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Magick for Terri

The highly esteemed editor and artist Terri Windling has financial difficulties, and a group of us are holding a fundraiser to help. You can find the details here. I'm offering a signed and personalised copy of The Four Musketeers, by me and the marquis. It's one of my non-fiction books, and is all about my favourite subject (the musketeers), their history, the real people behind the book, how Dumas came to write it, and the many sequels and tributes it inspired.
Terri Windling has done a lot for the genre: do go and look. There are many fine things on offer. The bidding opens on November 28th 2011.
Goth marquise

This means war....

Okay, first go and read my friend andrewducker's post on the new Hollywood take on the greatest book ever The Three Musketeers.

Watched it? Okay.

All right, that's it, Hollywood, I'm taking away your X-Box. And your Wii. And your trousers. You only get them back when you learn to Respect The Bloody Books. You're turning Miss Marple into an American sex-pot, too, I gather. You ruined The Little White Horse with sparkly sentiment and cloying faux Englishness. You don't get to play in the European literary sand box any more.

On cleaing, tidying and being remaindered

My virtue, let me show it to you. It's amazing how much I will do to avoid writing. I ahve much clean laundry, I have very shiny clean bathrooms and I have reorganised the bookshelves over my desk. The piles of books in current research rotation are now on the shelves and my desk is lovely and clear. I may have to write something at it now, I suppose.

In other news, The History Press, the purchasers of my former non-fiction publisher Tempus have decided (after two years of chaos and no attempt to sell as far as I can tell) to remainder The Four Musketeers: the true story of d'Artagnan, Porthos, Aramis and Athos, by myself and the marquis (Kari Maund and Phil Nanson). So if you want a copy, order now as it will shortly be unavailable (the marquis and I will have copies to sell on in future, but it would be nice to show THP that we in fact wrote a rather good book that people ). It's my favourite of my non-fiction and was great fun to research and write. It's a good book, I think and it has excellent illustrations. I'm not sure I am quite capable of recommending my own stuff, but if you like musketeers or 17th century France, this is one is interesting, I think.

Meanwhile, my shoulders hurt. I blame Bookworm. I must stop playing the blasted thing.

Five questions

From a_d_medievalist.

1. How did you meet the marquis?
Neither of us can remember how we met for the very first time. We were both members of the Cambridge University SF Society and must have been told each other's names at some point. But the first memory either of us have of meeting and talking is in around 1985/6, at a party, when for some long forgotten reason we got talking and he pretended to strangle me. Various other things happened (including me being engaged to someone else for a while) and we finally got together in 1987.

2. How much do you consciously inject your social/political beliefs into your novels?
I don't know. I don't consciously set out to do so (except for my short story 'Strong Brown God', which was written for an explicitly political anthology) but I tend to notice that such things have crept in fairly early and end up working towards and about them. Living With Ghosts is fairly light on politics, I think (although the rich/poor divide is in there). Grass King is a lot more overtly political and became so from its third chapter.

3. Who is your favourite historian (to read)?
Peter Sawyer, definitely. I love the acuteness in his writing. I have a soft spot for G R Elton, too, though I don't agree with him!

4. You're having a party, and you have to invite 5 people each from history and fiction, as well as several LJ friends: who do you invite?
Oh, that's difficult. The fictional characters are fairly easy -- I'd like all of Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d'Artagnan in their fictional personae, plus Freddy Standen from Georgette Heyer's Cotillion, because he's at home in any social situation. From history... Gruffudd ap Llywelyn and Trahaearn ap Caradog, my two favourite 11th century Welsh kings; Cardinal Richelieu, because he's much maligned and was a cat lover; the Russian dissident writer and former victim of Stalin's purges Eugenia Ginsberg, because she's my heroine; and the remarkable Marie de Rohan, duchesse de Chevreuse, because she's one of the cleverest and most interesting women in French history (though she and Richelieu did not get on at all). From LJ? Oh, even harder... narkil, of course (aka the marquis); anef, because she's always a good guest; anna_wing, because she could handle Richelieu, I'm certain; desperance, because he'd never forgive me for having both Freddy and Aramis present and not inviting him; and stevegreen, because he's great company and he would write the event up afterwards with skill and flair.

5. What is your dream holiday (and does it include writing?)?
That's something that changes regularly, because I'm one of those people who works out where she really wants to go, then saves up and goes. China is high on my list, as is Northern India. I like to tour around and see edifices and mountains and lakes and.... Ad learn about the history and culture. And the marquis has to come, too. I might write, I might not: it would depend on what I was working on at the time.

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Living With Ghosts

Worldcon and birthdays and questions, Oh My!

First of all, many many happy returns to the wonderful rozk. I hope you have a good day.

I have my programme schedule for Worldcon. It's mow close enough that I'm getting excited -- I've wanted to go to Quebec province since I was eight or nine. My schedule looks like this:

12.30 Thursday The Werewolves of Brigadoon
The appropriation of Scotland, Ireland and Wales as lands of "Celtic fantasy" by North American authors whose Celtic experiences appear to begin with Sir Walter Scott, travel through
Brigadoon, and conclude with bad Hollywood movies. This one could get interesting. I have Views and I can quite genuinely claim to be expert. As most of the popular beliefs are, well, wrong... Hmmm.
Kari Sperring, Peadar Ó Guilín (M), Ian McDonald.

2 pm Thursday Translation Challenges
What are the artistic and professional challenges faced by translators? How do they tackle translating between languages whose grammars are incompatible?
Jetse de Vries, Kari Sperring (M), Rani Graff, Tom Clegg, Fernandes, Eileen Gunn

7 pm Thursday Horror and Dark Fantasy Writers: What Makes the Story "Horror" or "Dark Fantasy"?
Horror and dark fantasy writers tell how they do it, how do they think up the horror and how do they know it when they write it?
Ellen Datlow (M), Kari Sperring, Maura McHugh, Susan Forest, Kaaron Warren

9 am Friday Medieval France: Just another fantasy?
Fantasy authors are often inspired by medieval France, but how much reality actually gets ends up in their fiction?
Edward James, Faye Ringel, Kari Sperring (M), Sean McMullen

2 pm Saturday he Middle Ages: Getting it Right
Description: Professional medieval historians help you avoid howlers and offer you unlikely titbits of information.
Edward James (M), Kari Sperring (The Edward-and-Kari show rides again).

4.30 pm Sunday Kari Sperring Signing
Say what?

7 pm Folk Tales
Description: Listen to some folk tales from around the world. (Children's programme and bilingual)
Josepha Sherman (M), Kari Sperring
(I'd like to tell a really scary Viking folk-tale. Will I be lynched?)

10 am Monday 150 Years Later: The Continuing Exploits of the Three

Description: Kari Sperring (as Kari Maund) is the co-author of The Four Musketeers: The True Story of D'Artagnan, Porthos, Aramis and Athos
My solo talk on Musketeer sequels.

11 am Monday Non-Fiction for SF Fans
What non-fiction should SF fans be reading? The panel recommends and discussed recently published books and perennial classics.
Geoff Ryman, James Cambias, Kari Sperring, Niall Harrison (M), Vincent Docherty

12.30 Monday Author Reading
Patrick Rothfuss; Kari Sperring; Michelle Sagara.
(Eep. I am reading with Important Writers).

Monday morning is going to be rushed, methinks! But I've done worse when I was still teaching in universities. Most of these look like fun, though my translation skills involve mediaeval languages.

Serious question: can anyone on the f'list put me in email contact with Josepha Sherman, please? I've never met her, but I suspect the folk-tale item will need careful advance planning. I can tell a Welsh story in French quite happily, and another Welsh one (or Irish or Scandinavian) in English, but I don't want to overlap and I know little about her interests.

The marquis is on four items -- 3.30 pm Thursday, a discussion of the Hugo-nominated novels; 3 pm Friday, Jedi training workshop for the children's programme; Friday 9 pm, on RPGs and their fictional tie-ins; and 9 am Saturday on Mediaeval Technology.