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25 September 2009 @ 04:30 am
Babylon  
I heard/read (I really don't remember) this nursery rhyme around a month ago and it really struck my imagination.

"How many miles to Babylon?
Three score and ten.
Can I get there by candlelight?
Yes, and back again.
If your feet are nimble and light,
You may get there by candle-light."


I can't remember whether I was actually looking for a rhyme or just stumbled on to it through some other search. I've been wanting a rhyme/ditty for Archi to recite to calm herself in The Arthur House (Which is still in heavy edits, but soon. Oh, yes, soon it will be ready for the world to abuse). This is going to be it. I wanted something odd and a little creepy, and this about fits the bill, so yay!

Babylon has kind of been stalking me lately. Which, given my obsession/love affair with language, you might think would happen more often. But no, this is the first. I think someone's trying to tell me something. The rhyme, the song, Babylon itself showed up in the new urban fantasy series I picked up (Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy), it's on the cover of the essay book I'm reading (Serendipities by Umberto Eco). Stalking me.

Anyway, all of this is just build up to post this link: How Many Miles to Babylon? It's a song by Seanan McGuire based on the rhyme. It's beautiful, and I can't quite explain all the ways I feel connected to it.

Apparently, she is also writing a series of Urban Fantasy novels staring a half-fae named October Daye, which I'll need to pick up sometime.

SEE! I'm not the only one who thinks it's a girl's name! Now I just have to sell people on Piper being a boy's name. I'll win in the end. You'll see.

And then:
Novel: Blood & Iron: Beast
Daily WC: 1642 (so far)
Total WC: 50588
If this were a NaNo, I just won. Of course, if this were a NaNo, I lost two months ago.
 
 
Current Location: Eric
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: "I Know This Much Is True" by Tears for Fears
 
 
( 3 thoughts — Leave a thought )
cadaverousapples: Smilecadaverousapple on September 27th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
Piper is a way better girl's name. No offense. But it's also one of those androgynous names that can go both ways, so if you think it'll work, go for it.

How is Urban Shaman? It's sitting on my bookshelf right now, and I can't bring myself to read it. I've read others by C.E. Murphy, and at times her writing leaves something to be desired. But I think it's cool that she's from Alaska, so that's okay.

I had another thing I was going to say but I forgot. :(
Nethene Khthon: pikmin-gleenethenekhthon on September 27th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I liked it. There's a side character, Gary, who is friggin' awesome. I've read the first three books of the series and I'm stuck on the fourth now (I have such problems with fourth books...). I really enjoyed the third. The second took a while for me to get into because the main character does this thing that is perfectly normal for someone in her place to do, but it's a thing that drives me up a wall when people do it. Real people, fake people, book people, I want to smack 'em all.

But I liked it. It has a fun combination of Native American and Irish cultural Shamanism. The main character is entertaining, if occasionally painfully practical (but I recognize this as a personal pet peeve, not a writing flaw). And Gary is awesome.
cadaverousapples: Lights Outcadaverousapple on September 28th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
Hmmm. After today's comments, it sounds promising. I will get around to reading it next whenever I have the time (which may or may not be a looong time).

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