I finished yesterday’s post, published it and looked at it again — something felt Not. Quite. Right. I did a little research, and sure enough, cardinals eat nuts and seeds, NOT bugs. Shoulda known that from my bird feeder.
So I edited Ms. C’s invitation from “Let’s go eat some BUGS” to “Let’s go eat some SEEDS.”
Phew, much better.
And then I thought about it some: I spent actual real-time minutes researching whether a talking — hello? — wild songbird would eat bugs or seeds. I was aiming for authenticity in my dialogue. In billable hours it would have been only five bucks or so, but still.
That’s just plain nuts. If I were Ms. C chattering away in my front yard, I’d say, for sure, “Let’s go get some chocolate croissants and maybe a latte.”
Next time I’ll try for more authenticity, more true grit.