ETA: Forgive the post going off half-cocked. Working from my phone is hazardous at best.
I recently started working on a just for fun collab project that is not only real world historical, but set in the past within the fantasy world’s timeline as well.
SO MANY DETAILS TO KEEP TRACK OF.
When the original author wrote her book, she did SCADS of research for accuracy, most of which was never really included. It was more for her sense of the world/characters.
She asked us as a fanbase what historical details did for us: how much is too much, how accurate does it need to be, etc. The answers varied, but so does her fanbase. Some of us are history buffs, some not.
But the finished work was so character driven (like her books all are) so it didn’t really matter. Jeshickah from then or now is more or less the same, it’s just that then, all she access to for sterilization was Lyme.
Historical or not, our stories are all the same, it’s only a costume change.
But working on this side project had made me realize how unsettling it is to work in a setting where you can get so much wrong. And with so much opportunity for people to call you on it. It scary, but also quite satisfying when you get it right. Higher risk, bigger payout.
Among the many titles I like to give myself (quietly and mostly when thinking to myself) is “historian.” History has been a passion of mine for my entire life. As a kid I would create projects that focused on history. Throughout school, if I were given the chance, I would turn my assignments towards historical topics. I read historical-fiction, and historical non-fiction like mad. I ended up with a BA in history, and an MA in religion — with a thesis focused on a historical figure. And I have now been accepted in another graduate program, where I will pursue an MA in History (starting this fall). And I dream that, someday, I’ll have a Doctorate in History, that I’ll work in a museum or as a history professor, or perhaps a historical consultant or… the possibilities seem nearly endless.
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