Wordless Wednesday: High in a Tower

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 in news & muse, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday

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Photographed in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn during one of my daily walks.

Wordless Wednesday: First crocus

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in news & muse, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday

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Photographed this week in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Several days later it snowed yet again. (Spring has to come eventually, right?)

Wordless Wednesday: Love is the Answer

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in news & muse, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday

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Photographed recently in Soho, Manhattan as part of an outdoor art installation.

Wordless Wednesday: A hawk in Brooklyn

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in news & muse, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday

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Look what I saw on my morning walk! Photographed in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.

Snippet Sunday: A Visit to Highgate

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 in news & muse, Snippet Sunday, The Lily Maid, travels

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Snippet Sunday is a monthly meme organized by Stephanie Dray in which historical authors post six sentence snippets of their novels. For the sake of organization, I’ve decided to post mine on the first Sunday of the month. You can read my previous snippets here.

March’s snippet is from the THE LILY MAID and is set in London’s infamous Highgate Cemetery:

On a late winter afternoon when the trees are bare and the sun golden, the twisty, hilly road bisecting Highgate Cemetery seemed a picturesque secret. As the road climbed toward the highest point in all of London, the burial ground was surrounded on both sides by ivy-covered walls and old growth trees. Perched within them I spied bird nests, optimistic for spring, and a scattering of buds upon green branches. Mama and I had never visited Highgate before; we’d chosen the less lofty Brompton Cemetery for Papa. If I didn’t know where I was, I’d believe I’d happened onto some part of Hampstead Heath that never made it into a Baedeker’s. This made what was about to occur seem all the more sinister.

The above photograph was taken by me during my visit to Highgate Cemetery to visit Elizabeth Siddal’s grave in 2010.