I am excited to join in with two book blog memes today. The first is Book Beginnings on Fridays, hosted by Rose City Reader, who asks bloggers to: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.’
The novel I am reading is The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements, an ebook from NetGalley that is not due to be published until February 2018. I suppose this means that the text I am quoting may be subject to revision in the run-up to publication. This is how my proof copy begins:
I was born with blood on my hands. I killed my mother on the 22nd of August, in the year 1642, the day the first King Charles turned traitor and chose a…
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For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you will know that from time to time, I like to invite a fellow writer into my luxurious subterranean blog chambers, sit them down in a leather wing-back chair before the roaring fire, close the heavy drapes against the night outside, and pick their brains, author-to-author. Previously I’ve chatted at length to the wonderfully Becky Wright about her work across different genres, from time-slip to witchcraft. (if you haven’t read it yet, go check out the blog post.
This time around, I’ve been visited by one of my nicest real-world freinds, the gothically-inclined writer of fang-filled chillers, Beverley Lee.
Bev is a genuinely lovely, warm and freindly person, so heaven knows where all the darkness in her writing comes from (but wherever it is, we’re all grateful for it) I’ve toured odd village…
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Those of us who like fashion and rock with a dash of flair and attitude are saddened to learn of the death of Anita Pallenberg. Even though she will forever be glamourized as the former partner of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, and her assocation with the other members of the band, the ultimate rock goddess was her own creation. Her personal fashion style, beauty and no fucks given swagger remain fresh and timeless.
Anita & Keith, 1969
For the Rolling Stones, Pallenberg was a muse. She is credited with backup vocals on Sympathy for the Devil, and it’s rumored that the choral background for You Can’t Always Get What You Want was her idea. Keith Richards compared her to a Valkyrie in his 2010 autobiography Life. There was something enigmatic and mystical about Anita Pallenberg. Combined with her style and looks, her spirited life gives us the embodiment of the…
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Is There A Cure For Dreams?
I remember years ago, sitting with a group of lovely new mothers in a “Mommy and Me” class, as we talked about the changes that motherhood had brought into our lives. Most of us were first-timers at this parenthood thing and we got to talking about intimacy. Namely, how to maintain it with our husbands when there was a chubby, adorable, needy, often screaming new family member who was drinking our blood and sucking up all of our attention.
We were each telling funny stories about aborted attempts at romance, when I said something to the effect of, “Here we are, having made this beautiful creature with the love of our lives, and we’ve no time or energy to make any more love.”
I was trying to be funny and encouraging, but one of the women looked up from her new babe and said, “Not everyone is fortunate enough to have…
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I love Elizabeth and Robert Dudley.
Elizabeth I’s love of music and dance is well documented. She was the last Tudor monarch, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and inherited a love of both art forms from her parents. Her early life went from Princess to being declared illegitimate after her mother’s execution. At one point, her sister Mary had her placed in The Tower on charges of treason. Her childhood friend Robert Dudley was imprisoned during the same period, and later released. The two had much in common.
Princess Elizabeth was well educated and she and Dudley, who served as a companion to her brother, Prince Edward became friends at an early age. Fate found them entangled as Dudley’s father, the Duke of Northumberland, was involved in the unsuccessful attempt to place Lady Jane Grey on the English throne. This led to the Duke’s conviction of high treason and beheading at The Tower of London in 1553. Due…
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This is reblogged via Folklore Thursday.
Sleeping Beauty has an allure that is undeniable. Her story has retained a place in our traditions. Time has reshaped her dilemma and salvation.
From the project Decoding the Civil War, a note written from the Battle of Chickamauga.
Gen Halleck Chattanooga Tenn Sept 20th 5 PM 1863
We have met with a serious
disaster extent not yet ascertained Enemy
overwhelmed us drove our right pierced
our centre and scattered them Thomas
who had seven division remained intact
at last news Granger with two
brigades had gone to support Thomas
on the left every available reserve
was used when the men stampeded
Burnside will be notified of the
state of things at once &
you will be informed troops from
Charleston Florida Virginia & all along
the sea board are found among
the prisoners it seems that every
available man was thrown against us
sig W S Rosecrans Maj Genl
#OTD in 1863 Major General William Rosecrans sent this telegram to General-in-Chief Henry Halleck to apprise him of the situation at Chickamauga, which was not a good one for the Union forces. Among the few high points…
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