Happy new year! And a few changes...

I’m a little slow off the blocks with nearly everything this new year, the consequence of having too long a list of things to start. It’s like launching many balloons into the early morning mist at once. Well, not really, but I have this great picture my father took in Taos in 1986…

The blog is getting a re-organization this year. I currently post twice a week, on Monday & Wednesday. That’s changing to Monday & Friday. Monday will still be the Texas posts; Friday will still be history. I have an orderly convention for distinguishing genres.

 

Texas now and then

I will continue to post the Texas now and then articles on Mondays. Like sophomore elective courses, they are fun and easy (for me), but hopefully have some intellectual value. I can do a month’s worth in one evening in front of the tube. They go with the Lost Hat, Texas, mystery series, which will grow from one book to two in March or April.

These posts will always have the same title. In case anyone is curious, my sources are:

Elizabethan history

This one’s getting scaled back. I can’t write four long, thoughtful essays about the Elizabethan period every month; or, I can, but I shouldn’t. Each one takes a full day and I’m supposed to be writing fiction; also, finding illustrations for topics like sixteenth-century real estate law is tough.

My new plan is to write one long, thoughtful post about history each month, probably about whatever I’m currently trying to learn. I will continue to walk through one of Bacon’s essays each month, working through the standard list in order. My source is the conveniently searchable rendition at West Egg. Those titles are readily identifiable; e.g., Bacon’s Essays: Of Studies.

For the other two weeks, I’m going to do easy, short posts titled Pix and Quotes, possibly with a subtitle, in which I share some odds and ends that I like. Photographs will be mostly mine and will be mostly sorted around places of interest. These and the history articles will have titles tagged Elizabethan.

Wait: where did these Victorians come from?

I’m launching a series set in the late Victorian period (London) sometime this year; when that happens, some of the Friday posts will be about this period. Their titles will start with the tag Victorian. Catchy, what?

As soon as I finish typing up the notes from my current Bacon-related book, I will embark upon a study of late Victorian mental health beliefs and practices. My characters will be going undercover in a private hospital specializing in the treatment of neurasthenia, an affliction of the rich and sensitive.

There will be another Bacon story in 2016. At least one short story, one novella, and hopefully book 4. But I have to write the stories that clamoring to get out. Squeaky wheels and all that.

Mashmont, launch the balloons!

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