Liars need good memories

Notes for my novels-in-progress: all things 18th century Europe, blood, women in threes, snakes, dogs, peculiar biology, writing thoughts. Oh, and pieces of a soundtrack.
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The University of California’s English Broadside Ballad Archive is also a fantastic project, with a dedicated team making previously hard to find (on microfiche or in archive) broadsides available to everyone, and transcribed to modern eyes and ears.  Amazing.  What we have online is amazing.



Various examples of 18th century cocked hats. Some cocked hats were regular broad-brimmed hats that were folded (like we used to do with baseball caps back in the 90s). Some were designed as cocked hats. 

The hat on the left in the second row was worn by Captain John Sethar of the 2nd Continental Dragoons. The hat at the top was worn by a field officer under General John Stark at the battle of Bennington. 

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Because you cannot escape what you came from. #BoweryGallery #myfathersdaughter

My father is having his first show in nearly three decades … I hope to be at the opening.


More thought-provoking and challenging displays from the Swedish Historical Museum. Submitted by xanthy-m.

OOOHHH. Gotland.


Oh, contractions. How wonderful they are to use in both everyday speech and in writing. The few milliseconds they save you whilst writing informally adds up (or at least we like to think they do), and using contractions in speech is much easier and faster than saying the full two words. While some may abuse contractions (such as the word “ain’t”) or get a bit confused by them (I’m looking at you, misusers of “your” and “you’re”), they are an essential part of modern communication in our world today. Unfortunately, contractions aren’t readily accepted in scholarly works. They are almost looked down upon as childish and immature. However, that is far from the truth. While most look at contractions as a fairly modern invention, they’ve been here since before all of us, our parents, our grandparents, our great grandparents, and many generations before that were born. Contrary to popular belief, contractions weren’t invented in the 20th or 19th centuries. In fact, to find the origin of contractions, we must travel back centuries and leave our beloved Modern English behind. No, we’re not even going to visit the wonderful intricacies of Middle English; Old English is our destination. 

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Digging in to the language.

The entire record of the human race has been falsified, it has been made up by bad governments to suit themselves, by kings and tyrants to make them look good. This idea of history as made by great men is quite nonsensical, when you look at it from the point of view of the people. The real heroes are those who have resisted tyrants, and it is in the nature of tyranny not only to kill those who oppose it but to wipe their names out of the record, to obliterate them, so that resistance seems impossible… . Camille, history is fiction.

Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety


(Unknown). Danse Macabre. 1700s.

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Prince Louis Aniaba

Print for Illustration for Trajes de la Ordenes Religiosas y Militares: Gran Maestre del Orden de la Estrella de Na Sra (en Africa) segun andaba en la Corte de Francia.

France (c. 1780)

Engraving, Print on Paper; 350 x 230 mm.

At the end of the seventeenth century, Louis Aniaba was the protege of Louis XIV, and the first black officer in the French army.

See also:

An African Prince at the Court of the Sun King by Phillipe Halbert

Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French by Christopher L. Miller, p. 32-36

The Knight Wonders What, Exactly, He Rescued by Jeannine Hall Gailey

A lovely surprise on my dashboard. Will look for her.

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Night by William Hogarth.

Knee-deep in revisions, back in London. And so, so happy to be here.

He thought, I wonder what my father did while my mother was having me? I be he worked on the Encyclopedia of Law. I bet he did a bit of indexing while my mother screamed in agony.

Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety

Every now and then I hit a passage in this book and I think, “and that’s what we now call the Enlightenment.”

Man’s suit with coat and vest in embroidered silk. Made in France around 1785. Has been worn by Axel von Fersen the Younger. (Nordiska Museet)

It’s a little late for my purposes, but whoa is that a spectacular bit of wardrobe. *fans self*

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Excerpt from the original post: While it will still center on the stories of marginalized people from all walks of life, from all over the world, we want to specifically focus on a group who often have the least agency, and are too casually dismissed, condescended to or ignored: children. Though not a typical “Young Adult”-style book, we want young people to be able to more easily see themselves within these stories – to see the hard truths of history as it was experienced by the young. Therefore, all protagonists in Long Hidden 2 stories will be under 18 years of age. 

So so excited for this!!!


head of a woman with the horns of a ram (gérôme), mexican model andrea carrazco

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