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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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wouldn't it be wonderful? But we're scattered around the world, so it would have to be an around the world trip!
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Yes, I'm pretty certain the British considered the Scots bagpipe an instrument of war after the '45, and I'm not surprised they treated the Irish pipes the same. Looks like some more fun research in the future, though! I have no idea if female pipers are a new addition, but we had others on board and they were really good.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Celtic History at Word Wenches
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we had to wait until my husband retired before we had time for any real travel! Families take up vacation time until then. Save your pennies and you'll get there!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Celtic History at Word Wenches
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Knowing how English tavern songs get turned into American anthems...I wonder what the song is called in Spain!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Celtic History at Word Wenches
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I'm always in awe of people who can trace their ancestry. Mine pretty much stops with my grandparents, although the census report shows she's from Ireland.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Celtic History at Word Wenches
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just be certain to send this explanation ahead before any TV interviews so the talking heads don't sympathize with your bad pronunciation!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Celtic History at Word Wenches
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We'll ask Susan about the title of the song! We really need a Wench cruise--although I suspect little history researching would happen then.
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We didn't have time For Cornwall--unless the Scilly Isles count-- but yes, they consider themselves Celts. But I really am fascinated to learn the Celts weren't just the islands--although that's where they were isolated longest.
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Isn't it wonderful to see how cultures blend? I'm not certain how we got into the habit of dividing ourselves by countries or religions when probably half of us can be traced back to Genghis Khan!
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“And yet, they have both their own eloquence and their own teachers of wisdom, the Druids. These men claim to know the size and shape of the earth and of the universe..." Continue reading
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Desks are workplaces. Feeling as if you've cleared it at the end of the day gives an air of accomplishment, but does not necessarily promote creativity. You're quite right!
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2015 on The Write Place at Word Wenches
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which makes total sense to me. Have laptop, will travel... from sunspot to sunspot, like a cat.
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oh, I'm not the only mad one in the world, thank you! Before we moved to our beach cottage, I had my huge writing desk, my old rolltop accounting desk, a bedroom writing desk, a computer desk, a rolling desk... It's impossible to have too many desks!
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I know in my classics I used to do that all the time--the gallant hero who worked his way up from the bottom. These days, if my guy is broke, he's also an aristocrat. I think the American historicals lent themselves to this theme more.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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Barbara is a long time favorite of many of us! The lack of word count hurts the ability to do story. We used to write 150k words and now it's almost half that. So often, authors today have to include sex, which means they have to exclude story. That leaves those of us who prefer the whole enchilada in a hurt!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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I am afraid there are too many readers like you, Nancy, who are looking for books they can no longer find, and this makes me irrationally sad. The only way authors had to reach readers was the bookstore, where our covers gave you a good idea of what you're buying. These days...the bookstore is limited and we have no means of reaching our audience. I'm sure it will all settle out eventually, but I'm not sure when!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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They were certainly more complex if some of my oldies are any evidence! I'm torn on that one. I loved the oldies and I'm not fond of acres of sex, but I also love the dialogue and quick pacing of some of the new authors. So it burns down to whether they can make that pacing work with good characters and story. But yes, the old Regencies...they were a lovely world of their own.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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I envy you the ability to go back and re-read. I never seem to find the time, and the few times I tried (while culling my keeper stack, sob), I couldn't remember anything about the book except pieces of plot. And I was sadly disappointed in so many that I finally just closed my eyes and grabbed what would fit in a box. I really need to re-read more often!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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oh, the wenches take everything collectively.
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Oh yes, Theo! We want to fall in love all over again, and we need to relate to those people and their feelings and stand in their shoes!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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a very insightful comment, thank you! I adore humor. It's extremely difficult to do humor that resonates with a large audience, and I'm in awe of the writers who can accomplish it!
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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I know you have a mental block on your own material, but I can assure you, every single word in your books count! I've edited the book down to over 130k by now. But it's pulling off that satisfactory ending thing that may take some thought.
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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Hi, Joan, and welcome! I totally agree that character is essential, which is why it's a little difficult to develop "original" when all the protagonists are pampered aristocrats. It can be done successfully, but how many times? I always read a sample of a book online before buying because writing quality tells me a lot before I even get started. Sometimes the opening is well written but it's a chatty discourse on the character's current circumstances. If I don't get "story" in a page or two, I quit. So it isn't just the writing. Lots of people have perfected good sentence structure. it's what they do with it that matters!
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Moon Dreams is as close as I've written to a pirate book, if you want to give it a try. I remember the old Johanna Lindsey books. Avon used to do pirates frequently. Do you think we're looking for less realism and that's why the adventure books aren't being written as they once were?
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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Thank you so much, Kay! Yes, our reading experience has changed so a lot of the old books don't work as well as they once did. But I still love the stories. Mary Jo is one of the cleanest (word wise) writers I know, so her books stand up to the test of time. I started earlier than she did--in the typewriter phase--and I cringe at how many extra words I padded into sentences. The plots were often of the "what horrible thing happens next?" variety, but they still work reasonably well. But when I can take 20k words out of a 150k manuscript, you know there was a lot of padding!
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