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Elk in Headlights
« on: February 10, 2015, 11:35:16 PM »
Hello to all and sundry. My name is Ellis L. Knox, but I've had a nickname since childhood, so call me Skip.

I write historical fantasy and have a couple of publications, and I'm working on a novel. I've been reading fantasy for most of my life, which at 63 adds up to a fair pile.

I'm a medieval historian by training, but I fell into the computer business early on and the tar baby stuck. I'm retired now, though, and have returned to my first loves of history and fiction.

I'm delighted to find this group. I've been reading Fantasy Faction for a year or more, but only today stumbled onto a reference to the forum. Jumped on it.

I look forward to hearing from folks here on their triumphs and tribulations in their writing, and their publishing.
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Re: Elk in Headlights
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2015, 12:26:14 AM »
Welcome, Skip!  It's nice to have another member who is older than I.  ;)
I found F-F while googling for new "best books" to read, and discovered the monthly story competition.
Don't join that.  I can't stand having more competition. 8)
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Re: Elk in Headlights
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2015, 05:25:41 PM »
Welcome Skip

I think you might be interested in The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle #1) by Miles Cameron

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Re: Elk in Headlights
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2015, 02:25:22 AM »
It's nice to see another medievalist in FictionLand. The Red Knight is now in my TBR queue which is, alas, dishearteningly long.
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Re: Elk in Headlights
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2015, 08:33:17 PM »
I needed until now to get the topic title...  ::) ;D

Hello and welcome! :)
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Re: Elk in Headlights
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2015, 03:47:59 AM »
Not when I began writing, but later when I began to realize just how much work the whole publishing process was going to entail, I felt like a deer in headlights.

The rest was inevitable.

-= Skip =-
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Re: Elk in Headlights
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2015, 06:50:33 AM »
I am not looking forward to the publishing process...good thing I still have to edit.
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Re: Elk in Headlights
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2015, 11:49:22 PM »
I'm a medieval historian by training, but I fell into the computer business early on and the tar baby stuck. I'm retired now, though, and have returned to my first loves of history and fiction.

Hey there, fellow Medievalist! (Just finished my Master's in Medieval Islamic History a couple of months ago :) )

Hope you like it in here. The 'What are you currently reading' is a great thread to encounter new books, so be sure to take a look there!
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Re: Elk in Headlights
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2015, 01:49:42 AM »
I'm a medieval historian by training, but I fell into the computer business early on and the tar baby stuck. I'm retired now, though, and have returned to my first loves of history and fiction.

Hey there, fellow Medievalist! (Just finished my Master's in Medieval Islamic History a couple of months ago :) )

Hope you like it in here. The 'What are you currently reading' is a great thread to encounter new books, so be sure to take a look there!
M.g., can you make a suggestion for a readable, interesting book in your master's subject?
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Re: Elk in Headlights
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2015, 08:01:17 PM »
M.g., can you make a suggestion for a readable, interesting book in your master's subject?

Of course! There are many, though.

For a general overview, Bernard Lewis "The Arabs in History" is always a fairly solid introduction, despite being a bit old by now. I prefer André Miquel's "L'Islam et sa civilisation", which is an absolutely phenomenal book - but I don't think there is an English translation.

My thesis was specifically about the expression of homoerotic sexuality in the poetry and literature of al-Andalus (Iberian Peninsula). I cannot recommend enough one of the best books about sexuality in Islam: Abdelwahab Bouhdiba's "Sexuality in Islam". It is an entertaining and truly informative read.

Hope these help  ;)
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Re: Elk in Headlights
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2015, 08:16:44 PM »
Miguel, did you read Guy Gavriel Kay's The Lions of Al-Rassan? Superb book placed in a slightly alternate version of the Nasrid Empire of Granada.
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Re: Elk in Headlights
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2015, 09:37:17 PM »
Miguel, did you read Guy Gavriel Kay's The Lions of Al-Rassan? Superb book placed in a slightly alternate version of the Nasrid Empire of Granada.

I've read great things about it, and it is on my TBR pile, but I haven't got into it yet  ;) Thanks for the tip, in any case!
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