8th Anniversary Part 2

Anne here, introducing the second part of our 8th Anniversary celebration, where we look back over a few favorite posts from the past eight years. The first part was here. In this thrilling episode, Pat Rice talks about getting naked (yes more nakedness!), Susan King expos—er, reminisces about where we work, Mary Jo gives the inside skinny about wearing Regency-era corsets (a post much beloved of German corset fetishists), and finally I wrap up with a little bit of down-under culture in the shape—the very fine shape—of Australian Rules footballers.(The photo below is from this siteHot-afl-players-1
And finally, I list the books we're giving away to eight lucky commenters — one book each.

We'll start with Pat:
Like Jo, I think there’s no better way of celebrating the Word Wenches’ survival of eight years of blogging then with our Getting Naked blog. If nothing else, the “naked” blog was a metaphor for how such different writers could strip down to their souls and reveal themselves in public. Writers are intensely private people, and presenting our thoughts for public consumption was a fascinating and terrifying new idea to us at the time.

VelázquezThe three “naked” blogs were actually a heated discussion behind the scenes. It’s in our private e-mails that we learned about each other and became great friends and a support group that far exceeds the benefits of blogging. The task of pulling all those private emails into a coherent blog only occurred to us later. If anything was a test of our strength and endurance, it was the job of taking all those conversation snippets and forming a complete essay out of them!  After that first year of trial by fire, I think we were kinder to our newer wenches, or they were more accustomed to our dangerous meanderings. I hope that our readers have enjoyed the bits of us that we’ve revealed along the way. You can read it here. 

Susan next:
Eight Wenches, eight years — surely there's magic in those numbers! Together we've kept the blog going strong and we've produced hundreds of posts (and multiple friendships) since May 2006. Going through those lists lately to find some favorites presented great memories and a generous range of choices. One post that I particularly enjoyed putting together was a group post in 2009 about our work spaces. We each shared a glimpse of our home offices and chatted about our various work environments — cozy, homey, comfy, book-stuffed, sometimes cat-populated, some desks neat, some messy, some lost under deadline flotsam and jetsam.

SusanDeskTalking about our books, writing and history on the blog is something we do all the time — but having a chance to share with readers the places where we actually do all this writing we talk endlessly about was fun and fascinating. I loved seeing the other Wenches' workspaces, and I hope it's a subject we'll revisit in the future. I've got a new desk (which is currently covered in Stuff), and I know some of the other authors have made changes too. 

Here's a snippet of the post:  
Writers are lucky. We get to work at home, which generally requires a room or a space set aside for the writing to be done, a space that allows for a desk, a chair, a computer, printer, shelves of books, tons of papers… and most importantly, a degree of privacy and comfort. Especially comfort, for if there's one thing about being a full-time writer working at home — many, many hours per week are going to be spent in that office. So creating a work space that works on all levels is something the Wenches take very seriously. Desks, chairs, libraries, organization, feng shui and decor, all carefully arranged… Until we get to work: papers, books, the natural debris that comes with research, brainstorming, notes, writing and revising takes over. Our office spaces can get buried under the chaos of creativity. We make no apologies for the state of our offices. If desk surfaces and floors are not always visible, books pile up on tables, if little things disappear under the avalanche, then so be it. The book is the important thing! 

We invite you to virtually visit our offices, and see where some of your favorite books have been written, and where current books are being worked on right now… Read the rest of the post here.

From Mary Jo:   Eight years!  Who knew that the Word Wenches would still be rocking, still finding fun things to discuss, after so long?    My choice for a favorite past post was actually written by someone else.  Nina Paules, in the days before she became a cutting edge provider of indie e-book publishing services by starting eBook Prep  and ePublishingWorks, was a regular Word Wenches reader and aspiring Regency writer.  Which is why she decided to attend a Regency weekend at an early 19th century mansion in Washington, DC.    Armed with historically accurate Regency garments, including a corset, made by her talented mother, she became a Regency lady for the weekend.  Nina's Corset--back view

Her account was so fascinating that I persuaded her to write a blog about her experiences.  The Truth About Corsets is both funny and educational as it demonstrates how body strength and movement are changed.  You can read about it here.  Nina's blog is perhaps our all-time most popular, not least because it was apparently discovered by a German corset fetishist group, and they paid many, many visits. <G>  (They were very polite, though.  No comments that needed to be removed.)  Fun to read, and I'm very grateful for modern lightweight, stretchy underpinnings!

Back to Anne:
And now for the cultural exchange part of the deal. We wenches being an international lot, and interested in cultural exchanges between our countries — cultural mavens, in fact — I thought I'd include a little post that got quite a nice response — wenchly readers also being so very culturally-minded and all. I was trying to decide which of my posts over the years I'd want to link to and Mary Jo said — "Hats — you did that one on hats." And I was all ready to go with hats, when she said, "No, that one on footballers." So who am I to argue? Here is the post on Australian Rules Footballers.  

To celebrate our 8th year of blogging together, we're giving away a book each. Eight lucky commenters will each receive a book. Here's what's on offer:
1) Susan King will give away a copy of The Raven's Moon in e-book (or old paperback if that's the preference).
2) Joanna Bourne is giving away an audioBook for Lord&Spymaster
3) Patricia Rice will give  away a trade-size book in her  Magic series, to someone in the US. Or if you're outside the US and have an e-book reader, she'll happily send an e-book of her last historical The Notorious Atherton.
4) Mary Jo Putney is giving away an ARC (Advanced Review Copy) of her September book — NOT QUITE A WIFE.
5) Andrea/Cara Elliot will give away an e-book of Scandalously Yours, the first of her new trilogy.
6) Nicola Cornick will give away a copy of One Night with the Laird
7) Jo Bev I'll give a copy of Lady Beware, which was published round about the time of our first anniversary and the naked blog.
8) Anne Gracie will give away a copy of whichever of her books the winner wants (depending on availability)

And finally, a huge big THANK YOU from Mary Jo, Jo, Pat, Susan, Sherrie (and Sparky), Nicola, Cara/Andrea, Joanna and me, to all you wonderful wenchly readers out there in cyberland. You keep us blogging and writing, you make us smile, you make us think, you make us grateful and happy to be a part of this wonderful community. Happy 8th anniversary to us all!

300 thoughts on “8th Anniversary Part 2”

  1. Having just found you a couple of months ago, this review was lots of fun to read. I’m hoping to be around when you celebrate 8 more years!

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  2. Having just found you a couple of months ago, this review was lots of fun to read. I’m hoping to be around when you celebrate 8 more years!

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  3. Having just found you a couple of months ago, this review was lots of fun to read. I’m hoping to be around when you celebrate 8 more years!

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  4. Having just found you a couple of months ago, this review was lots of fun to read. I’m hoping to be around when you celebrate 8 more years!

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  5. Having just found you a couple of months ago, this review was lots of fun to read. I’m hoping to be around when you celebrate 8 more years!

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  6. Thank you (again) for such a wonderful blog, with a great variety if interesting posts. Long may you continue! Sparky rules!

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  7. Thank you (again) for such a wonderful blog, with a great variety if interesting posts. Long may you continue! Sparky rules!

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  8. Thank you (again) for such a wonderful blog, with a great variety if interesting posts. Long may you continue! Sparky rules!

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  9. Thank you (again) for such a wonderful blog, with a great variety if interesting posts. Long may you continue! Sparky rules!

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  10. Thank you (again) for such a wonderful blog, with a great variety if interesting posts. Long may you continue! Sparky rules!

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  11. Oh my…the links to posts from the past have been a blast – grin. I’ve enjoyed all of them and will now have to think about the seduction scenes in carriages with a different outlook as to their real doability!
    I totally enjoy this blog. Witty, fun, smart, full of historical tidbits and ideas. Thanks for all the hard work that goes into the blog posts. And the links to illustrate ideas as well.

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  12. Oh my…the links to posts from the past have been a blast – grin. I’ve enjoyed all of them and will now have to think about the seduction scenes in carriages with a different outlook as to their real doability!
    I totally enjoy this blog. Witty, fun, smart, full of historical tidbits and ideas. Thanks for all the hard work that goes into the blog posts. And the links to illustrate ideas as well.

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  13. Oh my…the links to posts from the past have been a blast – grin. I’ve enjoyed all of them and will now have to think about the seduction scenes in carriages with a different outlook as to their real doability!
    I totally enjoy this blog. Witty, fun, smart, full of historical tidbits and ideas. Thanks for all the hard work that goes into the blog posts. And the links to illustrate ideas as well.

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  14. Oh my…the links to posts from the past have been a blast – grin. I’ve enjoyed all of them and will now have to think about the seduction scenes in carriages with a different outlook as to their real doability!
    I totally enjoy this blog. Witty, fun, smart, full of historical tidbits and ideas. Thanks for all the hard work that goes into the blog posts. And the links to illustrate ideas as well.

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  15. Oh my…the links to posts from the past have been a blast – grin. I’ve enjoyed all of them and will now have to think about the seduction scenes in carriages with a different outlook as to their real doability!
    I totally enjoy this blog. Witty, fun, smart, full of historical tidbits and ideas. Thanks for all the hard work that goes into the blog posts. And the links to illustrate ideas as well.

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  16. I can hardly believe it’s been 8 years! I’ve been along for the ride since the very beginning, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Congrats to you all.

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  17. I can hardly believe it’s been 8 years! I’ve been along for the ride since the very beginning, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Congrats to you all.

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  18. I can hardly believe it’s been 8 years! I’ve been along for the ride since the very beginning, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Congrats to you all.

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  19. I can hardly believe it’s been 8 years! I’ve been along for the ride since the very beginning, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Congrats to you all.

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  20. I can hardly believe it’s been 8 years! I’ve been along for the ride since the very beginning, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Congrats to you all.

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  21. I’m a very late-comer to the romance genre, so I have only been reading the Wenches for three or four years (?). But even in that short time I have come to enjoy this blog more than any other that I read on the internet, and feel as if I have come to “know” some of the most talented and awesome writers on the planet.
    So thank you, thank you for all that you do, with a special shout out to Sherry and Sparky as well. Congratulations and all the best for your very long and successful careers.

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  22. I’m a very late-comer to the romance genre, so I have only been reading the Wenches for three or four years (?). But even in that short time I have come to enjoy this blog more than any other that I read on the internet, and feel as if I have come to “know” some of the most talented and awesome writers on the planet.
    So thank you, thank you for all that you do, with a special shout out to Sherry and Sparky as well. Congratulations and all the best for your very long and successful careers.

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  23. I’m a very late-comer to the romance genre, so I have only been reading the Wenches for three or four years (?). But even in that short time I have come to enjoy this blog more than any other that I read on the internet, and feel as if I have come to “know” some of the most talented and awesome writers on the planet.
    So thank you, thank you for all that you do, with a special shout out to Sherry and Sparky as well. Congratulations and all the best for your very long and successful careers.

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  24. I’m a very late-comer to the romance genre, so I have only been reading the Wenches for three or four years (?). But even in that short time I have come to enjoy this blog more than any other that I read on the internet, and feel as if I have come to “know” some of the most talented and awesome writers on the planet.
    So thank you, thank you for all that you do, with a special shout out to Sherry and Sparky as well. Congratulations and all the best for your very long and successful careers.

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  25. I’m a very late-comer to the romance genre, so I have only been reading the Wenches for three or four years (?). But even in that short time I have come to enjoy this blog more than any other that I read on the internet, and feel as if I have come to “know” some of the most talented and awesome writers on the planet.
    So thank you, thank you for all that you do, with a special shout out to Sherry and Sparky as well. Congratulations and all the best for your very long and successful careers.

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  26. FINALLY I was able to open the blog. This internet craziness is getting old. But such fun to read the tidbits, even though I’ve been here from the beginning, too. So many memories of blogs and behind the scenes interactions. As Pat said, integrating the nakedness blogs was not easy, but in the spirit of adventure, we persisted. And now–we can study the cultural significance of Australian Rules Footballers!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. FINALLY I was able to open the blog. This internet craziness is getting old. But such fun to read the tidbits, even though I’ve been here from the beginning, too. So many memories of blogs and behind the scenes interactions. As Pat said, integrating the nakedness blogs was not easy, but in the spirit of adventure, we persisted. And now–we can study the cultural significance of Australian Rules Footballers!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. FINALLY I was able to open the blog. This internet craziness is getting old. But such fun to read the tidbits, even though I’ve been here from the beginning, too. So many memories of blogs and behind the scenes interactions. As Pat said, integrating the nakedness blogs was not easy, but in the spirit of adventure, we persisted. And now–we can study the cultural significance of Australian Rules Footballers!!!!!!!!!!

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  29. FINALLY I was able to open the blog. This internet craziness is getting old. But such fun to read the tidbits, even though I’ve been here from the beginning, too. So many memories of blogs and behind the scenes interactions. As Pat said, integrating the nakedness blogs was not easy, but in the spirit of adventure, we persisted. And now–we can study the cultural significance of Australian Rules Footballers!!!!!!!!!!

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  30. FINALLY I was able to open the blog. This internet craziness is getting old. But such fun to read the tidbits, even though I’ve been here from the beginning, too. So many memories of blogs and behind the scenes interactions. As Pat said, integrating the nakedness blogs was not easy, but in the spirit of adventure, we persisted. And now–we can study the cultural significance of Australian Rules Footballers!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. Hi, Donna. Sparky thanks you for the shout out! She’s become quite the prima donna, now that she’s rubbing elbows with such illustrious company. We both look forward to another 8 glorious years with the Word Wenches!

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  32. Hi, Donna. Sparky thanks you for the shout out! She’s become quite the prima donna, now that she’s rubbing elbows with such illustrious company. We both look forward to another 8 glorious years with the Word Wenches!

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  33. Hi, Donna. Sparky thanks you for the shout out! She’s become quite the prima donna, now that she’s rubbing elbows with such illustrious company. We both look forward to another 8 glorious years with the Word Wenches!

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  34. Hi, Donna. Sparky thanks you for the shout out! She’s become quite the prima donna, now that she’s rubbing elbows with such illustrious company. We both look forward to another 8 glorious years with the Word Wenches!

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  35. Hi, Donna. Sparky thanks you for the shout out! She’s become quite the prima donna, now that she’s rubbing elbows with such illustrious company. We both look forward to another 8 glorious years with the Word Wenches!

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  36. Congratulations on the eight years anniversary, Word Wenches! 🙂 I wish I had started reading romance novels eight years ago!
    I very much agree with the desk organization needing to be comfortable (but not *too* comfortable) and feng shui…it’ll be interesting to know what kind of writing environments you each prefer.

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  37. Congratulations on the eight years anniversary, Word Wenches! 🙂 I wish I had started reading romance novels eight years ago!
    I very much agree with the desk organization needing to be comfortable (but not *too* comfortable) and feng shui…it’ll be interesting to know what kind of writing environments you each prefer.

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  38. Congratulations on the eight years anniversary, Word Wenches! 🙂 I wish I had started reading romance novels eight years ago!
    I very much agree with the desk organization needing to be comfortable (but not *too* comfortable) and feng shui…it’ll be interesting to know what kind of writing environments you each prefer.

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  39. Congratulations on the eight years anniversary, Word Wenches! 🙂 I wish I had started reading romance novels eight years ago!
    I very much agree with the desk organization needing to be comfortable (but not *too* comfortable) and feng shui…it’ll be interesting to know what kind of writing environments you each prefer.

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  40. Congratulations on the eight years anniversary, Word Wenches! 🙂 I wish I had started reading romance novels eight years ago!
    I very much agree with the desk organization needing to be comfortable (but not *too* comfortable) and feng shui…it’ll be interesting to know what kind of writing environments you each prefer.

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  41. Happy 8th Anniversary! I’ve followed and loved so many of your posts and look forward to many more wonderful ones! Thanks for everything!

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  42. Happy 8th Anniversary! I’ve followed and loved so many of your posts and look forward to many more wonderful ones! Thanks for everything!

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  43. Happy 8th Anniversary! I’ve followed and loved so many of your posts and look forward to many more wonderful ones! Thanks for everything!

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  44. Happy 8th Anniversary! I’ve followed and loved so many of your posts and look forward to many more wonderful ones! Thanks for everything!

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  45. Happy 8th Anniversary! I’ve followed and loved so many of your posts and look forward to many more wonderful ones! Thanks for everything!

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  46. Thank you, Mary. I came to romance novels later in life, too, and what a wonderful world of reading they provide. As for office set-ups, several of the wenches are very knowledgeable about feng shui and other areas, and so a fair bit of advice about office set-ups has flown around this group in the past. There are several posts about it, if you care to do a search.

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  47. Thank you, Mary. I came to romance novels later in life, too, and what a wonderful world of reading they provide. As for office set-ups, several of the wenches are very knowledgeable about feng shui and other areas, and so a fair bit of advice about office set-ups has flown around this group in the past. There are several posts about it, if you care to do a search.

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  48. Thank you, Mary. I came to romance novels later in life, too, and what a wonderful world of reading they provide. As for office set-ups, several of the wenches are very knowledgeable about feng shui and other areas, and so a fair bit of advice about office set-ups has flown around this group in the past. There are several posts about it, if you care to do a search.

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  49. Thank you, Mary. I came to romance novels later in life, too, and what a wonderful world of reading they provide. As for office set-ups, several of the wenches are very knowledgeable about feng shui and other areas, and so a fair bit of advice about office set-ups has flown around this group in the past. There are several posts about it, if you care to do a search.

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  50. Thank you, Mary. I came to romance novels later in life, too, and what a wonderful world of reading they provide. As for office set-ups, several of the wenches are very knowledgeable about feng shui and other areas, and so a fair bit of advice about office set-ups has flown around this group in the past. There are several posts about it, if you care to do a search.

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  51. We’re still having typepad problems. We’re trying to respond to comments using the reply function but typepad is sticking its tongue out at us. But this is one of the reasons we all hang out together–we have around the clock blog care! We’ll all get through eventually.
    Thank you, everyone, who has responded! Keep it coming. Swag happens!

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  52. We’re still having typepad problems. We’re trying to respond to comments using the reply function but typepad is sticking its tongue out at us. But this is one of the reasons we all hang out together–we have around the clock blog care! We’ll all get through eventually.
    Thank you, everyone, who has responded! Keep it coming. Swag happens!

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  53. We’re still having typepad problems. We’re trying to respond to comments using the reply function but typepad is sticking its tongue out at us. But this is one of the reasons we all hang out together–we have around the clock blog care! We’ll all get through eventually.
    Thank you, everyone, who has responded! Keep it coming. Swag happens!

    Reply
  54. We’re still having typepad problems. We’re trying to respond to comments using the reply function but typepad is sticking its tongue out at us. But this is one of the reasons we all hang out together–we have around the clock blog care! We’ll all get through eventually.
    Thank you, everyone, who has responded! Keep it coming. Swag happens!

    Reply
  55. We’re still having typepad problems. We’re trying to respond to comments using the reply function but typepad is sticking its tongue out at us. But this is one of the reasons we all hang out together–we have around the clock blog care! We’ll all get through eventually.
    Thank you, everyone, who has responded! Keep it coming. Swag happens!

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  56. Hi Donna, Thanks for your good wishes. We truly appreciate them. We're very grateful for our wenchly readers, too. As for Sparky, it's probably a good thing that we all live so far from each other, otherwise that little rascal would become totally spoiled. But she was such a tiny, gutsy little mite that she stole our hearts from the beginning, and Sherrie keeps us all up-to-date on her antics.

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  57. Hi Donna, Thanks for your good wishes. We truly appreciate them. We're very grateful for our wenchly readers, too. As for Sparky, it's probably a good thing that we all live so far from each other, otherwise that little rascal would become totally spoiled. But she was such a tiny, gutsy little mite that she stole our hearts from the beginning, and Sherrie keeps us all up-to-date on her antics.

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  58. Hi Donna, Thanks for your good wishes. We truly appreciate them. We're very grateful for our wenchly readers, too. As for Sparky, it's probably a good thing that we all live so far from each other, otherwise that little rascal would become totally spoiled. But she was such a tiny, gutsy little mite that she stole our hearts from the beginning, and Sherrie keeps us all up-to-date on her antics.

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  59. Hi Donna, Thanks for your good wishes. We truly appreciate them. We're very grateful for our wenchly readers, too. As for Sparky, it's probably a good thing that we all live so far from each other, otherwise that little rascal would become totally spoiled. But she was such a tiny, gutsy little mite that she stole our hearts from the beginning, and Sherrie keeps us all up-to-date on her antics.

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  60. Hi Donna, Thanks for your good wishes. We truly appreciate them. We're very grateful for our wenchly readers, too. As for Sparky, it's probably a good thing that we all live so far from each other, otherwise that little rascal would become totally spoiled. But she was such a tiny, gutsy little mite that she stole our hearts from the beginning, and Sherrie keeps us all up-to-date on her antics.

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  61. Thank you Gail, I hope we'll be here in another eight years, too. It's a bit hard to imagine, but then again, I can't believe how the time has flown since I first joined the wenches.

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  62. Thank you Gail, I hope we'll be here in another eight years, too. It's a bit hard to imagine, but then again, I can't believe how the time has flown since I first joined the wenches.

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  63. Thank you Gail, I hope we'll be here in another eight years, too. It's a bit hard to imagine, but then again, I can't believe how the time has flown since I first joined the wenches.

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  64. Thank you Gail, I hope we'll be here in another eight years, too. It's a bit hard to imagine, but then again, I can't believe how the time has flown since I first joined the wenches.

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  65. Thank you Gail, I hope we'll be here in another eight years, too. It's a bit hard to imagine, but then again, I can't believe how the time has flown since I first joined the wenches.

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  66. Happy anniversary! This is one of my favorite places to browse when I have a few minutes to unwind. Here’s to another 8 years!

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  67. Happy anniversary! This is one of my favorite places to browse when I have a few minutes to unwind. Here’s to another 8 years!

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  68. Happy anniversary! This is one of my favorite places to browse when I have a few minutes to unwind. Here’s to another 8 years!

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  69. Happy anniversary! This is one of my favorite places to browse when I have a few minutes to unwind. Here’s to another 8 years!

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  70. Happy anniversary! This is one of my favorite places to browse when I have a few minutes to unwind. Here’s to another 8 years!

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  71. Thank you, Vicki. When we were discussing how to celebrate our 8th anniversary, and Mary Jo suggested we link to some favorite posts from the past, a good half of the wenches fell down (very enjoyably) the rabbit hole of reading through old wenchly posts. I know I just ended up reading and reading, forgetting to choose, and forgetting what I was supposed to be doing. There's a lot of good stuff on this blog, I agree.

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  72. Thank you, Vicki. When we were discussing how to celebrate our 8th anniversary, and Mary Jo suggested we link to some favorite posts from the past, a good half of the wenches fell down (very enjoyably) the rabbit hole of reading through old wenchly posts. I know I just ended up reading and reading, forgetting to choose, and forgetting what I was supposed to be doing. There's a lot of good stuff on this blog, I agree.

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  73. Thank you, Vicki. When we were discussing how to celebrate our 8th anniversary, and Mary Jo suggested we link to some favorite posts from the past, a good half of the wenches fell down (very enjoyably) the rabbit hole of reading through old wenchly posts. I know I just ended up reading and reading, forgetting to choose, and forgetting what I was supposed to be doing. There's a lot of good stuff on this blog, I agree.

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  74. Thank you, Vicki. When we were discussing how to celebrate our 8th anniversary, and Mary Jo suggested we link to some favorite posts from the past, a good half of the wenches fell down (very enjoyably) the rabbit hole of reading through old wenchly posts. I know I just ended up reading and reading, forgetting to choose, and forgetting what I was supposed to be doing. There's a lot of good stuff on this blog, I agree.

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  75. Thank you, Vicki. When we were discussing how to celebrate our 8th anniversary, and Mary Jo suggested we link to some favorite posts from the past, a good half of the wenches fell down (very enjoyably) the rabbit hole of reading through old wenchly posts. I know I just ended up reading and reading, forgetting to choose, and forgetting what I was supposed to be doing. There's a lot of good stuff on this blog, I agree.

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  76. Jane, thank you for being there since the beginning. I was a wenchly reader long before I was invited to join, and I loved the whole wenchly community and the interesting discussions we used to have in the comments stream. This is a celebration of our community, as much as anything.

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  77. Jane, thank you for being there since the beginning. I was a wenchly reader long before I was invited to join, and I loved the whole wenchly community and the interesting discussions we used to have in the comments stream. This is a celebration of our community, as much as anything.

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  78. Jane, thank you for being there since the beginning. I was a wenchly reader long before I was invited to join, and I loved the whole wenchly community and the interesting discussions we used to have in the comments stream. This is a celebration of our community, as much as anything.

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  79. Jane, thank you for being there since the beginning. I was a wenchly reader long before I was invited to join, and I loved the whole wenchly community and the interesting discussions we used to have in the comments stream. This is a celebration of our community, as much as anything.

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  80. Jane, thank you for being there since the beginning. I was a wenchly reader long before I was invited to join, and I loved the whole wenchly community and the interesting discussions we used to have in the comments stream. This is a celebration of our community, as much as anything.

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  81. I totally agree Cara/Andrea — while there are wenchly readers to inspire us, and ask us questions and have great and interesting (and sometimes fun and silly) discussions with, we'll be here. 🙂

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  82. I totally agree Cara/Andrea — while there are wenchly readers to inspire us, and ask us questions and have great and interesting (and sometimes fun and silly) discussions with, we'll be here. 🙂

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  83. I totally agree Cara/Andrea — while there are wenchly readers to inspire us, and ask us questions and have great and interesting (and sometimes fun and silly) discussions with, we'll be here. 🙂

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  84. I totally agree Cara/Andrea — while there are wenchly readers to inspire us, and ask us questions and have great and interesting (and sometimes fun and silly) discussions with, we'll be here. 🙂

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  85. I totally agree Cara/Andrea — while there are wenchly readers to inspire us, and ask us questions and have great and interesting (and sometimes fun and silly) discussions with, we'll be here. 🙂

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  86. Thanks, Pat, yes, I have responses sent for most of the comments, but most of them haven't shown up yet.
    sigh.
    But thanks for manning the fort. Or the bridge. Or whatever it is. Or womanning it. *g*

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  87. Thanks, Pat, yes, I have responses sent for most of the comments, but most of them haven't shown up yet.
    sigh.
    But thanks for manning the fort. Or the bridge. Or whatever it is. Or womanning it. *g*

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  88. Thanks, Pat, yes, I have responses sent for most of the comments, but most of them haven't shown up yet.
    sigh.
    But thanks for manning the fort. Or the bridge. Or whatever it is. Or womanning it. *g*

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  89. Thanks, Pat, yes, I have responses sent for most of the comments, but most of them haven't shown up yet.
    sigh.
    But thanks for manning the fort. Or the bridge. Or whatever it is. Or womanning it. *g*

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  90. Thanks, Pat, yes, I have responses sent for most of the comments, but most of them haven't shown up yet.
    sigh.
    But thanks for manning the fort. Or the bridge. Or whatever it is. Or womanning it. *g*

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  91. Happy 8th Anniversary Ladies! Here’s to at least 8 more! 😀
    I’ve enjoyed the favorite posts from the last 2 days. Y’all have inspired me to read more of the earlier posts. Thanks!

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  92. Happy 8th Anniversary Ladies! Here’s to at least 8 more! 😀
    I’ve enjoyed the favorite posts from the last 2 days. Y’all have inspired me to read more of the earlier posts. Thanks!

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  93. Happy 8th Anniversary Ladies! Here’s to at least 8 more! 😀
    I’ve enjoyed the favorite posts from the last 2 days. Y’all have inspired me to read more of the earlier posts. Thanks!

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  94. Happy 8th Anniversary Ladies! Here’s to at least 8 more! 😀
    I’ve enjoyed the favorite posts from the last 2 days. Y’all have inspired me to read more of the earlier posts. Thanks!

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  95. Happy 8th Anniversary Ladies! Here’s to at least 8 more! 😀
    I’ve enjoyed the favorite posts from the last 2 days. Y’all have inspired me to read more of the earlier posts. Thanks!

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  96. Thanks, Glenda — the posts inspired us in the same way. i spent quite a bit of time in the last week or so, happily noodling around old wench posts, supposed to be deciding which of mine to link to, but forgetting to do that and just reading on, clicking on the next post and the next. 🙂

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  97. Thanks, Glenda — the posts inspired us in the same way. i spent quite a bit of time in the last week or so, happily noodling around old wench posts, supposed to be deciding which of mine to link to, but forgetting to do that and just reading on, clicking on the next post and the next. 🙂

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  98. Thanks, Glenda — the posts inspired us in the same way. i spent quite a bit of time in the last week or so, happily noodling around old wench posts, supposed to be deciding which of mine to link to, but forgetting to do that and just reading on, clicking on the next post and the next. 🙂

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  99. Thanks, Glenda — the posts inspired us in the same way. i spent quite a bit of time in the last week or so, happily noodling around old wench posts, supposed to be deciding which of mine to link to, but forgetting to do that and just reading on, clicking on the next post and the next. 🙂

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  100. Thanks, Glenda — the posts inspired us in the same way. i spent quite a bit of time in the last week or so, happily noodling around old wench posts, supposed to be deciding which of mine to link to, but forgetting to do that and just reading on, clicking on the next post and the next. 🙂

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  101. Thanks so much for the walk down memory road! I’m new (-ish) to the wordwenches (I’ve been reading your site for about 9 months, I’d say?), and so all of these posts were new for me. Fascinating discourse on nudity and cultural values. I also loved looking at snapshots of your work spaces! 🙂 I ooh and aahed over all of them. Lovely spaces, lovely bookshelves. My own writing ‘office’ is quite embarrassing to own up to. I call it my ‘portable office’–it’s just my laptop, a pen, and a yellow legal pad. My best work gets done on the laptop, my ‘I’m stuck and can’t write another word’ gets done on the legal pad. Not even a proper notebook with a binding. For me, it has to be a yellow legal pad, because I write quickly, and I find the binding cumbersome as I flip pages. Also, as I transcribe what I’ve written into the laptop, I tear pages out as I go. It’s lovely to actually ‘see’ my progress as I can pull pages I’ve transcribed off the legal pad and toss them in the trash bin. Helps me feel like I’m actually progressing, which is a feeling that’s sometimes hard to access when you’re writing on a laptop (where you have the torture of the page count/word count check!). Also, I change my laptop background depending on the project I’m working on. Sometimes even depending on the chapter (particularly if I’m stuck on a chapter. When I get to ‘change the background, it’s a huge feeling of triumph!). It’s the first thing I notice with the pc loads and it helps me get into the right frame of mind to jump back into whatever the problem chapter is.
    And lastly, I don’t have a desk and a chair. I fall asleep in desks. I have a very comfortable, carpeted floor and I literally sit on the floor with my laptop, my notes, and some earphones, for hooours writing away at a mad clip. Even describing this sounds crazy–and it is occasionally uncomfortable, but mostly it’s the most efficient way for me to work. I got into the habit as a grad student years and years ago and have never completely shaken it, even now in my 30s. By 40, I will probably be a proper grown-up and want an actual desk. LOL. But for now, it still works.

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  102. Thanks so much for the walk down memory road! I’m new (-ish) to the wordwenches (I’ve been reading your site for about 9 months, I’d say?), and so all of these posts were new for me. Fascinating discourse on nudity and cultural values. I also loved looking at snapshots of your work spaces! 🙂 I ooh and aahed over all of them. Lovely spaces, lovely bookshelves. My own writing ‘office’ is quite embarrassing to own up to. I call it my ‘portable office’–it’s just my laptop, a pen, and a yellow legal pad. My best work gets done on the laptop, my ‘I’m stuck and can’t write another word’ gets done on the legal pad. Not even a proper notebook with a binding. For me, it has to be a yellow legal pad, because I write quickly, and I find the binding cumbersome as I flip pages. Also, as I transcribe what I’ve written into the laptop, I tear pages out as I go. It’s lovely to actually ‘see’ my progress as I can pull pages I’ve transcribed off the legal pad and toss them in the trash bin. Helps me feel like I’m actually progressing, which is a feeling that’s sometimes hard to access when you’re writing on a laptop (where you have the torture of the page count/word count check!). Also, I change my laptop background depending on the project I’m working on. Sometimes even depending on the chapter (particularly if I’m stuck on a chapter. When I get to ‘change the background, it’s a huge feeling of triumph!). It’s the first thing I notice with the pc loads and it helps me get into the right frame of mind to jump back into whatever the problem chapter is.
    And lastly, I don’t have a desk and a chair. I fall asleep in desks. I have a very comfortable, carpeted floor and I literally sit on the floor with my laptop, my notes, and some earphones, for hooours writing away at a mad clip. Even describing this sounds crazy–and it is occasionally uncomfortable, but mostly it’s the most efficient way for me to work. I got into the habit as a grad student years and years ago and have never completely shaken it, even now in my 30s. By 40, I will probably be a proper grown-up and want an actual desk. LOL. But for now, it still works.

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  103. Thanks so much for the walk down memory road! I’m new (-ish) to the wordwenches (I’ve been reading your site for about 9 months, I’d say?), and so all of these posts were new for me. Fascinating discourse on nudity and cultural values. I also loved looking at snapshots of your work spaces! 🙂 I ooh and aahed over all of them. Lovely spaces, lovely bookshelves. My own writing ‘office’ is quite embarrassing to own up to. I call it my ‘portable office’–it’s just my laptop, a pen, and a yellow legal pad. My best work gets done on the laptop, my ‘I’m stuck and can’t write another word’ gets done on the legal pad. Not even a proper notebook with a binding. For me, it has to be a yellow legal pad, because I write quickly, and I find the binding cumbersome as I flip pages. Also, as I transcribe what I’ve written into the laptop, I tear pages out as I go. It’s lovely to actually ‘see’ my progress as I can pull pages I’ve transcribed off the legal pad and toss them in the trash bin. Helps me feel like I’m actually progressing, which is a feeling that’s sometimes hard to access when you’re writing on a laptop (where you have the torture of the page count/word count check!). Also, I change my laptop background depending on the project I’m working on. Sometimes even depending on the chapter (particularly if I’m stuck on a chapter. When I get to ‘change the background, it’s a huge feeling of triumph!). It’s the first thing I notice with the pc loads and it helps me get into the right frame of mind to jump back into whatever the problem chapter is.
    And lastly, I don’t have a desk and a chair. I fall asleep in desks. I have a very comfortable, carpeted floor and I literally sit on the floor with my laptop, my notes, and some earphones, for hooours writing away at a mad clip. Even describing this sounds crazy–and it is occasionally uncomfortable, but mostly it’s the most efficient way for me to work. I got into the habit as a grad student years and years ago and have never completely shaken it, even now in my 30s. By 40, I will probably be a proper grown-up and want an actual desk. LOL. But for now, it still works.

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  104. Thanks so much for the walk down memory road! I’m new (-ish) to the wordwenches (I’ve been reading your site for about 9 months, I’d say?), and so all of these posts were new for me. Fascinating discourse on nudity and cultural values. I also loved looking at snapshots of your work spaces! 🙂 I ooh and aahed over all of them. Lovely spaces, lovely bookshelves. My own writing ‘office’ is quite embarrassing to own up to. I call it my ‘portable office’–it’s just my laptop, a pen, and a yellow legal pad. My best work gets done on the laptop, my ‘I’m stuck and can’t write another word’ gets done on the legal pad. Not even a proper notebook with a binding. For me, it has to be a yellow legal pad, because I write quickly, and I find the binding cumbersome as I flip pages. Also, as I transcribe what I’ve written into the laptop, I tear pages out as I go. It’s lovely to actually ‘see’ my progress as I can pull pages I’ve transcribed off the legal pad and toss them in the trash bin. Helps me feel like I’m actually progressing, which is a feeling that’s sometimes hard to access when you’re writing on a laptop (where you have the torture of the page count/word count check!). Also, I change my laptop background depending on the project I’m working on. Sometimes even depending on the chapter (particularly if I’m stuck on a chapter. When I get to ‘change the background, it’s a huge feeling of triumph!). It’s the first thing I notice with the pc loads and it helps me get into the right frame of mind to jump back into whatever the problem chapter is.
    And lastly, I don’t have a desk and a chair. I fall asleep in desks. I have a very comfortable, carpeted floor and I literally sit on the floor with my laptop, my notes, and some earphones, for hooours writing away at a mad clip. Even describing this sounds crazy–and it is occasionally uncomfortable, but mostly it’s the most efficient way for me to work. I got into the habit as a grad student years and years ago and have never completely shaken it, even now in my 30s. By 40, I will probably be a proper grown-up and want an actual desk. LOL. But for now, it still works.

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  105. Thanks so much for the walk down memory road! I’m new (-ish) to the wordwenches (I’ve been reading your site for about 9 months, I’d say?), and so all of these posts were new for me. Fascinating discourse on nudity and cultural values. I also loved looking at snapshots of your work spaces! 🙂 I ooh and aahed over all of them. Lovely spaces, lovely bookshelves. My own writing ‘office’ is quite embarrassing to own up to. I call it my ‘portable office’–it’s just my laptop, a pen, and a yellow legal pad. My best work gets done on the laptop, my ‘I’m stuck and can’t write another word’ gets done on the legal pad. Not even a proper notebook with a binding. For me, it has to be a yellow legal pad, because I write quickly, and I find the binding cumbersome as I flip pages. Also, as I transcribe what I’ve written into the laptop, I tear pages out as I go. It’s lovely to actually ‘see’ my progress as I can pull pages I’ve transcribed off the legal pad and toss them in the trash bin. Helps me feel like I’m actually progressing, which is a feeling that’s sometimes hard to access when you’re writing on a laptop (where you have the torture of the page count/word count check!). Also, I change my laptop background depending on the project I’m working on. Sometimes even depending on the chapter (particularly if I’m stuck on a chapter. When I get to ‘change the background, it’s a huge feeling of triumph!). It’s the first thing I notice with the pc loads and it helps me get into the right frame of mind to jump back into whatever the problem chapter is.
    And lastly, I don’t have a desk and a chair. I fall asleep in desks. I have a very comfortable, carpeted floor and I literally sit on the floor with my laptop, my notes, and some earphones, for hooours writing away at a mad clip. Even describing this sounds crazy–and it is occasionally uncomfortable, but mostly it’s the most efficient way for me to work. I got into the habit as a grad student years and years ago and have never completely shaken it, even now in my 30s. By 40, I will probably be a proper grown-up and want an actual desk. LOL. But for now, it still works.

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  106. Also, I should add: I just realized that statement makes me sound like my home is completely devoid of chairs. LOL! There are many varied and comfortable chairs in my home. It is only when I write I just (weirdly) choose not to use them.
    Also, my little ‘pc background’ trick–the background of my pc is always applicable to the chapter, scene or project I’m working on. So if I’m struggling through a scene between two characters that is set in a field in the Cotswolds, I will choose a picture of a field in the Cotswolds and force myself to keep it as my background until I finish the scene. Then, when that scene/chapter/whatever is done, I will change it. It’s a silly mental trick, but I feel like that’s the only thing that works sometimes. I love reading about the 15 timer method–I will certainly try that next time I’m stuck!

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  107. Also, I should add: I just realized that statement makes me sound like my home is completely devoid of chairs. LOL! There are many varied and comfortable chairs in my home. It is only when I write I just (weirdly) choose not to use them.
    Also, my little ‘pc background’ trick–the background of my pc is always applicable to the chapter, scene or project I’m working on. So if I’m struggling through a scene between two characters that is set in a field in the Cotswolds, I will choose a picture of a field in the Cotswolds and force myself to keep it as my background until I finish the scene. Then, when that scene/chapter/whatever is done, I will change it. It’s a silly mental trick, but I feel like that’s the only thing that works sometimes. I love reading about the 15 timer method–I will certainly try that next time I’m stuck!

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  108. Also, I should add: I just realized that statement makes me sound like my home is completely devoid of chairs. LOL! There are many varied and comfortable chairs in my home. It is only when I write I just (weirdly) choose not to use them.
    Also, my little ‘pc background’ trick–the background of my pc is always applicable to the chapter, scene or project I’m working on. So if I’m struggling through a scene between two characters that is set in a field in the Cotswolds, I will choose a picture of a field in the Cotswolds and force myself to keep it as my background until I finish the scene. Then, when that scene/chapter/whatever is done, I will change it. It’s a silly mental trick, but I feel like that’s the only thing that works sometimes. I love reading about the 15 timer method–I will certainly try that next time I’m stuck!

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  109. Also, I should add: I just realized that statement makes me sound like my home is completely devoid of chairs. LOL! There are many varied and comfortable chairs in my home. It is only when I write I just (weirdly) choose not to use them.
    Also, my little ‘pc background’ trick–the background of my pc is always applicable to the chapter, scene or project I’m working on. So if I’m struggling through a scene between two characters that is set in a field in the Cotswolds, I will choose a picture of a field in the Cotswolds and force myself to keep it as my background until I finish the scene. Then, when that scene/chapter/whatever is done, I will change it. It’s a silly mental trick, but I feel like that’s the only thing that works sometimes. I love reading about the 15 timer method–I will certainly try that next time I’m stuck!

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  110. Also, I should add: I just realized that statement makes me sound like my home is completely devoid of chairs. LOL! There are many varied and comfortable chairs in my home. It is only when I write I just (weirdly) choose not to use them.
    Also, my little ‘pc background’ trick–the background of my pc is always applicable to the chapter, scene or project I’m working on. So if I’m struggling through a scene between two characters that is set in a field in the Cotswolds, I will choose a picture of a field in the Cotswolds and force myself to keep it as my background until I finish the scene. Then, when that scene/chapter/whatever is done, I will change it. It’s a silly mental trick, but I feel like that’s the only thing that works sometimes. I love reading about the 15 timer method–I will certainly try that next time I’m stuck!

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  111. Elle, I love this description of your writing process. We all have different methods, and for most of us, even the methods have changed over time.
    I also write in a combination of computer and by hand — and writing by hand almost always gets me unstuck when I'm stumped. I write in spiral bound notebooks, and I often make pre-writing notes on the back of envelopes, so I do understand why for you it must be a yellow pad and you have to tear off the page once it's on the computer. By these little rituals we measure our progress. I also understand the value of changing the computer background — by these small things than non-writers often think are trivial or irrelevant, we reharness and refresh our muse and make progress on the wip (work-in-progress, for those who think I'm heading into erotica territory *g* ) All the best of luck with your writing, and thanks for visiting the wordwenches.

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  112. Elle, I love this description of your writing process. We all have different methods, and for most of us, even the methods have changed over time.
    I also write in a combination of computer and by hand — and writing by hand almost always gets me unstuck when I'm stumped. I write in spiral bound notebooks, and I often make pre-writing notes on the back of envelopes, so I do understand why for you it must be a yellow pad and you have to tear off the page once it's on the computer. By these little rituals we measure our progress. I also understand the value of changing the computer background — by these small things than non-writers often think are trivial or irrelevant, we reharness and refresh our muse and make progress on the wip (work-in-progress, for those who think I'm heading into erotica territory *g* ) All the best of luck with your writing, and thanks for visiting the wordwenches.

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  113. Elle, I love this description of your writing process. We all have different methods, and for most of us, even the methods have changed over time.
    I also write in a combination of computer and by hand — and writing by hand almost always gets me unstuck when I'm stumped. I write in spiral bound notebooks, and I often make pre-writing notes on the back of envelopes, so I do understand why for you it must be a yellow pad and you have to tear off the page once it's on the computer. By these little rituals we measure our progress. I also understand the value of changing the computer background — by these small things than non-writers often think are trivial or irrelevant, we reharness and refresh our muse and make progress on the wip (work-in-progress, for those who think I'm heading into erotica territory *g* ) All the best of luck with your writing, and thanks for visiting the wordwenches.

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  114. Elle, I love this description of your writing process. We all have different methods, and for most of us, even the methods have changed over time.
    I also write in a combination of computer and by hand — and writing by hand almost always gets me unstuck when I'm stumped. I write in spiral bound notebooks, and I often make pre-writing notes on the back of envelopes, so I do understand why for you it must be a yellow pad and you have to tear off the page once it's on the computer. By these little rituals we measure our progress. I also understand the value of changing the computer background — by these small things than non-writers often think are trivial or irrelevant, we reharness and refresh our muse and make progress on the wip (work-in-progress, for those who think I'm heading into erotica territory *g* ) All the best of luck with your writing, and thanks for visiting the wordwenches.

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  115. Elle, I love this description of your writing process. We all have different methods, and for most of us, even the methods have changed over time.
    I also write in a combination of computer and by hand — and writing by hand almost always gets me unstuck when I'm stumped. I write in spiral bound notebooks, and I often make pre-writing notes on the back of envelopes, so I do understand why for you it must be a yellow pad and you have to tear off the page once it's on the computer. By these little rituals we measure our progress. I also understand the value of changing the computer background — by these small things than non-writers often think are trivial or irrelevant, we reharness and refresh our muse and make progress on the wip (work-in-progress, for those who think I'm heading into erotica territory *g* ) All the best of luck with your writing, and thanks for visiting the wordwenches.

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  116. Elle, the mental tricks work, and we all use a variety of mental tricks. As for your furniture, I have a couple of friends who write in bed on the laptop, another one who does her best work out of doors and several who mostly write in public places. I'm sure it sounds quite nutty to non-writers, but if you told people at a writers' conference you writ sitting on the floor, they'd all nod and tell you where they write, and so many of them will not be at the very nice desks they have. *g* I personally love hearing about different people's writing process, so thank you for sharing.

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  117. Elle, the mental tricks work, and we all use a variety of mental tricks. As for your furniture, I have a couple of friends who write in bed on the laptop, another one who does her best work out of doors and several who mostly write in public places. I'm sure it sounds quite nutty to non-writers, but if you told people at a writers' conference you writ sitting on the floor, they'd all nod and tell you where they write, and so many of them will not be at the very nice desks they have. *g* I personally love hearing about different people's writing process, so thank you for sharing.

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  118. Elle, the mental tricks work, and we all use a variety of mental tricks. As for your furniture, I have a couple of friends who write in bed on the laptop, another one who does her best work out of doors and several who mostly write in public places. I'm sure it sounds quite nutty to non-writers, but if you told people at a writers' conference you writ sitting on the floor, they'd all nod and tell you where they write, and so many of them will not be at the very nice desks they have. *g* I personally love hearing about different people's writing process, so thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  119. Elle, the mental tricks work, and we all use a variety of mental tricks. As for your furniture, I have a couple of friends who write in bed on the laptop, another one who does her best work out of doors and several who mostly write in public places. I'm sure it sounds quite nutty to non-writers, but if you told people at a writers' conference you writ sitting on the floor, they'd all nod and tell you where they write, and so many of them will not be at the very nice desks they have. *g* I personally love hearing about different people's writing process, so thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  120. Elle, the mental tricks work, and we all use a variety of mental tricks. As for your furniture, I have a couple of friends who write in bed on the laptop, another one who does her best work out of doors and several who mostly write in public places. I'm sure it sounds quite nutty to non-writers, but if you told people at a writers' conference you writ sitting on the floor, they'd all nod and tell you where they write, and so many of them will not be at the very nice desks they have. *g* I personally love hearing about different people's writing process, so thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  121. I love this blog and you ladies. I also find your informations inspirational and very very useful to me as a writer. Congratulations on the 8 years and many more, I hope. You are so wonderful! Just keep it up!
    Sincerely,
    An avid fan
    Linda Hays-Gibbs

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  122. I love this blog and you ladies. I also find your informations inspirational and very very useful to me as a writer. Congratulations on the 8 years and many more, I hope. You are so wonderful! Just keep it up!
    Sincerely,
    An avid fan
    Linda Hays-Gibbs

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  123. I love this blog and you ladies. I also find your informations inspirational and very very useful to me as a writer. Congratulations on the 8 years and many more, I hope. You are so wonderful! Just keep it up!
    Sincerely,
    An avid fan
    Linda Hays-Gibbs

    Reply
  124. I love this blog and you ladies. I also find your informations inspirational and very very useful to me as a writer. Congratulations on the 8 years and many more, I hope. You are so wonderful! Just keep it up!
    Sincerely,
    An avid fan
    Linda Hays-Gibbs

    Reply
  125. I love this blog and you ladies. I also find your informations inspirational and very very useful to me as a writer. Congratulations on the 8 years and many more, I hope. You are so wonderful! Just keep it up!
    Sincerely,
    An avid fan
    Linda Hays-Gibbs

    Reply
  126. Happy, Happy 8th Anniversary Part 2! I think I have been with you for 4-5 years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog since I found it. I have learned so much from you all, and I can’t say thank you enough for all your hard work! You all rock!

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  127. Happy, Happy 8th Anniversary Part 2! I think I have been with you for 4-5 years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog since I found it. I have learned so much from you all, and I can’t say thank you enough for all your hard work! You all rock!

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  128. Happy, Happy 8th Anniversary Part 2! I think I have been with you for 4-5 years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog since I found it. I have learned so much from you all, and I can’t say thank you enough for all your hard work! You all rock!

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  129. Happy, Happy 8th Anniversary Part 2! I think I have been with you for 4-5 years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog since I found it. I have learned so much from you all, and I can’t say thank you enough for all your hard work! You all rock!

    Reply
  130. Happy, Happy 8th Anniversary Part 2! I think I have been with you for 4-5 years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog since I found it. I have learned so much from you all, and I can’t say thank you enough for all your hard work! You all rock!

    Reply
  131. Happy happy Blog. Love the insight to your writing and your friendships. Makes me happy!!
    A Fan,
    Pam Bustamante

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  132. Happy happy Blog. Love the insight to your writing and your friendships. Makes me happy!!
    A Fan,
    Pam Bustamante

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  133. Happy happy Blog. Love the insight to your writing and your friendships. Makes me happy!!
    A Fan,
    Pam Bustamante

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  134. Happy happy Blog. Love the insight to your writing and your friendships. Makes me happy!!
    A Fan,
    Pam Bustamante

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  135. Happy happy Blog. Love the insight to your writing and your friendships. Makes me happy!!
    A Fan,
    Pam Bustamante

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  136. Congratulations Wenches (and Sparky too, of course)…I have been with you all since almost the beginning and while I have expanded my romance reading to include other genres, I always seem to come back to the Wenches. Thanks for the laughter, the knowledge, and the fun!!

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  137. Congratulations Wenches (and Sparky too, of course)…I have been with you all since almost the beginning and while I have expanded my romance reading to include other genres, I always seem to come back to the Wenches. Thanks for the laughter, the knowledge, and the fun!!

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  138. Congratulations Wenches (and Sparky too, of course)…I have been with you all since almost the beginning and while I have expanded my romance reading to include other genres, I always seem to come back to the Wenches. Thanks for the laughter, the knowledge, and the fun!!

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  139. Congratulations Wenches (and Sparky too, of course)…I have been with you all since almost the beginning and while I have expanded my romance reading to include other genres, I always seem to come back to the Wenches. Thanks for the laughter, the knowledge, and the fun!!

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  140. Congratulations Wenches (and Sparky too, of course)…I have been with you all since almost the beginning and while I have expanded my romance reading to include other genres, I always seem to come back to the Wenches. Thanks for the laughter, the knowledge, and the fun!!

    Reply
  141. I’m like you. I don’t work neatly at a desk and chair. I pick up my laptop and wander.
    I have a body prone to repetitive stress injury and a laptop that lets me change the position and angle I’m working at makes all the difference.
    About all I do at my desk is pay bills … poor neglected desk.

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  142. I’m like you. I don’t work neatly at a desk and chair. I pick up my laptop and wander.
    I have a body prone to repetitive stress injury and a laptop that lets me change the position and angle I’m working at makes all the difference.
    About all I do at my desk is pay bills … poor neglected desk.

    Reply
  143. I’m like you. I don’t work neatly at a desk and chair. I pick up my laptop and wander.
    I have a body prone to repetitive stress injury and a laptop that lets me change the position and angle I’m working at makes all the difference.
    About all I do at my desk is pay bills … poor neglected desk.

    Reply
  144. I’m like you. I don’t work neatly at a desk and chair. I pick up my laptop and wander.
    I have a body prone to repetitive stress injury and a laptop that lets me change the position and angle I’m working at makes all the difference.
    About all I do at my desk is pay bills … poor neglected desk.

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  145. I’m like you. I don’t work neatly at a desk and chair. I pick up my laptop and wander.
    I have a body prone to repetitive stress injury and a laptop that lets me change the position and angle I’m working at makes all the difference.
    About all I do at my desk is pay bills … poor neglected desk.

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  146. Congrats to all of you! I enjoy reading your blog and subscribe to it. Please only enter me to win Not Quite a Wife or Lady Beware.

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  147. Congrats to all of you! I enjoy reading your blog and subscribe to it. Please only enter me to win Not Quite a Wife or Lady Beware.

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  148. Congrats to all of you! I enjoy reading your blog and subscribe to it. Please only enter me to win Not Quite a Wife or Lady Beware.

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  149. Congrats to all of you! I enjoy reading your blog and subscribe to it. Please only enter me to win Not Quite a Wife or Lady Beware.

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  150. Congrats to all of you! I enjoy reading your blog and subscribe to it. Please only enter me to win Not Quite a Wife or Lady Beware.

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  151. Thanks for your great blog posts, and great books. I just finished Jo’s latest(A Shiocking Delight) and Anne’s latest(The Winter Bride) and loved them both.

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  152. Thanks for your great blog posts, and great books. I just finished Jo’s latest(A Shiocking Delight) and Anne’s latest(The Winter Bride) and loved them both.

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  153. Thanks for your great blog posts, and great books. I just finished Jo’s latest(A Shiocking Delight) and Anne’s latest(The Winter Bride) and loved them both.

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  154. Thanks for your great blog posts, and great books. I just finished Jo’s latest(A Shiocking Delight) and Anne’s latest(The Winter Bride) and loved them both.

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  155. Thanks for your great blog posts, and great books. I just finished Jo’s latest(A Shiocking Delight) and Anne’s latest(The Winter Bride) and loved them both.

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  156. When one has an anniversary, normally the gifts go to those who celebrate their time together. But, this time, the readers have been receiving the gifts for 8 years. For me reading your blog has been a very good experience. I have learned about your processes and I have been learning about y’all. I just started The Winter Bride, and I have a few other of your books waiting in the wings.
    You have all widened my horizons, and given me enjoyment.
    Those gifts are much appreciated. Thank you all.

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  157. When one has an anniversary, normally the gifts go to those who celebrate their time together. But, this time, the readers have been receiving the gifts for 8 years. For me reading your blog has been a very good experience. I have learned about your processes and I have been learning about y’all. I just started The Winter Bride, and I have a few other of your books waiting in the wings.
    You have all widened my horizons, and given me enjoyment.
    Those gifts are much appreciated. Thank you all.

    Reply
  158. When one has an anniversary, normally the gifts go to those who celebrate their time together. But, this time, the readers have been receiving the gifts for 8 years. For me reading your blog has been a very good experience. I have learned about your processes and I have been learning about y’all. I just started The Winter Bride, and I have a few other of your books waiting in the wings.
    You have all widened my horizons, and given me enjoyment.
    Those gifts are much appreciated. Thank you all.

    Reply
  159. When one has an anniversary, normally the gifts go to those who celebrate their time together. But, this time, the readers have been receiving the gifts for 8 years. For me reading your blog has been a very good experience. I have learned about your processes and I have been learning about y’all. I just started The Winter Bride, and I have a few other of your books waiting in the wings.
    You have all widened my horizons, and given me enjoyment.
    Those gifts are much appreciated. Thank you all.

    Reply
  160. When one has an anniversary, normally the gifts go to those who celebrate their time together. But, this time, the readers have been receiving the gifts for 8 years. For me reading your blog has been a very good experience. I have learned about your processes and I have been learning about y’all. I just started The Winter Bride, and I have a few other of your books waiting in the wings.
    You have all widened my horizons, and given me enjoyment.
    Those gifts are much appreciated. Thank you all.

    Reply
  161. Happy 8th Anniversary to all the Wenches! I’ve been here since near the beginning and have enjoyed every minute I’ve spent here. I can still remember how excited I was to discover so many of my autobuy authors on one blog.
    I’ve been in the deadline cave on one project after another since mid-January, so I haven’t commented often recently. But I never miss reading a post because I know each visit I will learn something new, reflect on something familiar, or laugh out loud at the fun–sometimes all three. Congratulations, ladies! I look forward to many more years of learning, reflecting, and laughing with you.

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  162. Happy 8th Anniversary to all the Wenches! I’ve been here since near the beginning and have enjoyed every minute I’ve spent here. I can still remember how excited I was to discover so many of my autobuy authors on one blog.
    I’ve been in the deadline cave on one project after another since mid-January, so I haven’t commented often recently. But I never miss reading a post because I know each visit I will learn something new, reflect on something familiar, or laugh out loud at the fun–sometimes all three. Congratulations, ladies! I look forward to many more years of learning, reflecting, and laughing with you.

    Reply
  163. Happy 8th Anniversary to all the Wenches! I’ve been here since near the beginning and have enjoyed every minute I’ve spent here. I can still remember how excited I was to discover so many of my autobuy authors on one blog.
    I’ve been in the deadline cave on one project after another since mid-January, so I haven’t commented often recently. But I never miss reading a post because I know each visit I will learn something new, reflect on something familiar, or laugh out loud at the fun–sometimes all three. Congratulations, ladies! I look forward to many more years of learning, reflecting, and laughing with you.

    Reply
  164. Happy 8th Anniversary to all the Wenches! I’ve been here since near the beginning and have enjoyed every minute I’ve spent here. I can still remember how excited I was to discover so many of my autobuy authors on one blog.
    I’ve been in the deadline cave on one project after another since mid-January, so I haven’t commented often recently. But I never miss reading a post because I know each visit I will learn something new, reflect on something familiar, or laugh out loud at the fun–sometimes all three. Congratulations, ladies! I look forward to many more years of learning, reflecting, and laughing with you.

    Reply
  165. Happy 8th Anniversary to all the Wenches! I’ve been here since near the beginning and have enjoyed every minute I’ve spent here. I can still remember how excited I was to discover so many of my autobuy authors on one blog.
    I’ve been in the deadline cave on one project after another since mid-January, so I haven’t commented often recently. But I never miss reading a post because I know each visit I will learn something new, reflect on something familiar, or laugh out loud at the fun–sometimes all three. Congratulations, ladies! I look forward to many more years of learning, reflecting, and laughing with you.

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  166. Wow – 8 years! I wish I had known about blogs back at the beginning, but I only discovered this online world a few years ago. This helps that you shared your favorites again – Thanks and Congrats!

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  167. Wow – 8 years! I wish I had known about blogs back at the beginning, but I only discovered this online world a few years ago. This helps that you shared your favorites again – Thanks and Congrats!

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  168. Wow – 8 years! I wish I had known about blogs back at the beginning, but I only discovered this online world a few years ago. This helps that you shared your favorites again – Thanks and Congrats!

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  169. Wow – 8 years! I wish I had known about blogs back at the beginning, but I only discovered this online world a few years ago. This helps that you shared your favorites again – Thanks and Congrats!

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  170. Wow – 8 years! I wish I had known about blogs back at the beginning, but I only discovered this online world a few years ago. This helps that you shared your favorites again – Thanks and Congrats!

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  171. Janga–
    Good luck at getting out of the deadline cave! Alas, I know it well. *G* I’m glad you’ve been able to visit us for breaks even if you haven’t much time to comment. It’s always a pleasure to see your thoughtful remarks. Happy reading always!

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  172. Janga–
    Good luck at getting out of the deadline cave! Alas, I know it well. *G* I’m glad you’ve been able to visit us for breaks even if you haven’t much time to comment. It’s always a pleasure to see your thoughtful remarks. Happy reading always!

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  173. Janga–
    Good luck at getting out of the deadline cave! Alas, I know it well. *G* I’m glad you’ve been able to visit us for breaks even if you haven’t much time to comment. It’s always a pleasure to see your thoughtful remarks. Happy reading always!

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  174. Janga–
    Good luck at getting out of the deadline cave! Alas, I know it well. *G* I’m glad you’ve been able to visit us for breaks even if you haven’t much time to comment. It’s always a pleasure to see your thoughtful remarks. Happy reading always!

    Reply
  175. Janga–
    Good luck at getting out of the deadline cave! Alas, I know it well. *G* I’m glad you’ve been able to visit us for breaks even if you haven’t much time to comment. It’s always a pleasure to see your thoughtful remarks. Happy reading always!

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  176. Oh Part II has been as delightful as Part I. Again I cannot say how much I enjoy these posts and how much I’ve learned. For some reason Typepad is not letting me go to the footballers. I’m so glad that I bought Mischief and Mistletoe (and discovered Word Wenches) even though I am not a fan of anthologies. But so many of you were on my auto-buy list, I couldn’t pass it up. And voila, a mere 18 months later, I’m finding your old books now for my Kindle through this blog.

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  177. Oh Part II has been as delightful as Part I. Again I cannot say how much I enjoy these posts and how much I’ve learned. For some reason Typepad is not letting me go to the footballers. I’m so glad that I bought Mischief and Mistletoe (and discovered Word Wenches) even though I am not a fan of anthologies. But so many of you were on my auto-buy list, I couldn’t pass it up. And voila, a mere 18 months later, I’m finding your old books now for my Kindle through this blog.

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  178. Oh Part II has been as delightful as Part I. Again I cannot say how much I enjoy these posts and how much I’ve learned. For some reason Typepad is not letting me go to the footballers. I’m so glad that I bought Mischief and Mistletoe (and discovered Word Wenches) even though I am not a fan of anthologies. But so many of you were on my auto-buy list, I couldn’t pass it up. And voila, a mere 18 months later, I’m finding your old books now for my Kindle through this blog.

    Reply
  179. Oh Part II has been as delightful as Part I. Again I cannot say how much I enjoy these posts and how much I’ve learned. For some reason Typepad is not letting me go to the footballers. I’m so glad that I bought Mischief and Mistletoe (and discovered Word Wenches) even though I am not a fan of anthologies. But so many of you were on my auto-buy list, I couldn’t pass it up. And voila, a mere 18 months later, I’m finding your old books now for my Kindle through this blog.

    Reply
  180. Oh Part II has been as delightful as Part I. Again I cannot say how much I enjoy these posts and how much I’ve learned. For some reason Typepad is not letting me go to the footballers. I’m so glad that I bought Mischief and Mistletoe (and discovered Word Wenches) even though I am not a fan of anthologies. But so many of you were on my auto-buy list, I couldn’t pass it up. And voila, a mere 18 months later, I’m finding your old books now for my Kindle through this blog.

    Reply
  181. Wendy, we’re delighted you’ve been with us for so long. We treasure you old timers *g* (as well as well as the newbies, too). And of course, Sparky has no bias–she loves everyone!

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  182. Wendy, we’re delighted you’ve been with us for so long. We treasure you old timers *g* (as well as well as the newbies, too). And of course, Sparky has no bias–she loves everyone!

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  183. Wendy, we’re delighted you’ve been with us for so long. We treasure you old timers *g* (as well as well as the newbies, too). And of course, Sparky has no bias–she loves everyone!

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  184. Wendy, we’re delighted you’ve been with us for so long. We treasure you old timers *g* (as well as well as the newbies, too). And of course, Sparky has no bias–she loves everyone!

    Reply
  185. Wendy, we’re delighted you’ve been with us for so long. We treasure you old timers *g* (as well as well as the newbies, too). And of course, Sparky has no bias–she loves everyone!

    Reply

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