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  • Ah, the bizarre world of the aspiring historical novelist. My last three web searches have been "Elizabethan bawdy song lyrics", "period pain symptoms" and "Are all angels male?"
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    'Celia the wanton and fair,' was s sexy song featured in Green Darkness by Anya Seton. Of the 4 most famous archangels, Uriel,Gabriel, Michael and Raphael, Gabriel was possibly 'female'.
    Andrew Okey
    Andrew Okey
    Thanks Katie-Ellen, will check that out. For now I've decided to go with a "landscape imagery / coy yet bleedin' obvious" vibe. Something like...
    Andrew Okey
    Andrew Okey
    A Ferraran girl
    All shy and blushing
    Showed me her ankle.
    Her land is gorgeous, lush and fertile
    And I had rather seen
    The hills and the vale, the hills and the vale!

    A Milanese girl
    Sweetly condescending
    Showed me her nape.
    Her land is fulsome, rich with sugars
    And I had rather seen

    The hills and the vale, the hills and the vale!
    Just got my current WIP long-listed for this year's Adventures in Fiction New Voices award. This time last year my completed novel got short-listed, so I guess the staffers there must like my writing style...
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