Historical Inaccuracy: Rushes strewn on the floor

I make no promises about how often I’ll update this series, but I’ll be writing historical inaccuracy posts for the blog, as I have a lot of pet peeves. There are a bunch of things that get repeated so often in historical fiction set in Europe–or in European history inspired fantasy–that everyone has now just…

Photograph of a turtle withdrawn inside its shell. By Kenneth Buker.

Introversion and Anxiety: I AM My Shell

If you’re familiar with English idiom, you’ve probably heard the phrase “drawing someone out of their shell” before. If you do a search on it, you’ll find numerous examples of people asking how to accomplish this act with someone they consider shy or introverted or awkward. What’s interesting if you look at those results is…

“A Severe Breakdown in Communication”

Content Note: Discussion of sexual assault, rape apologetics. Dear Abby, You recently responded to a young woman who described being sexually assaulted. Your response? “It appears you and that boy had a severe breakdown in communication, which led to your being sexually assaulted.” Now, I’ve never been an advice columnist, but I am a writer…

A Tremendous Thing

Content Note: Death, cancer, grief. My best friend Maggie died. She had a lot of plans for her life, a lot of dreams never realized, and the cancer didn’t care. She died anyway. She wanted to be a writer and a mother, but her various works in progress will never be finished and her children will never…