Hi y'all I have simply too many blogs going. I know many of you loathe Face Book and I'm not happy with some things about it myself. So I'm leaving LJ and will be posting the same sorts of things (and hopefully more often) on my website's blog. Hope to see you there!
Note: If you were announced as a winner of a book or the grand prize, please respond to this thread, and message me your address. I haven't heard from most of you. If you already sent me the info, please send again. That is all. You may now gaze and enjoy. ;)
Over the holidays I watched Disney's Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. The message in both that I got was: Fairies, no matter how well-intentioned, are disempowering and princes are pretty much useless.
In the Brother's Grimm versions Cinderella/Ashenputtel made her own magic with her great virtue. And Sleeping Beauty/Aurora/The Princess was a passive airhead and the prince didn't have to fight his way to her because he just happened to show up at the right time when the spell broke and the briar hedge receded on its own. In this case, I have to say I liked the Disney version better. Excellent evil fairy/dragon! But let's face it, the female fairies were the real heroes.
I'm in the midst of doing the final edit on the page proofs of Shards, which involves reading it closely from beginning to end. Just now I was reading of what someone was eating and it being lunch time, I decided it was time to eat. We just happened to have some sausage, Humbolt Fog cheese, carrots, and some really nice olives left over from Christmas. Voila! A lunch such as my characters might enjoy.
Seregil: We've catalogued each entry and put each word in separate hats for drawing.
Micum: And a damn lot of cutting into strips it was!
Alec, impatiently: Thero, what is the lucky word?
Thero holds a delicate glass walnut on the palm of his left hand. Inside is a tightly rolled slip of parchment sealed with a tiny drop of green wax and the letter "A", for Adzriel, who chose and sent the word. He waves his crystal wand over it once, twice, thrice and the little container splits open. He picks out the rolled of parchment and places it in Alec's hand. The younger man eagerly breaks the seal and unrolls it.
Seregil: Well, talí? What is it?
Alec, laughing: The lucky word is . . . . Haba!
Seregil: You're joking.
Alec: Here, see for yourself, Haba!
Micum: So, here's the hat with the names of the folks who chose that word. Who will draw?
Seregil: Alec, you do the honors. Will each winner message Lynn your mailing address as soon as possible? Ready, boys?
Micum holds the hat high and Alec reaches up, feels about, and pulls out a strip of parchment. "And our grand prize winner, who will receive the complete signed set of the Nightrunner Series, including SHARDS OF TIME is . . .
!!! alarisiel333 !!!
Micum: And our six runners up, who will receive a signed copy of the book this spring, as soon as it is available to Lynn (which should be a bit earlier than it will be on the shelves!) are:
Seregil: Thanks to everyone who played with us! It was a pleasure hearing your thoughts. Please send Lynn your mailing address at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: LJ CONTEST WINNER 2013
Alec: The happiest of holidays to you all, whatever you celebrate. We're getting ready to put out all the fires here in Rhiminee and attend the Mourning Night ceremony. Then? Well, games in the dark!