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The Web Blog

Welcome to the webblog! This will be updated weekly at least and sometimes more often in the interests of keeping anyone who is interested in book things up to date. I'll be cross posting on facebook once a week with titles of updated posts for the week. If you're the kind of person who likes to leave comments, please visit the livejournal blog which is comments enabled but has ads.

 

December 8th, 2019, 11:17 am
Pictures!

Now, I'm not promising anything, and it's certainly far from being a decision, but, depending on a number of things, maybe... really maybe.. the book might have some colour pictures!

Of course, that will make it more expensive to produce, so I don't know. I'm just excited to have some pictures in it at all. Even black and white ones will be nice.

#verysecretsexlife #medievalwomen #medievalbooks

 


December 7th, 2019
Bookmarks

I am in the process of getting some lovely little Very Secret Sex Life of Medieval Women bookmarks. Silky coloured tassels! Pretty artwork from Tania Crossingham! If you buy a book from me in person, you'll get one free!

#medievalrosalie #medievalbooks #bookmarks #medievalbookmarks

 


December 6th, 2019, 09:25 am
Book Cover Update

Well gosh, it seems like this is an ongoing saga, but you'll be excited as I am to hear that I think we have a cover for the Very Secret Sex Lives Of Medieval Women which the Publisher and I can both live with.

Stay tuned.

#medievalrosalie #medievalbooks #verysecretsexlife #medievalwomen #authorthings

 

December 6th, 2019, 09:21 am
Behind the Scenes

A lot goes on for an author behind the scenes which the book-loving pulbic rarely think about! I face the exciting challenge of having my book published in another country, which gives the issue of not being able to just drive to the publisher and pick up cartons of books to take to events or talks.

Oh, no. They need to ship internationally to me before I can do that. And the publisher doesn't pay for that, I do.
We all know shipping of books from USA is not a cheap thing. And being a new author, I really have no idea how many books I should be taking to places like the Abbey Medieval Festival or other events.

So up front I get to:
- buy the books at cost (not cheap)
- pay for the cartons shipping to Australia (not cheap)
- pay for postage for anyone who wants a signed copy (add $7.50 in AU)

A few people are saying they want a signed copy at Abbey, but whether they actually turn up with money or do the "I'll get one later" thing, I won't know. I'm looking at a pre-order where they can pay beforehand and collect at the event. And quite frankly, I don't know what amount of books I should be taking. Site fees need to be paid for. I still need to get Exhibitors Insurance as well which will cover me for a year of selling books at places as my re-enactor insurance won't cover me.

If I want 200 books which isn't many really, say 15 in a carton, that's paying for shipping for 13 big, heavy boxes filled with books. Still waiting to hear what that is likely to cost, but I'm stressing about it. Ordering online and bringing to an event is a great idea for signings, but this year, our first event will launch the book, so anyone who buys one there will be ahead of online buyers and save the shipping cost.

This, dear people, is a peek into behind the scenes.

#medievalwomen #verysecretsexlife #books #authorthings #medievalbooks #rosaliesmedievalwoman #medievalrosalie

 


November 17th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Book Depository!

I've just been alerted to the fact that you can, in fact, pre-order the Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women right now on the Book Depository (which has free shipping!) It says the release date is July 30th, 2020 while I believe it will be available through Amazon on the July 14th, 2020, but if you don't mind waiting a week.. well, free shipping is great! It's also the special pre-order price as well!

CLICK THE LINK FOR
BOOK DEPOSITORY
https://www.bookdepository.com/Very-Secret-Sex-Lives-Medieval-Women-Rosalie-Gilbert/9781642503074

If you're coming to the Abbey Medieval Festival 2020, I will have books with me if you'd like to collect in person. I might organise some kind of pre-order myself there in case I don't have many with me and someone misses out! I really have no clue how many to bring to Abbey. This is all very new and exciting!

#medievalwomen #verysecretsexlife #abbeymedievalfestival #bookdepository #medievalbooks

 


November 16th, 2019, 08:43 am
Those penis-picking nuns

I'm excited to say that permissions have come through for the penis-picking nuns, the nun actually having sex, our beloved bearded woman and the woman throwing her baby into a toilet. The winged penis badge. Gosh, this all sounds a bit salacious. There are other really nice pictures too, like that guy enthusiastically holding up an eel.

Giggling, educating and horrifying.

I hope I won't have to sacrifice any of these for the word count or having to make the text really small. I'm aware that a lot of avid readers eyesight deteriorates a little over time lie mine, so a good font and size and readability is important to me.

#medievalwomen #verysecretsexlife #naughtynuns #medievalbook

 


November 14th, 2019, 09:28 pm
Numbers game

Well, it seems that the book a little longer than the publisher was hoping for, but that's what happens when you give me a pen and ask me about my favourite subject! Apparently, I have a lot to say about it! Who knew? (Actually, every who knows me knew. Everyone. I just don't shut up about it.)

In other news, Beta testers say there's nothing to leave out.

#medievalwomen #verysecretsexlife #abbeymedievalfestival #bookdepository #medievalbooks

 


November 14th, 2019, 09:25 pm
Name and number

Just spend a few moments filling out my details on Amazon and Goodreads for The Very Secret Sex Lives Of Medieval Women and I am thrilled to discover that I have an ISBN13: 9781642503074 and that the publisher's description of the book was already on Goodreads! Once my profiles are approved, I'll share the links.
I'm pretty excited!

#goodreads #medievalwomen #verysecretsexlives



November 10th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Pictures.

Pictures are now the bane of my life. Seeking permissions from libraries in other languages and paying for the right to use them in a foreign language is slightly terrifying. Thank goodness for online translating as not all websites have a "translate to English" button. it's slow to do it that way, but a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do.

I seriously want to use those penis-picking nuns in my book.

#medievalwomen #verysecretsexlife #book #libraries #verysecretsexlife

 


November 10th, 2019, 10:21 pm

Signed, sealed and delivered

80 000 words and it's final, Everything including endnotes, illustration explanations and captions and indexes. Still have fingers crossed that I can get a foreword by an amazing lady author who works for the BBC... I don't know her personally and she's a friend of a friend, but maybe?

#medievalwomen #writing #authorthings #verysecretsexlife

 

November 5th, 2019, 09:25 pm
Feedback

Feedback just in from a lovely person who is a pre-reader for me. She is a medieval author herself, so she was able to helpfully spot a few things I need to amend. She will write a review for the book, but I just wanted to share her initial response after reading the draft copy...

" It is quite compelling and hilariously funny. I have been chuckling out loud and my husband says he thinks he ought to read it if it's such a tonic! God Forbid! LOL"

The big question is... do we let the husbands read it if it's secret? Of course we do! They deserve every opportunity to go "ewwwwwwww" and "nooooo waaaaay" as much as the rest of us!

#secretwomenthings, #books #medievalwomen #verysecretsexlives

 

November 5th, 2019, 09:16 pm
Libraries Are Amazing!

I know a lot of people at the online chat help on some websites, but a bit shout out the the gals who helped me out tonight from the John Rylands Library in England who answered my questions. The part of the image search was down, but they are helpfully passing on my requests to the right people in the right place who will email me with what I need to know.

Librarians rock.

 

November 5th, 2019, 09:13 pm
Now! With Pictures!

I really wasn't going to have pictures in the book. I thought wrangling all the copyrights and permissions was just going to be too expensive and too hard for me to sort with no help at all, but it looks like I will have a bunch of great images as well!

Because I've needed to look for some new ones which are reproducable without breaking the bank, I have discovered new pictures which have been pretty cool, I must say!

Stay tuned!

 

October 30th, 2019
Book Release Date!

I'm extremely excited to announce that Mango Publishing and...

I have a book release date!
14 July, 2020!

Okay, that's a really long way away, but as far as timing goes, it's perfect! Re-enactment season here in Australia and the same week as the Abbey Medieval Festival and U3A Winterschool which means in very practical terms that everyone who has asked for a signed copy will be able to swing past if you're going to Abbey and pick one up which will save you postage.

And it's Summer release reading in America where my Mango people are.

Why the wait, I hear to say? After much thought, it's been decided that we will include pictures in the book, so this means rounding up all the permissions for manuscripts and waiting for those takes time, not to mention seeing if I can afford them OR doing some nifty line drawings. Either way, that's going to take a short while, then everyone goes on holidays over Xmas, and then the physical printing and all of the behind the scenes things need to happen. Many of these are done, of course. The book itself is finished and with the publishing team and a lot of the promo stuff is ready to roll.

I'm feeling impatient myself, but I can see how it's a good release date. There will be a pre-release ordering available and when I know that date, I'll let you know! I'll be posting less on facebook for a while until we get closer to July 2020 but I'll still be updating here with how things are progressing as they happen!

 

October 25th, 2019, 10:14 am
Website upgrades

I've spent a bit of time streamlining the look of the Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women and Rosalie's Medieval Woman webpages and will very shortly be kicking off new menus for a streamlined, easier main Rosalie's Medieval Woman website as well. There's a new facebook banner too.

Illuminated manuscript commissioned from Tania Michaux Manesse Codex style and photo by David de Groot It matches the new facebook banner as well for a more cohesive look. Over the next week I'll be putting the new banner and navigation links over the entire site, but that will take a few nights.

New banners and new menus!
All your sexy medieval woman things, but prettier!

 

October 25th, 2019, 10:12 am
Author photo

I've spend hours messing around trying to get a usable photo for official author page and book stuff. I think I have a winner... this is me on the bio page now (with make-up). Don't I look different from medieval woman me?

https://rosaliegilbert.com/verysecretsexlife_bio.html

 

October 25th, 2019, 10:02 am
Making a difference

I know that you'll be happy to hear that even though trees die to make books, I have talked to my Mango Publishing people about paper options which are recycled or partly recycled.

Of course, the e-books will eliminate the need for paper altogether, but every small effort to make a smaller ecological footprint helps. Greta Thunberg is right about one thing. If everyone does something, no matter how small, it makes a difference over all. Do something. Make a difference. Even a small one.

#mangopublishing #savethetrees #ecofriendly #greenfootprint #gretathunberg

 

October 25th, 2019, 08:55 am
Book Updates!

Well, it's been an exciting time in the word of book-related things for me and my lovely team at Mango Publishing. Things are moving along at an exciting pace.

After a chat with my editor today, we are going to see if I can wrangle some pictures for the book. I will need to look at copyrights and sources and see if it's viable, but wouldn't it be exciting to have some pictures? At this point, I'm thinking that as much as colour pics would be wonderful, black and white keeps the cost of the book down, and as a book buyer, I know this is something to be mindful about.

I also now have a release date which I will share soon! With a bit of luck, it will tie in with some major medieval events in my part of the world, which would be exciting!

#verysecretsexlife #medievalwomen #history #booksaboutwomen

 

October 22, 2019
New look for Rosalie's Medieval Woman website, facebook
& author pages


Check out the new website look!

I'm not keen on making a whole new author website, so I'll have everything in one place. There's a new banner and menus for better navigation and the book pages have been redone entirely. The sitemap is now the main navigation and it's prettier now too! Facebook has a new banner as well.

I'm not keen on making a whole new author facebook page either since I have so many really lovely friends on the Rosalie's Medieval Woman one, so I'll have everything there as well as all the usual artifact collection posts, manuscript observations, original medieval memes, medieval research and, of course, sewing projects. Over the next week I'll be putting the new banner and navigation links over the entire site, but that will take a few nights.

Illuminated manuscript commissioned from Tania Michaux from Tania Crossingham's School of Illumination for my Manesse Codex style logo and photo by David de Groot from Four Horsemen Photography. It matches the new website banners as well for a more co-hesive look.

#medieval #author #reenactor #livinghistory #newbook #verysecretsexlives #medievalwomen #allthehashtags

 

October 19th, 2019, 09:34 am
Secret Women's Business

I am often surprised at the amount of secret women's business we have in the world today. When women get together in a group, chat often turns to things that we just don't discuss in front of men. Usually this is because they just get all awkward and flee the room the minute someone says the word "period."

I work in a hospital and our lunch room conversations often involve abcess puss, drainage of fluid which smells so bad it permeates your clothes and hair, organ biopsies and other gross things and we eat while chatting about these things but throw in the words "period blood" and suddenly the guys remember they need to be somewhere else.

It strikes me that it's a little bit funny that women seem to know a lot about the male reproduction system and aren't particularly squeamish discussing, it yet many men prefer that we ladies just keep our ovaries a mystery. Periods? Ew. Keep it to yourself. Of course, this isn't everyone, but a large percentage. Think I'm kidding? Bring it up in casual conversation next time you're out with friends on a Saturday night as see how it goes.

Men, however, will usually have no great issue discussing loudly, with their mates at the pub, their own bodily fluids. Pee, snot, vomit and in less polite circles, semen. These are all socially able to be turned into jokes and are accordingly hilarious. That time a guy threw up in the beer garden and it went everywhere and it was so gross and their were chunks in it and he sneezed and it came out his nose? So funny.

Imagine, if you will, that the group discussion included a woman who added, "Oh, yes! Reminds me of the time I had my period and had a sneezing fit so hard I flooded my pad and it was just like the time my waters broke, just so funny!"

You know that's not going to happen. That's not funny because it's perioooood blooood ewwwwwww!
And therein lies the difference of the sexes.

Medieval men were almost as helpful in setting this kind of attitude up by insisting that menstrual blood was extremely poisonous, an attitude which we don't share today. Luckily, that menstrual blood might be put to some good use, and I'll be telling you more about that later.

 

October 16th, 2019, 07:26 pm
Irony

I don’t think the complete irony of me publishing a book about medieval sex lives while I am, in fact, currently single is wasted on anyone.

 

October 14, 2019
Women are humans too

I'm making an effort to humanise the women in the Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women. Much has been written about some of these women specifically and we have a lot of dates and times but not much has been treating these women like humans. I'm taking the time to think about what their feelings might have been in certain situations.

We might read that someone was married for the third time or had to hide a pregnancy, but if we equate that to the lives to women we actually know today, what sympathies would be extend them? Our society offers far more support and love for the unmarried mother or the victim of sexual harrassment than the medieval one. How did these women cope? How did they feel?

 

October 12, 2019
Final edit

I'm making what looks like the final edit. The publishers have the draft copy so they can see what the content is like and can plan their marketing strategy and get a feel for the book. At the moment, I'm sitting on nearly 60 000 words.

Having not looked at the book for two days to get a fresh approach was a great thing to do and feedback from one of the testers pointed out an inconsistency in the format which I know would have bugged me if it went to print without being addressed. The short break has let me focus on what I've said already and what I have meant to add and hadn't (thinking I'd put it in somewhere else) without repeating myself in an annoying manner.

Feeling pretty good about this.


October 9, 2019
Live journal is live!

I have now a Secret Sex Lives Live Journal Blog If you are a fellow lj user, I'm lj user medievalrosalie and you can find me there. We are ad free if you log in as a guest, otherwise, ads. Sorry. It does have sharable posts for forwarding to friends and sharing on social media, so that's nice. This web blog here is ad free and is prettier, so see what you like best!

Hoping to find a way to put the CSS into this website and turn this page into a proper blog. I lack the coding skills, dammit. Until then, I'll be cross posting here for your ad free enjoyment! <3

 

October 7, 2019
Subscribe for news & updates!

After being asked so many times about being able to subscribe for notifications for book things and release dates, I've done it! You'll see the link at the side menu, or if you've lost the sidebar, it's here. Mail chimp and I won't pass on your info, in fact I deleted the name fields for your own privacy.

I won't be using it much at this stage. If you're keen: subscribe now!

 

October 6th, 2019
Text messaging


Seriously, who doesn't like Viner hand as a font? It has a nice handwritten scrawl which is more legible than Rage Italic and less wide than Viking and it considerably more readable that Old English, CodexManesse and in no way hard to read. I'm quite fond of it and will be using it for everything.

The cover design team don't seem to like it much, but it's far more appropriate than any of the Victorian style ones they seem to favour. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I feel it compliments Tania's image and I finally have a book cover I truly love and am excited about. Just keep crossing those fingers for me, okay?

 

October 4, 2019
Wenches


We don't do the "W" word in this book. Medieval misconceptions must stop.

 

October 1st, 2019
Online Promo about the book


Well, it's fair to say that different people have different ideas about medieval women, which is why I really have made it my mission to educate and entertain while I'm doing it. The first proposed online write up hit my inbox and it was so far removed from the actual medieval world, it just reinforced why I do what I do. People need educating.

I think it's fair to say that people often don't know what to expect when they turn up for one of my Very Secret Sex Lives Of Medieval Women talks, but sometimes the enormity of the misconceptions astound me. I was not the least bit amused that the publishing team thought this book was going to be a 50 Shades of Grey type book. No. It is not. I could write one, but seriously, this is a different kind of book altogether.

Medieval sex covers a lot of things. Having it. Not having it. Chastity, rape, forced marriages well before puberty, women who were forced to abort, sex workers, lesbians, nuns and every woman in between. There's a lot to giggle at but there's a hell of a lot which is no laughing matter. Some of the laughter is outright what-the-hell-were-they-thinking. Mostly the men. Okay, religious men. You'll see what I mean.

 

September 30, 2019
Author photo


I've spend hours messing around tonight trying to get a usable photo for official author page and book stuff. I'm not good at selfies, but I think I have a winner... this is me on the bio page now (with make-up).

Don't I look different from medieval woman me?

 

September 29, 2019
Book update- new sections

Just realised I have two more sections to add: Writing About It and How To Draw It. Because manuscripts. There are a lot of interesting euphamisms for sex and a few cool manuscript pics related to it. Fancy me almost forgetting to write about that!

 

September 26th, 2019
Editing and feedback

I really need some sleep. Editing and getting thoughts back from my beta testers is tiring work. I have one female medieval tester who is a medieval author herself, one male medieval tester who is a long standing re-enactor and history buff and one male non-medieval tester who comes from the world of science and medicine to see if it's interesting enough for general public to read as well as those of us who have a passion. Word on the street, well, the word from the three beta testers, is that it's funny and informative, which is what I was going with.

Getting the right amount of balance with my sense of humour and being respectful about the actual women whose lives I am talking about is needed. I want their voices to be heard. They may have suffered and celebrated hundreds of years ago, but we can give them a little love in the here and now.

 

September 22nd, 2019
Sexy Lady promo photos

I've teamed up with Neda Lundy from the wonderful team at Four Horsemen Festival Photos to do an evening photo shoot with some lovely medieval re-enactor ladies with scenes from the book.

Things which will hint that there's something going on but don't give everything away! It will be so much fun and we are all looking forward to it. We will be serving medieval food and champagne to celebrate while we do them!

 

September 17, 2019
Book Cover Art finished

Tania Crossingham has made something beautiful for me! It's with the publisher now and hopefully the team will love it as much as I do and feel it fits their vision for my book! It is absolutely my vision. I would like this for the front cover! Many of you will recognise the image but this version has the colours and fabrics I will be using in future projects.

I am totally in love with this picture and I can't recommend Tania's work enough! It's the little pic I'm using on the banner of this page. It's from the Manesse Codex, only with fabrics and coverlet and colours of my choosing to match projects I have on the go.

The link to see it being made and the final art is HERE.

 

September 15, 2019
Cover art commissioned


So very, very excited to have Tania Crossingham Illuminated Manuscripts making something beautiful for me! I'm hoping it will be used on my new book cover! I love her work so much! Check out her work here! https://www.facebook.com/illumination.artist/

 

September 13th, 2019
I'm A-Twitter!

I'm now on Twitter! (actually it's not about me, I needed to follow a wonderful composer friend who does excting things). I'm new to it and I don't know that I'll use it much, but if you're a twit, I'm @medievalrosalie

 

September 11, 2019.
THE VERY SECRET SEX LIVES OF MEDIEVAL WOMEN BOOK!


It's going to be a book! I am so excited!

Why stop at coming to a talk when you can read the very hilariously extended book version! The amazing people at Mango Publishing are making this real. Please do the happy dance with me! Squeee! It's not out yet. I will post up details when I have them. I've long thought about doing a publication and quite a few people have suggested it, so this is something that has been in the back of my head for quite some time. I'm delighted to announce that it is happening! Coming to a book thingy near you soon.

 

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