I just saw a great show on H2 (History channel, version 2.0) covering ancient civilizations that pre-date Mesopotamia. There’s a setting I’d love to read some fiction about. None could really be based on much historical material, but it’s a pretty untouched subject.
What if I told you that the word “tourmaline” was to be struck from the English language? How about “aurora” or “gossamer?” Those aren’t words . . .
My most recent literary research is on alchemy, particularly the chemistry/metallurgy in practice in 16th century France. I have a character I’m placing in a . . .