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Anything besides death and destruction?

When I was a kid, the Conquistadors were heroes. Glamorous in their shiny armor adorned with bright feathers and ladies’ lacy tokens, they were handsome lads intent on furthering the kingdoms of God and of Spain. Then, I got a … Continue reading

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4 and 20 Blackbirds Baked in a Pie? Really? Really!

Remember this Mother Goose rhyme? Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a Pie When the pie was opened The birds began to sing; Wasn’t that a dainty dish, To set … Continue reading

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Send More Women!

In researching  early Louisiana history, I discovered some racy stuff. Well, a little racy. Those bold Frenchmen who sought their fortune in a wild and unknown country found themselves daunted by one particular trial: no women. It was hard to … Continue reading

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Why don’t we all write our own versions of War and Peace?

If you’re a writer, you’ve heard this before: why don’t you write xyz? If you’re not a writer and you’ve said this to someone who is, then be advised, however kindly your query is received, it is a frustrating question.. … Continue reading

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EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Today there is a lot of talk about the Supreme Court considering whether to uphold Affirmative Action in the University of Texas case. As a person who has thought about and written about racial injustice for years in my novels, … Continue reading

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Seeing Michelangelo’s David

Seeing Michelangelo’s David Just got back from Italy. The highlight of my tour was seeing Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell ‘Accademia in Florence. We had an art-history professor as a guide, which increased my appreciation and my understanding. We … Continue reading

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Reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

I’m re-reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and love it just as much this time as the last. It is true that I mostly read mysteries and romances (and yes, my brain still seems to function) and the occasional history book, … Continue reading

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WRITER’S BLOCK FROM JOYCE CAROL OATES

A while back I wrote about writer’s block and the nifty nuggets of wisdom I receive every day by email from Advice to Writers. I liked this statement from Joyce Carol Oates: Writer’s block is a temporary paralysis caused by … Continue reading

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WRITERLY DECISIONS

The process for writing historical novels generally goes like this. You happen up on something that intrigues you. You do the research – lots of it, more than you can use. You ponder characters and plots. You dream about them. … Continue reading

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CAFFEINE AND DEPRESSION

Caffeine makes depression worse – for me. It took years and years for me to establish this link. True, my study was only of me, a very small sample, but if caffeine affects me this way, likely it does others … Continue reading

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