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Post by boswellbaxter » Sun May 8th, 2011, 12:48 am

Welcome, Diane! Glad to have you here.
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Post by wendy » Sun May 8th, 2011, 10:30 am

Hi - welcome to the gang. Hope you have fun!
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Post by Madeleine » Sun May 8th, 2011, 10:32 am

Hi Diane and welcome! Love your introductory piece. I know what you mean about job titles, I've gone from clerk to secretary to Rights Assistant - my current title which completely throws people when I tell them what it is, although it is basically an admin job ie lots of paperwork!

Good luck with your books and new job.
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Post by parthianbow » Sun May 8th, 2011, 2:16 pm

Hello, Diane, and welcome to HFO!
I've not heard of Parke Godwin either. I very much enjoy books set in that turbulent period. Off I go to check him/her out.

A favourite novel of mine set at that time is Julian Rathbone's The Last English King, and this summer there are two excellent new additions coming out - the debut novel Sworn Swordby James Aitcheson (see my review under "A"), which is set in 1069, and Shieldwall, by the acclaimed novelist Justin Hill. It's set in 1013, and runs up to about 1019/20. I'm lucky enough to have read both already, and they're excellent.
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Post by Ash » Sun May 8th, 2011, 2:20 pm

I'm not an exceptionally nice person, it seems. I also have a pretty pungent personality
Oh, we like pungent personalities here :) Welcome BTW we have the same problem in my field. Our speech teachers have been called speech therapists, speech pathologists, speech and language instructors. Im always asking which one it is this year.....

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Post by Carla » Sun May 8th, 2011, 3:39 pm

Hello and welcome!
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Post by fljustice » Sun May 8th, 2011, 4:02 pm

Welcome, Diane. Glad to have another writer in Late Antiquity, we seem to be in short supply. It's such an interesting period and the lack of documents gives the writer such wonderful creative latitude. Looking forward to meeting you in the threads!
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Post by DianeL » Sun May 8th, 2011, 4:25 pm

Hi, Madeleine - thank you!

parthianbow, I hope you'll have reason to thank *me*.

fljustice, I like the idea that lack of direct sources makes for "latitude" ... :) In the midst of the writing, it felt more like a lack of direction more than once - but then I do seem to have produced a hefty stack of words nonetheless.

See you all around!
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon May 9th, 2011, 8:28 am

Hi there and welcome. Great to have you with us and somehow I get the feeling you won't be one of our lurkers. ;)

Like you, as a child, I started out reading tales of Greek (and other) mythology (thank you Roger Lancelyn Green for all those wonderful books) and then Jean Plaidy who turned me onto historical fiction. I've had my fantasy, sci-fi and crime fiction phases, and have never abandoned them completely, but it's always historical fiction and mythology that I come back to.

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Post by Greg » Mon May 9th, 2011, 9:08 am

To Diane they're a pretty good bunch here, open and welcoming with an awful lot of good ideas and talent. Hope you feel at home, the story on Childeric at your blog looks interesting. I have a passion for the early Dark Ages though strangley I'm currently in the Tudor Age. Good luck

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