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Shadow Fire Lady has a book trailer!

The weekly crush is a collection of the best blog posts, news articles, and links shared on twitter and Facebook this week.  Sharing is love, guys.  Click around, find something to titillate you, and hopefully squeeze the last bit out of summer like Godward’s idle ladies below. The Sweet Siesta of a Summer Day by more »

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Baby by Gustav Klimt (1918) I ran across this video the other day by Yuvi Zalkow and not only did it make me smile, the writing advice clicked.  It’s totally worth 9 minutes of your day, especially if you’re feeling lost in the middle of a manuscript, killing yourself over time management, or just plain more »

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Jiri Trnka may be a forgotten illustrator, but once you see his work, you’ll know he’s memorable.  He illustrated a mid 20th century edition of Hans Christian Anderson’s and while the drawings are a bit creepy for children, they are freaking gorgeous. He’s my biggest share this week, but I’ve also compiled an abbreviated selection more »

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“Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.” Ray Bradbury, The Secret Mind (1965) ************************************************************************************* Because Monday requires inspiration

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The Nut Gatherers by William Adolphe Bouguereau (1882) Prevent cardboard bogeymans when creating your villain by doing something that comes naturally: “Humanizing the villain.” In the 18th century, oysters were readily available to peasant and noble Real lives from the French Revolution: Theresia Carrbarrus Tallien A fascinating Woman’s Hour BBC podcast on the suffragettes in 1913 more »

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Young Lady with a Bird and Dog by John Singleton Copley (1767) Hardwick Hall and the Duke of Devonshire Using spider webs to predict the weather (19th century) A Victorian’s Perspective on the difference between Americans and the French An 18th century midwife mannequin to teach apprentice midwives from the court of Louis XV WereGeorgian more »

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Go ahead.  Break a few eggs.   Eat a few burnt and spongy omelets until one day: Perfect. Freaking. Omelet. Boy with Broken Egg by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1756) “Sometimes all that saves me is being willing to make mistakes.  There are projects that strike me as so beautiful, so important, complicated, or just plain big, more »

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La Belgique by Guillaume Seignac (1914) I’ve been so busy writing and watching the Tour de France this week that I’m lacking in links, but I did  manage to curate a few favorite history posts.  If you’ve read anything great this week, do share.  Either way, enjoy! Adding that final touch: Regency garnishes from The Cookbook more »

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  “Ever Failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” ~From Samuel Beckett’s “Worstward Ho” published in 1983, six years before his death and 54 years since the beginning of his writing career. BECKETT FACTS Beckett was mostly known for his plays despite writing them after almost two decades of plodding along at novels, more »

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Spirit of the Night by John Atkinson Grimshaw (1879) History  Complaints medieval monks scribbled in the margins of illuminated manuscripts.  Said glibly: “This page has not been written very slowly.” Who came before the Incans?  First unlooted tomb of the Wari unearthed in Peru, including gold ornaments worn by women. JM Barrie, author of Peter more »

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