November 7th, 2006

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Thanks, etc.



Thanks to all for being glad for me.

Questions that came up in the course of that --

Yes, the fourth volume of the series will be published, as noted some time ago herein, from Small Beer Press this spring.

The preceding three are going to back in print very soon, details as soon as I can announce.

Cthulhu.  Well of COURSE you want to know how it sounded as passed from Lovecraft to de Camp.  Unfortunately, though the sound he made lingers in my haunted brain unerasably, the sound itself was... was... indescribable.  It  was not merely a matter of accent or what letters were silent.  It was a sound like no other.  Would to God I had not heard it!

Yes, Evangeline Walton (who as I remember her looked a bit like Pat Nixon) really was blue.  Just imagine Pat Nixon, and color her blue.  I've been told that the medication has even more severe side effects, fatal in fact after they have prolonged life to some degree.

Lyon:  Yes, Anglo-Norman.  The Lyon (not Lyons, different bunch) family were first Norman, then Anglo, then Scots Norman overlords.  The Lyon or clan head was hereditary Steward of Glamis Castle, thus (possibly) some relation to Macbeth.  My Lyon relatives used to claim (partly but not wholly in jest) a family relationship to the Queen through her mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.  Some of my relatives actually resemble the Queen, though probably it's mere generic wasp.  A relative of mine (legend has it) once presented himself at Windsor Castle as an American cousin, and was invited in for tea.  They Lyon family is one of those that circulates (or once did) a family newsletter -- now of course (it just occurs to me) on damn line, like every other damn thing.

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I myself despise all pretensions to high-type ancestry, and as a good American and Republican contemn attempts by plain folk to connect themselves in some tenuous way to outmoded so-called royalty.  Here however are the arms as borne by the Queen Mum, my near relation, as Consort to George VI.  Note the lion quartered witht the bows of the Bowes family.  There's a heraldic term for the border of lines and fleurs-de-lis around it.  That's the Lyon arms.



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For those following this fascinating topic, the Lyon arms alone, clearly illustrating the tressure flory-counter-flory, as <lj-user=undyingking> tells me the border is called (see comment to previous heraldic entry).  I remember looking through the big Webster's at home, and based on the mini-illustrations thinking there must be more names for things in heraldry and things in armor than for any other category of thing outside the taxonomies of plants and animals.  MAybe it was just because all the names are forgotten and needed lillustratiing.