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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 05:15 PM
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For those writing in the historical genre, talk about your writing here and share ideas with others. :-)



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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 09:39 PM


Anyone else doing historical? After much waffling on what to write, I settled on finishing a project I'd already started, a murder mystery set in wartime (World War II, that is) Croatia. It's a time period I work with a lot, though I'm also planning a story that takes place in the 17th century, mostly Scotland and Holland though other places may also be involved— I haven't gotten very far in planning it.



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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 03:54 AM


Yes! Thank you!

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Well, I'm working on a story set in 15th century Spain, 16th century England, 18th century France, 20th century USA (1920s)...

Ah, excellent. Now I can see if anybody else can answer my questions about Tudor etiquette. At the minute, I'm making it up, highlighting it, and I'll research it properly during editing... but if its unavoidable, I'll ask.




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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 06:36 PM


I know a little about Tudor etiquette, its my favorite time period. =)

My story follows Nicholas II and his family from his ascension to the throne of Russia to his downfall. I'm going to try to weave in a second story of a commoner who accidently witnesses the executions in the end. I'm really excited about it.




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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 07:19 PM


Oooh, both of your stories sound interesting! The Romanovs are always a fun subject. And Sobriquet, sounds like you're doing a time-travel thing?

I know nothing about Tudor etiquette. Jewish history is my real specialty, however, so if you ever need anything in that department just ask. :)




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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 07:41 PM


Funny. The Romanov story always struck me as depressing (off topic, sorta: remember the movie Anastasia? Where Rasputin was a zombie and his sidekick was an albino bat? I LOVED/HATED that movie!), what with the shooting and the bloodshed and all.

Then again, Jewish history... I respect writers who address it, like Leon Uris, but I always get depressed when I hear about it. Humans have a dark side, and it really came out back then. *would cry for real, but is too tired*. I just don't read about it too much, because it really gets me down.

In fact, that's a pretty common theme when people learn about history. "Oh, that's too depressing. I don't wanna hear about THAT...". But we have to, I guess, or we'd never get any better.

Personally, my favorite era is the late Renaissance-Colonia Era, in terms of Western history. There's just so much material there. I'm reading Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle right now, and I like the way he showed how CRAZY (fun crazy, not depressing crazy) it was back then.




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[*] posted on 7-5-2007 at 06:30 AM


I'm interested in the Romanov story, but I don't really know much about it.

I'm not actually doing time travel, because I really don't like that idea. I like realistic stories (even if they are a little but of a caricature). Its actually five girls who share the same name, and they're all related. The second girl is the great-granddaughter of the first, and the fifth is the niece of the fourth.

Not worked out how I'm going to fit the third one in, yet, or even how that'll work.

spunkyseasicksmurf: I'd recommend some of Philippa Gregory's books, if you haven't already read them, for the Tudor period. There are some really good ones - The Queen's Fool and The Other Boleyn Girl are my two favourites of the ones I've read.

The 1550s girl is the best one so far. I've got to do a prologue someday, and possibly an epilogue, too.

I know how I'm going to do my prologue, but has anyone got any suggestions for the epilogue?




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[*] posted on 7-5-2007 at 08:39 AM


I adore the Romonovs - the whole reason they're so interesting Sorbriquet/Becky is the fact that very little is known about their deaths etc. I did my History coursework on them remember?

Which makes me say that I really think that spunkyseasicksmurf, your idea could be pretty cool! I'm think that'll be pretty interesting

I'm doing a time travel story, dumping a girl into the middle of the tudor court. Well I will when I can work out how to start it....

So Yoshi you got the right house for a time travel story, just the wrong step-sister lol.

Any help with the Tudor ettiquete would be greatly appriciated over here too!!! I need to work out what she could do wrong....
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[*] posted on 7-5-2007 at 11:50 AM


Yeah. Kit and I are stepsisters.

Just to clear that up.

She's the older one, and the poet. I'm the younger one (there's only five months between us) and I'm the storyteller.




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[*] posted on 7-5-2007 at 12:01 PM


I'm sorry I'm the last post too, but I'm in need of some help:

DOES ANYBODY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE LOSS OF CALAIS IN 1558?

Its an integral part of my story, and I can't find anything more about it than the date when it happened.




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[*] posted on 7-9-2007 at 05:20 AM


Solved the Calais mystery.

Sorted.

=)

Now, to research my other four sections...




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[*] posted on 7-9-2007 at 12:38 PM


Ah, good. I actually learned something about Calais this weekend, because we went to an art gallery where they had some stuff of Rodin's on display, including some scaled reproductions from his work representing the six burghers who gave themselves up as hostages to the English in 1347. I never knew... well, anything about Calais before, other than it was in France.

Anyway, I love time travel; I've had this idea banging around my head recently, but it needs a lot of planning (read: wrestling it into shape so that it actually might be semi-coherent) first. Basically it has to do with people who misuse the time-traveling ability for their own reasons and change certain pivotal events in history. It may or may not involve these people kidnapping Einstein's (great?)grandson, I'm not sure.




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[*] posted on 7-10-2007 at 09:08 AM


Sounds interesting. If they were good people trying to make things good, that wouldn't be as interesting, but yeah, if you're out to mess things up.

I'd find it interesting what sort of events you'd pick and how you'd change that, because you'd have to do something about the effects on today.

No, that sounds really interesting.

But the Einstein bit... Hmm... Could work.




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