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)

The Charms of Cartography

I mention all of this because, when you're writing a fantasy historical epic, having maps is rather crucial to keeping one's head in place and places in one's head.

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

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

New Podcast Recommendation

The British History Podcast I'm only about twenty episodes in, but I'm really enjoying this one so far. For one thing, the depth of the detail on Roman Britain is wonderful.

Gladiatrices

I knew gladiatrices -- female gladiators -- were a thing. I didn't realize how big a thing they apparently were. I've been reading a book called Working IX to V (because who doesn't love a Roman numeral -based pun?), which examines a lot of odd professions in the Roman world. The tagline for the gladiatrix is "flirting with death … Continue reading Gladiatrices

Podcast Recommendation: The History of Rome

The History of Rome This podcast, apart from being a wonderfully entertaining and comprehensive documentation of the Roman Republic and Empire, was also a major source of inspiration for me before I began writing Aven. In that October before NaNo 2011, I discovered this podcast and listened up through what had been posted at the time. With … Continue reading Podcast Recommendation: The History of Rome

Figures in History: Hortensia the Orator

Coolest new thing I learned today: So in 42 BCE, the Second Triumvirate found itself in need of a lot of cash. They did the usual thing, proscribing their enemies. Proscribing, for those who don't know, meant murdering them and confiscating their estates as forfeit to the state -- or, for the ones they felt … Continue reading Figures in History: Hortensia the Orator

The (Awesome and Fascinating) Complexities of Roman Society

I love how bewilderingly complex Roman society was. Western culture has a habit of thinking of status in a very feudalistic way, even centuries after feudalism itself failed. (I'm not sure why this is, but I'd love for some sociologist to explain why we remain cultural inheritors in this way). We think in percentages and … Continue reading The (Awesome and Fascinating) Complexities of Roman Society