I’ve just returned home from a wonderful few days in the United Kingdom, where I attended the annual meeting of the Historical Novel Society. This event was fantastic on so many levels: the chance to explore Oxford; the opportunity to learn from my historical novelist colleagues; and the joy of hugging my friends in person–especially those I rarely see or have only met virtually. Here are just a few highlights of a fun-filled weekend:
The town of Oxford took my breath away… The architecture is so impressive!
The Bodleian Library
A Particular Type of Costume Party
Leave it to the historical novelists to come up with a very specific kind of costume party! Attendees were invited to come dressed as a character from a historical novel, even one of their own! Now put this into context. We writers are by and large introverts… for 364 days a year. On day 365, we come out of our caves, don ridiculous costumes, and parade across a stage in front of 300 people!