Ragaris Fortnight

A little while ago I was intrigued to connect two fictional dates. 1st October 570 is the date of Dorac Kingsbrother’s trial, the beginning of the story of “We Do Not Kill Children.” 14th October is the date set aside by the New Governance as a day...

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Trials and smiles of an author (8)

It’s been quite a few months since my last “trials and smiles” post (https://www.penelopewallace.com/trials-and-smiles-of-an-author-7-with-particular-reference-to-the-servants-voice/  ) and maybe it’s time to update readers on progress with book 4. The first thing to say is, Don’t hold your breath. The very fact that the book doesn’t yet have...

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A post in two halves

This post, like a football match, comes in two halves. A week today, we leave the European Union for a period of transition out. As readers of this blog know, I think this is a foolish and sad decision, but I may be wrong. But even...

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Voiceless Day

(Happy New Year!) As most of you know, I allocated 27th December 2019 as a Voiceless Day: partly as a social media advertising device, and partly as an experiment in the life of my protagonist, Hridnaya. Hridnaya is a Voiceless servant, whose purpose is to enable her...

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Christmas in Ragaris

A certain amount can be learned about Christmas on Ragaris from the end of “We Do Not Kill Children” and the rest of the canon, especially “The Queen’s Gift”, which is here https://www.penelopewallace.com/the-queens-gift/. I do know a bit more – although it should be remembered...

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Four days to go

I’m happily safe home from Uganda, and it was a fascinating and hugely enjoyable trip. I’m grateful for the health of the team, which meant that no one missed anything due to sickness; for the beauty of the land; and for the hugely generous welcome...

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