‘Trash History’: Historical Accuracy in Film and Fiction

Thought it might not look like it, this idealized painting of the first Thanksgiving is historically inaccurate. According to the notes, the costume of the Pilgrims is inaccurate and Wompanoag Native Americans depicted in the painting would not have worn the feather bonnets nor would they have been sitting on the ground. Painted during WWI, … Continue reading ‘Trash History’: Historical Accuracy in Film and Fiction

A Stealthy Fox: Bette Davis in The Little Foxes (1941)

***This post is part of The 4th Annual Bette Davis Blogathon, hosted by the In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood blog. *** ***Some spoilers*** “[Bette Davis’ character] lies in wait like a coiled snake (or a stealthy fox set to pounce).” (Carr, par. 5) I’m back after my month hiatus from blogging! I’ve got … Continue reading A Stealthy Fox: Bette Davis in The Little Foxes (1941)

Science, Ghosts and Haunted Houses: Three 19th Century Classic Women Horror Writers

Photo Credit: Mr. T. P. Cooke, of the Theatre Royal Covent Garden, in the character of the monster in the dramatic romance of Frankenstein, 1823 production of Presumption; or, the fate of Frankenstein, lithograph reproduction of an original painting by Nathanial Whittock and Thomas Charles Wageman, The New York Public Library: Tronvillian/ Wikimedia Commons/PD Old … Continue reading Science, Ghosts and Haunted Houses: Three 19th Century Classic Women Horror Writers

Catalyst For A Series: My Unexpected “Aha!” Moment from The Blackwater Lightship

Photo Credit: Dark light… come shine in her lost heart tonight, taken on 26 November 2016 by Nikk: The Maniac Macrographer/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 I’ve talked quite a bit about inspiration on my blog. In this blog post I discuss how I believe inspiration is something you don’t sit around and wait for but go out and … Continue reading Catalyst For A Series: My Unexpected “Aha!” Moment from The Blackwater Lightship

“A Veil of Tears”: Family Secrets and The Trickle-Down Effect in The Blackwater Lightship (2004)

***This post is part of the Adoring Angela Lansbury Blogathon, hosted by the Realweegiemidget Review blog. *** ***Some spoilers*** “It’s a veil of tears, Lily. A veil of tears” (Angela Lansbury, The Blackwater Lightship, 2004) Hallmark has very specific (and not always nice) associations for many of us. When we hear the word Hallmark, we think … Continue reading “A Veil of Tears”: Family Secrets and The Trickle-Down Effect in The Blackwater Lightship (2004)

What’s in a Tagline? Picking Apart My Tagline

Photo Credit: Woman with veil, dark Gothic fantasy image, uploaded December 24, 2014 by LoganArt: LoganArt/ Pixabay/CC0 1.0 Last week, the Sisters in Crime organization held a webinar for authors about author branding. The idea of “branding” is relatively new buzzword in business and marketing (when it comes to people rather than products, that is) but … Continue reading What’s in a Tagline? Picking Apart My Tagline