How to Use Class in Historical Settings, Part 1

Forget equality: people used to be much more limited by class and status. Here are some ideas for using class in fiction & games (pt. 1).

Alternate History: Picking Out the Threads

Alternate history: love reading it (here are book suggestions), and love writing it. History plus alternate timelines plus a measure of fantasy if needed or desired: what’s not to love? This is Part I of a series looking at why a writer might choose this approach, and how it can incorporate “historical fact” into the “alternate” part of the equation.

Five Ways to Overthrow a Kingdom in Fictional Settings – Part 1

Need to overthrow a kingdom in a story or game setting? Here are five ways to do so, in a 5-part series. Part 1 talks pros and cons of armed conflict and 3 things to keep in mind if you go that route.

My Other WIP: Queen Victoria’s Transmogrifier

Here is some context on a work in progress I’ll be blogging about from time to time: Queen Victoria’s Transmogrifier, an alternate history and paranormal tale focused on Victorian London in a time/space where magick is real.

How to Use Class in Historical Settings, Part 2

Developing class consciousness in a fictional world lets a writer see the boundaries that, if broken, will create conflict. (Part 2 of 3)

Taylor Caldwell and the Romance of Atlantis

Caldwell wrote the Romance of Atlantis when she was 12, based on a series of vivid dreams about Atlantis. It is a sophisticated work finally published 60 years later.