November 14th, 2005

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Nothing like re-figuring out something clever you did fifteen years ago.

I've just remembered something I did so long I'd forgotten it, though it was pretty clever at the time, which is why I couldn't remember how the hell to pronounce the name of the Promethean Age character "Murchaud" when truepenny asked.

So I've been sitting here trying to figure out what the bloody heck I thought I was doing when I stuck that u in his name, and it all came back to me. Specifically, Murchaud has two names. Or more properly, he has a French spelling of a Gaelic name. The proper Scottish spelling is "Murchad" or "Murchadh", and it's pronounced "mur-ach-a, with a gutteral ch as in loch.

The French version would be pronounced in the obvious way, as in Il fait chaud.

Gee, that makes perfect sense, now that I figure out what my brain was doing in 1990 or so when I named him.

And as for why he has a Gaelic name with a French spelling... well, that would be telling.
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NB: If you're ever possessed by the urge to write historical fantasy, lie down until it passes.

*grovels through a pile of ten reference books looking for the date, again, of when John Marley was fined for beating Lactantius Presson*

Aha! There it is. Kuriyama, p. 19. Looks like ~1577.

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Fourscore is but a girl's age, love is sweet:--
My veins are withered, and my sinews dry,
Why do I think of love now I should die?

--Christopher Marlowe (and possibly Thomas Nashe), Dido, Queen of Carthage, Act IV, scene v

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Dark Echo says some nice things about the Jenny books, and also truepenny's Mélusine:

Elizabeth Bear's Hammered, Scardown [review website spellchecker issue corrected--eb], and Worldwired (Bantam Spectra) were released in January and July respectively with the third due in November, but consider all three as a single 1000-page mass market paperback debut novel.

They also liked Touched by Venom (recently seen sweeping the blogosphere), Elantris, and several other debuts.

And ETA: The Chains that You Refuse is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Pretty good week, what?

ETA AGAIN. You know, when I posted this, there were some little addenda on it about supporting one's local bookstore or ordering through Powell's or another non-chain bookseller, in preference to Amazon. *sigh*

And there was also a cute little comment to the effect of being pleased I was winning the name-recognition wars with the flower arrangement book and the Santa mysteries, though I'm positive they're perfectly nice Santa mysteries and/or flower arrangements, and if you like that sort of thing there they are.


Livejournal is censoring me when I try to be amusing. But who could blame it?
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The ED SF Project is looking for willing fans, readers, and writers to write appreciations of various SCIFICTION short stories.

First come, first served.

I called dibs on "Bears Discover Smut." We're all shocked, I know.
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