My fiction novel critique group is one of the best for reality checks. From how many seconds it takes for a body to fall from a San Francisco skyscraper roof to driving hours from Arizona to Texas, they question the reality. Things like a locked vehicle left in the parking lot, then idling at the curb in the next chapter cause eyebrows to raise during the discussion. As a group, they help individual writers avoid obvious mistakes that stop the reader.
Esther Crain, the author in this Yahoo Parenting publication, should have submitted her story about Prince George’s new hideaway to my critique group for a reality fact check.
“When Prince George needs a little alone time, he retreats to this recently refurbished thatched-roof treehouse, built for his dad, Prince William, in 1989, when he was a boy.”
Alone time for a two-year old?
“He’s always lived in grand style: first at Kensington Palace in London, and, more recently, to a magnificent estate in the English countryside, with his parents and new baby sister.
But now, 2-year-old Prince George has new digs where he can hide away by himself when royal life gets too stuffy. He’s got his very own treehouse, located in the garden grounds at his grandfather Prince Charles’s country estate, Highgrove.” (Prince George’s Treehouse in Yahoo Parenting )
New digs to escape royalty?
Cute if this were a twist on the fictional Hansel and Gretel story, but this is real life. Prince George is royalty.
Since Esther Crain didn’t consult my fact-checking critique group, Yahoo Parenting should have added a DON’T- TRY-THIS-AT-HOME warning for copycat parents not to leave their red-and-white-clad toddlers alone in a Highgrove look-alike backyard tree house.