She’s Royal #7

Preamble: Last week was Queen Mary in the Caribbean, now we go to the Scottish highlands.

She’s Royal #7:

agnesLady Agnes Randolph (Black Agnes)

Her Story: Known as the defender of Dunbar, this Scottish (warrior) princess held off against a British attack in 1338. Maybe they thought that with her husband absent, it would have been easy to get her to surrender; instead she met their rocks with arrows, their battering ram with boulders, and their aggression with determination. Bribery and starving her out didn’t work; at one point, they even brought her brother before the castle threatening his life if she did not surrender – remember when Jamie Lannister tried a similar move against the Blackfish during the siege at the Riverrun in Game of Thrones? Well, like that irascible warrior, Black Agnes was unmoved by this threat. It ended better for her than it did Brynden Tully as eventually, as word spread, other Scots rallied to her aid and the invading army retreated in humiliation and defeat. The siege had lasted 19 weeks.

Possible casting: Apparently, she was nicknamed Black Agnes due to her dark hair and colouring…and, of course, a Scottish actress is preferable…so, Rose Leslie? Okay, she’s not dark of hair and colouring but she is Scottish and played a popular (and similarly stubborn) character (Ygritte) on Game of Thrones (so seems fitting).
Next: an Apache warrior princess.

Jhohadli Writing Project

As I write this, I’ve wrapped the last of three (technically four) editing projects this week and prepping the next installment of the JWP Creative Writing Workshop series. Which is to say, two things:

1, There is still time to register for the JWP CWWS – themed Back to Basics and starting this Saturday, it will look at basic language and literary terms, and story structure and technique. The goal is, as always, to get you writing and to help you grow in the practice and use of craft to improve your writing. Remember that you can participate remotely from anywhere and, if in Antigua, remotely or in person. To register or for information, contact me at jhohadli at gmail dot com

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2, I am available for work and the work I do includes writing (for all types of projects and clientele), editing, training (coaching and through workshops) – the latter from creative writing to written communication. This past week I, also, received word that a piece I had been invited to submit for a publication out of Norway has been accepted as is. This publication found me through my platform (so, thanks, platform for working for me). Meanwhile, I continue to work. Hit me up at jhohadli at gmail dot com

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…And now back to your regularly scheduled programme.

If you’re here for the first time, my name is Joanne C. Hillhouse. I’ve authored some books – I hope you’ll check them out (and if you already have, I encourage you to post a reader review to Amazon or Goodreads, or even here); and I offer freelance services – look me up if you need any of the listed services. Thanks!