Only guild members were allowed to trade in the city. They could not work at night or undercharge. By these methods the guild kept production down and prices up. Members who failed to maintain high standards of workmanship were fined or expelled from their guild. Women rarely became full guild members. Some guilds (for instance … Read moreMedieval Guilds
What follows are thoughts that have been whirling around in my head lately, and after much consideration I have decided to put those thoughts here so that writers thinking about entering a collaborative project have something to think about. Obviously, I’m part of a collaborative work. My writing partner lives on the other side of … Read moreCollaborative Writing
I’m happy to announce that I’ve finished the rewrite of my fantasy manuscript. All I have to do now is go through the first ten chapters and change the name of the world. When that is done, I can send the manuscipt off to the editor. Yay! Final word count: 98,910 words
I won’t go into details about how this came about but yesterday I chatted with an agent about writing, what is expected in the industry and what an unpublished author should be aware of. The agent was Brian Cook, a well known figure in the Australian publishing world. Word count has always been an issue … Read moreChatting with an Agent
The weekend was productive because I managed to get through four chapters in total. This means that I’ve not only gone past the three quarter mark, I’ve only got five chapters to go. Hopefully I’ll be finished by the end of the month. April is the first workshop for the 2005 anthology so if I … Read more5 chapters to go
This evening I finished chapter 20, which means I’m three quarters of the way through the rewrite. Admittedly, the last three chapters were quite easy. I spent a lot of time on them only a few months ago, so very little needed to be changed and/or added. Current word count: 66,378
Some people believe the plague ended in the seventeenth century, but this is not so. There have been many outbreaks around the world right up to the present time. In mid-January 1900 bubonic plague made its first recorded appearance in Australia, being officially declared in Adelaide on the 15th of the month and in Sydney … Read moreBubonic Plague in Australia
StoryPilot’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Market Search Engine looks like a great place to start looking for that perfect market for short stories and novels. There can never be enough places to try, I say.