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Bryn Hammond

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Born
in Chavey Down, The United Kingdom
May 23, 1964

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Beowulf, T.H. White, Dostoyevsky, James Tiptree Jr.

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I live in Australia. Ex-British.

Always a writer, but it’s with Amgalant I settled down. Before that, I spent years over a creative translation of Beowulf, and on unfinished sf/f novels with an inclination to New Weird – often a historical setting with extraterrestrials. Now it’s simply Mongols. An encounter with the Alexiad in my teens captured my imagination on behalf of steppe peoples, and afterwards I saw Gibbon’s Decline and Fall from a barbarian perspective.

I’m interested in the convergences and intersections of history and imaginative work. I’ve understood the past through its written arts; and I think it’s possible to write decent history as art, too.

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Bryn Hammond Chosen for its cuteness. No story attached I'm afraid. Except that I did want to tell the world, 'how cute is this Mongol name?'

I am a serious name…more
Chosen for its cuteness. No story attached I'm afraid. Except that I did want to tell the world, 'how cute is this Mongol name?'

I am a serious name fan. Names are such a thing with me I flick through novels to see whether the author & I have similar ideas on what's a great name, and if we don't... I figure I mightn't like the novel either.

Temujin, Jamuqa. Toqtoa, Tarqutai. Khabul, Daritai. Ambaghai, Bultachu. There was almost no name that turned up in his story, which I didn't have a strong urge to seize upon and use. Yes, this was a significant factor in my choice of story.

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Bryn Hammond I like to believe, and have found, that difficulties, whatever they are, can be solved with time. Often mine have resolved themselves, even if I've…moreI like to believe, and have found, that difficulties, whatever they are, can be solved with time. Often mine have resolved themselves, even if I've had to wait two years. I don't think I've struck a difficulty that time won't fix, and I've come to trust in that. The sort of difficulties I face are to do with plotting, because I work from raw material (primary sources) and I have to explain people's actions and words to fit in with what we know from the historical record. (less)
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travelling, talking 1This short entry is to link to a most observant discussion of my historical fiction project by John Caviglia: a post on the blog of Rounded Globe, who have just published my ‘Voices’ essay.


Observant is what I might expect from John Caviglia, who is both a writer (premodern, epic-in-scope historical fiction) and in his past a professor of comparative literature. I particularly enjoy his remarks...

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Fabulous volumes. I can use this one for my interests from Mesopotamia to China. Thanks, Oxford.
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“If I laid a wager on which was to panic first, a block of granite or Jamuqa, I'd go the granite.”
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“Our children aren't here to fix our mistakes, but to have lives, lives we can't guess at.”
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“Temujin: "You are hard to get a plan past, my wife the queen."
Borte: "Indeed; that is what your wife the queen is for.”
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“Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto.
I am human, and think nothing human alien to me.”
Terence

“No, I am that I am, and they that level
At my abuses, reckon up their own;
I may be straight, though they themselves be bevel.

--Sonnet 121”
William Shakespeare

“I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there ’s a pair of us—don’t tell!
They ’d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems

“They accuse me--Me--the present writer of
The present poem--of--I know not what,--
A tendency to under-rate and scoff
At human power and virtue, and all that;
And this they say in language rather rough.
Good God! I wonder what they would be at!
I say no more than has been said in Dante's
Verse, and by Solomon and by Cervantes;

By Swift, by Machiavel, by Rochefoucault;
By Fenelon, by Luther and by Plato;
By Tillotson, and Wesley, and Rousseau,
Who knew this life was not worth a potato.
'Tis not their fault, nor mine, if this be so--
For my part, I pretend not to be Cato,
Nor even Diogenes.--We live and die,
But which is best, you know no more than I.”
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“Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.”
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message 4: by Bryn

Bryn Hammond Me too you. Right back. :)


message 3: by Bryn

Bryn Hammond Steve wrote: "...have you ever heard of this?

No... not until your blog. I'll go read about it there.


message 2: by Steve

Steve Evans Hey Bryn hope all is well in your world...have you ever heard of this? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-env... aka the voynich document? What do you think?


Arkadagy Saparshy Thanks for Great Steppe's list :)


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