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Month: August 2017

Monarchy Monday: More of the Crown, coming soon

With The Crown Season 2 coming in December, I will be finishing up my Behind the Crown series here on my blog.  But, for now, here’s a look at the next season of the show…

Weekly Wednesday: Episode 17

(sorry this is going up a day late — there was some sort of glitch)

Currently…

Reading: Dominion by C. J. Sansom is really good, if long.  I haven’t had a lot of time this week, but I’m still loving it.  I finished The Rules of Civility, and it was FANTASTIC.  I’m moving on to Ross Poldark, the first Poldark book, and it is very good, as well, with a plot that moves quickly.

Watching: Had a little bit of time to watch a little bit of YouTube, but not much more than that.

Listening: My On Thin Ice playlist on Spotify, and some Beatles stuff.

Doing:  Saw some more relatives over the weekend.  Made a new Instagram account for fashion, etc.

Planning:  Not to do anything for a while.  Just kidding.  Seriously, though, I want a little break, because I’ve worked really hard this summer.

Writing: Submitted On Thin Ice to Pitch Wars after making some changes to the full manuscript, continuing to edit The Lion and the Eagle.

Obsessing Over: The Last Tycoon on Amazon Prime video, even though I’ve only had time to watch the first episode.  LOVED the book, and always wanted more.

Monarchy Monday: Oldest Royal Video

I’m crazy busy today, so I’ll give you this little tidbit.  It’s the oldest known footage of the British royal family, and also includes footage of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Empress Alexandra.  Filmed in 1896, it shows the Tsar’s visit to the UK.

Without further ado, I give you…Queen Victoria on video.

Weekly Wednesday: Episode 16

After taking the month of July off to focus on Camp NaNoWriMo and preparing for Pitch Wars, I’m back to blogging.  🙂

Currently…

Reading: Dominion by C. J. Sansom.  I’m not very far in, but it’s very good so far.  It’s an Alternate History novel where Germany won World War II and England, while not occupied by Germany, is under their thumb.  Very well written.  I’m also reading The Rules of Civility, by the same author as A Gentleman in Moscow.  He brings as much talent, skill, and witty turn of phrase to 1930’s New York as he did to the Hotel Metropol.  Where’s my time machine?  🙂  I also recently finished Rich People Problems and The Beguiled, both of which were great.

Watching: Actually went to see a film in the theater for the first time in a while — Dunkirk was great, and I recommend it to any history buff.

Listening:  Blueprint for Armageddon — I know I’m late to the party.  For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a podcast about the First World War and is very detailed and engaging.

Doing:  Just visited family and enjoyed the cultural festival at Fort Ross.  More on that in another post.  🙂  Also been playing Pokemon Go again and catching all the legendary birds.

Planning:  Which Pitch Wars mentors to submit to.  It’s a hard choice, because everyone looks fantastic, but I’m going to go with the mentors who seem to be looking for something like On Thin Ice.

Writing: I edited about 75,000 words of  The Lion and the Eagle during Camp NaNoWriMo.  I’m also finishing up my submission for Pitch Wars.

Obsessing Over: Vintage fashion and accessories, and the YouTube channels that feature them.  Doing research for  The Lion and the Eagle always makes me want to break out my vintage hats and jewelry and maybe even some of my vintage clothes or reproduction styles. I wish I had the guts to go all vintage, all the time, or at least mostly vintage/reproduction, most of the time!