Author Archives: Gratiana Lovelace

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11

Earlier Uncle Vanya 2020 play preview review is a real gem, July 12, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1309)

  I’m not sure how I missed coming across this wonderful gem of an Uncle Vanya in 2020 play preview review by mrmonstagigz from  January 15, 2020, but I’m glad that it was recommended in the Richard Armitage  in Uncle … Continue reading

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“See no Monday…” Richard Armitage wallpaper by Mat via Judit, July 06, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1308)

  Thanks to Judit Hezser for sharing Mat Khal’s Richard Armitage wallpaper! Perfect! Because I’m dog tired–literally–after nursing our older big dog during the early days after his cancer tumor surgery last week.  He seems to be doing a bit … Continue reading

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Newsday Tuesday:  Richard Armitage to star in “Now and Then” also to begin filming in 2021, June 30, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1307)

  Adapted from the novel “Now and Then” (image above via GoodReads) by the late William Corlett, The LGBTQ+ British drama “ Now & Then” (THR, 2020) is—at its heart—the story of a Mother and son finding their way to … Continue reading

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Feeling nostalgic for Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield singing Misty Mountains Cold with Dwarves of Durin video, June 28, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1306)

As we get closer to the 10th Anniversary [Oct. 22, 2010] of Richard Armitage being announced to portray Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey”, I’m feeling nostalgic for the simple melody of “Misty Mountains Cold” sung by him … Continue reading

Posted in Drama, Fangurling, Goodwill, Gratiana Lovelace, Middle Earth, Music, Portraits, Richard Armitage, Richarding, Social Justice, social media, Society, Something About Love, Soothing Sunday, THAUJ song, The Hobbit, Thorin, Video, wallpaper | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Richard Armitage to start filming The Man from Rome in February 2021! June 23, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1305)

  Richard Armitage, Paz Vega, John Leguizamo and Geraldine Chaplin are set to star in crime thriller 'The Man from Rome,' about a Vatican agent investigating mysterious killings at a church. The project is being sold at the Cannes Virtual … Continue reading

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Learning more about the history of Juneteenth!, June 19, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1304)

Juneteenth flag Image source   In order to be a better ally for my African American friends,  family, colleagues, and others over the years, I am dedicated to enhancing my knowledge and understanding about the scourge of racism in America—and … Continue reading

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Twofer Tuesday!  Richard Armitage is truly ageless and timelessly talented, June 16, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1303)

  Love this #RichardArmitage #diptych by @MatKhal! Sighhh!  Richard Armitage is truly ageless and timelessly talented!  And the Peter Pan quote is priceless! ADDRESS: "second to the right, and straight on till morning" pic.twitter.com/yrqI2wnSWP — Mat Khal 🚀 (@MatKhal1963) June … Continue reading

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Listening to #RichardArmitage perform “The Chekhov Collection of Short Stories”, June 12, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1302)

I eagerly downloaded my purchased copy of the talented British actor Richard Armitage’s latest new Audible audiobook, “The Chekhov Collection of Short Stories” of Anton Chekhov’s short stories yesterday, June 11, 2020! And last night I began listening to it, … Continue reading

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Friendship SatuRdAy! #RichardArmitage character portrayals of diverse friends and colleagues bring us together, June 06, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1301)

Friendship and colleagues within and across diverse and inclusive communities, and social justice, have been much on my mind for most of my life and in my work and my community service projects during my long university staff career–and again … Continue reading

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Seeking peace amid pandemics and protests, June 03, 2020 Gratiana  Lovelace (Post #1300)

  As with many of us, I have been stunned beyond belief with even more killings of African Americans at the hands of the police in recent weeks—such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others–and the peaceful and other not … Continue reading

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Wonderful Wednesday!  Richard Armitage smiling smoulderingly in profile, May 27, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1299)

When the👑King asks… pic.twitter.com/EzJuQ1oPOc — Mat Khal 🚀 (@MatKhal1963) May 27, 2020 Sighhh!  Thanks to Mat Khal for sharing this smouldering Richard Armitage image! And after my having spent a very long hot weekend without air conditioning—it’s fixed now–I can … Continue reading

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Wonderful Wednesday!  Fabo Laktuko blogs that Richard Armitage is to share his readings of Chekhov’s short stories! May 20, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1298)

  Thanks so much to Fabo Laktuko for sharing this wonderful new audiobook news on her blog Whiterose: Sincere and Simple Thoughts about Richard Armitage reading Chekhov’s short stories! Visit her blog post linked above for more information and commentary. … Continue reading

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Sexy Saturday!  Richard Armitage makes a home studio for recording audiobooks,  May 09, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1297)

The talented British actor Richard Armitage made a home studio for recording audiobooks. https://twitter.com/RCArmitage/status/1257897902967488513 “I’ve been hard at work recording two beloved Agatha Christie titles from my home studio. You can preorder them on  @audible_com  now; can’t wait for you … Continue reading

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May is Ichthyosis Awareness Month: A guest post by Kitty, May 07, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1296)

#IAM2020 Many people get up in the  morning, do their hair, fix their face, dress and they’re set for the day.   But for some people w/ ichthyosis, grooming may need to be re-visited throughout the day to hydrate and … Continue reading

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Thespian Thursday!   Richard Armitage as Dr. Astrov  in Uncle Vanya play quote wallpaper about Earth Conservation, April 23, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1295)

Inspiring saving the world we live in through literary/theatrical advocacy uplifts all of us:   And the talented British actor Richard Armitage portraying Dr. Astrov in Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya”  looks hottt in his shirtsleeves. *wink*   Thanks to Mat Khal … Continue reading

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Working on my tax forms … with Harry, April 19, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1294)

  Working on my tax forms … with Harry commiserating with me about the electronic glitches “Cobblers!”   And then, Harry can always put a smile on my face with that mischievous smirk of his!  Sighhh!   Nota Bene:  Thanks … Continue reading

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THTHT:  Richard Armitage Dr. Astrov  tipsy diptych, April 14, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1293)

Too Hottt to Handle Tuesday (THTHT):   I would be the talented British actor Richard Armitage’s characters’ designated driver any time! Sighhh! Thanks to Mat Khal for sharing this Uncle Vanya play diptych! Wishing everyone a safe and lovely day! Hugs  … Continue reading

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Tea & Cinnamon Toast Tuesday! Richard Armitage hopping perks up our morning, April 07, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1292)

Sometimes, a little Richard Armitage hopping behind the scenes for “The Stranger” is a delightful morning perk up with my tea & cinnamon toast! Thanks to Cyn Dainty for sharing this StopinStockport gif! Hugs <3 & Cheers! Grati ;->

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Wild Wednesday! Richard Armitage is on my “RAdar”, April 01, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1291)

I have always loved this Richard Armitage early acting career video, RAdar, by Angela Smith! Enjoy! Hugs <3 & Cheers! Grati ;-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0LBynlA4rM

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Tuesday Musings:  Home but not alone amid Covid 19 Pandemic,  March 24, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1290)

  Like many of you—most of you, I hope—I have been staying home for over a week now, with doggies at my side.  I am fortunate to be able to work from home.  And they are long days, not stopping … Continue reading

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Foliage Friday!  Happy 1st Day of Spring with Richard Armitage and his characters in nature!  March 20, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1289)

Happy 1st Day of Spring 2020!  The talented British actor Richard Armitage and his characters in nature is my theme today. Ha! And to start us off, Richard as Daniel Miller in a Cherry Blossom Spring wallpaper from Cyn Dainty: … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day—Richard O’Armitage  style!  March 17, 2020 Gratiana O’Lovelace (Post #1288)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! “May the road rise to meet you, and the wind be at your back.” (a reference) Leprechaun the gReAt 🎩☘️HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY!We all Irish today ☘️🥳🍀#RichardArmitage Who thinks my post is out of place: we … Continue reading

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A Soothing Sunday with Richard Armitage offering to help around the house, March 15, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1287)

  Wouldn’t we all love a partner who says to us as we’re reorganizing or cleaning our homes?: “Love, You lie down and rest for a spell.  Let me take care of that for you.”   Then we get a … Continue reading

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IWD 2020:  Women who changed our world in the last 100 years, March 08, 2020  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1286)

As we annually celebrate International Women’s Day this year on March, 08, 2020, I wish to also highlight some of the many women who have made a difference in our lives around the world in the past 100 years. Speaking … Continue reading

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Sensational Sunday! New #UncleVanya poster with 4 & 5 star ratings, etc. March 01, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1285)

I’m playing catch up with my Richard Armitage and Uncle Vanya play news and images.  So Enjoy! A) London’s Uncle Vanya play starring the talented British actors Richard Armitage, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, Rosalind Eleazar, Aimee Lou Woods, etc., is … Continue reading

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