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by Justin Swanton
Thu January 31st, 2013, 9:16 am
Forum: Debate/Rant Forum
Topic: Does the US have more violent crime than the UK?
Replies: 6
Views: 1647

Come to sunny SA. I've been mugged three times (once at knifepoint) and know people who have been through the same thing. House burgled twice.

When I walk the streets I 'case' them - check who might be potential muggers and where I could go if they come for me. It's a way of life.
by Justin Swanton
Wed January 30th, 2013, 6:59 pm
Forum: The Craft of Writing
Topic: Historical Fiction Critique Group
Replies: 19
Views: 3228

[quote=""MLE""] The big problem I see with all these critique groups is that they only work on one or two beginning chapters, and my main gripe about novels is that nobody seemed to be minding the story flow. Just my two cents.[/quote] This group go through a writer's entire MS. The only restriction...
by Justin Swanton
Wed January 30th, 2013, 11:34 am
Forum: The Craft of Writing
Topic: Historical Fiction Critique Group
Replies: 19
Views: 3228

Historical Fiction Critique Group

Anyone here know about them? Their link here . They do mutual critiques of each other's MS chapters. I have submitted 2 chapters of my WIP and received excellent critiques. The rule is to submit one chapter, then do at least 2 critiques of other members' chapters before submitting the next chapter. ...
by Justin Swanton
Mon January 21st, 2013, 11:31 am
Forum: By Author's Last Name M-Q
Topic: The Dragon At Noonday (Brothers of Gwynedd 2), by Edith Pargeter
Replies: 7
Views: 1028

A first-rate review of one of my all-time favorites.
by Justin Swanton
Fri January 18th, 2013, 10:47 am
Forum: The Writing Business
Topic: Started up a blog
Replies: 3
Views: 1311

Started up a blog

The link to it is in my signature. Who is experienced in blogging? What kind of things should a blog have? Mine is very much a default one and just has the posts and comments section, a link to my profile, and a picture of my novel cover. Someone needs to explain how RSS, del.ici.ous, etc. works. Is...
by Justin Swanton
Wed January 16th, 2013, 6:08 pm
Forum: Debate/Rant Forum
Topic: 5 myths about the middle ages that everyone believes
Replies: 12
Views: 2343

My favourite is the entrenched notion that all mediaeval monks were fat, lazy and loose, and all priests were thin, scheming, and just looking for the nearest heretic to put on the pyre. Apart from the Cadfael series, I've never actually come across a mediaeval novel that portrays churchmen in a sym...
by Justin Swanton
Mon November 5th, 2012, 5:50 am
Forum: Ask Your Fellow Readers
Topic: Need a cheery read!
Replies: 16
Views: 2809

Diary of a Nobody. Despite the title, it is a very funny, lighthearted book, that gives a true-to-life view of late Victorian middle-class society. All ends happily though the son, Lupin, still deserves a good kick in the pants.
by Justin Swanton
Sat November 3rd, 2012, 10:57 am
Forum: By Author's Last Name G-L
Topic: Cannae: Hannibal's Greatest Victory by Adrian Goldsworthy (NF)
Replies: 2
Views: 594

A good friend of mine, Patrick Waterson, wrote an excellent article for Slingshot magazine on the battle, attached here: Cannae Hannibals Masterpiece.zip I recommend him since he makes an excellent use of primary sources and is very erudite on this period. His article on Zama is a novel and illumina...
by Justin Swanton
Sat November 3rd, 2012, 10:37 am
Forum: Links
Topic: Rome's Last War
Replies: 2
Views: 1870

[quote=""Antoine Vanner""]The period you are writing about is a fascinating one and your mention of it triggers the following: Hilaire Belloc edited a political journal called "The Eye Witness" in the early 1900s and contributed a series of sketches of historical events, seen from the viewpoints of ...
by Justin Swanton
Fri November 2nd, 2012, 7:55 pm
Forum: Author Announcements
Topic: The battle of Cannae, 216 BC
Replies: 2
Views: 969

Interesting, Ben. It's the first time I've actually seen a panoramic view of the battlefield. One thing about Cannae that I find intriguing - how exactly did the bow shape in the Carthaginian centre slow the Roman advance down, as it was undoubtedly intended to do? I've heard several theories on the...

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