But I am on such a tight deadline right now, my first historical, formerly known as KISS OF THE KNIGHT, now tentatively titled TAKEN BY THE KNIGHT which is book one in The Blood Sword Legacy series, is nearing completion. As it damn well should because it is nearly a month late. But hey, when I originally contracted this story it was to be one way, now as the launch book of a series it has to be bigger, and bigger takes more time. And bigger it is. I love this story!!
As far as a coherent blog post for today, I cannot think of anything to say in modern English. Old Saxon and French, yes. I could talk about the politics of 1066 England, and how fascinating I find it. Or the complexity of the peoples of 11th century England. Like the difference between Normans, Saxons, Danes and Scots. Or knights and foot soldiers and who was the expert archer, or who wielded a battle ax as if it were a baton. I could talk about the broadsword all day long. Or about the huge Viking influence in England at this time. Or the Danelaw, and Danegeld, and how the Norse were amongst the cleanest peoples on the continent. They actually bathed weekly and changed clothes regularly. They were more than marauders; they were avid traders and as many of you know seafarers of the highest order. Even today, engineers marvel at the craftsmanship and engineering that went into the dragon ships built more than a thousand years ago. But I digress.
I am on deadline and cannot come up with a blog post today that would be of much interest to most. So I am not even going to try. I would like to say though, I am launching my third First Line contest over at my blog this coming Monday, October the 1st. I’ll be posting the guidelines sometime Sunday. Stop by and enjoy.
Again my apologies for not regaling you all today but I am on a mission to complete this story sometime today. Print it out tonight, flesh it out over the weekend, and have it to my agent Monday morning when she gets in. I still have 50 pages to write.