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Lovely, Nicola. I suppose I was a chorister, as I was in the choir at secondary school. As that was a convent boarding school, lots of religious music. I love plainchant. I like all the traditional carols, but one unusual favourite is I sing of a maiden. It's one of those medieval ones that don't quite rhyme in modern English that Sylvia mentioned. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_syng_of_a_mayden We used to sing it in the Middle English, with a simple medieval-sounding melody. I've just been cruising the 'net looking for it, but nothing with that tune.
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Many thanks to Catherine and all who took part in a fascinating discussion. The randomly picked winners of books from Catherine are Faith and Barbara. Happy Christmas!
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Good point, ML, on the rich and powerful hero, but those heroes don't always have to make extra effort to win the heroine against serious competition. And in my opinion, if they're already having sex, especially in a historical, it undercuts any attempts on her side to show serious interest in other contenders. :)
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Catherine, your question is worthy of a blog in itself! It's certainly worth a discussion with a group of romance writers. It is true that other professions get slammed, but I think romance writers mostly react to the way they are regarded in the context of fiction writers. People don't slam "authors." "Genre fiction" gets dissed, but within that, romance gets it worst, and often from other authors, even other genre authors. For example, authors of other genres will defend popular fiction and list the genres, but then sometimes leave off romance novels. Some book stores and libraries will have sections for mystery and science fiction, but not for romance. In one sense we do laugh it off, because we know how very popular romance novels are, but it's just plain irritating! :)
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Tastes in fiction are as varied as tastes in everything, aren't they, Mary? I know people who won't read any kind of fantasy because "it's not real." Jo
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I'm glad you enjoyed it, Faith. Catherine's ideas are very interesting, aren't they? I didn't see a problem with her books on line, but sometimes it shows me -- in England -- different information.
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Interesting point about believability, Shannon. I'm happy to have a bit of fantasy gloss on my historicals, but I am tougher with contemporaries.
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Good point, Quantum, on the biology. Have you read Helen Fisher's Why We Love? Great stuff, and it all plays out in a classic romance novel. One powerful aspect is that in nature mostly males have to court females with plumage/power displays/home building/gifts etc. I'd like to see more of that in romance novels, and I'm as guilty as anyone else of missing it at times. We also know that physical signs of reproductive health are a big factor in mate selection, and that includes humans. Heroines don't have to be beautiful, but by nature's law they should be symmetrical and have the right hip to waist ratio. Males need to be robust and symmetrical, too. The question is, in fiction, are we subconsciously factoring in these things, or are we going with more upper-brain views of desirability?
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Yes, that wealth and servants thing is important, Mary Jo. Even though there are times in history when having a lowly profile might be a better idea!
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"The romance story. An analysis of the human condition. A prescription for happiness. A blue print for how to live the good life. An illusion. A recipe for disaster. An addiction. A universal truth. Esteem enlivened by desire. The bonding of two into one. The brainwashing of individuals by power structures with something to gain. You decide. Me, I think it's some of all of the above. And more." Continue reading
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I've wondered about growing saffron. It might be worth the effort if it would grow well. There are inferior saffrons. I'm not sure what they are, but in Canada you could buy stuff that looked like saffron but was cheap. Of course it didn't have that subtle flavour.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2014 on The Return of English Saffron at Word Wenches
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LOL, Mary! So true. Having difficulty finding books, having to cut the pages, and then not having the greatest light for evening reading... We are blessed!
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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Harmonious family is definitely something to celebrate, Becky. :)
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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They're wonderful, Diane. When I first saw them I thought they must be very expensive, but they're not. Put one on your Christmas list. The electric ones are best, though I do have a couple that hold tea lights.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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Birds can be so great. Being here in England I do miss hummingbirds. They easily made me smile. But we get great birdsong sometimes, and that's lovely, too.
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Jean! I need to go to the hairdresser again. My trouble is that I don't like it much and I only get desperate when it's a shaggy mess.
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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Jean, children's smiles can be so special. It's as if they're reminding us how lovely a smile is.
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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Congratulations, Jana. I'm sure that was largely your great work.
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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LOL, Karen!
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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Apple pies. Yum!
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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I hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving gathering.
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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I can imagine!
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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Hugs on your mother's death, Janice. Yes, a mother would think like that.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2014 on The Romance of Christmas at Word Wenches
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Do you think it's true, Michele? It is easy to throw in too much plot, and it's probably harder to be restrained.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2014 on The Romance of Christmas at Word Wenches
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Isn't it a lovely book, Lillian. It gives a lovely picture of everyday Regency life.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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