Monday, 16 May 2011

Chaise Love

'If you want more love, why don't you say so?"  - John Mayer

Why do we always feel sorry for ourselves when we are sick? Poor, unloved soul.  Yesterday, I lay incapacitated, on my favourite sofa, doing my best impersonation of a dying maiden.  Yes, okay...very sick lady. Anyhow, it got me thinking about our literary heroines on chaise lounges and how they would easily expire if main love interest did not appear within the hour.  Cue Emily Bronte's classic, 'Wuthering Heights'.  Catherine has always annoyed me.  Why?  Because she married the wrong man, of course.  It's ridiculous.   And then, it occurred to me, in my drowsy state of cocktail induced meandering, that chaise lounges, beautiful they may be, are actually dangerous pieces of furniture for our historical heroines... alot can go wrong whilst reclining.  A lady may be ravished, ...is that wrong?  Perhaps...depends on who's doing the ravishing.  She might die of thirst, waiting for tea...if she is so ill she cannot reach the bell to summon the staff.   Also, Jane Austen's wallflowers have seen their fair share of chintz lounges, infinitely subjected to tedious card games or, god forbid...needlepoint.  Fixed smiles, powdered bosoms, high bouffants.  If I have to listen to another bleeding sonata.  

In any case, dear friends, I did not expire on my sofa, in fact I managed a little of the ladies pursuits, such as reading an entire book, and writing.  Alas, not letters.  I'm excited to say, I sent off the opening 1000 words from my current WIP for a critique by a seriously uber author.  *bounces up and down in seat*  So, there you have it, occasionally, chaise lounges are useful for work.  And, I've waffled long enough about my weekend.  Now, do please tell me about yours? 

A/N:  For the record, I am feeling better.  And, I've refrained from all alcoholic tonics today.  Just.  Have a lovely week everyone!
Talei xox

15 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're feeling better!

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  2. I'm glad you're feeling better too. Sounds like you got productive.

    As for Victorian novels, I always worry about the poor ladies who expire of consumption, but I don't know if that's lounge-related.

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  3. Ah, so it was a hangover. Glad you're feeling better!

    Catherine's always annoyed me too. I mean - why? If we sent that off to a publisher, they'd declare our heroine too silly to live. And they'd be right. Having said that, WH is one of my all time favourite books. :)

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  4. Glad you're feeling better!

    If I had a chaise that looked as comfy (and pretty) as the one in the photo, I might never leave it! I want that white, shimmery, curtain thingy. Bad. :-)

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  5. Laying on a chaise, reading, writing, sipping tea-- sounds delightful!

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  6. I'm glad you're feeling better. Seems like you can write your way out of sickness.

    That chaise in the picture does look awfully comfortable!

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  7. Sting and John Mayer! Good taste, m'lady! We're on the road today. We can play this if you like.

    The graduation was cold, froze my toes but still very proud. My daughter's done very well for herself.
    Glad you were so productive in spite of your down day!!

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  8. I love chaise lounges. And really, we all need days where we do nothing but lie about (or is it lay?) and read novels and write and watch Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice.
    :-)

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  9. My daybed is my chaise, lol. And it does come in handy when I don't want to expose Honey to whatever it is trying to get me down.

    I'm so glad you feel better! And you were productive!!! Watch out, those ladies will poison your brandy - you're making them look bad ;)))

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  10. I hate hangovers. But you got a great blog post out of yours. I got the biggest kick out of this post! Love it! You got a lot done for being sick. I would have been sleeping all day.

    I took the game Balderdash to my critique meeting on Saturday and we played a few rounds the last 30 min. They loved the game, and it's perfect for a group of writers to get your muse on and have some good laughs. I blogged about it.

    Glad you're feeling better!

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  11. I'm happy to hear you're on the mend. No alcohol? Horrors! Here's a nice Cyber Chardonnay :)

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  12. I'm glad you're feeling better! (And sometimes alcoholic tonics are just what the doctor ordered. My homemade cough syrup is way better than stuff on the shelves!)

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  13. Hope you're still feeling better. I tagged you at my blog today.

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  14. Hi! Stopping by from Carol's tag. Enjoyed your post, I don't have a chaise but I always felt the need to get one :)

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  15. I hope you're feeling better!

    I also stopped by to mention I tagged you. :)

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