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Arthurian Newbie #2 from North Carolina!

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Arthurian Newbie #2 from North Carolina!

Post by cat » Sun August 22nd, 2010, 4:51 pm

Hello everyone! I discovered this wonderful forum through Susan Higginbotham and immediately signed up! I am a graphic designer by trade, but I'm also a huge fan of history and historical fiction. So this seemed the perfect place to chat with other writers and lovers of the genre. Being 100 percent right-brained, I dabble in writing among many other creative hobbies, but I don't consider myself a writer by any means. I have always been drawn to the legends of King Arthur; he's my favorite subject and what I passionately research (when time permits *laughs*). I've read Malory's LeMorte, and while it was a lovely collection of fairytales, I tend to prefer Arthur as a Dark Age warlord, not the King of Camelot. I also find novels of Ancient Rome of particular interest.

I have only truly had a thirst for reading historical fiction for about six or seven years now, so I have a long list of 'must reads' before I'd ever consider myself a connoisseur though. But thus far some favorite authors are: Bernard Cornwell, Rosemary Sutcliff, Helen Hollick, Gillian Bradshaw, Stephen Lawhead, Phillipa Gregory, and Guy Gavriel Kay. There are many more though. And many other authors such as Stephen King, JRR Tolkien and Terry Goodkind that I also thoroughly enjoy when I get into the fantasy realm.

I look forward to getting to know all of you and hope to add to my list of books to read as I explore the forum and discover all your recommendations!

Boring, useless information about me: I am addicted to Starbucks coffee, chocolate and the actor Clive Owen. I'm 43, married, no kids, and live in North Carolina, USA. I'll watch ANY movie based on anything remotely historical or fantasy. If it has a sword in it and takes place in Europe, I'm bound to watch it. I'd have horses if I could afford them...a black Friesian or a white Andalusian. Love cats and have had them most of my life; strangely living without cats at the moment. And I ramble. :rolleyes:
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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "HIgh Force" by L J Ross & "A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central" by Anja de Jager
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Post by Madeleine » Sun August 22nd, 2010, 5:11 pm

Hi Cat and welcome, have fun here.
Currently reading "High Force" by L J Ross & "A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central" by Anja de Jager

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Post by LoobyG » Sun August 22nd, 2010, 9:07 pm

Welcome and happy reading Cat! :)

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Post by fljustice » Sun August 22nd, 2010, 9:23 pm

Hi Cat! Welcome to the forum. Lots of friendly interesting people here and, I swear, most have cats - check out the pet pics! Same here about the horses, except I'd have a Morgan and/or an Icelandic pony. We visited Iceland a few years ago and I came home drooling for one of the little critters. They are so easy to ride. Unfortunately, my home in Brooklyn is zoned for chickens, but not horses. ;)
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Post by LoveHistory » Sun August 22nd, 2010, 9:29 pm

Hi Cat! I'm sure you'll love it here.

My husband and I have two horses. One is a pure Arabian, the other is half-Arab.

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Currently reading: The Catherine Howard Conspiracy by Alexandra Walsh
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 » Sun August 22nd, 2010, 9:35 pm

Welcome, Cat. I hope you enjoy it here.

I have two cats and two dogs. Wouldn't be without them!
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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Post by cat » Sun August 22nd, 2010, 9:37 pm

Thanks so much for all the warm welcomes!!!

[quote=""fljustice""]....Unfortunately, my home in Brooklyn is zoned for chickens, but not horses. ;) [/quote]

Same here *laughs* but we can still dream, can't we?
LoveHistory wrote:My husband and I have two horses. One is a pure Arabian, the other is half-Arab.
I adore Arabians too! The famous shape of their heads...and the stamina that breed has is legendary! I read the Black Stallion books as a young girl and for a long time, wanted a black Arabian stallion of my own!
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Post by Ashley » Sun August 22nd, 2010, 10:12 pm

Hrm, you seem to be familiar. ;)

I forgot to mention Guy Gavriel Kay and Gillian Bradshaw too! Just love them. And I'm sure I'll see you around. ;) <3
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun August 22nd, 2010, 10:42 pm

Hi Cat, and welcome to the forum. I just sold off a horse, (the one in my current avatar) because poor Magic needed more riding time. Strangely catless too, at the moment, unless you count the daughter's visiting felines who are fantastic at catching flies. However, I still have (and always will have) my pack llamas, who allow me backpack-free access to the wilderness.

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Post by Misfit » Sun August 22nd, 2010, 10:54 pm

Hi cat, welcome aboard. No horses here but two cats.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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