Saturday, May 19, 2012
Epistolary Form Edwardian (Laurier) Era Ebook
I've posted my first draft of Biology and Ambition, the follow up to Threshold Girl and Diary of a Confirmed Spinster, which is finished but not yet posted as this book requires a lot of typing and I'm injured.
Biology and Ambition is about Marion Nicholson, a teacher in 1910 and is in epistolary form. Sort of cut and paste for me. Easier on the hands, but not on the brain. It is HARD to edit letters! Very hard. Even if you know your subject backwards and forwards like I do.
Threshold Girl is in narrative prose form and is about Marion's young sister Flora, a college girl in 1911/12. Diary of a Confirmed Spinster is about her older sister Edith and is a murder/mystery. I play with history here, filling in blanks, missing information with the most audacious explanation.
All stories in the School Marms and Suffragettes series are based on the letters of Tighsolas.
The ebooks complement each other and are meant to be read together, with Flora's story first, Edith's second and Marion's third.
My stories are about teachers in the Edwardian Era, or the Laurier Era in Canada. But, these letters cover the issues that are relevant to all middle class women, but I add eugenics, child welfare, suffragettes, etc.
The story of the Edwardian or Laurier Middle Class has not been especially well told. Upstairs Downstairs, Downton Abbey etc. like to contrast the rich and the poor and leave out the middle class. Not enough drama.
But the Nicholson family saga is a story that resonates today. The Middle Class never really changes. It's a class full of people who aspire to be high class but fear falling into the lower class, a much much MUCH easier thing to do, especially in a bad economy. Hence, it's a nervous class. An antsy class. And as GB Shaw said, it's a moral class, I mean sanctimonious. The Nicholsons, who are experiencing financial problems, are all these things. They are also terribly fun loving. They want to eke the most out of existence.