In which I am so happy

on November 30, 2013

Dearest chickens! I hope you’ve all had a lovely start to the holiday season. There are so many wonderful things to share–if you haven’t already signed up for the newsletter, check the right-hand sidebar of the blog and DO IT. I’ve got a newsletter coming out next week, and it’s full of good stuff. 2014…

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In which it’s Thanksgiving!

on November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to all the American chickens out there! And happy Thursday to the rest. Enjoy this repost of my chat with Sarah Wendell. Hope you have a great weekend–and on November 30, we have a VERY special treat in store, so be sure to check back! As promised, here is the second half of…

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In which it’s Thanksgiving week in the US, poodles!

on November 26, 2013

And that means with only two days to go until Turkey Day, things are being stuffed or marinated or hot glued so you’re probably looking for a little unrelated cheer to take your mind off of the giblets. And everybody else might just enjoy a trip down memory lane. Today and Thursday I’ll be reposting…

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In which Julia writes a letter

on November 21, 2013

If Theodora gets a chance to share her correspondence, then surely Julia must. Here is a letter from Julia written to her sister, Portia, shortly before her marriage to Sir Edward Grey. It’s a little peek into life before Nicholas…   Somewhere in the Lake District, perhaps Ambleside? June 1880   My dearest Portia,  …

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In which readers wanted food

on November 19, 2013

When I was pondering subjects for bloggery, a reader said anything was fine but FOOD PLEASE. I’m nothing if not accommodating, so here is a recipe from the graceful and memorable Hortense de Bellefleur–Fleur from the Lady Julia Grey series. Enjoy! Hortense de Bellefleur’s Chocolat Chaud To make a cup each for oneself and a…

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In which we’re catching up quickly!

on November 15, 2013

Hello, chickens! I’m deep in the throes of revisions of the novel that comes after CITY OF JASMINE–does that even seem possible?? Anyway, I wanted to share just a few quick links to things you might have missed. First, here’s a blog I did for the fab folks at Writerspace on MIDSUMMER NIGHT. Second, one…

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In which Theodora writes a letter

on November 14, 2013

Those of you who have the digital edition of THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST had a few special pieces of extra content written exclusively for you. Since it’s been a few years since the book came out (!) I thought I’d share with print readers a letter Theodora Lestrange, the intrepid heroine, has written to her…

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In which we’re getting creative up in here

on November 12, 2013

So the reason I went to New Mexico was to deliver my inaugural workshop on creativity. Which is a fancy way of saying I went to give a creativity workshop for THE VERY FIRST TIME EVER OH MY GOD SCARY. But in the interests of faking it until I made it, I naturally tried not…

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In which we’re talking about Principles of Writing

on November 7, 2013

So, reader Nancy asked if I would write a post about my principles of writing. And just putting it down in black and white makes it seem like I should call it PRINCIPLES OF WRITING which is scary and formal and way too serious. We should probably just call it Stuff I Think About Writing….

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In which I’m not here

on November 5, 2013

Well, technically I am, but I’m packing to leave for New Mexico which ought to be a HOOT since I don’t do well at altitude and I have to give this creativity workshop for the first time…but I think we’re going to have a great time and I’m really looking forward to it. Also, I’m…

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