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S.L. Stevens
Historical fiction and fantasy writer. Working on my first novel. I blog at modernscribe.blogspot.com
Historical fiction and fantasy writer. Working on my first novel. I blog at modernscribe.blogspot.com
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Ten Things to Do While Waiting to Start Your Second Draft
( image source ) Well, I finally did it. I finished the first draft of my novel. I've set it aside and won't look at it again for a month, so I can get some distance and be a better editor. This is turning out to be much more difficult than I thought. Here ...

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Book Review: Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge
Cover of Child of the Morning as seen on Goodreads ( source ). Cover art by Leo and Diane Dillon. I finally got around to reading Pauline Gedge's 1977 novel Child of the Morning , which many people hold up as the gold standard of the Egyptian historical fic...

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An Update
I haven't posted in a while because my life has been turned upside down the last couple of months--my husband got a new job, we moved to a different part of the country, found out I'm pregnant, and bought a house. Phew! Things have settled down now, and I'm...

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Book Review: Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton
Cover of Daughter of the Gods as seen on Goodreads ( source ) Last month, I counted down the days until the release of Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton . It's about Hatshepsut, who defied centuries of convention to become female pharaoh of Egypt, ...

Don't you love it when you have an idea about where your plot is going to go and your characters are all, "LOL whatever!" Usually they know better than I do! #historicalfiction  #writing

I'm learning more about Google+. Hopefully I'll have the hang of it soon!

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Do You Need to Travel to Write Historical Fiction?
Lately some of the articles I've read suggest that historical novelists need to travel to the places they're writing about. While I think that traveling to your setting is definitely a plus, not all writers have the means to do so. And depending on what (an...

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Warrior Woman: Artemisia of Caria
Movie poster featuring Eva Green as Artemisia ( source ) The movie 300: Rise of an Empire came out last week. It features one of my favorite "warrior women" of history, Artemisia I of Caria. But was the real Artemisia anything like her movie counterpart? In...

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A fascinating look at the daily schedule of a New Kingdom pharaoh!

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Warrior Woman: Queen Ahhotep of Egypt
Sarcophagus of Queen Ahhotep. Photo by Theodule Deveria. ( source ) I'm starting a new ongoing series about warrior women of history. Many ancient women were not content to sit at home and wait for wars to end. They became military leaders. Some even took p...
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