From tiny acorns, grow mighty oaks…

on August 18, 2016

Time to catch up, chickens! First, if you haven’t dropped by the Contest page on the site lately, DO. Every month we’re giving away entire book club sets of signed paperbacks. (And you can find the reading guides for each book on the book’s page here on the site.) Prizes change on the first of…

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I’m quite certain we’ve discussed this before

on March 31, 2016

but I can’t find a post, so let’s discuss it again: movie houses. Not the places where you see films, but the places IN films and TV shows. There are movies I’ve seen where I almost don’t pay attention to the dialogue or plot because I’m so busy imagining myself living in the setting. Here…

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Farewell, Downton!

on March 2, 2016

So this weekend is the end of “Downton Abbey” here in the States, and I’m ready to say goodbye. It’s been a fun run with all the ups and downs you want from a soap opera. And it is, most definitely, a soap opera. I have great affection for soaps. I haven’t seen one in…

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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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In which I have an announcement

on April 3, 2015

So you know how for years people have been asking when Lady Julia was going to be made into a TV series and I always said, “I don’t know”? Well, now I do. I am THRILLED to announce that the Julia Grey series has been optioned by Barry Ryan at Free@Last TV! I’m sorry, I…

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