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Writing historical fiction: sometime journal of a New York City novelist

a few words this October day for my friends and readers!

Hudson River at sunset
Autumn is coming into New York; I take walks by the gray Hudson River with its moored boats at the Boat Basin and watch leaves tumble down the sidewalk before me. I mark down all the concerts I want to hear this year, and hope I'll get to most of them. I keep adding to the list of books I've bought to read. I try to read some Italian everyday and tidy up some areas of the house....sigh.

I am waiting for my agent's comments on my novel about Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning and working on and off on three others. My appearances and phone-in book club for CLAUDE & CAMILLE: A NOVEL OF MONET go on and on. Only sometimes do I remember the endless drafts to get the story right.

I have been blogging less because of time constraints, but I have a blog post about The Individual Journey of Novelists (881 novels written by Barbara Cartland, and only one by Harper Lee!) in last month's online site Wonders & Marvels and I have the lead essay about my lifelong love of England in the new compilation of posts about England by about 50 historical novelists in a book called Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors -- available on Amazon.

Of my several friends who have just published novels, I will be thrilled to see Lynn Cullen who is coming into NYC to do a ghost walk for her novel MRS POE.

My Shakespeare group continues! And I am swept away by the BBC Production of The Hollow Crown.

And now off to walk and chase a few fallen leaves!
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