Stuff I’ve been reading in July:
- The Knight with the Lion (Yvain) by Chrétien de Troyes.
- Sir Launfal edited by A. J. Bliss. *
- Sir Degaré edited by Anne Laskaya and Eve Salisbury. *
- The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin.
- Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey.
- Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley.
- History and the Supernatural by C. S. Watkins.
- The Knight of the Rose by C. A. Cole.
- 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.