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“Get off the computer now and again”

“Get off the computer now and again.” It’s not always so easy for writers to do, especially for those who — like me — try to write every day. But tomorrow I’m off for a nice long holiday visit with family, and I’ve vowed to be offline the whole time.

"Get off the computer now and again": an illustration by Lizzy Stewart.

illustration by Lizzy Stewart

More from me again a bit further down the road. In the meantime, here’s a link to the site of the wonderfully talented Lizzy Stewart.

 

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You’re gonna be just fine

It’s good to have a doctor you trust.

Photo of a little girl using a stethoscope to 'listen' to the heart of an enormous dog patiently sitting next to her.

via the Cult Cat on Twitter

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My entire childhood

I’m so wowed by this. It feels like my entire childhood, coalesced into a single image.

Illustration showing the imaginative power of books and reading.

via Helen Warlow on Twitter

 

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Word of the day: Impetuous

Here’s another excellent word for a romance writer. For example, in You May Kiss the Bride, impetuous behavior on the part of both Gabriel and Livia catapults them into an unexpected betrothal — much to their mutual dismay.A Merriam-Webster infographic for the word "impetuous."

 

Curious to meet them? You can read Chapter 1 here.

 

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A bookish holiday wreath!

Further holiday merriment: a bookish wreath! I wonder what book this clever crafter utilized . . . ?

Photo of a holiday wreath made from book pages. Posted by Sarah's Book Reviews on Twitter.

via Sarah’s Book Reviews on Twitter

More crafty holiday DIY inspiration here at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

 

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The Land of Neckcloths

Yes, yes, I know the figures aren’t grounded in the same plane, but whatever. I love this collage! I’m writing Regency-era historicals and dwelling, as it were, in the Land of Neckcloths. So it’s kind of like a vision board.

A collage showing various actors who have portrayed Jane Austen's male characters in recent years. Via the Jane Austen Centre on Twitter.

via the Jane Austen Centre on Twitter

More about the Jane Austen Centre here.

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May your beard be merry and bright

Props to whoever thought of this.

Photo of a man whose beard is festooned with holiday lights. Via themindcircle.com

via themindcircle.com

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Happy birthday, Ma!

I’m a day late, but yesterday was the birthday of Caroline Ingalls — Ma in the Little House series. A towering, indelible figure of my childhood reading: stern but loving, a little mysterious, hardworking, and almost supernaturally resourceful.

A photograph of Caroline Ingalls, mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the Little House series of children's books

Pa & Ma: photo via Little House Prairie on Twitter

More about “Ma” here: “Mother, A Magic Word.”

 

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Just . . . breathe

Your moment of Zen.

"Your moment of Zen": this photograph shows a Chihuahua in a moment of wonderful beatitude.

image via Beautiful Pictures on Twitter

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In which my heroine goes to the Upper Rooms

A scene in You May Kiss the Bride that was very fun to write has my heroine, Livia, going to the Upper Assembly Rooms in Bath, where she meets a mysterious — but very affable — stranger. (More about that another time.) I wanted to get a strong sense of what the setting would be like and was glad to find a wealth of information about it. I particularly liked a post on the Jane Austen’s World blog, which included the photograph below. It really sparked my imagination; I loved imagining my characters here.

A photo of the Upper Assembly Rooms in Bath, England. Via the blog Jane Austen's World.

via Jane Austen’s World

You can read the post here.

 

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