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Thanks, Jeanne -- some of my friends in the US gather for a superbowl party, and they do sound very similar. As for time zones, heaps of people here get up in the middle of the night to watch the soccer finals in the UK or Europe. It's a bonding process, too, as heavy-eyed people talk about the game at work the next day, having had no sleep.
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Annette, books are my addiction too, but in my youth I was mad keen on sports. Was never much of a footballer, though, but I could toss a cricket ball far and fast and with great accuracy -- came from being the little sister who got to fetch and throw the ball from way out while the older kids and grownups did the fun stuff Half the people at this party are not huge football fans, but a good game will always suck you in and it's fun watching in a group, I agree.
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Sonya you are a baaaaad daughter, teasing your father like that. I think you should decide to barrack for Collingwood, taking on your family tradition. (I did.)
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It's a lovely garden, I agree, Karin, and it seems at its best at this time of year when the bluebells flower, just for the grand final party. AFL is probably more like rugby, but it's a home grown game. I enjoy soccer, but American football is a mystery to me. And I do prefer it that our guys are not all covered in lycra, but wear shorts and sleeveless tops.
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I know Moorabbin well, Kareni. And I must admit I have a soft spot for St Kilda, purely because of one my students who was a one-eyed Saints supporter — her whole family was, and they used to go to the practices and all. She also used to sneak little saint figures onto all her work. Such whole hearted love -- you gotta admire it.
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Anne here. The other day I took time out from my writing frenzy (deadline looming) and went to my annual Aussie Rules Football Grand Final barbecue. Friends of mine have held it for the last 20+ years, and I never miss. It's spring here, and every year their garden provides a wonderful welcome. The barbie (barbecue) starts at lunch time, then the footie (football) starts at 2.30. It finishes some time around 5, and then there's more nibbling and grazing and then around 8 or 9, more snags (sausages — yes, you're getting a crash course in Australian slang) come... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Word Wenches
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Michelle, this is spot on, in my opinion -- the definition of a good prologue. "The best prologues I can think of have me jumping right into the middle of a vivid and telling scene, and yet, it retains its mystery until later revealed."
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Karin, some writing "gurus" get quite pedantic about them.
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Janice I'm fond of a good epilogue, but I suppose it depends on what you want. I don't like those ones where we fast forward 20 years and they're still hot for each other, and surrounded by 6 kids and 27 grandkids. But I do like to have an extra little dollop of the story at the end that leaves me with another little smile.
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I'm going to have to reread that prologue, Barbara. It's been years since I read LOS.
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What? Limiting exclamation marks, Mike??? I'm shocked!!! I tell you, shocked!!!! (Sorry, frivolity outbreak here.) "it’s worth an author thinking why a rule might apply – if it is not just an attempt to impose the rule writer’s taste on other authors - before learning how or when to break it." I completely agree,
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Quantum, I agree with you about writing "rules" -- usually they start as advice for beginners, but then the more they're repeated, the more they tend to harden into "rules." And that can be a limitation. I tell my writing students to learn the rules and consider what effect they're trying to achieve, to understand why writing conventions exist, and then to do what needs to be done to make your writing the strongest it can be. If you need to break the so-called rules, know why you're doing it. Mary Stewart nearly always starts a book wonderfully, whether it's a prologue or not. And you're right about Andrea's 'Murder on Black Swan Lane.'
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Thanks, Kareni. I always read author notes, and dedications too. So interesting.
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I'm a prologue person too, Susanna — not always, but sometimes there's a moment or an event that happens long before the start of the story that is crucial to the story — perhaps a small thing that in some way sets the story in motion, but not yet (if that makes sense.) So the choice is to deal with it as a backstory revelation or an "in-the-moment" scene. I choose the one which will be most powerful for the story.
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Wow, Lyn, how sad your local bookstore closed. But how lovely that the grocery store had it.
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Anne here, announcing the winner of Mary Jo Putney's ONCE A SCOUNDREL. The winner was Cheryl, but when we notified her by email she said she'd already ordered the book and generously asked us to draw another winner. So the new winner is Michelle, who has also been notified by email. Thanks everyone for joining in the fun. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Anne here, interviewing Mary Jo Putney about her new book, ONCE A SCOUNDREL, which is out tomorrow! ONCE A SCOUNDREL has received some lovely reviews. Booklist gave it a starred review and said: "The intelligently plotted and impeccably researched Once a Scoundrel, third in the Rogues Redeemed series, proves once again why RITA Award–winning Putney’s books are the literary equivalent of catnip to historical romance fans." Booklist has also named Once a Scoundrel to their list of the Top Ten Romances of the Year. Kirkus called it "An action-packed romance at sea." Publishers Weekly said: "Putney’s third Regency Rogues Redeemed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Tai, I'm glad you enjoyed the post — and the discussion that followed. What an interesting life you've had. I know a few people who spent their formative years in various African countries. And when I was young my parents lived in Malaysia, and there were clear remnants of the old British Empire still in place. I remember when we stayed at an old guest house up in the mountains, once a retreat for the wives and families in the heat of the summer. It was surrounded by gloriously manicured gardens and a tennis court, and they served us cake and cucumber sandwiches for afternoon tea. And for breakfast we had our choice of eggs, bacon, porridge, kippers and so on -- straight out of a colonial novel.
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Karen, I had a soft boiled egg and soldiers for my dinner, too. The difficult part was which egg cup to use. I normally use the plainer one, but in this case and for sentimental reasons I used my bunnykins one.
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Keira, thanks for doing the interview. Jen's a good soul and a wonderful speaker.
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Thanks for popping in, Cathleen. And yes, Jen's a walking encyclopedia of All Things Heyer.
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Mine too, Teresa, and the other wenches as well. Which is why we shared this -- I knew lots of our wenchly readers would find it interesting as well.
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Annette, Jen Kloester is a friend of mine and she's a walking fount of information and good stories about Heyer. I keep telling her she needs to do a tour of the US and talk about Heyer. I'm sure people would love it.
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Maryellen, you have a wonderful journey of discovery before you with Georgette Heyer's books. And yes, lunch with the queen - exciting, eh?
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Thanks, Binnie. I lot of her vocab has filtered into mine, too. And These Old Shades was my first Heyer. I've learned that most Heyer fans remember their first Heyer with extraordinary fondness.
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