Red Passion Writings

A collection of short stories and poems from a queer romance writer

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Inspiration > The Duchess

I wanted to immerse myself in a French Revolution or Georgian drama. I wanted to admire the costumes – I love the gorgeous dresses & stylish breaches (what is more sexy than a beautiful woman in tight black breaches and a riding habit!) and wonder what it was like to live in that era.

In lieu of watching The Scarlet Pimpernel (namely the BBC TV series), one of my favourite dramas set in the French Revolutionary and Georgian eras, I set about watching The Duchess (read about the movie on IMDb here). The movie stars Keira Knightly and chronicles the lavish, yet restrictived, life of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. 

Every time I watch this movie I thank my lucky stars I live now, in a century and modern society where we can live and love freely, where there are no obligations regarding marriage and child bearing, and that we as women have equal rights and can decide our own fates. It makes me angry. It spurs my feminist beliefs.

It gives me inspiration. Inspiration to write my long dreamt of novel set in French Revolution and Georgian times. My story is a little different to that of The Duchess. It is a story of freedom, of lesbian romance, of exotic locales (namely India). Now to set about writing my story! I will finish it one day and share it with my wonderful followers. Stay tuned.

And I have to include this saucy scene from The Duchess

Images sourced from the Internet.


National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo

Last week, on the second of November, on the radio during my morning commute, I heard about the National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo. It is an international project where writers aim to write a 50,000 word novel over the month of November. Previous participants have had their NaNoWriMo novels published.

When I heard this I was inspired to do it. I would write the novel which I had been researching and working on for a while. I signed up. I had and still have my doubts that I wouldn’t be able to reach the 50,000 words, but I told myself to try it and if I don’t reach the target I would still have written a significant portion of my novel.

So I started writing. I struggled to meet the target or 1,600 words per day on the first few days, but I did write. And over the last two days I have actually managed to write over 1,000 words a day, so I am improving. I just have to keep it up!

Participants sign up, give a bio of themselves, enter information about the novel they intend to write and update whenever they wish the number of words they have written so far. You can track your statistics and it gives you a target word count per day and the remaining number of words required to meet the 50,000.

Check out National Novel Writing Month for more information and to sign up. As my partner and friends have said to me “just do it!”

Red Passion Writings

In Red Passion Writings, a collection of short stories, poetry and prose, I hope to put some of my writings from over the years out there. I welcome any feedback. I retain all copyright of the material on this blog and in any forms of dissemination.

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