Childhood baggage

on February 26, 2016

Okay, this isn’t a post about dire happenings from my youth. I had a happy childhood–apart from an unrequited affection for Mr. Rabbit and the terrible discovery that, unlike Samantha, I couldn’t just twitch my nose and Make Things Happen. I read a lot as a child, and I’ve come to realize that there are…

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Searching for research

on February 24, 2016

Today I’m doing a request post. Writer pal Alyssa asked the following about my research methods: “Do you read through first, take notes as you go along? Are you looking for specific things before you start (like filling out a questionnaire)? Or is it more like you’re trying to get into a mindset of time…

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Let them eat cake!

on February 18, 2016

That title phrase has long been associated with Marie Antoinette although the truth is that she never said any such thing. (A remark of a long-dead French princess was revived and put into her mouth to indicate her lack of compassion for starving French peasants. As accurate reporting goes, it was crap. As propaganda, it…

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Pondering fictional mothers–and the lack of

on February 16, 2016

Many moons ago, I had a question from a reader with regard to Lady Julia’s lack of a mother. It made for a good post topic, so I’m revisiting. Last month a reader—whose name I have shamefully forgotten—asked me why Julia has no mother. She was intrigued by the fact that the March family is…

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Something yummy

on February 11, 2016

I hope the weather is splendid where you are–we’ve got a low of twelve Fahrenheit in the forecast this weekend, and that calls for perfect roast chicken. I didn’t think there was such a thing. Roast chicken is roast chicken, right? I’ve tried loads of different methods. I’ve trussed and left unbound; I’ve shoved a…

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Some thoughts on historical accuracy

on February 9, 2016

So I was puttering through my archives, tidying things away, and I discovered a mini-rant on the subject of historical authenticity. One of the things people–me included–love to do when a new TV series or book appears is rip into its use of history. The authors and screenwriters who repackage history for contemporary entertainment run…

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Well, happy February!

on February 2, 2016

Goodness me, but January was productive. I finished rewriting A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING and turned it in to my editor–thank heaven! And I’m even more grateful that she loved it. She gave me some fantastic notes when I turned it in, criticism that I took to heart. I dug in on December 1, and with only…

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