The Hellenistic period on film

Today, found this lovely blog about period dramas (with which, as my Netflix queue would show you, I am totally obsessed). One of the entries on the front page at the moment is a review of Alejandro Aménabar’s Agora, a film about Hypatia, the Alexandrian scholar of mathematics, philosophy and astronomy murdered by a mob…

Launch party day

I’m getting ready to head over to BookPeople in an hour or so to set up for my launch party, but before I go, I wanted to share the guest post I wrote for Wonders & Marvels, a great blog about history. Wonders & Marvels will also be offering copies of Alcestis in a giveaway,…

New Year’s resolutions

Malinda Lo and Maggie Stiefvater both posted entertaining and useful accounts of their own takes on New Year’s resolutions. I’m not much of a resolution-maker either, but lists of goals? Oh dear. I’ve been using Basecamp to manage my to-do lists since last summer,  and it now contains 11 separate lists, some of terrifying length.…

Alcestis ARC giveaway!

Another quick post today to mention that I’ve put two ARCs of Alcestis up for giveaway on GoodReads. If you request one before January 15, you’ll be entered to win — then GoodReads chooses two winners, and I mail an ARC to you! (And then, I hope, you love it, squeeze it, call it George,…

Recommending some recommendations

A quick thank you to the wonderful Elizabeth Loupas, who invited me to write a guest blog post about Alcestis for her blog. Elizabeth and I share our lovely agent, Diana Fox, and we both write historical fiction. (Elizabeth’s The Second Duchess will be out in February 2011.) This month, Elizabeth has been doing a…

Sunday links

This interview with Cormac McCarthy is wonderful, thorough and crotchety, and since I’m not much a short-story writer myself, I’m oddly heartened by his lack of interest in writing them, or in delving into collaborative work in Hollywood, etc.: WSJ: But is there something compelling about the collaborative process compared to the solitary job of…