Happy Holidays! (And a quick update)

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Happy Holidays 2013

Happy holidays to everyone – may you get exactly what you need this season!

Here’s a quick update on why my posting has been so incredibly sparse this year:
1.) I’m working on a new book – so I’m spending a lot of time researching and outlining right now.

2.) I’ve picked up my paint brushes again and I’ve been finishing a few works on canvas lately – as well as starting a few new ones in watercolor.

3.) Digital photography has gone to a whole new level now that I have a large collection of images to work from – I’ve been editing those as well!

4.) I downloaded “Fishdom” and can sit for hours playing that silly game.

I hope you have a joyous holiday filled with family, friends, and relaxation. See you next year!

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Historical Fiction Work Out

I know a lot about Republican Rome.  I’ve read Plutarch, Dio, Livy, Tacitus, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series multiple times.  Throw in a little Anthony Everett and Steven Saylor and I’m pretty well versed…or so I thought.  I am neck deep the process of putting my first foray into historical fiction together and have discovered that my knowledge is hard to put down chronologically in a way that lets the events of the time period support my story.  I have spreadsheets, outlines, note cards, and powerpoints – oh my!  So with this being said…I salute the authors of historical fiction.  My dear Ms. McCullough, I had no idea how difficult this would be.