Whither goest thou?

Whither goes thou?

I’m sure that’s a phrase used in poems, old letters, manuscripts, plays and such. And it seems apt to ask this question about my blog. The goal is to illuminate historical fiction as a genre for readers, writers and others (a few teachers have stopped by).

Here’s where things stand:

  • Reader surveys – check. Might do another one in 2017.
  • Author interviews – check. Over 150 on the blog.
  • An analysis of the elements of historical fiction – partial check. At one point I considered writing a book to explore this topic further, however, I prefer to spend my writing time on fiction.
  • A look at social reading – partial check. This topic satisfied the techie-geek in me.
  • Guest posts – check. I love having guests on the blog.
  • Reader interviews – a few. A nice complement to the reader surveys. Definitely could do more of these.
  • Blogger interviews – a few. Ditto.
  • Book reviews – a few. I do these for fun and only occasionally.
  • Posts about my research and writing process – check. Could explore the research topic in more depth.

What do you think would be (a) interesting, (b) useful, (c) provocative in terms of generating dialogue?

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union on August 16, 2016. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.


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17 Responses

  1. Hi Mary! I’d say that, based on your goals for this blog, you’re doing a heck of a good job. Your checklist is ambitious and—speaking for myself—immensely valuable. My vote is for another Reader Survey in 2017. Thanks for your hard work.

    And for a little ambiance, here’s Perry Como singing your theme! … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53BdXs1Ayvg — although I like Leonard Cohen’s version better.

  2. Hi Mary, Your blog is extremely interesting. I love your list especially book reviews, author interviews and posts about your research! Keep it comin’… and keep writing, I’m anxious to read your next book <3

  3. Might be good to look at the number of comments generated by these different types of posts you wrote. Then you would definitely see which ones generated more dialogs.
    From my perspective, I would be most interested in reading on your blog:
    Reader surveys,
    Reader interviews
    Blogger interviews
    Book reviews
    Posts about my research and writing process.
    I hope it helps

  4. How about guest reviews? I would be interested in reading the thoughts of your followers concerning certain mass market historical fiction and what they are truly interested in reading. What is the great unwritten book that they would love to get lost in?

  5. Your blog is definitely a labor of love! I would love to see more about researching historical details. When I look for specific state laws of 1900, for example, I don’t find them. I also need East Coast train routes for that time. BTW, do you have your past research-related blogs stored somewhere? Where might we be able to see them? Thank you!

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