• Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon

    Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon is such a long novel – around 860 pages – that I wrote this review in stages. When I started writing, I was 250-350 pages into the book. Now I’m closer to 675 pages and my opinions haven’t changed at all. But this is less a book review than a […]

  • Historical fiction as a time machine

    Historical fiction as a time machine What is the appeal of historical fiction – does it function as a time machine? If you’ve ever pored over an old photograph like the one above, it might be the mystery and appeal of a lost world. There’s something romantic about vanished buildings like the Vanderbilt mansion – […]

  • A Place of Greater Safety

    A Place of Greater Safety: The Pre-Revolutionary Background: Louis XV is named the Well-Beloved. Ten years pass. The same people believe the Well-Beloved takes baths of human blood… Avoiding Paris, ever shut up at Versailles, he finds even there too many people, too much daylight. He wants a shadowy retreat…. In a year of scarcity […]

  • #NaNoWriMo Burnout

    Are you currently engaged in National Novel Writing Month? Have you been furiously writing away and watching your word count build as the days go on? With the middle of the month approaching, maybe you’re already suffering from #NaNoWriMo Burnout? Maybe you’ve even fallen behind or dropped out. Due to that one or two days […]