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Word Wenches is a blog featuring seven authors, plotting in the present, writing about the past. . .and inprovising the rest. Authors include Jo Beverley, Edith Layton, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, Sarah Gabriel, Susan Holloway Scott, and Loretta Chase.
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Hello Everyone, We have some fantastic news to share with you this week! First off, Congratulations to Jo Beverley, whose Too Dangerous for a Lady is on the USA Today bestseller list! In case you need it, her book can be found here http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/045147189X/wordwenches0b-20. Also, be sure to stop by and check out our guest on Wednesday! Margaret Evans Porter joins Jo Beverley to talk about Margaret's first mainstream historical novel A Pledge of Better Times, set in late Stuart times. We would also like to announce a couple of winners! As well as Davida winning a book for suggesting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Word Wenches
Mary Jo, you write the greatest travel blogs! I so want to take a trip on a sailing ship like you did. I clicked your Vangelis link--love, love, love him and I'm delighted he's still around and making great music. I can see why you were so impressed by the theme music he composed for 1492. What an awesome piece of music! Now I'm obsessed with it and must add it to my music library. Every time I hear it, I will envision you at the sail-away party as the sails go up.
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2015 on Sailing the Southern Seas at Word Wenches
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When reading historicals, I'm not bothered by the lack of any mention of private matters like menstruation or visiting the loo. For me, it's a given and doesn't really need to be mentioned unless it's important to the plot or the scene. Did they have outhouses during the Regency? I don't think I've ever read a Regency where an outhouse was mentioned. I remember outhouses from my childhood, and also remember those sanitary napkins/belts like you mentioned, above. I have an old medical book from the 1860s, written by an American doctor. His do's and don'ts regarding menstruation are a hoot, especially his warning not to take a cold bath in a creek during your period or you could go insane! I was reminded of cold baths today because it's 30° outside, with snow expected, and we're also having a freak windstorm that knocked out my power twice already. (And now my e-mail is down again.) So I may be risking my sanity if the power goes out again and I have to take a cold bath!
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2014 on The Monthly at Word Wenches
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Well, maybe he didn't actually eat Sherrie's computer, but a bug did. So the latest kitty report is on hold until she can get back online. To hold everyone over until the report appears, we present a Sparky re-run! But we have wenchly announcements! "On October 10, Wench Joanna will be interviewing Historical Romance writer Joan Wolf, author of more than 40 books. Look forward to a discussion of historical research and ... horses." And the real icing on the cake: Mary Jo's Not Quite A Wife is on the NYT bestseller list! Wenchly readers, take a bow for your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Word Wenches
Typepad HTML Email Kay, how eloquent you are! You expressed yourself so well, and I totally agree that this site is a great mix. I have learned so much from the Wench posts, and I often wonder how they can keep putting out such quality posts while writing novels on deadline! I was touched by your comment about how upset you were when Sparky was blind. Thank you for that sentiment. You were not alone. And I’m sure you rejoiced with all of us when Sparky got back some partial vision. Let’s hope she continues to improve! In the meantime, the outpouring of support from everyone just confirms Lynda X’s opinion that everyone here is nice! I’d even go so far as to say *wonderful*! :-) From: TypePad
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Typepad HTML Email Lynda, I agree. No flaming here. :-) As you say, everyone here is nice, and if opinions differ, they’re usually expressed diplomatically and respectfully (and often engender lively discussions!). From: TypePad
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Typepad HTML Email Faith, I’m a dog lover too (a Doberman and a Boxer)! And I agree—Catablanca would definitely be a hit (at least among the cat crowd!) From: TypePad
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Typepad HTML Email LOL, Jacquie! “Catablanca.” I love it! From: TypePad
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Typepad HTML Email Nancy, I heard the same thing about the popularity of cats on YouTube, ICanHazCheezburger, and other venues that feature pets. I find it sort of baffling. Who knew! Even more amazing, many of the more popular cats that have garnered a large following (Maru, Grumpy Cat, Simon’s Cat, etc.) now have book deals as a result! Grumpy Cat is appearing in commercials and other promotions. Maru is my favorite. His owner takes excellent videos of that adorable cat. I was listening to NPR awhile back, and they even had a feature about the popularity of cats on YouTube! From: TypePad
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Typepad HTML Email (Note: apologies if I reply twice to anyone, or worse yet, if I fail to reply! I’m having connection problems and cannot get into any Web site, including the Word Wenches site. Thankfully, I can “reply” via Typepad’s remote function without getting into the site proper.) Judy, you’re right—there were no regular Sunday posts except for announcements (like when we had upcoming guests). Also, for anyone who didn’t already know, I’m not an official Wench, either—I’m just the behind-the-scenes admin who takes care of the site, contacts winners, maintains the Blog Suggestion List, etc. And hopefully I’m not letting the cat out of the bag (a pun!) by saying that the Wenches have been planning some changes in the future (change is good, right?) so watch for cool stuff once plans are finalized! Now, back to your comment about enjoying Sparky posts, Judy. As I said earlier, they’re just a bit of amusing fluff for anyone who cares to drop in on Sundays; a little bonus for the regular visitors who enjoy the weekly posts by the Wenches. At some point I’m probably going to move the Sparky Reports to a new venue, as they have taken on a life of their own! *g* From: TypePad
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Donna, what better way to start a Monday than with a laugh! I have a laser light and Sparky does indeed love it. She gets quite a workout chasing it, especially since the dogs always get in on the act too!
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Hi, Jackie! Glad you've been enjoying the Sparky Reports. We've actually been talking about expanding them via a different venue, since they've taken on a life of their own! It's a little early for any announcements yet, but watch for changes in the future.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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"Any public postings are good practice for rejection letters." MaeLou, you made me literally laugh out loud! Writers certainly know all about rejection letters, and I suppose practice really does help one more easily cope with those rejection letters! Thanks for the laugh. I'm still chuckling. *g*
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Hi, Judith! Yes, I have discovered that there are many visitors to this blog who enjoy the Sparky posts. As I said earlier, they're just meant to be light and amusing--mostly pictures and a little text. The best thing to come out of the Sunday posts is that I have become acquainted with some truly wonderful people, many of whom have become my dear e-mail friends. (You know who you are!)
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Susan, Sparky is indeed recovering and learning to live with partial blindness, as am I. And my goodness, it's hard not to have a sense of humor with a cat like Sparky adding spice to everyday life! She's a constant source of entertainment.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Shannon, that's so sweet about Sparky being your virtual kitten until you can adopt from the shelter. I'm happy to share her! And I heartily agree with you about the Wench posts on weekdays! I've been a Wench blog junkie for years and always look forward to their wonderfully informative posts!
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Hi, Lynda X. Your comments are duly noted. I appreciate the time you took to express your opinion. The Wenches don't do posts on Saturdays or Sundays, except for announcements, so we thought it would be fun to give the readers a bit of amusing fluff on Sundays. When the Wenches adopted Sparky as their "godkitten" last year and suggested I do Sparky updates, I was happy to comply. The updates aren't meant to compete with any of the Wench posts. As I said, they're just a bit of amusing fluff, but I fully understand that not all people enjoy fluff with their Sunday coffee. *g*
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #48 at Word Wenches
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Theo, I didn't know there were battery-operated toy mice! Sparky would love that, but I fear the dogs would destroy it before Sparky even had a chance to play with it! Yes, being an indoor cat is safest. That's what Sparky will be from now on, except for playtime excursions to her catio, once it's finished!
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Because of Sparky’s partial blindness she has been confined to the house. No more stalking the back 40 looking for varmints. All that enforced inactivity has caused a little settling of the meat and potatoes in her rump area. Sparky isn’t exactly fat, but let’s just say that when she sits, her belly covers her feet, sort of like lava overflowing the volcano’s rim. So after thinking hard about her once svelte figure (see above photo) Sparky has embarked on an exercise regimen. Like any sensible exerciser, Sparky starts out with some stretching exercises. Stretttccchhh those arms! Limber up that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Word Wenches
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Typepad HTML Email MaeLou, you always see things just a little bit differently and I’ve found your observations to be very much true. You make me look at things through different eyes. Indeed, it is really like Sparky is hugging my hand. *g* In fact, she “hugs” my hand about 50% of the time I try to pet her. I have many, MANY pictures of Sparky sleeping in my lap and she always gets into the funniest contortions. But she really likes to snuggle down between my legs. And to get comfortable, she pokes and prods me and even gives me a few rabbit thumps with her hind legs to make more room for herself. It’s like someone squirming around and punching their pillow when they go to bed! LOL! Your Dynamic Duo appear to have really enjoyed their outdoor experience! I’m hoping Sparky will love her catio once I get it built. Today I was fiddling around drawing revised plans for the catio, taking measurements, drawing, taking more measurements, erasing, trying to configure a difficult area that will present challenges. But I can’t wait to build it. Sparky will think she’s in hog heaven! From: TypePad
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #47 at Word Wenches
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LOL, Karen! Yes indeed, I have cleaned up my share of Sparky messes! She's incorrigible, but so funny that sometimes all I can do is laugh. She is one determined feline.
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #47 at Word Wenches
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