Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Latin Man and other Friends

In my search for historical authenticity in my writing, the Internet has proven to be a wonderful resource.

I have made the acquaintance of a number of professional people in very disparate areas.

Teresinha and her marvelous website on woad I have already written about.

I also can count a Celtic historian, Anthony McKinley, among the wonderful people who have taken time out of their busy lives to help me get things right, answered many question about ancient Celtic history, and who critiqued a funeral scene for me.

My first book has a blacksmith character, and I corresponded with a modern day blacksmith named "Paw Paw" Wilson, who instructed me on the finer points of smelting iron. PawPaw has since passed away but I hope to give a copy of Ciara's Tale to his wife when it is published.

Professional beekeepers and sheep farmers have assisted me, too. All in all, I have been amazed at the generosity of the online community to help a new author.

The most recent friend I have made is a Latin teacher at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, NY. I graduated from O'Hara in 1970 and when my sister Bernadine recently informed me that Latin was one of the languages being taught there now, I wondered if I might presume to write and ask for his/her help.

I did indeed find an email address for Mr. Calvin Steck and sent off a note. He responded quickly and soon I had the distinguished assistance of a Latin scholar. In my second historical novel, Eleri's Tale, my main character is learning to read and write Latin and I desperately needed help to make the scenes correct.

Mr. Steck kindly and cheerfully gave me the benefit of his years of study and knowledge.

So thank you, Mr. Steck!

Your students are fortunate to have you.


  1. Nonnullus narro Latin est a mortuus lingua. Inquam vos have non ago si vos cannot effor vestri. Lingua sino pro callide clues ut vestri indoles ut conversing per alius. Illic est quispiam lost in reddo. Is can exsisto embelished per physical factum emphasis , quod a puteus vicis wink obviam a venustus lass. Latin est a Romanorum lingua , recedentia excellens illis alius Romanorum lingua. Sto procul substructio of infinitio quod admiror laxamentum. EGO sum humilis per infinitus quod amplexus of Deus.

  2. Thanks, Cobalt. But are you going to give us the translation?

  3. Hello Mrs. Yancy- I'd love to get in contact with Mr. McKinley, can you help me contact him?

    1. I lost contact with him, I'm sorry.


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