If I ever develop enough writing ambition to actually finish a novel I start, writing a mystery with a female lead, set in 1790s New Jersey, could potentially be awesome. It could have French Revolution-fleeing nobles and Federalists and femslashy overtones!
It would be particularly awesome because 1790s New Jersey was kind of a good place to be a woman, as these things go. If you had 50 pounds to your name, twenty-one years of existence on the planet to your credit, and no husband, you could vote! And the lingering influences of the war (where women repeatedly proved their mettle) meant that being considered intelligent and independent was not necessarily a bad thing for a woman. To be fair this was because it was thought that a woman who personally embraced the virtues of liberty would raise sons who would, also, and that was the important factor, but even a small opportunity for women to use their brains was better than none.
Another note to self:
Probably should check this LJ thing more often. It's just that all my icons are over on JF, y'know?