Whenever I’m in research mode I use a variety of sources. If I can’t find exactly what I need in the history books on my shelves, I turn to the Internet. Sometimes specific searches yield zero hits because the historical documents haven’t been transcribed and uploaded. Today, I simply typed “history” into the google search field and this site came up. I’ve hit the mother lode!
I adore ancient maps and use them extensively to decide where my characters would’ve lived and traveled. I found David Rumsey’s site several years ago when I needed a detailed view of Georgian London. Many place names have changed several times over the centuries or completely disappeared. I want to refer to these cities, villages, and localities as they would’ve been in the era in which I’m writing. David Rumsey’s historical map collection has over 33,000 images, many of which are zoom-enabled.
from History Ink
You wouldn’t believe how many steps/days it took to do one garment. 😐
I’ll go kiss my washer and dryer now.
Ellory, whose real name is Roger Jon Ellory, also attacked his rival authors, including Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride, under the same assumed identities, in a series of withering posts.
I don’t understand why? Why would he consider someone else who writes in his genre a rival? Are readers not capable of reading more than one book per year? That’s about how long it takes an author to put out another one. I, personally, can read 3 or more per week when I’m in a voracious reading mood.
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from New York Times ~ posted June 21, 2012 ~
By GARY GUTTING“… Sometimes the attention is misplaced, and the high-powered analysis is more a matter of reading into the text than extracting from it. But the sign of a superior text of whatever genre is its ability to continue rewarding—with pleasure—those who work to uncover its riches.” Good food for thought. ________________________________________
By Leslea Tash
I think we’d all be well-advised to ignore the opinions of others. There’s always someone who wants to tear you down.
…that a ‘wannabe’ assumes it’s all so easy s/he can put out a ‘published novel’ without bothering to read, study, or do the research. Learning to construct a narrative and create character, learning to balance pace, description, exposition, and dialogue takes a long time. This is not an quick do-it-yourself home project. Self-publishing is a short cut and I don’t believe in short cuts when it comes to the arts. I compare self-publishing to a student managing to conquer Five Easy Pieces on the piano and then wondering if s/he’s ready to be booked into Carnegie Hall.
The Japanese company Oriental has come up with a machine by the name of ‘White Goat’ recently. It is an innovative machine that converts your wasted office paper into toilet paper in about 30minutes. After you put about 40sheeets of paper into the machine, ‘White Goat’ will then shredder the paper, dissolve it in the water, thin the paper out, and then dry it into toilet sheets. Merely costing $0.11 to churn out one toilet roll, claimed by the company, the machine will save up to 60 cedar trees every year. The cool machine is expected to hit the market in Japan this summer, at a price of $100,000.