Ah, a week gone by already? Such a lovely week it was. I hope you enjoy these links as much as I did.


Links for writers …

Revision is tough! I take strength seeing the messy revised pages of the greats. Here is a page from Jane Austen’s Persuasion:


• It’s interesting to read a transcript of the edits she made.

Balzac’s astonishing output is discouraging! Forty novels? I forget. He was fuelled by coffee, debt and a compulsive need for luxury goods. So interesting!

Habits of Highly Effective Writers: Balzac

Did Balzac Really Drink 50 Cups of Coffee a Day?

The Coffee Pot That Fueled Honoré de Balzac’s Coffee Addiction

As readers of my blog know, I’ve begun to dabble in art—which was, in fact, my first love. I’m starting to notice writers who also paint or draw.


Links for flâneurs through history …

I needed an 18th century desert to play a role in the WIP. Internet to the rescue! Here are some delightful links for those of you with a sweet tooth (i.e. everyone):

Conceits, Comfits, & Creams: More on 18th Century Desserts

• The free e-book of The Complete Confectioner: Or, The Whole Art of Confectionary Made Easy, published in 1807. Delightful and delectable!

I also fell down the rabbit hole of research into quills, and paper, and ink. I do love this stuff!

Letter Writing in Jane Austen’s Time: Quills and Correspondence. Fascinating.

A link for romantics …

Emblems of Love, in Four Languages: Dedicated to the Ladys (1683). This is a wonderful website.

Have a great week!