Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Valeria - a senator's daughter who was the pawn in an arranged marriage
Arden Caratacus - her lover and a Celtic chieftain
Galba Brassidias - a Machiavellian tribune whose ambition and cruelty was without limit
The author, William Dietrich, used an interesting device whereby the facts gradually become known in flashbacks as a Roman inspector tries to piece together what actually happened by interviewing various witnesses to the unfolding events.
Many years ago I began recording the title, author, and date of each book that I read. I put this into a Word table so that I could sort it by each of those fields. I found this helpful to take with me to the library or bookstore when my short term memory got so bad that I couldn't remember whether or not I had already read something. Just a month ago, it occurred to me that I should start keeping a summary of the plot and my impressions of each book. I decided to do this in an art journal format in a composition notebook. The pages were first painted with a mixture of acrylic paints, and then I drew the wall with colored pencils and did the lettering with a .8 Copic Multiliner pen. The Celtic cross is a rubber stamp image. I had a lot of trouble getting this ready to post because it was too big for the scanner to read the whole spread. So I scanned the two halves separately and was struggling to learn enough about Photoshop to piece them together. A new online friend came to my rescue when she told me about the "stitching" capability in ArcSoft's PhotoStudio. Thanks, Janice! I didn't get it lined up absolutely perfectly, but it's close enough to suit me.