Persia

Persia

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Now into the final (I hope) draft!
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  • Are you a ...?
    Published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Historical fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Sci-fi
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Pretentious
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Jane Austen; C.S. Lewis; Kate Morton
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Anything Jane Austen; the Narnia Series; The Secret Garden; The Hidden Garden; Ivanhoe; The Firebird Trilogy; Lord of the Rings Trilogy; Kate Morton
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To write intelligent, witty books that I would personally enjoy reading! To publish the book I'm finishing off, & the next two that are in my mind as a trilogy. To find like-minded writers and readers who appreciate quality work (my own or others').
    Your worst habit?
    Not taking enough breaks, and learning to just do "nothing"!
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    in what my husband calls my Adlerhorst (eagle's nest).
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I live in a small town outside Zürich with my Swiss hubby of 24 years, and 3 cats who are never far away when I write. I have no local (English!) writers' groups, and am in desperate need of like-minded wordaholics for feedback!

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    Persia Now into the final (I hope) draft!
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    Persia Enjoying a break between completed draft and rewrite... by writing another story!
    1 year ago
    • Amarantha
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      Amarantha Best way to take a break. Keeps the creative juices flowing :-)
      1 year ago
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    Persia
    Persia Enjoying a break between completed draft and rewrite... by writing another story!
    1 year ago
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    Persia
    Persia On the home stretch of finishing off my next manuscript!
    1 year ago
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    Persia
    Persia Have been down for the count with a dislocated ankle recovery (souvenir from the Isle of Staffa).
    1 year ago
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    Persia
    Persia Working away on the research for my next novel... this is the fun part!
    2 years ago
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      Dan Green I love research too. My problem is knowing when to stop researching and start writing, lol. :)
      2 years ago
    • Persia
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      Persia :-) The trick is doing them simultaeously! And getting a trip or two out the research "excuse" - I'm off to London next week!
      2 years ago
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    Persia Excited to launch my third and fourth books!
    2 years ago
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    Persia Excited to launch my third and fourth books this week! "The Cardinal", Parts One and Two, on Amazon worldwide in Kindle and Paperback!
    2 years ago
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    Persia I'm in the final editing stages of getting the next book(s) out in time for Christmas! Nose to the keyboard for the final stretch...
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About

My nickname comes from my first writing mentor, an author in the States. In giving me feedback one day, he said that it was just his opinion, and not the law of the Medes and Persians; he became Mead (as in ale), and I became Persia.

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  • Persia
    by Persia 3 years ago
    Hi Chris! Here are just a few spontaneous thoughts:
    For me, the rule of thumb in any writing choice, whether punctuation, vocabulary or syntax, is the intended readership. If you don't already know some, get to know kids in this age range: Listen to them; see what they're reading; look at well-known modern published books for that age range (by modern, I mean that e.g. Narnia was originally written for children, though readers' sophistication or tastes may have shifted slightly in that market segment) - see how they're writing, how simple or complex their syntax is.
    If you don't know any kids, then talk to a teacher and see what they think; maybe you could even find a Beta reader or two in that age range, or a primary school teacher!
    I hope that helps! Let me know what you decide. :-)
  • Chrisby
    by Chrisby 3 years ago
    Hi Persia, I write Childrens books for the 5/8 age group would you say that just simple punctuation would be better than trying to complicate stories?
  • Persia
    by Persia 5 years ago
    My wall chats mostly seem to be on Writing Right! In case you're wondering, I'm still around. :-)
  • Shakey
    by Shakey 6 years ago
    Nice quote Persia. Good advice to bear in mind when approaching agents maybe?
  • Tony
    by Tony 6 years ago
    Hi Persia, sorry to wake you from your slumbers. I've posted a question on Writing Right, if you've got a minute sometime :-)
  • Persia
    by Persia 7 years ago
    Thanks, Mockingbird & Tony!
    Somewhere in the dust of my history reading I came across a reference to actual clapping as a symbolic agreement of a contract, or of a covenant (ancient middle eastern type). I'd like to find such a reference again, but have no idea where to start. Tony, the working man's contract had to do with it - if I remember right it was mainly because one or both of the parties could not write or read...

    I'll go take a look at your message, Mockingbird!
  • mockingbird
    by mockingbird 7 years ago
    hiya - yes, I have come across handshaking as confirmation of an aural contract between men lots of times. It seems to go across the classes too - gentlemen confirmed arrangements, and so did the middling group, as well as in lower classes too who wouldnt have wanted to use lawyers anyway. About clapping - I have come across this as an emphatic hand shake - eg they clapped their hands together when about to shake as so pleased with their dealings - but never took it to mean anything other than male boisterousness in the activity1

    Hope this helps.

    P.S. Have you had a chance to look at my message yet. I did it - then added a postscript straight afterwards as I forgot something!
    Take care.
  • Tony
    by Tony 7 years ago
    I saw your question to Mockingbird. In Ireland and the UK it was, and I should think still is, common practice amongst farmers at the market, when they had agree a price for a heifer or a bull, each to spit on his palm and clap these palms together to seal the deal. I've seen the same practice amongst the rougher antiques dealers agreeing a price between them - it's a working man's practice rather than the professionals, who would always tend to shake hands on a deal.
  • Persia
    by Persia 7 years ago
    Mockingbird, I know I replied to you in a message, but your post just looked so lonely here...

    At the moment just for a change of pace, I'm working on a sci-fi piece. I'm doing tons of research, as I want it to be as realistic as is possible for setting something in the 25th century... I'm learning alot about minerals in particular, geology in general, as well as architectural structures, technological gadgets, experiments in science and technology, and and and. It's a blast, and clears the cobwebs of 18th century so that I can dive into the next historical project a bit fresher!
  • mockingbird
    by mockingbird 7 years ago
    hello - happy new year and all that!
    Yes I have a new lap top - which has all its keys (thank you Guinness), isnt covered in chocolate cake mixture (thank you daughter) or apple juice (thank you son)! It works. And its all mine, mine, mine ....pause for hysterical laughter!

    You asked about my writing - about a year ago I had my first book self published - called A Voice of Discontent - about women in the 18th and early 19th century and their literature, showing that many women were unhappy with the way society treated them as lesser citizens, faced with a double standard. My interest in literature meant I read many novels of the period, as well as more serious works by female writers like Wollstonecraft, Hays, Robinson, Radcliffe, Macaulay etc. And the result was a discovery that a significant number of women did make protest - sometimes open, sometimes covert - in the course of their writings. Book one. I planned three.

    I am now researching the Victorian period, continuing the theme of women's emotional experiences/reactions to the situations they faced, but also looking at how other women and men felt about these reactions, and the moves for change in law - and the resistance to change!

    My last book took nearly five years to do from initial research, decision to write, to publication and book launch. This one will probably take longer - there is so much more to read!

    Well thats my work in a nutshell. At present I am investigating Victorian divorce novels - and seeing where they link to particular phrases/clauses within the legal debates/acts themselves. I spent some time in the autumn looking at marital abuse - and madness before that. I am saving prostitution for the summer.....

    Over to you - what are you working on/interested in?