Tuesday, October 7, 2008

100th Post!

This post is the hundredth post on Writing the Renaissance. When I began the blog back in January, I was worried that I wouldn't have anything to say. Somehow, that hasn't been a problem! I've been amazed at how subjects for posts often seem to fall in my lap just when I need them. I've found I have a lot to say, but unfortunately, not enough time to say it all. 

I've really enjoyed sharing my passion for historical fiction and the sixteenth century with you. I thank all my regular readers for their faith that I might actually say something interesting! I'm humbled and inspired that you return again and again to read and to share. I'd also like to thank authors Michelle Moran, C. W. Gortner, and Catherine Delors for graciously sharing their time and expertise by answering interview questions and participating in discussions. I have made many new friends in the historical fiction community since beginning this blog, and I value each and every one of them. Thank you all for welcoming me into the writerly blogosphere. I've had a wonderful time and look forward to participating for years to come.

In honor of the centennial, I'd like to open the post up to you. What do you like especially about the blog? What would you like to see more (or less) of? Should I expand the focus a bit or are you happy with the spotlight on France? I'm open to any and all suggestions--I want to keep this blog interesting for you, the reader.

And if you don't have any comments about the blog, I'm curious to know--what is it about the sixteenth century that draws you in? If you could go back to sixteenth century France for a day, what would you most like to see?

Thanks again for your support! I'm looking forward to reading your comments.


Susan Adrian said...

Congrats on the 100th post, Julianne!

(I'm still reading, just through Google Reader)

Marg said...


I really enjoy reading the posts that you have, so if you have plenty more material then carry on!

Michelle Moran said...

Congratulations!!!!! Your blog is a wonderful read, and I look forward to the next 100 :]

Cinderella said...

Congratulations! I enjoy everything you're doing here, especially posts about history and historical fiction. Please continue what you're doing!

If I could go back to 16th century France for the day... I'd want to see what everyone was wearing and eating. The details of daily life in the past interest me.

Catherine Delors said...

First I want to join in the congratulations. You and I began blogging at the same time, and I too had that silly fear of running out of topics...

I love your focus on 16th century France! It is what sets this blog apart.

Julianne Douglas said...

Thanks, everyone! It's encouraging to hear that I'm doing something right!

And I'm with you, Cinderella--I wish I could go back to see the details of everyday life. I'd be especially curious to see how people looked, considering the differences in nutrition and health care. I think how small the cities were and how abruptly urban areas gave way to rural would be striking, too. And I'd love to see the chateaux bustling with the people who lived there, not tourists!

Holly Tucker said...

From a dix-septiemiste: Continuez! C'est magnifique!

Wonderful to see another French Ph.D. following their historical passions publicly. (How's that for alliteration!) I'm linking to you, ok?


cindy said...

yay! how wonderful! celebrate! i like your blog exactly as is. you always surprise me. and i learn something. i know NOTHING about 16th century france. that's why i love writers, because we all have own little obsessions--and we can share them.

thanks for keeping a fun and informative blog with lots of meaty
author interviews / book reviews, etc. love it!!

Julianne Douglas said...

Holly, by all means, please link, as I will to you! I can't wait to spend time exploring your fascinating website. I'm so glad you introduced yourself here and at historicalfictiononline.

And Cindy, as always, thanks for the encouragement! You're always there to give struggling writers a boost. :) One of these days, I need to have you do a guest post on your path to next summer's publication of your book. I can't wait to interview YOU as your pub date draws closer!