Stephen D. Lalonde

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Posted on August 13, 2022 at 9:45 AM

With every positive review my confidence in my writing progression grows. These offerings by people who appreciate my efforts are the best reward I can imagine. I just hope that the word gets around that my books might be worth reading. I have no delusions about being on any best seller list, but I will be delighted as more people read my books. That is why I write them (just stating the obvious). I am encouraged enough that I plan to keep writing. Strymon is in process now. I hope to complet...

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Nine Days

Posted on August 12, 2022 at 11:40 AM

Only nine days left until I meet my blogging goal of blogging every day for a year. It has become such an interesting facet of my daily routine. I doubt I will quite so dedicated to daily writing after I make the goal, but I will continue to blog often to share my writing journey with anyone who might be interested. I have met so many people who have expressed an interest in writing, and I try to encourage them to begin the journey if they really want to write. I am willing to share whatever ...

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The Sea

Posted on August 11, 2022 at 10:40 AM

My historical novels are based in the ancient Mediterranean around 600 BCE. The primary occupation represented is maritime trade. My characters spend much of their lives on the sea. I know that a huge part of choosing that setting is based on my own love of the sea and the coastal areas. I spent many summers on Hood Canal, part of the Puget Sound. I loved getting to ride on the ferries and all the boating I got to do then. There is something magic for me in the sea. I love the salty smell of ...

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Posted on August 10, 2022 at 10:45 AM

The most productive times of writing for me are when I can shut everything else out and place myself completely in the time and place I am writing. I am invisibly present in the action of that story. Immersion is the best word to explain what I experience. When I reach that state my imagination provides all of the sensory input needed to make real what I am writing. The challenge is to be aware enough of the need to share that with my readers. That is, I have to be just enough removed from th...

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Posted on August 9, 2022 at 11:20 AM

One of the most satisfying elements of writing is receiving positive reviews. I have ALL of the reviews I have received on both websites (the old one: and the new one which isn’t finished yet, but hopefully will be before too long.) The new webs...

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My Ancient Community

Posted on August 8, 2022 at 11:30 AM

I am now realizing that what my historical novels are doing as they become a series, is creating a community based in the broad Mediterranean around 600 BCE. It started with Sinon and his coming of age story, continued with Mentu and his story of newfound freedom and seeking his past, and then with the story of Mentu’s mother, Anissi, and her quest for justice. The next book will be about Strymon, the sailor / bard who spins the web of mythology over all of these books. There are so man...

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Posted on August 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM

So I bought a webinar program and my intention is to use it to share more about my writing efforts and what I have learned. I hope to also do some sessions on ancient Greece and what I am learning about ancient Egypt and Nubia. I know that there are thousands of people far more advanced in Egyptology than I am, but I would share, from a beginners perspective, what research has brought to me as a resource for writing historical fiction. My fascination with those places in ancient times is temp...

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Strymon Says...

Posted on August 6, 2022 at 9:00 AM

I have no idea where this is going. Strymon says, “trust me”. Sinon and Mentu have noted on several occasions that there is something extraordinary and even supernatural about the sailor/bard who keeps re-entering their lives. Strymon tells the stories of mythology relative to the places the ships stop. He seems to know what others are thinking wi...

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Yard Sale (Again)

Posted on August 5, 2022 at 8:55 AM

In June we did a yard sale. I decided to put some of my books out just to see if any would sell. THEY DID! I sold thirteen books on Friday and Saturday. One of the books purchased on Saturday was read on Sunday, and then I got a call on Monday and he wanted the other two books of the series, so the yard sale resulted in fifteen book sales. I have no idea if t...

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Posted on August 4, 2022 at 10:55 AM

When I earned my MA in Ed. Degree, my mother and sisters went together to buy a silver tetradrachm as a gift for me. That coin was minted around 323 BCE. It has been an inspiration to me through the many years I have had it. I mounted it in a pear wood frame sandwiched between pieces of plexiglass so I could share it with my students. I would tell them that i...

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One at a Time, Please

Posted on August 4, 2022 at 12:45 AM

This ‘world’ I am creating around 600 BCE is becoming more and more real to me. Even though only one character (Sappho) actually existed, the rest of the cast of characters that have presented themselves as I write these books are becoming as real as any person can be. They each have their own personality and I have to believe that these character...

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More Encouragement

Posted on August 2, 2022 at 10:55 AM

Interest continues to grow among friends and family in my books. I received another letter yesterday. I am so excited about the wonderfully positive responses to my books. I am thankful that they note, without exception, my growth as an author. I can see it too. I doubt that many authors start out as fully developed in the art of writing novels. Like anything...

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August Historically Speaking

Posted on August 1, 2022 at 10:10 AM

The August Issue of Historically Speaking newsletter went out yesterday. I thought people might have more time to read it on a Sunday than waiting until today (Monday, August 1). I soon received some very positive responses to it. I am so glad that I have chosen to share my research with those who are interested. The research is so rich with information and I...

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Birth, Death and Resurrection

Posted on July 31, 2022 at 1:05 PM

The title of this blog deals with many elements of mythology and the Greeks of ancient times (and maybe current times as well). Birth, death and resurrection is represented in the myths in several ways. 

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Almost a Year

Posted on July 30, 2022 at 11:50 AM

On August 22, 2021, I decided to try to blog every day for a year. I am closing in on that goal. The purpose was to share the writing journey with those who choose to follow these blogs. That journey involves so much more than the placement of words on a ‘page’. Literally hundreds of hours of research for these historical novels is necessary to br...

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Another Snippet

Posted on July 29, 2022 at 11:50 AM

Yesterday I wrote another snippet of STRYMON’S STORY (the working title for the next novel in the series.) I am starting the process by dealing with some of the scenes from the other books, now in Strymon’s point of view. There will be much more to his story than these pieces which are shared with the other books. In addition to the storyline befo...

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Another Review

Posted on July 28, 2022 at 11:20 AM

I may not blog about every review I receive, but then again, I just might. After months of pouring my heart into my writing, positive comments are the best possible reward (well, that and maybe breaking even). I received this review yesterday (I deleted a piece of it that was a spoiler. Got to keep the suspense up).

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Writers' Guilt

Posted on July 28, 2022 at 12:50 AM

There is a special kind of guilt reserved for writers. It is the guilt of not putting words on paper or in the computer. That doesn’t mean we are not ‘writing’, as the process of creating the text of our books, articles, essays and short stories is often largely ‘invisible’. It is what is happening in our brain as we construct th...

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Interesting Characters

Posted on July 26, 2022 at 11:35 AM

My sons were fascinated by (maybe even addicted to) Twin Peaks, the quirky television show with some really unique characters and settings. The Log Lady and the Black Lodge especially come to mind. I finally managed to make some progress in more interesting characters among the crew of the Cyrene in ANISSI. The earlier books focused on the ma...

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Cultural Integration

Posted on July 25, 2022 at 11:35 AM

My research is revealing to me that so much that is often attributed solely to the Greeks, was actually the result of interaction between the Greeks and other cultures, notably Egyptian. One graphic example is the god Hermes Trismegistus (Hermes three times great). He was a merger of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth. There are so many other exa...

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