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Or paint ball, Lillian? Of course the old idea was that skill etc didn't matter. God would judge and the righteous would win.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2015 on A Canadian duel at Word Wenches
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Duels were a real part of the historical setting, up into the Regency and sometimes beyond. There were laws against them, and sometimes a principal who killed his opponent was executed for murder. Occasionally seconds were involved in the action, and even without they could be prosecuted. However, most cases slid by the legal system, in part because the duelers were upper class. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Word Wenches
I agree, Janice. Georgian for show-off. I'm not sure how much more comfortable Regency would be, because as I said above, they had corsets underneath and the cut of the shoulders could be quite tight.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2015 on Choose your gown at Word Wenches
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Yes, doesn't it, Shannon.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2015 on Choose your gown at Word Wenches
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Yes, Lillian, medieval would be adaptable. Just put on more layers, some of them fur if necessary! Regency ladies did have winter clothes, with extra petticoats, long sleeves, spencers and shawls. I suppose at a winter ball, all the people and the dancing would keep them warm!
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2015 on Choose your gown at Word Wenches
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I'm certainly all in favour of sumptuous fabrics, Elinor! That's why I tend to prefer the Georgian look to the Regency.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2015 on Choose your gown at Word Wenches
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Oh, yes. Thanks for the link.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2015 on Choose your gown at Word Wenches
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Very interesting, Prema. Are you saying in the book? I suppose authors could do that in e-books. Or would you like a link to web pages where you can see the sort of clothes the characters would be wearing?
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2015 on Choose your gown at Word Wenches
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Sue, I love that you remember all that. Often there is a conflict between a "look" and comfort. It's interesting to me how some generations go through drastic changes in clothing, as from 1905 to 1925. Or 1940s to 1960s
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2015 on Choose your gown at Word Wenches
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Some of the 1920s clothes could be a bit shapeless and dull, but when they went for silk and beading they were spectacular. Of course, they worked best for the less curvy figure, which some of us aren't!
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2015 on Choose your gown at Word Wenches
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Ah, yes. The costumes in that film were splendid!
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How true, Vicki, about pioneers, but I suppose they avoided sunburn and possible skin cancer! I wonder if they took siestas in the hottest part of the day as some Continental people do.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2015 on Choose your gown at Word Wenches
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Oooh, lots of love gowns there, Mary Jo! And your wedding dress was lovely.
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Well, Sharon, they still work boned stays that went from waist to shoulders. But no hoops under the skirts, for sure.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2015 on Choose your gown at Word Wenches
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Those gowns are kind of fairytale, aren't they? Without a corset they might me okay.
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Yes, medieval clothes often were quite comfortable. I'm glad you like the Titania wedding dress. :)
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2015 on Choose your gown at Word Wenches
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Jo here, historical fashionista! Well, not really, but in another spot we were talking about which look we'd like if we were going to a historical costume ball. Medieval, Tudor, Regency? VCR071B I'm going to share some other images from different European periods. If you want to go Oriental or such, you're on your own. Which appeal to you, and why? For example, if I was intending to dance and have fun at the ball I'd choose a more comfortable and manageable gown; perhaps even an early 20th century one. But for show I might go for more structured splendor. Continue reading
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Great post, Mary Jo. And that was a fun evening. As you say, amazing energy from the whole cast. But Christian Borle was the best as the superstar Shakespeare. Jo
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2015 on Show time! at Word Wenches
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The Carola Dunn is in my TBR pile, and the McKinley an old favourite. I always think traveling will give me more reading time, but somehow it doesn't. Perhaps I should go back to carrying a couple of paperbacks to read. I haven't opened my e-reader since I left home.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2015 on What We're Reading in July at Word Wenches
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"I married the boy who gave me that first novel." But of course! How wonderful that you persisted and read that book. There are a lot of titles in translation, but sometimes the translations aren't that great. Do you always read in English now, or do you sometimes read translations.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2015 on Networking at Word Wenches
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That's great, Laura. In addition to the free books for Kindle, you can check out the excerpt books on the HRN. Also free.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2015 on Networking at Word Wenches
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Jikie, I hear what you're saying, and I don't think you're alone, so it's the sort of thing the HRN can work on. For example, in an anthology I was in called Dragon Lovers Karen Harbaugh had an historical story set in Japan with a Japanese dragon. Mary Jo has brought Asian elements into some of her books, in particular China Bride. Jade Lee has many books with oriental elements. Perhaps you can add some titles for a list on the HRN.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2015 on Networking at Word Wenches
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Janice, there are young writers. Plenty of them. But few are writing historical. They're writing YA, NA, fantasy and some SF. But at RWA there were so many youngsters, some winning awards, my friends and I were thinking of designating ourselves the crones.*G*
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2015 on Networking at Word Wenches
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Good point, Faith!
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2015 on Networking at Word Wenches
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That's bleak, Janice! Possibly true, but depressing. I shall go on a hunt for great young writers -- though often I don't know their age. I think a lot of good young writers go toward paranormal rather than historicals these days.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2015 on Networking at Word Wenches
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