Started a new novel today, and one almost-nervous breakdown later….

Oh boy. What a nervy day. I got up early because I couldn't sleep. Today was the day I picked to start the new novel so I was eager to see how it would all pan out. I had breakfast and drove to the coffee shop to meet my writing buddy where I often worked. …

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The Gibson Girl vs. The Flapper

The Gibson Girl, popularized through drawings by Charles Dane Gibson, was the first national standard of American feminine beauty. Never before had a fashion taken the entire nation by storm. Before the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, standards of beauty were localized and fragmented. The Gibson Girl changed all that, particularly with the spread …