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Andrea Penrose/Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott
historical romance author
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So glad you enjoyed it, Kareni!
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2017 on Lessons in Life at Word Wenches
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Sue, most video posts have CC these days, so do make sure to check so you can enjoy them too!
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2017 on Lessons in Life at Word Wenches
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So glad you enjoyed it, Teresa. It really resonated with me too, and I love that he does it with such humor.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2017 on Lessons in Life at Word Wenches
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Mary, I think we all can take heart from wise words of encouragement in times of challenges and stresses. It's easy to lose sight of some of the basic things that Minchin says about staying positive and being optimistic and hopeful. It does help. Glad you enjoyed it.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2017 on Lessons in Life at Word Wenches
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Sue, if you go the Minchin's speech through the above link, you'll see a litte box in the lower right corner of the photo marked CC> If you click on that you'll see the text come up on the screen—closed captioning! So you can read the full text. It's really worth following because he's very funny as well as very wise. You're so right that thinking of the good things makes life so much more positive. Yes, we try to fix the bad, but we can't let it overwhelm us. And for me, curiosity keeps everything fresh and exciting. There's so many wonderful things out there waiting to be explored!
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2017 on Lessons in Life at Word Wenches
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I really did find the Minchin speech profoundly moving as he expressed such wisdom with such a wonderful sense of humor. He made me realize that friends really are such an important part of your life. That's why I feel so lucky to be part of the Wenches And he's really right about Luck being a big part of life too. I've been very lucky in the friends I've made.
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2017 on Lessons in Life at Word Wenches
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Andrea/Cara here, musing today not on writing (though that comes into play) but on Life. On our Wench e-mail loop, we often share with each other things that tickle our fancy or strike a deeper chord as meaningful wisdom. And just the other day, Anne gave us a link to a speech called 9 Life Lessons given by Tim Minchin (a comedian /musician who is described as “sublimely talented, witty, smart and unabashedly offensive" ) on receiving an honorary degree from a Down Under university. Some of you might have seen the link on her Facebook page, but I thought... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Susanna, thank you so much for the beautiful tribute to an extraordinary person. I first met Miranda when I volunteered to interview her here at the Word Wenches on her very first book. And fell in love with her as we exchanged questions and answers and I discovered what a funny, smart, incredibly wonderful writer she was. We become fast friends, meeting up at conferences, and in her occasional visits to NYC. We would meet for tea in the grand lounge of the Yale Club (which does look like a baronial drawing room.) She would make pithy comments about feeling "at home" in the Englishness of it, and then we would laugh and talk for hours. Another memorable day she came down to New Haven and we explored the libraries and galleries at Yale, sharing our love for books and art. She was fun to be with. Not just for the laughter and wonderful sense of humor, but for her thoughtful views on so many things. She was wise, and compassionate and generous . . . and I'm now in tears trying to write this. I will miss you, Miranda. More than words can say.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2017 on In Memory of Miranda Neville at Word Wenches
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Yes, the "little world unto themselves" is really something very magical!
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2017 on No Man Is An Island . . . at Word Wenches
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What a fabulous list of islands you've visited! PEI and Newfoundland are ones I love too. (And now you've reminded me of St. Pierre and Miquelon, the two tiny islands off eastern Canada that are still part of France. I visited them years ago, and they were amazing.) And of course, I adore all the British Isles. So many splendid ones to visit around the world!
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2017 on No Man Is An Island . . . at Word Wenches
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Oh, Karin, Corfu is high on my list (along with the rest of the Greek isles.) And Block Island is a favorite spot of mine too. Quiet, charming country lanes and fields, spectacular ocean views from the cliffs and lots of rocky secluded coves and lovely beaches. It really does epitomize the allure of islands!
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2017 on No Man Is An Island . . . at Word Wenches
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Fascinating blog, Nicola. I love learning about people and traditions like this. It's what makes history come alive. And yes, I would definitely read a book about a historical hero firefighter. Oh, the plot possibilities are delicious! The duke's Berkeley Square residence is on fire, and a handsome firefighter rescues his daughter. . .
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Ha! I've rather gathered that you shared my Thing for Islands. Now, if only the Muse would stop lollygagging in Elba and get back to work on Lady Arianna. Honestly, what does She think—that travel is a free lunch!
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2017 on No Man Is An Island . . . at Word Wenches
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Oh, fluttery sigh, Patricia! Australia/New Zealand are very high on my Must Visit List! You have every reason to be thrilled! And glad to hear you're looking forward to more Lady Arianna stories. (Note to Self: feed the Muse more chocolate!)
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2017 on No Man Is An Island . . . at Word Wenches
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Sue, you've certainly visited some very special islands! Manhattan is quite a unique island experience. One tends to forget how relatively small it is. Last summer I was on Governor's Island and in looking back at the its lower end I found it striking see it framed by the rivers and harbor. And of course Great Britain is such a fabulous place, with so many ties to the sea. Love your description of your Midwest roots and how rivers gave it a sense of "islandness." And thanks so much for the kind words on my books. I'm so delighted that you enjoy them.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2017 on No Man Is An Island . . . at Word Wenches
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Oh, that's so sweet of you, Tempest! Now I must tell the Muse she had better come back from eating chestnuts and drinking wine on Elba and get to work!
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2017 on No Man Is An Island . . . at Word Wenches
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Ha,ha! Now we have to get Anne to take us on a jaunt through the South Pacific! I've heard Bainbridge Island is lovely! And hey, never say never about Hawaii. I always thought the reality couldn't possibly measure up to the hype, but I have to say, Hawaii really is amazingly special. The islands are very different, and all spectacularly beautiful. So many wonderful place to see!
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2017 on No Man Is An Island . . . at Word Wenches
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Ireland sure feels like n island to me. Such a gorgeous and varied coastline, with amazing dunes and cliffs! You're lucky in that you don't have to travel far to have a magical island experience! I'm sitting here reviewing page proofs for Murder at Half Moon Gate, so it's slowly but surely getting ready for publication! So glad to hear you are enjoying Charlotte and Wrexford.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2017 on No Man Is An Island . . . at Word Wenches
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Andrea/Cara here, I’ve recently started working on a new Lady Arianna mystery novel, and after having sent her and Lord Saybrook to Scotland in the last adventure, I decided to head south to the Mediterranean. More specifically, to a certain island in the Mediterranean—one that will likely ring a bell with aficionados of Regency-era history. (Though there’s a little unexpected excitement along the way.) Elba was home to Napoleon during his first exile from the world stage. But I knew little else about the rugged speck of land in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Which of course meant I needed to do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Chiming in late here, but thank you Pooks and Pat for such a fascinating trip down the research rabbit hole. I love hearing about what inspires an author, and Youghal sounds amazing! I just finished This Crumbling Pageant and LOVED it! Have pre-ordered The Dead Shall Live and am very much looking forward to it—especially after reading this!
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All of them sound amazing. And all tittering aside, I bet the sex museum was very interesting. I'm sure you were "in alt" over the opera costumes!
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Oh, Constance, I've heard about this museum, and now simply MUST visit. It sounds amazing (and isn't all that far away from me.) Trade/commerce museums can be absolutely fascinating. Another of my London favorites is the Dockland Museum, near the old East India wharves. It has many of the things you describe. Being a docent is such a great idea!
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Oh, ha-ha on the sweats vs frocks, Lillian! I, too, long to be a grown-up "lady". Not sure that's going to happen! Small libraries can be gems for the reason you mention. Some of the old but not famous books can be so wonderful, and it's nice that they remain on the shelves to engage generation after generation of readers.
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Glad you enjoyed it! Like you, I'm happy poking around ANY museum or library!
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What wonderful memeories, Mary. I spent a lot of time in libraries as a kid too. We had one on the main street of my town, and my mother knew she could park me there while she did her shopping and never worry that I'd stray from the reading table, where I always had my nose in a book!
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