Just wanted to say that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth -- I am reading everything and enjoying it, but have family visiting so I can't do much writing myself. I'm thinking of how to do things in Rilla-my-Rilla! It's about time for Rilla to have her baby, but I don't want it to come too close on the heels of little Walt being born, so I might insert some fluff.

I also have been doing a lot of thinking about my in utero Marilla stories. I've been reading up on PEI history -- according to the Anne books, Marilla was 60 when Anne was 11, and since Anne was born in roughly 1866, Marilla would have been born in about 1815 or so. PEI had only been settled for 100 years at that point, so I'd like to show its development alongside Marilla's. The settlers were mostly French, and I'm thinking about how to use that, as well. I have a few interesting twists -- and can't wait to start writing.

Harbour Light is on hiatus until I think of some new ideas, and I am ashamed of how I've left Anne of the Glen to languish.

I'll write more next week. In the meantime...do it for me!
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  1. iffie21 Says:

    I hope you update Anne of Glen.

    About beta reading... what it means to me... basically I like it if someone would proofread it(I hate doing it to my own work and stupid microsoft word soemtimes does it for you and it doesn't know what its doing) and tell me if it makes sense or if parts are confusing or if it needs something added to it.

    I am goin back to school in August so I won't have as much time to update as well, but that is life. :) Besides I hope it doesn't take me that long to finish the story!

  2. r6144 Says:

    At the beginning of Rainbow Valley (around 1907 IMHO), it is said that Marilla is 85, so she should be born around 1822, and should be 55 at the beginning of AoGG. At the beginning of AoGG Matthew was 60, so I find it reasonable to assume that Marilla was a bit younger.

  3. geeruby Says:

    Is Matthew older? Does LMM ever say that for sure?

    Ingrid, I'd love to be your beta writer, then. For the rest of the summer, at least -- and by then you will have more confidence and probably not need one anymore! Send your stuff to me at catherine.verdier@gmail.com

  4. I had always assumed that Matthew was older, but I don't remember for sure. I'll try to do a little research.

  5. iffie21 Says:

    thanks Ruby, the next time I have a chapter, I'll email it to you. I think Marilla's age is a little bit screwed up. It calls her different things at different times. Somewhere in Anne of Avonlea it makes it sound like Marilla was in her early fifties when she got Anne. But in AoGG it does say that she is 60, so I have no idea. So I don't think it matters when you make her born because it is conflicting. I think that Matthew is older. I always found it strange that Marilla was so much older, but she dated Gil's father. To me that means that John Blythe didn't marry, or at least didnt' have Gilbert until he was in his 40's. Sounds like he waited a long time for Marilla.(that is if he is the same age or older)

  6. Did it ever say that Marilla was 60 in Anne of Green Gables. It mentions several times that Matthew was 60 when they got Anne, but I have yet to see how old Marilla was.

  7. geeruby Says:

    I think it says something like, "It was the first time in her 60 years that Marilla had felt the touch of a child's lips on her cheek..." something like that.

  8. Could it be that Matthew and Marilla were twins? I know it's a stretch, but you know how Anne felt that twins were her destiny. It would be interesting....

  9. iffie21 Says:

    I guess they could be... this age thing is driving me crazy now.. I am going to do a search for it on the computer, instead of reading for hours.

  10. lovejag Says:

    Marilla to me had always seem to be the protecter, leader in the house which in traditional sense of family dynamics that usually falls to the oldest sibling. Though she may have had to, because Matthew's personality isn't one of leadership. He's more of a follower, and prefers it that way.

    I've always liked Matthew more than Marilla, because we have some very similar personality traits except for in one major area I'm not as shy as he was.

  11. geeruby Says:

    Me, too, lovejag, on the Marilla being older issue.

  12. I can't wait to read it!!!!! :: dances around ::

  13. oh, ruby, i can't wait for a marilla story from you! :) i also can't wait for any of your updates. they always make my day :)