After the Deadline
Here is the list of words I looked up in the last two months. Can you tell me which words were in use in 1815? The answers will be at the end of the post. Please do test us on your favorites.
breaking and entering
hullabaloo And bedeviled as I am with rampant insecurity I always wonder how many words there were that I did not even think to look up.
And bedeviled as I am with rampant insecurity I always wonder how many words there were that I did not even think to look up.
With my manuscript on my editor’s desk I am clearing my own desk of research material, preparing for the next project and playing with the idea of going to
One of the wonderful books that I read while writing Lovers Kiss was Izaak Walton’s The Complete Angler. The 17th century voice is as much fun as the content. If you have not read it, I encourage you t0 do so. Even if you do not fly-fish. There is a reason this book has been in print for most of its 350 years.
Once again I made nodding reference to Rowlandson’s cartoons and Hogarth’s paintings which Michael finds in the vicar’s office. The vicar, a truly holy man, explains that he has led a very sheltered life and Hogarth and Rowlandson have been an essential part of his education. The cartoon shown above is a play on the English fascination with everything Egyptian. The cartoons that educated the vicar are too lascivious to use here.
The books I read on cooks and cookery made me realize how much the process of preparing food has changed in 200 years but how much the enjoyment of food has stayed the same. I spent quite a while trying to come up with recipes that readers could relate to and were also something that had a Regency feel. I decided on cinnamon buns and chicken soup. I even tried (and love) the recipes.
The post war political anxiety and the fist stirrings of industrial development were very much in my mind in this last project, but are only on the edges of the story. I think politics will be a more important element of the next book in the series. The head of the family, the Duke of Meryon, is the hero and it was a time when every responsible man was called on to take a stand, don’t you think?
These days between two projects is so much fun for me. Did you here the Oprah figure that 84% of Americans are unhappy with their jobs? For once I am delighted to be in the minority.
restorative: 15th century
breaking and entering: 1797
hullabaloo: 1762 Reconnaissance surprised me and played right into my story. I did not use "breaking and entering" even though it qualified because it sounds too modern. I think the hullabaloo sounds much more Victorian than lollygag.
Reconnaissance surprised me and played right into my story. I did not use "breaking and entering" even though it qualified because it sounds too modern. I think the hullabaloo sounds much more Victorian than lollygag.