Post by Robert Carnegie Post by David Johnston
/On the largest continent currently identified, there were five
independent nations. The Kingdom, The Empire, The Duchy, The Theocracy
and the Land of Demons./
First of all, one of these things is not entirely
like the others, if (having glimpsed some artwork)
that's actual demons. (And presumably a demoncracy?)
Of course you're preaching mostly to misnamed "America".
People who live in glass houses shouldn't cast the first
stones. And I'm in "The United Kingdom" - which
admittedly likewise has a longer title... too long,
Post by David Johnston
This is the opening of the second volume of Even Though I'm a Former
Noble and a Single Mother, My Daughters are too Cute and Working as an
Adventurer Isn't Too Much of a Hassle. The Japanese have such pithy
titles, don't you think?
Surely we can shorten it. It's practically a cryptic
crossword line. Let's see...
Single (keep that)
Poppet. Or Moppet. Whichever works.
(I presume "too cute" means "superfluously" not
"inconveniently". And "single mother" implies minors.)
Easy. (Careful - is it that kind of book?)
In fact, there seem to be a few references online to
"Former Noble and Single Mother". Handier. Possibly
two words in Japanese. Or one, if it happens a lot.
"That's Why The Lady Tramps" might work.
I'm going for "Lone She-Wolf and Cubs", but maybe so
are the lawyers.
"One Slay at a Time?"
I remember Bonnie Franklin, and the very young
Mackenzie Phillips* and Valerie Bertinelli. Both
would have been too young for me to date during
my high school years, in whatever parallel universe
that would allow for that possibility.
* ObSFTV: "So Weird"
ODAAT was remade in 2017 and shown through Netflix.
I saw Ms Franklin on Broadway in "Applause" back in
the early 70s. She was older than I am by a dozen years,
but cute as a bug. see: Slightly NSFW* clip from
the Tony awards?
Lauren Bacall was in that show. Hollywood glamour,
seen from "Row O" of the highest balcony of The Palace
when I was all of 15. Real Uecker seats.
* Brief bare male buttocks.