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Widowhood in Georgian England

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Ages ago, I wrote a post about British mourning customs . In a slightly related note, for my Regency/Georgian romance story I'm currently tinkering with--The New Bride of Banner's Edge--I needed to know a few salient points on being a widow in those days because early on in the story, Jane Windham is widowed. The story is about her finding a second chance at love with Miles Keegan, Pearl's employer in Pearl and father of the two girls Pearl nannies.

Miles is a widower, but things were different for men.

Feme covert
In the Georgian/Regency era into the mid-19th century or so, when a woman married, anything she'd inherited or owned--money or property--became her husband's. In law terms, a married women didn't exist as her own separate legal entity. It was known as coverture and a married woman was legally called a feme covert--a covered female, under the care of her husband.

If she went into the marriage with a good fortune but no safeguards like a marriage settle…

On Japanese Names

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In high school, I was assigned a really fun essay: it was all about your name. Why did my parents name me that? What does your name mean? What's the language of origin? Is it a cultural name?

I duly searched baby name websites for the Japanese half of my real first name, Rei, which is from my grandmother's name Reiko. (The other half of my real first name is a pretty common name, often used for middle names these days) They said that Reiko meant "pleasant child" (-ko, a common suffix in girls' names, means "child").


So, then, "Rei" must mean "pleasant."

Except when it doesn't.

Japanese names are often written in kanji form; that is, in Chinese characters (though the Japanese read the kanji differently to Chinese people). But because a variety of kanji can be read in a variety of ways, the meaning of a Japanese name--even if it sounds the same--can be different, depending on the kanji that is used.

My grandmother's Reiko, for …

Happy 8th Birthday, Blog!

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday dear bloogggggiieeee

Happy Birthday to you!


What? I'm allowed to wish my own blog a happy birthday-anniversary-whatever, aren't I?

The Sunflower's Scribbles is 8 years old today.

That's 737 posts total. I have no idea how many words those 737 posts add up to, but I'm going to guess they're fairly substantial at this point.

For past blog birthdays, I've dug through the blog archives, I've posted short stories, I've shared memes and quotes.

This year? Have a recipe!

In the past year or so, my cooking has come along. I've still very much a beginner-type cook--also a fairly lazy cook, in that I don't want to make anything overly complicated.

Turkey Burgers

My mom really, really likes my version of this recipe for turkey burgers.

Ingredients:
1 pound of ground turkey
Mushrooms, chopped finely. I usually do a whole thing of mushrooms. Doesn't matter what kind.
One whole bell pepper o…

Victoria on Masterpiece

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For the past few Sundays, PBS' Masterpiece (the people who aired Downton Abbey as well as a shit ton of great British dramas) has been airing Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman as the queen and Rufus Sewell as her first prime minister, Lord Melbourne.

Victoria begins on the morning that the 18-year-old Queen Victoria becomes queen. This past Sunday's episode covered Victoria and Albert's wedding.

Like The Crown and Versailles (though, frankly, more The Crown than Versailles, if you get my meaning), the program is a sumptuously shot television show taking place in the mid-nineteenth century. The costumes are gorgeous--and like Downton Abbey, there are scenes of the palace's servants going about their work and lives and what it is like to serve the Queen of England.

But it isn't exactly the Victorian Era as we come to know it later; photography is still brand new and
the men, at least in the palace, are still wearing stockings and knee-breeches as if it were the Regenc…

IWSG: February

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It's IWSG time for February! The IWSG is a group that encourages writers and we post every first Wednesday of the month! Come check us out here.

In January's IWSG post, I laid out some writing goals for 2017. They were:

-Stay the hell off social media. Not forever, mind you, but just....be on it less. I found that it was crowding my brain a bit too much in 2016.
I have not been very successful at this--frankly, there's too many important things going on in the world right now. But I'm learning to temper the crazy with my own brand of crazy.

-Maybe finally move this blog onto another platform? I want a more professional look. Maybe. I'll probably change my mind in about five minutes.

-Finish the Victorian novel and get started on the second draft (finishing the second draft would be nice, too, but let's not push it) I've made a little progress on the novel, but not much because...

-Send "Haunted Lake" to a beta and figure out what to do with it (I'…