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BYC Member Interview - Blooie

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by sumi, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG][​IMG]Blooie, when does your novel come out?
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Nice interview!
     
  3. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Thank you, BantamFan4Life. I enjoy reading your posts!

    Diva, I dunno when it will be ready for it's reading audience of 4. I have, according to my outline, 3 chapters left to finish. Then I'll need to proof-read, re-read, and then take the big scary chance of submitting it. I have an ace in the hole, though.

    A few years ago I was reading a novel by one of my favorite authors, and I wasn't very far into the book when I slammed it shut and tossed it across the room. Good thing it was paper book and not on my iPad, because I really let that thing fly. Nothing aggravates me more than when the author takes all the time in the world to acknowledge that most of the events in the book are true....especially when she is praised to the sky about her historical accuracy and talks about that herself in the acknowledgement section of the book.

    In this particular book, set in Scotland in the 1200s, our intrepid heroine is love with the stable boy, but she has just learned that her father has signed a marriage contract with a man she doesn't even know. So far so good. But then she writes a note and asks her maid to deliver it to the stable boy. She asks the maid if she can hurry with the delivery and wait for an answer. The maid replies (and these words are burned into my brain), "I shall be as swift as a hummingbird's wings, m'lady." BANG - down went the book! First of all, the chances of a young lady in Scotland in 1200 knowing how to read and write were slim to nil - and the chances of the stableboy being able to read her message and respond were even less. Okay, I could overlook that if it added to the story and if the author hadn't patted herself on the back for her historical accuracy. BUT hummingbirds are only found in North, South, and Central America and Mexico.
    They don't exist in Scotland or any of Europe for that matter. How the heck would an uneducated maid in the isolated northern isles of Scotland know what a hummingbird was, let alone know how fast the wings beat? Well, I stewed about it for days, then finally sent an email to the author of that book. She was stunned! Seriously? She didn't think of the reading and writing and the chances of a hummingbird being in Scotland? Her proof readers didn't? Her editors didn't? Sheesh.

    Well, that started an email friendship and her encouragement has been invaluable. So I plan on taking her up on her offer to read my book when it's done. We'll see! [​IMG]
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG]Good for you Blooie.[​IMG] The best part is the friendship.
     
  5. Lynn Manes

    Lynn Manes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great interview Diane. Nice to meet you and your family.
     
  6. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Thank you most kindly, lynnhill!
     
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Loved the interview! While we have not 'officially' been introduced, I have seen and read many of your posts while commenting (or lurking) on BYC .. Whenever I see 'Blooie' I know that it is going to be a well thought out, beautifully worded post and if appropriate, very entertaining .. thank you! [​IMG]
     
  8. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    RATS! There went another rafter out of the roof. I'm gonna need a two story house if my head gets any bigger here! Thank you for the kind words, Teila.
     
  9. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Great interview Blooie! Really enjoyed reading it - thanks for sharing.
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

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    Thank you! [​IMG]
     

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