Warm welcome to the little workshop, friends, and please call me Rach! (Or Rachel!)
Think of me as a little “host” for the Dickens Chronological Reading Club, though I am hoping that other authors will join in posting here ~ our members have enriched the group so much with their comments both here and on twitter!
A little about your host:
Like Miss Jenny Wren, I’m a seamstress (who had a tiny sewing business for 13.5 years) now applying some of those skills to practicing dollmaking and dolls’ dressmaking! Another instance where Art influences Life, perhaps…? A hopeless reader and daydreamer, I can well understand Lizzie Hexam’s tendency to stare at the hearth and see things in the hollow down by the flare. I may be generally as single & solitary a fellow as Master Humphrey (aka, the single gentleman in The Old Curiosity Shop), but I also, like Tom Pinch and Newman Noggs, delight in family and friends and in being a little useful in the world. If I can travel through life with something of the spirit of romance that remained always in the hearts of Master Humphrey and Mr Pickwick, with the good humor of Sam Weller, I will be content ~ and hopefully make some fellow travellers happier too.
When I’m not taking care of a beloved little niece or supporting residents in a group home setting, I’m usually to be found reading, writing chatty letters or scribbling notes for upcoming fiction, finishing edits to a modern-gothic novel (my “love letter to Dickens” rep’d by Maura Phelan of Green Light Literary written under the pen name, Sydney Wren), and practicing polymer clay dollmaking.