Received a missive once, yes, Gentle Reader, in the Mail, all about
parasols. What does it say about my character that I found this rather
dry reading absolutely fascinating? My concerned correspondent was a
member of the Victorian Society and had just attended, of all marvelous
things, a parasol covering workshop. I learned some interesting things:
PROJECT ROUND UP
- early parasol ribs were made of bone, like corsets
- parasols were particularly popular after the 1860's as hats began to decrease in size but the pale complexion was still de rigueur
started out short (under 28") and grew longer as decades passed,
longest during the Edwardian era when the parasol could rest on the
floor and handle came up to the lady's waistline (some parasols had
handles that collapsed down for easy storage)
- early Victorian
fashion plates show parasols the size of handkerchiefs, with a 1-to-1
handled-shade ratio, diameters increased over time as well
- the truly fashionable lady carried a different parasol for each outfit
parasol was one of the most popular gifts for a lover to give his
sweetheart, and was often part of the groom's gift to has new bride
- they were made from lace, cotton, or silk
- could be trimmed in anything from silk tassels, to cotton lace, to crystal beads
Language: Carrying it elevated in the left had - desiring acquaintance.
Carrying it elevated in the right had - you are too forward.
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crew has arrived in Bombay, I've paused writing for . . .
Deportment & Deceit
~ The Finishing School Book the Second:
Received next pass edits, second major revision under way.
Etiquette & Espionage
~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.
Working promo schemes to begin September.
~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless
) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus
by subscription. Print release tentatively
Just Book reading
Quote of the Day:
"Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative."
~ Oscar Wilde