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I associate calling the 50s "history" with Romancelandia, (and not even universal there.) But it's more widespread than that: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/historical-fiction-1950s https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/historical-fiction-1950s If somebody pinned me down and tortured an opinion out of me, I'd say the 1950s won't REALLY become history till they start teaching it in history classes. Right now, mostly, college history courses stop at the end of WWII.
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My uncles fought in WWI and my mother remembered them ringing all the church bells when it ended. And now they've decided the 1950s can be Historical Romance. I don't object, really, but I'm a little taken aback. History just comes racing past us, doesn't it?
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Wellington lived long enough to have two careers -- general and statesman. Not so many folks get to do this. Eisenhower comes to mind as another. We're closer to history than we think. My father remembered the first car that drove into his small town in Mississippi.
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I hadn't quite thought of it ... but folks who share the same taste in books probably have a lot in common in other ways. Do lawyers read Grisham? Do vampires read Ann Rice?
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I guess FaceBook is a bit like the extensive correspondences folks used to keep up in C18 and C19. We'd be a lot poorer if it weren't for those literary letters authors kept writing back and forth. I wonder if future historian folks will someday mine Facebook for their Master's thesis
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Not to say I don't have friends who think I'm a bit odd, but yes ... one of the best foundation for long-term friendship, it seems to me, has always been being crazy in similar ways.
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Cool and excellent. Will your research on Wellington be published anywhere do you think? I've wanted to get the Huw Davis book but it's a bit pricey.
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Working together for politics is a wonderful way to make friends. I live in a relatively small town and it's got so I can't buy a loaf of whole-wheat bread without running into somebody I was manning a phone bank with.
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Theatre folks work together so intensely. They're in the business of creating emotion. It's not surprising folks form strong bonds. I wonder if the plays being produced have an effect on this.
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I was thinking about eh Wenches when I put the post together. *g*
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Joanna here, talking about friendship and also about how sometimes one thought leads to another. An idealized painting of the meeting The other day I was thinking how Nelson and Wellington once met in person. I read about this a while back and it always struck me as cool. Wellington and Nelson wouldn’t normally have come face to face. Nelson was engaged on the high seas. Wellington, on land. They were both only intermittently in England. Wellington But one day in 1805 both men happened to be in the waiting room of the Colonial Office in Whitehall. Wellington (well .... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Words do what we tell them to. Eventually. The solid world is not so cooperative.It's downright testy sometimes.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2019 on Life Lessons in Writing at Word Wenches
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For me there's a lot of "I'm watching the scene unfold as if I've been dropped into the middle of a movie." Lots of "Look. That's it. Hey! Wake up and catch it. Write it down quick while it happens." Most of the stuff that ends up in the books I didn't sit down and consciously "make." The characters say stuff and I copy their words.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2019 on Letting My Characters Lead at Word Wenches
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I use Christmas cards to make book marks. I cut them into thin strips. The paper stock is rich and thick. The colors are bright. Sometimes I can remember the whole card from just the part that shows up on the bookmark. Sometimes there's even handwriting on the back and it brings me memories of old friends.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2019 on Ask A Wench: What We're Doing at Word Wenches
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Not just very good paper control, but also good recycling, so that's two excellent Karma points with every ream. (such a deal)
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2019 on Ask A Wench: What We're Doing at Word Wenches
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I hear you about having OLD manuscript copies. I only just a few months ago cleaned out all my old paper editorial comments. Clunk! All of them in the good paper recycling bin downtown. I am still whimpering over the pain.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2019 on Ask A Wench: What We're Doing at Word Wenches
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I am so happy to hear this. Go Literacy!! Go you!!
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2019 on Ask A Wench: What We're Doing at Word Wenches
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Susan -- I want your stained glass window. I have promised myself that somehow I will get some of that sunlight goodness into the new house. Just not sure how ...
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2019 on Ask A Wench: What We're Doing at Word Wenches
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For me, that's potting. I'm not terribly good at it, but I do enjoy it. Can I say I just turn my brain off? Not very flattering to those who make an art form out of this. But that's kind what happens.
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2019 on Life Lessons in Writing at Word Wenches
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Thank ye kindly. You can also wish happy day to Benjamin Franklin who shares January 17th with us. (The 17th is using the new style calendar, not the old, in case you were wondering. Under the old style he was born January 6. I am going to assume such a scientific man was still in favor of the change.)
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2019 on Celebrating a special Birthday Week at Word Wenches
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I got what they had at the Lowes. I hope it's "the good stuff." I will keep the exacto knofe handy, if I can find it amid all the disorder of moving ... Thank you.
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2019 on Life Lessons in Writing at Word Wenches
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People sometimes turn to wallpaper when they have difficult walls to deal with. This is a mistake IMO. Wallpaper is a delicate, temperamental beauty. A high maintenance lover. I have put wallpaper up (in a bathroom, no less.) Once. I was young and a fool. It was lovely and I moved before I came to regret it. All our youthful exuberances should end as well. I have also taken wallpaper down with solvents and heat guns and scrapers and colorful language. I emerged sadder but wiser. I'm sorry you'll be losing your lovely wallpaper. *sigh*
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2019 on Life Lessons in Writing at Word Wenches
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One comes across skittles in a singular form in a few contexts. For instance, one of the wooden pins used in the game of skittles would be "a skittle." The word seems to have entered English in both singular and plural forms, as both noun and verb, perhaps in the early C17. Ultimate origin might be Middle English: shittle, shutle, from Old English scutel, scytel dart; akin to Old Norse skutill bolt, Old English scēotan to shoot Its entry into English is through the game skittles, a form of lawn bowling and a tabletop pub game. More at: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xyybxz/the-surprisingly-complex-etymology-of-skittles
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2019 on Life Lessons in Writing at Word Wenches
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Nothing is lost. I located the reference immediately. *g*
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I'm reminded of a skit Tom Baker did in one of the Dr Who episodes. Dr Who was walking through the Tardis dressed in a dramatic painterly smock and artistic beret, talking about Artifical Intelligence. (Was he referring to K-9?) Dr Who: That's all very well. But CAN HE PAINT? Dr Who pulls out giant paint roller and exists stage left. Painting and plastering and repairing (and the pottery I make) use a different part of my brain from the "writer person." I become, in a way, a different "me." Doing manual stuff blasts down the walls of that comfortable abstract part of Joanna Bourne. It leaves me with joint compound all over my hands and drips of paint on my clothing and aching muscles. It's one way to travel to a different reality. Good practice for seeking out a new Point of View in writing.
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2019 on Life Lessons in Writing at Word Wenches
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