Over the past fifteen months, we have lost most of the members of our group who were active Historical Novel Society members. Many relocated to be closer to their families elsewhere, while others moved for work reasons. Despite all this, the group has continued to meet. Since there are only two members of the group … More A Very Important Notice
Please come to the January meeting to discuss this chapter’s future. Several of the core members have moved, and others have potential life conflicts (hope that is vague enough). We will meet the second Saturday in January at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Florida. We ask that members attend this … More Important: January 2017 Meeting
We will not be meeting on Saturday, November 12th. The December meeting will be a holiday luncheon. Details TBA.
At our April meeting, we decided to add a short writing assignment to Mike’s workshop on writing contracts (tentative). It can be a scene, a paragraph, whatever, just keep it short. In the first paragraph, though, you must use the words SEVENTEEN HOURS. The next meeting will be on May 14th in the Community Room … More Mini-assignment for May FCHNS meeting
For writers covering the 15th-18th century in France, I recommend Fernand Braudel’s two volumes on Civilization and Capitalism, in the English translations. Volume I. The Structures of Everyday Life copyright 1981. Harper & Row publishers. This book covers French and world populations, towns and densities, regimes, epidemics, famines, invaders, food, houses, clothing, technology and money. … More Recommended Resource Books: Civilization and Capitalism
Beginning in April, the First Florida Chapter of the Historical Novel Society will begin meeting on the second Saturday of each month. This change was made to accommodate the needs of some members. The scheduled meeting dates for the rest of 2016 are as follows: February 6th March 19th April 9th May 14th June 11th … More Important Calendar Update
THE COMMON STREAM: TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF THE ENGLISH VILLAGE, by Rowland Parker, copyright 1975; published in 1994 by Academy Chicago Publishers. 252 pages includes an index, glossary and note on currency. Maps and sketches. The book begins with the creation of a village by a stream during the Roman occupation and continues its examination … More Recommended Resource Book
Once again, we return to the subject of editing your story. January’s program is on REVISION, PYRAMID STYLE. Priscilla will show you how she edits and revises in four levels of pyramid building, going from the basic characters through point-of-view and plot before dealing with the cosmetics. The group will be working on a short … More Preview of January’s Meeting
The chapter enjoyed a holiday lunch at Moschellos Pizza in Homosassa. A congenial meal in a restaurant that serves more than pizza. The eggplant parmigiana and Chicken Alfredo are excellent.
By Priscilla Watkins It’s the hot and muggy 1880s when a charred body is found in the ashes of a famous old Kentucky hotel. Ness Donnelly, a former Pinkerton agent, is pulled into investigating and finds at least three choices of suspects. At a breath-taking and law-breaking pace, Ness needs to save a boy from … More Review: Concealed in Ash by Gwen Mayo