1500’s History: Two Formidable Ladies


I love history. Recently, I have been doing research for a novel set in the 1500’s. Since I want it to be as historically accurate, and the characters as close to their historical counterparts, as possible, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the monarchs and leaders of the period, from the infamous Pope Borgia to Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain.

The most non-history-buffs know about these figures is condensed down into a handful of specific events such as, “Isabella sponsored Columbus, who ‘discovered’ the New World.” That is true. What you might not know, however, is that Isabella was one of the most tactically intelligent figures in history, and responsible for making Spain the greatest and largest European empire of the period (late 1400s, early 1500s). Continue reading

One Memorable Halloween


Halloween is a time of superstition, going back to simpler times when it was believed one could ward or pay off demons and ghosts by leaving out food on the doorstep. It is associated with ghosts, witches, zombies, and suchlike. But in 1517, Martin Luther put out his 95 Thesis against the Catholic Church, and birthed the beginning of the Reformation.

To fully understand what happened that cold October day in Germany, one must first have a little background about the period. Luther appeared on the scene in the Renaissance. Humanism (pursuit of intellectual learning and scholarship) was very popular among the European monarchs and scholars. Wealthier households could speak, read, and write in Latin, which was a universal language used for diplomacy in foreign courts. Scriptures were also taught and shared in Latin, which meant the peasants could not understand, nor read the Latin Bible for themselves. It was believed that preserving scripture in its original ancient language was respectful to the source material; but this meant that most of the lower class received scriptural translations through priests. (Many nobles were fluent in Latin, as it was the universal language of diplomacy.) Continue reading

Femnista: Halloween 2015

femnistasmallerIn This Issue:  Maleficent, The Witch (Into the Woods), Gertrude (Hamlet), Morgana (Merlin), Asaj Ventress (Star Wars), Hexenbiests (Grimm), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Catherine de’ Medeci (La Reine Margot), The Wicked Witch of the West (Oz), Ungit (Till We Have Faces).

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Happy Halloween!

The Man in the High Castle


It’s my “fourth” birthday on WordPress; I figured I ought to commemorate it.

I’ve been busy studying theology, brushing up on psychology, delving into the philosophies of the great humanists of the 1500s, doing extensive reading on the history and politics of the period, and writing endlessly about it, which means I’m not sure what to do with this space. It occurred to me that I could redefine it as a history-heavy zone, with particular thoughts as to my writing process; then I thought I could define it as a philosophical zone. But I’m not entirely sure I want to sink that much energy into either one, nor do I feel entirely comfortable doing both in the same space. My life teems with many different things, but I’m not sure they all belong on one blog… where one moment I’m discussing N.T. Wright, and the next post I’m ranting about historical events. Success is generally centered around specializing on one thing at a time, and I’m not sure which one I want to succeed at.

So, in the meantime I’ll say that I was never more fortunate than when I nabbed a Roku and hooked it up to Amazon Prime. The first two episodes of The Man in the High Castle are out, and my little sci-fi/history mashup loving heart is just thrilled to pieces. The premise is “what if the Nazis had won WWII?” America is divided between Japan and Germany. Hitler is about to die, which means the Germans and the Japanese will soon be at war again over the divided US territories. And then there’s that pesky Resistance, those Americans who refuse to give in without a fight and hold onto the dream that maybe they can rescue their nation from the clutches of evil. Continue reading



How are all of you?

My blog has been neglected of late. I haven’t been sure what to do with it, since other things have taken precedence in my life. I may revive it in the coming months to reflect my stronger, present interests, but in the meantime I’m busy with Real Life. I do, however, want to leave a link here to a lovely little blog that has just started up, and who asked me to do an interview, primarily about writing. So please read it and give her stats a nice little hike, to encourage her on her blogging journey.

Better go format stories for our Halloween issue of Femnista… it’ll be here before you know it!

Femnista Sept / Oct 2015: Magical Realism


Inside This Issue: A Snicker of Magic, Teen Wolf, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, The Fisher King, Mithermage, Severus Snape (Harry Potter), Winter’s Tale, Dustfinger (Inkheart), and The Vampire Diaries.

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