Tweedle Me

Tweedle: It’s what’s for Wednesday. This wacky word originated around 1675-85, according to dictionary.com. When I saw it, I immediately thought of Ian, the hero in my Rhythm of the Moon Series. As I said in my blog Monday, Ian uses music to charm and entice practical Maggie. Rest assured this word will be used in Book #3 to describe Ian’s behavior. Why is it the words I pick sound vaguely obscene? I assure you it’s not!

“Tweedle” means to “cajole or entice by music.” I guess you could describe Ian as being Maggie’s personal Pied Piper, but with the best of intentions. He realizes how very hard she works, and strives to give her respite from her cares. Can you resist a man who makes you laugh? And it’s a rare woman who is immune to a gentleman willing to make a fool out of himself in the hopes of bringing a smile to her face. That’s Ian, in both MERCY OF THE MOON and HEARTBEAT OF THE MOON.

Here’s a challenge this Wednesday: Let’s say you’re at the grocery store. Break out in a song, perhaps the Theme from “The Love Boat.” Then, loudly pronounce, “Oh, excuse my tweedling.” And leave the aisle.

We need to revive these fun old words. Shake up a boring Wednesday with a little Tweedling. I have armed you. Go forth and shine.

Mermaids and Music

Happy Musical Monday.

My heroes have always been musicians, so it’s no surprise my novels would feature a hero whose blood hums with music every minute of the day. Ian Pierce was probably born singing. Throughout the series, he has a habit of bursting into song, composing ditties to amuse and defuse. It comes in handy in an 18th Century port town, like when he performs his apothecary duties. Let me share this passage from Heartbeat of the Moon (book 2 of the Rhythm of the Moon series) where he’s trying to distract rickety old Captain Jenkins:

“I came upon a mermaid,

Whose hair as white as pearl

It swirled around the water,

She was a buxom girl.

Her eyes they looked upon me

And softened up my soul,

But hardened up my nether parts,

And therein was the goal.”

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Ian adapts his music to whatever audience he entertains. Show me a sailor who doesn’t like a mermaid!  But when he entertains his lady Maggie, he sings an entirely different tune. I’ll tell you about it on Thursday.

Thanks for joining me. I’ll be talking about Ian and music all week.