WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD
This is causing a fair amount of confusion: is it "IN" or "WITH"? "HEART'S OWN" or "OWN HEART'S"?
I asked Diana about this yesterday on Compuserve, and here is her verbatim reply, which I am posting here in an attempt to get the word out.
After living with it for a few days (and talking to my husband about it over a few glasses of wine), I think it's settled down intoSo there you have it. <g> WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD. I like it, particularly because you can see lots of different layers of meaning in it.
WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD.
I like the internal percussion of the "in" sound between "written/in," which also gives you a natural brief pause before the last phrase--"my own heart's blood"--which then comes all of a piece. And I think "own heart" rather than "heart's own" for several subtle reasons. 1) the internal rhythm of the sentence sounds better to me with that placement, 2) it puts a rhythmic emphasis on "own," thus making it seem more personal/passionate, and 3) it puts ownership of both blood and emotion <g> onto the speaker, rather than the heart. Oh, and 4) it sounds more like an Appalachian ballad's phrasing--such ballads deriving from the Highlands of Scotland.
A number of people on Compuserve and various fan-sites have been wondering how to abbreviate it. I think Diana has settled on WRITTEN as a logical shorthand for the title, and I personally will be happy to go along with that. It has the advantage of being brief, easy to spell, and easy to remember. But I think it's much too early to come up with a standard that fans everywhere will use. If you want to refer to this book as WIMOHB, or HEART'S BLOOD, or whatever, that's fine with me. I'm just glad that we can call it something other than the generic "Book 8".
By the way, if you're wondering who is speaking this line, Diana said on Compuserve, "It's just the voice of the book, not a particular character's." But it's fun to speculate, certainly. To me, it sounds like Jamie's voice.
Finally, because a lot of people have been asking me this lately: To the best of my knowledge, Diana intends to finish writing WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by the end of 2012, so presumably that means we will see it sometime in 2013. It's much too early to set a specific release date yet. If and when I hear anything more definite, I will post it here.
Again, if you want to tell Diana what you think about this title, feel free to come and join the discussion on Compuserve, or post a comment on her blog. I'm very excited that we finally have a title for this book!