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Historical fiction list

Posted on 03/09/2014 by  SueL  ( x Hide posts by SueL )

Historical fiction - a list of 50
Next week, between 5 and 7 September, I’ll be attending the Historical Novel Society’s conference in London.

So, for this post, I thought I’d take a look at a list of historical fiction books, from Abe Books.

In her introduction to 50 Essential Historical novels, Lily King admits that ‘The books listed below include examples of historical fiction by the strictest of definitions, as well as those that fudge the rules a bit - or a lot.’

Of the list of 50, I’ve only read three:

‘I Claudius’ by Robert Graves

‘The Name of the Rose’ by Umberto Eco

‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens

Although I haven’t read the following on the list ‘Waverley’, ‘The Night Watch’, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, I have read other historical novels by their respective authors, Sir Walter Scott, Sarah Waters, Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel.

Those on the list which do appeal to me, and will be added to my ever expanding ‘to read’ list are:

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The tragedy of obedience: The Good Children by Roopa Farooki

Posted on 26/06/2014 by  Annecdotist  ( x Hide posts by Annecdotist )

What do you understand by the term “a good child”? Does it imply a particular proficiency in getting up to mischief and other childish things? Or does it mean, as for the Saddeq children growing up in Lahore in the new nation of Pakistan, suppressing their own inclinations and desires in favour of their mother’s strict demands. In a divide-a-rule regime reminiscent of the British Raj, the boys, Sully and Jakie, are destined to be doctors, their learning beaten into them by a tutor they nickname, appropriately, Basher, while the girls, Mae and little Lana, hug their mother’s shadow, dressed up like dolls in scratchy frilly dresses unsuitable for the suffocating heat. Until the day they can escape their manipulative mother through marriage for the girls and education abroad for the boys, they have no choice but to comply.

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My Writing Challenge

Posted on 30/05/2014 by  Inspiration  ( x Hide posts by Inspiration )


Create a plan to stick to.



Write a new short story collection AND a novella each month.
Publish them ‘as and when’ the following month - but have them ready.


For me, these will be my longer short stories - if I can bash out 10,000 words in a week for a first draft then great - but at this moment in time I am aiming to get into the routine of writing this way, more than a set amount of words each day. I feel I should be trying to write as many words as necessary to complete the short story first draft during the first full week of each month. I do not want to overcomplicate things by adding word count goals at this stage. Although, having said that, if I am writing for a call for submission, then I will know exactly what word count I need. But for now, I will keep it simple and break my one big monthly goal down into 4 or 5 week stages.


Week 1: The Planning and Research Stage (June 01 Only one day this month!)
First few days of the month until the next Sunday

Week 2: The Complete1st Draft Stage (June 02 – 08)
First full week of the month

Week 3: The Editing Stage (June 09 – 15)
Second full week of the month

Week 4: The Book Design and Final Edits Stage (June 16 – 22)
Third full week of the month

Week 5: The Publishing or Submission Stage (June 23 – 30)
Last few days of the month from Monday until the first of the next month,
This may run into the following month - but the bulk of the work is ready for submission or publishing.

Of course these are only guidelines, but the better I can stick to them at the beginning of the month, in the early stages, the more time I will have for the final edits and publishing stage.

Anyone want to join me? Sunday is June 1st, my first challenge day. I'm rather excited about it.


Let the CHALLENGE Begin...

Posted on 29/05/2014 by  Inspiration  ( x Hide posts by Inspiration )

I’m creating this blog to challenge myself to see if I can write a book a month, or even a week. I am not talking about full size novels here (it took me a good 8 months to get my 70,000 novel to my publisher). No, I’m talking more novellas and short stories. In some cases a collection of very short “flash fiction” stories.

My goal is to first work out if this is possible by trying out a few techniques and I will share my experiences along the way.

Apparently, if we put our minds to something we can achieve it and that’s exactly what I intend to do here. I know I have set goals before and succeeded, therefore I know I have the capability to do this. The main thing (and quite often the hardest to do) is to remain hungry enough want to reach the end of the goal; to keep up the momentum and let nothing else stand in your way until achieved.

If this challenge I’ve set myself works, I hope to have a super-duper long backlist and will be able to supplement my day job’s income. If not, the worse case scenario is not so bad. I will at least have a larger back list than when I first started this project.

Time to knuckle down and take the first baby step of this challenge.

1. To write a plan of action.

Pointeso Art Scene: Agent A

Posted on 18/05/2014 by  kingcritter  ( x Hide posts by kingcritter )

Agent A

An agent on mobile walking through Athletico international airport.

'Eh...what? Yah, yah...I'll be at The Vascov around 10.30ish...yah..erm well Marcia said she'll keep tabs on that one...yap...ten installations have sold but we need to start the marketing campaign for Aimii Slite...yap...well say something along the lines of liminal spaces, the domestic, duality, tacit and all that shite - she's a photographer...her father...yap...he's chief exec at Zennels Corps...ha ha...she's lovely - just finished at Novia Art College but is moving to Pointeso...it's a no brainer...look, I'll be on the 8.30 plane so will meet you at Kane's bar at Pointeso airport...no shit? Ok...include networking and mentoring and don't forget to mention 'The rural' that always looks good on the evaluation...'

The voice fades as the figure moves through the crowd towards gate 195.

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Pointeso Art Scene: Maitvale Workspace.

Posted on 17/05/2014 by  kingcritter  ( x Hide posts by kingcritter )

Get on down to outer Pointeso this weekend for the latest opening at the Maitvale Workspace.

Hala Koinstraad continues her gathering of post sonic deviations comprising of a new collection detailing radio waves gleaned from the municipal city of Bayerns over the last twenty years.
Every new artist based at Maitvale is paired with a mentor who they meet with up to six times during their tenure. They have continuous access to specialist support from Maitvale staff and the selected programme facilitator during the year.

Maitvale Workspace director Polly Sylvester: 'We position ourselves in an 'exclusive inclusive' bracket so to speak. Whilst recognising that the Pointeso Art Scene is highly competitive, we offer our artists a bespoke package fusing cognitive science with cutting edge resources and strict emphasis on long game career development.'

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The Pointeso Art Scene: 16.45

Posted on 13/05/2014 by  kingcritter  ( x Hide posts by kingcritter )

16.45 hrs.

An artist in a room somewhere in the northern borough of the working class heavy industrial region of Universo Collunteen.

'I'm lying on my bed and regarding the mirror on the window sill. The red berries glow on the Rowan Trees across the road. Doves flap about in the breeze. The sky is milky grey.

My annual rejection letter from the hip Naze Vale Gallery in central Pointeso lies torn on the carpet. I think the odds are something like 150-1 of getting in. perhaps I'll try again next year.
I'm wondering if my Universo Collunteen postcode had a negative impact on my application? Probably not.

I can hear the downtown Universo factories striking up now. I'm on the late shift and will be in automation in two hours from now.

I've got to somehow try to summon up the energy and make my way towards the door. I'll grab myself a sausage roll and a bottle of lucozade from the shops before I leave.

I feel mildly aggressive now if the truth be told. I can see the universe in my carpet.'

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The Pointeso Art Scene: Werkwell Gallery

Posted on 11/05/2014 by  kingcritter  ( x Hide posts by kingcritter )

'My eyes are heavy...or should that be eyelids? I've been on shift at The Werkwell Gallery this evening to promote our latest show of young sensations The sirens Were Absent.

We had a great turn out to the preview as usual. It was kinda neat because it opened on the same weekend as the Flux Nova festival on Wishloft Common.

We've had a few dealers book in for viewings next week and have sold the majority of the installations to the exclusive Maxwood Estate.

It has become something of a mission for our gallery to aggressively pursue progressive contemporary art of the highest quality with a focus on that young emerging hipster chique.

We are based within the core of the Pointeso art scene.'

Marcia Greyloft. Curator for Werkwell Gallery.

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Yay! UKYA Day!

Posted on 20/04/2014 by  eve26  ( x Hide posts by eve26 )

A post on my Young Adult influences

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Posted on 15/02/2014 by  Jed Jones  ( x Hide posts by Jed Jones )

No, it seems EVERY blog post is limited to 255 characters; still, that's more than you get on Twitter.

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