Monday, April 21, 2014

Her Ladyship On Hiatus

It's been a marvelous sixteen months for me here at Disenchanted & Co. with all of you. I've never created a blog strictly to promote my books, so it was a great learning experience. It was also a lot of fun exploring the series behind the scenes, showing you my different creations and sharing my love of all things Victorian. I also appreciate the support for the books from all my visitors.

I would love to tell you that there will be more books, but at present the series sales don't merit that for the publisher. As I will have nothing new to add to the blog, I am going to put Her Ladyship on indefinite hiatus.

While it's sad that we can't continue the journey with Kit & crew right now, I've already had two series that my loyal readers revived, so there is always hope. If you want more books, you can help make that happen by giving copies of the books as gifts, lending your copies to friends, recommend the series to other readers, and otherwise spreading the word.

In the meantime, I have to earn a living, so I must move on to the next thing. If I have any good news in the future, I will definitely post it here, and if you'd like to stay in touch, please stop by Paperback Writer where I blog every day.

Thank you for sharing this adventure with me. It was a blast, and I hope we'll pick up where we left off someday in the near future.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

What You'd Be Wearing (in 1898)

I recently acquired some new additions to my Victorian American papers collection; a nice assortment of magazine pages showing the current fashions for ladies. So if you were out shopping for a new outfit 116 years ago, this is what you could buy:







Your little girl could also get these then-new styles:



And if you were worried about how or even if you'd fit into all those wasp-waisted dresses, you could first clamp yourself with this fashionable iron maiden:



I don't know about you, but I'm kind of glad I was born on this side of the turn of the century. :)

(All of the above pages were purchased as part of a vintage paper bundle from Jessica at LovelyFever on Etsy.com)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dogo Onsen

Dōgo Onsen (道後温泉) is the oldest hot spring in Japan, and is located in Matsuyama, in the prefecture of Ehime on the western coast of the island of Shikoku. Filmmaker Brad Kremer created this gorgeous video to show how it began and what it evolved into over the last century -- a great visual buffet of world-building ideas.

The Legend of Dogo Onsen 道後温泉 from Brad Kremer on Vimeo.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Library Thing Giveaway

Kit and crew are going international:



To spread the love among my fellow book lovers I'm giving away ten signed print copies of Disenchanted & Co. to members of Library Thing, and it doesn't matter where you live -- residents of all countries are welcome to put in a request (you can find the official listing here, about halfway down the page.)

My only request of the winners is that they post a review of the book somewhere online (I'm not picky.) The folks at Library Thing will choose the ten recipients on April 23rd, so you've got two weeks to put in your request.

Friday, April 4, 2014

What We Watch

Now that I have a little down time from promoting the new series, I've been looking for films and series to add my Victorian video collection. I found the North & South miniseries here primarily because I'm a huge fan of actor Richard Armitage and have been ever since he starred in MI-5 (aka Spooks) as troubled heartbreaker Lucas North (yes, another North! That compass heading might end up being his trademark.)

At the moment I'm only about halfway through North & South, which is based on Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell's novel of the same title. The characters are strong, the plot is decisive and the settings and costumes are rather marvelous, but what I most appreciate is the focus on telling the story without the usual explicit or sensational elements that so often ruin television and film productions of fictional works. The actors carrying every scene based on the strength of their performances, and I really love that. There is a certain amount of violence, but it's very mild in comparison to what we see on the small and big screen these days, and I find it's appropriate to the story. P.S., for those of you who are Downton Abbey fans, actor Brendan Coyle (aka Mr. Bates) has a very interesting role in this production.

Writers, I think what we watch can help us shift gears. When you write in a certain time period, it helps to immerse yourself in that era however you can. While I'd rather read books or listen to music, watching films or television series set in the period can certainly help. Listening to authentic voices from the era of your fiction can help retune your inner ear for dialogue purposes, for example, and seeing the many different ways actors protray their roles can help you refine your character depictions on the page.

Aside from the value watching period shows and movies affords the work, it's just fun. I get so tired of contemporary crime dramas and psychological thrillers, and taking a bit of a time travel trip via a historial series or movie provides a bit of an escape. I may never be able to actually go back to the Victorian era, but I can visit it whenever I like -- thanks to North & South and many other wonderful productions like it.

Do you like to watch Victorian-era shows or films? What are some of your favorites? Let us know in comments.