Tatiana and Olga 2010

Tatiana and Olga  2010

Saturday, May 24, 2014

OTMA 1914 - 2014

OTMA 1914


May 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the OTMA's  iconic 1914 formal photograph session.

 Most people know the Tsar's daughters  from these photos taken a few months before World War I



The theme and aim   at the time seems  to have been a type of nostalgia  and so even as they were snapped  there was an other world  feeling  about them . Their dream like beauty   is  a charring contrast  with what lay ahead for them and the world











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Bronte Novel Update 

 




I  finally started putting  together all the word documents that constituents  my Bronte novel into one file ...as near as I can figure I have written  about 270, 000 words 

When all is said and done,  it seems this amount  would produce a paperback of 300 or so pages...I can't quite believe these numbers myself ...but it's safe to say there's alot and I still have a good deal yet to write about! A friend early on said this would be at least two volumes lol

Writing is not the hard part I find . I have only to open a Bronte bio   or critical study  from the last 150 years  and I find an answering stream starts in response , which I  then write it down.  Other stimulates are at times  line of dialogue rings  in my heard and a scene will build from that. Often it's like writing an important message before it's  lost. My husband knows not to interrupt  if I 'm writing in a note book!  lol
Something has just beamed in

 The  greater challenge  for me will be the weaving together all  these different scenes into one book .  Luckly I'm following  the  time line as closely as our knowlege of the Brontes will allow and that's my map. 

Armed with Charlotte's letters and a 1853-54 calender,  my aim is to get it right as I can. I will be printing it out everything to construct sequence  as it's difficult to arch the drawing together of the people involved when I view it all in one computer file.

 I would say 90% at least is backed by history and the rest is  very highly likely imo, certainly possible . However it is 
a novel . I  do invent many  conversations  and even letters .But their creation is based on history and  known,   real  letters . I dare it  will seem very plausible to the Bronte fan

It's no fun if one invents things from whole cloth. The fun is working  WITHIN the box of known Bronte history. It's marvelous when a new perspective  squares with history and then " snaps"  in to place like a puzzle piece 

It's also fulfilling  as a long time Bronte fan to  weave the history deep within the prose , in many layers and  also connect  events not usually brought together . Only another  Bronte fan will catch all the references while reading



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Romanov Painting 

 

Naturally I'm still painting Tsar Nicholas and his son Alexi 1916. The Tsar's trunk  is totally different than it had been for 15 months or so. I'm certainly finding it easier to paint...and I'm chipping away at it . There is constant discovery, so it doesn't pall

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OTMA 

 1914 -2014  


              I made a video celebrating the 1914 Photos


video

           It has other photos of the girls taken that year

          Music by the wonderful Rachael Portman  

 

OTMA.  The Tsar's daughters 

1914 

 


Okay! Back to work!


2 comments:

  1. Succes Anne, in bringing all these 270, 000 words together in a story. I can imagine what kind of a pleasure, and sometimes, trouble it gives to you. Are ypu going to make an E-book of it, or a "real" book? I will be one of your first buyers!

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  2. My aim is a" real" book and a big one , but certainly an E book. It will come out in one form or both

    I'm still writing. I just wanted to start weaving it together now before it becomes an even bigger job!

    And you won't buy it Geri, I can't wait give you a copy! Your love for the Brontes is an inspiration to me! :) Thank you for your blog!

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