Archive for March, 2010

Christy at the Met

Monday, March 29th, 2010 | Video Blog Entries | No Comments

Here’s a video of me at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of my favorite places on Earth. A monument to the dead, and to the bits of wreckage that wash up from the past. The dead are silent, but sometimes, through art, they speak.

First Review for The Queen’s Pawn

Monday, March 15th, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments

The first review for THE QUEEN’S PAWN came in…more to follow, but I am thrilled to see this one by Harriet Klausner

Deep Into the Third Draft

Friday, March 12th, 2010 | The Writing Life | No Comments

I am deep into the third draft of TO BE QUEEN, and I am loving every minute of it. I have gotten my notes back from my editor, and as always, she has seen things I never noticed and has questions to ask that I would not have seen. I am on my way to answering them all. It is an adventure to take the scalpel back to the body of the text, to trim away that things that need trimming, and to clarify all the things that might cause confusion.

Reading a good book is a smooth sail on a glassy sea; I want to take out all the waves and bumps that might cause my readers to be knocked out of the story, so that they can simply be transported by the book in its final form. I’ve got a long way to go before it’s ready, but I know that with my editor’s keen eye, I will be able to produce a book that will honor Eleanor and the readers both.

Concert at the Cloisters

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 | The Writing Life | No Comments

I love going to the Cloisters…a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that houses a large part of the museum’s medieval collection. It is a journey to get there…at least half an hour by subway from the Upper West Side, but the trip is worth it. The collection is beautiful.

This Sunday I went uptown to Ft Tryon and the Cloisters not just to view the art but to hear a concert by the Boston Camerata on the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdelene. Though Eleanor is not particularly religious ( in my novels, at least) Princess Alais iv VERY religious, and particularly devoted to the Holy Mother, or the Virgin Mary. So throughout this concert I thought of Alais, and of how much she would have enjoyed it. I know I did.

Christy at the Museum of the Middle Ages

Friday, March 5th, 2010 | The Writing Life, Video Blog Entries | 1 Comment

Here is my last video blog from Paris…I spent some time at the Museum of the Middle Ages, my second favorite museum in Paris after the Louvre.

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