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Don’t Give Me the Stink Eye, But…

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

564px-Frown_(8187991157)Chapters 21-34 of IrishFirebrands yielded eighteen more sentences referring to smells, one cliché (derived from the reflex of turning one’s nose away from a stench), and a poem recited by a character. Only five chapters in the whole novel make no olfactory observations. This averages out to just over two references per chapter for those that do, and just under two for all chapters.

1. “It smells good, too.”

2. Lana locked herself into the flat, and then leant against the door with her eyes shut, savouring the faint, familiar scent that would always mean – Dillon!

3. She grasped a woolly fold and held it to her cheek – its warm, soft prickliness evoking a fantasy of snuggling against Dillon’s fuzzy chest and abdomen – but the aura she sought was too faint.

4. Dillon’s scent on the pillow seduced Lana into staying the night in his flat…

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More Olfactory Observations.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

00-Nez-human_noseHere’s what the characters in IrishFirebrands smelled in Chapters 11-20:

1. Lana had expected the farmyard to be muddy and malodorous, but the earth turned out to be hard-packed, pebbly clay, and the odour of ordure was muted.

2. The door swung open on squealing hinges; then large hands hurled the bike aside and hauled her to her feet and into a tight embrace … where she was enveloped in the aura of pipe tobacco that clung to a thin, soft shirt veiling warm, hard muscles – and for one mad moment, it was the fragrance of heaven.

3. The shop exuded the same musty, dusty smell possessed by every other such establishment of her acquaintance.

4. The cloudburst swept down the street and the scent of rain wafted in … freshening the ancient atmosphere that seeped from the building.

5. “When I was courting her, I smoked cigarettes…

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The Nose Knows.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

A post on the blog A Portia Adams Adventure discussed the author’s adding a heightened sense of smell in the protagonist, who has suffered a loss of hearing and speech. The understanding was that it’s unusual for writers to include the olfactory sense.

Groucho_glassesI was intrigued by that post, so I checked my nightstand copy of IrishFirebrands to see how I did with including the sense of smell. In the first ten (10) chapters (127 pages), I had written twenty-two (22) references to scent! Chapters 4, 7 and 10 each had five (5) references to a smell! Only Chapter 8 had nothing olfactory about it. Some are fairly simple examples of awareness of a scent (or the lack thereof), and others are parts of more involved descriptions of a multi-sensory experience. Here they are:

1. On the hearth, there burnt a small fire that smelt of apple wood.

2. She…

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