Category: History or Alternate History Writing

What I Do and Don’t Love About National Women’s Equality Day

On National Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, I am certainly glad that women in the U.S. are no longer harassed, manipulated, or shamed out of their fundamental and not male-conceded right to vote. But I dislike the name of the holiday, only because: Equality encompasses about a thousand things beyond voting. How many other social groups were wrongfully delayed their right to vote in … Read More What I Do and Don’t Love About National Women’s Equality Day

I Might Be Writing About Yuttahih

I’m currently writing a book set in historical Utah. Interestingly, today I found out that the state’s name does not have a clear origin. And I’m weird, so I love mysterious stuff like that. On the Quick Facts page of the Utah government site, two theories are presented: Theory 1: The name “Utah” originates from the Native American “Ute” tribe which means people of the mountains. … Read More I Might Be Writing About Yuttahih

Steampunk. No, Science Fiction. No, Fantasy! How to Tell the Difference.

Try to define steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, and other genres of fiction, and you’ll likely find yourself growling, “Arrrrgh.” They can be tough to differentiate. Here’s my definition: Science Fiction – Works featuring worlds beyond our own as explained by technology and science. Fantasy – Works featuring worlds beyond our own as explained by supernatural powers or conditions such as magic. Steampunk – Works … Read More Steampunk. No, Science Fiction. No, Fantasy! How to Tell the Difference.