One wonderful way to travel is back in time. What a pleasure it is to curl up and sink into a distant period where the dress, food and customs are different but where the personalities, motivations and desires are recognizable. The central delight, of course, comes from experiencing a romance—be it fiery or friendly but always fraught – as the hero and heroine bring love to life within the social and political dynamics of their time and place.
timeslip (n.)—a rift in the fabric of time that allows a person to experience significant events from a previous time period, especially from a previous lifetime; may be triggered when important people or objects from that previous time period come in contact with one another.
My non-fiction is continuous with my fiction in three respects. First, as a professional linguist, I love language as much as I love the language of love. Second, I have long been devoted to exploring the history of my discipline, and this disciplinary exploration parallels my devotion to writing historical novels.
Read Julie's blog post at the Huffington Post on Writing as an Aerobic Activity.
Follow my contemporary novellas, inspired by the series of international cities . . .
I never would have guessed that my thoughts on writing would connect with so many people, but that just goes to show that what I might think is interesting and useful may not be for others and that what I do not realize is interesting and useful to others, in fact, is. I've been living a writing life for twenty years now, and over this time I have formulated many ways to understand the writing process and my relationship to it. However, I never really gave these thoughts second thoughts. They worked me for, and that was that. Then over the last several months people started asking me about my writing process and asked for writing tips. I composed a list of 10 tips for writers and then noticed how much it got tweeted and retweeted. Realizing that some of my ideas might have more general usefulness, last Saturday I drafted the blog post Writing as an Aerobic Activity. It was submitted to the Huffington Post on Monday, they accepted it on Tuesday, and it was posted on Wednesday. How did that happen?
My next blog is going to be Dialogue as Verbal Sculpture.
This month my academic book, Linguistics and Evolution. A Developmental Approach, is being published by Cambridge University Press. Talk about a labor of love. My goodness. I am now in the midst of writing Languages of the World in Structural, Historical, and Sociopolitical Perspective under contract with Wiley-Blackwell and with co-author Phillip Carter. I cannot remember when I have enjoyed a writing project as much as LOW.
Oh, wait! I can remember when I've enjoyed a writing project as least as much. Confession: this past year I got into reading BDSM novels. I'm a non-mainstream reader, so I went for the non-standardly-published series some authors set at BDSM clubs. I'm pretty much of a binge reader on any topic, so I out-and-out binged on BDSM. One day I woke with a story idea, and the next thing I knew I was writing it. In September I published it at Amazon. I put it up under a pseudonym, but not because I'm ashamed of it but rather as an experiment. In a couple of months I will be putting it up for free at my website. In the meantime I put my erotic gothic mystery short story, The Wedding Night, for free on my homepage. Enjoy!
December 12, 2013