And the new project is…
Posted on January 1st, 2013
…hold on, I’m getting to it. I’m making you read the background first.
I have a metric shit ton of trivia about the English Regency (in reality, the entire long eighteenth century) in my head. I used to co-run a weekly Jane Austen trivia contest, many, many years ago. I even had a contract to write a book for roleplaying in America/Europe from 1775-1820, and although it is mostly written, it was interrupted by law school, law practice, a child, and now the publisher doesn’t exist in the same form, so…I have most of a RPG/history book on my harddrive.
If you’re wondering why this time, rather than some other? I don’t know. Maybe because it was a time period not claimed by any other person in my family. I could never match my father for American history or my mother for medieval history or my sister for women’s history or my brothers for Vietnam or my husband for World War II and Korea.
This, though. This and age of sail? This is where I fell in love. The early modern meets the modern. The best parts of the history of science. Americans are still underdogs. And culturally, the Regency is the raucous Fat Tuesday on the cusp of drab Victorian Ash Wednesday.
So there’s that, and –
For years, M has been after me to do a podcast. Years. I have demurred, because what would I talk about? Why would anyone in their right mind want to listen to me talk? (Putting aside the seminars and things I did for the law school after graduation. Every time I was afraid no one would show up.)
When I went to get out the wrapping paper for Christmas, a bag of old Regency romances (categories, mostly) fell out of the closet and at my feet. I’d moved these things around with us for years.
I had an idea.
I love nitpicking history. I had this stack of Regencies. M wanted me to do a podcast. Maybe, just maybe, I could combine all of the above. It took a couple of weeks, but it finally dawned on me how to bring it all together.
My microphone arrived yesterday. I’m writing the first script and hoping to have the first podcast ready to go in the next week or so (and to have a new podcast each week).
I’m so excited. I’m committing myself to ten podcasts. If it goes nowhere, it goes nowhere. But if it takes off, then I’ll keep going. (I should say “we,” because M is the cohost.) And yes, my real first name is involved in the other project. I’ve never made it that hard to find out who I am, but please don’t get all crazy and start using it here.