Welcome to my site!

Welcome to my website Hey there – Welcome to my site! I’m Gail, and I’ve authored two novels that I plan to publish soon – I just need to locate a good agent who’ll love my stories and characters as much as I do. Or maybe I’ll choose to self-publish. As of the writing of this article, that decision hasn’t been made yet. There are pros and cons to both, and at the moment, I’m leaning toward self-publishing, which will…

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Comeback Sauce – Mississippi’s House Dressing

The true story of Comeback Sauce starts in Jackson, Mississippi, way back in the 1920’s. How Comeback Sauce was invented – It all started with the price of currants in Greece. Yes. Really. Here’s how: In the 1890s, currants were the major export product of Greece. Currants are basically raisins, but from a different variety of grapes than what we’re usually accustomed to here in America. But in 1893, the price of currants in the international markets fell rapidly and…

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Introducing PlotPalooza

PlotPalooza!

I’m really excited about my newest series of social posts – PlotPalooza! What in the world is PlotPalooza? Sometimes I have no inspiration for writing. None. Zero. Nada. I’m sure I’m not the only one who occasionally has this happen. So I asked, what can I do to help myself and other writers through that creative dead zone? I can show you how I get through it, with images and fun little exercises! A large portion of my system involves…

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101 year-old style icon Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel, 101-year-old Style Icon

Style Icon Iris Apfel turns 101 today, August 29, 2022. I just can’t get enough of Iris Apfel. With her unrestrained use of vibrant colors, her chunky layered necklaces, and arms full of stacked bangles, Iris Apfel’s style can only be described as “Maximalist”. “More is more and less is a bore” is her motto for her style, and for her life. So how did this centenarian become one of the world’s most recognized style icons? But first, who IS…

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Gail's Attic - shop.GailBrinsonIvey.com

Gail’s Attic now open!

Hey y’all, guess what?! I’m really excited to announce that the jewelry I make is now available in my own shop, attached to my author website! The shop is called “Gail’s Attic”. Later, my novels and my art will be available for purchase in Gail’s Attic, along with some other random handmade artistic things from time to time. Here’s the link: https://shop.gailbrinsonivey.com/ Did you even know that I make beautiful jewelry? Maybe I should have told you. It’s been available…

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Portrait of Madame X

This painting – “Portrait of Madame X” – ruined the reputation of the model and caused the artist to flee the country. Keep reading to find out how it all went down… “Madame X” is a portrait by John Singer Sargent, an American expatriate artist who was considered to be the leading portrait painter of his generation. He created about 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. In addition to his…

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bamboo forest (not Uncle Allie's)

Uncle Allie’s Bamboo

My mother came into this world with a speech impediment. You’re probably asking, “What does that have to do with bamboo?” Hang on and I’ll get there (by the long route). When my mother was a child, she was ridiculed by other children for “talking funny”. These days, we would call that “bullying”, but back then, nobody really cared. There was that saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Which wasn’t actually true,…

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afremov. Farewell to Anger. (new direction)

A New Direction for my Blog

If you haven’t been to my website in a while, you may notice that I’ve made some changes. Among other things, I’ve removed most of my blog posts to prepare for a new direction. Miss them? Probably not. I hope you like the new direction that I’ll be taking here. Of course, I’ll continue to write about my writing process, and what I’m doing toward getting LIGHTNING ON THE LEVEE and DRAGON MOON published. And I’ll also continue to give…

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