Research Topics of the Week

I inadvertently discovered the origin of the word peon this week. It’s a debt slave, or one sent into indentured servitude in order to pay off a debt. The practice was called peonage.

I also did some historical medical research. In trying to determine the origin of my protagonist’s limp, I looked up how bones heal while a child is still growing. It’s a big deal. If–way back when–you broke your leg in the wrong place while you were young enough, your bones might not grow properly afterward. I didn’t want to give my character that severe a disability, so she was an older child when she suffered the break. But even it is spine-chilling. There are two bones in your lower leg. What if the fracture only occurs in one bone? And the other bone continues to grow? Forgive me if I don’t get too specific in my story. I’m too squeamish!

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Observation: Christmastime came entirely too early this year. It seems like not enough time passed between the Christmas Decorating sessions of last year and this year.

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My computer is being unusually sluggish. I type entire words, and then they appear. Good thing I’m a good typist, or this would be really frustrating. Maybe there’s a virus scanning session going on.

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I’m sorry, but football season makes for a very bored daughter. I am always in great demand on Sunday afternoon.

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Speaking of daughters, mine has discovered poetry. She is just so cool. Right now, we are reading a lot of obscure poems of the 19th century thanks to the set of McGuffey’s Readers I inherited from my grandmother. Those readers sure are a window to a different world.

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There have been a minor (very minor) flurry of sales over at Amazon for The Sevenfold Spell lately that I really cannot account for. My ad over at The Romance Reviews has expired, and no one has put up any reviews lately, that I have found. I did have my fifteenth review post at Amazon–maybe that triggered something? Maybe people are getting ereaders as early presents, and are filling them up? Maybe word of mouth is working?

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And finally, I’m having two guests this week, Ella Drake, author of Silver Bound, a science fiction romance, will be here on Monday and Stephanie Dray, author of Lily of the Nile, a historical fantasy, will be on Thursday. In between, I’ll try to finish up that review of Prospero Lost, by L. Jagi Lamplighter.