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#WhatImReadingNow : A Gentleman in Moscow

Five days later, the Count was pleased to accept a formal invitation to tea from his new acquaintance, Nina Kulikova. The engagement was for three o’clock in the hotel’s coffeehouse at the northwest corner of the ground floor. Arriving at a quarter till, the Count claimed a table for two near the window. When at […]

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Let Us Now Quote Famous Men

Your Editor spends a lot of time checking facts. Particularly the sorts of facts that can be stated in the form of a question: Really? Are you sure? Did Abraham Lincoln really say that? Because yes, I spend a lot of time researching (ahem) famous quotes. More than I’d like. For example, an author whose […]

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Short Saturday: Watch Those Quotes!

I recently pushed an author to do better with the epigraphs he was using at the beginning of his chapters. Some I couldn’t verify—although I have a sixth sense about veracity, I’ll give any quote the benefit of the doubt until I prove it false—but a few of them were, in fact, well-known fakes. How […]

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Don’t Date Yourself: Writing About and For Your Audience

A few nights ago over dinner the Boy’s girlfriend told me she was “an original Harry Potter kid. I grew up with Harry.” Golly, that stopped me in my tracks. (The first book—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—released in the United Stated on 1 September 1998.) I truly enjoyed those books, but I’ve spent many […]

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The “Romantic” Regency

The true Regency lasted only nine years. It began on 5 February 1811 when George, Prince of Wales, was officially sworn in as Regent and ended on 31 January 1820 when he was proclaimed King George IV. Yet the term ‘Regency’ is frequently used to describe the period of English history between the years 1780 […]

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Short Saturday: Errors in Logic

I grew up arguing … er, discussing … politics (and history, and all sorts of things, really) at the dinner table. And both my parents had gone to big-city high schools in the era when courses like Latin and (more importantly for this discussion) philosophy (logic, critical thinking) were taught* as a matter of course—were […]

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Short Saturday: Good-Bye to “Hello”

You know I love to talk about getting the details right in your novel, so when I read A. A. Gill’s lovely essay in Vanity Fair, I knew I had to share. “We are coming to the end of the age of the telephone call,” he says, “and that may be a good thing or […]

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Short Saturday: Things You Should Know When Writing About Guns

This is probably not a post you would expect from me. I’m not a fan of guns in real life. (And that’s enough said; this column isn’t about politics.) However, I am a fan of learning, a fan of research, and a fan of veracity in fiction so I found this post from author Chuck […]

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Location, Location, Location

In this week’s guest post (’cause I’m still struggling with that pesky computer failure), author Norma Horton covers two topics dear to my heart: writing and exploring foreign countries. If you can call it research and write it off, so much the better! Location, Location, Location Today, I walked through Rome. Not in my mind […]

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Just Say Yes

Some years ago, I read a book called The Secrets of Six-Figure Women* by Barbara Stanny. (This is not a post about money; the book itself is about career building.) Stanny, a writer by trade, was struck by the strategies highly successful women commonly tended to implement—no matter what their field of endeavor. (Strategies like […]

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