Category Archives: Art

Naked and Afraid

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“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”  Michelangelo

I am in the throes of editing my most recent novel.  I have taken my last stab at it myself and sent it out naked and afraid into the hands of other readers to be picked over and marked up.  It is a terrible time.  The copies will come back to me with heart-breaking slashes, corrections, ideas and warnings…but as painful as some of those will be that is precisely what I want, what is best for me and for my novel.  My writing group gives me the input along the way and for me that is a great boon, but this sending my baby out whole to be judged in the harsh light of “Here it is, it’s done,” is  nerve wracking.  These critiques I prefer to get whole, not a running commentary in bits and  pieces over the days.  Drop the whole ten ton package on me at once; I will accept the sudden crushing weight and slowly…days, weeks…will begin to sort through it all.  I will launch happily into the punctuation corrections, because I suck at it.  I will look hard at the grammar, because sometimes they’re right.  The toughest parts are the suggestions on story line, character, dialogue, plot movement…my darling quips torn to shreds, that perfect scene devasted, etc.  Hard to swallow, hard to bear…but in the end I do swallow it, not whole by any means.  Some comments and suggestions are easily discarded…not my story, not what I’m doing.  It’s the ones that hit home…that “Oh, my god, they’re right.  How do I fix it?”  Those are the real prizes received from this stage.  Those are the jewels that I receive from this scariest part of my process.

I love my final edit readers, love and fear them.  So bring it on!

 

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Palatium: House of Livia

Great examples of Wallpaintings!  This is house attributed to Livia and it would have been “in the neighborhood” of the home that Numerius has installed his sister’s family in the first book of the Numerius Meridius Pulcher mystery series. How’s that for desirable real estate?

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The House of Livia (domus Liviae) is a building complex on the Palatine Hill, ancient Rome’s most desirable location. It was built in the first half of the first century BC and belonged to the empress Livia, the third wife of Emperor Augustus. It stood next to the House of Augustus (domus Octaviani) alongside a complex of buildings conceived for the ideological propaganda of the emperor’s power and image. The house marks the transition between the 2nd and the 3rd architectural style of the Pompeian wall painting.

First excavated in 1839, the house has been attributed to Livia on the basis of the name IVLIA AVG[VSTA] stamped on a lead pipe on display on the left-hand wall of the tablinum. The two-storey house, built around a central atrium, was decorated with advanced “Second Pompeian Style” wall paintings, reflecting the sophisticated taste of wealthy…

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Hellenistic Coinage—Book Review: always a fascinating topic for me!

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The Hellenistic World. Using Coins as Sources. By Peter Thonemann. Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Pp. xxxii + 232. Paper, $34.99. ISBN 978-1-107-45175-9. Reviewed by Philip Kiernan, Kennesaw State University The first in a new series on ancient coinage organized by the American Numismatic Society, this book […]

via CJ-Online Review ~ The Hellenistic World. Using Coins as Sources — rogueclassicism

One Down, One in Progress, One on the Back Burner!

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I have been very noticeably absent of late.  I have, however been very busy.  Finally finished the second Numerius Meridius Pulcher novel and am currently trying to get the final editing done.  Any Beta Readers out there that care to help?  Shoot me an email.  It took a while for me to get this one down, had to go back and rewrite it more than once.

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Currently I am working on the first installment of a new series:  Dime a Dozen: A Denys and Dixie Delacroix Mystery of Old New Orleans.  The first mystery takes place in 1913.  It was the time of Storyville, Emma Johnson, Countess Willie, Tom Anderson and Jazz.  Camel cigarettes had just introduced the first 20 pack of pre-mades;  it became the industry standard.

On the back burner:  the next Numerius adventure, tentatively call Numerius Meridius Pulcher and the case of the Prodigious Prefect.  This romp will take Numerius back on a retreat to his Pompeii home and his good friend Julia Felix.  It will take place in 62-63 CE.

Have to use this!

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Bronze Bacchic Mask-  First Century (CE)

I keep a Pininterest file on art works that I might use in My NMP series as well as a separate art collection for an upcoming series and character costume and setting images for various potential works.

When I saw this mask  I knew it was one  I would use.  Can’t wait to get to the Case it will be in!