Queen Victoria's Middle Three Kids

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's fourth child was born on August 6, 1844. He was their second son and so, second in line to the throne after his older brother. His parents named him Prince Alfred Ernest Albert. Alfred was known as "Affie" in the family. He wanted to enter the Navy and was allowed to at a young age. Victoria granted him the title Duke of Edinburgh in 1866 and in 1867, Alfred took a journey around the world. He was the first royal to visit Australia, where he was shot (but recovered). He also became the first royal to visit New Zealand, went to Hawaii and met their royals, and was the first European prince to visit Japan in 1869. He also traveled to India, Sri Lanka, and Hong Kong.

Alfred married Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, the only daughter of the Russian tsar Alexander II, in St. Petersburg. They had five surviving children together.

Alfred was stationed on Malta for a few years--their third child, Victoria Melita, was born there. He rose to be …

Queen Victoria's First Three Kids

In this week's seemingly random blog post (and when is this blog not random, I ask you), I'm going to start a brief rundown of each of Queen Victoria's nine children. Having nine children, Victoria and Albert were able to marry their kids to various royals across Europe. And while 2019 is the bicentenary of Victoria's birth (and Albert's birth too, three months after his wife's birthday), their children, grandchildren, and so on continue to influence European royaldom today!

This post covers the first three.

Victoria became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on June 20, 1837, the day her uncle King William IV died. She married her first cousin (on her German mother's side; in essence, Victoria was German on both sides of her family) Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha on February 10, 1840, at St. James's Palace, London.

Their first child was born on November 21, 1840: Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, Princess Royal. Vicky, as she was …

The Tortured Artist is a Myth

Writers are creatives. Creatives are constantly in turmoil. They put themselves in uncomfortable, contortionist emotional and mental pretzels as they piece together ideas to write a fully-fleshed Good Thing. We think a lot. We dredge up bad joo-joo in order to be creative. We're weird. We isolate ourselves in order to observe. We drink. We're depressed. We're dead inside and simultaneously too emotional, too raw.

This is a post about the tortured artist.

Fuck. That. Shit.

Guesting on Fuckbois of Literature podcast!

“He was just gonna Poland Spring that right up!” -@SunflowerRei in her upcoming FBoL

Guess the title! — FBoL (@FuckboisOfLit) May 4, 2019
Hey everyone,

I'm the guest this week on my friend Emily's podcast Fuckbois of Lit!! We talked about the middle grade book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit. I read it in sixth grade and discovered that I completely misremembered everything about that book, yay.

Give a listen here: Apple


Or at any podcast purveyor of your choice--be forewarned, you may have to search under FBoL.

Have any of you read Tuck Everlasting? Or seen the movie version?

Also, must include: @MsEmilyEdwards and I spent a lot of time wondering what shade of yellow Man in the Yellow Suit's suit — Michelle A (@SunflowerRei) May 26, 2019
Also, can you think of any books with characters who qualify as fuckbois (male, female or other--fuckboi is gender neutral)? If you can, tweet them to @FuckboisofLit…

Queen Victoria's 200th birthday

I missed it by a day, but May 24th was the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth. She was born in 1819 in Kensington Palace, London, the only daughter of Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent and Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Victoria was born during the reign of her grandfather, George III. She was christened Alexandrina Victoria.

Her father was George III's fourth son and--it turned out--that made Victoria an heir to the throne. Her older cousin Charlotte--the only legitimate heir to the throne, daughter of George the Prince Regent--had died in 1817 after childbirth. Her baby was stillborn, so once again, George III's immediate heirs were his first four sons: George, Frederick, William, and Edward. George and Frederick were old and hated their wives. William had a ton of children from an invalid marriage, left his sort-of wife and kids, and like his brother Edward, found a German princess to marry. He and Edward married on the same day.

Edward died in January 1820. A…