Sally M. Chetwynd

Goodreads Author


Website

Genre

Influences
Ruth Moore (1903–1989)
Kenneth Roberts (1885-1957)
Nevil Shute (1899-196
...more

Member Since
August 2014

URL


Sally Chetwynd has been writing since she could hold a pencil. As an ambitious eight-year-old, she ruthlessly plagiarized her favorite horse stories. Since then, her writing has improved in quality and originality (!).

During the Bicentennial of the American Revolution, she discovered living history. Wow! History didn’t have to be dusty and dry? Who knew? She got to play dress-up, camp out in exotic locations, and wear out reproduction shoes and her lungs playing the fife in every parade on the East Coast. She met her husband on the battlefield. Talk about a way to find someone who shares a common interest...

After dubbing around with a novel about the relationship between a Civil War reenactor and a museum employee, Sally finally published "
...more

To ask Sally M. Chetwynd questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Sally M. Chetwynd When I began professionally, no to the quill or India ink. If I remember correctly from a book on the history of drafting instruments, the pen and nib…moreWhen I began professionally, no to the quill or India ink. If I remember correctly from a book on the history of drafting instruments, the pen and nib was replaced with technical drafting pens in the 1940s or so. We were using Leroy and Koh-i-noor technical drafting pens, and ink that would not clog the finer tips was available as well. But with my Civil War reenacting interests, I have gone backward, and I now make reproduction maps of the period using pens with replaceable nibs and India ink.

As far as drafting on linen, yes, I have done that professionally. It used to be, and maybe still is, required that plans to be registered at the Massachusetts Land Court had to be drawn on linen. It is an exercise in careful drafting, because once the ink is applied, it seeps into the fibers of the linen fabric and cannot be erased. This is an advantage, because - short of burning - the image on a linen map can't be destroyed. Drop it in the mud, and you can wash it and dry it, and the image remains. During the Civil War, maps were sometimes photographed and then printed onto linen or muslin. This allowed multiple copies of the same map to be distributed to officers engaging in the same campaign, saving the time it took to (otherwise) hand-draw many copies, and the maps were far more durable and could be stuffed into a pocket.

Today's linen is not treated with starch, but with a kind of gelatin, which is dry to the touch. (I don't know if the fabric used for maps during the Civil War was treated with anything - maybe a kind of starch was applied, as you suggest - to keep ink linework from blurring upon reaching the fibers, which is the purpose of the gelatin treatment. The gelatin can be washed out, although it is not necessary. My mother (age 92) told me that when she was a girl, growing up during the Depression, one of her uncles worked with engineers (he may have been one) and he would bring home pieces of drafting linen that were too small for the standard size drawings the company used. My mother and her sisters would wash the gelatin from the linen, then trim the fabric to size and hem it to make very fine handkerchiefs, for plain use or for delicate embroidery.(less)
Sally M. Chetwynd I've been out of the civil engineering industry for over ten years, so have not worked with treated drafting linen in that time. The stuff was getting…moreI've been out of the civil engineering industry for over ten years, so have not worked with treated drafting linen in that time. The stuff was getting hard to find then; we had been importing it from England - quite pricey.(less)
Average rating: 4.5 · 2 ratings · 3 reviews · 3 distinct works
The Sturgeon's Dance

4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Sturgeon’s Dance

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Bead of Sand

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 2013
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

"The Sturgeon's Dance" is live!

At long last, my second novel "The Sturgeon's Dance" is in print! It's exciting, of course, but it has engaged me in a most curious series of events that has launched me in a whole 'nother direction.

I had intended to write an historical novel next, set during the American Civil War at the US Naval Academy, but "The Sturgeon's Dance" has shoved me most unceremoniously in the direction of non-fictio Read more of this blog post »
 •  0 comments  •  flag
Share on Twitter
Published on October 01, 2018 09:28

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Without (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 31, 2015 03:12PM
Description: a love poem

Sally’s Recent Updates

Sally made a comment on What's Next?
" Thank the dear Lord for that wise friend!

We so much want to meet the expectations of everyone else out there in the world, without realizing that 1) t
...more "
Sally made a comment on Hand in Hand
" Kudos! Well said!

I've done this sometimes, but not as often as I should. It sounds like a great New Year's resolution - once established as a habit, i
...more "
Sally made a comment on Writing When Not Writing
" It's interesting how intertwined writing and living are - we really can't segregate them. It's like a cup of coffee with cream - once stirred in, they ...more "
Sally made a comment on Book Unboxing Event
" How fun! but I hope your team allows "The Extra" to unbox some books. (She's a cutie!) ...more "
" OK. Thanks! "
Which story was your favorite for Week 492 (October 29 - November 11 ) Topic: Luck of the Draw?

She voted for: Meat and Pudding by Garrison
15522
Sally is now following
Sally answered Craig Wilson's question: Sally M. Chetwynd
I've been out of the civil engineering industry for over ten years, so have not worked with treated drafting linen in that time. The stuff was getting hard to find then; we had been importing it from England - quite pricey.
Sally is now following
More of Sally's books…
Oscar Wilde
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

31471 THE Group for Authors! — 11879 members — last activity Jun 11, 2021 11:04PM
This is a group for authors to discuss their craft, as well as publishing and book marketing.
2740 Language & Grammar — 2096 members — last activity Jun 01, 2021 09:20AM
This group is for word lovers and has topics both serious (grammatical questions and concerns) and not so serious (word play and word games of all sor ...more
435 History is Not Boring — 2004 members — last activity Nov 05, 2020 01:35PM
Why do people think history is boring? I don't get it. ...more
15522 Weekly Short Stories Contest and Company! — 264 members — last activity 9 hours, 38 min ago
Every two weeks we have a different contest in both short stories and poetry and a poll to see who wins after each contest. No prizes except bragging ...more
191890 Beta Reading and Editing — 198 members — last activity Apr 11, 2021 12:25AM
If your book needs major revisions, a new set of eyes, or just some polishing, this is the place to be. We'll help your manuscript shine! ...more
More of Sally’s groups…



Comments (showing 1-2)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 2: by David

David Dennington Thank you for being a friend, Sally.
Best regards,
David


message 1: by Sally

Sally I've dug into a couple of novels recently, all of which I have picked up in yard sales and second-hand shops (my favorite places to shop).

"Waiting For Spring" by R.J. Keller, a contemporary story set in the middle of Maine, where a recently divorced woman flees to a small town to escape the scorn of her past life, eventually coming to terms with her mistakes. I initially thought this perhaps too long, but the length works, as the protagonist carries the reader along with her through her journey from bleakness to fulfillment.

"Sky Blue" by Travis Thrasher, a modern tale of lost love, told by protagonist Colin Scott, a literary agent who is burned out and jaded in his profession, which feeds the growing distance between him and the wife he loves deeply. I found the resolution a little disappointing; I think the author employed a deux ex machina, albeit subtle and cleverly wrought.


back to top