Anna Kashina is joining us today with her novel Blades of the Old Empire. Here’s the publisher’s description.
Kara is a mercenary – a Diamond warrior, the best of the best, part of the Majat Guild. When her tenure to Prince Kythar comes to an end, he wishes to retain her services, but bust accompany her back to her Guild to negotiate her continued protection.
When they arrive they discover that…
In the vein of continuing to use this experience as a representative example, I’m going to address things I’ve seen floating around the internet.
“Why would you accept it?”
I think he was sincere.
If it had been a fauxpology, then, no. But, again, I think it was sincere. Was it a perfect apology? Well… no. But if you’re grading apologies on their…
Catalog Photographs, Front and Back Views of Woman In Corset, c. 1880s. Albumen Prints
*NOTE: rec-correcting the tags on this since it is Edwardian
This looks more Edwardian to me. Thoughts?
Beautiful, but I cannot tell if it’s Victorian or Edwardian. Tough one.
Definitely Edwardian because you didn’t see garters on corsets like that until the 1900s.
This may actually be from the 1880s as advertised. The “health corset” was introduced in 1884, so if this might be an early one. To me, it looks like it’s an S-bend corset, which is another name for the health corset.
Besides the garters, look at the way it is pushing the hips, back. It began as the “health” corset, but people tended to wear it low and laced too tightly, which resulted in that hip pushback. This then became the defining look for the Gibson Girl. It was in fashion in the first decade of the 1900s. In 1907, the straightline was introduced, and by 1910, the s-bend was totally out of fashion.
Hurrah! I just finished the last chapter in Of Noble Family, book 5 in The Glamourist Histories. Those of you reading along, can go check out chapter 36.Â At 143,000 words it is the longest of the books and stupidly long at that. I say, stupidly because I was about two-thirds through when I realized that & & Continue reading
I never even
How did they get away with that
I LOVE THIS
What do you mean how did they get away with it?
History isn’t one straight line progressing towards a liberal society.
Look how much Americans attitudes have changed between 1980 and today. 1980 was the first time most very religious people voted, they abstained before that at the behest of their churches. Now they dictate policy at every election.
In my family photo album there are pictures from the 20s of a woman called ‘uncle bob’. She dressed in men’s clothing, and had a ‘companion’. This was a rough industrial town, they were working class, nobody cared. It was her business.
This is why politics is important - the moment you think everything is better today than it was in the past, you let other people take control of the direction society goes in - with you sitting back presuming we’re going forwards.
No, I didn’t write three chapters today, just one. But there’s only one chapter left and I want to see how these play when you aren’t waiting a full day between them. So for those of you reading along… Here’s Chapter 33, and the links to 34 and 35 are waiting for you.
Apparently this was a two chapter day. So… those of you reading along, Chapter 32 is up.
Lady Verbury looked down, frowning. Jane had never seen her with anything but a placid smile. The frown suited her.
Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal
Okay, can we stop and talk about this passage for a second? This goddamn amazing passage?
In my entire life of reading, I’ve seen women who are effortlessly stunning, women who can charm a room with a smile, women who don’t often charm but look so lovely when absorbed in things they’re passionate about. Women who clean up nice, who think themselves ugly (but she’s beautiful when she’s sleeping), whose laughter could lure unicorns…
And there’s nothing wrong with those women. Women can rock their beauty, they can doubt their looks, they can give no fucks whatsoever what other people think of them.
But this book, this tiny little passage, was the first time I’d ever seen a a negative expression suiting a woman.
This was the first time I ever saw a lack of pleasing expression described as anything other than a lack.