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May 16th, 2012

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08:37 am - the joy of research
Hullo, people of Wednesday! On Wednesday. Whatever.

After a few months of excruciation, I am almost on the other side of the Slough of Ack. (Did you know 'excruciation' is a proper word, per the Oxford English Dictionary? Now that I do, I shall use it constantly.)

Anyhoo, this near end to my travails means that I can get stuck into writing again -- and thus stuck back into research. Because the hero of my current WIP is a bit of a dandy, I purchased Bernhard Roetzel's Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion in order to glean details for verisimilitude. This not only has caused my Google-ads algorithm to show me amazing things, but also is just fabulous in terms of pretty pictures, not to mention the actual information contained therein.

Here's a sample fact: In 1871 Brown, Davis & Co of Aldermansbury registered the first shirt with buttons all the way down the breast. Till then people just pulled shirts on and off over their heads (50). This has no relevance for my ongoing project, actually, but isn't it cool to know?

What area of human knowledge would you like to explore today, if you had world enough and time?

In concluding news -- the anthology Vampire's Dilemma, in which I have the story "Thin White Duke in Sneakers," is now available on Kindle as well as in trade paperback. Just so you know. :-)

Cheers to all, and may your Wednesday be wonderfully instructive.

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Date:May 16th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
I've got the book, just waiting for some uninterrupted quiet so I can read your story. The rest of the book, too, of course!

What area of human knowledge would you like to explore today, if you had world enough and time?

There are so many, I can't choose...
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Date:May 16th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
You're the kindest, A! [beams]

So far this morning I've looked up articles of men's clothing, wine facts, and a little bit about British-Chinese relations before the First Opium War. I feel slightly scattered. ;-)

Cheers, and hugs, and a good day to you.
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Date:May 16th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
That is an interesting fact! I would have thought it would've been much earlier than 1871...

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Date:May 16th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
I would have thought so too! But I will trust Roetzel on this one. :-)

Cheers, Gwynne, and hugs!
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Date:May 17th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I went to the Museum of Funeral History and finally saw some examples of Victorian mourning jewelry made out of hair. It was way creepier than I expected.

What was cool was a mourning spoon that had the face of the deceased along with the birth and death dates. (Though now that I say it that seems a little creepy too!)

I'm very glad the Ack is almost over.

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Date:May 17th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I've always heard of that but never seen examples. It sounds shiver-making.

A mourning spoon?!

You have learned v. cool things, Susan, thank you. :-)

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Date:May 19th, 2012 06:53 am (UTC)
I want to know more about the estate where I work. Our offices used to be stables, but I've had little time to research beyond that so far.
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Date:May 19th, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Oh, how cool! I hope you find out fascinating things.

Cheers, and a good weekend!

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