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  3. Peek into Elizabeth Bennet’s world of dragons through her commonplace book as she seeks to understand dragon types. If you missed the start of grown up Elizabeth’s adventure with dragons, check out this post . If you missed the first installment in Elizabeth’s Commonplace Book, you can find it here. September 1801 Mama’s urgent errand […] The post Understanding Dragon Types: Dragon types and Bird Types appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  4. In which Mary has a very strong opinion. Find additional chapters HERE Chapter 11 Icy, prickly cold descended in Charlotte’s little parlor. The kind of cold that frequented Longbourn when Papa had a bad day. The kind of cold that sent Lydia and Kitty running for cover and Mama making him tea with a […] The post Heir of Rosings Park Chapter 11 appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  5. It can’t possibly be a surprise that I read tons of history articles each week. I just can’t help myself–I’ve got to share some of the fascinating things I’ve come across. Here are a few of my recent favorites: Caught out, or why expense fiddling is not a modern phenomenon There was […] The post History A’la Carte June 2017 appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
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  7. I’d like to welcome Jude Knight today as she shares a fascinating article on role of camp followers during the the Georgian and regency era. To our modern minds, it seems strange to think of civilians, including women and children, travelling into combat zones. Yet until the second half of the nineteenth century, civilians were an essential […] The post Camp followers in the long Georgian era by Jude Knight appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  8. Fitzwilliam sets upon a course of action, but is it the right one? Find additional chapters HERE Chapter 10 Some might construe that she deserved Collins’s correction, but some might equally construe that it was Fitzwilliam’s fault that she was put in such a position in the first place. He raked his fingers through […] The post Heir of Rosings Park Chapter 10 appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  9. I’d like to welcome Abigail Reynolds today. We’ll be discussing just how likely was a Napoleonic invasion of England during the regency era. “[France] must destroy the English monarchy, or expect itself to be destroyed by these intriguing and enterprising islanders…Let us concentrate all our efforts on the navy and annihilate England. That done, Europe […] The post Napoleon, Invasion, and Jane Austen appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  10. One of the fun and frustrating things about writing book is that sometimes you write scenes that don’t make it into the final version. Here’s one that didn’t. It originally fit it just before the Dragon Conclave scene, but after I wrote that scene, it seemed unnecessary. Still, it seems a shame to waste it! […] The post Longbourn: Dragon Entail Deleted Scene Aunt Gardiner Worries appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  11. Fitzwilliam discovers a troubling secret. What will he do with it though? Find additional chapters HERE Chapter 9 Sleep did not come easily or quickly. Michaels, not unlike the Earl of Matlock, had a penchant for words that lingered in one’s mind even to the point of sleepless distraction. Are you not a middle … Continue reading » The post Heir of Rosings Park Chapter 9 appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  12. Though nearly all of Jane Austen’s works end with a wedding, she does not spend much time detailing the weddings or the festivities surrounding them. What did regency wedding cakes look like? Wedding Cakes Since weddings were held in the morning (except of course, those by special license which could be held any time at all) … Continue reading » The post Wedding Cakes in Jane Austen’s World appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  13. Congratulations on the publication on Friends and Enemies Joy! :goodjob::fireworks:

  14. #88 Critique Group Feedback So. Much. Judgment. One traditional way of improving your writing is through the use of critique groups. The idea is pretty simple. You give your writing to other writers and they tell you what you’ve done well. And what you’ve done wrong. Mostly that. Don’t get […] The post Reason # 88 Why writing takes so long appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  15. Will Fitzwilliam eat crow in the hopes of saving Rosings Park? Find additional chapters HERE Chapter 8 Fitzwilliam stood rooted in place. Michaels and Miss Bennet shrank in the distance, finally getting lost behind the trees. He raked his hair and huffed. The audacity of the man! How dare Michaels speak to him, the Master … Continue reading » The post Heir of Rosings Park Chapter 8 appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  16. Birthed as a project on Austen Variations, The Darcy Brothers remain one of my favorite books!. Comment on this post for a chance to win an ebook. The Darcy Brothers Theo Darcy is everything his disapproving elder brother, Fitzwilliam, is not—charming, easy-going, and full of fun. A tragic event as children severed their bond […] The post The Darcy Brothers Giveaway appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  17. Peek into Elizabeth Bennet’s world of dragons through her commonplace book of dragon experiences. Today she learns about dragon types. If you missed the start of grown up Elizabeth’s adventure with dragons, check out this post . If you missed the first installment in Elizabeth’s Commonplace Book, you can find it here. September 1801 Though Papa […] The post Understanding Dragon Types appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  18. Small Tom, the butler, knows better than to get in Mary’s way, but is Col. Fitzwilliam equally wise? Find additional chapters HERE Chapter 8 A se’nnight! For a full se’nnight she had held her tongue, patiently giving Colonel Fitzwilliam the opportunity to prove that he had not only heard her, but that he had … Continue reading » The post Heir of Rosings Park Chapter 7-the correct one! appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  19. Mr. Collins has some interesting news, but will Lady Catherine approve? Find additional chapters HERE Chapter 7 The clock chimed five o’clock and the table was set for dinner. And then it chimed six. Mary and Charlotte sat in the back parlor, looking at each other, or rather trying not to look at Mr. … Continue reading » The post Heir of Rosings Park Chapter 7 appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  20. Grab a cup of copy and enjoy a selection of fascinating history tidbits. Sit up Straight! Bad posture and the ‘Neck Swing’ in the 18th century. Devices to make us sit or stand ‘straight’ are certainly nothing new. What have changed are attitudes towards posture. For the Georgians, posture was partly medical, … Continue reading » The post History A’la Carte May 2017 appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  21. What makes chocolate cups different from teacups or coffee cups? It’s been a rough month around here. My father’s had a major health crisis that resulted in three hospitalizations in as many weeks. He had surgery, then had complications and his complications had complications, literally. How does one cope with such things? Chocolate. In frequent, … Continue reading » The post Chocolate cups and trembleuse saucers appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  22. Mr. Collins has some surprising news in today’s chapter. Find additional chapters HERE Chapter 6 The clock chimed five o’clock and the table was set for dinner. And then it chimed six. Mary and Charlotte sat in the back parlor, looking at each other, or rather trying not to look at Mr. Collins. The … Continue reading » The post Heir of Rosings Park Ch 6 appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  23. Though nearly all of Jane Austen’s works end with a wedding, she does not spend much time detailing the weddings themselves, much less the wedding dresses. Modern brides often spend a great deal of effort and money on the wedding dress and expect to wear it only once. Honestly, it is hard to imagine another […] The post Wedding Dresses in Jane Austen’s World appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  24. One of the fun and frustrating things about writing book is that sometimes you write scenes that don’t make it into the final version. Here’s one that didn’t. It originally fit it just before the Dragon Conclave scene, but after I wrote that scene, it seemed unnecessary. Still, it seems a shame to waste it! … Continue reading » The post Longbourn: Dragon Entail Deleted Scene appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  25. Though nearly all of Jane Austen’s works end with a wedding, she does not spend much time on details, like what the bride might have worn The bride was elegantly dressed; the two bridesmaids were duly inferior; her father gave her away; her mother stood with salts in her hand, expecting to be agitated; her … Continue reading » The post Wedding Attire in Jane Austen’s World appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  26. Though nearly all of Jane Austen’s works end with a wedding, she does not spend much time detailing the weddings themselves, probably because, all in all, there was little to be said about them. Ceremony Unlike weddings today, the wedding ceremony was not a widely attended event. Obviously the bride and groom, along with their … Continue reading » The post Wedding Ceremonies in Jane Austen’s World appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  27. Mary find her patience tried this Sunday. Find additional chapters HERE Chapter 5 Sunday came, exactly as it did every week. Mary sat beside Charlotte at the front of the church, exactly as she did every week. The parishioners took their seats exactly as they did every week. The church looked exactly as it … Continue reading » The post Heir of Rosings Park Ch 5 appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
  28. Sometimes you run into some really interesting bits when you fall down the research rabbit hole. Not infrequently, the delicious little tidbits don’t fit the story you’re trying to write, but they deserve to be shared nonetheless. Here’s the latest offering. So, picture the scene: I was just minding my own business, looking for a […] The post The Shocking Lyrics of Lavender’s Blue appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination. View the full article
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