The Three Ts of Ancient Rome: Time, Taverns, and Toilets

As I’ve mentioned once or twice (okay, maybe closer to a thousand) times before, my fantasy world of Osteria didn’t just pop into my head. It was heavily based on life in Ancient Rome and, to a lesser extent, Ancient Greece. In previous posts you learned about some of the major influences of Roman culture … Continue reading The Three Ts of Ancient Rome: Time, Taverns, and Toilets

Writing the Day Away

Yes!!! I have survived the dreaded head cold and am now so excitedly ripping through my current project, that simply can't bear to take a break. So, I'm going to call this Wednesday a blogging "cheat" day and recycle one of the articles from my most recent newsletter (which you can sign up for HERE … Continue reading Writing the Day Away

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Finn McSpool is Going Native for Earth Day

--Hey Finn, do you want to help me with a little book promotion? --Do I get to dress up!? It's been a while since I broke out the kilt and caber. --Well, no, but you do get to help teach people about gardening in a sustainable way. --And... --It's for Earth Day. --And.... --There's a … Continue reading Finn McSpool is Going Native for Earth Day

The Eyes Don’t Have It

There are a couple things I don’t often share with people: One, my vision is awful and, two, my income from my creative work is less than what some panhandlers make. Wait, no, there’s three things: I also hate my glasses. How awful is my vision? From an early age, eye doctors have looked at … Continue reading The Eyes Don’t Have It

The Funny Side of Writing Fight Scenes

If you’ve read any of the books in my Osteria Chronicles series or some of the parts of Domna, you may have noticed several pages are filled with action-packed fighting. Whether it’s Hercules cousin, Iolalus, battling a hydra or Theseus going toe to toe with the minotaur, my fight scenes have (hopefully) provided you as … Continue reading The Funny Side of Writing Fight Scenes