Legal Tender

When tender is legal
It becomes less interesting
As the history of the novel
Might suggest


Next up, Barsetshire–Angela Thirkell’s version–where marriages abound, and romance is given the funniest treatment ever.

410oowhkegl-_sx322_bo1204203200_‘Mr. Downing, slightly intoxicated by talking about himself and the delightful evening he was having, had a curiously empty feeling in the arm nearest to Mrs. Turner and was vaguely conscious that the one thing that it needed was something exactly the right size to go round, say something about the size, shape and consistency of his hostess, but this thought did not get beyond a very nebulous and unpractical stage.’ — from Northbridge Rectory, 1941

A tender moment, as only Angela Thirkell could write it.

 

And Then It Happened!

A lovely charcoal drawing by Dawn Dale for the second edition of 'A Garden for Allegra'

A lovely charcoal drawing by Dawn Dale for the second edition of ‘A Garden for Allegra’

The title of this entry reflects two things:

1. So much has been happening
2. I can’t seem to write sensibly about any of it

It was in the third grade, with the pleasantly disinterested Mrs. ‘L’ at the helm, (all Kim Novak Vertigo hair and stale cigarette breath but a nice teacher) and I was a fledgling writer with a classroom of bored math students as a captive audience, when I first discovered the magic of that phrase: ‘And then it happened!’

I loved writing it in to my little stories, and it was fun to read aloud to a circle of wide-eyed classmates. It was a phrase highly suggestive of excitement, yet, now that I think about it, boys and girls, delivered more fizzle than sizzle. I didn’t know yet about ‘show, don’t tell’; I was just having too much fun writing stories. It seems I could never write the action down as spellbindingly as it existed in my mind.

Adventure stories were not my calling…..

A great deal of change has happened. But ‘here we are’, as the British like to say in classic understatement. What matters, in terms of this blog, and why you may be reading it, is that Allegra and Molly, with their two very different stories, are unchanged. They are still available on amazon.com (here!), and they are still attracting a modestly sized audience of enthusiastic readers.

Thank you, readers!
Is there a third book in the series in the works? Well, yes and no. But more on that later. ‘And Then It Happened’ isn’t quite happening.

Yet.

By the by, one of my all time favorite movies is ‘Stranger Than Fiction’. Do you love it?? I do. Brilliantly written by Zach Helm, brilliantly acted by Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Will Ferrell…the reason I bring this up is the use of the iconic phrase in literature ‘little did he know’. This is wonderfully referenced in the movie:

Dr. Jules Hilbert: I’ve written papers on “Little did he know.” I’ve taught classes on “Little did he know.” I once gave an entire seminar based upon “Little did he know.”

Dr. Jules Hilbert: Little did he know. That means there’s something he doesn’t know, which means there’s something you don’t know, did you know that?
Harold Crick: I may already be dead, just not typed.

I’m typing myself back in to the story.