Desired

Desired - USNicola here. My latest book, Desired, is officially out tomorrow although it has been sighted on the shelves a whole two weeks early. Desired is book 5 in my Scandalous Women of the Ton series and the heroine, Tess Darent, continues the tradition of doing something rather unusual for a woman in Regency England. Tess is an artist and cartoonist who secretly uses her skill to caricature the government and make the case for political reform. Tess's work brings her into serious conflict with the British government, which at the time sought to repress the radical reformers and philanthropists who called for changes in society. I based Tess's drawings on the work of real artists of the period so today I thought I would talk a little about satirical cartoons in the Regency.

A window onto society

The satirical and humorous prints of the Georgian and Regency era give a fascinating insight into thePitt and Napoleon attitudes and opinions of the time. Many of them addressed political issues including the wars with America and France and later the profligacy of the Regency period itself. Others show contemporary attitudes to sex and scandal, fashion and even the pleasures of London life. Over the 60 years from 1770 to 1830, more and more of the literate middle classes as well as the upper classes would be influenced by the debates raised in the satirical prints. At first their influence was felt mainly in London but as the 19th century moved on there was an insatiable appetite to follow what was happening in the capital and in government so the popularity of the satirical prints also spread to the provinces.

An interesting fact about the London prints was that until the 1820s they were largely focussed on life in the capital and did not reflect the wider issues of the Industrial Revolution such as conditions in the northern factories. They commented on the Napoleonic Wars at great length (the cartoon above shows William Pitt and Napoleon Bonaparte dividing up Europe between them) but seldom on the cost in terms of the numbers of men injured or killed. They were not particularly concerned with culture; few comments were made on the literature of the day or developments in science. The Prince of Wales’s patronage of the arts was generally seen as a something to be mocked as were most things about him. During the time that parliament sat, political prints were the most popular. Outside the parliamentary season the cartoonists tended to concentrate on social satire. The feud between George IV and Queen Caroline generated 601 prints in 1820 alone. 

Selling like hot cakes

There were various methods by which the cartoons were reproduced though most were engraved ontoGeorge IV copper plates. Print runs also varied. The most successful prints sold up to a couple of thousand sheets. The first caricature of the Prince of Wales’s marriage to Mrs Fitzherbert sold so well that Fore’s print shop was “crowded with servants of the beau monde for several days, demanding impressions faster than they could be printed.” (The Prince and his excesses were a prime target for the satirists, as seen in the picture on the right) If a shop was first with the latest news or gossip it could charge more, so Fore’s charged the high price of two shillings and sixpence for that particular exclusive. James Gillray’s Political-dreamings, published in 1801 was considered so sensational that it sold out in days. Sometimes demand was so high that the copperplate wore out and a new engraving had to be made. William Hogarth's pictures were constantly re-engraved and reissued and in the 1810s the print seller Thomas Tegg reprinted cartoons by Rowlandson and others.

It was the practice for print shops to display their wares in their windows and these often drew the crowds. It was also popular for purchasers to paste cartoons onto screens; Byron had a screen printed with famous boxers on one side and famous actresses on the other! There was an entire room devoted to framed caricatures at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire and a room wallpapered with prints at Rokeby Park in Durham.

Politics and scandal

Gillray - Charles James FoxThe upper classes perused the cartoons as avidly as other men and women but seldom went to purchase them themselves. Instead they would send a servant or have a standing order with a certain printmaker. Politicians frequently collected the cartoons in which they featured. Charles James Fox, one of the most caricatured politicians of the 1780s and 1790s had a special bound collection made of all the prints in which he had featured and invited his visitors to browse through them. (The cartoon above is by James Gillray and shows a political gathering at the house of Charles James Fox.) The Prince of Wales had the biggest collection; he was obsessed with keeping an eye on society’s opinion of him despite the fact that few of the cartoons were kind.

The idea of Tess Darent being a female cartoonist is based on fact. Women both consumed and drewPeterloo some of the popular cartoons, and many were print collectors. Surviving collections show a preference for gossip; like contemporary magazines the prints featured fashion and scandal, including cartoons about the Prince of Wales’s romantic entanglements and several high society marital scandals, but politics also featured as well. Drawing was a skill that many young ladies learned and some of them designed their own satires. This was a pleasing way for them to make fun of men; their pride, arrogance and absurdity. Tess is unusual as a female caricaturist in focussing entirely on domestic political issues but this was not unknown; after the Peterloo Massacre in 1819 there was a great deal of criticism of government policy, including the cartoon above.

As well as a caricaturist for a herione, Desired also features an American sea captain hero and a tour through some of the less well known parts of London from the Dulwich Picture Gallery to the Greenwich docks! I absolutely loved writing Tess's story and I hope anyone who picks it up will enjoy both her unusual talent for satire and her love story.

Are you artistic? What sort of creative talents do you have for drawing or music or designing things? Or what talent would you like to have? I have a print copy of Desired to give away to one commenter between now and midnight tomorrow.

175 thoughts on “Desired”

  1. well,Im not very artistic. i do like to draw sometimes. and, write sometimes. my younger brother is the artistic one. lol :)I like free book giveaways !!! lol 🙂

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  2. well,Im not very artistic. i do like to draw sometimes. and, write sometimes. my younger brother is the artistic one. lol :)I like free book giveaways !!! lol 🙂

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  3. well,Im not very artistic. i do like to draw sometimes. and, write sometimes. my younger brother is the artistic one. lol :)I like free book giveaways !!! lol 🙂

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  4. well,Im not very artistic. i do like to draw sometimes. and, write sometimes. my younger brother is the artistic one. lol :)I like free book giveaways !!! lol 🙂

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  5. well,Im not very artistic. i do like to draw sometimes. and, write sometimes. my younger brother is the artistic one. lol :)I like free book giveaways !!! lol 🙂

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  6. I doodle a lot, and would have liked to have been a cartoonist, but didn’t have the patience to draw the same characters consistently alike. I was in DC this spring, and spent some time in the National Art Gallery, seeing works I’ve only ever read about first hand. Amazing.

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  7. I doodle a lot, and would have liked to have been a cartoonist, but didn’t have the patience to draw the same characters consistently alike. I was in DC this spring, and spent some time in the National Art Gallery, seeing works I’ve only ever read about first hand. Amazing.

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  8. I doodle a lot, and would have liked to have been a cartoonist, but didn’t have the patience to draw the same characters consistently alike. I was in DC this spring, and spent some time in the National Art Gallery, seeing works I’ve only ever read about first hand. Amazing.

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  9. I doodle a lot, and would have liked to have been a cartoonist, but didn’t have the patience to draw the same characters consistently alike. I was in DC this spring, and spent some time in the National Art Gallery, seeing works I’ve only ever read about first hand. Amazing.

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  10. I doodle a lot, and would have liked to have been a cartoonist, but didn’t have the patience to draw the same characters consistently alike. I was in DC this spring, and spent some time in the National Art Gallery, seeing works I’ve only ever read about first hand. Amazing.

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  11. I have this huge NEED to create, but lack any discernable talent. I enjoy paintings (the ‘masters’ and well as modern art), photographic art, music, books. Love museums, art galleries, artists studios….

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  12. I have this huge NEED to create, but lack any discernable talent. I enjoy paintings (the ‘masters’ and well as modern art), photographic art, music, books. Love museums, art galleries, artists studios….

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  13. I have this huge NEED to create, but lack any discernable talent. I enjoy paintings (the ‘masters’ and well as modern art), photographic art, music, books. Love museums, art galleries, artists studios….

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  14. I have this huge NEED to create, but lack any discernable talent. I enjoy paintings (the ‘masters’ and well as modern art), photographic art, music, books. Love museums, art galleries, artists studios….

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  15. I have this huge NEED to create, but lack any discernable talent. I enjoy paintings (the ‘masters’ and well as modern art), photographic art, music, books. Love museums, art galleries, artists studios….

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  16. Hi Ebony, thanks for dropping by! Interesting that so often one member of the family has the creative talent. Which doesn’t mean that the others can’t or don’t want to be able to draw or paint etc!
    Hi Eli! Got to admit I learned to play the piano as a child but didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. I still love singing though. I hope your creative desires found an outlet you enjoyed.

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  17. Hi Ebony, thanks for dropping by! Interesting that so often one member of the family has the creative talent. Which doesn’t mean that the others can’t or don’t want to be able to draw or paint etc!
    Hi Eli! Got to admit I learned to play the piano as a child but didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. I still love singing though. I hope your creative desires found an outlet you enjoyed.

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  18. Hi Ebony, thanks for dropping by! Interesting that so often one member of the family has the creative talent. Which doesn’t mean that the others can’t or don’t want to be able to draw or paint etc!
    Hi Eli! Got to admit I learned to play the piano as a child but didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. I still love singing though. I hope your creative desires found an outlet you enjoyed.

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  19. Hi Ebony, thanks for dropping by! Interesting that so often one member of the family has the creative talent. Which doesn’t mean that the others can’t or don’t want to be able to draw or paint etc!
    Hi Eli! Got to admit I learned to play the piano as a child but didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. I still love singing though. I hope your creative desires found an outlet you enjoyed.

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  20. Hi Ebony, thanks for dropping by! Interesting that so often one member of the family has the creative talent. Which doesn’t mean that the others can’t or don’t want to be able to draw or paint etc!
    Hi Eli! Got to admit I learned to play the piano as a child but didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. I still love singing though. I hope your creative desires found an outlet you enjoyed.

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  21. I’m not at all artistic although I would love to be able to draw/paint.
    I’m looking forward to reading Owen and Tess’ story, really enjoyed the rest of this series.

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  22. I’m not at all artistic although I would love to be able to draw/paint.
    I’m looking forward to reading Owen and Tess’ story, really enjoyed the rest of this series.

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  23. I’m not at all artistic although I would love to be able to draw/paint.
    I’m looking forward to reading Owen and Tess’ story, really enjoyed the rest of this series.

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  24. I’m not at all artistic although I would love to be able to draw/paint.
    I’m looking forward to reading Owen and Tess’ story, really enjoyed the rest of this series.

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  25. I’m not at all artistic although I would love to be able to draw/paint.
    I’m looking forward to reading Owen and Tess’ story, really enjoyed the rest of this series.

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  26. Lynne, that’s fascinating. I really envy anyone who can draw well enough to be a cartoonist. How fabulous to have been able to see those works at the National Art Gallery!
    Elena, I cannot draw to save my life but I love art and photography too. Still I suppose there are lots of other ways to be creative – cooking, designing great interiors, as well as music or writing etc! Where there’s a drive to create I hope it can find an outlet.

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  27. Lynne, that’s fascinating. I really envy anyone who can draw well enough to be a cartoonist. How fabulous to have been able to see those works at the National Art Gallery!
    Elena, I cannot draw to save my life but I love art and photography too. Still I suppose there are lots of other ways to be creative – cooking, designing great interiors, as well as music or writing etc! Where there’s a drive to create I hope it can find an outlet.

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  28. Lynne, that’s fascinating. I really envy anyone who can draw well enough to be a cartoonist. How fabulous to have been able to see those works at the National Art Gallery!
    Elena, I cannot draw to save my life but I love art and photography too. Still I suppose there are lots of other ways to be creative – cooking, designing great interiors, as well as music or writing etc! Where there’s a drive to create I hope it can find an outlet.

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  29. Lynne, that’s fascinating. I really envy anyone who can draw well enough to be a cartoonist. How fabulous to have been able to see those works at the National Art Gallery!
    Elena, I cannot draw to save my life but I love art and photography too. Still I suppose there are lots of other ways to be creative – cooking, designing great interiors, as well as music or writing etc! Where there’s a drive to create I hope it can find an outlet.

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  30. Lynne, that’s fascinating. I really envy anyone who can draw well enough to be a cartoonist. How fabulous to have been able to see those works at the National Art Gallery!
    Elena, I cannot draw to save my life but I love art and photography too. Still I suppose there are lots of other ways to be creative – cooking, designing great interiors, as well as music or writing etc! Where there’s a drive to create I hope it can find an outlet.

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  31. Best wishes for success of Desired. Fascinating history. Alas, I have no artistic ability, but nonetheless, I enjoy my art sessions–trying all sorts of media. Wednesday, my group is making cards for deployed service personnel.

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  32. Best wishes for success of Desired. Fascinating history. Alas, I have no artistic ability, but nonetheless, I enjoy my art sessions–trying all sorts of media. Wednesday, my group is making cards for deployed service personnel.

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  33. Best wishes for success of Desired. Fascinating history. Alas, I have no artistic ability, but nonetheless, I enjoy my art sessions–trying all sorts of media. Wednesday, my group is making cards for deployed service personnel.

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  34. Best wishes for success of Desired. Fascinating history. Alas, I have no artistic ability, but nonetheless, I enjoy my art sessions–trying all sorts of media. Wednesday, my group is making cards for deployed service personnel.

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  35. Best wishes for success of Desired. Fascinating history. Alas, I have no artistic ability, but nonetheless, I enjoy my art sessions–trying all sorts of media. Wednesday, my group is making cards for deployed service personnel.

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  36. I cant draw a straight line or a circle, I have no talent there at all. But I can sew and make lovely little princess dresses for my granddaughter. I can make a quilt that looks great while it keeps you warm. And I can take pictures of you or your family that you will love, will make you smile and that you will want to put on your wall! 🙂

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  37. I cant draw a straight line or a circle, I have no talent there at all. But I can sew and make lovely little princess dresses for my granddaughter. I can make a quilt that looks great while it keeps you warm. And I can take pictures of you or your family that you will love, will make you smile and that you will want to put on your wall! 🙂

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  38. I cant draw a straight line or a circle, I have no talent there at all. But I can sew and make lovely little princess dresses for my granddaughter. I can make a quilt that looks great while it keeps you warm. And I can take pictures of you or your family that you will love, will make you smile and that you will want to put on your wall! 🙂

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  39. I cant draw a straight line or a circle, I have no talent there at all. But I can sew and make lovely little princess dresses for my granddaughter. I can make a quilt that looks great while it keeps you warm. And I can take pictures of you or your family that you will love, will make you smile and that you will want to put on your wall! 🙂

    Reply
  40. I cant draw a straight line or a circle, I have no talent there at all. But I can sew and make lovely little princess dresses for my granddaughter. I can make a quilt that looks great while it keeps you warm. And I can take pictures of you or your family that you will love, will make you smile and that you will want to put on your wall! 🙂

    Reply
  41. The only talent I can think of is I do sew. I piece quilts some times but its been a while. Also I am told that I am a pretty good cook. I am tired of that too. I think I am just burnt out right now, so I am into reading mostly.

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  42. The only talent I can think of is I do sew. I piece quilts some times but its been a while. Also I am told that I am a pretty good cook. I am tired of that too. I think I am just burnt out right now, so I am into reading mostly.

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  43. The only talent I can think of is I do sew. I piece quilts some times but its been a while. Also I am told that I am a pretty good cook. I am tired of that too. I think I am just burnt out right now, so I am into reading mostly.

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  44. The only talent I can think of is I do sew. I piece quilts some times but its been a while. Also I am told that I am a pretty good cook. I am tired of that too. I think I am just burnt out right now, so I am into reading mostly.

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  45. The only talent I can think of is I do sew. I piece quilts some times but its been a while. Also I am told that I am a pretty good cook. I am tired of that too. I think I am just burnt out right now, so I am into reading mostly.

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  46. Thanks, Liz! I think it’s nice to indulge your creative side even if you don’t think you are especailly talented! Practice makes perfect they say (although no one would apply that to my drawing!)
    Lisa, your sewing, quilting and photography are all great talents. Bravo!
    Quilt lady, one of the nice things about having a variety of interests is being able to swap between them as they take your fance. I’m so impressed by the range of creative talents people possess!

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  47. Thanks, Liz! I think it’s nice to indulge your creative side even if you don’t think you are especailly talented! Practice makes perfect they say (although no one would apply that to my drawing!)
    Lisa, your sewing, quilting and photography are all great talents. Bravo!
    Quilt lady, one of the nice things about having a variety of interests is being able to swap between them as they take your fance. I’m so impressed by the range of creative talents people possess!

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  48. Thanks, Liz! I think it’s nice to indulge your creative side even if you don’t think you are especailly talented! Practice makes perfect they say (although no one would apply that to my drawing!)
    Lisa, your sewing, quilting and photography are all great talents. Bravo!
    Quilt lady, one of the nice things about having a variety of interests is being able to swap between them as they take your fance. I’m so impressed by the range of creative talents people possess!

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  49. Thanks, Liz! I think it’s nice to indulge your creative side even if you don’t think you are especailly talented! Practice makes perfect they say (although no one would apply that to my drawing!)
    Lisa, your sewing, quilting and photography are all great talents. Bravo!
    Quilt lady, one of the nice things about having a variety of interests is being able to swap between them as they take your fance. I’m so impressed by the range of creative talents people possess!

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  50. Thanks, Liz! I think it’s nice to indulge your creative side even if you don’t think you are especailly talented! Practice makes perfect they say (although no one would apply that to my drawing!)
    Lisa, your sewing, quilting and photography are all great talents. Bravo!
    Quilt lady, one of the nice things about having a variety of interests is being able to swap between them as they take your fance. I’m so impressed by the range of creative talents people possess!

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  51. I have no artistic talents whatsoever. I once volunteered backstage for a college production of “Troilus & Cressida” and the costume designer wouldn’t let me work on the costumes because I couldn’t sew a straight seam (I wound up braiding hair on the wigs). I can bake and used to do some crafts (made lots of candles when in high school). But over the years I’ve learned that it’s best if I buy what other, more talented people make. What I’m best at is data analysis, so now when I do volunteer work I organize data and things, either physically or in spreadsheets — books in the Friends of the Library’s UBS and money by serving as treasurer for various community organizations.
    I’m also looking forward to Owen’s book. I’ve enjoyed the Scandalous Ladies very much, thank you.

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  52. I have no artistic talents whatsoever. I once volunteered backstage for a college production of “Troilus & Cressida” and the costume designer wouldn’t let me work on the costumes because I couldn’t sew a straight seam (I wound up braiding hair on the wigs). I can bake and used to do some crafts (made lots of candles when in high school). But over the years I’ve learned that it’s best if I buy what other, more talented people make. What I’m best at is data analysis, so now when I do volunteer work I organize data and things, either physically or in spreadsheets — books in the Friends of the Library’s UBS and money by serving as treasurer for various community organizations.
    I’m also looking forward to Owen’s book. I’ve enjoyed the Scandalous Ladies very much, thank you.

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  53. I have no artistic talents whatsoever. I once volunteered backstage for a college production of “Troilus & Cressida” and the costume designer wouldn’t let me work on the costumes because I couldn’t sew a straight seam (I wound up braiding hair on the wigs). I can bake and used to do some crafts (made lots of candles when in high school). But over the years I’ve learned that it’s best if I buy what other, more talented people make. What I’m best at is data analysis, so now when I do volunteer work I organize data and things, either physically or in spreadsheets — books in the Friends of the Library’s UBS and money by serving as treasurer for various community organizations.
    I’m also looking forward to Owen’s book. I’ve enjoyed the Scandalous Ladies very much, thank you.

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  54. I have no artistic talents whatsoever. I once volunteered backstage for a college production of “Troilus & Cressida” and the costume designer wouldn’t let me work on the costumes because I couldn’t sew a straight seam (I wound up braiding hair on the wigs). I can bake and used to do some crafts (made lots of candles when in high school). But over the years I’ve learned that it’s best if I buy what other, more talented people make. What I’m best at is data analysis, so now when I do volunteer work I organize data and things, either physically or in spreadsheets — books in the Friends of the Library’s UBS and money by serving as treasurer for various community organizations.
    I’m also looking forward to Owen’s book. I’ve enjoyed the Scandalous Ladies very much, thank you.

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  55. I have no artistic talents whatsoever. I once volunteered backstage for a college production of “Troilus & Cressida” and the costume designer wouldn’t let me work on the costumes because I couldn’t sew a straight seam (I wound up braiding hair on the wigs). I can bake and used to do some crafts (made lots of candles when in high school). But over the years I’ve learned that it’s best if I buy what other, more talented people make. What I’m best at is data analysis, so now when I do volunteer work I organize data and things, either physically or in spreadsheets — books in the Friends of the Library’s UBS and money by serving as treasurer for various community organizations.
    I’m also looking forward to Owen’s book. I’ve enjoyed the Scandalous Ladies very much, thank you.

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  56. I’m not very artistic, so I spend my creative efforts following a pattern and making crocheted items or quilting. It’s fun and I can create something without having to be an artist. I like to take photos as well. Even though I’m not that good at it, every once in a while I end up with a photo that I really love. Good thing for digital cameras. 😀

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  57. I’m not very artistic, so I spend my creative efforts following a pattern and making crocheted items or quilting. It’s fun and I can create something without having to be an artist. I like to take photos as well. Even though I’m not that good at it, every once in a while I end up with a photo that I really love. Good thing for digital cameras. 😀

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  58. I’m not very artistic, so I spend my creative efforts following a pattern and making crocheted items or quilting. It’s fun and I can create something without having to be an artist. I like to take photos as well. Even though I’m not that good at it, every once in a while I end up with a photo that I really love. Good thing for digital cameras. 😀

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  59. I’m not very artistic, so I spend my creative efforts following a pattern and making crocheted items or quilting. It’s fun and I can create something without having to be an artist. I like to take photos as well. Even though I’m not that good at it, every once in a while I end up with a photo that I really love. Good thing for digital cameras. 😀

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  60. I’m not very artistic, so I spend my creative efforts following a pattern and making crocheted items or quilting. It’s fun and I can create something without having to be an artist. I like to take photos as well. Even though I’m not that good at it, every once in a while I end up with a photo that I really love. Good thing for digital cameras. 😀

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  61. Unfortunately I have zero artistic ability. Thankfully my appreciation of all things artistic is great. FYI, The Metropolitan Museum currently has an exhibit titled, Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine. Just a thought, Do you think that shows like Jon Stewart’s The Daily show might be today’s version of the Georgian and Regency Satire?

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  62. Unfortunately I have zero artistic ability. Thankfully my appreciation of all things artistic is great. FYI, The Metropolitan Museum currently has an exhibit titled, Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine. Just a thought, Do you think that shows like Jon Stewart’s The Daily show might be today’s version of the Georgian and Regency Satire?

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  63. Unfortunately I have zero artistic ability. Thankfully my appreciation of all things artistic is great. FYI, The Metropolitan Museum currently has an exhibit titled, Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine. Just a thought, Do you think that shows like Jon Stewart’s The Daily show might be today’s version of the Georgian and Regency Satire?

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  64. Unfortunately I have zero artistic ability. Thankfully my appreciation of all things artistic is great. FYI, The Metropolitan Museum currently has an exhibit titled, Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine. Just a thought, Do you think that shows like Jon Stewart’s The Daily show might be today’s version of the Georgian and Regency Satire?

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  65. Unfortunately I have zero artistic ability. Thankfully my appreciation of all things artistic is great. FYI, The Metropolitan Museum currently has an exhibit titled, Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine. Just a thought, Do you think that shows like Jon Stewart’s The Daily show might be today’s version of the Georgian and Regency Satire?

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  66. What a fabulous post, Nicola, I’ve done some research on Rowlandson and Gillray, but I didn’t realize that there were women cartoonists (but of course it makes sense, as art was one of the few skills encouraged in females!) I can’t wait to get my hands on the book—I have an art background and love the idea your premise.
    I’m lucky enough to live near the Yale Center for British Art, so have had the chance to spend hours in the study room there looking at boxes of original Rowlandson and Gillray prints. Seeing them firsthand, where it’s possible to study the detail and color, is an absolutely amazing experience.

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  67. What a fabulous post, Nicola, I’ve done some research on Rowlandson and Gillray, but I didn’t realize that there were women cartoonists (but of course it makes sense, as art was one of the few skills encouraged in females!) I can’t wait to get my hands on the book—I have an art background and love the idea your premise.
    I’m lucky enough to live near the Yale Center for British Art, so have had the chance to spend hours in the study room there looking at boxes of original Rowlandson and Gillray prints. Seeing them firsthand, where it’s possible to study the detail and color, is an absolutely amazing experience.

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  68. What a fabulous post, Nicola, I’ve done some research on Rowlandson and Gillray, but I didn’t realize that there were women cartoonists (but of course it makes sense, as art was one of the few skills encouraged in females!) I can’t wait to get my hands on the book—I have an art background and love the idea your premise.
    I’m lucky enough to live near the Yale Center for British Art, so have had the chance to spend hours in the study room there looking at boxes of original Rowlandson and Gillray prints. Seeing them firsthand, where it’s possible to study the detail and color, is an absolutely amazing experience.

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  69. What a fabulous post, Nicola, I’ve done some research on Rowlandson and Gillray, but I didn’t realize that there were women cartoonists (but of course it makes sense, as art was one of the few skills encouraged in females!) I can’t wait to get my hands on the book—I have an art background and love the idea your premise.
    I’m lucky enough to live near the Yale Center for British Art, so have had the chance to spend hours in the study room there looking at boxes of original Rowlandson and Gillray prints. Seeing them firsthand, where it’s possible to study the detail and color, is an absolutely amazing experience.

    Reply
  70. What a fabulous post, Nicola, I’ve done some research on Rowlandson and Gillray, but I didn’t realize that there were women cartoonists (but of course it makes sense, as art was one of the few skills encouraged in females!) I can’t wait to get my hands on the book—I have an art background and love the idea your premise.
    I’m lucky enough to live near the Yale Center for British Art, so have had the chance to spend hours in the study room there looking at boxes of original Rowlandson and Gillray prints. Seeing them firsthand, where it’s possible to study the detail and color, is an absolutely amazing experience.

    Reply
  71. While I can’t draw or play an instrument, I absolutely love to knit, and am constantly designing pieces, especially hats. I also enjoy combining different yarns together, which sometimes creates very surprising results. I can’t wait to read this book!

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  72. While I can’t draw or play an instrument, I absolutely love to knit, and am constantly designing pieces, especially hats. I also enjoy combining different yarns together, which sometimes creates very surprising results. I can’t wait to read this book!

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  73. While I can’t draw or play an instrument, I absolutely love to knit, and am constantly designing pieces, especially hats. I also enjoy combining different yarns together, which sometimes creates very surprising results. I can’t wait to read this book!

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  74. While I can’t draw or play an instrument, I absolutely love to knit, and am constantly designing pieces, especially hats. I also enjoy combining different yarns together, which sometimes creates very surprising results. I can’t wait to read this book!

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  75. While I can’t draw or play an instrument, I absolutely love to knit, and am constantly designing pieces, especially hats. I also enjoy combining different yarns together, which sometimes creates very surprising results. I can’t wait to read this book!

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  76. I used to love to knit. I especially loved knitting the complicated patterns. My favourites were shetland shawls (always had the yarn shipped to the US from Jamieson’s). Alas, with rheumatoid arthritis I am unable to knit any more. (wouldn’t be able to keep the tension right).
    Also loved playing the piano. My younger brother was the one who had lessons (when he didn’t skip them LOL) and I learned from his practice music lessons – he never did finish the lessons.
    Other than that I am only creative in the kitchen:)

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  77. I used to love to knit. I especially loved knitting the complicated patterns. My favourites were shetland shawls (always had the yarn shipped to the US from Jamieson’s). Alas, with rheumatoid arthritis I am unable to knit any more. (wouldn’t be able to keep the tension right).
    Also loved playing the piano. My younger brother was the one who had lessons (when he didn’t skip them LOL) and I learned from his practice music lessons – he never did finish the lessons.
    Other than that I am only creative in the kitchen:)

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  78. I used to love to knit. I especially loved knitting the complicated patterns. My favourites were shetland shawls (always had the yarn shipped to the US from Jamieson’s). Alas, with rheumatoid arthritis I am unable to knit any more. (wouldn’t be able to keep the tension right).
    Also loved playing the piano. My younger brother was the one who had lessons (when he didn’t skip them LOL) and I learned from his practice music lessons – he never did finish the lessons.
    Other than that I am only creative in the kitchen:)

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  79. I used to love to knit. I especially loved knitting the complicated patterns. My favourites were shetland shawls (always had the yarn shipped to the US from Jamieson’s). Alas, with rheumatoid arthritis I am unable to knit any more. (wouldn’t be able to keep the tension right).
    Also loved playing the piano. My younger brother was the one who had lessons (when he didn’t skip them LOL) and I learned from his practice music lessons – he never did finish the lessons.
    Other than that I am only creative in the kitchen:)

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  80. I used to love to knit. I especially loved knitting the complicated patterns. My favourites were shetland shawls (always had the yarn shipped to the US from Jamieson’s). Alas, with rheumatoid arthritis I am unable to knit any more. (wouldn’t be able to keep the tension right).
    Also loved playing the piano. My younger brother was the one who had lessons (when he didn’t skip them LOL) and I learned from his practice music lessons – he never did finish the lessons.
    Other than that I am only creative in the kitchen:)

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  81. I won a few art contests when I was in high school, but because I grew up poor I wanted a job that paid more than art ever would. I think after my daughters leave for college, I’ll get back to drawing and painting. 🙂

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  82. I won a few art contests when I was in high school, but because I grew up poor I wanted a job that paid more than art ever would. I think after my daughters leave for college, I’ll get back to drawing and painting. 🙂

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  83. I won a few art contests when I was in high school, but because I grew up poor I wanted a job that paid more than art ever would. I think after my daughters leave for college, I’ll get back to drawing and painting. 🙂

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  84. I won a few art contests when I was in high school, but because I grew up poor I wanted a job that paid more than art ever would. I think after my daughters leave for college, I’ll get back to drawing and painting. 🙂

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  85. I won a few art contests when I was in high school, but because I grew up poor I wanted a job that paid more than art ever would. I think after my daughters leave for college, I’ll get back to drawing and painting. 🙂

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  86. Kay, thank you! I hope you enjoy the book.
    Barbara, digital cameras are indeed a blessing! I love photography too in avery amateurish way. But I am blown away at the number of talented readers who also crochet and quilt. It’s very impressive.

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  87. Kay, thank you! I hope you enjoy the book.
    Barbara, digital cameras are indeed a blessing! I love photography too in avery amateurish way. But I am blown away at the number of talented readers who also crochet and quilt. It’s very impressive.

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  88. Kay, thank you! I hope you enjoy the book.
    Barbara, digital cameras are indeed a blessing! I love photography too in avery amateurish way. But I am blown away at the number of talented readers who also crochet and quilt. It’s very impressive.

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  89. Kay, thank you! I hope you enjoy the book.
    Barbara, digital cameras are indeed a blessing! I love photography too in avery amateurish way. But I am blown away at the number of talented readers who also crochet and quilt. It’s very impressive.

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  90. Kay, thank you! I hope you enjoy the book.
    Barbara, digital cameras are indeed a blessing! I love photography too in avery amateurish way. But I am blown away at the number of talented readers who also crochet and quilt. It’s very impressive.

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  91. Congratulations on the new book Nicola! I am not artistic myself but would love to be able to draw. I can spend hours in a museum enjoying the portraits and landscapes. I don’t remember ever reading a story where caricatures were featured and it sounds fascinating.

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  92. Congratulations on the new book Nicola! I am not artistic myself but would love to be able to draw. I can spend hours in a museum enjoying the portraits and landscapes. I don’t remember ever reading a story where caricatures were featured and it sounds fascinating.

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  93. Congratulations on the new book Nicola! I am not artistic myself but would love to be able to draw. I can spend hours in a museum enjoying the portraits and landscapes. I don’t remember ever reading a story where caricatures were featured and it sounds fascinating.

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  94. Congratulations on the new book Nicola! I am not artistic myself but would love to be able to draw. I can spend hours in a museum enjoying the portraits and landscapes. I don’t remember ever reading a story where caricatures were featured and it sounds fascinating.

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  95. Congratulations on the new book Nicola! I am not artistic myself but would love to be able to draw. I can spend hours in a museum enjoying the portraits and landscapes. I don’t remember ever reading a story where caricatures were featured and it sounds fascinating.

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  96. Kathleen, I would love to see that exhibition! I think current day sketch shows and cartoons are definitely rooted in this long history of satire.
    Cara/Andrea, I am so pleased you liked the post. I hadn’t thought of it before either, but since young ladies were encouraged to draw and paint it seems rather fun that they might have used their talent to draw caricatures!

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  97. Kathleen, I would love to see that exhibition! I think current day sketch shows and cartoons are definitely rooted in this long history of satire.
    Cara/Andrea, I am so pleased you liked the post. I hadn’t thought of it before either, but since young ladies were encouraged to draw and paint it seems rather fun that they might have used their talent to draw caricatures!

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  98. Kathleen, I would love to see that exhibition! I think current day sketch shows and cartoons are definitely rooted in this long history of satire.
    Cara/Andrea, I am so pleased you liked the post. I hadn’t thought of it before either, but since young ladies were encouraged to draw and paint it seems rather fun that they might have used their talent to draw caricatures!

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  99. Kathleen, I would love to see that exhibition! I think current day sketch shows and cartoons are definitely rooted in this long history of satire.
    Cara/Andrea, I am so pleased you liked the post. I hadn’t thought of it before either, but since young ladies were encouraged to draw and paint it seems rather fun that they might have used their talent to draw caricatures!

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  100. Kathleen, I would love to see that exhibition! I think current day sketch shows and cartoons are definitely rooted in this long history of satire.
    Cara/Andrea, I am so pleased you liked the post. I hadn’t thought of it before either, but since young ladies were encouraged to draw and paint it seems rather fun that they might have used their talent to draw caricatures!

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  101. Jane – designing hats sounds fabulous! And Sylvia, I love the idea of knitting Shetland shawls. LilMiss Molly, I think one of the great tihngs about talents like art is being able to pick it up when you are able. I do admire all of you who can knit and crochet and generally makes stuff.

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  102. Jane – designing hats sounds fabulous! And Sylvia, I love the idea of knitting Shetland shawls. LilMiss Molly, I think one of the great tihngs about talents like art is being able to pick it up when you are able. I do admire all of you who can knit and crochet and generally makes stuff.

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  103. Jane – designing hats sounds fabulous! And Sylvia, I love the idea of knitting Shetland shawls. LilMiss Molly, I think one of the great tihngs about talents like art is being able to pick it up when you are able. I do admire all of you who can knit and crochet and generally makes stuff.

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  104. Jane – designing hats sounds fabulous! And Sylvia, I love the idea of knitting Shetland shawls. LilMiss Molly, I think one of the great tihngs about talents like art is being able to pick it up when you are able. I do admire all of you who can knit and crochet and generally makes stuff.

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  105. Jane – designing hats sounds fabulous! And Sylvia, I love the idea of knitting Shetland shawls. LilMiss Molly, I think one of the great tihngs about talents like art is being able to pick it up when you are able. I do admire all of you who can knit and crochet and generally makes stuff.

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  106. Although I myself have no artistic skill I can claim, I do enjoy quilting which requires an understanding of color and texture to create a pleasing combination. Someday I hope to be daring (and experienced) enough to actually design a quilt but for now I rely on following a pattern. (Goodness, I just had a flashback to my childhood and the “painting by numbers” sets popular then! LOL)
    I have enjoyed your books in this series, the first being my favorite so far. I will put this one on my list too.

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  107. Although I myself have no artistic skill I can claim, I do enjoy quilting which requires an understanding of color and texture to create a pleasing combination. Someday I hope to be daring (and experienced) enough to actually design a quilt but for now I rely on following a pattern. (Goodness, I just had a flashback to my childhood and the “painting by numbers” sets popular then! LOL)
    I have enjoyed your books in this series, the first being my favorite so far. I will put this one on my list too.

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  108. Although I myself have no artistic skill I can claim, I do enjoy quilting which requires an understanding of color and texture to create a pleasing combination. Someday I hope to be daring (and experienced) enough to actually design a quilt but for now I rely on following a pattern. (Goodness, I just had a flashback to my childhood and the “painting by numbers” sets popular then! LOL)
    I have enjoyed your books in this series, the first being my favorite so far. I will put this one on my list too.

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  109. Although I myself have no artistic skill I can claim, I do enjoy quilting which requires an understanding of color and texture to create a pleasing combination. Someday I hope to be daring (and experienced) enough to actually design a quilt but for now I rely on following a pattern. (Goodness, I just had a flashback to my childhood and the “painting by numbers” sets popular then! LOL)
    I have enjoyed your books in this series, the first being my favorite so far. I will put this one on my list too.

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  110. Although I myself have no artistic skill I can claim, I do enjoy quilting which requires an understanding of color and texture to create a pleasing combination. Someday I hope to be daring (and experienced) enough to actually design a quilt but for now I rely on following a pattern. (Goodness, I just had a flashback to my childhood and the “painting by numbers” sets popular then! LOL)
    I have enjoyed your books in this series, the first being my favorite so far. I will put this one on my list too.

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  111. LOL, Shannon! I can identify with you on the ideas in your head not transforming into what your hands can accomplish. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to reproduce the pictures we can imagine!
    Minna, another talented knitter and crocheter! I so wish I could knit. Thank you, Maureen and Dee on the book congratulations!

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  112. LOL, Shannon! I can identify with you on the ideas in your head not transforming into what your hands can accomplish. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to reproduce the pictures we can imagine!
    Minna, another talented knitter and crocheter! I so wish I could knit. Thank you, Maureen and Dee on the book congratulations!

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  113. LOL, Shannon! I can identify with you on the ideas in your head not transforming into what your hands can accomplish. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to reproduce the pictures we can imagine!
    Minna, another talented knitter and crocheter! I so wish I could knit. Thank you, Maureen and Dee on the book congratulations!

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  114. LOL, Shannon! I can identify with you on the ideas in your head not transforming into what your hands can accomplish. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to reproduce the pictures we can imagine!
    Minna, another talented knitter and crocheter! I so wish I could knit. Thank you, Maureen and Dee on the book congratulations!

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  115. LOL, Shannon! I can identify with you on the ideas in your head not transforming into what your hands can accomplish. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to reproduce the pictures we can imagine!
    Minna, another talented knitter and crocheter! I so wish I could knit. Thank you, Maureen and Dee on the book congratulations!

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  116. My third passion(s): a. has always been some form of art, whether drawing, painting, quilting, mixed media, sewing, knitting or whatever I’m inspired to try next. It speaks from my soul in one form or another. Isn’t that what creativity is all about? b. music….from classical to jazz to big band to rock & roll to movie themes,frankly I’m willing to listen to anykind of music. I can’t imagine not having either one in my life.

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  117. My third passion(s): a. has always been some form of art, whether drawing, painting, quilting, mixed media, sewing, knitting or whatever I’m inspired to try next. It speaks from my soul in one form or another. Isn’t that what creativity is all about? b. music….from classical to jazz to big band to rock & roll to movie themes,frankly I’m willing to listen to anykind of music. I can’t imagine not having either one in my life.

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  118. My third passion(s): a. has always been some form of art, whether drawing, painting, quilting, mixed media, sewing, knitting or whatever I’m inspired to try next. It speaks from my soul in one form or another. Isn’t that what creativity is all about? b. music….from classical to jazz to big band to rock & roll to movie themes,frankly I’m willing to listen to anykind of music. I can’t imagine not having either one in my life.

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  119. My third passion(s): a. has always been some form of art, whether drawing, painting, quilting, mixed media, sewing, knitting or whatever I’m inspired to try next. It speaks from my soul in one form or another. Isn’t that what creativity is all about? b. music….from classical to jazz to big band to rock & roll to movie themes,frankly I’m willing to listen to anykind of music. I can’t imagine not having either one in my life.

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  120. My third passion(s): a. has always been some form of art, whether drawing, painting, quilting, mixed media, sewing, knitting or whatever I’m inspired to try next. It speaks from my soul in one form or another. Isn’t that what creativity is all about? b. music….from classical to jazz to big band to rock & roll to movie themes,frankly I’m willing to listen to anykind of music. I can’t imagine not having either one in my life.

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  121. I have a limited amount of artistic talent. I’m better at copying things if I take my time. And I used to play the piano adequatly with printed music, but didn’t have the natural ear like my brother. Just to be able to sit down at a piano & play would be so much fun.

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  122. I have a limited amount of artistic talent. I’m better at copying things if I take my time. And I used to play the piano adequatly with printed music, but didn’t have the natural ear like my brother. Just to be able to sit down at a piano & play would be so much fun.

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  123. I have a limited amount of artistic talent. I’m better at copying things if I take my time. And I used to play the piano adequatly with printed music, but didn’t have the natural ear like my brother. Just to be able to sit down at a piano & play would be so much fun.

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  124. I have a limited amount of artistic talent. I’m better at copying things if I take my time. And I used to play the piano adequatly with printed music, but didn’t have the natural ear like my brother. Just to be able to sit down at a piano & play would be so much fun.

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  125. I have a limited amount of artistic talent. I’m better at copying things if I take my time. And I used to play the piano adequatly with printed music, but didn’t have the natural ear like my brother. Just to be able to sit down at a piano & play would be so much fun.

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  126. I’m so glad to see you have a new book out! I’ve just finished Whisper of Scandal and adored it. It was hand sold to me at my local romance bookstore, the owner saying i just had to read it because it was exciting, romantic and intelligent. And i couldn’t agree more!
    So glad to have found your books 🙂
    Robyn

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  127. I’m so glad to see you have a new book out! I’ve just finished Whisper of Scandal and adored it. It was hand sold to me at my local romance bookstore, the owner saying i just had to read it because it was exciting, romantic and intelligent. And i couldn’t agree more!
    So glad to have found your books 🙂
    Robyn

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  128. I’m so glad to see you have a new book out! I’ve just finished Whisper of Scandal and adored it. It was hand sold to me at my local romance bookstore, the owner saying i just had to read it because it was exciting, romantic and intelligent. And i couldn’t agree more!
    So glad to have found your books 🙂
    Robyn

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  129. I’m so glad to see you have a new book out! I’ve just finished Whisper of Scandal and adored it. It was hand sold to me at my local romance bookstore, the owner saying i just had to read it because it was exciting, romantic and intelligent. And i couldn’t agree more!
    So glad to have found your books 🙂
    Robyn

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  130. I’m so glad to see you have a new book out! I’ve just finished Whisper of Scandal and adored it. It was hand sold to me at my local romance bookstore, the owner saying i just had to read it because it was exciting, romantic and intelligent. And i couldn’t agree more!
    So glad to have found your books 🙂
    Robyn

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  131. Diane, my sister in law can sit down at the piano and play anything just like your brother. It’s an amazing talent, I think!
    Robyn, thank you! What a lovely compliment!
    Pageturner, I think quilting is wonderful. I used to do it when I was in my teens and it was the only creative sewing-related thing I was any good at!
    Thank you to everyone for such kind comments on the publication of Desired and thank you also for sharing all your creative talents. We have a wonderful group of people here!

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  132. Diane, my sister in law can sit down at the piano and play anything just like your brother. It’s an amazing talent, I think!
    Robyn, thank you! What a lovely compliment!
    Pageturner, I think quilting is wonderful. I used to do it when I was in my teens and it was the only creative sewing-related thing I was any good at!
    Thank you to everyone for such kind comments on the publication of Desired and thank you also for sharing all your creative talents. We have a wonderful group of people here!

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  133. Diane, my sister in law can sit down at the piano and play anything just like your brother. It’s an amazing talent, I think!
    Robyn, thank you! What a lovely compliment!
    Pageturner, I think quilting is wonderful. I used to do it when I was in my teens and it was the only creative sewing-related thing I was any good at!
    Thank you to everyone for such kind comments on the publication of Desired and thank you also for sharing all your creative talents. We have a wonderful group of people here!

    Reply
  134. Diane, my sister in law can sit down at the piano and play anything just like your brother. It’s an amazing talent, I think!
    Robyn, thank you! What a lovely compliment!
    Pageturner, I think quilting is wonderful. I used to do it when I was in my teens and it was the only creative sewing-related thing I was any good at!
    Thank you to everyone for such kind comments on the publication of Desired and thank you also for sharing all your creative talents. We have a wonderful group of people here!

    Reply
  135. Diane, my sister in law can sit down at the piano and play anything just like your brother. It’s an amazing talent, I think!
    Robyn, thank you! What a lovely compliment!
    Pageturner, I think quilting is wonderful. I used to do it when I was in my teens and it was the only creative sewing-related thing I was any good at!
    Thank you to everyone for such kind comments on the publication of Desired and thank you also for sharing all your creative talents. We have a wonderful group of people here!

    Reply

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