Wednesday 20 April 2022

#AtoZChallenge: Q for Quills and that pesky thing called anachronism

The problem with setting the Absolution series in a magical Nusantara with no exact corresponding real-world time period is that pesky thing called anachronism. I mean, obviously, it’s fantasy, and it’s not historical fiction, so I could really, really fudge a lot of details if I wanted to.

Which I did.

I think I did pretty well, and there’s nothing too noticeably advanced for the apparent time period/setting.

Except that in my original draft, I had Jeffett pass Yosua a pen. Because he had to write stuff. I mean, obviously, they had writing utensils, I just didn’t know what kind.

(During yesterday's write-in, I had someone in 1880s Indonesia pull out a glass jar, and then I went but wait, would glass jars be easily obtained at that time?? Because I know universities and stuff in the UK were already preserving specimens in glass jars, but a common woman in a tiny village in Indonesia?? Probably wouldn’t have that on hand. Unless magic. HMMM MAGIC)

So yeah, seeing that Yosua is Raja and all, I decided to give him a fancy quill and ink instead.


If you've read Amok, I have a huge favour to ask! 

Amok is eligible for the Realm Makers Readers' Choice Award, so I'd be honoured if you could add in your nomination.

My critique group partner made a graphic of all the books in our group that are eligible this year! In case you were looking for other books to nominate. Nominations are due 23 April.

Nominate here!


That's it for today!

Head back to my theme reveal and master list.

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The Tale of the Hostage Prince (Absolution 1.5)

Yosua wears an uneasy crown. Although he is now Raja of Bayangan, he still longs for the land of his birth where everything was much simpler…and less deadly.

But peace doesn’t come easily, not for a twenty-year-old servant playacting at being king.

With his parents brutally murdered and his uncle bent on revenge, Yosua must decide where his loyalties truly lie. With his only remaining relative and the kingdom he has claimed? Or with his best friend Mikal and the sultanate that raised him as a hostage?


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1 comment:

  1. Ah, I always wondered what it was like to actually write with a quill!