Monday, December 28, 2015

Goth Monday

A long walk down a dark corridor.

You shiver in your delicate nightgown, the ruffles fluttering. A draft makes the flames of the candles snap and dim, your fist so tightly clenched around the silver candelabra that your knuckles ache.
Glancing out the window through a veil of fog mooting the shimmer of the rising sun,

The sent of damp wood, earthy clay, and the scent of rain. Exactly what you’d expect a haunted manor house to smell like, actually.

What was that sound you heard?

The clatter of china?  Muffled footsteps?

Do to the holiday season, I thought I'd add a light touch to our Goth Monday.

Which brings us to this Monday's topic:

Tea and Elevenses 

 Paddington Bear and The Wind in the Willows will probably have heard of such English meals as Morning Tea, Afternoon Tea and some mysterious snack called ‘Elevenses’.

What are they?

These typically light meals became popular among the English upper-and-middle classes during the Victorian era. Changing social and work-habits meant that mealtimes changed drastically. Women of the well-to-do classes would go visiting. It was the man’s job to earn a living. It was the woman’s job to make all the social connections.

Morning tea and afternoon tea centered around tea, naturally. This beverage was once so rare and expensive, women kept their tea-caddies locked and had the keys with them at all times. But with the opening of China in the 1850s, the import of Chinese and Indian teas became cheaper and it was now available to a much wider range of people.

Tea was designed to be light, refined, and relaxed. Enjoyed with close friends and relations, or business-partners and colleagues. Tea consisted of small cakes, biscuits, and sandwiches – and yes, the classic cucumber-sandwich. Light snacks not designed to fill you up, but to distract from hunger until the main meals of the day,

Instead of morning tea, one might have ‘elevenses’, taken, as the name suggests, around ten or eleven o’clock in the morning. Since the Industrial Revolution forced people to wake up earlier and eat breakfast earlier (six or seven or eight in the morning), by midday, they could be especially hungry. Elevenses or morning tea was designed as a light snack, to be enjoyed halfway between breakfast and lunch.

Dear reader, next Goth Monday will feature apothecary in Gothic literature.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Goth Monday

A long walk down a dark corridor.  

Yes, dear readers, in other words--it is Monday.

This Monday's topic: "What is Gothic Romantic Fiction".

Gothic fiction is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. As a genre, it is generally believed to have been invented by the English author Horace Walpole, with his 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto.

Prominent features of Gothic fiction include terror (both psychological and physical), mystery, the supernatural, ghosts, haunted houses and Gothic architecture, castles, darkness, death, decay, doubles, madness, secrets and hereditary curses.  ~ Excerpted from Gothic fiction on Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.

This Monday I would like to share a few of my favorites quotes from Gothic Romantic novels I read, and re-read.  If you would like to share your favorites quotes, please add them to the comments area of this blog.

"I will not let you go into the unknown alone."  Braun Stoker.

"The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague.  Who shall say where one ends, and where the other begins?"  Edgar Allan Poe.

"If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a whole lifetime, he couldn't love you as much as I do in a single day."  Emily Brontë

How do you, dear reader, define the Gothic Romantic literature written today?


Sunday, December 13, 2015

The President's Message

Hello GothRom Members!

I do hope you have all had a wonderful start to December.

Here is southern California the weather is cold, and tonight the much need rain is a blessed event from the heavens!

This month is an busy month for our members.  Not only do we have our very own chapter bog here on blogger,com  but we have a newly created Facebook page, and we will soon be debuting on Twitter!

We are a growing chapter, and becoming more and more active in social media.

We are also looking for a member to volunteer for the vice president position of our chapter for 2016. Carmen will be stepping down in the near future and will be missed during our brain-storming sessions.

As always, it it a pleasure to hear of our members successes and online events and to interact with our talented authors, both published and pre-published.

I would like to thank my fellow board members:  Anna Taylor Sweringen and Nikki Koekenbacker for their dedication and continued service to GothRom.

Once again, my fellow authors, thank you for all that you do and your commitment to GothRom/RWA.

Remember a full moon will light up the night sky on Christmas for the first time since 1977.  The celestial phenomenon won't happen again on Christmas until 2034.  The full moon will reach its peak at 6:00 a.m. E.T., according to ABC.

Sidebar:  The last full moon of the year in December is called the Full Cold Moon, although it is also known as the Moon before Yule, according to the Farmers' Almanac.

Sounds like the perfect setting for a Goth Romance, doesn't it?