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What's that illiterate physicist doing here, anyway?

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Doug Bradshaw
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What's that illiterate physicist doing here, anyway?

Post by Doug Bradshaw » Sat July 4th, 2009, 3:22 am

In the interest of full disclosure I'll tell you why I don't quite belong here. This seems like a great spot. I hope you'll take me anyway . . .
  1. Right now I'm mostly reading Elizabeth Gaskell and Jane Austen, so fiction from history rather than historical fiction.
  2. I'm also reading a pretty cool book called "The Inner Game of Tennis." Oddly enough, I think some of the principles in there might apply to writing.
  3. I love biography, perhaps more than fiction. Autobiographies can be even more interesting.
  4. My favorite fiction author may be P.G. Wodehouse.
  5. I work full time as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  6. I haven't written a book. That is, I just finished the first draft of my first novel, but I'm giving it a brake before writing a second draft. This whole editing idea is intimidating.
  7. I'm not here to promote a book. But I still have an ulterior motive. I hope to find authors willing to contribute short stories or short biographical pieces for a new magazine.

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat July 4th, 2009, 3:42 am

Let me be the first to welcome you, Doug. As a denizen of a California town where there are more physicists than schoolteachers (and I'm sure you know which one!) I can assure you that your profession spawns many an HF fan.

This place is also unparalleled for research into reader likes and dislikes. A treasure trove of information available nowhere else. Enjoy!

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Post by boswellbaxter » Sat July 4th, 2009, 3:46 am

Welcome, Doug! Would love to hear about your new magazine.
Susan Higginbotham
Coming in October: The Woodvilles


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Post by juleswatson » Sat July 4th, 2009, 7:22 am

Welcome, Doug. Whatever your interests you will find really interesting and stimulating discussions here!
Author of Celtic historical fantasy
New book "THE RAVEN QUEEN" out Feb 22 2011: The story of Maeve, the famous warrior queen of Irish mythology.
Out now, "THE SWAN MAIDEN", the ancient tale of Deirdre, the Irish 'Helen of Troy'

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Post by donroc » Sat July 4th, 2009, 11:25 am

Welcome, stick around, and enjoy.

Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXZthhY6 ... annel_page

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Post by Anna Elliott » Sat July 4th, 2009, 12:11 pm

Welcome, Doug! Another huge P.G. Wodehouse fan here! And I'm married to another "illiterate physicist"-type, so I'm delighted to meet you all around! :)

Author of the Twilight of Avalon trilogy
new book: Dark Moon of Avalon, coming Sept 14 from Simon &Schuster (Touchstone)



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Post by EC2 » Sat July 4th, 2009, 12:18 pm

Welcome to the forum Doug!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal


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Post by parthianbow » Sat July 4th, 2009, 1:54 pm

Welcome, Doug. This is a great website, with a good forum and lots of interesting people to debate/share information with. What's the magazine about?
Ben Kane
Bestselling author of Roman military fiction.
Spartacus - UK release 19 Jan. 2012. US release June 2012.

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Post by Misfit » Sat July 4th, 2009, 2:57 pm

Welcome aboard. I think you'll find a few Gaskell and Austen fans here.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Sat July 4th, 2009, 3:11 pm

Hi Doug

Hello and welcome - I hope you enjoy it here.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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