Thursday, March 31, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
There's an interesting blog post HERE by another author who has written of another sad part of Madison County's history. (See the post for more details.)
He gives CROWS a nice review--very nice--but I was struck by one comment" "Still, several characters’ casual use of the N-word, while historically accurate to the time period and the Southern Appalachians, is still jarring. One character, in East Tennessee, a Quaker abolitionist involved in the Underground Railroad, reproves her sweetheart, telling him she “can’t abide that word.”
"At the time, Democrats routinely referred to their adversaries as “black Republicans,” despite the fact that there were few slaves and fewer free people of color in the county. It is still jarring to hear the N-word used today in Madison County, where there are still few African Americans to be found. "
I think I understand--and I did agonize a bit over the use of that word (though not over 'Black Republican' as I was quoting from primary sources.)
What's a writer to do when writing about a politically incorrect time? The war was horrible--and I wrote about it. Ditto the Massacre and the torture of the women. I put vulgar language into the speech of some of the characters, feeling that it represented the time and situation and characters. And I used the N-word--sparingly but as I thought the characters would have used it.
Balancing historical accuracy with modern sensibility isn't easy. And the fact that I'm White means that I can never truly understand what any given Black reader might feel on reading that word.
It's a dilemma.
Monday, March 28, 2022
Saturday, March 26, 2022
I met with a book club in Weaverville yesterday and was delighted with the good company and interesting questions and observations.
Since Crows came out in October 2020--at the height of the pandemic, I did no in-person stuff and only a limited number of Zoom appearances. Not good timing for introducing a book to the world.
Now, even though Covid is still a concern, I'm doing a bit more--the talk last Saturday, this book club, and I have several more in-person events on my schedule including (if nothing don't happen) the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival in Burnsville in September. That's a festival I've presented at several times and it was always a favorite. Fingers crossed that it happens.
As I told the book club, while I was disappointed in not being able to promote Crows more widely, I'm happy simply that it's out in the world--my love song and thank you note to the wonderful place I call home.
Friday, March 25, 2022
The Woman speaks to her pretty sharply (though I have the situation completely under control, thankyouverymuch.)
Oh, my. The Idiot Bitch has some personal grooming to do. (Anything to save face.)
Dogs. What can I say? Thank goodness I was born a cat.
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022
Go HERE to see other posts about Paul and Grace.