Today, April 30th, Japan's Emperor Akihito abdicates. He became the Emperor in 1989.Japan's Emperor is a purely symbolic role. Technically, it's a constitutional monarchy, but I'm not sure of what official governmental roles the imperial family actually fulfill except to be symbols of Japan.Japan tells time by eras, like many historical periods. There's the Edo-jidai … Continue reading Reiwa!
So I'm on spring break this week, though I'm working on two projects plus work, so...is it a proper break?At any rate, I caught up on Fosse/Verdon, a miniseries on FX about famous Broadway choreographer and director Bob Fosse and the rather contentious relationship he had with his wife, muse, and the best Broadway dancer … Continue reading TV Shows and Other Things
This post is inspired by Krystal Jane Ruin's blog post: Should Anti-Social People Use Facebook?I ended up writing a book in her comments and concluded that I should write my own post.My first social medium was Facebook, which was brand-new and everyone at my college was joining it back in 2004. I've been on it … Continue reading On Social Media
Around about two years to a year and a half ago, I was struggling to write a Regency historical romance between a fairly major character in Pearl and a character I'd written in an earlier incarnation of Pearl and then cut when I rewrote the story.At the time, I thought the story wasn't working because … Continue reading Problematic Past Characters
Ever since I learned a bit more about the Koh-i-Noor Diamond, Duleep Singh, and his daughter Sophia, I've been like low-key (and by low-key, I mean I think about it from time to time but not a lot) interested in the idea of a British Crown Jewel tied into other royal families and what the … Continue reading Crown Jewels