Well, the festival’s nearly over. I haven’t taken in as much theatre as I’d have liked, but I suppose there’s still time!
This week, I went to see Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites at the National Museum.
The artefacts on display weren’t, for the most part, especially interesting to me, but the whole experience was really great.
I’d heard some complaints about how it represented the Jacobites themselves (in particular, there being almost no references to Gaelic speakers) but having seen it for myself I’m not especially troubled. It’s very clearly an exhibition about the Stuarts in exile, not about the ordinary Jacobites.
It’s a very heavy exhibition and gets heavier as you go along, but it also includes this delightful tartan suit so… I don’t really have a point. They’d put shoes on the suit, which made it look a lot less silly.
Then I went on a little trip to see Shoreline of Infinity 8 1/2 for sale in the book festival shop, which was very exiting and very stuffy.
I finished reading The Dark Side of the Sun and reviewed it on Goodreads, and also worked through a little backlog of book reviews. And I read Shoreline 8 1/2, or the new short stories, anyway. Thoroughly recommended, and not just because I’m in it.
I also finished a round of edits on my novel, so I’m now working very diligently to edit it down to a more reasonable length. It’s lost 2000 words already, and hopefully I can keep the pace up. So far it’s fiddly and a bit tedious, but not actually difficult.
Next week, I’m planning to start reading Strata and, hopefully, get another 7-10,000 words out of my novel.