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Andrea Penrose/Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott
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Thanks for all these lovely recollections, Sue! Yes, once you start thinking on the subject, it's hard to pick out just a few things. I'm so glad schools and museums are recognizing how important actual objects are in connecting people—especially children—to the past. It really makes a difference and sparks an interest that can grow over a lifetime.
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Oh, excellent timing, Teresa! Isn't it wonderful to see things like that? It's wonderful that they're using object to help you visualize the era.
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You're so right, Stephanie! Being able to visualize the past brings it to a whole new level of experience. It's amazing the impact it has. Another thing I remember is visiting a whaling ship at Mystic Seaport and going down below decks and seeing the tiny bunks and cramped spaces. Really made the experience come to life.
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Oh, Mary, I feel the same way you do when I step into a room like the Egyptian or medieval ones you describe. There's something about seeing things that have been touched and used by people that makes the past come alive. I remember as a kid walking into the medieval a hall at the Met and seeing all the suits of armor. I was totally captivated! I think it's those sorts of things that grab children and make them fall in love with history. Your pitcher and washbasin sound amazing. It truly is a treasure to have those touchstones to past generations.
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So true, Patricia. Smaller local museums have a way of making the small everyday things from the past really resonate. Your museum sounds wonderful.
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Such a fabulous objects from history, Nicola! Love your image of Fawkes slinking around in the cellars!q And aren't family heirlooms so meaningful! I have items from my grandfather, who died before I was born, and they are a tangible connection to him, and make my mother's stories about him so much more real.
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What a wonderful story, Kathy! And how special to have those mementos from your grandmother.
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That's so nice to hear that the 100 Objects exhibit was so popular, Sonya. I really do think that seeing—and if we're lucky touching—objects from the past create an incredibly powerful connection to people and events in history.
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Lillian, oh, I agree that objects give a powerful connection to family history as as well as the "grand" events. It's even more personal, and a very emotional reminder of how we're connected to something far more than our own selves.
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Andrea/Cara here, musing today about objects. Allow me to explain . . . The other day I was rooting through my shelves looking for a reference book when I stopped to thumb through a completely different book. (This happens a lot to me!) The History of the World in 100 Objects, is a great favorite of mine. Written by the head of the British Museum, it’s a delightful and fascinating look at how individual objects, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, tell such grand stories, and can be such a powerful way to bring history alive. As I turned... Continue reading
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I'll be very interested to hear whether it works for you, Teresa. It's set later in the series, so I'm assuming it will appeal to people who know the cast of characters a bit. That said, I hope a reader can sense the core of each person. But the nuances of their interaction may not be as clear if you're totally new to the series. I'd love to hear what you think!
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Pam, I hear you on being disappointed when you don't realize it's a novella. I confess I've had that happen to me. It was my fault for not reading carefully before I purchased it, but I did feel disappointed. So I've tried to make it very clear in promos that the new work is a novella! The writing process really was an interesting exercise. It's fun to try to learn new things!
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Interesting point, Cindy. I've noticed more authors doing this, so clearly other readers agree. I will keep it in mind!
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I find my mood plays a big part in what I want to read at any given moment. There have been many times when I pick up a book and can't get into it . . .then a week later, I can't put it down.
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Sue, as always, you give us very wise observations. I, too, have read that feel too "flabby"and novellas that feel too skinny. Any art form is, well, an art! No rules can totally explain what works and what doesn't.
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So true about the details! I enjoyed the challenge. Now, we'll see what readers think, but I hope to intersperse more of them into the series. Because, y'know, we ALWAYS have lots of shiny ideas. And as you say, not all of them merit full-length books.
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Happy to be your guinea pig, Lillian! Yes, it's a tricky art. I agree, some I've read have been a little confusing. A real balance.
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Yes, that's what I like about novellas, too. I hope you enjoy mine!
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Oh, interesting point!I like when a novella gives a certain glimpse into character development, or fleshes out an incident that's referred to in a longer book of the series. it's sort of like being able to flip through a scrapbook of snapshots!
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Holidays do seem a popular time for short forms of stories—probably because it's hectic and one can enjoy them in limited reading time. And, yes—nthologies are definitely fun!
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Andrea/Cara here, As we here in the U. S. head into the LONG holiday weekend signaling the end of lazy summer reading and recreation, I thought I’d muse a little on the SHORT of things . . . as in the craft of writing. I'm releasing the latest addition to my Lady Arianna series on Monday, September 4th, and it’s not only a new book but also a new form of writing for me. The Stolen Letters (you can read an excerpt here) is a novella, something I’ve never done before. Yes, I’ve penned short pieces for anthologies—including two for... Continue reading
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SO true. It's a great comfort, isn't it?
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Kareni, you always leave me a bit dizzy. Amazing reading list!
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Both wonderful choices, Sue! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Mary Jo's new book and love the American history as well as her marvelous characters. And Pat's Magic books are great favorites of mine!
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I've never tried Martin, but having finally started watching Game of Thrones, I will plan to put the books on my TBR pile. They sound perfect for LONG winter nights!
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