Cravats and Corsets
I promised everyone a picture of my husband and me at the Regency Romance Ball, so here it is. (Can I just say that it's a little hard to pull off the Regency style if you're not Gwyneth Paltrow or Kira Knightly? That high waist tends to look a little maternity.) I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the event. My guess was that there would be a bunch of Jane Austen fanatics, and it would be something like a Star Trek convention--only with everyone dressed as Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy instead of Klingons and Captain Kirk.
Actually, people weren't quite that obsessed. There were about 150 people in attendance. Some of these seemed to be theater people who liked to dress up in costumes. One woman was even wearing a corset--not a whole one mind you, a half corset. Some were reenactment types (you know those Civil War people.) There was also a group of people who get together to perform vintage dances--we spent about an hour and a half learning vintage dances. I loved that part. Then there were the women who like Jane Austen and the men they dragged along. We fell into the last category.
I enjoyed it a lot. My husband, on the other hand, was pretty happy to get out of there and remove his cravat. All in all, it was a great way for him to prove his love for me. (I'm going to have to watch a lot of Star Trek re-runs because of all the points he's earned.)
I also did my first signing on Saturday. It was fun to meet a bunch of other authors and chat with people.