Going back to Rebel Heart, I am still waiting to hear back on one partial and one full, but I have started submitting it to some of the e-publishers out there. I suppose that's another perk of writing romance--there are a plethora of e-publishing outfits that specialize in the genre. I will, of course, keep you all up to date on any developments in that arena.
And now to the Revolution. I have discovered that sewing can be quite restful. I'm currently sewing (by hand) a petticoat for my Revolutionary War outfit. The first re-enactment is in March so I have some time. But I did manage to get the thing almost completely put together in two nights. I need to pleat the waist and sew on the cotton tape at the waist band. I've been shocked by the fact that I've managed to put together a garment without a pattern! Hoorah for me! OK, so a petticoat is pretty remedial, but let's forget that for the moment! The fabric sample is what I have made the petticoat out of, by the way. It's a lovely carnation striped linen from Burnley and Trowbridge (just in case you wanted to know).
I still need to make a short gown to complete the ensemble and I do have a pattern for that. I will admit that I am a bit intimidated by it all! I think that stems from the fact that I don't like to mess things up. Patience is not my virtue and I fear that mucking up will result in the project being laid aside. But hopefully with some help from my mother, I will be ready for my first re-enactment event!
And finally, I'm surprised that I could sew at all last night since I blubbered through the majority of Downton Abbey. Poor Matthew! Poor Mary! Poor William! Not so poor Daisy because she's a major twit. Just marry the bloke already! Some say that she is being bullied into bad decisions, but use what is basically a good heart and make a dying man happy. Geez! How hard is that? I'm interested to see if she redeems herself in the next episodes or if she will continue to be a complete idiot. I will admit that she looked darling in her wedding ensemble. I also have to admit that I am lusting after the sweet red stripe patterned fabric that her kitchen uniform is made out of--sadly I fear that it is not appropriate for the Revolutionary War era. But it's pretty none-the-less. I continue to be won over to Team Mary and her pursuit of real, lasting, non-frigid love. The woman has a back bone of steel--and a burgeoning heart of gold.
That's all for now. Have you all been keeping up with Downton or have you been good little writers?