I'm quite interested in the workings of this. Caroline - when you wrote the missing term, was the sale theme a guess, or worked out from future books? I've never been quite sure how much can actually be inferred definitively from future books when some of the timings are quite vague
Blimey. Erm, from what I can remember, it was a mix of things. Some entire terms were my invention, some were pieced together from the books either side with a few extra things added to spice things up, some involved known events and deduced / known timelines and some involved known events and suggested timelines.
Given that CS fandom can't even agree how many years are missing between Goes To It
and Highland Twins
and the Rosalie
and Three Go
, there is plenty of scope for ... interpretation, shall we say. And enough chronological EBDisms that events can be moved around a bit to ensure every term has some action.
I think most of the middle period sale themes were my suggestions or slight modifications of themes EBD mentions in later prefects discussion - EBD doesn't really mention in detail that many previous, not written about, sales. Other than the Willow Pattern one, in the Howells period, of course.