My Visit to Lyme Park (fictionally known as Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley)

My visit to Lyme Park while visiting Manchester UK this October was for the purpose of taking my book, Blythe Court, and standing in front of the estate and snapping a picture. Lyme Park is on the cover, as well as “The Cage” on a hill in the background. Of course, most of my readers are probably more interested in the fact that Lyme Park was Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley in Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth. Read More

My Visit to Elizabeth Gaskell’s Home in Manchester

Today I had a wonderful and inspirational experience visiting the home of Elizabeth Gaskell in Manchester, UK, at 84 Plymouth Grove. Her most memorable works were Cranford (1851-53), North & South (1854-55), and Wives & Daughters (1865). She also authored many other works over the years such as short stories and novellas. After arriving at the home, I was greeted by informative volunteers placed in each of the rooms ready to give visitors the background Read More

Dancing (1872 Style)

A lady – beautiful word! — is a delicate creature, one who should be reverenced and delicately treated. It is therefore unpardonable to rush about in a quadrille, to catch hold of the lady’s hand as if she were a door-handle, or to drag her furiously across the room, as if you were Bluebeard…”  (The Habits of Good Society: By Unknown Author, originally published 1872. Copyright 2012 Forgotten Books). Recently on my author Facebook page, Read More

The English Victorian Wedding – 1872 Style

I am back to poking around one of my favorite books, “The Habits of Good Society: A Handbook for Ladies and Gentlemen,”  available on Amazon in print form.  Tucked on page 316 is Chapter XV. Marriage.  It begins with this quote: At a time when our feelings are or ought to be most susceptible, when the happiness or misery of a condition in which there is no medium begins, we are surrounded with forms and Read More

The Truth Behind Facebook Pages

Recently, I boosted one of my posts by paying Facebook $20. Most authors make Facebook pages to gain and interact with readers. At the present time, I have 1,828 likes on my page.  How many people see what I post?  Hardly no one, unless I pay.  Here is a recent sampling of the number of people I’ve reached in the past few days: 88 People – Posted a link to my entertainment blog on a Read More

Emma the Movie (1996) vs. Emma (ITV 1996) vs. Emma the BBC Series (2009)

Kernel Tossing – Movie 5 – Series 4 – ITV 3 So this should be an interesting post. I just finished completely watching the 2009 BBC Emma, after only having seen portions. I’… Source: Emma the Movie (1996) vs. Emma (ITV 1996) vs. Emma the BBC Series (2009) Read my review on Popcorn Entertainment about the three adaptations of Emma.  Do you have a favorite? Read More

Victorian Cleanliness 1872 Style (Part 2)

“But the man who throws his clothes about the room, a boot in one corner, a cravat in another, and his brushes anywhere, is not a man of good habits. The spirit of order should extend to everything about him.” All quotes are taken from “The Habits of Good Society: A handbook for Ladies and Gentlemen.” If only the writer could see my nails. Broken, uneven, and badly needing my cuticles cut. I exhibit poor Read More

Victorian Cleanliness 1872 Style (Part I)

“In the beginning of the present century (19th), it was thought proper for a gentleman to change his undergarment three times a day, and the washing bill of a beau comprised seventy shirts, thirty cravats, and pocket handkerchiefs à discretion.” (The Habits of Good Society 1872) This chapter has been of particular interest to me mostly because of the stories I’ve read about the poor hygiene in centuries past. However, when it came to the Read More

KU Scammers on Amazon – What’s Going On? Repost from The Passive Voice

Dear Readers, The link to this article is posted as a means of reader education on my part.  What you read may shock you, but if you are part of Kindle Unlimited it’s important for you to know how your downloads result in paid earnings to authors. Each time you download one of Nora Covington’s exclusive books, I am only paid up until the last page that syncs on your Kindle. Because of this, many Read More