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This will be updated weekly at least and sometimes more often
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up to date. I'll be cross posting on facebook once a week with
titles of updated posts for the week.
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
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
Feeling pretty good about this.
Live journal is live!
I have now a Secret
Sex Lives Live journal! 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
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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?
We don't do the "W" word in this book. Medieval misconceptions
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.
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?
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!
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
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.
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!
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: https://www.facebook.com/illumination.artist/videos/vb.308204176055016/389352461983780/?type=2&theater
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
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
THE VERY SECRET SEX LIVES OF MEDIEVAL
Coming to a book thingy near you
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!
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