New Ideas

Our Risky Regencies Read Along of Venetia, spearheaded by Carolyn, is turning out to be a great fun. It was a new idea and I’ve been enjoying it immensely.

There are a couple more new ideas that have also captured my interest in the last week.

The first is a new blog started by friends of mine, Kristine Hughes and Victoria Hinshaw. For those of you who write in the Regency and Victorian time periods, you probably have Kristine’s book, Writers Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England. (If not, she’s selling that and more on CD-just follow that link). Victoria Hinshaw is the author of several traditional regencies.

What Kristine and Vicky have in common is a love of research, especially researching Georgian/Regency/Victorian England. They also have a great sense of fun, so when they told me they were starting a blog, I knew I’d love it.

The blog is called Number One London. It launched on March 20 and here’s what they had the very first day:
Curiosity Corner – a recurring feature, this time a portrait and the task is to guess who it is.
Announcement of a Writer in Residence program – you could be awarded a stipend to spend two month to a year in Stratford on Avon! (have I got your attention now?)
Sharpe in India
All you ever wanted to know about franking a letter
Waterloo Bridge
Archive CD books online (you know I was excited about that one!!)

So check it out! I’m betting it will be almost as fun and educational as Risky Regencies.

Next new thing is from YouTube via ABC Nightly News.
Remember the remake of We Are The World debuted during the Superbowl? I was watching ABC news and Diane Sawyer did a story of another version of We Are The World done by ordinary people from all over the world. It was the idea of Lisa Lavie, a singer, who chose 57 other singers from YouTube and asked each of them to tape themselves singing We Are the World. Then she spliced them all together.

Here is the result:

These everyday people, from all over the world, were simply fantastic.

(for an interview with Lisa Lavie with Diane Sawyer, look Here.

Next Monday I’ll have something new to announce! A new book (well, an anthology) and a book giveaway. And more!

What’s new with you? Any new experiences? Tell us!

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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12 years ago

Bookmarking! And adding to my writer’s folder. Makes me want to go back to my Regency manuscript and do the re-write it needs, as I’ve been focusing on a contemporary of late.

A new book!! WOOHOO!!! *running to tell Mary* 🙂

12 years ago

That was incredibly moving as well as beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
12 years ago

I found Vicky and Kristine’s blog through Jo Manning and have bookmarked it ever since. Love it.

Louisa Cornell
12 years ago

I’ve already visited Vicky and Kristine’s blog and I will probably be there every day. So much help and SO fascinating!

Neat idea for the video. Far more moving than anything done by professionals.

AND a new book by the Divine One ?? YAY !

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

I agree with all of you!
azteclady and Louisa, I found the video incredibly moving and was in awe of the talent of each performer.

Judy, Elizabeth, and Louisa, we really have to keep watching Kristine and Vicky’s blog cuz there will be LOTS of good stuff on it! Am going to check it now!

Jane Austen
12 years ago

Well I’m in the process of creating a new blog called The Fourmiddables, which has five modern day women who love reading and have taken on the personas of five very real, but dead authors. We will be blogging about what we’re reading and tying them to classics and every day life. The five authors are Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, E. Nesbit, Dorothy Parker and George Sand, who will be joining us in July. We have our first page up describing what a Fourmiddable is, but no other posts yet. If anyone ever wants to come on as a guest blogger please e-mail me at and I would be happy to accommodate you.
I am chaperoning a trip to DC this Friday. We drive down Friday morning and leave 7:00PM Friday evening. I only have to make sure everyone gets on and off the bus. The rest of the time is mine to play in DC.

Jane Austen
12 years ago

PS for anyone who wants to check it out:
We will hopefully start posting regularly next week.

Jane George
12 years ago

Fun new blog!
And Jane A., I can’t wait to hear what all you dead ladies have to say!!

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Jane Austen! I hope you have time to go to the Library of Congress! The Great Hall is one of the most beautiful places in DC.

And I hope the Cherry Blossoms show up for you!

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

JA, I signed up to follow your blog.

Jane Austen
12 years ago

Diane, thanks for following. Now I feel like I have to be pity and punny and witty in my posts. I am Jane Austen (obviously) and I’m trying a stint as E. Nesbit. Should be fun.

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Not for me you don’t, JA! Really, I mean, you read me, don’t you. I’m not pithy or punny or witty!

12 years ago

AWSOME!!! I loved this song when it first came out and like this version better than the professional remake. We had a workshop back in the 80’s and learned to sign it. It was easy to teach and learn. We used it for our closing ceremony for our Girl Scout awards ceremony that Spring. We had about 40 first through sixth grade girls and their leaders sign it to the song. It was lovely.

This was an interesting and very full post. I liked all the links.

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Librarypat, I can just imagine how moving it would be to hear and see 40 Girl Scouts perform the song!

I always liked the “no egos here” concept of the professionals performing the song, but I LOVED the emotion of this YouTube version. People singing from their hearts.

Kathryn Kane
12 years ago

Next year marks the bicentennial of the beginning of the Regency. The Prince of Wales took the oath by which he became Regent at Carlton House on 6 February 1811.

Are the Riskies planning to do anything to celebrate this anniversary, even though it may only be important to lovers of Regency romances? It seems a pity to let it pass without some acknowledgement.


Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Kat, what a great idea! Of course we will do something….I think.