Tag Archives: Eastern Europe

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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DIRT & BONES: A Most Precarious Art

Welcome to the launch of my monthly blog post about the research behind my books. Allow me to begin with an apologetic…. The twenty-first century is a precarious time to write novels set in any prehistoric era. The development of … Continue reading

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Eastern European Research Trip – Romania!

So early in the morning, we bid farewell to our sweet little room on the Viking Ship Jarl. We board a bus and begin our trip through the countryside on the way to Romania’s capital city of Bucharest. One of … Continue reading

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Eastern European Research Trip – Chef’s Farewell Dinner

Our bags are packed for an early departure in the morning from the Viking River Ship Jarl. To ease the sadness of good-byes, our last dinner on board is an adventure in itself, and especially delights the palate. (Or like … Continue reading

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Eastern Europe Research Trip – Friends!

What better way to enjoy a journey than in the company of friends! In a ship-full of people – including passengers (about 200 on this cruise) plus the crew and performers – you meet so many interesting folks. With most … Continue reading

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Eastern Europe Research Trip – The Research!

To me, the research for any novel seems like giant treasure hunt, and I’m energized by discovery. I love fleshing out a scene with small bits of information and visual imagery. To do that, I often rely on on-site photos. … Continue reading

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Eastern European Research Trip – Bulgaria

Our port city in Bulgaria is Vidin, and our tour today includes a visit to the Belogradchik Rocks and Fortress. On our way! (Photo from the bus window.) The red Rocks of Belogradshick were formed by weathering and erosion. They … Continue reading

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