Author Archives: Theodora Goss

Shabby and Chic

I’m infinitely grateful to Rachel Ashwell. Unless you’re interested in decorating, you probably don’t know who she is. She’s the decorator and designer who, in the 1990s, introduced the idea of Shabby Chic. It was very influential at the time, … Continue reading

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Glamour and the Struggle

I don’t remember who said it, except that it was a well-known writer. It flashed by one day as I was scrolling down my Twitter feed: “Don’t glamorize the struggle.” And I thought, yes, I know where that’s coming from. … Continue reading

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Creating Rituals

Almost every morning, I do the same thing: wake up, eat breakfast, and then exercise. Breakfast is almost always the same. A bowl of oatmeal with raisins. A mug of tea with milk. A glass of half orange juice and … Continue reading

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You Lovely People

Oh, you lovely people. I see you, every day, online and offline. I see you writing books and planting gardens and taking care of children. I see you painting murals and inking comics. You are playing the guitar or a … Continue reading

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The Work of Writing

I keep reading blog posts that basically all make the same point: anyone can find time to write. You’ve probably read them too. The message is, if you want to be a writer, you can find the time. Get up … Continue reading

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Victorian Virtues

Recently, I bought boot polish. You’d think I would be the sort of person who has boot polish. I mean, I have silver polish. I have dusting cloths. I have an entire sewing box, with a button collection. Remember button … Continue reading

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The Overwhelm

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. By the time I get to Thursday, I will have spent an entire two weeks without a single day to myself. There are all sorts of reasons for that, mostly teaching (I’ve been holding student … Continue reading

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