A spring card from my daughter.
The Flower Fairies were the the creation of illustrator Cicely Mary Barker. In addition to their gentle magic and enduring charm, her drawings are noted for their botanical accuracy.
I believe the dainty daffodils depicted here are of the type called "poet's narcissus."
Years ago on a ramble this daughter and I discovered flowers struggling against scrub and litter and stone near a tumbled and overgrown foundation on a long abandoned farm. We rescued a few bulbs and they have flourished in my garden ever since.
Each of my girls has a flower as part of their name -- and so each has their own flower fairy.
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After a day of (the following is NOT a link)#%%&##!!!&***&@@$$%###@!!!@ and QUERTY -- all due to my technical incompetence and/or my computer's malicious habit of hiding files in obscure places, lying about their location and accessibility and then refusing to share the results correctly, I finished and sent off my copy edits.
Many edits revolved around punctuation, particularly commas -- my inconsistency in use or my deviation from house style.
She caught a mis-spelling that had evaded the eagle eyes of both my editor and me (mantel/mantle), an improper choice between discrete/discreet, and an instance where I had lost the final "e" in St. Claire.
Corrupted and imprinted by early memorization of lines from Scott's The Lady of the Lake (And faint from further distance borne...) I also have the bad habit of using further in place of farther.
About our only disagreement involved hyphens. I dislike the modern style of smashingwordstogether. For instance, cooperate in place of co-operate gives me actual pain.
While I acceded to many hyphen removals (gladly in many cases, because at heart I really don't like hyphens all that much) I drew the line at hyphen-loss in some words on the basis of reader recognition. Without a hyphen, a reader might absorb an entirely different word than the one intended, or suspect a typo, or think I was sticking them with some obscure new term. For example, what do you see skimming along past the word megadryers?
Annoying readers by making them stop and parse a word is Not A Good Thing.
But I am going to have to speak to Lillie about her prefix habit so to avoid this problem in the future. However, the fact is, without a hyphen, some words just look silly.
Except for my technical problems, I found this stage easy and painless also; and the hard-working copy editor, bless her heart, told Editor Guy she enjoyed the story and hopes to see a sequel.