Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Bronte Parsonage & Book Bouquet

Before I start this week's post, I must say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who offered advice regarding my author name in Reader, I Married Him. Although I've still not decided whether to continue using my maiden name or use my married name, your comments have given me lots to consider.

Whilst we were on honeymoon, Mr PS and I took a slight detour to visit Haworth in Yorkshire. Apart from it being a ten-minute drive from where he lived many years ago, it's also the home of the Bronte Parsonage Museum. The opportunity to visit where the Bronte sisters lived and wrote their classic novels was not to be missed. If you have the chance to visit the Parsonage, go. You can almost feel Heathcliff and Catherine's presence as you walk around the brooding village, surrounded by the moorland of Wuthering Heights.

What really made our visit special, was taking part in the re-creation of Wuthering Heights. Running from April 6th until December 31st, artist Clare Twomey is inviting visitors to be part of a hand written copy of Emily Bronte's famous novel.


It was also fascinating to see the table upon which all the Bronte novels where written.

Changing the subject, but sticking with books - when we were planning our wedding, I already knew I wanted something rather unique and different for my bouquet. I needed one that could travel with us on our long journey to the Isle of Skye and I wanted to be able to keep it. After a lot of research, I discovered bouquets and button holes made from book paper. What could be more perfect?

It took me a while to find a seller I was confident could make one I'd love, but I'll admit I still had some doubts before it arrived. I'd even promised a close friend that if it wasn't right, I'd switch to flowers. In the end, I needn't have worried.

In case you're curious, the bouquet and Mr PS's button hole were made from the pages of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This was something of a novelty for the Etsy seller, as nearly everyone she makes is Harry Potter!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

IWSG: Reader, I Married Him

It's time for September's Insecure Writer's Support Group post and I'll be talking about a whopper of an insecurity this month. You can learn more about the group's founder, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and purpose here. The awesome co-hosts for September's post are Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure.

On Sunday, Mr PS and I visited the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth. Whilst there, a mug with the Jane Eyre quote Reader, I Married Him caught my eye. It seemed rather appropriate given Mr PS and I were married on August 30th. I'm now Mrs Stephenson! Alas, this leads me to an insecurity of epic proportions. What name should I now use for my writing?

In 2013, I published two short story collections under my maiden name, Ellie Garratt. Should I continue to publish in that name or do I switch to Stephenson? If I switch to my married name, do I use Ellie Stephenson, E Stephenson, or even Eleanor Stephenson? Which would be better when considering I write mainly science fiction and horror? Do I vary my name depending on genre? Should I re-publish my two short collections under my new name? If I decide to keep publishing as Ellie Garratt, will that offend my husband?

My head is spinning with possibilities.

What do you think? I'm not in any rush to make a decision, but it is nagging away at me. I'd appreciate any thoughts and idea you might have.

I couldn't end this post without sharing some wedding photographs. We were married on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. It was a beautiful day, and every bit the fairy tale I thought it would be. We could not be happier, and are both looking forward to what the future brings.