Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Badass!

Badass!

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.-John C. Maxwell

How can a word used to describe someone have such different meanings depending on the gender of the one being defined? That just proves how much discrimination there is in society’s expectations for its different members. I’ve focused on this phenomenon a lot over the past week as reams of articles were published on the amazing retiring Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. The term ‘badass’ came up more than once, suggesting a level of confidence, expertise, and skill making the Speaker unshakable, and the label fairly and honestly earned. At the same time, I well remember many men tagged the same way who people felt nothing but disgust for.  Is it a compliment or a condemnation? That seems to depend on the accepted societal role played by the individual. Continue Reading

Open Invitation

Open Invitation

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien Some powerful examples of the serendipity and discovery of research dropped in my lap recently with the announcement that the man who occupied much of my last book, Tried As Silver, and was an implied romantic connection for the protagonist (we’ll never really know), had… Continue Reading

Date Certain – Publication Day for ‘Tried as Silver’

Date Certain – Publication Day for ‘Tried as Silver’

Date Certain—What does it mean? Is anything certain anymore in our supposed post-pandemic world? I’d like to think so, and in some instances, I’m sure we can make a decent case for it, but more than ever, I’ve concluded that the Scottish poet Robert Burns was right about the “best laid schemes of mice and… Continue Reading