Literary, Uncategorized

Re-finding forgotten words

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 we use so much -- why not toss them. And yet, the essence each of those words bestows on the page and conjures in the mind is somewhat irreplaceable. With… Continue reading Re-finding forgotten words

Literary

Women Underground

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 mountain village at the border of France and Italy who comes in contact with a visiting alchemist from the court of a Sardinian Prince. I have chosen my protagonist, Irene's,… Continue reading Women Underground

Literary

Fill in the blank: I’d love to read more fiction about _____

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. Varna – World's First Gold, Ancient Secrets From November 27th 2002 to… Continue reading Fill in the blank: I’d love to read more fiction about _____