Just a quick note--I'm about to head off to the Historical Novel Society Conference in Albany (New York, that is--my brother thought I meant California). I believe it's only their second one in the U.S., and the keynote speakers are Bernard Cornwell and Diana Gabaldon. I'm not going to try and pitch an agent since I'm terrible at that FTF stuff--that's why I decided to be a writer and not an actress. But the program looks FANTASTIC and I'll give a full report on the apparent state of the historical when I get back. (See you there, Lisa!)
Oh, and the brown Newfoundland puppy? Just because she's cute. I put brown Newfoundlands into two of my novels. Just because. They're cute.