Have I converted PeeDee to Pee Dee and PonPon Road to Pon Pon with a space? Did I switch all references to the Berber people to “Tuaregs” instead of Twuareg or Tuarog?
Have I made sure every “genteel” references refined society and not “gentiles” (oops)? Did I consistently spell lightning without an “e” in the middle and do I maybe have one too many thunderstorms?
Did I flesh out the “tag along slave” Phoebe enough for the reader to be able to see her?
Does the traumatized, silent Maggie speak early enough in the story for her late chapters to land?
Have I eliminated the second explanation of “free by courtesy”?
(if you’re curious, it’s a state of emancipation brought on by custom, not by papers like manumission papers or a will — often occurred in situations when an enslaved person was repeatedly promised that they’d be freed by will and then their owner failed to write or update their will. If that slave then acted as if they were free for long enough, they’d be considered “free by courtesy”). I probably don’t need to add that ANY version of freedom for a Black person in the 1740’s was tenuous and subject to the violent whims of white people.
Did I eliminate enough text in the middle for the pacing to work better?
Is there too much Eliza?
If my mustee character (half Pee Dee, half African), Indian Pete, is based on Prince, a man described in Archibald Rutledge’s memoir, will it be enough to add a citation in notes at the end?
From Home By The River: Prince had a “kinship with nature as unfeigned as it was intimate.” He was “untouched by any human school of philosophy … but deeply read in the oracles of God.” Prince once plowed a field with a half wild bull that other field workers would walk a quarter mile out of their way to avoid, earning Prince no end of admiration.
Have I fixed all the erroneous capital H’s that I managed to insert while fixing the naming of a ship, the Hound? (Hounds show up with surprising frequency).
My dear cousin Ginny printed out the manuscript for me! With almost all the inputs, too. It will be very different to give it a read through on paper.
Thank you Ginny!
Today I woke with this thought: if we hold onto the House and flip the Senate (and trump wins), we would be able to impeach AND convict him. Given all the totalitarian strategies being employed by trump and Barr to steal the election, maybe this is the thing to focus on?
Hazel ship plus historic ship plus — sigh — Chadwick Bozeman. May he sail free.
Pin by Liz, my father’s Army picture, and from Twelve Years a Slave, Chiwetel Eijofor.