[LMB] Death demon now reader response

A. Marina Fournier saffronrose at me.com
Fri Jul 23 05:33:23 BST 2021

On Jul 22, 2021, at 5:37 PM, Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Lois Bujold <lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
>> Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
>>> Gwynne: I wonder if Lois sometimes just sits and bangs her head
>>> on the desk mumbling, "But I said it all quite clearly...."
>> Yes.? :-)
>> But the wide range of misreadings and/or inattentive readings I get -- 
>> don't forget all those online reviews a writer can see these days -- is 
>> endlessly instructive.? (And still almost always better than the work 
>> not being read in the first place, a writer must remember that.)
> Well, if you could use a few more beta readers... :-)

You have only to ask!

While not pertinent to Lois’s work, I’m finding I have an ear for anachronistic language—most recent, a writer who was using Regency cant in a Tudor period story—and plants/foods that can’t be *there* yet.

Persimmon jam in 1810 England—would have to be brought as a special gift. Persimmons don’t seem to flourish in England now, and they weren’t doing so well on the continent when they were introduced around that time. The author was American.

That started when I found hedgerows of fuchsia in 9th C. Ireland. Common now, I gather, but still only in the New World then. I had just learnt how it had its name:

Fuchsia ( /ˈfjuːʃə/) is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first to be scientifically described, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) about 1696–1697 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier, during his third expedition to the Greater Antilles. He named the new genus after German botanist Leonhart Fuchs(1501–1566).

A blackberry hybrid, Loganberry, showed up in a Regency novel. As I was living in Santa Cruz, where it was developed by a local judge in 1881, I was able to email the (American) author to ask why she’d chosen that variety. Erm, what she saw most on her English visits.

I’m just full of it, I guess.

A. Marina Fournier
saffronrose at me.com
Je persisterai quand même, car j’ais survécu d’être née
Valley of Heart’s Delight. CA
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