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November 27, 2006

Me, on the Radio
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 08:03 AM * 32 comments

Doyle and I will be on The Front Porch (New Hampshire Public Radio’s arts and literature show) today at 6:30 PM EST.

Here’s their blurb:

The popularity of sci-fi and fantasy books is growing phenomenally. New Hampshire authors Debra Doyle and James MacDonald are a part of that growth. He’s a former naval officer, she holds a phd in literature, and together they put their credentials to good use in The Land of Mist and Snow. We’re going to put their alternate civil war history under the magnifying glass and discuss the fine line between fantasy and science fiction.

You can listen to us over the air if you live in New Hampshire. Otherwise, you can hear the show on streaming audio: MP3 Player Stream or Windows Media.

I’m told there’ll be an archived version later on.

Buggers misspelled my name.


The archive is available: Windows Media; MP3.

Comments on Me, on the Radio:
#1 ::: Aconite ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 08:09 AM:

Buggers misspelled my name.

They also misspelled "PhD" and "Civil War," and I suppose you could toss "Naval" in there since we're talking about a paticular Navy, so I guess we can chalk it up to general braindeadedness.

Congrats anyway.

#2 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 08:10 AM:

They also added an extra "The" to the title of the book.

Ah, well. Listen to the show anyway.

#3 ::: Mac ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 08:35 AM:

Luck to you and Doyle, Jim. You'll knock 'em dead, I'm sure.

Figuratively speaking, of course. Unless they mess up your name some more.

#4 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 08:50 AM:

Oh -- as long as I'm doing the "author promotion" thing (that the scammers assure us that all authors have to do), you can read the first few chapters here: Land of Mist and Snow

#5 ::: Cassie ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 08:52 AM:

"He's a former naval officer, she holds a PhD in literature..." They Fight Crime!
Those may not be the traditional credentials for superheroes, but it'd be interesting.

#6 ::: JC ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 09:04 AM:

As Mac points out, they have capitalization issues in general. It's odd though that your name is the only case where it's wrong because it's upper case.

As for the title, I think speakers of English like using articles in titles. e.g., the proper title of the Handel oratorio which includes "Hallelujah!" is _Messiah._ I've heard at least one public radio interview where someone is taken to ask for referring to it as "The Messiah." I've also heard one where the interviewer very carefully refers to it only as _Messiah._

Hope you and Doyle have fun in the interview. I will be travelling to choir rehearsal then, so I'll have to catch the archived version. I may show up at your signing at Pandemonium Books on Thursday though. (My schedule for the week is still fuzzy.)

I note that Pandemonium books also gets your name wrong, but gets the title of your book right.

#7 ::: JC ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 09:05 AM:

Oops, not Mac, it was Aconite. I humbly apologize...

#8 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 09:22 AM:

"He's a former naval officer, she holds a PhD in literature..." They Fight Crime!
Those may not be the traditional credentials for superheroes, but it'd be interesting.

As for myself, Cassie, I am reminded of the Kentucky Fried Movie skit where they advertise a made-up action movie about the exploits of a married couple, she a gun-toting Pam Grier kind of lady, he a rabbi.

#9 ::: Andrew Walsh, NHPR ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 10:07 AM:

Thanks for all the kind comments. We've updated our website to include some of your suggested edits. Sorry about the typos.
--Andrew Walsh, NHPR

#10 ::: John Houghton ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 10:38 AM:

Out of idle curiosity, is there a story behind the lower-case "d"? I usually go the other way, and mis-capitalize anything starting "Mac" -- like MacHine.

#11 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 12:42 PM:

Inconsistency is the bane of automated capitalization of proper names. That one bit me in the butt many times when I was writing databased directory publishing software back in the early 1980's, because most of the ha ha "databases" I worked on were all upper case. I did a lot of hand edits because of that.

#12 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 12:46 PM:

Jim Macdonald: It's a pity I'm a wee bit out of range of New Hampshire Public Radio. It sounds as if it will be an interesting programme.

For my part, I'm in favour of having people who misspell my name horsewhipped.

John Houghton #10: Of course it should be spelled 'MacHine'... Why do you think so many engineers are Scots? And as for Scottish politicians, we should look no further than MacHiavelli....

#13 ::: Duncan J Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 01:14 PM:

John at #10: The story usually goes that names of Highland Scot ancestry use a lower case letter after 'Mac', dirty Lowlanders use a capital letter, and the Irish drop the 'a', making it 'Mc'.

Of course, I could be wrong ...

#14 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 01:55 PM:

Fragano @12

I apologised already!

#15 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 04:06 PM:

Abi #14: I know and you're forgiven.

#16 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 04:09 PM:

Fragano @15:

Well, that's a relief.

#17 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 04:12 PM:

Abi #16: That's the least I could do for a fellow British object.

#18 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 04:13 PM:

Fragano @17:

This may be the first time I am glad to be objectified.

#19 ::: shadowsong ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 04:30 PM:

Duncan @ 13: I've always heard that Mac and Mc were both Scottish, and the Irish usually went for O'.

#21 ::: TomB ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 04:39 PM:

Gee thanks, Jim. The book looks like an utterly shameless waste of time. I am definitely going to have to read it.

#22 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 05:18 PM:

Shadowsong #19: Those are both urban legends. Most Highland Scots patronyms involve a Mac. But it can be written Mc as well, and I've seen it abbreviated as simply M' (for both Irish and Scottish names).

As for the Irish Mc vs Scottish Mac (and whether the Irish use only O' as a patronymic), you might find yourself challenged on that by members of the Irish family of Macnamara. Not to mention their band.

#23 ::: candle ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 05:57 PM:

Can I be the first to mention the Scots Irish? And maybe also the Picts? And Duns Scotus? And Fionn MacCughaill?


(Me? Half-Irish, half-Cornish, born in Wales, English - but ultimately French - surname...)

#24 ::: Sara G ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 06:41 PM:

I thought Mac was "son of" and O' was "descendant of" or some such thing. That comes from researching Irish names back in the early 90s when I was in my teens, and may be totally misremembered. But I do know the Irish use both and they mean slightly different things. Don't remember a Mc vs Mac explanation though.

#25 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 07:00 PM:

candle, I think that's Fionn macCumhail (his dad was Cumhal).

shadowsong, that O is misspelled O', but it's actually Ó—that is, a long o. And it's not a patronymic. More like a great-grandpatronymic. It means 'descended from'.

#26 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 09:29 PM:

It's common for people to misspell my name. My high school class ring. My dad's tombstone. The nice people who print checkbooks. Lots of people want to "correct" it, even when extensive notice is supplied well in advance.

#27 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 09:31 PM:

BTW, I think the show went pretty well on average. I sounded stupid but Doyle did great.

#28 ::: Debra Doyle ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 09:39 PM:

All I have to say about the name issue is that the only place I've ever seen them get the spellng of Macdonald's name right the first time without any prompting was in Inverness.

#29 ::: Aconite ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2006, 11:25 PM:

I'm having visions of Jim's high-school class ring. I can't help but think there's something squamous on it, and that the school motto is not in Latin. And that they threw hair and toenail clippings and Other Things in with the metal when they cast it.

#30 ::: candle ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2006, 05:25 AM:

Oops, thanks Xopher. That will teach me to attempt to show off. For a while, anyway.

#31 ::: Jamie Bowden ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2006, 01:16 PM:

That's okay, I used to spell your name wrong all the time in exchanges with Duncan J. on Usenet.

#32 ::: Laurence ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2006, 01:56 PM:

"Mac" is actually sometimes a matronymic (as in Conchobar mac Nessa.)

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