Tag Archives: research

Xi – the panic post

X….. panic… panic.  Why didn’t I do XYZ first, get them over with and not be left staring at the useless letter.   Or is it? Where does X originate from? One moment, please….. Okay, I’m back. It’s Greek, except they borrowed it from the Phoenicians, the forgotten civilisation, and it’s derived from the letter Samekh. […]

The Quiet Library

My first library was situated at one end of a hut. The scout hut doubled up as the village library, providing a few bookcases, which were sealed off when the library was shut. I remember the floors echoed with footsteps, but little else. My next library was based in a medieval house with black timber […]

One of Many – Lymond Chronicles

Dorothy Dunnett was one of those authors who researched at great length. I’m justifying my approach by emulating her style – that’s what I tell myself. She was the historical author who took fact and interwove fiction amongst real events and characters. The fictional hero, Francis Crawford of Lymond, had a delicious mix of improbable […]

#amwriting, but really #amresearching

Sometimes I lock into the research side of things and lose sight of writing. Even the most seemingly trivial of facts warrants a quick check, then I’m following a trail, like breadcrumbs in reverse, seeking the origin. Are authors chronic researchers who like to write on the side? Does it give purpose to amount of […]

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