Saturday, June 28, 2008

New look!

The blog has been revamped. Again. The old look just wasn't "old" enough for me. In looks. But this one looks ancient and I like it. Still playing around with a few things. Not quite sure I like the graphic of St. Basil's, so any ideas are appreciated. This one isn't quite so easy to insert a custom banner at the top.

And yes, I've been a bad blogger again. I'm currently unemployed and have spent the last week catching up on a whole bunch of stuff I'd had to let slide the last couple of weeks because of work. I don't know quite yet what I'm going to be doing for the next little while but I'm looking around at different things. It's all complicated by being short on vehicles this past week. My sister was in a wreck last weekend so she's been using my mom's car. Which pretty much leaves me and my mom stranded here at the house! Not that I mind.

So, let me know what you think about the new look!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Random Fun

Grace Bridges of ACFW told me to watch this. Being a Picard fan I had to...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sentimental Journey

Writers are a sentimental bunch. We also tend to love reading about famous writers of the past, famous fictional writers like Jo March. This writer is also easily amused and completely in love with the Victorian Trading Company.

They're most well known for their stationary and notecards, although the company has expanded to include home furnishings, reproduction jewelry and clothes, among other things. One of the neatest things they have is their line of Victorian writing instruments.

To this writer, there's something very sentimental and romantic in thinking about how so many of my favorite books and so many of the classics were written with a dip pen and bottled ink. There's just something about all of that that makes me feel connected to all the great writers who have come before, in particular the ones who paved the way for women to publish. I'm talking about Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, the Brontes, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Louisa May Alcott and Kate Chopin just to name a few. They all wrote with a dip pen and bottled ink.

I've been drooling and lusting over this for quite some time now. VTC put it on sale a couple weeks ago so I decided to go ahead and buy it. It came last week and I am very pleased with my purchase. Will I actually write a book with it? Probably not. My brain moves so fast that my fingers can't keep up with it unless I'm at a keyboard. But it will be used to write notes, thank you cards, and things like that.

Someday I'd love to have the Chandler's Writing Chest and learn the art of Spencerian writing.