Book 9 has a title!
GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE
What exactly does that mean? Diana explained it this way on Facebook:
It's a very old Celtic custom (known in other parts of Europe, too) that made it to the Appalachians. You always tell the bees when someone is born, dies, comes or goes--because if you don't keep them informed, they'll fly away.Look here and here for more information. And here is a very interesting article about the custom of "telling the bees".
I'm delighted to hear that Book 9 has a title at last! <g> I am sort of noncommittal on this title right now. I'm not in love with it, but I'll get used to it. It certainly gets across the idea that Jamie and Claire are back on Fraser's Ridge, for now, at least. And the "I am gone" is guaranteed to give us plenty to speculate about over the coming months!
I wonder if we'll see a lot of bees, swarming, buzzing, honey, or other bee-related imagery in this book? <g>
Just like ECHO and MOHB, this title has a rhythm to it. Da-DUM Da-DUM Da-DUM Da-DUM, like the beating of drums or a human heart.
Anyway, as the Chief Bumblebee-Herder (a title Diana gave me a few years ago, referring to my role as Section Leader of the Diana Gabaldon folder on the Compuserve Books and Writers Community), the thought of a book with BEES in the title makes me smile, regardless of what may be in it.
In case you're wondering, this is NOT the last book in the series! Diana answered that question specifically on Compuserve the other day:
"Oh, there's a Book Ten, yes."