2009 Recap #4: Jewelry Sketches

Note: This post was originally published on February 16, 2009 I don’t normally do much in the way of sketching when it comes to designing my jewelry.  And when I say “normally,” I actually mean never.  This year, however, I… Continue Reading

2009 Recap #3: Ralph Goldstein, Master Jeweler

Note: This post was originally published on May 19, 2009 UCLA Extension did a profile of my jewelry teacher a few months ago and they finally finished the video: Ralph is teaching us handmade jewelry making techniques that are dying… Continue Reading

2009 Recap #2: Who are your characters based on?

Note: This post was originally published on September 10, 2009 I recently got this question from a friend: Are your characters based on anyone you know? The answer to that question is mostly, no. My heroine, Isabel Wilde, is an… Continue Reading

2009 Recap #1: Secrets of the Samarai Sword

Note: This post was originally published on July 25, 2009 My husband and I just watched a program on PBS called Secrets of the Samarai Sword. It’s available to watch on the internet, and I recommend it. There are several… Continue Reading

Christmas Menu

Despite the fact I re-joined Weight Watchers yesterday, the holiday season pretty much means one thing to me: Food. Delicious, special, eat-until-you-burst, food. So I thought I'd share some of the things I'm planning to make for Christmas dinner and… Continue Reading

The Story of Stella

Saturday marked one year since our beloved dog Kramer died. Most of the hurt has faded away, but we sure do miss him. He was possibly the best dog ever. Which brings me to the subject of this post. In… Continue Reading

Progress Report

I never know whether to say I'm in the process of editing, revising, or re-writing my novel. Just not sure which word is appropriate for what I'm doing at the moment. But whatever the right word is, I am deep… Continue Reading

Curing What Ailed You in the 17th Century

Hannah Wolley was kind of the Martha Stewart of late the 17th century in England. She authored books like The Gentlewoman’s Companion (1673) and The Queen-Like Closet (1672). The 17th century housewife went to her for advice on all manner of subjects, including recipes… Continue Reading

A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

I've collected a lot of great reference books in my research of Diary of Bedlam, but by far my favorite is A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Captain Francis Grose. First published in 1785, it is a collection of… Continue Reading