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FEBRUARY 2017


"The daemon glanced at his watch.  The day was young, but he already knew why his friend was in Scotland.  

Matthew Clairmont was falling in love."  A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 9


 

Image by Suzanne Shaw

February Update: Reading & Writing & Teaching & Casting...

Hello, everybody! It's time for your next update on all things All Souls. To be honest, nothing much has changed. I'm still reading, writing, teaching, and working on the TV production where everybody's thoughts have turned to casting. I know that's what many of you have been thinking about for YEARS but now we are, too.

What am I reading? Well, I'm reading lots of books on queens, witches, and courtesans to keep up with my course this semester. Scholars of gender, power, and sexuality are very prolific and every year there are new books and articles to read and think about so that the course stays up-to-date. One of the books I've enjoyed is Suzannah Lipscomb's THE KING IS DEAD: THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF HENRY VIII. I'm also reading an awful lot books about the 18th century...

What am I writing? I'm still working on THE SERPENT'S MIRROR. Boy, that Matthew is complicated. Just when I think I have him all figured out I discover he was hanging out with some pretty interesting people in the 1540s. It's taking me some time (and a whole lot of research...) to figure it all out. But don't worry. I'm writing away on Marcus's story while Matthew explains himself. I'm also finishing up with the last story treatments for the first series of...

The TV Adaptation. Yep. we are working away on the understanding that filming will start sometime this summer. Reminder: any detailed announcements about the TV show will come from the broadcaster(s) and not from me. Right now most of our energy is being put into scripts and casting major parts like Matthew and Diana. I know that you all have LOTS of opinions on who should play these roles, and this is what I can promise you: they will be great actors. Casting is the most challenging process I have ever witnessed. Way too many moving pieces! But I have every faith in the casting director and my fingers are crossed for the best possible result.

In other news: 

In case you missed it, the All Souls Con is back in 2017. We're headed to New Orleans this September. Check their website for all the details, and save the date: September 23. http://allsoulscon.org/

And finally, my March Pinterest inspiration board is up and ready for viewing. March is one of my favorite months, in large part because it is so unpredictable. Though it can feel like winter will never end, March reminds us that hope--and patience--are rewarded. Here's the link: 

https://www.pinterest.com/…/march-inspiration-for-readers-…/

 

I hope you enjoyed my February Inspiration Board for Readers and Writers on pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/debharkness/february-inspiration-for-readers-and-writers/
February 7 was National Libraries Day and I got to celebrate it in my happy place, a rare books library. The topic of my class? How did books help "make" witches. 

The oldest book we looked at was a 1519 copy of the MALLEUS MALEFICARUM, a copy so small it was about the size of an iPhone. You could carry it in your pocket, in case you needed to consult it on the fly.
 

The most recent was an 1888 YA book called THE WITCH'S FROLIC with beautiful illustrations, some of which looked like emojis!  

Thank you to University of Southern California Special Collections. 

From Twitter @Deb Harkness, February 4: 
Sarah Bishop's musical nightmare began today. 




 

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FANTASY CAST YOUR OWN AST DINNER PARTY

If you could invite one or more of the vampires from the All Souls Trilogy to dine out (or in!), who would you like to to invite?

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Gallowglass
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Verin
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Domenico
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Father Hubbard
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Jack
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To DINNER?  Are you kidding me?  None of them.
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Thank you!  Look for the results in our March newsletter.  
RESULTS FROM OUR JANUARY POLL
Programming Ideas for the All Souls Con 2017 Organizers:  


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