Friday, September 17, 2010

Narrow Seas Received 'One Lovely Blog' Award has received the 'One Lovely Blog' Award. This is a community-generated award in which operators of historical fiction and related blogs bestow the award on those they think deserving. It is then incumbent upon the recipient to pass it along and recognize other blogs in the field.

It's gratifying to receive such rewards because the Internet can be a cold and lonely place. Many times I wonder if anybody is reading (hello, hello, anybody out there?), so the receipt of such an award gives me a boost that last for days. I love receiving comments and emails from readers, but an award from a colleague who respects my work has an extra something special to it--other writers in the field know just how tough historical fiction can be, especially when there are 'rivet-counters' who will pounce upon perceived inaccuracies. (Sometimes they're right, sometimes they're wrong, and sometimes it just doesn't matter.)

Unfortunately, I'm principally a poet and a tall ship sailor, so I'm not as conversant with the field of historical fiction blogs as others are. Some of the ones that immediately come to mind have been nominated before. However, credit is due where credit is due.

1. Nan Hawthorne's Booking History at Nan has been a keen supporter and helpful advisor in the field of historical fiction blogging. Although she was the one that gave me this reward, I am reciprocating because she's one of the genuinely professional and helpful people in the field, unfailingly courteous, insightful, and supportive for gay historical fiction.

2. Astrodene's Historic Naval Fiction Blog and the ancillary website and forums at Astrodene runs one of the most comprehensive online resources for historic naval fiction and non-fiction. He publishes reviews, catalogs, forums, interviews, and all kinds of good stuff. He's a courteous and conscientious host has been unfailing gracious to this newby in the field of nautical fiction.

3. Richard Spilman's Old Salt Blog is another great resource for fans of nautical fiction at He publishes reviews, history, stories, and sea lore. He's another fixture of the field, and fans with any interest in the sea would do well to check out his site.

4. A Room of One's Own is dedicated to fanfiction, especially historical fan fiction, and especially the Age of Sail. It was here that I discovered I was not the only one to appreciate the homoerotic potential of the Hornblower miniseries (*grin*)

5. Age of Sail blog. Another major resource for the field of nautical fiction. Here is where you can learn more about history and fiction, as well as view a really neat video of HMS Victory firing a rolling broadside at

6. Gerry B's Book Reviews. He reviews historical fiction and lots of other stuff, all with appeal for an LGBT audience. We need more good reviewers!

7. Elisa Rolle's Reviews and Ramblings. Elisa seems bent on reading and reviewing all m/m romance in existence, which is an even greater challenge given that English is not her native language. She also posts her reviews to Amazon and Goodreads, meaning excellent exposure for works she reviews. NSFW

8. Thrifty Reader reviews everything, including gay historical fiction. A lively and informal style is very readable at

9. Andi's Musing offers reviews and random blog posts about whatever strikes her at

10. Thistles and Pirates. Not technically a blog, but Cindy Vallar reviews and provides useful information to readers interested in pirates, privateers, corsairs, and related subjects in fiction or non-fiction.

11. Speak Its Name. The grand-daddy of the gay historical fiction blogs, with the admirable goal of reviewing every gay historical fiction novel ever published at

12. Historical Fiction & Fact Blog. A monster listing of historical fiction and fact blogs.

13. GLBT Bookshelf. Technical not a blog, but it's a great source for promoting LGBT work of all sorts in one wiki-based community. Thanks to Mel Keegan for running this project.

14. Boatswains and Bacteremia -~An Amalgam of Medical and Maritime History~ for those who are interested in historical medicine and maritime history, together or apart. A classic geek's blog covering a unique field at

15. Naval History Blog, from the US Naval Institute, Naval History & Heritage Command. An official blog of an official organization. Your tax dollars at work! But seriously, it's great to see historical information with an authoritative provenance, and it's especially good to see the historical material put in context as part of our military preparedness, past and present.

The rules for the "One Lovely Blog" award are as follows:

1. (If you) accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered.
3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know that they have been chosen for this award.

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