Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Friday, January 7, 2011


I went with my good friend T.H. and J.M-B. to see Tempest at the Bytowne Cinema last night. Starring Helen Mirren and Djimon Hounsou, it proved to be a beautiful film.

That's really all I'll say on it.

Writing has been going well. I'm in need of stretching my fingers a bit, however, as they are achy, even this morning. Also, I spent some time yesterday restructuring the series and it now looks like there'll be six books:

Book 1 - The Third Prince
Book 2 - Lord of Horses
Book 3 - Hunter
Book 4 - Overlord
Book 5 - Puppet Master
Book 6 - The Great Man

Do you like the titles?

I had been working on book 3, which was until yesterday called Overlord. I am currently working on Hunter, which is now book 3. So, really, almost nothing has changed except that I now have three unfinished manuscripts instead of just two.

Ah well, no one said this would be easy!

Onto today's Forgotten English word of the day!

Toozle: To pull about, especially applied to any rough dalliance with a female.
- John Brockett's Glossary of North Country Words, 1825

Touzly, ruffled, shaggy. In the phrase, "to touzle one's top," to make one's hair stand on end.
- Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1898-1905


Swadhi said...

Cool word, "toozle"!

The titles sound me, a lot of them ("...Prince," "Lord...," "Overlord," "...Master,") connote control or authority. Shall be interesting to see how the titles relate to the works...

Btw, I have bought and begun to read The Dying God. The concept of the "wisps" in the story "Diary of a Veteran" is so cool and enchanting! Do they have any basis in any myths or folklore, or was it purely an imaginative invention?

S.M. Carrière said...

Hi Swadhi!

Thanks for buying The Dying God! I do hope you enjoy it. It'd be interesting to see which is your favourite story. There is a battle between two of them for most people!

Wisps are indeed from mythology. Though I don't recall which region of the world the folklore comes from (I'm tempted to say European folklore (since that is what I studied primarily) in general, and German specifically).

I used 'wisp' as a derivation of Will-o'-Wisp, which is a mist-like character who led travellers astray in similar fashion to 'candlesticks' (mysterious lights that led travellers astray).

I wish I could say I own that idea completely, but that simply is not true.