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Still life with cats

This photo seems implausible. How could you get five cats to pose this way? (Which is why I included the tag “wow.”) But isn’t it wonderful?

Lisa Berne, author of historical romance, admires a surrealistically realistic photo of five charmingly grouped cats.

via the Cult Cat on Twitter

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Fight for the fairy tale

This is a kind of manifesto, isn’t it — for writers and readers of romance?

"Fight for the fairy tale": a meme by Joy F.

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A holiday book-tree

Theresa Romain, a fellow author of historical romance, made a tree out of books! I’m picturing it with a few strands of colored lights, a little tinsel draped here and there . . . and some more books (wrapped, of course) around the base. Because books make great gifts, don’t they? ;)

A holiday "book-tree" made by Theresa Romain, author of historical romance.


More about Theresa here.

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Word of the day: Wistful

This is an excellent word for a romance writer to deploy. One of my characters, for example, is feeling this right now. But not to worry — all will end well. :)

"Wistful": a word of the day infographic via Merriam-Webster.


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The Other Side of Infinity

Yesterday we drove through a hailstorm, which gave way to sleet and then lightly falling snow, to a planetarium to watch “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” a mind-bending program narrated by Liam Neeson.

One of the creators, Andrew J. S. Hamilton, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Colorado, has said about the program: “What if you could take people through a wormhole the way Einstein’s equations said it would be? And what if you could bring art and science together in a way that compromised neither?”

It was indeed an awe-inspiring — and giddy! — thrill ride. Yet we were glad when the lights went up and there we were, still in our seats, still in Spokane, still safe and sound on beautiful planet Earth.

Speculative image of a black hole via, from an article called "The Other Side of Infinity" by Phil Plait

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More about “Black Holes” here.


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“I never walk backward”

Words to live by — from one of my heroes, Abraham Lincoln.


"I walk slowly, but I never walk backward." A quote from Abraham Lincoln, with his photo.


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The 12 Days of Pride and Prejudice

Here’s something to get us Jane Austen fans in the holiday spirit . . . the Twelve Days of Pride and Prejudice! Isn’t this a hoot? The Jane Austen Centre posted it on Twitter, and I had to share!

The Twelve Days of Pride and Prejudice. A holiday infographic via the Jane Austen Centre on Twitter.

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On finishing a book

This has happened to me countless times. You?


"Now what do I do with my life?" A comic via

“Now what do I do with my life?” A comic via

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“Whatever our souls are made of . . .”

Wuthering Heights“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”


Isn’t this a swooningly romantic quote from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights? And I think this image from the 1992 film version starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliet Binoche is pretty amazing, too.


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Pretty Shoes

Another reason to love writing historical romance: I get to research the different types of shoes my characters might wear. Here are a couple of examples that I looked at while working on You May Kiss the Bride.

Regency-era shoes.
Regency-era shoes.
Regency-era shoes.

Images via English Historical Fiction Authors.

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