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by Justin Swanton
Thu October 11th, 2012, 5:48 am
Forum: The Writing Business
Topic: Authors You "Know" and Etiquette
Replies: 13
Views: 2948

[quote=""MLE""]Now there is something I WOULD like advice on, Ben. I have been on the lookout for a high-quality freelance editor. I expect to pay. I do have a writing mentor who has dozens of published HF novels. (I didn't ask, SHE volunteered, at an HNS meeting where we were reading each others' f...
by Justin Swanton
Fri October 5th, 2012, 11:41 am
Forum: Author Announcements
Topic: Spartacus: The Via Appia (short documentary)
Replies: 2
Views: 1064

Very interesting, Ben. Robert Harris affirms in Imperium that the slaves were crucified in groups, out of sight of each other, so that the main body of prisoners would not know what was happening and become desperate. Any plausibility in that?
by Justin Swanton
Fri September 28th, 2012, 10:55 am
Forum: Links
Topic: The time Britain slid into chaos- history recycled.
Replies: 14
Views: 3158

There was a similar collapse in southern Spain, and in the western regions of north Africa. Elsewhere Roman society held together pretty well. The most remarkable example is northern Gaul, where the rich, senatorial landowning class remained in possession of their estates and also assumed control of...
by Justin Swanton
Tue September 18th, 2012, 11:21 am
Forum: Links
Topic: The time Britain slid into chaos- history recycled.
Replies: 14
Views: 3158

[quote=""Carla""]Have you read Britain After Rome , by Robin Fleming? She starts with a description of the Roman empire and economy in Britain, then goes on to give a broad narrative history of the 4th to 11th centuries. The focus is on social and economic change at least as much as on high politics...
by Justin Swanton
Sat September 15th, 2012, 9:18 pm
Forum: Debate/Rant Forum
Topic: PC vs good storytelling
Replies: 3
Views: 689

You know, this I think is why I prefer writing historical fiction: for me it is easier to write a good story in a past world than in a present setting. The past world must be recreated with its own outlook and priorities, religious conceptions and prejudices, and everything else that sets it apart f...
by Justin Swanton
Sat September 8th, 2012, 9:02 am
Forum: The Craft of Writing
Topic: books on writing: your favorite?
Replies: 18
Views: 3045

Very interesting. I read the pdf summary by the author. He makes some very good points. This for example: Every physical action taken by a human being (except those automatic responses like breathing) is preceded by a psychological thought. While a film director can only tell a story through what is...
by Justin Swanton
Fri September 7th, 2012, 1:22 pm
Forum: The Craft of Writing
Topic: books on writing: your favorite?
Replies: 18
Views: 3045

I found John Braine's On Writing a Novel first-rate for general advice on producing good fiction - I've applied a lot of it to my own writing largely because it is full of common sense. Braine himself made the big time with Room at the Top but went downhill from there and eventually could hardly ear...
by Justin Swanton
Fri September 7th, 2012, 12:58 pm
Forum: Chat
Topic: Sock Puppetry
Replies: 28
Views: 1768

[quote=""Misfit""]Honestly, with all the nonsense that's been going on lately (google Melissa Douthit and Carroll Bryant if you dare), many bloggers/reviewers are really cutting back on accepting review books, especially from self-published authors.[/quote] I dared. Real futility what these people a...
by Justin Swanton
Fri September 7th, 2012, 10:53 am
Forum: Movies, Television, Radio, and Music
Topic: What Movies Have You Seen Lately?
Replies: 3275
Views: 195036

1957 version of 12 Angry Men. An absolute classic, and proof that a great movie doesn't need much more than a room and a bunch of good actors (oh, yes, and a scriptwriter/director who can tell a good story).
by Justin Swanton
Tue September 4th, 2012, 11:59 am
Forum: Chat
Topic: Sock Puppetry
Replies: 28
Views: 1768

Personally, I never read the 5 star reviews on Amazon - at least, not often and never first. I take a close look at the 1 to 3 star ones. I find I can assess a book's true worth much better by seeing what others don't like about it than what they do. Too many 5 star reviews just read like hype.

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