One of the choices I’ve made is that before anyone else gets a hack at my novel, I will self-edit it thoroughly. What does this mean? It means I will slogged my way through it multiple times looking for gaps in the story, lack of hooks, inconsistency, weak characterization, weak plot, expository writing, passive writing, […]
Hastings burh looking north, made with Sketchup. The location of the fortified burh is unknown and controversial. I have placed it on the top of the cliff, where the Norman castle was later built, based on assumptions by some historians and because it suited the story line in my historical fiction novel.
I also added some cliff contours, which are approximated since so much of the cliff at Hastings was damaged by storms. I’m not entirely satisfied with the cliff – I think it should be steeper – and I need to move the blacksmith to nearer the cliff, away from the Manor House. I figure that […]
I created this using a free 3D modeling program called SketchUp. This is my first rough draft of the Hastings burh layout I plan to use in the novel.
The poem Carmen de Hastigae Proelio (The Song of the Battle of Hastings) is only 835 verses long, but contains some important clues as to what happened before and at the Battle of Hastings. The poem is attributed to Guy of Amiens and was likely written within one or two years after the Battle of […]
I woke early this Christmas morning, not only to greet a special day, but also for a much more mundane reason. I’m caring for a dog over the holidays and it must be let in every night and out every morning. The dog is large, sweet and rambunctious, and there’s no way she can stay […]
November found me up to my eyeballs in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I had challenged myself to write 50,000 words on the second book of what I hope will be a series about England before, during and after the Norman conquest. Even though I met the change, I have my doubts if I’ll do […]
Pigeons are fascinating, but they need context, a story and a conflict to be an interesting topic for a book. I thought and thought about how to frame pigeons to make them come alive for others. I wanted a battle. They’re always good for conflict and action. I needed human characters. I figured a book […]