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  1. Zugzwang
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    01 Jan '20 20:29
    @benjamin-barker said
    To be honest I am not flattered to be referred to as a historic scholar - I would be more chuffed if people complimented the book for being a page turner and an exciting read than a dry historic text. I don't play fast and loose with the facts but I do use artistic license to make it more dramatic and of interest to an modern audience who would enjoy the likes of "Game of Thrones".
    Again, a writer of historical fiction is different from a historical scholar or academic historian.
    They simply do different things.

    "I don't play fast and loose with the facts …"
    --Benjamin-Barker

    Yet many of the biographical 'facts' about ancient people tend to be unknown or disputed.
    This may give ample room for 'artistic license'.

    I have no objection to Benjamin-Barker writing historical fiction.
    Readers simply should be aware that his novel is entertainment (like 'Game of Thrones' ).
  2. SubscriberBenjamin Barker
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    @duchess64 said
    Benjamin-Barker has severely misunderstood what I wrote.
    Sorry, it wasn't that clear to me - but I could tell that it was some sort of personal spat that I was stuck in the middle of lol
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    @benjamin-barker said
    Sorry, it wasn't that clear to me - but I could tell that it was some sort of personal spat that I was stuck in the middle of lol
    She's just up to her usual tricks.
    She provokes, then retreats into victim-hood if others strike back.

    It's a New Year. I'm in a new mood. I'm not biting bait, just yet.

    🙂
  4. Zugzwang
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    @benjamin-barker said
    Sorry, it wasn't that clear to me - but I could tell that it was some sort of personal spat that I was stuck in the middle of lol
    Benjamin-Barker did not grasp the clear fact that my post (page 2, post 4)
    replied to Wolfe63, NOT Ponderable, as he mistakenly thought.
    In fact, I wrote no post at all addressed to Ponderable.
  5. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    @benjamin-barker said
    Sorry, it wasn't that clear to me - but I could tell that it was some sort of personal spat that I was stuck in the middle of lol
    What Duchess failed to mention is that she views herself as an academic historian (alas, without credentials). She might be willing to write a review of your book.
  6. SubscriberBenjamin Barker
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    @duchess64 said
    Benjamin-Barker did not grasp the clear fact that my post (page 2, post 4)
    replied to Wolfe63, NOT Ponderable, as he mistakenly thought.
    In fact, I wrote no post at all addressed to Ponderable.
    I missed the post from Wolfe63 tbh - the only person who I've engaged with about my book actively from this forum who I know has read it and bothered to give me some feedback is Ponderable.
  7. Zugzwang
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    @handyandy said
    What Duchess failed to mention is that she views herself as an academic historian (alas, without credentials). She might be willing to write a review of your book.
    The troll HandyAndy keeps showing his stupidity.

    The people in real life who need to know my 'credentials' already know them.
    Like KazetNagorra (a physicist), I prefer not to make it easier for hateful trolls
    to extend their obsessive campaigns of abuse and lies to real life.

    Historical fiction is typically NOT reviewed by historians.
    (Some popular history books do resemble fiction more than history.)
    And I am not a specialist in the Roman Empire's Severan Dynasty.
  8. Zugzwang
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    @benjamin-barker said
    I missed the post from Wolfe63 tbh - the only person who I've engaged with about my book actively from this forum who I know has read it and bothered to give me some feedback is Ponderable.
    If you read MY post (page 2, post 4), you may notice that I replied to and quoted ONLY Wolfe63,
    who evidently has NOT read your novel. Wolfe63's just trolling as usual.

    I enjoy some historical novels; I simply don't confuse them with academic history.
    _The Killer Angels_ by Michael Shaara is a novel about the Battle of Gettysburg.
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    "The people in real life who need to know my 'credentials' already know them."
    - Duchess64

    I imagine that the rumors of Duchess64's multiple manuscript rejections have nothing to do with her bitterness.
    Oh well, one should take pride in being a history teacher. After all, Community College's are honorable institutions.
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    @wolfe63 said
    "The people in real life who need to know my 'credentials' already know them."
    - Duchess64

    I imagine that the rumors of Duchess64's multiple manuscript rejections have nothing to do with her bitterness.
    Oh well, one should take pride in being a history teacher. After all, Community College's are honorable institutions.
    Note that hateful troll Wolfe63 (who cannot distinguish between a writer of
    historical fiction and a 'scholarly' historian) loves to fabricate things to attack me.

    Community colleges (the subject of an American television situation comedy)
    exist only in the USA and a few other (mostly English-speaking) societies.
    Even in the USA, there are more people with PhDs in history than university positions available.
    An American friend of mine (with a PhD in history from a well-regarded university)
    taught at a community college before she retired to focus on bringing up her children.
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    @Duchess64
    What is your native language? I won't be miffed if you chose not to answer that query.
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    @sonhouse said
    @Duchess64
    What is your native language? I won't be miffed if you chose not to answer that query.
    Most native Kenyans speak Swahili.
    Some bitterly resent that English is their colonial lingua franca.

    Having said that, internet trolls like Duchess64, have become adept at masking their mother tongue.

    Although interpretive services and devices are widely available and anyone, anywhere, can now pretend to speak a different language: Certain repetitive and idiomatic phrases lend themselves to accurate tracing.
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