Category: Random Bits

Happy New Year! Welcome 2018

  What do you say to close out a year like 2017 and usher in a new year? Some  reflections on last year and looking ahead to 2018.   So well yeah… hmmm, what to say? To be honest this is the fourth time I’ve tried to start this new year post and I’ve hit …

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Regency Christmas Traditions: Black Butter

  Black butter was another traditional Christmastide treat. Jane Austen mentioned black butter in a letter to her sister. One might infer that she liked it on the whole, but was rather unimpressed with this particular batch of it.   December 27, 1808: The widgeon (a kind of duck) and the preserved ginger were as …

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A Less Agreeable Man: Deleted Scene#4

Writers have a saying, ‘You have to kill your darlings’, which means stuff gets cut in the editing process. It’s tough, but it has to be done.  Scenes get cut for number of different reasons. This one, like the first in this series,  suffered the axe when I applied the ‘does it make a difference’ …

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A Less Agreeable Man: Deleted Scene#2

Writers have a saying, ‘You have to kill your darlings’, which means stuff gets cut in the editing process. It’s tough, but it has to be done.  Scenes get cut for number of different reasons. This one suffered the axe when I applied the pacing test. In other words, if I cut this scene move …

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Courtship and Marriage: Visiting JASNA NY

One thing about natural disasters, they are very ill-mannered guests. They show up to your place uninvited, sometimes with other unexpected guests in tow. They overstay their welcome, leave everything a mess–and all that is after they have shown up at the worst possible time. As we were coping with all Harvey brought our way, …

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