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The Sunday Salon — History vs. Historical Fiction

tssbadge1Apparently, my recent burnout only applies to historical fiction, not history.  I’ve no idea why this is.  Perhaps I’m just craving some truth!  In any case, I definitely needed an escape from the Tudors.  My nanowrimo novel is set in the late Victorian period in England, so I was thrilled to discover a biography of Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick in the library yesterday.  When my parents were visiting, we went up to Warwick Castle, and they have a large exhibit based on one of her house parties, complete with wax figures of all the guests from Madame Tussauds in the rooms that they stayed in.  The brief explanations of the personalities were not enough for me, so I thought it would be exciting to learn about this woman who was simultaneously a political figure and the mistress of many of the period’s important men, and I was right.  It seems like a life in contradictions, but she straddles a fascinating divide between an ignorant aristocracy and an aristocracy campaigning for the rights of ordinary working people.

That novel is going fairly well.  I’m ahead of the curve at 17,603 words.  I haven’t written anything today yet, but I hope to a bit later on.  We had Sky TV installed today and we’ve been busy playing with it rather than getting anything else accomplished.  I’m a little less involved with the novel than I was a week ago, but I’m still finding my daily quota easy to meet, and I hope that continues.

One bookish thing I’m very excited about participating in this holiday season is the Book Blogger Holiday Swap.  I can’t wait to find out who I’m buying a gift for.  If you want to sign up, you have until November 12th, so don’t wait!

Finally, I’d better get back to my novel, but have a wedding picture:

The rest can be found here.  Have a good week everyone!

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