Thursday, October 7, 2010
Good news today. The managing editor of a major independent book publisher, whom
I met at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference in July, has requested to see the entire manuscript of my novel,
The Sign of the Eagle. He had orignially requested to see the first sixty pages. He enjoyed reading it so much,
that he wants to read the rest. Needless to say, I immediately emailed him a copy of the entire manuscript. I won't reveal
his name or the publisher until my novel is actually accepted for publication. I have had a lot of rejections so far and this
is the closest I have gotten to an acceptance. Wish me luck, I'll need it!
4:12 pm pdt
As I wrote previously, I met with the
artist who is creating a book cover for The Sign of the Eagle. We went over her sketches and after making a few minor
changes, I gave it my final approval. She will soon start work on the actual painting.
A little background on my
heroine, Macha, in the novel The Sign of the Eagle. Macha is a British Celt, daughter of the legendary King, Caratacus.
As a Celtic woman, she had far more rights than the either Greek or Roman women; being nearly equal to men. Celtic women fought
as warriors along side their men and occasinally, even trained them. They were trained as bards and Druid priests and as law-givers.
They were the tribal healers and were advocates for the rights of children. They were also tribal rulers, e.g., Cartimandua,
Queen of the Brigantes in Northern Britannia, who betrayed King Caratacus to the Romans. And there was Boudica, Ruler of the
Iceni's in Central Britannia, who rebelled against the Romans about 60 - 61 A.D. This tradition of Celtic female independence
would continue well into the eighth and nineth century A.D.
Is is any wonder that Macha continually gets
into trouble when she refuses to bow to Roman custom that women should be submissive after she learns that her Roman husband
has been wrongfully accused of treason. Instead, she takes matters into her own hands and is determine to prove his
innocence despite all odds. Something that probably a strong-willed Celtic woman might attempt.