Great Britain

When I was in my final year of undergrad, I took a poetry workshop. Part of the workshop was to write poetry based on the work of someone else. The last two years during the Australian Open Tennis Championships, ESPN has run an advert about Australia. Over beautiful images of the country, there’s a woman…

2018 Writing Plans

I will admit I have yet to plan out much beyond April. Part of it is that I have a lot of unknowns in my life right now. I’m applying to grad school, I don’t know where I’ll be come summer or autumn. I do know I want to finish the first draft of In the…

Top 10 Books of 2017

These are my favourite books I read this year. 10. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson This is the story of the last crossing of the Lusitania, but even though I know a good story like this has both sides, I wasn’t expecting there to be parts told from the German…

The Battle of Wakefield

On 30 December 1460, Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York and his second son, Edmund, Earl of Rutland died. For ten years, York had become increasingly angry with the Lancastrian Henry VI who he saw as weak and unable to keep control of England. York separated himself from the Lancastrian court. At the end of 1458,…

Christmas & Birthday Book Haul

My birthday is two days after Christmas, so I’ve gotten in the habit of writing one combined list and sending that out. It usually culminates in me having masses of new books by the end of December.   The first book was one that wasn’t on the list, but Mum got for me because of…

Boston Tea Party

On 16 December 1773, hundreds of chests of tea were thrown into Boston Harbor. It was an opposition specifically about the tea tax that had been imposed on the colonists in May of that year, but there had been a long lead up. The Sugar Act was passed in April 1764. It regulated trade and raised…

Catherine ‘Catalina’ de Aragon

On 16 December 1485, a fourth daughter was born to Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile at the Archbishop’s Palace in Alcala de Henares, a town near Madrid. They named her Catalina. She grew up mainly in the Palace of the Alhambra in Granada after her parents drove the Moors out of…

“Here Could I Breathe My Soul Into the Air”

Amongst towns in southwestern Massachusetts and over the border in New York State, is a festival, a celebration of Shakespeare called Fall Festival of Shakespeare that’s based out of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. I was a participant in the programme sophomore through senior year of high school. I went back the year after…

How Did It Go?

Here it is 2 December 2017 and with that comes the end of NaNoWriMo for another year. When I was making my plan for NaNo this year, I was planning on taking advantage of the fact I didn’t have that many things to do throughout the month, so I decided to take advantage and try…

Update #4

After a not so great week last week for writing, I’m back on track. Well, I say on track, but I’m at 75,329 words and to get to 50,000 for the month you should be at 43,333 by the end of 26 November. I’m rather far ahead, but my goal since October has been to…

Update #3

This post got delayed. I meant to write it on Sunday, which was the end of week three, but I was at a Shakespeare festival. I’ve had a pretty crappy couple of days in terms of my writing. I had been hoping to get to 100,000 this year, and maybe I can still make that…

Update #2

Here it is. The end of week two of NaNoWriMo 2017. In order to get to 50,000 by the end of the month, you’re supposed to be at 20,000 by the end of 12 November. I’ve streaked far past that and I’m now sitting on 40,014. I haven’t done my writing for today, but I’m…