Writing has effected my life since I was old enough to scribble in the dirt with a stick. My childhood was spent rewriting every story I came across and a dream someday of being an author. I can't remeber when writing wasn't a part of my daily life but since setting myself down to writing as a career I've come up against many issues that a non-writer wouldn't think of.
As a wife and mother I have certain duties expected of me and as a writer have duties others expect from me. To find a balancing act is difficult, but can be found. I'm lucky to have a supportive family who allow and encourage my erratic, scatter-brained days. Some days I can spend hours upon hours at the computer, talk to myself endlessly, and even act out fight scenes.
I dress as one of my heroines to get the feel of how her clothing would effect her movement and I spend a lot of time reading and learning about history and inventions. I spend most days submerged in Prince Albert's world of 1880 where the British empire has expanded to cover most of the world. I get to bring to life inventions or take an invention created in our world and transport it a century in the past. And I get to play matchmaker with my characters.
What inventions from our modern world would you like to see put to use in the 1880's? How do you thinnk that invention would have been used?