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Oct 20 2014

A library chat and an exciting announcement!

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 The last week has been a bit of a whirlwind, trying to get back into my groove again. I ended up taking a bit of a break away from fiction writing–one because my excessively flighty muse finally decided to reveal the missing piece of my WIP “Pert Opinions and Fine Eyes’. While I’m completely thrilled that I now understand what was missing, it does mean I have to totally rewrite the first half of the story. Not sure whether I will have to do that before I can finish it the initial rough draft, but I suspect that will be the case.  It is a little frustrating, but I am please now because the missing pieces were making me nuts and I feel much better now having made sense of it all.

On top of that, I was preparing for a library talk I gave at  the Cinco Ranch Library on Saturday. We had a lovely time taking tea and talking about Christmas in Jane Austen’s day. I was so blessed to have most of my family along as well.  The youngest son had band commitments, so he could not be there–we had to talk him into no skipping out on band! But my elder two sons, husband and sister came to support and help out.  That was pretty special. I also got to meet in person the narrator for ‘All the Appearance of Goodness’, Pearl Hewitt which totally made my day!

We videoed the whole thing, but the camera is giving me fits and I haven’t been able to get the files off it yet.  But if and when I do, I will share snippets here.

And now so for a couple of exciting announcements.  In D’Tale magazine is starting a new feature and I get to be write the feature article for December on Regency Christmas Traditions! Needles to say I’m pretty excited. If you don’t already subscribe to In D’Tale, clink the link and go visit. You can sign up for a free subscription. Great magazine. I interviewed TJ MacKay  a little while back.  Clink on the link to read her interview and learn more about her great, and very unique, e-magazine.

So with all the work on the Christmas research, I decided I was going to go ahead and polish it up and publish it!  I’m doing the edits and proofreading on it now. I’ll share the cover when I get it done, later this week. And hopefully by the end of next week, the book will be out! I’m kind of excited. When I did all that research for Twelfth Night at Longbourn, I never really thought I’d get to publish it as well. Stay tuned for more details!

 

 

 

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  1. Evie Cotton

    That sounds great! I love reading works like that. Can’t wait to get my hands on your research!

    1. Maria Grace

      Thanks, Evie!

  2. linda root

    Exciting busy weeks are ahead for you, Maria.

    1. Maria Grace

      Thanks!

  3. Deborah

    WhIat wonderful news! It is wonderful that your research is being published. I am looking forward to reading your research. History is so much fun! Wish I could’ve been at your presentation. I am looking forward to seeing your video clips.

    1. Maria Grace

      Thanks so much, Deborah! I’m still trying to get the video we tried to take to work. But something is really wonky with the camera.I have’t given up yet though.

  4. Ginna

    When will be able to read “Pert Opinions and Fine Eyes” ? Is it being posted anywhere?

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