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8th, 2019, 11:17 am
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.
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!
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.
#verysecretsexlife #medievalwomen #authorthings
December 6th, 2019,
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
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
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
This, dear people, is
a peek into behind the scenes.
#books #authorthings #medievalbooks #rosaliesmedievalwoman #medievalrosalie
17th, 2019, 12:53 pm
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
CLICK THE LINK
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!
#abbeymedievalfestival #bookdepository #medievalbooks
16th, 2019, 08:43 am
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
14th, 2019, 09:28 pm
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
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!
10th, 2019, 10:30 pm
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.
#book #libraries #verysecretsexlife
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?
5th, 2019, 09:25 pm
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
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.
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!
Book Release Date!
I'm extremely excited
to announce that Mango Publishing and...
I have a book release
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
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!
25th, 2019, 10:14 am
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
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!
25th, 2019, 10:12 am
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?
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
25th, 2019, 08:55 am
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
for Rosalie's Medieval Woman website, facebook
& author pages
Check out the new website
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
19th, 2019, 09:34 am
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
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
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.
16th, 2019, 07:26 pm
I dont think the
complete irony of me publishing a book about medieval sex lives
while I am, in fact, currently single is wasted on anyone.
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 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
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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
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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 must stop.
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
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.
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/
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
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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