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"You mean, he's not a Michael?"

I've done a little more genealogical digging. Ireland had a census in 1901 and 1911--so I put in information for my great-grandmother, Annie Talbot McManus, since I knew she didn't arrive in New York until 1912 (she of the famous almost-got-on-the-Titanic story).

I found her, living in County Mayo with her aunt and uncle, at age 16, listed as a domestic servant.
I tried looking up her future husband, but it was far too confusing--McManus being a rather common name.
But the other side? Found 'em. My great-grandfather Michael was 18 in 1911, his birthday being in November, so he hadn't turned 19 yet. He's living at home with older brother Thomas and younger sister Mary Ellen. His mother was Ellen. His father?
Patrick.
"Not Michael?" I exclaimed. Calculating back, Patrick was born in either 1861 or 1860--about ten or so years after the Potato Famine. He's the oldest ancestor I've found so far.
And there was another surprise. I've always been told …

The Fanfic Post

By special request (you know who you are), I have enlisted the help of my resident adolescent girl cousin to put together this post.
Remember the days of fanfiction? I still read it, from time to time, when I just want more from a particular book or TV show or movie. What happens to the characters after the story ends? What did the writers of those other mediums do that I so would not have done? (I'm talking to you, James Cameron. Killing off Jack Dawson spawned me into fanfic writing.)
Now, the request was specifically for Twilight fic. So here are links:
Hit By Destiny
Emancipation Proclamation
These may be updated at a later date, so stay tuned.
But--for the rest of you--I posit this question. Why do you think people read/ write fanfic? What fanfic, if any, do you read? Have you written any?
Leave your comments below.

"It always seemed odd to me that romance protagonists, especially in historical romance, are so ethnically limited."

Yup, it's a double post day. Just bringing this over from an author interview (Zoe Archer) up on Word Wenches:

"While I love all my heroes, the hero of Stranger is one of my all-time favorites. Catullus Graves and generations of his family have been making sophisticated and brilliant inventions for the Blades to use out in the field. He’s basically “Q” in the James Bond films, and that’s where we get the steampunk element—since he doesn’t use magic, just known Victorian science and technology in the design and construction of his devices. But one of the most unique aspects of Catullus as a hero in a historical romance is that he’s a black Briton. It always seemed odd to me that romance protagonists, especially in historical romance, are so ethnically limited. I really wanted to address the wide variety of experiences and people, particularly given how diverse England truly was and is. The research I did into the history of black people in Britain was fascinating and truly…
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I seem to be in a reading rather than a writing mood right now, as evidenced by my growing Amazon wish list and the significant lack of pages in my outline. It's going, I'm outlining and thinking about it, but it hasn't really taken shape and taken a hold of me yet and gone into full-blown imagination. *Okay, since I wrote this part of this post last night, I have thought of a few ideas--such as themes--that may make writing this outline a little less painful.*

BUT--I do have new books. I finished (read: devoured) one by Elizabeth Chadwick called For The King's Favor. This is my fourth Chadwick.

I've read one book of hers called The Conquest, which was about the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, told from the point of view of a Saxon woman and later, the half-Norman daughter she has with a Norman lord.

Then I've read her William Marshal books--The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion. These are fictionalized biographies, as in, William Marshal existed and live…

What's Your Name?

I have a thing about names. It comes, perhaps, from having a strange name and reading and hearing new names, turning the sounds of it in my head, wondering if that name would fit me better than the one I have. Plus, names do tell a story--as was illustrated by an 11th-grade paper an English teacher had us write about our names and their meanings (Ann=graceful. Rei (from Reiko)=pleasant. Hahahaha!) and how we got them.
Character names usually come to me with the character or the story idea. Eva in Last Request was always Eva Fontaine--though, apparently, I've used the name Eva in other things I've written. Brixton was originally called Grayson--that is, until my nephew was born and he was named Grayson. Considering what Brix goes through in Last Request, that's just wrong. Thus, Brixton, which sounded suitably WASP-y and is from "Guns of Brixton," a Clash song, which was released not long before Brix and Eva would've been born.
In my fanfics, the Mary Sue char…

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Writing Through Pain...and other stories

An interesting and thought-provoking post from Word Wenches, called Writing Through Pain. The comments and post itself suggest that published authors, at least, don't find writing while they are in a stressful, painful, or sad situation helpful--to the piece they're writing or themselves. They find reading familiar books more helpful.

I can see how that would be--I mean, if something drastic is happening in Life, but you're on contract for a light-hearted book, then your angst wouldn't fit with the book and it might be stressful to pretend to be carefree on the page. For me, writing is what I do when I'm extremely happy or down-in-the-depths depressed. I mean, yes, I read during those times--and it is often easier to read someone else's finished, well-organized, entertaining, moving, edited work than to write your own. As a teenager, I kept a journal--I wince reading parts of it now, but it was my truth back then and I seem to have gotten the raw-and-repressed-a…