Category Archives: BONE FIRE

Dirt & Bones: Climate Change

For some folks the words CLIMATE CHANGE are a rousing call to arms. That’s not my intent in this post. I’m not interested in the pros or cons of current political clashes concerning the causes and effects of mankind’s contribution … Continue reading

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Dirt & Bones: Pottery and Playdough

Last fall my husband dug up a bit of what he calls “gumbo” and what area potters call “Pickford clay.” I ran a few Facebook posts about it as I tempered it with sand and molded it into a sort-of … Continue reading

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Dirt & Bones: Living Quarters

In my current novel (Working title: HORSES OF THE WEST SUN, previously BONE FIRE), I based the houses of the River People on the rectangular, semi-subterranean dwellings used by the Dudeşti people who settled in what is now Romania during … Continue reading

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Dirt & Bones: Words, Words, Words

My current manuscript (the first book of the BONE FIRE Duet) is set more than 7,000 years ago in the Wallachian Plains of Eastern Europe (now part of Romania). My main male character is Jorn the Word Singer. One of … Continue reading

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European Research Trip – Croatia!

One of our guides describes the shape of Croatia as that of a bird flying. Check out the purple image on the map, and you’ll see her description is accurate, with one “wing” of Croatia lying along the Adriatic Sea … Continue reading

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Eastern European Research Trip – Horses!

I have loved horses since I was very young, and one of the “characters” in my novel-in-progress, BONE FIRE, is a horse. Horses from 5000 B.C. (the timeline of the novel) were quite different from horses today. They were smaller, … Continue reading

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Eastern European Research Trip – All Aboard!

When I began the research for BONE FIRE, it didn’t take me long to decide that I needed to visit the area where most of the novel takes place — the lower Danube River. After a few months of consideration, … Continue reading

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The Eastern European Research Trip – Language!

Since about 2001, I’ve been studying a re-constructed language that is considered the mother tongue of most European languages. Linguists tell us that more than 400 languages have their roots in that ancient Indo-European tongue. You might enjoy seeing a … Continue reading

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The Trip to Eastern Europe – Budapest Tour

Neil and I learned that the magnificent city of Budapest, often called the “Queen of the Danube,” was at one time two cities, separated by the Danube River.  Buda lies on the west hilly side of the river, and Pest … Continue reading

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Eastern European Research Trip

When I was in sixth grade, our teacher Mrs. Hannah Graham decided that each member of our class of 40+ students should write a term paper. She taught us how to use note cards and how to write a bibliography … Continue reading

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