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Laburnum: Not so Dangerous After All

Laburnum is a native European tree belonging to the pea family. They blossom with beautiful yellow flowers that hang in racemes, earning it the name, Golden Chain Tree. 241 more words


A Lit Major at the Movies: Rebecca (1940)

Spoilers ahead!

Who doesn’t love a bit of Hitchcock now and again? Although the director is probably best-known for iconic films such as Psycho and… 1,148 more words

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Crafting Authentic Characters

This post is from my perspective as a writer AND a reader, with emphasis on the latter.  For a story to work for me, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, I have to believe the character(s) could behave as depicted by the author.  468 more words


Women writing -- some links

For my yearly reading project in 2015, I have been focusing on women writers, specifically of speculative fiction. This project has led me down lots of wonderful side alleys discovering new writers, revisiting old favorites, and thinking about what they have to say. 243 more words


Mary Anne by Daphne du Maurier (audiobook) - Narrated by Carole Boyd

In Regency London, the only way for a woman to succeed is to beat men at their own game. So when Mary Anne Clarke seeks an escape from her squalid surroundings in Bowling Inn Alley, she ventures first into the scurrilous world of the pamphleteers.

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The Secret Scapegoat

Every one of us has his, or her, dark side. Which is to overcome the other?

For reasons that escape me, a number of years ago I bought a boxset of Daphne Du Maurier novels.

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Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier is the kind of book that once you get about half way through, you have to keep reading until the end, preferably without stopping. 466 more words

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