Writing Eugenica was something of an interruption to completing the Sorrow Song Trilogy in that it was both unplanned and unexpected. I think that at the time I finished For Rapture of Ravens, the second in the series, I needed a break from all things 1066. Eugenica gave me that break. Now, however, it is … Continue reading Returning to the Sorrow Song Trilogy
As you would expect with any society that was characterised by a hierarchical class system there would be the top class who were defined by their wealth and by the power that they wielded. In the Anglo-Saxon world the upper class were known as the aethelings, who were principally the royal family. The king was … Continue reading The Social World of the Anglo-Saxons: The Aethelings and the Eoldermen
Above the ceorls, the peasants of the Anglo-Saxon world, sat the ‘theigns’. They were to all intents and purposes the middle class. To qualify as a theign a man needed to own a minimum of 5 hides of land. A hide was not an exact measurement in Anglo-Saxon England but roughly equated to enough land … Continue reading The Social World of the Anglo-Saxons: The Theigns
While I am tending towards e-publishing there is still a part of me that wants to explore the traditional publishing route of contracting a literary agent and seeing my book in hard print. I have no doubt that writers already know how difficult this process is. In fact I would go so far as to … Continue reading Submission Time!
It is funny how the act of writing is the same as creating a new fantasy world. I used to do that as a child, create my own worlds peopled by fantastic characters from pop culture and the books I read, and dinosaurs! Always dinosaurs! Having decided to write the book and then immersed myself … Continue reading Just My Imagination