World Building in Historical Fiction: Layering in the Details

A child’s stiff leather shoes still in the box. A stack of undergarments. Bags of flour. Bulk teas and spices. A license to operate a business. Chopsticks. All things we would recognize today. Going about our daily lives, we wouldn’t consider any of them museum-worthy. But put them alongside an abacus, assay equipment (for determiningContinue reading “World Building in Historical Fiction: Layering in the Details”

Midyear Writing Check-in is a Reality Check

Somehow, we’re halfway through 2022! I set myself some ambitious writing goals in January, so thought it’d be a good time to check in on those. Never mind that my family’s also going through a major life change (insert face palm emoji). More about that below. 2022 Goals: Reality Check For my 2022 writing goals,Continue reading “Midyear Writing Check-in is a Reality Check”

NaNoWriMo’s Almost Here: How to Get Your Story Ready

Last year, I wrote about doing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) during the COVID-19 pandemic. And here we are again in 2021. But this year we’re all a bit more ragged after 19 months of the pandemic. Last year, I tried plantsing: the liminal space between plotting and pansting (as in, write by the seatContinue reading “NaNoWriMo’s Almost Here: How to Get Your Story Ready”

Maps Orient Us In Historical Fiction

Historical maps are windows into other worlds. They connect us to the past in a concrete way, allowing us to visualize how to get from the marina to the nearest thermopolium in Ancient Ostia, how to reach the King’s Apartments in Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, or figure out the names of streets as theyContinue reading “Maps Orient Us In Historical Fiction”