Out of it

The day after I got home from the East Coast, I realized I’d carried home some nasty cooties. I’d never heard of the Norwalk norovirus, but we’re now on intimate terms – enough so that I now realize how ghastly those critters really are. 

 

I’m almost back to “normal,” so I’m trying to catch up on the home front. All y’all are definitely a bright spot in my day, even if I haven’t managed to stop and leave a line to tell you so. Still — and I’ve been thinking about this for a while — I sometimes worry that I’m not your intended demographic. 

I’m honored to share your writerly progress. I love to commiserate when things get rocky, and I’m genuinely excited to help celebrate your good news. But true confession time: I think I need a glossary to help me understand your posts about YA fantasy. Auras, I know, ‘cause I live in la-la land. But fey? Pooka, dryad, fox-spirits, and Otherworlders? Am I the only person on earth who’s got difficulty seeing what you’re imagining?

23 Comments

  1. No. *g*

    Although Pooka refers to the invisible white rabbit in Harvey at least, that’s how I’ve always used it, although I think it might be a general term for invisible friends/totems.

    Feel better sweetie!

  2. I think I’m a fox-spirit for not knowing what any of those mean either. Or maybe that’s me using that word completely wrong. I hope so. Because it might be funny. I mean, what if a fox-spirit is some sort of … oh, nevermind.

  3. Glad you’re back up and posting. I’m completely clueless when it comes to the terms too, although I did just buy a YA fantasy (because I feel all alone in the dark too) and hope to read it soon, but my reading list right now is HUGE!

    Norwalk ran rampant through my city too – no visitors at retirement homes or hospitals off and on for at least two months. Bad bugs.

  4. Glad you’re back up and posting. I’m completely clueless when it comes to the terms too, although I did just buy a YA fantasy (because I feel all alone in the dark too) and hope to read it soon, but my reading list right now is HUGE!

    Norwalk ran rampant through my city too – no visitors at retirement homes or hospitals off and on for at least two months. Bad bugs.

  5. I’m sorry you were ill, and glad you’re feeling better. We’ve had every bug in the world this winter, it seems.

    I remember just enough YA fantasy terms from my Andre Norton years to get me by–mostly.

  6. I’m sorry you were ill, and glad you’re feeling better. We’ve had every bug in the world this winter, it seems.

    I remember just enough YA fantasy terms from my Andre Norton years to get me by–mostly.

  7. Oh no, Melodye! I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been ill. I hope you feel better soon. ((((hugs))))

    I write YA as well, but I’m not familiar with all the terms you mentioned either. But here’s one definition for you:

    fey (fā)
    adj.

    1.Having or displaying an otherworldly, magical, or fairylike aspect or quality: “She’s got that fey look as though she’s had breakfast with a leprechaun” (Dorothy Burnham).
    2. Having visionary power; clairvoyant.
    3. Appearing touched or crazy, as if under a spell.

    And I don’t think friends have to share all the same interests and knowledge–that would get boring after a while. 🙂 And for the record, I’m glad to be able to call you ‘friend’. *wink*

  8. Oooo, sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather.

    Friendship…when did it need a demographic? You know it doesn’t, so don’t worry about it — we all love you because we know you care beyond LJ.

  9. Oh no! I hope you’re back to 100% soon.

    And I have no idea what Fey are. I think they’re fairies…

    But honestly? That’s one of those words that affects me like nails on a chalkboard.

  10. Hola Miss M… I’m glad you’re on the mend. Being sick is far, far, far from fun. And I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of the Norwalk Norovirus. Doesn’t sound fun. Bleh.

    As for your confession… well… I know a little bit, but I don’t write YA fantasy, so most of those things you listed are completely lost on me. I’ve got no idea what a Pooka or a dryad is. *shrug* So no, you’re not the only one who’s having trouble seeing what they’re imagining. 🙂

    Welcome home and I hope you feel all better soon!!!

    PS… sorry for the delay, I’ve been buried of late and haven’t been able to keep up with my flist. 🙁

  11. Hola Miss M… I’m glad you’re on the mend. Being sick is far, far, far from fun. And I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of the Norwalk Norovirus. Doesn’t sound fun. Bleh.

    As for your confession… well… I know a little bit, but I don’t write YA fantasy, so most of those things you listed are completely lost on me. I’ve got no idea what a Pooka or a dryad is. *shrug* So no, you’re not the only one who’s having trouble seeing what they’re imagining. 🙂

    Welcome home and I hope you feel all better soon!!!

    PS… sorry for the delay, I’ve been buried of late and haven’t been able to keep up with my flist. 🙁

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