Please welcome today's guest, Lynda K. Scott, who's here to tell us about Labor Day.... in another world.




First, thanks to the ladies at Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers for having me here today. Luckily, these musings can be done ahead of time…so between chatting with anyone still in town today, I’m very likely cranking up the grill and cooking our Labor Day burgers.

But thinking about holidays makes me wonder what our characters do for holidays. In fact, what kind of holidays would they celebrate? How would they celebrate them?

Since we have a holiday at hand, let’s talk about Labor Day. Normally, I’d suspect any society that has members who work for a living would have a holiday akin to Labor Day which, according to the US Department of Labor, is the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. In other words, it’s a tribute to the workers who built the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

But…Not every nation on this planet celebrates Labor Day. I don’t profess to know why. I think it’s a grand holiday myself. After all, what other holiday celebrates the common working stiff? So, according to my logic, the planet where the hero of my novel, Heartstone, hails from would have a day very similar.


Would it be a “relax-at-home BBQ fest with family and friends” commemoration? Probably not. In that culture, they revere the efforts, or the labor, of clan members that keep the clan strong and prosperous. In studying Eric, the hero of Heartstone, I see a culture that has some similarity to oriental cultures where the elder members of the clan are respected and held in high regard. That makes sense. These elder members have worked all their lives to make their clans strong.

Since they’re a close knit group, I can see a celebration where food is involved (what good celebration or holiday doesn’t involve food???) It might be held in a park, or large backyard area simply because they’d need the room for all the younglings to run and play. Food…no one would want to spend hours in the kitchen prepping a lot of food or carefully balancing a fragile plate, glass and utensils on their knees, so I see finger foods as the style of food they’d prefer. Something that could be snatched from a plate piled high with succulent offerings, the juices dribbling over the finger and licked away.

Would it be called Labor Day? Maybe. Or maybe it would be called Family (Clan) Day as everyone gathered to renew their affections and loyalties and introduced new members of the clan to the older ones…Mmm. I think I’ve just described a family reunion.

Does it sound good to you? Maybe we should contact our elected representatives and tell them we want a new holiday…Family Day. What do you think?

Heartstone Excerpt from the unused Prologue (which can be found at www.lyndakscott.com)

"I'll fight the Gawan with sword or blaster, fang or claw," Eric said firmly. "But I will not take a wife."

The words hung in the study like a laser-flare over a battlefield. Like a flare, they caused a moment of absolute stillness in the two men. Sharp beams of light from the Antiare sun speared through the windows hitting a jeweled prism on the low table to Eric’s right and burst into coruscating splinters. Through the richly carved moonwood door, Eric caught the soft murmurs of his mother and Orianna as they exchanged pleasantries in the reception room. Doubtless, the girl was trying to woo the mother as she did the son, he thought sourly. Orianna was persistent but, as lovely as she was, he would not wed her.

Behind the massive black calani wood desk, Tiernan d'Ebrur lifted a reproving brow. His hair and eyes were the color of bright silver coins. The round collar of his tunic was the same silver gray and stood in contrast to the remainder of the garment's deep blue color. He sported the Ebrur House badge, a black wolf silhouetted by full Harrer, on his left shoulder. Eric wore a similar badge on his dark gray tunic. But where Eric's House badge was bordered by a plain silver edge, a gold and silver braid surrounded Tiernan's badge.

Not that Tiernan needed that lofty sign of office. His intelligence and force of will would dominate any gathering. Certainly, he dominated this meeting. As House Lord, Tiernan could be ruthless or charming, though he often professed to prefer charm as his weapon of choice. In Tiernan's opinion, one Eric shared, force of arms was best left as a last resort.

After a lengthy silence, he gave Eric an odd, understanding look. "You misunderstand, grandson. We are not offering a contract of true marriage. The liaison is one of Gar'Ja."

"Gar'Ja?" Eric stood, going to the sideboard to refill his glass. Relief and resentment mingled in his chest. At one time, the mental and emotional link between Gar’Jalon, husband, and Gar’Jael, wife, symbolized the deepest and truest of bonds between a man and a woman.


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Eric d'Ebrur is out of time. He must find the legendary Heartstone and
fulfill the ancient Gar'Ja bond he shares with the Stonebearer. But
when he finds her, he discovers that love can be more dangerous than
the Gawan threat. Eric can defeat the mind-controlling Gawan but will
it cost him the woman he loves?

After terrifying episodes of hypersensitivity, Keriam Norton thinks
she's losing her mind. When handsome shapeshifter Eric d'Ebrur saves
her from the monstrous Gawan, she's sure of it. But insane or not,
she'll find the Heartstone and, if she's lucky, a love to last a
lifetime.

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30 comments

  1. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM  

    Good morning everyone! I hope you all are having a great, relaxing Labor Day (in the USA) or a simply wonderful day if you live anywhere else :-)

    And I want to thank the ladies of Pink Fuzzy Slippers for welcoming me to their little corner of the Internet today. It's a lovely site!

  2. Beth Trissel // September 6, 2010 at 10:02 AM  

    Hello Lynda! Thanks for being here. So glad to have you join us at the Fuzzies! And what an interesting post. I was just wondering yesterday about which other cultures celebrate Labor Day.
    Your book sounds fascinating. Love the cover.

  3. Barbara Monajem // September 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

    Welcome, Lynda! I'll be off the Internet much of the day, but I'll pop in whenever I can. I wonder what strange and delicious dishes people might eat at holiday barbecues in alien worlds... The sky's the limit, LOL.

  4. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

    I was just thinking...in HEARTSONE, Eric and Keriam have a tussle with a multi-color critter called a bursi. Bursi's look, according to Keriam, like cartoon cows...until they open their mouth to reveal shark's teeth. I bet Eric and Keriam wouldn't mind a bbq'ed bursi, lol, but come to think of it...we don't eat a whole lot of carnivorous animals. We eat the herbivores. I wonder why that is....

  5. Beth Trissel // September 6, 2010 at 10:36 AM  

    That is true, Lynda. We don't. Good question. :)

  6. Mona Risk // September 6, 2010 at 10:41 AM  

    Hi Linda, welcome to our blog. Interesting post. I know that European and MiddleEastern countries celebrate May Day, on May 1st. It's the equivalent of our Labor Day. I love Women Day celebrated in Russian countries on February 8. Every man honors the special woman in his life. In Egypt, they replaced Mother's Day with Family Day as it was too sad for children who lost their mothers.

  7. Barbara Monajem // September 6, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

    It may have to do with herbivores being easier/cheaper to raise as livestock. And/or maybe carnivorous animals have a gamey flavor? I've heard that bear is very strong-tasting, and they're omnivorous, I think. Alligators eat meat, though, and they taste relatively mild, or at least what I've had -- but maybe that was farmed alligator.

    Interesting topic, huh?

  8. Pauline B Jones // September 6, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

    Fun blog topic! I believe all holidays should include a feast of some sort. I know they do in our house. LOL! You have made me think! (Something I try not to do too early on Monday, particularly holiday mondays! LOLOL!)

  9. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

    Mona, I didn't know that the European May Day was equivalent to our Labor Day. But, now, that makes me wonder what our May Day is supposed to celebrate. I feel a Google Search coming on :-)

  10. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

    Barbara, I wonder if we eat more herbivores because they don't bite back? {eg}

  11. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 11:41 AM  

    LOL Pauline! Sorry about making you think so early in the day :-) And we never waste a chance for a holiday feast either. Even if it's just grilled burgers eaten off paper plates, our holidays always include food :-)

  12. Patrice // September 6, 2010 at 12:06 PM  

    Hi Linda,
    Happy Labor day to you and everyone here at the Fuzzies!
    Enjoyed your post and it made me think how sad it is that in this country we don't honor our elders as they do in other countries. At least not in the same way. Most of us would prefer to put them in a nice, posh retirement home, then in our back bedroom!

  13. Scarlet Pumpernickel // September 6, 2010 at 12:08 PM  

    Lynda, welcome to the pink fuzzies! We are please to have you visit with us on this fine Labor Day. I enjoyed the excerpt of your book and will look forward to adding it to my collection. Now, back to preparing the Labor Day feast!

  14. Pauline B Jones // September 6, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

    I forgive you! It's probably good for my character or something. But now I'm hungry. Need to locate a feast. LOL!

  15. Toni V.S. // September 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM  

    Prhaps we don't eat carnivores, Lynda, because we might be eating something that's eaten one of us previously. Ugh!

    The first sentence in the excerpt is a telling one. Any time a man prefers fighting to marriage, he's lost; he just doesn't know it yet.

  16. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 2:01 PM  

    Thanks, Patrice. And I agree. It is a shame that we don't value our elderly more than we do. I've lost all my grand parents and miss them terribly. They had so much to teach even if they couldn't use computers or cell phones. Our elderly are immense treasures and should be treated as such. But, that's perhaps a topic for another blog :-)

  17. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

    Hi Scarlet & Pauline,

    I'm with you...need a feast but I think I'm cooking so I guess that means I need to get started, lol

  18. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 2:05 PM  

    Toni, true and true :-)

  19. SiNn // September 6, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

    Happy Laborday everyone! and a wonderful day to all of you too

    I love your posts Linda and cnat waitto read your book sounds awesome

    this is a great site will be snooopoing around alil more

  20. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM  

    Hi SiNn, glad to see you here and hope you have a wonderful day!c

  21. Mary Ricksen // September 6, 2010 at 2:29 PM  

    Oh my God I love the book jacket, it's wonderful.
    No grilling today, it's raining and I don't work anymore so Labor day is just another day. But when I worked it was a thrill to have an extra day off.
    I had no idea other countries practice their own labor day holidays!
    Thanks for giving the PFS such a great blog! You rock Lynda!

  22. Maeve // September 6, 2010 at 2:39 PM  

    Oh this excerpt sounds wondrous! I'm looking forward to reading Heartstone. Happy Labor Day to you all. No matter from which planet you hail! :-)

  23. Autumn Jordon // September 6, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

    Lynda, I love your cover. It's very eye catching and your story sounds so interesting. I think clans of the earth series celebrated a similar day. A day to enjoy family and friends and the fruits of their labor.

    And a great question for our characters. Thanks for being with us today.

    AJ

  24. Joanne // September 6, 2010 at 7:05 PM  

    Welcome, Lynda, to the Pink Fuzzies. I'm posting a little late today because it's, well, Labor Day. Wow--your book sounds fabulous.

  25. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 7:20 PM  

    Hi Mary, thanks. I agree - Mundania's Art Department did a fabulous job for the cover. I was delighted to get it :-)

    I don't have to worry about a job anymore either but I still celebrate every blip on the calendar, lol, hence the holiday 'feasts'...plus my dh and I are semi-vegetarians so the holidays give us a good reason to have a meaty meal, lol

  26. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 7:23 PM  

    Maeve, thanks. I hope you enjoy Heartstone when you read it :-)

  27. Lynda K. Scott // September 6, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

    Hi Autumn and Joanne, I've enjoyed the visit to Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers. You all rock! :-)

  28. Marsha A. Moore // September 7, 2010 at 8:49 AM  

    Now you have me thinking about what my characters would do to celebrate holidays! :)

    Great post, Lynda.

    Marsha
    http://www.marshaamoore.com

  29. Mary Marvella // September 7, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

    Sorry I missed you yesterday! I was in the bowels of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta at DragonCon. I arrived home to NO INTERNET OR CABLE. I missed my Internet the most. Very telling.

    Loved your except.

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