How Star Wars Changed My Life

I mentioned a while ago that I really ought to tell this story on this blog at some point, and since I'm sitting here watching this movie on my parents' enormous-screen TV, cozied up on the couch with the company of two terriers, basking in the warm glow of a Christmas tree while torrential rains … Continue reading How Star Wars Changed My Life

Book Meme (with bonus matching game and sociopolitical commentary)

So, I stole this meme from Facebook, but decided to post it here because I wanted more of a chance to pontificate about these books -- specifically, what sort of a reader and writer I think they've turned me into. List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than … Continue reading Book Meme (with bonus matching game and sociopolitical commentary)

I have access to the OED and I’m not afraid to use it

The thing about writing historical novels is that you have to be really careful about your diction. Word choice matters a lot -- you don't want to choose words that are too obviously modern or that refer to concepts that would have been alien to your characters. I often find myself running into walls where … Continue reading I have access to the OED and I’m not afraid to use it