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I’m in edit mode on my newest manuscript called variously Camille and Mariele, Acts of Rebellion, or A Time of Rebellion. As I go through the pages with the usual angst about whether my writing is any good, whether my publisher will like it, and whether the structure hangs together, I’ve been identifying photos that have provided inspiration.

The story begins in June 1870 in Paris and encompasses the Franco-Prussian war, the siege of Paris and the Paris Commune, events which took place from July 1870 to May 1871. Definitely a tumultuous time.

Here are a few photos relevant to the first four chapters.

Du Crecy family salon (living room) - opening scene

Du Crecy family salon (living room) – opening scene

View from the salon - beyond the trees is Parc Monceau

View from the salon – beyond the trees is Parc Monceau

gown Mariele wore when she first met Bertrand

gown Mariele wore when she first met Bertrand

Mariele's mother's bedroom - chapter 2

Mariele’s mother’s bedroom – chapter 2

A salon gathering - used in chapter 3

A salon gathering – used in chapter 3

Salon gathering - chapter 3

Salon gathering – chapter 3

Marilee's gown - a composite of these two - chapter 4

Mariele’s gown – a composite of these two – chapter 4

Chapter 4 setting is Bois de Boulogne

Chapter 4 setting is Bois de Boulogne