Illustrating Characters

I paint in oils, acrylics, pastels, and more recently, digital medium as well, when I acquired my my son’s discarded iPad1 two years ago. So, when I write fiction, I conceptualize my characters by doing illustrations of them while the story is taking shape. Illustrating, to me, is a strong adjunct to writing and akin…

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Variations on Victorian Women

Probably in jest, Gaskell once said that she could title her fourth novel (North and South) “Variations on Death.” Five people die in her novel in ways fitting to the characters. I could have used a comparable title for my sequel: “Variations on Victorian Women.” There are several female characters in the novel Margaret of…