I did a Ph.D. in early modern (Renaissance) literature and spent a fair amount of time studying the history of science and medicine. I’m now trying to write a novel, a piece of historical fiction loosely based on the life of Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle, a 17th-century writer, natural philosopher, and poet.
... It’s hard to toggle between strategic budgeting for the library to crafting a dastardly but likable antagonist, or from discussing a cookie-dough school fundraiser to creating a vivid description of a 17th-century birthing stool.
But in some ways, it’s really, really cool. Little bits of historical information, the flotsam and jetsam of my research and imaginings, will sometimes jut through placid waters of my day-to-day experience, bringing me out of the mundane and into the fantastical.
This blog is about that.
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31 August 2021
I’ve decided to practice what I teach (<–nope, not a typo). When I teach writing, I harp endlessly on the need to write often, to keep the muscle memory of writing flexed...
10 November 2020
So I was standing outside a groovy record shop in the college city of Eugene, OR one day last week. I was waiting for my husband, who could have happily been in the store for hours,...
29 September 2020
Portrait of Michel de Montaigne around 1578 by Dumonstier/Public domain I’ve been thinking a lot about trying: trying times, trying new things, trials and tribulations....
24 July 2020
knowyourlemons.com provides a new way to notice, think about, and assess any breast changes or weirdnesses I don’t have cancer. I have had cancer. I maybe will have cancer,...