I’m going to be away for most of next week – I’m visiting the seaside, and this first-rate ship of the line,* huzzah! – and I didn’t want to leave my lovely readers adrift, so here is some recommended reading:
For Readers (AKA everyone!)
- Want a tip on how to maintain your 18th century love affair? Lauren over at Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide has just the thing – a fab, fun post that looks like it might become part of a series! (I certainly hope so!).
- I do enjoy a bit of gender inversion and Rowenna of Hyaline Prosaic has posted a saucy 18th century print showing just that. Be sure to read the comments, too, there are some interesting ideas going on about the symbolism of the parrot and dog in the image.
- Picture the scene – you’ve found yourself in a lift with a literary agent, you’re chatting, the topic of your finished manuscript comes up, you’ve got 2 minutes to wow them and get them wanting more – GO! Does this scenario fill you with dread? Me too. Thankfully, help is at hand from a very successful agent: Rachelle Gardner tells us the Secrets of a Great Pitch to help us prepare for just such a moment and even has some advice for agents and editors to remember when us poor writers garble over our pitches!
- I am as guilty of this as any other writer – saying and thinking I don’t have time to write. Funnily enough, I read two posts relating to this over the past week or so. First Rachelle Gardner wrote on What We Give Up, raising some hard-hitting points – us writers can’t do everything, we have to prioritise and sometimes we have to give things up. So often modern life encourages us to ‘have everything’ that we forget that in order to have the things we really want, we have to bid farewell to the less important things. And just today, Kim from What Women Write wrote about excuses not to write – we all make them and fool ourselves into believing them. We all need to overcome them. I desperately need to get over those excuses, cut down on the excess and give up some things in order to get on with the important thing: writing.
- Something to think about and discuss – how do you Pick your Perfect Title? Go and join in with the writers at Let the Words Flow.
- That Duchess is at it again, tempting everyone with her gorgeous 17th century dress – go there, follow the project, be wowed!
- ALERT: Hip pads are not just for the 18th century!
- Sew Retro is home of many, many lovely ladies who are kind enough to share their images and experiences of working with vintage patterns – do have a read!
And as for what I’ll be reading while I’m gone? I’ve got half a manuscript to go over with my red pen and get back to writing.
So, I wish you adieu, my dears – when I return from Portsmouth, it’s The Boy’s Birthday and his parents are visiting, I should be back and a-posting around the 24th May. Wishing you all happy writing, pretty stitching and fun in the sun in the meantime!