I'm sitting here with a glass of iced coffee (in my neck of the woods, it was 106°F yesterday, and it's supposed to be hotter today), contemplating the holiday weekend and what I'd like to accomplish. (Mind you, when temps are hot, I feel like a slug. My husband feels the heat far more keenly … Continue reading Saturday Musings
via Eleanor Hibbert, Novelist Known As Victoria Holt and Jean Plaidy - NYTimes.com I cut my teeth on Victoria Holt's Gothic romance novels when I was about 12. They were the closest contemporary thing I could find to Jane Eyre, and they were -- and are -- wonderful, though I haven't picked one up in … Continue reading Eleanor Hibbert, Novelist Known As Victoria Holt and Jean Plaidy – NYTimes.com
September 1, 2017 TODAY: In 1906, prolific author Eleanor Hibbert, who used different pen names depending on the genre (Jean Plaidy for historical fiction, Victoria Holt for gothic romance), is born.
The popular genre broke through another glass ceiling recently in Washington. Source: Stop dissing romance novels already - The Washington Post
What this really means is my writing plan for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday since Monday and today are long on-campus days that all about meetings, teaching, and office hours. Waah. The only writing I can do today is this kind of reflection and list-making -- which nevertheless serves a purpose. Wednesday Re-read Chapter 1 draft … Continue reading This Week’s Writing Plan for RN2
As I've already mentioned, I'm someone who benefits from calendaring my time, particularly as I juggle not only my university obligations (teaching, scholarship, service, and administration) but academic writing with romance writing. (I've committed to the latter, but some scholarly writing is still on my docket.) If I don't schedule carefully and commit, it (whatever … Continue reading Scheduling Writing Dates
This afternoon I shifted writing gears back to academic matters long enough to write a small grant application for Venice-based research that I can do while I'm there for the October conference. That research relates to a scholarly article I'll be writing come Spring 2018 on David Lean's 1955 film Summertime, shot in Venice; if … Continue reading You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play