My family is a fan of the Maryland Renaissance Festival - my teens especially enjoy Fight School. From their website (link):
Here we come... walking down the street... we get the funniest looks from... everyone we meet. Hey Hey We're the Fight School!
The quirky quartet demonstrates famous sword fights, including "the one from a movie we can't identify due to copyright infringement". Yet the audience knows it is The Princess Bride with Inigo Montoya vs. Westley (link).
Inigo Montoya offers up the best quote to combat the ongoing Catfish controversy, "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means." To recap, a YA author accused a reviewer of "catfishing" for using a pseudo name on social media. Catfishing typically refers to online dating ... but if the YA author wants to use it in this manner, then let us look to the original catfisher, Mrs. Dogood. She portrayed herself as a middle aged widow to comment on social issues in Colonial Boston. Mrs. Dogood was, in fact, 16 year old Benjamin Franklin.
(Mrs. Dogood shares a dream in which she visits the Temple of Learning aka Harvard University):
I reflected in my Mind on the extream Folly of those Parents, who, blind to their Childrens Dulness, and insensible of the Solidity of their Skulls, because they think their Purses can afford it, will needs send them to the Temple of Learning, where, for want of a suitable Genius, they learn little more than how to carry themselves handsomely, and enter a Room genteely, (which might as well be acquir'd at a Dancing-School,) and from whence they return, after Abundance of Trouble and Charge, as great Blockheads as ever, only more proud and self-conceited.
Benjamin Franklin, through Mrs. Dogood's letters, offers veiled criticims of Harvard University. It is the Alma mater of the YA author who remains unapologetic for stalking the reviewer. Mrs. Dogood says its best, "as great Blockheads as ever, only more proud and self-conceited."
I have several friends who attended Harvard - they are not blockheads. Likewise, not all authors are blockheads. Perhaps one of the most vivacious, entertaining, and generous is historical romance author Eileen Dreyer. From her bio (link):
Eileen is an addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and admits she sees research as a handy way to salve her insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends. She’s also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, although she doesn’t see herself actively working in the field, unless this writing thing doesn’t pan out.
Eileen first published as Kathleen Korbel - gasp! A pseudo name! Should you meet her at a book signing, ask her how she picked this name. Eileen won five RITAs and is the fourth author to be named to the RWA Hall of Fame.
|Eileen (left) laughs with Patricia Rice and |
Cathy Maxwell at RT/11 in LA.
Eileen is now putting all her "research" to work as a Jeopardy contestant. Make sure to watch on Thursday, October 30 - check your local listings. Meanwhile, follow Eileen's road to Jeopardy on her Facebook page at this link.
Let's celebrate those who are not blockheads! I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash, including several titles from Eileen. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about Jeopardy - which categories would you win money? Lose money?
2. Comments are open through Saturday, November 1, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 2.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
Check out pictures from our recent visit to Harvard (during our trip to Boston) at this link and link.