3 Non Sequiturs


How good are you at writing blurbs? How much zing can you deliver with a hundred-word hook? The Query Letter is sponsoring a blurb contest, free to enter, and with a 500 dollar prize. I’m definitely entering. I need the practice because I’m polishing my Witch of the Manor House pitch for Pitmad on September 3, 2020. Here’s the link to the contest: https://www.queryletter.com/contest


The fabulous Yawatta Hosby wrote a guest post for this blog back in February in which she talked about the inspiration behind her latest novella, Urban Legends. Urban Legends is now available for purchase right here. Best of luck to Ms. Hosby on this recent release!


I had a cup of coffee and a chat with author Paula Readman. She posted our get together on her website at PaulaReadman1. (Well okaaay, Ms. Readman lives in another country, and there’s the virus thing, so it was just a virtual chat, but still.)

I had to stop at three non sequiturs so I could use the feature image, a vintage photo of three Victorian sisters taken in 1893. (Courtesy Boston Public Library.) Check out the details: real working shutters on the windows, a bazillion tiny buttons on their dresses, and the intricate woodwork of the porch. But I’ve got to wonder, with those tight corsets, how did Victorian women breathe?

59 thoughts on “3 Non Sequiturs

    1. It was nice spending time together, Paula. It’s a fabulous photo, and it makes me wonder what kind of lives those three women led. And those long, tight dresses and no air conditioning . . . they were tough broads! Thanks for commenting.:-)

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  1. Well, from what I’ve read, Victorian women had to contend with that problem all the time. The corset was considered a medicinal device, as it was feared that a woman without a corset and/or who engaged in lots of movement risked her uterus becoming untethered and then wouldn’t be able to bear healthy children (never stopped them from making women and girls in the lower classes do grueling work).Thus, there was an emphasis on tightening the corset, but there was also a lot of warnings out there to make sure the corset wasn’t too tight, as it could squeeze the rib cage and interfere with breathing. This led to many women protesting the corset or looking for alternatives, though not as many to really get a societal movement going. In fact, the corset did not fall out of fashion until the 1920s, when girdles and bras came into use. Thank you for coming to my TED talk and giving me an excuse to exercise my obsession.
    Good luck on the blurb contest. Believe me, I know how difficult writing those things can be. And I’ll take a look at the contest too. It sounds like fun.

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  2. I wish you all the best in the contest, Priscilla.
    Thanks for sharing the link to Urban Legends as well. I poked around on Amazon and will likely be adding it to my TBR.
    Also, great interview with Paula. I left you a comment on her blog.
    P.S….that photo at the top is awesome!

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  3. Good luck with the contest, Priscilla. You nonsequiturs left me bewildered so you did a very good job with them. I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan and I remember the actress who played the middle sister, Lady Edith, saying they used to have a little corset cry in the first year when they had to wear corsets as part of the period costume. The corsets hurt so much to wear.

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      1. Yep. I did the Pitmads and PitDarks in 2017 on Twitter. Several requests for queries and had two publishers with the full for PERILOUS CONFESSIONS after the final Pitmad that year. I signed with one after an R&R on it in early 2018 and it released in January 2019.

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  4. Hey Priscilla,

    Thanks for the shoutout of my new book. I just finished reading your fun interview, and the reasoning behind you not using a pen name is inspirational. I love your confidence. Good luck with your contest!

    Keep smiling,

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  5. Thanks for all the links and suggestions, Priscilla. I always seem to come up with better ideas for the blurbs of other people’s books than for my own, but as I’m not working on another book at the moment, I’ll definitely pass on the contest, but I’ll share. I’ll check the interview and the book. As for corsets… They had an exhibition about clothing over the years at the museum of design, here in Barcelona a while back, and some of the contraptions were horrifying. Talk about a bird in a golden cage! Have a fabulous week!

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  6. Congratulation on the virtual coffee chat 🙂 and best of luck at Pitmad!

    This post is short and sweet, Priscilla. Like an espresso. I do admire the three sisters in your featured image. I noticed how each one folded her hands in a different way. Not to mention how perfect their hairstyle is.
    I guess if you are given little air, you get used to not requiring, not using, not expecting more.

    Heading over to Ms Readman…

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  7. Having to condense a whole book into just a few paragraphs isn’t one of my strong suits, so much luck to you with the contest, Priscilla – and with PitMad! I remember that guest post by Yawatta – she was also featured during Bad Moon Rising on my blog a couple years ago. Best wishes to her with the new release!

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  8. LOL, they did not breathe, Priscilla. That’s they got “the vapors.” With those corsets, I can understand why they’re all frowning. Sure, most people couldn’t hold a smile long enough for the old fashioned camera’s shutter, but still… I think it’s the corsets. Terrific post. I like the title of your WIP. Hugs on the wing.

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