Showing posts from September, 2017

My Collection of Research Books

I was looking around the blogosphere this morning and saw a blog post by one of my favorite historical fiction authors Elizabeth Chadwick, with a huge list of her mountain of research books.

Go check it out here.

So I decided to take a few pictures of my molehill of research books, which I've acquired for a variety of past projects and/or just out of curiosity and exploration of an era.

(Which is to say, I'll get back to the Victorian era when I damn well feel like it).

I used to have Tudors boooks (I'm down to two, which are biographies of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I), but when I finally acknowledged that a) Tudor-land is oversaturated and b) I wasn't actually going to write that story of the monastery being tore apart during the English Reformation, not knowing anything about Catholicism, Anglicanism, or monasteries beyond what Ken Follet's books taught me, those books were sold on Amazon. 
I expect some of these will get rotated out as well, at some point. 

If you…

So long, Bandstand!

In January, when my friends Nali, Jess, and I went to BroadwayCon, there was a new Broadway preview thing, which was dangerous because you sing me a showtune and I get hooked and then there's money pouring out of my wallet because I want to see the shows. 
Hearing Laura Osnes and Corey Cott sing "This is Life" was my "ooh, ooh, ooh" moment. Then I watched their performance on the Tonys.

Ummmm hi — (@broadwaycom) June 12, 2017

I finally saw it on September 7th, with my usual Broadway partners in crime and it was everything I expected. Amazing dancing. Like, seriously. Great acting. Fantastic singing (See, Corey Cott's singing at the top of his range. He's doing the male equivalent of belting, said my brain as I leaned forward in my seat. Oh, wait, he just went up a notch on that How did that happen?)

Bandstand was also an original musical, not based on a book or a movie, with new songs. That…

Goodbye to Groundhog Day

This year, I've seen four new musicals, which is quite a lot to see within a year for me. Alas, of those four, one closed right after my friends and I went to see it and today, two more are closing.

Groundhog Day and Bandstand are playing their final performances today, which is a real shame. They were my favorites this year and they really deserved to go on longer runs. So I'm writing goodbye posts for them, but they're separate because I have a lot of feels, mmkay?

Another new one! Loving @Groundhogdaybwy with @SunflowerRei and @NaliMeta1 !!! — Jessica.L.G. (@JeLLyGuu923) April 28, 2017

Groundhog Day is based on the Bill Murray dramedy about a cynical weatherman who gets stuck covering Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA and living the same day over and over again.

The main reason I was really excited to see this was the composer, Tim Minchin. He composed Matilda the Musical, which I loved, as well as a bunch of rude and comic songs, which I also l…

Random snippet time!

Guys, I have nascent plot bunnies whispering in my ear...

I really only have two, though, at the moment.

But the current WIP is chugging along. There's a plot now and progress on said plot, so yay!

Here's a snippet!

IWSG: September

It is IWSG time again. On to this month's question:

Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?

I'm half convinced that writing is meant to be surprising. For example, when a character reveals something to you in a scene that you didn't expect. Or when a new character walks on and takes over the whole show.

So yeah, I've been surprised by my writing. Writing historical was not that surprising; I love reading it, it's what I gravitate towards, so it seemed a natural evolution to get stuck in writing it. Even now as I'm writing a historical romance or historical fiction with romantic elements (Which way will it swing? It's a subtle difference, but that'll be a surprise!), it feels like a huge leap to write something romancey for me, but it probably isn't, since I read quite a bit of historical romance.

But ghost stories? So not me. I'm a scaredy cat. Horro…

Ireland: A Contrast in Museums

Liz and I visited two museums in Ireland; there are so many more that I'd love to go back and explore and learn from in the future. But I've been thinking about the two we went to and how they represent two sides of Irish history.

Dublin Castle