Friday, December 8, 2017

The Downton Abbey Exhibition

Everyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows that I am a hardcore Downton Abbey fan. So when I heard that there was a Downton Abbey limited time exhibition going on at 218 W. 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan, I bought tickets and dragged my mother and a friend to the city. 

I'm not sure what that building was originally, because it's not a museum, but it was more than adequate to house this exhbition, which is only in New York City until the end of January, I think. It features original set pieces, costumes, and props from the show with some historical context to guide you along the way.

We walked into a very busy lobby area, our e-tickets were scanned, and we were ushered into a small introduction room with a video introduction by a beloved Downton character. The first floor was about the servant characters.

The kitchen set!!

The servants' hall set with the bell board!

More servant's hall

There were objects and props from the show which the servant characters would have handled. Each room had an explanation of what would have gone in that room--the kitchen being the busiest place in the house, the butler's pantry and what tasks Carson was doing in there.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG December

It's December, the last IWSG post of 2017! Check out the group here.

For the past few weeks, I've been working on a writing project only a few people know about. I haven't blogged about it. I don't mean to be cryptic or secretive, but I'm also kind of afraid that if I talk about the project--which I'm outlining--and then it falls apart, then I have to explain that it's fallen apart or is on hold, as a few of my projects in the last few years are. On hold, that is.

And I don't want to do that because I want to see this idea through and I want it to work and come together. I want to finish it and see it published in whatever way it'll be published.

I'm outlining because when I pants a story, it always falls apart in the middle--I get stuck and I freeze. Part of that is lack of plotting skill and a great deal of it is anxiety, I think.

I'm also outlining because this idea is a series idea--it's romance, so the main characters are different for each story, but they share a general world and they interact and intersect every so often, so I want all of that to be coordinated before I actually write any of these stories.

And so far, it seems to be working out--this outlining thing. It's a fairly detailed outline, maybe more of a sketch because I have dialogue and some emotions and things, but the scenes aren't completely written. The greatest thing is that if I want to add to a scene or move a scene, I can simply cut and paste a hundred or so words into a new spot instead of cutting into pages and pages of writing.