My Secret Addiction

Confession time, we all have them, secret little hang ups and peculiarities that we keep quiet.  Today I have to fess up to my secret addiction: pretty office supplies!

Pretty office supplies

Back to school season is the worst time for it. Pretty notebooks and worse still pretty pens in pretty colors! What’s a gal to do?

All those jazzy notebooks inspire my creativity. There’s nothing like the feel of pen on paper to get those plot lines moving.

But why so many?  Well, that’s the CDO side of me–it’s like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but with all the letters in alphabetical order AS THEY SHOULD BE!

The colored pens and highlighters each have a role and get used for different things.  Seriously, I have a key in front of my calender-the flowered book under the technicolor zebra there- to index what each of the TEN highlighter colors mean. Some are obvious, like red is for deadlines and green for payday, others, not so much.

But hey, as far as addictions go, it’s pretty harmless, right? Anyone else out there want to confess your office supply addiction?

 

Scratching my head at this

Ok, I get the whole spam avoidance thing and the need for stuff like captcha.  But I got this one recently trying to leave a comment on a blog and it left me scratching my head. weird captcha with hebrew chaacters

How in the world am I suppose to type in those first characters?  Anyone have any idea as I sure don’t.

Promotions Friday 7-13-2012

I’ve got a new feature on the blog! Friday will feature promotions for new books, book evens, give aways and author events, and anything else that seems to makes sense.

If you’d like to be included, email me and so I can get all the details straight.

My Jane Austen Book Club

Interview with author Amanda Grange about her latest novel, Pride and Pyramids, written in collaboration with Jacqueline Webb. Giveaway open internationally!

JANE AUSTEN AND THE ARCHANGEL – INTERVIEW WITH PAMELA AARES & GIVEAWAY

Marilyn Brant

Guest Post and Give Away at Darcyholic Diversions! Her love affair with Darcy began in High School English.

Vera Nazarian

Win a very special COLLECTOR copy of PRIDE AND PLATYPUS over at Goodreads.

Karen Aminadra

New book out–Relative Deceit at a special price! and give away at Darcyholic Diversions

M.M. Bennets

Give away of  ‘Of Honest Fame’ at English Historical Fiction Authors.

Anne O’Brien

NEW POST AND GIVEAWAY. THE KING’S CONCUBINE,

Barbara Tiller Cole 

I am very excited to let you know where we are with authors who are now committed to be at the Decatur Book Festival at our JASNA Atlanta tents! There are others that are on the fence and we hope you will join: For more information click here.

Exceptions ARE the rule

Exceptions ARE the rule at SF Novelists

I just found this and thought it a very interesting take on the subject of ‘exceptional people’ in history and how that carries over into writing.  I love to hear what you guys think in the comments.

 

Marie Brennan June 16th 2012

Exceptions ARE the rule

Have you ever heard of Emmy Noether?

I hadn’t, not until recently. In elementary school I learned about Marie Curie, the famous lady physicist and chemist, who was of course an exception to the rule that almost all of the groundbreaking work in the sciences was done by men (until our enlightened present age, of course). But nobody mentioned Emmy Noether, the groundbreaking lady mathematician even Einstein admired.

Nor did they mention most of the women on this list.

We all understand, of course, that the exceptional women in history are just that: exceptions. Just because Elizabeth I ruled England for nearly forty-five years doesn’t mean European queens regularly held such power. Just because Aphra Behn was a famous playwright doesn’t mean women played an equal role with men in English literature. Just because Hannah Snell was an eighteenth-century Marine doesn’t mean women were a regular part of the British military before the modern day.

But the more I read of history, the more I find myself tripping over these “exceptions” at every turn. Elizabeth Murray, suo jure Countess of Dysart, was an integral part of the Sealed Knot conspiracy to return Charles II to the throne. Kate Warne was employed by the Pinkerton Detective Agency, and helped thwart an assassination plot against Abraham Lincoln. “Bluestocking” was an insult in Victorian society because of a backlash against the Bluestocking Society of the Georgian period, which included a large number of educated — even influential — women scholars.

It isn’t just about women, either. We’ve all heard of Frederick Douglass, but how about Benjamin Banneker? People like him don’t make the headlines of history . . . but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there, and that their contributions to the world were unimportant.

When we talk about people like this — the exceptions to the rule — we aren’t scrounging through the dust-bin, trying desperately to find tokens we can hold up as a sop for women and minorities. We’re taking off the filters that make us dismiss those people as tokens. No, women weren’t fifty percent of the scientists in past centuries; it’s true that men did dominate that field. But it’s sheer laziness and sloppy thinking to assume that “dominance” = “total control,” while writing off anybody who wasn’t a white male as an “assistant” or “secretary” or “wife.” Many of them were scientists in their own right, partners to the names we know, their efforts denigrated at the time or (very often) by later historians who couldn’t imagine that a woman (or a black man, or) might actually do anything of substance.

And the few whose efforts are too great to brush off in that way? Why, they’re exceptions, of course. Which means it would be foolish of us to use them as a model.

I say, to hell with that. We need to learn to see these people in their proper context. Despite the restrictions placed on them by society, women did find ways to participate in science and politics and literature and intrigue and war. So did various minorities, even when society tried to block them at every turn. Once we understand that, we can give them their proper place in fiction, too, and stop apologizing for our “unrealistic” female protagonists in fantasy worlds, or writing them out of those worlds entirely. Real people found ways to be exceptions to the rule, over and over and over again. It’s only realistic to show the same in fiction.

via Exceptions ARE the rule at SF Novelists.

New things afoot!

With the release of my new book, I decided it was time for a facelift here as well.

Under Construction sign

Just about everything is going to get a spit shine and a bunch of new stuff is about to preview.

Soon I will have a newsletter available for subscribers, with a very special freebie for all who sign up.

I will be posting more often and each day will have a theme. I won’t post seven days a week, but posts will follow the theme of the day they are posted.  The tentative schedule looks like this:

  • Monday: My stuff

  • Tuesday: Technology

  • Wednesday: Exclusive Web Writings

  • Thursday: History goodies

  • Friday: Promotions and Book news

  • Saturday: Meet the Staff

  • Sunday: Guests for dinner

Monday is pretty explanatory, Tuesdays will feature neat tech/geeky stuff that will be interesting and useful to  non-geeks. I am planning to dabble in some flash fiction and add more exclusive content to the site here. That what Wednesdays will be all about.  Thursday will be all about great history content.  Book news, book releases, giveaways and events, both mine and other authors’, will star on Fridays. Saturdays will introduce my ‘editorial staff’ and on Sunday I hope to entertain guest bloggers.

I am excited for all the new changes and to have more opportunity to interact with all of you.  The newsletter sign up should be live later this week.

Keep tuned for all the great things to come.

Promotions Friday 7-6-2012

I’ve got a new feature on the blog! Friday will feature promotions for new books, book evens, give aways and author events, and anything else that seems to makes sense.

If you’d like to be included, email me and so I can get all the details straight.

Victoria Lamb

Publication Day today for my debut YA novel Witchstruck! It’s a paranormal romance set at Woodstock during Princess Elizabeth’s imprisonment there in 1554. Looks to be available in the States on Kindle too.  Buy on Kindle.

David William Wilkin

A Regency Era Giveaway… visit his blog before it ends!

Barbara Tiller Cole 

I am very excited to let you know where we are with authors who are now committed to be at the Decatur Book Festival at our JASNA Atlanta tents! There are others that are on the fence and we hope you will join: For more information click here.

The Future Mrs. Darcy is Now Live on Amazon!

Cover for the Future Mrs. Darcy and link to AmazonI know, I know, I’m several weeks–or months, depending on who you ask–over due. But it is done! At long last, this stubborn little puppy is finished!

I had no idea of what I was biting off when I started the editing process on this one.  The rough draft, which some of you may have read on line has been renamed in my mind as the ‘rambling plotless wonder’.  Oh my goodness!

It took some doing, but at long last it has been whipped into shape and is ready to make its debut.

Please allow me to introduce The Future Mrs. Darcy!