Sunday, March 7, 2010

I must be getting old...

Sorry readers,

I had a little lapse, and forgot to post Chapter 8 earlier!  I was up at 4:30 this morning to sing at church and then came home, ate, and crashed.  I've been almost useless since.  Hope you enjoy this chapter.  Charlotte makes me smile.


  1. "There was not enough air in the room. There was not enough air in the entire country for her to take in."

    Oh! I see! She must have just finished reading the latest chapter of your story, since that is exactly how I feel each time I read it!

    Brilliant! Breathtaking! Marvelous. I can't wait for more!

  2. Gayle,

    We sang five songs--mostly Hillsong songs, for three services--I'm part of a worship band. So much fun, but very tiring. It's an 8 hour day. :0)


    Glad you stayed up for it. Thanks for the kind words.


  3. If you are getting old, then most of the rest of us who comment here are absolutely ancient!

    Le sigh. Chapter 7 is chock full of romantic anticipation.

    BTW, did you know that a cut on the wrong place on a finger can make it hard to type? Ouch! Thought you might want to file that away for future consideration.

    8AM services are killers. I'm so glad ours starts at 9.

  4. Oops, not 8 AM but an 8 hour day. I did say I was ancient.

  5. I am so enjoying this!

  6. I love Hillsong. Darlene's great. I am a better pianist than vocalist, although I enjoy both. I am so glad you're committed to ministry -- enough to get up early and put in a long day.

    I am very much enjoying your story, and the way you're developing your characters. I read the comments on modern vs. regency terminology. I do think that communication of your idea is the salient point. But it is jarring to be reading your beautiful prose and then be confronted with a word that one knows does not belong to the period. It stops the flow that you've created and takes the reader out of your stream of thought. I think that most people who would read your story are doing so with the complete expectation that it is a period piece. They love words like "thither" and "yon" or they wouldn't be reading anything Austen-related anyway. If they don't recognize a term, context will guide them. A little edification in terms of education is good for the soul.

    All the best,

  7. No worries sweetie! I have been behind all week! xo

    PS.... I am just so antsy! I love every bit of it and can't wait!

  8. Gayle--

    Thank you for putting so well into words what I was so clumsily trying to express in my critique regarding historical terminology and facts.


    Your story flows so beautifully and is written with such elegance that it's very easy to be captivated by it. It's really quite a sublime experience to be able to immerse oneself so fully in a well-crafted tale.

    Which is why coming across even a minor hiccough like "reign" vs. "rein," or the ponytail/club/queue thing, becomes an issue; it's like a sharp pinch that jerks one out of a wonderful dream.

    In a lesser story, I probably wouldn't even notice it, because I wouldn't be paying close enough attention. With your story, I devour every single word avidly and thus even small errors become stumbling blocks to the immersion experience.

    While I am sure there are some people out there who point out flaws just for the sake of finding fault, I'm not one of them. I critique because I care. A lot.

    Now...can it be Thursday now? ::looks at the clock:: Oh, well, it is! At least in some parts of the country. That counts, right? Right?!

  9. Thank you Crystal and Gayle,

    I really appreciate hearing from you both and understand that much is expected. I hope to fix everything that is pointed out to me and more. I need friends like you to keep me on my toes.

    And Crystal?? It's tomorrow. :0)

    P.S. Hi Carrie!!