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Research / Re: Medieval forms of ID?
« Last post by Christine B. on Today at 12:31 AM »
rab -- that is a great point. I knew that about French (I actually think I learned it first from Ken Follet novels!). I could definitely refer to a "noble dialect" etc.

Ericj -- isn't it funny that to us now, it seems like a ring would be easier to forge than a treaty...well actually that seems easy to forge, too! When you live in a society that has DNA evidence, fingerprinting, and even voice recognition, it's hard to imagine a world that relied on rings and swords and shields to prove identities. But it's also fascinating! Thanks for your suggestions!
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Research / Re: Medieval forms of ID?
« Last post by EricJ on Yesterday at 11:48 PM »
Seals, crests, rings with crests. Just like now, all things that could get stolen. Hmmm...smells like a subplot.

Exactly:  In a pre-literate society, treaties weren't signed on paper (which few could write and even fewer read to tell whether they were forged), so important alliances had to be proven with gifts of rings, swords, daggers, and other specially designed trinkets.  Even the trope of the "dragon guarding his treasure" first began in ancient stories as an allegorical criticism of kings who wouldn't share their treasure with allies.
Signet rings were also important because the king, or his official signet-bearer held the royal Stamp of Approval on all proclamations, so they had to come from the genuine hand.

Knights designed symbolic crests from their families and achievements so that you could see who was inside the armor just from their "corporate logo".  There was a documentary on contemporary Knights of the Garter, and even 20th-cty. ones like Edmund Hillary and Margaret Thatcher now have their "knighthood crests" hung in Westminster Abbey.
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Response time for Clubhouse Jr?
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on Yesterday at 09:33 PM »
Got to love a messy desk. Congratz, Moriah. May everyone else who has waited a long time have a similar outcome.
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Social Media / Re: Problems with Twitter -- anyone else?
« Last post by danaye-shiplett on Yesterday at 08:21 PM »
Thanks for the ideas, both of you! I think creating a new account temporarily may be the best way to get ahold of a person... I do remember there being a Twitter support user you can message and whatnot. Will let you know how it goes!
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Highlights new submission ways
« Last post by Linda Rae on Yesterday at 06:23 PM »
I have occasionally received a handwritten comment or a form where they check off boxes giving a reason(s) for their rejection. (That may be because I have submitted so many rejectable stories that they feel we're acquainted.:) )
But, michal-babay, rest assured that the Highlights people do read and consider every submission.
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Some nice reviews
« Last post by Arona on Yesterday at 05:15 PM »
At the zoo I worked, we opened a cuttlefish exhibit (referencing Betsy's comment about Monterrey Zoo having only a couple). Had trouble right from the start with them. One by one, they perished.

And were replaced........by.........octopuses.

The best thing I ever saw at the aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN was when a big, ol' octopus laid his suckers out on the glass--awesome--and then whoooooshed up and away.
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Some nice reviews
« Last post by JulieM on Yesterday at 03:15 PM »
Betsy - I see lots of those cuttlefish "bones" washed up on our beaches (those things that parrots love to sharpen their beaks on), but I haven't seen a cuttlefish in the wild. There is a fellow who was at the Uni of Melbourne zoology department when I was there who has gone on to now being the Head of Science at the Melbourne Museum. He is a world renowned expert on cephalopods, so there's an opportunity for you there! (I live in Melbourne : -)  )
Do you have cuttlefish in your neck of the woods?
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Research / Re: Medieval forms of ID?
« Last post by rab on Yesterday at 01:56 PM »
A belated thought for you, Christine: you might also play around with language differences. For example, for a long time in medieval England, the nobility spoke French while the commoners spoke English. Several monarchs didn't even speak English. Similarly, you could indicate class differences through speech patterns---different dialects or accents.
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Some nice reviews
« Last post by Betsy on Yesterday at 12:37 PM »
Thanks Della and rab!

I thought they might, Julie. Have you ever seen a cuttlefish? Do you know of anyone doing research in your neck of the woods? I'd love to have an excuse to make a trip there. (Or you might think about doing a book on them. I won't, if you decide to.)
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Some nice reviews
« Last post by rab on Yesterday at 08:35 AM »
It's such a huge relief to have reviewers recognize what you've set out to do, and it sounds like these folks have. Congratulations, Ellen, and on having the book be named a JLG selection. Wow! That's great!
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