About

I am the youngest of four children, raised in the old-fashioned Irish-American way. I suspect my mother encouraged me to write from an early age to keep me out of her hair, although she may have regretted the decision when my teachers began to call about the controversial stories I was writing. Thus I began my career of butting heads with the good sisters at my Catholic elementary school, and ended it by leaving high school for college with no diploma. I wear my high-school dropout badge rebelliously and proudly.

In college, I became fascinated with the Middle Ages, which was described as a “starry night” by one of my professors. So began a trek through languages and legends that informs my narrative non-fiction and historical fiction, as well as my blogs.

I love feedback and enjoy discussing ideas. My main blog for reflections on life as a history geek and general misfit is Elizabeth Anne Mitchell; I also have an accountability blog for the writing challenge A Round of Words in Eighty Days entitled Leavekeeping. I’m on Twitter and Facebook; my email is lapidaryprose@gmail.com.

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2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve enjoyed reading yours tonight. I’d love to hear more about your training as a medievalist. I’m not sure what that is. When I lived in the Seattle area one of my girlfriends loved things like the Renaissance Fair and a copule of other festivals. She bought period clothes and knew about the craftsmanship of the day. –She was deeply interested in learning more, but wasn’t sure how / where to get deeper training.
    –Kimberly

    1. Thanks, Kimberly. I’m glad you enjoyed the blog. As for my training,I have a master’s degree in Comparative Literature, with a certificate in Medieval Studies. I am through my coursework for the Ph,D., with a concentration in Medieval Studies as well. Your girlfriends certainly needn’t do anything that intense! I’d suggest she get in touch with her local SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism); I think they would have a lot of information about where she could learn things. To be honest, I’ve not had a lot of contact with them (there’s a real chasm between the academics and the SCA), but they should be helpful.

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