Author Archives: Char of inkydancestudios

About Char of inkydancestudios

Writer by nature and for the soul. Educator for life. Artist for love. Passion: All things good and true.

Part 3: THOSE SNEAKY RESEARCH ASSUMPTIONS: Who wrote the 1635 version of “A Relation of Maryland”?

Imagine this: It’s England, the year, 1635. You’ve angered some notable Protestants along with the king’s men.You need to leave because you’re Catholic, and now they’re searching for you. A friend whispers in your ear for you to hurry down … Continue reading

Posted in Pen Points | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PART 2: WHEN FACTS AREN’T FACTS Historical Writing Pitfalls and What to Do

As a child, I saw Frog legs listed on the menu. Horrified, I could only imagine the little frog’s pain from having the legs torn off. Mother comforted me by saying, “They grow back.” Truly? No way. But to this … Continue reading

Posted in Pen Points | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WHEN FACTS AREN’T FACTS AND ASSUMPTIONS ARE FAULTY Historical Writing Pitfalls and What to Do: Part I

A DIFFERENT TIME AND PLACE I write historical stories and constantly worry I’ve overlooked something. Most likely, I have. Anachronistic traps hide everywhere. I hadn’t realized pre-colonial Maryland indentured servants went barefooted because shoes costs too much, or Governor Calvert … Continue reading

Posted in Pen Points | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SECRETS OF HISTORICAL LETTER WRITING or How to Lock your Letters

Richard Fisher (16 June 2021) posted a terrific article giving insight as to how a postal-free delivery system in the 1200-1850s kept correspondence from prying eyes. This task required ingenuity and adept eye-hand coordination. In my newest book (working title: … Continue reading

Posted in Pen Points | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What You Don’t Say Tells Another Story: The Power of Subtext in Writing

Facial expression, misdirection, avoidance, double meaning, body language, and quips, are some of the ways to use subtext. How fun for your readers when you let them take part in writing your story. Think about it. If you haven’t spelled … Continue reading

Posted in Pen Points | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

TRIBUTE TO A FRIEND- Judith Van Gieson

Judith Van Gieson passed away unexpectedly in Albuquerque, NM in January. I took these photos of her at what I expect was her last public appearance. Here she is holding the manuscript of her book that had been adopted for … Continue reading

Posted in Pen Points | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments