Merry Christmas

  27 May 2004, Alberta, Canada --- Glowing Christmas Tree in Snow --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis   As Christmas Day falls on a Monday, this year I get to say Merry Christmas on the actual day. May you and yours have a wonderful day, eat far too much, regret it as usual,

2017-12-22T09:53:33+00:00 Monday, December 25, 2017|Categories: Historical Stuff, Romance|Tags: , , |

Auspicious Timing?

The second season episodes of the most expensive TV series ever produced, The Crown, which cost a mere $130M, just dropped on Netflix a few days ago. It's interesting timing, because today is the 81st anniversary of the day that Britain's King Edward VIII renounced the throne, so he could marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee.

2017-12-12T05:02:57+00:00 Monday, December 11, 2017|Categories: Historical Stuff, Romance|Tags: , , , , , |

Anyone NOT see the parallels, here?

Today, 297 years ago, Captain Jack Calico was captured by the British Navy, and later hanged in Port Royal, Jamaica. Wikipedia's entry on the man is pretty light, but it did include the usual "in popular culture" list…which was oddly missing any reference to Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Carribbean franchise. That raised

2017-10-19T12:48:51+00:00 Friday, October 20, 2017|Categories: Historical Stuff, Romance|Tags: , |

Screwing Up Is A Good Thing

Asterix and cast.  By http://www.jeugdfilm.nl/html/voorjaar_2005.HTM, Fair use, Link I remember reading Asterix comics when I was a kid, and being pretty uninterested. I had to grow up, in all ways, to really appreciate the origins of Asterix, and the history that inspired the character.  He was a little Gaulish warrior, running around Europe

2017-10-05T13:17:28+00:00 Friday, October 6, 2017|Categories: Historical Stuff, Romance|Tags: , , , |

The Deadliest Volcano in the World

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you might have noticed I'm a little bit interested in volcanoes.  I wrote about Mt. St. Helens and Vesuvius and I'll probably get around to marking their anniversary again some day, too.  To the western world, these are probably the most widely known active volcanoes.  The

2016-08-25T14:22:30+00:00 Friday, August 26, 2016|Categories: Historical Stuff|Tags: , |

French by Spilled Blood

History is a really cool place to wander.  You learn all sorts of interesting facts and you can make connections between previously unrelated events, people and places. So what has me excited now? The French Foreign Legion. In a lot of Victorian romances, the disgraced hero or the bad boy would escape their soiled reputation

2016-04-30T04:27:35+00:00 Saturday, April 30, 2016|Categories: Historical Stuff|

All Of Time And The Whole World, Too

When you're writing time travel novels, deciding where and when in history your main characters are going to travel back to can be an overwhelming decision.    After all, the author can pick any time in history -- that's about twelve thousands years of human history, right there.  And I'm not even considering jumping forward into

Lá Fhéile Pádraig

Lá Fhéile Pádraig = "the Day of the Festival of Patrick" -- Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, which is where the wearing of the green comes into it.  (Also, green beer.  ugh.) Patrick was a Roman British man who was enslaved and taken to Ireland, where he found God.  He escaped Ireland

2016-03-17T04:02:13+00:00 Thursday, March 17, 2016|Categories: Historical Stuff|Tags: |

Hoppy Leap Year!

There are approximately five million people with February 29 birthdays.  They're known as leapers.  (As distinct from lepers, but that's a little bit too close for comfort!) It used to be that leapers had issues with insurance companies and banks and other big organizations, who wouldn't (or couldn't) recognize February 29 as a legitimate birth

2016-02-29T04:22:45+00:00 Monday, February 29, 2016|Categories: Historical Stuff|Tags: |