My very own Gentle Spectrums is opening its second year on February 1. I thought I’d show readers of my blog, how I’m matching my two themes. I’d really like to spread the word about this: I am the very first to introduce colour levels!!!! Hues may freely be repeated because my interest is as many colour titles as possible. The freedom creates ample quantities for three levels!
**** (A) LIMITLESS PALLET ****
Here is what I might read, at level three: IRIDESCENT!
“The Black-Eyed Stranger” Charlotte Armstrong
“The Black Dudley Murder” Margery Allingham
“Silhouette In Scarlet” Elizabeth Peters
“Legend In Green Velvet” Elizabeth Peters
“Grey Mask” Patricia Wentworth
**** (B) GENTLE SUBJECTS ****
It will be easy to play with this category. I had great fun creating it and contributing more.
~ (1) STONES ~
Variations of the word, gems, jewellery, ruins, geological formations.
(“The Hidden Mountain”Gabrielle Roy, “The Tin Flute” Gabrielle Roy)
~ (2) CHEERFUL ~
Uplifting, positive messages; conveys pleasant thoughts, images.
(“The Splendour Falls” Susanna Kearsley, “A Vision In Velvet” Juliet Blackwell, “The Midnight Dancers” Anne Maybury)
~ (3) NATIONS ~
Cultures, locations: lakes, towns, even well-known places; fictional included.
(“Made In Canada” Bev Spencer, “A Death At St. Auselm’s” Isabelle Holland, “The Chinese Shawl” Patricia Wentworth)
~ (4) PLANTS ~
Trees, flowers, lawns, fields, grasses, grains, and gardening paraphernalia.
(“The Summer Tree” Guy Gavriel Kay, “Night Gardening” E.L. Swann, “Tempest In The Tea Leaves” Kari Lee Townsend).
~ (5) WATER ~
Water bodies, proper names, closely-connected components: taps, sinks, pools.
(“The Corpse At Oozak’s Pond” Charlotte MacLeod, “The Lake Of Dead Languages” Carol Goodman, “The Dead Sea Cipher” Elizabeth Peters)
~ (6) SPACE ~
The sky, its contents, spatial matter, concepts, tools. Star Trek / Star Wars-related.
(“The Astral Alibi” Manjiri Prabhu, “The Half-A-Moon Inn” Paul Fleischman, “The Street Of The Five Moons” Elizabeth Peters, “Clouds Of Witness” Dorothy Sayers)
~ (7) DAUNTING ~
Any title that has you thinking: “Oooo! That does not sound good”!
(“The Missing Chums” Leslie McFarlane, “Vanishing Bride” Magali, “Death Of A Literary Widow” Robert Barnard, “Danse Macabre” Stephen King, “A Man Lay Dead” Edith Ngaio Marsh, “Whose Body?” Dorothy Leigh Sayers)
~ (8) STRUCTURES ~
A building, its rooms, proper names, any of a structure’s parts.
(“The Palace Guard” Charlotte MacLeod, “The Phantom Flame Of Wind House” Katheryn Kimbrough, “The Secret Of Chimneys” Agatha Christie, “The Door” Mary Roberts Rinehart)
~ (9) TIME ~
Any signifiers of time, like seasons. Any unit-measurers, like watches and calendars.
(“Night Travellers” Sandra Birdsell, “The Clock Strikes Twelve” Patricia Wentworth, “Escape The Night” Mignon G. Eberhart, “Night Of Four-Hundred Rabbits” Elizabeth Peters)
~ (10) HUMOROUS ~
Odd, or anything that gives you a grin. I’ll accept a ‘pun laid on too thick’ grimace too!
(“The Dragon And The Dry Goods Princess” David Arnason, “The Kissing Man” George Elliott).
“What’s In A Name” is a fun little activity I will easily complete with the same books in my own theme, above. I hope the folks regularly enjoying that one, find mine as well. :) Looking at her ideas this year, I’m once again surprised to find five of them matching mine! Easy. I’d love her scores of participants to know the same books may easily go towards my games; for prizes!
(1) A word including ‘ing’ (The Time Of Singing, Dancing To The Flute).
“Night Gardening” E.L. Swann, 1999
(2) A colour (White Truffles In Winter, On Gold Mountain).
“Grey Mask” Patricia Wentworth, 1929
(3) A familial relation (Dombey And Son) By all means include in-laws, step, and halves.
“Uncle Robert’s Secret” Wylly Folk St. John, 1972
(4) A body of water (Black Lake, Beside The Sea).
“The Corpse At Oozak’s Pond” Charlotte MacLeod, 1987
(5) A city (Barcelona Shadows, Under The Tripoli Sky).
“A Death At St. Auselm’s” Isabelle Holland, 1984
(6) An animal (Black Swan Rising, The Leopard Unleashed).
“Night Of Four-Hundred Rabbits” Elizabeth Peters, 1971.