Sunday, June 12, 2022

Ruby on hiatus

I know, it's been a long time since I've updated this blog.  But I haven't forgotten about Ruby... just got a little distracted while trying to tell her story.

I'll be changing web hosts here soon, hopefully, so my site will go through some down time.  Hopefully it won't last too long!  I have hopes of getting back to work on Ruby's story later this year.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Ruby Ransome revived

I've had somewhat of a hard time working on Ruby's story regularly.  I'm midway through revisions on my rough draft of the first novel, and I really need to finish... but revisions are haaaard, and I'm having trouble staying focused long enough to see one round of revisions all the way through.

I have a lot of my own projects I am struggling to find time for, actually, so this year for NaNoWriMo I chose to work on other projects -- anything, really, as long as I was working on something of my own (rather than client work) every day.  It's gone fairly well, but it's had an interesting effect.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Action heroines in history

Who doesn't love tough heroines like Furiosa in Mad Max?  Believe it or not, though, 100 years ago women didn't have to fight for screen time.  Tough heroines had their own stories and were celebrated in their own rights.

The Forgotten Female Action Stars of the 1910s

For anyone who likes strong heroines and history, you don't have to choose one or the other.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

AnomalyCon, Camp NaNoWriMo, and other upcoming posts

It's been a busy spring so far, but after a couple years off, I think I'm finally at a place where I can work on Ruby Ransome again.  I had taken a break from it back in 2013, but I've struggled to find time to write ever since.  I think my heart still lay with Ruby, even if I had become discouraged with my ability to tell her story for a little while.  I just couldn't find the same passion for any other project.

And 'tis the season to pick it up again, after all.  The last weekend in March was AnomalyCon, which always has plenty of writers' panels and other sources of inspiration.  And of course, this month is Camp NaNoWriMo.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fads of the 1920s

It's Camp time again -- Camp NaNoWriMo, that is.  I'm doing something a little different for Camp this time, though.  Instead of working on a novel, or even trying to finish past projects as I've done before (e.g., my failed attempt at April's Camp NaNoWriMo), I'm going to blog every day.  I have quite a few blogs and I've been slipping on all of them, so my goal will be to write a couple of blog posts a day for all of July.

Which brings me to an article about the 1920s that I've been meaning to blog about for a couple weeks:

4 Forgotten Fads Of The Past

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Shaping the body in the 1920s

Recently NPR ran this story, about how we've shaped the human body to fit cultural norms throughout history:

Shake What Your Mama Didn't Give You: Shapewear Through The Ages

The article is about how we as a species have always shaped the human body, particularly the female body.  We think we've come so far by rejecting corsets and things like that, but today we still have Spanx, and of course, plastic surgery, liposuction, and entire buildings (gyms) devoted to changing people's bodies.

The temptation is to say, "But the 20s weren't like that!  That's when women rebelled against any expectation for their figures!"  But that's not really quite true.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Catch HBO's 'Bessie' about the life of Bessie Smith

NPR ran a story yesterday about the new HBO movie Bessie, about the life of Bessie Smith, one of the top blues singers during the 1920s.  Queen Latifah plays Bessie, and it's clear from the article that this movie about the blues singer is primarily Latifah's doing.  It sounds like she's been working toward this for more than 20 years.

Queen Latifah — who plays the title role in the HBO movie Bessie, which premieres tonight — has been working for more than 20 years to bring Bessie Smith's life to the screen and finally pulled it together with writer-director Dee Rees.