I’m back, chickens!

on July 30, 2015

I’m back in the US and finally recovered from jet lag. (They say it takes about a day for each hour off you are, and that’s roughly true. It took four days for me to stop falling into bed at 9pm and waking up at 5…) The London part of the trip was pretty spectacular….

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Lots o’links!

on July 28, 2015

Round-up of links today–saddle up! *Interesting article on “The Lying Art of Historical Fiction.” It was published QUITE a while back, but well worth reading. *Social Customs from the Regency Era via Jane Austen’s World. This one is a superb resource for learning more about what folks were really getting up to in the early…

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I am depending upon the kindness of strangers…

on July 23, 2015

Today’s blog topic is loving, and there is nothing I’m loving harder right now than the advance praise for A CURIOUS BEGINNING! It’s a bizarre thing to work so hard on a book allllll alllllone and then send it out into the world to see what people think. This book was sent to writers I…

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I could be watching the Tour

on July 21, 2015

Today’s theme is watching. Oh, chickens. It’s July, and if you’ve spent any time here in the summer, you know this is TOUR DE FRANCE MONTH. Due to circumstances beyond my control, this was the time we had to be in Europe. We left on day three, and we’ll arrive home again with a mere…

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Digging in the archives for rules for Southern ladies

on July 16, 2015

This post from the archives was originally published in 2007. I started thinking the other day about the rules I was raised with. Not the little stuff like, “Don’t lie” and “Don’t steal”, but the BIG rules, the ones that apply to Southern girls. In no particular order, here are the ones I remember most…

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Sometimes the best thing you can do is not write

on July 14, 2015

Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? As a writer, you’re supposed to write. ALL THE TIME, EVERY DAY, NO EXCEPTIONS. That’s what we hear over and over, and after much consideration, my response to this is: PFFFFFFTTTTT. No, really. I don’t write every day and I’m pretty sure there are some people who would take back my…

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It must be hot

on July 9, 2015

I’m not at home right now–YAY for European travel!–but I’m quite certain it’s hot at home. And July in Virginia is not the good kind of hot. It’s not a dry heat, particularly where I live. It’s muggy and soupy, and walking around outside feels like WADING. It’s purely gross, and the only antidote, besides…

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Today’s ancestor is “holy” royal

on July 7, 2015

Titling this entry with a bad pun doesn’t seem very nice, does it? But today’s ancestor was a most interesting fellow. As I mentioned in a previous entry, my gateway ancestor to all of this historical goodness is Edward I. His second wife, Margaret of France, was the granddaughter of Louis IX, making this king…

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An excerpt is coming, an excerpt is coming!

on July 3, 2015

If you don’t already subscribe to the monthly newsletter, NOW IS THE TIME! This month’s issue, going out July 5, will feature a two-chapter excerpt from A CURIOUS BEGINNING! Huge thanks to my publisher for making that available–can’t wait for you to meet Veronica! (If you need to sign up, just cast your eyes over…

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So much to read…so little time

on July 2, 2015

Isn’t that always the way? But what a lovely problem to have. I did a hard purge of my TBR pile a few months ago, but I still have an unconscionable number of books there. I could solve this if I just stopped finding new things for half a year and read what I have….

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