Showing posts from July, 2016

Saturday Snippet

It's been a minute since I've posted an excerpt, huh?

In which Victoria fulfills her duty as a "daughter" of an English country house by hosting their village's little kids and Ursula tries to figure out her place as a new countess-in-waiting:

You can listen to "The Schuyler Sisters" as you read this, by the by.

Shuffle Along

My best friends and I went to see Shuffle Along: Or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921, and All That Followed last night.

As you can probably surmise from the title, Shuffle Along was a show that opened on Broadway (well, on 63rd Street) in 1921. The book was written by Aubrey Lyles and F.E. Miller and the music composed by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. The show was the first to have a jazz score, the first to be written, directed, and produced by African-Americans and starring African-Americans on Broadway. It starred lots of famous entertainers like Lottie Gee, Paul Robeson, Josephine Baker, Florence Mills, and Adelaide Hall, among others. It was the first major show to have black love interests on stage. The show's popularity among white audiences contributed to the flourishing of jazz into what became the Jazz Age, influenced composers and performers such as George Gershwin and Al Jolson, and ushered in the Harlem Renaissance.

And yet, I'd never heard of this sho…

100 pages + Some Promo!

I hit 100 pages of this Victorian mish-mash of a novel! Yay! It's actually feeling engrossing again!

I mean, 100 pages is about the length of that there novella that I wrote and released last year, so while this story is far from finished (I literally cannot wait for NaNo, where I think I might write a bunch of short stories), I have a very good idea of where I am in StoryWorld.

In other random bits and pieces:

So far, I've had ten sales of Pearl in July. I have no idea where this uptick of sales is coming from (Bestie: "Maybe a book club's reading it!"), but I'm grateful to anyone who downloaded it!

Thus far, I've not done much--if any--promotion for Pearl, since a) it's a first release, b) it's a novella, and c) I keep reading that the best thing an indie author can do is write the next thing. I write about as fast as a snail moves, I don't write in a typically popular genre among self-published books, but since I have a story com…

Middle-itis, Dialogue, and Characters

IWSG post for July time! The Insecure Writer's Support Group posts every first Wednesday of the month. July's co-hosts are: Yolanda Renee,Tyrean Martinson,Madeline Mora-Summonte ,LK Hill,Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott!

It's July already? Gosh, where has this year gone? 

I'm still drafting my Victorian-set story. As usual, my drafting pace is plodding. I wish I could write faster, but my pace is my pace, I suppose. I've been strangely spacey the last month or so when it comes to writing, even a little disinterested. 

Clearly, I'm in full Sagging Middle-itis. I'm also having some issues with where to go with the story line next; I know where it's going, but as always, I'm having that little problem with planning the next steps in how to get to the next part. 

The connective tissue of a story has never exactly been my strongest suit. 

However, to answer the IWSG question for July--What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

I can think…

3 Awesome Women of the Late Victorian Period

I recently finished reading Courtney Milan's The Suffragette Scandal, which takes place in the 1870s and is about Free Marshall, an investigative journalist who runs a newspaper called The Women's Free Press--for women, by women, about women.

Because I'm plodding along in late Victorian land and my three POV characters are all women, I'm looking around at the different things ladies were doing in the 1890s and in the decades beforehand. 
We've already covered the Dollar Princesses, American girls who married into British noble families and oftentimes, saved those families from complete ruin. Ursula Houghton, my character, is one of them.

But there are many, many other interesting, complex, fascinating women in that time period, who may or may not end up influencing Victoria, Ursula, Beatrice or any other upcoming characters.

Courtney Milan says that Free Marshall was partially inspired by Nellie Bly, who you may know as the journalist who made a 72-day around-the-w…