Reading Recs for Women’s History Month — 2020 Expansion!

Five years ago, I put together a rec list for Women's History Month. I've read a lot of books since then! So I thought I'd expand the list with some newer titles (or new-to-me titles) featuring amazing women from history.

Worldbuilding for Masochists Podcast — Expansion

Panoramic view of the Roman theatre in Palmyra (from Wikimedia Commons)

While I mention a few things to do with ancient Rome in the episode, I thought I’d expand a little bit here and talk about some of the pop culture that shows up in From Unseen Fire, and some of the things I’m building into Books Two and Three as well.

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

Reading Recommendations (while you’re waiting for FROM UNSEEN FIRE)

Hallo! Cold, grey, dreary wintry days always have me wanting nothing more than to curl up with a good book, so I thought I would share some of my favorites with y'all. Not just favorites, but favorites that, in some way or another, I think will be enjoyable to the folk who will like From Unseen … Continue reading Reading Recommendations (while you’re waiting for FROM UNSEEN FIRE)

Figures in History: Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke

If a female English-speaking writer were looking for a patron saint, you could do far worse than Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke.

“Their very character was tyranny; their figure, deformity.”

The problem with democracy -- as politicians and philosophers alike have known for millennia -- is that it only works if people are informed and engaged. That's why we have a constitutional republic instead of direct democracy.

Reading Recs for Women’s History Month

Fuse Literary (the agency that represents me) ran a reclist on Tumblr for Black History Month all through the month of February, and they're looking to do so again in March for Women's History Month. Since this is an area of personal interest and importance to me, I took up the challenge when they asked … Continue reading Reading Recs for Women’s History Month

The Romans and Social Media

Cicero’s Web: How Social Media Was Born in Ancient Rome Just a quick note on this article I stumbled over today, positing that social media is just one link in a chain going back at least 2000 years. It's got me interested in the book, for sure, and it's gotten me thinking about the transmission … Continue reading The Romans and Social Media

History in Fantasy

I read a pair of fun Tumblr articles today from The Writing Cafe: "Your Fantasy Story Is Bothering Me, Pt 1 and Pt 2". Apart from being a good giggle, it reminded me of a personal thesis I have: that a good fantasy writer ought, too, to be a good historian. I think this is true … Continue reading History in Fantasy

The Amazing Life of Flatware

Okay, y'all, this is why I find history so ridiculously exciting. The Tokyo National Museum released information today regarding the dating of a blue glass dish found in a 5th-century tomb in the Nara Prefecture. Why is this super-interesting? Because the glass is of Roman origin. In 5th-century Japan! Imagine the life this flatware must have … Continue reading The Amazing Life of Flatware