On the road

I really think I shall have to sack my maid. She is not only a saucy piece who makes the humble yet necessary job of ironing into some sort of grand seduction, but she’s incompetent! You should see the wrinkles in my clothes and the evidence of hasty, last minute laundering. When we reach our destination later today I shall have to stand over her and supervise her every move. I am just grateful that there will be very few gentlemen attending the event.

I shall spend the better part of an hour discussing the neverending problem of servants to anyone who cares to attend.

As for me, I shall be most modestly and suitably attired for travel–note that my maid seems to have lost her kerchief again–it is an excessively tiresome habit.

I shall take the precaution of taking my apothecary chest lest any of my acquaintances suffer a fit of the vapors or appear crapulous following an evening of gossip and refreshment.

And of course my writing slope will accompany me, for although I am not in such dire straits as Miss Jewell or Miss McCabe regarding their literary obligations, I do have a great deal of work to do.

In translation: Yes, I shall be attending the New Jersey Romance Writers Conference, giving my workshop on servants, and signing at the Literacy Bookfair on Saturday. I hope I’ll see you there! Next week I shall have pictures.

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Jane Austen
13 years ago

The apothecary chest reminds me of Napoleon’s travel library which I saw at the J. P. Morgan Library in New York City. He even had miniature books created for the chest. And I believe his and Josephine’s names are scribbled in a section. Too bad Napoleon wasn’t around now a days. Imagine what he would have thought of a Kindle so he could take his library while he conquers Europe. I still feel, however, with or without Kindle, he would still have fallen to the Russians. Not only have their winters not changed, they now use more dangerous weapons like radiation poisoning and have a rather extensive mafia. Just saying……

13 years ago

“crapulous”? Really? Wowsers.

Have a great time. One of these years, I hope to attend.

Amanda McCabe
13 years ago

Wish I could be at the conference! 🙁

Megan Frampton
13 years ago

See you soon!

13 years ago

Cute. One of these days I’ll make it to a conference. There haven’t been any close enough for me to take time off for. ENJOY.

13 years ago

Nice haircut. And nice composition in the pic. The zig-zag wall self goes very well in the background, with the angle of the hair.

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