July 2010

Stuff I’ve been reading in July:

  1. The Knight with the Lion (Yvain) by Chrétien de Troyes.
  2. Sir Launfal edited by A. J. Bliss. *
  3. Sir Degaré edited by Anne Laskaya and Eve Salisbury. *
  4. The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin.
  5. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey.
  6. Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley.
  7. History and the Supernatural by C. S. Watkins.
  8. The Knight of the Rose by C. A. Cole.
  9. The Blue Hawk by Peter Dickinson.

I had forgotten how much I love dragons until I reread Dragonsong, which I hadn’t read in nearly a decade. I immediately wanted to reread the rest of the Pern series. The public library has some of them so I may be making use of my library card to read them. The Blue Hawk is the first book I’ve read by Peter Dickinson, who is Robin McKinley’s husband. And yes, since I actually sat down to read what I had written for JuNoWriMo, I included my novel, too.

Do you know how hard it is to find modern songs to make a playlist for my medieval fairy romances? I recently listened to KT Tunstall’s “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and immediately associated it with the Pooka, and have been building a playlist around this song and my stories. I’ve had to draw on my other music-guru friends for help. I would not have expected to find songs about roses, stars, or dragons so difficult. And what I desperately need for the playlist is hand-clapping, foot-stomping, can’t-help-but-dance song for the Faerie Dance.


* Indicates in Middle English.
Which means folksy songs like Kate Rusby’s “Sir Eglamore” are out, even if they are about dragons or elfin knights. (Winter is coming. This means playlists must be ridiculously happy and upbeat.)
And believe me, I have a lot of star songs to choose from.

5 thoughts on “July 2010

  1. Kelly says:

    “Indicates in Middle English.”

    blah blah blah, I read novels in old languages

    My only consolation is that you’re soon going to have to pay for all that intelligence by relocating your hundred-book “word-hoard.”


  2. Chera says:

    Rebecca: The Anne McCaffrey is Sarah’s, but I don’t think she’d mind sharing (in fact, I think I recall that she said I could…). The public library only has Dragonsong of the YA trilogy — the other Pern books are assorted ones from the dragonrider series.

    Kelly: I love you too, dear. And that is totally what I’m going to call my treasure trove of books from now on.


  3. Sarah says:

    Chera, have you listened to Nickel Creek lately? They might have some good upbeat “fairy” type songs…though, I don’t have a good track record on this whole playlist thing so far 😉


    • Chera says:

      I have mined my music library quite fully. Nickel Creek is too folk. But Megan says she has an alternate playlist (non modern/pop) in the works, so some Nickel Creek might find its way onto that one.


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