1a) Libraries. I'm not sure who it was who said "Libraries will get you through a time of no money better than money will get you through a time of no libraries", but isn't it true? It is sad that as my book is having to be published privately, it may never find a place in a library and be read by those who cannot afford to buy books. The spirit world is said (Michael Newton's books) to have a library too, where souls returning from a life can go to learn about their successes and errors, and check up on how they managed things in their previous lives.
1b) Lucy is the heroine of Despite the Angels, but was also a Yorkshire Terrier I had in the 1980s. I don’t know why I chose the name for the dog, but I think it got into the book because it is short. No-one wants to have to type out Esmerelda-Maybelline over and over, even if they liked that name...!
2a) Left-handed. That’s me! I am not as strongly left-handed as most people around me are right-handed, but I think that is because the world is arranged for right-handers, and we ‘citheogs’(the Irish expression) just have to cope with it, (though I am guilty of pulling pens in banks off their chains so I can use them at the left side of the hatch!). When I was a child there were no left-handed scissors, so I am proficient at using ‘normal’ ones. Mostly being left-handed doesn’t affect my life, but it irritates me a bit when people say “Oh, you’re left-handed!” (I swear one day I will reply ‘am I?’!) and more so when they express surprise at the quality of my handwriting, or my ability to do craft work. Left-handers are just as deft as anyone else, there is nothing inherently clumsy (or dirty) about the left hand. The prejudice against the left hand originates centuries ago in the belief that it had something to do with the devil. I don’t believe in a devil, so I just dismiss that as nonsense.
2b) Luck. I have had my share, and also my share of the bad sort. I wonder does it exist, or is it, as a famous golfer once said, ‘I get luckier the more I practise’?
3) Lycopodium is good for some sore throats that start on the right side of the throat. Lachesis is useful for those on the left, and also for some PMS.