Ancient Roman Road Discovered at the Bottom of Venice Lagoon –

With the help of underwater footage captured by police divers, Madricardo and her colleagues confirmed that these structures had regular, smooth-faced stones that were typically used to pave Roman roads. The researchers concluded that this was likely an old imperial Roman road located on a sandy ridge that was once along the beach at sea level some 2,000 years ago but is now submerged. They also documented other large structures, some as long as 442 feet, that may be old Roman docks.

“The pieces came together like a puzzle,” Madricardo said. “It’s not a finished puzzle, of course.”

Ancient Roman Road Discovered at the Bottom of Venice Lagoon –

State of the Author: Still Jet-Lagged

Hi, everyone. I’ve been back from Florida for a few days now, and I’m still dealing with jet lag … and swollen feet. I walked just short of 21 miles last week, if my Fitbit is to be believed … and some of it was in heat/humidity to which I am unaccustomed. Every time I do that, no matter how well I hydrate, my feet swell up until they look like they belong to Fred Flintstone.

So, I’m wearing orthotics and compression hose (shades of last summer’s injury recovery) and pushing water, waiting rather impatiently for my feet look like they belong to me again. The worst part is that it makes walking painful — so, despite the great amount I did last week, I’m not doing much right now.

I did wind up feeling a little concerned about COVID-19, given the news that came out last week about how Florida is leading the nation in new cases. I was careful, masking when I wasn’t either outdoors or in my room … and I am fully-vaccinated. Still, I got a COVID test when I got home; I am relieved to report that it was negative. I took it more from an abundance of caution than anything else, to be honest, but I’m glad that the option was there for me.

The main thing I want is a nap.

That tiredness is why I haven’t been writing much since I got home, although I did make a minor change to my manuscript over the weekend.

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity-Jig

IMG_5466Hi, everyone. I am home from my day job business trip to Florida. While I was there, the news came out that fully 20 percent of new COVID-19 cases, almost all of them the Delta variant, were coming from Florida. Yikes! While my hotel and conference had a “mask optional” policy for those who, like me, are fully vaccinated, they were not asking for any proof. I wore a mask about 80 percent of the time.

The conference itself was greatly truncated; a number of speakers canceled and there were far fewer attendees than in a normal year. Still, it paid to be cautious.

It wasn’t all work and no play; my hotel had some interesting recreational offerings and, as a result, I managed to do one of my bucket list items and hold an alligator. It was worth every hot, humid moment of the wait. I’ve wanted to do this since my first research trip to Louisiana for Bayou Fire; leave it to me to manage it on a business trip to Florida!

How to Use Sensory Details in Historical Fiction – Rachel Smith

Incorporating the full range of senses into your fiction can transform it from flat to multi-dimensional, impenetrable to immersive. Writers who set their stories in contemporary locations are often able to experience the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and tactile sensations of their setting firsthand simply by visiting the location. But what about those of us who write historical fiction—how can we recapture the sensory details of a historical setting? Imagination is key, but as you’ll see below, there are still plenty of ways to light that imaginative spark, and even experience some of those sensory details firsthand.

How to Use Sensory Details in Historical Fiction – Rachel Smith

Click through for some ideas on how to find information in historical records for all five senses.

Celebrating Historical Fiction!

Celebrating Historical Fiction!

An excellent look at the history of historical fiction, as well as some insightful analysis. (In the spirit of honesty, though, I must confess that I abandoned “Waverly” with extreme prejudice.)

History Imagined: For Readers, Writers, & Lovers of Historical Fiction

by Linda Bennett Pennell

This was my first ever post for History Imagined and I thought the topic was worth visiting again. I believe that historical fiction is experiencing a renewed popularity and I have a question for you at the bottom of this post.

From time to time, literary critics and other publishing industry wags have heralded the demise of historical fiction only to be proven very wrong by the people who really matter, the readers. Though it waxes and wanes like any genre, historical fiction endures, perhaps to the dismay of some academicians, but it gives no indication of leaving us anytime soon. Its popularity has been evident from the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverly, considered the first work of modern historical fiction. The first run of Waverly sold out in two days, an achievement to be envied by any author. Scott followed that success with others…

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