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I love it that it's near the Ridgeway. I can imagine ancient tourist turning off to spend the night near the Great White Horse.
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I love how the tradition continues. Who knows ... maybe your new horse will be around 3000 years from now.
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Older than King Alfred. Older than the Romans. The White Horse was running on that hill when the Atrebates were dealing with that pesky influx of pedites and centurions. Optical stimulated luminescence—you know, that old stuff— of the chalk tipped into the very first, very bottom, of the initial fill indicate the White Horse might date between 1200 and 800 BCE. That would make the White Horse more than two thousand years older than any other existing figures. It was the precursor and model for the earliest of the other hill figure horses in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Word Wenches
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I'd like to write something set in Italy during the Napoleonic invasion. I am endlessly fascinated by the changing national boundaries of Europe. For instance, this video http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2424361/As-time-goes-The-mesmerising-video-documents-MILLENNIUM-European-history-just-minutes.html (scroll down for the video) When you get to a united Italy, you get to yell out "Italy!"
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Yep. As a reader, I'd love these exotic locales. As a writer, the research is daunting.
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There've been a couple Romances I love set in Imperial Russia. Maybe it's those vast empty spaces matched with all the glitter and intrigue.
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Ancient, complex cultures in India. One could wander into studying them and never stop. But someone who understood and knew these places and times would have an absolutely wonderful 'base of operations' for a series.
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*g* The whole question of naughty times in zero gee has not been sufficiently investigated, I am sure.
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Arabia Felix. I'm told parts of that coast line are so beautiful they count as one of the wonders of the world. Alexandria is one of the many places I'd love to visit. If I can't make it in person, I'd want to read about it.
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Somehow mystery and thriller seem particularly suited to exotic spaces and distant parts of the world. I've always wondered why we seem to have this wide and ever expanding range of settings. Maybe the Futuristic, Paranormal, and Steampunk Romances fill our need for new horizons and unexplored lands. I've enjoyed Gilman's work. Well ... spies.
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"If you were writing a Historical Romance set in an unusual place and time -- and you didn't have to worry about sales -- where would you choose and when and why?" Mary Jo has not only thought of writing about some of these exotic places. She's done it. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Word Wenches
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Joan Wolf says ... I love you, Peg. If you get a chance to post a review on AmaZon I would be most grateful.
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*sigh* Lymond. And Niccolo.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2014 on The First Book Crush at Word Wenches
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Aragorn. Yes. And I loved Andre Norton when I was young.
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And Joan Wolf says to Mary Blaney -- IT took me a long time to try Bujold. Normally I don't like sci-fi/fantasy. My dear friend Edith Layton INSISTED I try her so did. Mainly to get Edith off my back. I loved her! Go Miles!!!!!
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Joan Wolf says -- It's great to hear from readers who aren't afraid to follow an author when she moves into other genres. Thanks for being one of those readers.
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Joan Wolf says-- The Road to Avalon is an e book. Born of the Sun and The Edge of Light should be up soon. The readers who love those books are my favorite fans!
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Joan Wolf says, It has been such a delight to find so many fans on Word Wenches.
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And Joan Wolf says -- I have good news for you. Edith Layton's book will be up as e books soon. I'll ask Jo to post when they arrive.
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And Joan Wolf says ... Those old regencies never seem to die - and I love it!!
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Joan Wolf says ... I don't alter history. I may change some dates to fit my plot and I may invent some scenes but I try to be close to the historical record. And yes I do include author's notes.
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Joan Wolf says ... Vicki, I love you.
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Joan Wolf says: I devoured historical novels too when I was a kid, Gracie. Joan
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Joan Wolf replies: No more new periods in the foreseeable future. Joan
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Joan Wolf replies: I'm back in the regency now and I think I just might stay there. Joan
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