Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Maybe I'm a little too identified with my characters' world...

So, these days I'm primarily writing Napoleonic-era stories with British protagonists who have some degree of military affiliation. A sergeant, a captain's widow, an ambitious naval lieutenant, a general who's taken the bit in his teeth and taken over a story where he was supposed to be a supporting character, etc.

I think maybe I've internalized their mindsets a little bit too much. Tonight at choir practice our director was going over the introit for the Easter service on Sunday. He called it a 16th century English carol. I looked at the header and saw a bunch of French names, the only English name being that of a translator, and without even thinking about it said, "Actually, it looks like a Frog carol." It just popped out. And the thing is, I'm very impatient with 21st century American French-bashing, because I think most of it is stupid, lame, and displays a stunning ignorance of history. But apparently the 19th century Brits are taking over my vocabulary...

2 comments:

Tess said...

ROTFL - I'm sorry, but that's hilarious!! Will have to tell my dh (fellow Sharpe fan) - he'll get a kick out of that!!

Susan Wilbanks said...

My DH just thinks I'm weird!