Friday, August 29, 2008

Feeling better....

The day didn't start so well (dark, gloomy and rainy), but then I spent time in the library working on my ms AND the sun came out :) I realized while running errands after leaving the library that my mood had lightened considerably.

I pondered this for a while and it occurred to me that my doldrums (while somewhat hormonal) also must be connected to the lack of time I've taken recently to work on the final changes to my manuscript. Hopefully I'll get the rest of the changes made next week so I can submit it.

In other news, my desktop computer has been resurrected, thanks to Sean. Much of my week has been spent loading software back on and reconnecting various peripherals. My job search also continues, slowly but surely. After so many years working for the family company, it's certainly been interesting getting back into the regular job market.

We don't have any exciting plans for the long weekend, especially as Sean actually has to work on Monday.

Next week I'm going to blog about friendship - something that has been on my mind for various reasons over the last three weeks or so.

How about you? Anything exciting going on?


Currently Reading: Going Dutch by Katie Fforde
Also Reading: An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer
Link of the Day: London's Lost Tea Gardens

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Blogging apathy...

As you might have noticed, I don't feel much like blogging these days. Lots going on here.

Here's a pic of a recent wild visitor to our garden:

I'll be back when I feel more like sharing my thoughts.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Where I've been and what I've been doing...

As some of you may have noticed, I've been AWOL for just over a week. Sean and I went camping at the northern tip of Vancouver Island for a few days, then entertained guests upon our return followed by a visit with family.

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This has been my first chance to post and I spent much of my day adding photos to the blog posts I typed on Alphie while we were on the road. You can read the results over at my Windshield Chronicles blog:

Day 1
Day 2
Days 3&4

If you'd rather just look at the photos without my running commentary, have a look at my Best of North Island Trip album on Picasaweb.

I still have much to catch up on, so it may be a couple of days before I post again.


Currently Reading: The Wheel of Fortune by Susan Howatch
Link of the Day: Northern Vancouver Island travel directory

Friday, August 01, 2008

Journal of My Life During the French Revolution...

though this should more aptly be titled "A memoir of my life..." as Grace Dalrymple Elliott penned in 1801 at the request of George III upon her return to England from France.

Nonetheless, it's a fascinating read, extremely biassed in its coverage of the Revolution (Ms. Elliott was a staunch Royalist). The details, though, are worth looking past the author's political viewpoint. It's the little things I found so interesting, about life in Paris during the Revolution, the people and the politics. Did she exaggerate? Possibly - I imagine looking back one might embellish a little.

On the other hand, I can't imagine how someone could spend 18 months in a Revolutionary prison and NOT remember. It was also cool to read about the people she shared her incarceration with, such as Josephine Beauharnais (later Josephine Bonaparte).

Having read Jo Manning's My Lady Scandalous a few years ago, I knew what to expect. What really was interesting was Grace's relationship with her erstwhile lover, the Duke of Orléans. By turns she was his closest advisor and one of his harshest critics as he forsook his cousin the king, helping to send him to the scaffold in January of 1793.

If you're curious to read this memoir, you can, through the beauty of Google books, though I have to admit, I was happy enough to have a copy of the book in my hands while I read. I still haven't really adapted to e-books yet, though I do intend to buy and try Nicola Cornick's latest Harlequin Historical release with interactive links - but that's a topic for another day.

If you are at all interested in the French Revolution, and especially in Anglophones who remained in Paris during that period, I urge you to seek out this volume. What really impressed me is how readable it is. Mrs. Elliott certainly did have a way with words, conveying the tension, excitement and colour of the period with a great more skill than I expected.


Currently Reading: The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick (I'm nearing the end and have slowed down as I know what's going to happen and don't want to cry :( )
Link of the Day: "The Lady and the Duke" - official site of the film based on Mrs. Elliott's memoir (released in 2002) - we're going to watch it this weekend.