shy characters

Here’s something odd. Usually male characters are more difficult to get in touch with, and I have no problem connecting to female characters. Curiosity and Elizabeth and Angeline all babble to me when I’m working on their stories. Nathaniel will talk to me now, but it took a long time for the relationship to mature.

Pajama Jones ((retitled The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square)) is the exception to the rule. John Dodge is very talkative, very willing to have me hitch a ride in his head. Julia Darrow? Not so much. Just yesterday she started to open up. Now, Julia has some issues, but I didn’t think she’d be so tentative with me.

Fiction: something new around every corner.

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Over at LibraryThing

Thingamabrarians-1… a lot is happening. Tim has been introducing new features right and left. Some of them still need tweaking, but on the whole? Amazing. Just amazing.

If you have a look at the works page (a ‘work’ is composed of all editions of a particular book) for Pride and Prejudice, you can see the potential. There are (or will also be) Author Pages which will assemble information on the individual’s body of work. As I said, there are still some small problems but it’s getting better every day.

There’s a Google discussion group for people who are interested LibraryThing, its use and potential and future. One of the regulars on that board is Bob (he’s got a public library catalog too). Bob came up with the moniker of Thingamabrarians for those of us who are very involved.

Click on the Thingamabrarian and his dog if you want to have a look at my library catalog. then clicking on ‘tags’ will take you to another screen, and if you click on ‘tag cloud’ you’ll see how things are distributed for us as a household.

One of the most interesting thing to do in LibraryThing is to explore tags, to see how people catagorize various books. There are some funny ones, some insightful ones, and many that mean something to nobody but the person who coined them.

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some questions and some answers re: the next novel in the series

I had a very kind email today from C.S. in England:

Dear Sara

I would just like to email you to say that I think the ‘Into the Wilderness’ series is just simply fantastic. I have only recently discovered them but have now read (and re-read) all 4 four books and have loved every one. I am now desperate for Queen of Swords! I have read a plot summary of the book on Random House’s website which tells me that the main focus is the Luke/Jennet/Hannah story. But I have two burning questions though which I would be so happy if you could answer: are Elizabeth/Nathaniel/Lake in the Clouds mentioned in the new book or is it completely the Luke/Jennet story? And, is the Queen Of Swords the end of the series or are you planning on writing any more?

As a UK resident, I am planning on pre-ordering the book so that it can be shipped to me straightaway!

Thank you so much for transporting me to a world of adventure and romance!

So let me answer the two questions:

1. While Queen of Swords is primarily about Hannah, Luke and Jennet, you will see something of [two other main characters] at some point. Also, there are lots of letters exchanged so even if you don’t see some people directly, you certainly hear their voices and know what’s going on with them.

2. It had seemed until very recently that this might be the last novel in the series, as publishers are very wary of historical fiction these days an not so keen about investing in it. However, Bantam raised the topic of another novel in the series and so we’re pursuing that conversation. It won’t be quick, I have to warn you, but at this point I can say that it is likely to happen, one way or another.

I’m so glad C.S. has enjoyed the story thus far. For some reason unclear to me, the books haven’t done nearly as well the Brits as it has with the crowd Down Under or here in the States. But I’m ever hopeful that more people will discover the novels, as C.S. did.

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