Wonder Woman, Historical Fiction, and Fantasy Fulfillment

A few days ago, I finally saw¬†Wonder Woman, and it was as delightful as the internet had promised me it would be. I want more movies like this. I want sequels. I want prequels that just focus on the Amazons kicking ass thousands of years ago. I want spin-offs. And I want more heroines, all … Continue reading Wonder Woman, Historical Fiction, and Fantasy Fulfillment

Pride and Profanity: On the history and application of foul language

I'd like to thank Mr. Mike Huckabee, self-appointed moral arbiter, for inspiring me to write this post. I've been meaning to for a long time, because it relates to one of my favorite facts about the development of the English language, but his most recent round of sexist nonsense prompted me to finally do it. … Continue reading Pride and Profanity: On the history and application of foul language

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