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Andrea Penrose/Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott
historical romance author
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Yes, I love that thrill of expecting a letter. What a lovely connection you had with your Swedish friend.
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LOL on the messy fountain pens. Gel pens are definitely easier, but I have to say, I have a fancy fountain pen that I use for special letters, as I love the look of the ink. Keyboard do make it easier to whiz through ideas and then clean them up!
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Very true—electronic messages have their place and usefulness. But a real letter is lasting, in so many ways. You definitely should read the letters!
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Honestly, you can't make that stuff up! I'm just like you. I love watch the light on the water, and listen to the surf against rocks and the sounds of the seabirds.
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What a lovely ode to letterwriting, Quantum. Yes, I think a letter from a loved is one of the most beautiful things one can receive. As you say, the time taken to craft an expression of feelings with ink and paper transcends anything the digital age can offer. There's just something about holding a real handwritten letter (sorry, printing out an e-mail doesn't count!)
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Sue, that's a really good point about composing a final document. Word processing does help in that respect. And yes, e-mail is a great way for quick communication, and the fact that you compose them by hand gives you the best of both worlds!
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Yes, for writing books, word processing is a godsend as I'm slightly dyslexic. And I'm constantly tinkering with sentences, so handwritten version get incomprehensible. But letters really should be handwritten. They really do sound different when they are created with pen and paper.
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Isn't that sense of anticipation when you go to the mailbox nice? I cherish a number of letters I've received over the years. They do feel more meaningful than tweets or texts.
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Andrea here, taking a break from research (though I’ve been diving into some really interesting things of which you’ll be hearing soon) to muse on mindfulness and connecting the brain to something other than a machine. I have been thinking about this lately as I take my daily “plotting walk,” which helps me unwind as I just let my thoughts wander. It’s amazing how often good ideas or the unraveling of plot knots happen when you turn off all the noise in your head and take the time to look and listen to Nature. There’s an elemental delight in spotting... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Word Wenches
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Wonderful post, Mary Jo! Wish I could have tagged along! Another fun small military museum is Horse Guards Museum, which is the cavalry museum of the Guards, located in (of course) the imposing Horse Guards building, next to the Admiralty. There are still working stable and the parade ground for the ceremonial cavalry guarding some of the landmark building. There are also fascinating paintings, weaponry and saddles from the Napoleonic era. Heaven for Regency fans!
Toggle Commented May 8, 2019 on London Calling! Part 1 at Word Wenches
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Annette,hugs on your boxers. Losing a beloved pet is wrenching. They become very special parts of our lives, and it hurts to lose them. It sounds like your and your Pekinese found each other at just the right moment. Love and friendship sometimes comes when it's least expected—which makes it all the more beautiful!
Toggle Commented May 5, 2019 on Going to the Dogs! at Word Wenches
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Oh, Teresa, Fionn sounds like such a special dog. I'm sure you miss him fiercely. Yes, Deerhounds and Wolfhounds really do look very similar! I'm sure they must come from common stock. I think Deerhounds may be a little less stocky, but not exactly sure.) It was a hard choice on whether to to make Harper Irish . . . but as McClellan and Tyler, two of the other secondary are Scottish, it seemed to make sense that Wrexford would have a Scottish hound.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2019 on Going to the Dogs! at Word Wenches
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Thanks for such a wonderful list, Binnie! I'm happy to see any creature as a secondary characters . . .though I have to confess, a snake might take some convincing for me to warm up to the idea! I vaguely remember the hedgehog, but can't think of the book. And of course, Mary Jo's cats are such fun!
Toggle Commented May 4, 2019 on Going to the Dogs! at Word Wenches
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So sorry about the allegies, Sue. A "beastly" headache is no fun, so totally understand your forgoing any contact with dogs. I remember Terhune's books, too! Wonderful! Clearly, literary canines make the best companions for you!
Toggle Commented May 4, 2019 on Going to the Dogs! at Word Wenches
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I didn't know that about Heyer, Jan! Thanks for letting me know. Dogs (and any animals) really do provide a lovely way for a hero/heroine to have internal revealing of feelings. THere's no more loyal and sympathetic ear that a beloved pet!
Toggle Commented May 4, 2019 on Going to the Dogs! at Word Wenches
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Oh, yes, Heyer's hound was very memorable! Any of the herding dogs have a LOT of energy! They really do need to chase balls or frisbees. Or have children to exhaust them!
Toggle Commented May 4, 2019 on Going to the Dogs! at Word Wenches
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Kareni, I haven't heard of those books, but what wonderful reads for a child. I'll bet she has very lovely memories of those shared stories!
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Oh, I love Barbara Metzger's dogs! She also had Hero, who played some wonderful roles in her Regencies.
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And I can't wait to see your GORGEOUS new feline make her debut!
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Animals really do add a unique warmth to a story—as they do to real life. I love any sort of animal in a story, so I guess it was inevitable that one would work its way into the plot—especially with two adventurous boys as part of the mix!
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Andrea here, musing today about secondary characters. I find that one of the ways to keep a series fresh and engaging for readers is the addition of new secondary characters in each book. Not only do they add to plot twist possibilities, but they also add color and texture in their interactions with the main protagonists, allowing me to bring out facets of the “stars” in interesting ways. (Though often they aren’t really content to hover in the shadows, but get a bit pushy and keep demanding more time on center stage! Honestly, don't they know who's the boss here?)... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Denise, I totally get why your husband collects knives. I've some absolutely beautiful ones! And I agree that wood turning is art, and the creations should be in a gallery. I, too, have some old bowls that have a wonderful richness from age. I hope the people who made them felt they had created something special.
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Ah, another fan of the V&A! Isn't it a marvelous place? The beauty of everyday objects really does make life a little brighter! So glad you enjoyed the pistols, Sue!
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Ha, ha, Mary Jo! I confess, I do love looking at many paintings, but everyday objects, when done by someone with imagination and manual skills, are just as fascinating to me. I certainly consider them art!
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Such a good point, Lillian. I love all those things you mention because they really do help history come alive!
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