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Nicola Cornick
I write Regency historicals for Harlequin HQN Books and also work as a historian
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Nicola here. Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, a date that is a particular favourite of mine for two reasons, firstly because my husband and I had our first date over a pile of homemade pancakes on a Shrove Tuesday long ago and secondly because, well, I just love pancakes. Here is a picture of yesterday's feast! In the Christian tradition the 40 days of Lent, which begin today, are a time of prayers and fasting, abstaining from a whole range of foods, including meat, eggs, fish, fats and milk. Shrove Tuesday itself was the day you were summoned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at Word Wenches
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We are of one mind, Christina! I too have lined wellington boots although mine are Dunlop not Hunter. My last Hunter wellies I wore until they literally fell apart,I loved them so much. The cosiness of having a fur lining!
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Vicki, you are so well prepared! Your hats sounds absolutely fabulous. I hadn't heard of a fleece gaiter and looked it up. Turns out I have one although I'm not sure what it's called here! Anyway, they are superb.
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Annette, I do love the idea of running outside to dance in the rain when you've been in a drought. We don't feel like that often around here! I also love your FEMA umbrella story. That is very touching. Interesting that your dog loves the towel. So does Angus, but April hates it and has to be bribed not to fight with it!
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Hi Kathryn, I'm with you on needing both hands for dog walking sometimes. That sounds like me with April! I can imagine an umbrella going flying when the dog suddenly veers off to investigate something exciting...
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Oh. Teresa, I am with you on the glasses! (And the dripping umbrella). With the advent of masks we glasses-wearers now have the dual issue of steaming up and raindrop glasses!
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Nicola here. Today I'm talking about some of the things people in the 18th and 19th centuries did when they stayed in the the country (the respectable activities, I mean, rather than the complicated business of creeping in and out of bedrooms in the dead of night. I'm talking here about the leisured classes, of course, the ones who didn't distinguish between a week day and the weekend. This may be a Wench re-post; because of stuff I have going on at the moment I've had to dust down and add to a piece I'd written a while ago, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here, rambling (literally) today on what to wear for a dog walk in the rain and adding in some historical sidenotes. Each day I go out with Angus, our pet Labrador, or April, our guide dog trainee in the inclement winter weather, generally getting soaking wet in the process. This has prompted me refine my outdoor wear to suit the different elements of winter – frost, snow and wind as well as rain – and make sure that I have the right clothes for the right activity, because you know the saying: “There’s no wrong sort of weather, only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at Word Wenches
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Fascinating post, Christina. I really enjoyed it. I have read all of Heyer's mystery books and enjoyed them to a greater or lesser degree (Envious Casca being my least favourite and No Wind of Blame probably my favourite.) I do agree there's a sense of snobbishness and claustrophobia about them that feels very alien today. I think it was probably very accurate for the period though. I've only been "buttled" once or twice so have no real experience but I used to know a lady who had grown up in a big castle with servants in Scotland who told a story from her youth. One day, the after-dinner coffee was late arriving by about ten minutes and when the butler had finally distributed it he went up to her father and said with a completely wooden expression: "I do apologise for the delay, my lord. Cook died."
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What a lovely idea, Kathleen. Cake and books is the perfect combination!
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Nicola here, introducing this month’s Ask A Wench topic, which was sent in by Valerie Moore, who wins a book from me as a thank you. Valerie asks: “How do the seasons affect your style of writing, if at all?” It’s an excellent question and gave us all much to ponder on. Do the seasons affect our actual writing style or is it more that the seasons affect our moods and this affects our writing? Certainly in my case, I find it extremely difficult to write about a season that is very different from the one that I’m in. At... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2021 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. It’s Twelfth Night today, marking the end of the Christmas festivities (assuming that you count the twelve days from Christmas Day. Some traditions start counting on 26th December meaning you can keep partying until the 6th!) There are a number of different ways in which Twelfth Night has been celebrated through the centuries. In the Georgian period they were keen on baking a special cake to mark the occasion. The Historic Food website has some fascinating information on this. The earliest printed recipe for an English Twelfth Cake appears to date from 1803 and was recorded by John... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here, welcoming you to the Word Wench "What We’re Reading" feature for December. It’s a bumper edition, including both Christmas-themed and other books, so jump right in and check out our choices, and let us know what you recommend this month! Anne here, and as usual I've read quite a bit in the last month and have several recommendations. The first is The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley. Elderly artist, Julian Jessop is lonely and unhappy and, claiming that authenticity is the only possible solution for changing his life, he writes down how he feels in a small exercise... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. At this time of year when the evenings are long and dark and the days are short there is nothing that I enjoy more than seeing a light show. If there is snow (or at least a hard frost!) and stars sparkling overhead that’s an added bonus. Perhaps its’ a throwback to the distant ancestors who lit up this time of year with a number of fire festivals: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls and Guy Fawkes Night, all with bonfires and lanterns. The precursor of Christmas lights were the candles that German families would attach to the branches of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Hi anne! That's such a funny story about you reading in class - it sounds as though there was just no way of stopping you!
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Hi Annette! What a fantastic idea for a screensaver! I hadn't thought of doing that but I love it!
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Karin, isn't it wonderful to have such a variety of interesting and relaxing places to read!
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I'm so glad you liked the post and the pictures, Teresa. There are so many beautiful reading women paintings to choose from!
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I think (hope!) we have finally fixed the problem! Thanks for your patience.
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Nicola here. Today I’m talking about women and reading. At the start of this year I bought what was possibly the most pointless item of 2020, although at the time I didn't realise it. It was a 2020 desk diary in which I planned to write all the dates of the talks I was going to be giving this year, details of bookshop visits, conferences and literary festivals. This week I looked at its blank pages and although I was sorry I hadn't had the chance to use it, I still appreciated the illustrations because it was The Reading Woman... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2020 at Word Wenches
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“The rabbit is a caressing animal and equally fond as the cat of the head being stroked.” From The Complete Rabbit Fancier,1823. Nicola here. Today I’m blogging about rabbits and their relationships with humans. Perhaps it’s the second UK lockdown and the approach of winter that’s making me think about things that are warm and cuddly, or the fact that I was chatting on Facebook with some friends and one of them sent me a picture of her adorable house rabbits. So rabbits and their history it is. First of all, where did the rabbit come from? Well, the European... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. As the UK goes into a second lockdown, I’ve been inspired by Christina’s recent post about the Keeper Shelf to turn back to my bookshelves and find solace in old favourites. It was only as I was sorting out all my timeslip books that I realised what a collection I had gathered over the years and in a spirit of nostalgia I thought I would share my favourites and ask for your recommendations. At this time of year, with the spooky goings-on of Halloween, the darker nights and chilly days, it feels a perfect time to read tales... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Oh dear, poor Napoleon Bonaparte Gilmour! The timing of that really is unfortunate. I wonder if he ever thought about changing his name later in life? I do think parents should think these things through! I know that a lot of people admired Napoleon even if he was "the enemy" but it's quite another thing lumbering your child with that forever. I like Salamanca as a name as well. At least it can be shortened neatly!
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Nicola here, talking about names. Back in July, Christina posted about names and saints’ days, and recently a previous Wench guest, Elizabeth Hawksley, wrote a fascinating piece on her own blog here about why the name Thomas fell out of popularity in 1532. It seems to me that whether we’re talking about about choosing names for characters in books or how we feel about our own names, it’s a perennially fascinating topic. This time around, my interest was sparked by the BBC genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are, which returned to our screens in the UK last week... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. Today it's my huge pleasure to welcome to the blog historical novelist Helen Hollick. Helen has a rich and varied writing (and life!) experience, summed up in her own words as: “I wrote pony stories as a teenager, moved to science-fiction and fantasy, and then discovered historical fiction. Published for over twenty years with my Arthurian Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy, and the 1066 era book Harold The King (UK title)/I Am the Chosen King (US title), I became a USA Today bestseller with Forever Queen.” Helen also writes the Sea Witch Voyages, pirate-based fantasy adventures, so if you enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at Word Wenches
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