when I’m not working, this is what I’m doing right now…

I don’t mean to be one of those writers who is all, “Gah, I’m too busy to blog, I’ll be with you in a moment!” but that is sort of the purpose of this post. I try to update the blog once a week or so, but, man, I have been so swamped lately. So in an attempt to not make things boring, a few bullet points:

• I wrote a short story for the Goodreads m/m romance group’s Love Is Always Write event, and that will go live… sometime in June. (I know the date, but it’s a surprise! Shh.) A fabulous artist friend of mine is designing a cover. More on that soon!

• I hit some kind of weird saturation point last week wherein, after reading a number of really excellent romance novels in a row, I just… didn’t want to read about romance anymore. Weird! That doesn’t often happen! I’m not sure why that happened. So for something completely different, I’m reading A Game of Thrones. I’m not a big fantasy reader, but I’ve read and enjoyed some genre classics, so I figured I’d give it a go. Love it so far. Which is good, because I bought the first four books in the series in one go. These are not small books.

• I read an article a couple of weeks ago that said that George R. R. Martin based A Song of Ice and Fire partly on the Wars of the Roses, so I bought a book on same, which I’m really enjoying.

• This coincides with my deciding a week ago to sit down and start writing a Victorian historical, although the one issue there is that most of what I know about nineteenth century British history was gleaned from romance novels. So I started researching, and came to realize that British history? Really fascinating. Lots of drama and conflict. No wonder so many have written novels about it.

• But I started wondering if there was some definitive text all the historical romance writers rely on. (If you know what it is, please tell me!) I got frustrated with Amazon because browsing through thousands of books on British history wasn’t getting me anywhere.

• So today, I went to get hair forcibly removed from my face with hot wax (that is, I got my eyebrows done—this is the one excessive grooming thing I do, because I unfortunately inherited my father’s bushy eyebrows, so I end up looking like Frida Kahlo if I leave them untamed) and then remembered that there’s a used bookstore across the street from my local salon. How convenient! I went in and was happy to find a dauntingly large illustrated history of Britain for only $6. Used bookstores are the best!

• I saw Sherry Jones read last month and bought Four Sisters, All Queens—also about European royalty, a couple of centuries prior to the Wars of the Roses—so that moved up a few spots in the TBR pile.

• So, summer projects: read the first four Song of Ice and Fire books; DIY crash course on British history.

• This’ll be like the 3-month unemployment period I had a number of years ago, during which I decided I wanted to learn all about Caesar’s Rome. I read two books just about Caesar crossing the Rubicon, no lie, and then I got an old coworker to send me a book my former employer had published about early civilizations, and that was just the tip of the iceberg.

• I like learning!

• Maybe I should write a novel about sexy times in Ancient Rome. Or sexy times during the Wars of the Roses. Or both!

3 thoughts on “when I’m not working, this is what I’m doing right now…

  1. GR says:

    Hi Kate, I’ve really enjoyed your books, and in the interests of making a new one happen, I recommend Judith Flanders’s “Inside the Victorian Home.” It’s actually actually an in-depth social history, and the research is very thorough and scholarly but it’s still fun to read. Oh, and have you ever tried doing you own eyebrows with the cool wax strips?

  2. kate says:

    Oh, thanks for the book rec, I will definitely check it out!

    Man, if I did my own eyebrows, I’d probably wind up ripping one of them off.

  3. GR says:

    That sounds bad then. I suppose I’m just very protective of mine – I don’t want to be one of those cautionary tales with the wee, angry eyebrows floating in the middle of their foreheads.
    Looking forward to the victorian-era story!

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