[LMB] google-fu aid
marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Mon Oct 10 03:56:38 BST 2016
On Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:39:04 -0500 (CDT), Lois McMaster Bujold
<lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
>[LMB] google-fu aid
>catherine muir c_muir68 at hotmail.com
>Sun Oct 9 22:10:41 BST 2016
>CM: Title thoughts...
>Demon in the Sun?
>Penric and the Smugglers?
>LMB: Alas, no smugglers, pirates (this time, at least) or mermaids.
>(Although "The Pirates of Penric" begs for a tale to go under it.) The
>story takes place entirely upon land, after the intro. A tight focus
>with three main characters (or four, if you count the demon, which one
>should), only two of whom get viewpoints, Penric and one other. Fairly
>streamlined plot/course of events, no subplots, though quite a bit of
>backstory backfill from various sides, the new folks' because we haven't
>met them before, and Penric because we're jumping over several years
>since we last saw him, and his relocation in time, space, and head-space
>would be too confusing without it. Also, much is current-plot-pertinent.
>Title possibilities mooted so far, all rejected:
>"Penric and the General" -- put the readers' attention too much on the
>"Penric and the Widow" -- not as bad as the above, but doesn't make the
>tale sound much like what it actually is
>"Penric and Madame Owl" -- similar problem as #2, plus it made even the
>people who have read the manuscript go, "Say what?"
>Light and vision are important themes, tho' not the only ones. Again, we
>are not actually tied to the "Penric and..." format. Yet. ("Penric
>in..." might open that up a bit.) Don't like "Penric in Cedonia"
>because the word will be meaningless, and also, again, not quite the
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