Who is she wearing?

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A good friend is a lovesome thing, God wot. (God what?- I never understood this one.)

At any rate, I asked my good friend and writer extraordinare, Joan Wolf, what I could put on my blog this week that was absolutely new, new, new.

And she came up with a doozie!

Here we go: What do you imagine your favorite writer is wearing when he/she is writing?

Wonderful. What fun! Actually, I’d been thinking about Fashion this week. It’s in my new work in progress. And I confess I’ve been watching “Full Frontal Fashion” on Cable this week, since it’s in NYC this week, the Bryant Park Spring Fashion Show … No, I watch because those brittle gorgeous skiiiiiny models clumping around the catwalk in their impossible shoes, rattling their hip bones and shaking their non-existant boobs, awe me. Chic! Terrifying. And not one garment I could/would wear. But it did get me musing about fashion. When a writer works at home there’s usually no one around to criticize but the dog or cat and they are too clever to comment.
But what do tfhe really high rolling writers we love wear as they pen stories about adventure, mystery, or soaring romance? Only underwear with holes in it? Ratty PJs? The latest thing in case the doorbell rings?

Now I can’t and won’t tell you what my writer friends wear when they create. I want to keep them as friends. And I’ve described my own writer’s gear in interviews. Nor will I name any other breathing writers and what I think they’re wearing. I wouldn’t dare.

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One of my favorite movies, ROMANCING THE STONE, showed a rich and famous Romance writer bumbling around her apartment in a lumpy old bathrobe as she went to work.

I always imagined Barbara Cartland striding around her study, dictating to her secretaries while wearing a pink silk caftan with Maribou feathers drifting behind her as she paced. Maybe a pink silk scarf on chilly British morns? And I bet she wore comfy mules, with fluffy feathers. But that was because of her cover portraits, I think.

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I like to think that Shakespeare, another Brit writer, wore a long lavish red robe with a wide sash as he sat at a table and penned his plays. (A brimming mug of ale nearby.)
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Dickens was fully dressed, I think, with collar buttoned and his shoes always on. I know he had a young mistress, but like my own Victorian grandfather, I can’t remotely imagine him nekkid, or even half-clad.
I think Dostoyevsky was dressed to the nose, because Russia is cold.

And every Private Eye Mystery writer to this day probably emulates Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane in my imagination: they hunker over an old manual typewriter, wearing a night’s growth of beard, and yet they have on sharp pin-striped suits with wide lapels as they write and drink from a whiskey bottle far into the night.

Who knows what science fiction and fantasy writers wear? Something out of this world in any way?

I believe Jane Austin wore a pretty morning gown, and took care not to get ink on her fingers.

It pleases me to imagine that Emily Dickenson wrote while stark nekkid. She was a sequestered spinster, but she had such fire and emotion in her soul. Yes, naked as a jay bird, and smiling to herself as she penned her passionate poetry.

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Now, what do you think your fav writers here or then wear/wore to work?
And if you write, what do you wear when you do?

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The most illuminating or amusing or downright ridiculous answer will get the author any book from my backlist.

120 thoughts on “Who is she wearing?”

  1. Edith, there are reasons why writing isn’t considered “performance art”, and one of them has to do with the lack of suitable costumes….
    But I do have to admit I’m addicted to NY Fashion Week, too. Verily, the internet is a glorious invention.
    Aphra Behn! Enlightenmentgirl, I’ll happily imagine Aphra Behn in anything she wishes to wear. 🙂

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  2. Edith, there are reasons why writing isn’t considered “performance art”, and one of them has to do with the lack of suitable costumes….
    But I do have to admit I’m addicted to NY Fashion Week, too. Verily, the internet is a glorious invention.
    Aphra Behn! Enlightenmentgirl, I’ll happily imagine Aphra Behn in anything she wishes to wear. 🙂

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  3. Edith, there are reasons why writing isn’t considered “performance art”, and one of them has to do with the lack of suitable costumes….
    But I do have to admit I’m addicted to NY Fashion Week, too. Verily, the internet is a glorious invention.
    Aphra Behn! Enlightenmentgirl, I’ll happily imagine Aphra Behn in anything she wishes to wear. 🙂

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  4. Edith, there are reasons why writing isn’t considered “performance art”, and one of them has to do with the lack of suitable costumes….
    But I do have to admit I’m addicted to NY Fashion Week, too. Verily, the internet is a glorious invention.
    Aphra Behn! Enlightenmentgirl, I’ll happily imagine Aphra Behn in anything she wishes to wear. 🙂

    Reply
  5. Edith, there are reasons why writing isn’t considered “performance art”, and one of them has to do with the lack of suitable costumes….
    But I do have to admit I’m addicted to NY Fashion Week, too. Verily, the internet is a glorious invention.
    Aphra Behn! Enlightenmentgirl, I’ll happily imagine Aphra Behn in anything she wishes to wear. 🙂

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  6. If I were a writer and I worked at home, I would make myself as comfortable as possible. I bet some of you writers do the same thing! I would sit in front of the computer in my sweats and fuzzy slippers (NO bra, of course!). I can even see me getting inspired in the middle of the night and getting up to write in my nightgown and robe.
    To further my comfort level, I would have tea/coffee/wine handy (depending on my mood and time of day). I would play some romantic music to set the mood, and also have a portable fan nearby in case I got too hot while writing the love scenes.

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  7. If I were a writer and I worked at home, I would make myself as comfortable as possible. I bet some of you writers do the same thing! I would sit in front of the computer in my sweats and fuzzy slippers (NO bra, of course!). I can even see me getting inspired in the middle of the night and getting up to write in my nightgown and robe.
    To further my comfort level, I would have tea/coffee/wine handy (depending on my mood and time of day). I would play some romantic music to set the mood, and also have a portable fan nearby in case I got too hot while writing the love scenes.

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  8. If I were a writer and I worked at home, I would make myself as comfortable as possible. I bet some of you writers do the same thing! I would sit in front of the computer in my sweats and fuzzy slippers (NO bra, of course!). I can even see me getting inspired in the middle of the night and getting up to write in my nightgown and robe.
    To further my comfort level, I would have tea/coffee/wine handy (depending on my mood and time of day). I would play some romantic music to set the mood, and also have a portable fan nearby in case I got too hot while writing the love scenes.

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  9. If I were a writer and I worked at home, I would make myself as comfortable as possible. I bet some of you writers do the same thing! I would sit in front of the computer in my sweats and fuzzy slippers (NO bra, of course!). I can even see me getting inspired in the middle of the night and getting up to write in my nightgown and robe.
    To further my comfort level, I would have tea/coffee/wine handy (depending on my mood and time of day). I would play some romantic music to set the mood, and also have a portable fan nearby in case I got too hot while writing the love scenes.

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  10. If I were a writer and I worked at home, I would make myself as comfortable as possible. I bet some of you writers do the same thing! I would sit in front of the computer in my sweats and fuzzy slippers (NO bra, of course!). I can even see me getting inspired in the middle of the night and getting up to write in my nightgown and robe.
    To further my comfort level, I would have tea/coffee/wine handy (depending on my mood and time of day). I would play some romantic music to set the mood, and also have a portable fan nearby in case I got too hot while writing the love scenes.

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  11. When I think of my favorite writers I see them dressed conservatively in dark colors in a room free of clutter sitting at a desk with a serious look on their face as they are creating the stories I love to read.

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  12. When I think of my favorite writers I see them dressed conservatively in dark colors in a room free of clutter sitting at a desk with a serious look on their face as they are creating the stories I love to read.

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  13. When I think of my favorite writers I see them dressed conservatively in dark colors in a room free of clutter sitting at a desk with a serious look on their face as they are creating the stories I love to read.

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  14. When I think of my favorite writers I see them dressed conservatively in dark colors in a room free of clutter sitting at a desk with a serious look on their face as they are creating the stories I love to read.

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  15. When I think of my favorite writers I see them dressed conservatively in dark colors in a room free of clutter sitting at a desk with a serious look on their face as they are creating the stories I love to read.

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  16. Jo,in Canada, probably wears sweaters a lot. Edith, I always think you wear jewelry, even at home. I picture Susan/Sarah in jeans and loafers, Patricia in athletic shoes and sweats,and Susan/Miranda in shorts with bare feet. Mary Jo- elegant, properly co-ordinated casual wear, and Loretta in vintage,with funky accessories. But I think all of you should have special writing hats to help you get in the mood. So tell me ladies- did I guess right on anyone? Or do you all wear your pjamas and slippers?

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  17. Jo,in Canada, probably wears sweaters a lot. Edith, I always think you wear jewelry, even at home. I picture Susan/Sarah in jeans and loafers, Patricia in athletic shoes and sweats,and Susan/Miranda in shorts with bare feet. Mary Jo- elegant, properly co-ordinated casual wear, and Loretta in vintage,with funky accessories. But I think all of you should have special writing hats to help you get in the mood. So tell me ladies- did I guess right on anyone? Or do you all wear your pjamas and slippers?

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  18. Jo,in Canada, probably wears sweaters a lot. Edith, I always think you wear jewelry, even at home. I picture Susan/Sarah in jeans and loafers, Patricia in athletic shoes and sweats,and Susan/Miranda in shorts with bare feet. Mary Jo- elegant, properly co-ordinated casual wear, and Loretta in vintage,with funky accessories. But I think all of you should have special writing hats to help you get in the mood. So tell me ladies- did I guess right on anyone? Or do you all wear your pjamas and slippers?

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  19. Jo,in Canada, probably wears sweaters a lot. Edith, I always think you wear jewelry, even at home. I picture Susan/Sarah in jeans and loafers, Patricia in athletic shoes and sweats,and Susan/Miranda in shorts with bare feet. Mary Jo- elegant, properly co-ordinated casual wear, and Loretta in vintage,with funky accessories. But I think all of you should have special writing hats to help you get in the mood. So tell me ladies- did I guess right on anyone? Or do you all wear your pjamas and slippers?

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  20. Jo,in Canada, probably wears sweaters a lot. Edith, I always think you wear jewelry, even at home. I picture Susan/Sarah in jeans and loafers, Patricia in athletic shoes and sweats,and Susan/Miranda in shorts with bare feet. Mary Jo- elegant, properly co-ordinated casual wear, and Loretta in vintage,with funky accessories. But I think all of you should have special writing hats to help you get in the mood. So tell me ladies- did I guess right on anyone? Or do you all wear your pjamas and slippers?

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  21. Oh Gretchen! You nailed it for me, at least. I wear jeans and a top, and always, always, some bling. Don’t know why, but I do.
    And I think I should get one of those tinfoil hats that people afraid of aliens reading their minds wear. ( Just so that when I open my door while writing, I scare whoever it is away.)
    And Maureen – I’m so sorry! I like dark colors in my clothing, and I’m serious when I write, but I think I grimace at lot. But I wouldn’t be able to write in a room without clutter. It would be like a sensory deprivation tank for me.
    Yes, Cheryl, coffee in the AM, and wine in the PM over here. But the music takes me too far away.

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  22. Oh Gretchen! You nailed it for me, at least. I wear jeans and a top, and always, always, some bling. Don’t know why, but I do.
    And I think I should get one of those tinfoil hats that people afraid of aliens reading their minds wear. ( Just so that when I open my door while writing, I scare whoever it is away.)
    And Maureen – I’m so sorry! I like dark colors in my clothing, and I’m serious when I write, but I think I grimace at lot. But I wouldn’t be able to write in a room without clutter. It would be like a sensory deprivation tank for me.
    Yes, Cheryl, coffee in the AM, and wine in the PM over here. But the music takes me too far away.

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  23. Oh Gretchen! You nailed it for me, at least. I wear jeans and a top, and always, always, some bling. Don’t know why, but I do.
    And I think I should get one of those tinfoil hats that people afraid of aliens reading their minds wear. ( Just so that when I open my door while writing, I scare whoever it is away.)
    And Maureen – I’m so sorry! I like dark colors in my clothing, and I’m serious when I write, but I think I grimace at lot. But I wouldn’t be able to write in a room without clutter. It would be like a sensory deprivation tank for me.
    Yes, Cheryl, coffee in the AM, and wine in the PM over here. But the music takes me too far away.

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  24. Oh Gretchen! You nailed it for me, at least. I wear jeans and a top, and always, always, some bling. Don’t know why, but I do.
    And I think I should get one of those tinfoil hats that people afraid of aliens reading their minds wear. ( Just so that when I open my door while writing, I scare whoever it is away.)
    And Maureen – I’m so sorry! I like dark colors in my clothing, and I’m serious when I write, but I think I grimace at lot. But I wouldn’t be able to write in a room without clutter. It would be like a sensory deprivation tank for me.
    Yes, Cheryl, coffee in the AM, and wine in the PM over here. But the music takes me too far away.

    Reply
  25. Oh Gretchen! You nailed it for me, at least. I wear jeans and a top, and always, always, some bling. Don’t know why, but I do.
    And I think I should get one of those tinfoil hats that people afraid of aliens reading their minds wear. ( Just so that when I open my door while writing, I scare whoever it is away.)
    And Maureen – I’m so sorry! I like dark colors in my clothing, and I’m serious when I write, but I think I grimace at lot. But I wouldn’t be able to write in a room without clutter. It would be like a sensory deprivation tank for me.
    Yes, Cheryl, coffee in the AM, and wine in the PM over here. But the music takes me too far away.

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  26. Sweats. I would live in them from November through March if I could. In the summer, sleep shorts and sleeveless t’s. I am beyond caring what I look like when the UPS man comes to the door with my amazon.com orders!

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  27. Sweats. I would live in them from November through March if I could. In the summer, sleep shorts and sleeveless t’s. I am beyond caring what I look like when the UPS man comes to the door with my amazon.com orders!

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  28. Sweats. I would live in them from November through March if I could. In the summer, sleep shorts and sleeveless t’s. I am beyond caring what I look like when the UPS man comes to the door with my amazon.com orders!

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  29. Sweats. I would live in them from November through March if I could. In the summer, sleep shorts and sleeveless t’s. I am beyond caring what I look like when the UPS man comes to the door with my amazon.com orders!

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  30. Sweats. I would live in them from November through March if I could. In the summer, sleep shorts and sleeveless t’s. I am beyond caring what I look like when the UPS man comes to the door with my amazon.com orders!

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  31. I actually attended a delightful and informative chapter session in which Lani Diane Rich spoke in pj’s, robe, and bunny slippers on how to be professional while working at home. It was a striking visual, and certainly helped anchor her advice in my memory. What she really wears when she works – who knows?

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  32. I actually attended a delightful and informative chapter session in which Lani Diane Rich spoke in pj’s, robe, and bunny slippers on how to be professional while working at home. It was a striking visual, and certainly helped anchor her advice in my memory. What she really wears when she works – who knows?

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  33. I actually attended a delightful and informative chapter session in which Lani Diane Rich spoke in pj’s, robe, and bunny slippers on how to be professional while working at home. It was a striking visual, and certainly helped anchor her advice in my memory. What she really wears when she works – who knows?

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  34. I actually attended a delightful and informative chapter session in which Lani Diane Rich spoke in pj’s, robe, and bunny slippers on how to be professional while working at home. It was a striking visual, and certainly helped anchor her advice in my memory. What she really wears when she works – who knows?

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  35. I actually attended a delightful and informative chapter session in which Lani Diane Rich spoke in pj’s, robe, and bunny slippers on how to be professional while working at home. It was a striking visual, and certainly helped anchor her advice in my memory. What she really wears when she works – who knows?

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  36. Great topic, Edith!!
    Gretchen, you were half-right for me – jeans and Teva flip-flops (most of the year!); sometimes sweats, and as often as I can get away with it, my favorite gray sweatshirt, Liz Claiborne petites (it fits and looks good), but it’s years old now, and starting to fray at the hems. When it shreds I may have to carry it around like my kid’s Wubbie. *g*
    What writers wear is all about comfort, I think — at least it is for me — so we can completely immerse in the book without distractions.
    And clutter. Gotta have my clutter ….
    Susan Sarah

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  37. Great topic, Edith!!
    Gretchen, you were half-right for me – jeans and Teva flip-flops (most of the year!); sometimes sweats, and as often as I can get away with it, my favorite gray sweatshirt, Liz Claiborne petites (it fits and looks good), but it’s years old now, and starting to fray at the hems. When it shreds I may have to carry it around like my kid’s Wubbie. *g*
    What writers wear is all about comfort, I think — at least it is for me — so we can completely immerse in the book without distractions.
    And clutter. Gotta have my clutter ….
    Susan Sarah

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  38. Great topic, Edith!!
    Gretchen, you were half-right for me – jeans and Teva flip-flops (most of the year!); sometimes sweats, and as often as I can get away with it, my favorite gray sweatshirt, Liz Claiborne petites (it fits and looks good), but it’s years old now, and starting to fray at the hems. When it shreds I may have to carry it around like my kid’s Wubbie. *g*
    What writers wear is all about comfort, I think — at least it is for me — so we can completely immerse in the book without distractions.
    And clutter. Gotta have my clutter ….
    Susan Sarah

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  39. Great topic, Edith!!
    Gretchen, you were half-right for me – jeans and Teva flip-flops (most of the year!); sometimes sweats, and as often as I can get away with it, my favorite gray sweatshirt, Liz Claiborne petites (it fits and looks good), but it’s years old now, and starting to fray at the hems. When it shreds I may have to carry it around like my kid’s Wubbie. *g*
    What writers wear is all about comfort, I think — at least it is for me — so we can completely immerse in the book without distractions.
    And clutter. Gotta have my clutter ….
    Susan Sarah

    Reply
  40. Great topic, Edith!!
    Gretchen, you were half-right for me – jeans and Teva flip-flops (most of the year!); sometimes sweats, and as often as I can get away with it, my favorite gray sweatshirt, Liz Claiborne petites (it fits and looks good), but it’s years old now, and starting to fray at the hems. When it shreds I may have to carry it around like my kid’s Wubbie. *g*
    What writers wear is all about comfort, I think — at least it is for me — so we can completely immerse in the book without distractions.
    And clutter. Gotta have my clutter ….
    Susan Sarah

    Reply
  41. For some reason, I’ve always imagined writers wearing a huge Mexican poncho and sombrero (sp?) while they smoke a cigar and type dilligently at a typewriter. That’s a really random image, I know. I always picture them working at typewriters, too, never computers.

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  42. For some reason, I’ve always imagined writers wearing a huge Mexican poncho and sombrero (sp?) while they smoke a cigar and type dilligently at a typewriter. That’s a really random image, I know. I always picture them working at typewriters, too, never computers.

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  43. For some reason, I’ve always imagined writers wearing a huge Mexican poncho and sombrero (sp?) while they smoke a cigar and type dilligently at a typewriter. That’s a really random image, I know. I always picture them working at typewriters, too, never computers.

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  44. For some reason, I’ve always imagined writers wearing a huge Mexican poncho and sombrero (sp?) while they smoke a cigar and type dilligently at a typewriter. That’s a really random image, I know. I always picture them working at typewriters, too, never computers.

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  45. For some reason, I’ve always imagined writers wearing a huge Mexican poncho and sombrero (sp?) while they smoke a cigar and type dilligently at a typewriter. That’s a really random image, I know. I always picture them working at typewriters, too, never computers.

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  46. ohhhh, Gretchen thinks I’m peerrrrkkky, running about in athletic shoes! Must change my image. I’m the elegant one in bunny slippers.
    LOL, heidenkind! If I could transport to Mexico right now, that’s exactly what I’d be wearing, although I suspect it would be red licorice and not a cigar. “G”

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  47. ohhhh, Gretchen thinks I’m peerrrrkkky, running about in athletic shoes! Must change my image. I’m the elegant one in bunny slippers.
    LOL, heidenkind! If I could transport to Mexico right now, that’s exactly what I’d be wearing, although I suspect it would be red licorice and not a cigar. “G”

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  48. ohhhh, Gretchen thinks I’m peerrrrkkky, running about in athletic shoes! Must change my image. I’m the elegant one in bunny slippers.
    LOL, heidenkind! If I could transport to Mexico right now, that’s exactly what I’d be wearing, although I suspect it would be red licorice and not a cigar. “G”

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  49. ohhhh, Gretchen thinks I’m peerrrrkkky, running about in athletic shoes! Must change my image. I’m the elegant one in bunny slippers.
    LOL, heidenkind! If I could transport to Mexico right now, that’s exactly what I’d be wearing, although I suspect it would be red licorice and not a cigar. “G”

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  50. ohhhh, Gretchen thinks I’m peerrrrkkky, running about in athletic shoes! Must change my image. I’m the elegant one in bunny slippers.
    LOL, heidenkind! If I could transport to Mexico right now, that’s exactly what I’d be wearing, although I suspect it would be red licorice and not a cigar. “G”

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  51. Hmmm…I guess I never thought about what my favorite authors wear! I can tell you what I wear. I have way oversized flannel snuggies, hot pink with big white Hawaiian flowers all over them, my shearling slippers which are about as far from Hawaii as one could get I suppose, I never take my jewelry off except to change to different pieces and I sit in the midst of chaos. The snuggies are my one nod to color. When I’m dressed, it’s either dark jeans and black tops, or black pants and black tops or a little black dress or black skirt and black tops.
    I am wearing black until they invent something darker…

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  52. Hmmm…I guess I never thought about what my favorite authors wear! I can tell you what I wear. I have way oversized flannel snuggies, hot pink with big white Hawaiian flowers all over them, my shearling slippers which are about as far from Hawaii as one could get I suppose, I never take my jewelry off except to change to different pieces and I sit in the midst of chaos. The snuggies are my one nod to color. When I’m dressed, it’s either dark jeans and black tops, or black pants and black tops or a little black dress or black skirt and black tops.
    I am wearing black until they invent something darker…

    Reply
  53. Hmmm…I guess I never thought about what my favorite authors wear! I can tell you what I wear. I have way oversized flannel snuggies, hot pink with big white Hawaiian flowers all over them, my shearling slippers which are about as far from Hawaii as one could get I suppose, I never take my jewelry off except to change to different pieces and I sit in the midst of chaos. The snuggies are my one nod to color. When I’m dressed, it’s either dark jeans and black tops, or black pants and black tops or a little black dress or black skirt and black tops.
    I am wearing black until they invent something darker…

    Reply
  54. Hmmm…I guess I never thought about what my favorite authors wear! I can tell you what I wear. I have way oversized flannel snuggies, hot pink with big white Hawaiian flowers all over them, my shearling slippers which are about as far from Hawaii as one could get I suppose, I never take my jewelry off except to change to different pieces and I sit in the midst of chaos. The snuggies are my one nod to color. When I’m dressed, it’s either dark jeans and black tops, or black pants and black tops or a little black dress or black skirt and black tops.
    I am wearing black until they invent something darker…

    Reply
  55. Hmmm…I guess I never thought about what my favorite authors wear! I can tell you what I wear. I have way oversized flannel snuggies, hot pink with big white Hawaiian flowers all over them, my shearling slippers which are about as far from Hawaii as one could get I suppose, I never take my jewelry off except to change to different pieces and I sit in the midst of chaos. The snuggies are my one nod to color. When I’m dressed, it’s either dark jeans and black tops, or black pants and black tops or a little black dress or black skirt and black tops.
    I am wearing black until they invent something darker…

    Reply
  56. I imagine Ernest Hemingway in a white button-up shirt, top button undone in some momentary frustration with Nick Adams, and a Panama hat somewhere close by just in case he needs to go for a walk.
    I imagine Charlotte Bronte in a sober colored silk dress that rustles slightly as she reaches to dip her pen in the inkwell.
    I imagine Jane Austen in a morning gown, but with smudges on her fingers and on her brow where she absent-mindedly kneaded the furrows there as she paced from window to chair, puzzling out what Elinor or Elizabeth would say next.
    I imagine Katherine Anne Porter with a neat suit and a string of pearls, shoes very definitely on.
    I imagine Willa Cather in a voluminous white nightgown, hair in a long thick braid down her back, bending over a manuscript in the candlelight, straining every sense to evoke her beloved prairie.

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  57. I imagine Ernest Hemingway in a white button-up shirt, top button undone in some momentary frustration with Nick Adams, and a Panama hat somewhere close by just in case he needs to go for a walk.
    I imagine Charlotte Bronte in a sober colored silk dress that rustles slightly as she reaches to dip her pen in the inkwell.
    I imagine Jane Austen in a morning gown, but with smudges on her fingers and on her brow where she absent-mindedly kneaded the furrows there as she paced from window to chair, puzzling out what Elinor or Elizabeth would say next.
    I imagine Katherine Anne Porter with a neat suit and a string of pearls, shoes very definitely on.
    I imagine Willa Cather in a voluminous white nightgown, hair in a long thick braid down her back, bending over a manuscript in the candlelight, straining every sense to evoke her beloved prairie.

    Reply
  58. I imagine Ernest Hemingway in a white button-up shirt, top button undone in some momentary frustration with Nick Adams, and a Panama hat somewhere close by just in case he needs to go for a walk.
    I imagine Charlotte Bronte in a sober colored silk dress that rustles slightly as she reaches to dip her pen in the inkwell.
    I imagine Jane Austen in a morning gown, but with smudges on her fingers and on her brow where she absent-mindedly kneaded the furrows there as she paced from window to chair, puzzling out what Elinor or Elizabeth would say next.
    I imagine Katherine Anne Porter with a neat suit and a string of pearls, shoes very definitely on.
    I imagine Willa Cather in a voluminous white nightgown, hair in a long thick braid down her back, bending over a manuscript in the candlelight, straining every sense to evoke her beloved prairie.

    Reply
  59. I imagine Ernest Hemingway in a white button-up shirt, top button undone in some momentary frustration with Nick Adams, and a Panama hat somewhere close by just in case he needs to go for a walk.
    I imagine Charlotte Bronte in a sober colored silk dress that rustles slightly as she reaches to dip her pen in the inkwell.
    I imagine Jane Austen in a morning gown, but with smudges on her fingers and on her brow where she absent-mindedly kneaded the furrows there as she paced from window to chair, puzzling out what Elinor or Elizabeth would say next.
    I imagine Katherine Anne Porter with a neat suit and a string of pearls, shoes very definitely on.
    I imagine Willa Cather in a voluminous white nightgown, hair in a long thick braid down her back, bending over a manuscript in the candlelight, straining every sense to evoke her beloved prairie.

    Reply
  60. I imagine Ernest Hemingway in a white button-up shirt, top button undone in some momentary frustration with Nick Adams, and a Panama hat somewhere close by just in case he needs to go for a walk.
    I imagine Charlotte Bronte in a sober colored silk dress that rustles slightly as she reaches to dip her pen in the inkwell.
    I imagine Jane Austen in a morning gown, but with smudges on her fingers and on her brow where she absent-mindedly kneaded the furrows there as she paced from window to chair, puzzling out what Elinor or Elizabeth would say next.
    I imagine Katherine Anne Porter with a neat suit and a string of pearls, shoes very definitely on.
    I imagine Willa Cather in a voluminous white nightgown, hair in a long thick braid down her back, bending over a manuscript in the candlelight, straining every sense to evoke her beloved prairie.

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  61. I’ve been writing this morning. I’m wearing a hideous lime green nightgown with embroidered pink flamingos from Walmart and a lime green v-neck sweater from Land’s End over it that I just dribbled tea on. Decidedly unglamorous, but matching, at least. Since I write most often in the morning before I go to work, sometimes I wear the pink gingham nightgown and the fuzzy pink robe instead. I am grateful I am not on camera.

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  62. I’ve been writing this morning. I’m wearing a hideous lime green nightgown with embroidered pink flamingos from Walmart and a lime green v-neck sweater from Land’s End over it that I just dribbled tea on. Decidedly unglamorous, but matching, at least. Since I write most often in the morning before I go to work, sometimes I wear the pink gingham nightgown and the fuzzy pink robe instead. I am grateful I am not on camera.

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  63. I’ve been writing this morning. I’m wearing a hideous lime green nightgown with embroidered pink flamingos from Walmart and a lime green v-neck sweater from Land’s End over it that I just dribbled tea on. Decidedly unglamorous, but matching, at least. Since I write most often in the morning before I go to work, sometimes I wear the pink gingham nightgown and the fuzzy pink robe instead. I am grateful I am not on camera.

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  64. I’ve been writing this morning. I’m wearing a hideous lime green nightgown with embroidered pink flamingos from Walmart and a lime green v-neck sweater from Land’s End over it that I just dribbled tea on. Decidedly unglamorous, but matching, at least. Since I write most often in the morning before I go to work, sometimes I wear the pink gingham nightgown and the fuzzy pink robe instead. I am grateful I am not on camera.

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  65. I’ve been writing this morning. I’m wearing a hideous lime green nightgown with embroidered pink flamingos from Walmart and a lime green v-neck sweater from Land’s End over it that I just dribbled tea on. Decidedly unglamorous, but matching, at least. Since I write most often in the morning before I go to work, sometimes I wear the pink gingham nightgown and the fuzzy pink robe instead. I am grateful I am not on camera.

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  66. I would lovvvve to have clothes like Maggie Smith wore in My House in Umbria, where she was this gorgeous elegant romance writer in floaty 30’s style (yet timeless) very stlish and elegant, but comfortable clothes.
    Have had a quick look on google to find some image links, but my computer keeps crashing on the internet, so I gave up.

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  67. I would lovvvve to have clothes like Maggie Smith wore in My House in Umbria, where she was this gorgeous elegant romance writer in floaty 30’s style (yet timeless) very stlish and elegant, but comfortable clothes.
    Have had a quick look on google to find some image links, but my computer keeps crashing on the internet, so I gave up.

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  68. I would lovvvve to have clothes like Maggie Smith wore in My House in Umbria, where she was this gorgeous elegant romance writer in floaty 30’s style (yet timeless) very stlish and elegant, but comfortable clothes.
    Have had a quick look on google to find some image links, but my computer keeps crashing on the internet, so I gave up.

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  69. I would lovvvve to have clothes like Maggie Smith wore in My House in Umbria, where she was this gorgeous elegant romance writer in floaty 30’s style (yet timeless) very stlish and elegant, but comfortable clothes.
    Have had a quick look on google to find some image links, but my computer keeps crashing on the internet, so I gave up.

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  70. I would lovvvve to have clothes like Maggie Smith wore in My House in Umbria, where she was this gorgeous elegant romance writer in floaty 30’s style (yet timeless) very stlish and elegant, but comfortable clothes.
    Have had a quick look on google to find some image links, but my computer keeps crashing on the internet, so I gave up.

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  71. One reason that I love Kasey Michaels’ Maggie Kelly mystery series is the depiction of Maggie, writing at home, in her usual costume of saggy pajama bottoms with a sheep-motif print and a ratty tee-shirt, dealing with the apparition of her perfectly groomed regency hero springing to life in her apartment, accompanied by his sidekick.

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  72. One reason that I love Kasey Michaels’ Maggie Kelly mystery series is the depiction of Maggie, writing at home, in her usual costume of saggy pajama bottoms with a sheep-motif print and a ratty tee-shirt, dealing with the apparition of her perfectly groomed regency hero springing to life in her apartment, accompanied by his sidekick.

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  73. One reason that I love Kasey Michaels’ Maggie Kelly mystery series is the depiction of Maggie, writing at home, in her usual costume of saggy pajama bottoms with a sheep-motif print and a ratty tee-shirt, dealing with the apparition of her perfectly groomed regency hero springing to life in her apartment, accompanied by his sidekick.

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  74. One reason that I love Kasey Michaels’ Maggie Kelly mystery series is the depiction of Maggie, writing at home, in her usual costume of saggy pajama bottoms with a sheep-motif print and a ratty tee-shirt, dealing with the apparition of her perfectly groomed regency hero springing to life in her apartment, accompanied by his sidekick.

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  75. One reason that I love Kasey Michaels’ Maggie Kelly mystery series is the depiction of Maggie, writing at home, in her usual costume of saggy pajama bottoms with a sheep-motif print and a ratty tee-shirt, dealing with the apparition of her perfectly groomed regency hero springing to life in her apartment, accompanied by his sidekick.

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  76. It’s hard for me to imagine Earnest Hemmingway actually working. lol Usually I just picture him sprawled on a couch, chugging bourbon and staring bleary-eyed at a stuffed fish. But then I’m not the biggest Hemmingway fan….

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  77. It’s hard for me to imagine Earnest Hemmingway actually working. lol Usually I just picture him sprawled on a couch, chugging bourbon and staring bleary-eyed at a stuffed fish. But then I’m not the biggest Hemmingway fan….

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  78. It’s hard for me to imagine Earnest Hemmingway actually working. lol Usually I just picture him sprawled on a couch, chugging bourbon and staring bleary-eyed at a stuffed fish. But then I’m not the biggest Hemmingway fan….

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  79. It’s hard for me to imagine Earnest Hemmingway actually working. lol Usually I just picture him sprawled on a couch, chugging bourbon and staring bleary-eyed at a stuffed fish. But then I’m not the biggest Hemmingway fan….

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  80. It’s hard for me to imagine Earnest Hemmingway actually working. lol Usually I just picture him sprawled on a couch, chugging bourbon and staring bleary-eyed at a stuffed fish. But then I’m not the biggest Hemmingway fan….

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  81. I usually wear my fuzzysuit while writing. Fleece top, pants and socks. Warm and comfy. Unfortunately my fuzzysuit is a cat hair magnet. So I look like a giant dust bunny while at the same time ignoring the real-life dust bunnies.

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  82. I usually wear my fuzzysuit while writing. Fleece top, pants and socks. Warm and comfy. Unfortunately my fuzzysuit is a cat hair magnet. So I look like a giant dust bunny while at the same time ignoring the real-life dust bunnies.

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  83. I usually wear my fuzzysuit while writing. Fleece top, pants and socks. Warm and comfy. Unfortunately my fuzzysuit is a cat hair magnet. So I look like a giant dust bunny while at the same time ignoring the real-life dust bunnies.

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  84. I usually wear my fuzzysuit while writing. Fleece top, pants and socks. Warm and comfy. Unfortunately my fuzzysuit is a cat hair magnet. So I look like a giant dust bunny while at the same time ignoring the real-life dust bunnies.

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  85. I usually wear my fuzzysuit while writing. Fleece top, pants and socks. Warm and comfy. Unfortunately my fuzzysuit is a cat hair magnet. So I look like a giant dust bunny while at the same time ignoring the real-life dust bunnies.

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