: Both are 75% off. If you’ve been waiting, now is your Continue ReadingJuly sale at Smashwords

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Historical fiction writer’s lament

It would be interesting to know how officers’ wives intellectualised their experiences in Spain and Portugal. However, setting aside a collection of epic lays of little relevance to our topic–viz., Continue ReadingHistorical fiction writer’s lament

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Tolstoy: How history differs, for historians and for artists

From “A Few Words Apropos of the Book War and Peace” (1868) (5) The divergence between my description of historical events and the accounts of historians. It is not accidental, Continue ReadingTolstoy: How history differs, for historians and for artists

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Remembering the Battle of Corunna

In 1808, Britain sent an army to the coastal town of La Coruña (A Coruña in Galician) with orders to march toward Madrid and, joining with British forces coming up from Continue ReadingRemembering the Battle of Corunna

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A Cold Christmas Story, 1808

I’ve posted an excerpt from The Spanish Patriot that takes place on Christmas Eve, though few in the story know that is the date. It doesn’t exactly radiate the traditional Continue ReadingA Cold Christmas Story, 1808

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Research for Writing: Stories of Women

One of the delights of writing about the Regency, especially stories that include soldiers, is the sheer amount of on-the-scene documentation available. This is said to be the first conflict in Continue ReadingResearch for Writing: Stories of Women

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Join me on (virtual) tour!

With the great help of Amy Bruno at Historical Fiction VBT, I’ll be flying around the web this month. Hope to meet up with you here and there!

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Galicia: Songs of Love

In Chapter Eight of The Spanish Patriot, Louisa translates some lines from a troubadour song as it is being played. It’s a small note in the scene, but comes from a Continue ReadingGalicia: Songs of Love

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