Getting the details right: Peterloo

One of the reasons I chose to write about the Manchester protest later called Peterloo in An Untitled Lady was that there were quite a few good sources on the Continue ReadingGetting the details right: Peterloo

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The birth of an island

  First-hand account from 1831 of an island being made between Tunisia and Italy, from Recollections of a Rifleman’s Wife, at Home and Abroad, by F. M. Fitzmaurice (1851) (PDF at Google Continue ReadingThe birth of an island

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Remembering Peterloo

While writing my sprawling romantic historical An Untitled Lady, I arranged to travel to Manchester, England, the week of 16 August 2010, the 190th anniversary of the big protest march Continue ReadingRemembering Peterloo

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Help me decide on a new cover

UPDATE: We have a winner! Choice B was by far preferred, with bits from A and D added. Many, many thanks for your input — it was a huge help. Continue ReadingHelp me decide on a new cover

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Writing Progress

Well, there hasn’t been much of that lately. For a week or so, the writing was sputtering but happening, but a nasty head cold and the descent of winter low Continue ReadingWriting Progress

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January intersession

It’s been exactly a month since I returned from my wondrous trip to Patagonia. I tried to soak it all in deep, but already I feel details and impressions slipping Continue ReadingJanuary intersession

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Winning

To distract myself while my Big Historical is out being reamed at the developmental editor’s shop, I took on a Camp NaNoWriMo challenge in July: 50,000 new words in one month. And won! This word Continue ReadingWinning

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The Blessing, now at Wattpad

I’m getting into Wattpad, a place for writers and readers to share stories and respond to them, all for free. And I found a 3-page short story on my hard Continue ReadingThe Blessing, now at Wattpad

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VA Fest love for YA fantasy/adventure

Hey, that’s me hamming it up with (from left) Jodi Meadows, Alethea Kontis, Jennifer Armentrout and Wendy Higgins at LoveFest at Virginia Festival of the Book on Saturday. We had a Continue ReadingVA Fest love for YA fantasy/adventure

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On Writing: Killing the Biggest Darling

“Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it – whole-heartedly – and delete it before sending your manuscripts to press. Murder your darlings”— Sir Continue ReadingOn Writing: Killing the Biggest Darling

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