East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Burning down the Library of Alexandria

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I have just finished the translation/revision/rewrite of my old story The Cursed Hieroglyph, hat I have half an idea of re-titling The Thing in the Library.
It’s been a lot of hard work, but I am quite satisfied with the results – Nennius Britannicus and his boys came out of it bruised and singed but certainly wiser, and the Great Library of Alexandria was burned down once again.
I mentioned this was, historically, quite a common occurrence.

So now I’ll let the story rest for a few hours, and then after dinner I’ll clean up the dialogues, add some details and debug the action, and I’ll finally post it to the editor, in the hopes they find it as fun reading it as I found it fun (re)writing it.
I am also quite proud of the historical research I did, finding information on the tunnels under the Serapeum in Alexandria. Because I like to add a modicum of class and erudition to my sword & sorcery stories.

I have also half an idea of adding about 500 words and give it a final twist.
Just because.

Then I’ll take the rest of the evening for myself.
I hate to admit it, but this writing stories thing is really a lot of great fun: I know “proper writers” that write to fight their demons. I don’t need it: I have Nennius Britannicus and the boys to fight the demons on my behalf.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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