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by airball
October 6th, 2010, 11:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Ambivalence and the murder mystery
Replies: 7
Views: 1119

Ambivalence and the murder mystery

Hi All, I'm in the closing stages draft one of a historical mystery. Our heroines have just figured out whodunit, and I find myself with an unusual problem. In the story there are two unrelated murders with two (obviously) unrelated culprits. All along I knew that one of the murderers would escape u...
by airball
August 21st, 2010, 10:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: what is your aim of writing??
Replies: 21
Views: 3420

Re: what is your aim of writing??

I guess I'm a bit of an odd bird on this one, but... Right now I'm working on a historical novel. Nothing too original about that, but for my day job, I'm a historian, so I actually spend a lot of time reading and writing on the same subject but from a very different perspective. I like the fiction ...
by airball
August 19th, 2010, 1:59 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Chasing Light in Sorbonne (Revised Introduction/Chapter 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 1257

Re: Chasing Light in Sorbonne (Revised Introduction/Chapter 1)

Hi Jaycee - I'm going to try to tighten things up a bit. For the record, I don't mind opening with the room if you do it right. Hello writers and readers. I would like to know your thoughts about this brand new introduction to my book. Two things I'd like to know at least. 1) Is it clear? 2) Is it c...
by airball
August 19th, 2010, 1:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do your research!
Replies: 13
Views: 1986

Re: Do your research!

The story took place in the past, but the language did not match what it would have been at that time, and several historical details were horribly mistaken. These strike me as very different issues. In <i>Wolf Hall</i>, Hilary Mantel avoids anachronism, but she also does not try to use English in ...
by airball
August 18th, 2010, 11:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's your genre?
Replies: 87
Views: 10194

Re: What's your genre?

Anyone else working on historical fiction/mystery here?

England during the 1700s, if you're curious.
by airball
August 18th, 2010, 11:50 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: The Blood Well, Magical Realism, 1st page Crit
Replies: 6
Views: 1254

Re: The Blood Well, Magical Realism, 1st page Crit

Earlier comments are right on in a lot of ways, so I'll try not to duplicate. The Blood Well Genre Magical Realism 242 Words Margo studied Bill quizzically as he stood absorbed both hands pushing against the water tank stand while his head hung heavy studying the ground. Way too much going on in thi...
by airball
August 15th, 2010, 11:33 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 720
Views: 283260

Re: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog

Title: York Rebellions Genre: Historical Mystery Words: 244 On the night that I delivered Mercy Harris of a bastard child, the King’s soldiers burned the city’s suburbs and fell back within its walls to await the rebel assault. I received the call to Mercy’s bedside as we were finishing supper, and ...
by airball
August 15th, 2010, 8:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41347

Re: Share your opening sentence!

atdeluca wrote:Mine:

To me, death would be a welcome visitor.
That is nice!
by airball
August 14th, 2010, 7:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41347

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Hi All,

First post here. First sentence:

"On the night that I delivered Mercy Harris of a bastard child, the King’s soldiers burned the city’s suburbs and fell back within its walls to await the rebel assault."