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All In A Day’s Work

Think you’re busy? Too much packed into your day?

We’ve all been there, right? Especially those of us who write while still managing to work a full time job (or two). I know I have a planner that I stick with, and  I’ve got myself scheduled pretty tightly from 7 am to 10 pm. That’s bedtime for me. 10 pm. Only, not tonight. No, tonight I came home from work, went to the gym, then went to WalMart for the weekly lunch shopping. Didn’t get home until 9. It is now 9:53, and I am still eating this salad. (Srsly, why are these so huge and so cheap??)

But today I had to do some research for my current project, A Lady’s Wager. See, almost all of the book has to take place within a ten day span during the Season of 1816. So what kind of activities would throw this couple together, I wondered. Now, I’ve read my share of Regency’s. But I seriously had no idea. Not a single clue.

So again, I ask you – do you think you’re busy today? Check out the activities available for a woman of the Ton.

Wake up sometime before 10 am because
10:00 am – Riding in Hyde Park
Home for breakfast, which might be a simple affair or a full blown fancy schmancy affair.
Then, pay bills or write letters or shop or call upon very close friends
Then, luncheon – after which the men go to their manly pursuits, leaving the woman to choose from afternoon activities such as:
– cricket matches
– promenading in the Park
– attending scientific lectures
– receptions
– small musicals and concerts
– archery
– bazaars
– dramatic matinees
– polo
– races (presumably horse, but what about rowing?)
– lawn tennis, lawn bowling
– garden parties
– picnics
– a trip to the cafe or to a men’s club (where a woman could be invited to dine prior to an outing)

THEN, another turn about Rotten Row in the late afternoon – walking or riding.

5 pm – Afternoon tea, again either an informal affair or a crush
7 pm – dinner, formal, dozens of guests with footmen and waiters

Then, off to the theatre, opera, or a private soiree

And all of that? Just a warm up for the man balls, routs, and soirees that start anywhere from 10 pm to midnight, and go until 3 am.

The good news is that I do not believe I will have a problem creating ten days worth of varying activities. But seriously. How did they do it? I would die.

Now then, it is Tuesday. Tidbit Tuesday, to be exact. Here is today’s Tidbit. It is one of those pesky scenes that came to me out of order. I’m not sure where it will occur, but I do know it is a Garden Party, so check that off the list!

“Oh, I would not know. I’ve not ever left London.” The words were said so nonchalantly, he almost didn’t pick up what she had actually said.

When he did, he slowed to a halt next to her. A couple moved around them, the willowy brunette stifling a low giggle. The lawn of the large garden tucked away behind the Hatford’s mansion was freshly mown, leaving behind that unmistakeable of cut grass. Perhaps they would have a bit of summer, after all, thought Stratford. Then, Sarah’s words came back to him.

“You mean to tell me that you have never left London? Not even to take the waters or to join some house party?”
Sarah looked away, her gaze fixed upon her hands. “Not even once, Major.”

He knew she had recently lost a fiance, which was bound to be a sensitive subject. “But surely you attended, erm, that is to say…” He broke off before finishing. How to broach the painful subject? Was it not bad enough that she had loved before him? That she still wore the muted colors of half-mourning?
When she looked up, sadness muted her emerald eyes. He cursed himself ten times a fool. One did not – could not – woo a woman by reminding her of a painful, or tragic, loss.

The Art of the Fan

Today, I researched fans. What are the parts called, how are they used?

If you are familiar with historical fiction, then you know there is a Language of the Fan, just as there is a Language of Flowers. According to the Jane Austen’s World blog, the rules were rather rigid in the Victorian era, but not necessarily before that. Alas, I write in the Regency period.

That will not stop me learning something new about fans, however! Perhaps one of my lovely ladies will have to bring the language of the fans to Regency England from a far away exotic locale.

Perhaps.

So, what did we learn on our journey into the past today?

1. The fan goes way, way back. At least as far back as 1235 B.C. according to this article. Wow.
2. The first folding fan is still pretty damn old – over 1000 years old as it was first adopted in China somewhere between 900 and 960. Same article as #1.
3. The language of the fan, if it actually exists (apparently, there is debate on that) was not universal.

I leave you with two links – both of which share some hidden meanings. What about your historicals? Do you use the art of the fan in yours?

http://www.donnamacmeans.com/the-secret-language-of-fans/

https://myhandfan.com/language.htm

 

Like Pulling Teeth

Or, perhaps a better comparison is pulling away bits of my soul. This newest book is taking its toll on me. I have a very vague idea of what happens at the beginning, and (because I write romance) I know there is a Happy Ever After (HEA). I do not, unfortunately, know the in-betweens. Or frankly, beyond the prologue. It’s killing me because I know this is an idea that works. I know there is a story, a happy ending for Sarah and Stratford.

I love the Regency period, and all that it entails. That is the only era in which this story can take place. They tell me that. And for once, it isn’t even the period giving me problems. I don’t know what’s going on with this.

One thing I do know is that I have shied away from mentions of the Napoleonic Wars that were such a big part of this era. Well, not this time. I have a hero who lost sight in one eye during battle. He injured his foot in another.

I am absolutely still in the discovery stage, but I think I’m getting there. Bits and pieces are revealing themselves as I write. YAY!

Anyway, whine session over. Tis Thursday over here in Nopelandia (yes, still a thing). That means Thesaurus Thursday. Today’s choices were lobotomy and ebullient. Since the former was not coined until the 1930s, I naturally went with ebullient.

Ignoring the ebullient laughter drifting from the dance floor, Sarah contemplated the bubbles of champagne as they tickled her throat.

It might even stay in the writing, lol. Short but sweet today, folks. Have a good night!

Happy 3.14.15

It’s Saturday, which means it’s question of the week day. Here is the question we were asked, or rather – questions.

How much research does everybody do for their stories? Do you tend to write things that don’t require research? Or are you willing to write outside of your knowledge banks and spend some time researching? Where do you go to research?

How much research do I do? Well, that depends. I just spent 20 minutes using the Google and searching all my hundreds of ridiculous bookmarks. Why? Because I remember reading a term used in Regency and Victorian England that I thought might be more appropriate than “page boy” or “messenger boy”. Was my search fruitful? Well, yes and no. Yes, I found the term that was sitting on the tip of my tongue. No because it was not an appropriate fit. The term I was thinking of was “link boy”, which is the boy you hire to carry a torch, lighting your way in the dark. There are other times, of course, when I do a five minute search. I tend to do my research as I go rather than all at once prior to starting. Likely, this will get me into trouble one day.

Do I write things that don’t require research? Or are you willing to go outside of your knowledge banks and spend some time researching? I love the challenge of historical writing. I’m already planning a series set in the 20’s and 30’s – right here in Springfield, Illinois. As I already said I tend to research as I go along, and it will likely get me in trouble one day. Perhaps when the rough draft is done, I’ll take a month or two and really research. Better, I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to get a History degree. Perhaps once I’ve finished my Accounting degree.

Where do I go to research? Well, I use the Google for quite a bit of research. Other historical romance author websites offer a wealth of information. And for certain things, even Wikipedia can be a good source. I’ve also invested in several books relative to the time period. And the library. Who doesn’t love the library? OH! And Pinterest has become a favorite place for clothing research. Don’t believe me? Go check out “Regency Era Clothing”. Wonderful!