Category Archives: History

Fixing the Future?

Because my husband works in the film industry, we sometimes get to see early screenings–or screenings that are remarkable because the director is there, or we’re in the company of other film tech people, or just because it’s a great … Continue reading

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Hapax and Heyer, Austen and Irony, or, What I should have said.

by Sherwood Smith In the last year or so, I’ve been asked by people both in person at con panels and at my Jane Austen book club discussion group, as well as on line, what I see as the difference … Continue reading

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Fiction in History, History in Fiction

Back in the 1970s, when dinosaurs roamed the flat earth before the internet, I used to listen to one of my favorite ballads, “Roads to Moscow” by Al Stewart  and wonder what the story was. I knew the history behind … Continue reading

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Balancing Act

So I’m writing this book, set in England in 1812. And somehow a group of the people sometimes referred to as Gypsies, or Travelers, or Tinkers, has appeared and is playing a role in the story. And the research, and the ramifications, … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 3-4-2015

ghost planet

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? Some months ago a member of BVC recommend Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Literature has a long history of dealing with how we treat “the … Continue reading

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Reprise on Bricolage

  A couple years back, people linked to Lev Grossman’s list of twenty things he’d like to see in fantasy novels. Discussion of lists like this can slow to a halt when writers pop up, issuing long comments about how … Continue reading

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Fred  Astaire and art deco

Glamour! When I look at the romantic comedy films of the 30s, it strikes me how many of the American-made films are set in a kind of fantasy Europe. Ernst Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise was perhaps the most quintessential, but … Continue reading

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Magpies and Bananas

I am a magpie for facts. I’m not sure if all writers are–I don’t know all writers, for one thing. But well before I became a writer, I was collecting facts, things that (as near as I could tell) no … Continue reading

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Writing: Where history, fantasy, and science fiction intersect

  I was pretty excited when I found out that Judith Tarr’s Arrows of the Sun was going to be included in the Indie Fantasy Bundle along with one of my own works, Lhind the Thief. The two couldn’t be more … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Smoking Bishop

by Brenda W. Clough It is said of modern novels that, whatever other problems the characters have, at least they can have a lot of sex. This cannot be said of literary characters of the past, when the emotional side … Continue reading

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