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Susanna Kearsley
Writer. Dreamer. Traveller. Mom.
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Oooh, that's a cool twist on the theme, Janice. I like that. Fictional eateries and watering holes where we'd like to hang out. You like dangerous ones, I see :-)
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2018 on Fictional Dinner Guests at Word Wenches
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Liz, I'd be afraid to eat or drink anything with Flavia de Luce and Miss Marple both at the table--a sure sign someone was going to wind up getting murdered, and with my luck, it would probably be me :-)
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2018 on Fictional Dinner Guests at Word Wenches
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I probably have a spare one I could loan you :-) And I know...I never do well when I'm asked this question. You and I can sit to either side of Keith Stewart, then, at our fictional dinner party...
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2018 on Fictional Dinner Guests at Word Wenches
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Susanna here, with re-faced apologies for her tardiness. It was my son's first day back at school today and in the mad rush of packing lunch and organizing backpacks and readjusting to getting up early, I completely forgot it was my day to post, and am only just now getting round to it. So I thought I'd do something quick and fun, for a change. While I was sorting through my files recently, trying to organize things, I came across an old interview in which I was asked, among other things, If you were having a dinner party, and you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Susanna here. Today is not only this month’s Ask A Wench, it’s also Nicola’s birthday—and since my July 23 post fell on Pat’s birthday, I’ve got books and birthdays all muddled up in a lovely way in my mind now, so instead of doing our usual thing and choosing a question from the ones you’ve asked us, I thought I’d ask my fellow Wenches: What were the best books you remember receiving as birthday presents? For me, there would be too many to list here—my birthdays and my Christmases all brought those recognizable rectangular wrapped gifts that meant I’d be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Card Players in a Drawing Room, by Pierre Louis Dumesnil the younger Back in the late 70s and early 80s when I was at high school, every lunch hour in the cafeteria I’d be surrounded by a sea of tables filled with people playing what was then “the” card game—euchre. I never joined them, because I didn’t know the rules and, being a teenager, didn’t want to look more awkward and incompetent than I already felt. But I found it fascinating to watch. Cards were never my forte. At home, I played cribbage and gin rummy, and I could shuffle... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Susanna here, still trying to figure out what time zone I'm in, with a Very Large cup of coffee on my writing desk and a Very Happy (if slightly Reproachful) poodle curled up on my lap. Whilst a number of my fellow Wenches were over the pond at the Romantic Novelists' Association conference, I headed off (alone, I believe?) down to the States, to the Romance Writers of America's National Conference in Denver, Colorado. I had a grand time. I was going to try to gather everything into a coherent and eloquent post, but several days spent in the glorious... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Word Wenches
I was thinking that, too, Jenny--little bit of bitterness there, lurking underneath the wit. I'd love to know who actually wrote them.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Advertisements Matrimonial at Word Wenches
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Great ideas indeed, Michelle. And great fun.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Advertisements Matrimonial at Word Wenches
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I've been keeping my eyes open, Faith. The British Newspaper Archive doesn't have the Morning Post and Advertiser online that far back yet, though they're getting close (they're into the early 1800s), and I'm on their site quite regularly doing research, so every now and then I check to see if they've added any earlier issues, so I can check up on my matrimonial advertisers :-) I came across these ads by chance in a copy of the paper that was up for sale at auction.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Advertisements Matrimonial at Word Wenches
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Sue, I'm sure the reality behind the ads, even if they were (as I suspect) a farce, was more entertaining than any story I could come up with about them :-) Truth is so often much better than fiction.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Advertisements Matrimonial at Word Wenches
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A series is always good, Annette. And I like your idea of a long and gossipy search for the people behind the advertisements...
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Advertisements Matrimonial at Word Wenches
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Oooo, Mary, I think you may be on to something, here. So many ways this plot could twist... :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Advertisements Matrimonial at Word Wenches
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Lillian, YOU ought to write those stories :-) You have a splendid imagination!
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Advertisements Matrimonial at Word Wenches
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You and me both :-) Or where the smart-aleck columnist thinking to fill a bit of dead space in his newspaper with something witty actually gets a reply...
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Advertisements Matrimonial at Word Wenches
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Janice, I suspect it was a parody of some sort, but I'd love to know the story behind it.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Advertisements Matrimonial at Word Wenches
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I know! That was my first thought on reading these, a few years ago. That's why I tucked them away, even though they're not in my time period, because they ARE in the time period of several of my writing friends :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Advertisements Matrimonial at Word Wenches
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Susanna here, sharing one of the myriad little random odd bits I stumble across while looking for something else altogether, and end up filing away because they're just too delightful not to keep. These two advertisements appeared in the London Morning Post and Daily Advertiser of Friday, December 30, 1791, and like the paper's editor, I rather suspect they were tongue-in-cheek, but then again, one never knows. The first reads: "TO THE LADIES. A Gentleman, who has lost a considerable fortune by drinking, wenching, and gambling, by which means he has been disinherited by an uncle on whom his last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Susanna here, just back from a whirlwind weekend down at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition down in New Orleans, so I’m still a bit jetlagged, lightly dusted with beignet sugar, and unlikely to write anything particularly clever...but a recent Twitter conversation with a writer friend about the latest television version of Little Women—and more particularly whether the actor they chose to play Professor Bhaer was well cast (he was)—started me thinking about this old post I wrote back in September 2010 for The Heroine Addicts, which I thought I might share with you here: Over at All... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Last week, when I woke up in my hotel in New York City, I discovered much to my delight that, on the rooftop of the residential building just across the street—and this was 43rd and 8th, mind you, a stone’s throw from Times Square—there was a terrace with bits of a garden. The photo above doesn’t do it justice—there was a section out of sight to the right with more properly gardeny tangley greenery, but of course I didn’t think to take photos of that. I was too busy standing there happily looking out, drinking my coffee, and watching the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Annette. Glad you enjoyed the post. And the ice machine tip is a good one! Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented May 31, 2018 on Deportment at a Hotel at Word Wenches
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The all-night western dance would have been bad enough--but a saloon fight?!? Poor you. There are definitely advantages, sometimes, to having a quiet courtyard view... Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented May 31, 2018 on Deportment at a Hotel at Word Wenches
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And the housekeeping staff! Yes, also very good advice. Thanks, Karin. Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented May 31, 2018 on Deportment at a Hotel at Word Wenches
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Sage advice, Sue. Thank you! Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented May 31, 2018 on Deportment at a Hotel at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Helen. And yes, being considerate of your fellow guests is always good advice, in any century. Thoughtfulness never goes out of style. Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented May 31, 2018 on Deportment at a Hotel at Word Wenches
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