Monthly Archives: November 2016

What Minnesotans do in winter

Or what crazy writers and their equally crazy photographer sisters do. The difference isn’t really that much. On Saturday afternoon Olivia and I were going to do something together, something outside. But she wanted to take pictures of me, which … Continue reading

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“A great success!”

I intended the last post in the series on Of the North to be all snippets, but when I was going through the story looking for parts that would work even when ripped out of context, I wasn’t finding any, in … Continue reading

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How Beta-Reading went for Of the North

After writing Of the North all in one month, I knew two things: first, that it had more potential for getting published than either of my two previous novels; and secondly, that it needed a lot of work. I had … Continue reading

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Why I chose the late Anglo-Saxon period for Of the North

I planned to post Friday as normal, except that we had a blizzard and the internet was out for quite a while (so was the power, but we managed and we’re still alive and everything’s back on now). Then Saturday … Continue reading

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Influences on Of the North

One of the most obvious things to influence Of the North was my getting into the SCA. It’s an entirely new world with so many, many links to an old one. There’s room for thousands of stories. My excited diving … Continue reading

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Characters and Settings in Of the North

Æschild: our main character. SCAdian, persona 11th-century Anglo-Saxon. She is given a ring which takes her to her persona’s time. The MBTI, which I’ve found handy for helping characters with consistency, has her as ENFP. She’s curious, outgoing, and adventurous, … Continue reading

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Chesterton and politics

Bob-Up-And-Down   They babble on of Babylon, They tire me out with Tyre, And Sidon putting side on, I do not much admire. But the little town Bob-up-and-Down, That lies beyond the Blee, Along the road our fathers rode, O … Continue reading

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