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Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 20, 2010, 05:35:15 am
The prizes have been awarded but we're not quite ready to end the conversation and the fun!

A number of Kindle Boarders have been playing with one of our favorite Kindle authors, archer, in a Book Bazaar thread called "The Elves are in a giving mood...again!".  So we've decided to relocate here and continue the fun!

If you're a fan of Alterra, a friend/fan of archer's - or just plain curious - jump in!

 
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 20, 2010, 06:47:35 am
Morning, all!   :D  Thanx for starting the thread, K.  The giving thread was a great time!
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Post by: kcrady on March 20, 2010, 06:50:35 am
Good morning, ibrewalot!  Thanks for coming over - I hope we can get everyone to move over here and continue the fun!  Hoping to see some more trivia questions from archer soon (hint hint)

How's your weather?  Wet and getting colder here in Texas...  a good day to stay indoors and read on my Kindle!
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Post by: Annalog on March 20, 2010, 07:34:35 am
Hi All, I will be here mostly in spirit as our two granddaughters are visiting this week. It is currently sunny here and already over 51 F. It will be hot by this afternoon and I have not planted the vegetable garden yet. I hope that is one of the things the granddaughters would like to help with.
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Post by: mom2karen on March 20, 2010, 08:25:10 am
We're going to have beautiful weather (low 80's).  We have a pancake breakfast with the YMCA guides this morning and then need to go to the nature center to release a mourning cloak butterfly we hatched. 
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Post by: kcrady on March 20, 2010, 09:06:29 am
Yum for pancakes, and how cool! for releasing the butterfly! Did you actually watch it come out of the cocoon?
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Post by: mom2karen on March 20, 2010, 09:18:42 am
Yep.  We were at the park a few weeks ago and the kids kept finding caterpillars crawling across the path.  They would move it 20' away and find another one a few minutes later.  There must have been a whole herd of the suckers.  We took one home planning on researching what it ate and put it in a large bug holder.  That evening it crawled to the top and hung in the j in preparation for chrysalis.  We checked on it often and saw the transformation.  Two days ago it hatched and has been in the butterfly pavilion.  It's supposed to eat rotten fruit and oak sap.  But it doesn't seem to like our fruit so we need to find it some oak trees in the wild.  
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Post by: Archer on March 20, 2010, 02:01:21 pm
Hi, guys!  Been working all day...no chance to post. I'm here now, though! And nobody will mind if we prattle on over here, because it's NOT the bazaar.  :D

OKAY, kcrady...I've never managed to stump you on an Alterran question--why not see whether you can stump ME! Ask me a question related to Alterra that you think might be difficult to answer.

In the meantime, I'll work on some more for you.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 20, 2010, 05:01:17 pm
Wow, I'm gonna have to think on that one - how to stump the loremaster?  Now THIS is a challenge...
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Post by: kcrady on March 20, 2010, 05:43:33 pm
Okay - thought about this, and I'm not sure how I can stump you...  after all, it's your world!  So you may have to create an answer for me...

Everyone gets into trouble at some point while growing up.  Tell me about some mischief that Gaelen and Nelwyn got into when they were children!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 20, 2010, 07:19:37 pm
Well, because Gaelen is nearly thirty years older than Nelwyn, they really weren't 'children' together, but they did get into mischief (mostly Gaelen's fault, as you can imagine). There was a rather apocalyptic incident involving Gaelen, Nelwyn, Llewellys, Ri-Aruin, a very deep hole, and a skunk...
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Post by: kcrady on March 20, 2010, 07:31:10 pm
Oh my!
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Post by: Archer on March 20, 2010, 07:37:44 pm
Gaelen nearly got herself thrown in the klink over THAT one.

(She and Nelwyn and another friend of theirs (Cuingael) dug a trap to ensnare Llewellys, whom Cuingael fancied. He had been shunning her, so she wanted to ensnare him and then 'happen along' and conveniently free him, for which he would be eternally grateful and treat her better--so they hoped. Unfortunately, Ri-Aruin came looking for Llewellys and fell into the trap by mistake, which (to everyone's surprise) contained a rather irate skunk who had wandered into it the night before.)

Oh dearie dear!
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Post by: Rie142 on March 20, 2010, 07:48:21 pm
Gaelen nearly got herself thrown in the klink over THAT one.

(She and Nelwyn and another friend of theirs (Cuingael) dug a trap to ensnare Llewellys, whom Cuingael fancied. He had been shunning her, so she wanted to ensnare him and then 'happen along' and conveniently free him, for which he would be eternally grateful and treat her better--so they hoped. Unfortunately, Ri-Aruin came looking for Llewellys and fell into the trap by mistake, which (to everyone's surprise) contained a rather irate skunk who had wandered into it the night before.)

Oh dearie dear!


LOL   oh my goodness   LOL    :o
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 20, 2010, 07:49:42 pm
Evening all...been a busy day with CubScouts all day.  My oldest got his Arrow of Light, the final rank in Cubs before moving to Boy Scouts and then I went to a dinner where I got my Wood Badge Award, the highest training a Scout Leader can receive.  You attend 2 3-day weekends , work on a project made up of 5 parts for 18 months and the get the award!  Long road, but all good stuff.

Weather here has been absolutely beautiful...especially coming off of winter. (No offense, Winter9   ;))  It was 70 and sunny.  We usually get the Texas weather a couple of days later, so I guess I'll enjoy the weekend.
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Post by: Archer on March 20, 2010, 07:55:47 pm
An 'Arrow of Light'? Cool! I want one!
I have many arrows, but they're just regular 'arrows of pointy'!
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 20, 2010, 08:04:52 pm
This one takes 5 years to get AND you can only be 11 years old.  :-\

...and it's only decorative.  We did make sure to tell the kids NOT to try to fire them tho!  I'll have to see if I can get a picture of it to post tomorrow.
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Post by: Archer on March 20, 2010, 08:10:17 pm
Well...Phooey!  And I suppose you have to be a boy, too!

One trivia question before bed for me--Gorgon actually had a 'friend' while he was growing up. What was his name, and what was his fate?
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Post by: kcrady on March 20, 2010, 08:31:12 pm
Gorgon's friend was The Old One, long held captive by Lord Wrothgar.  His elvish name was Halladin and he was responsible for teaching Gorgon to speak the language of the elves.  Gorgon killed The Old One under orders of Lord Wrothgar.

Good night everyone!
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Post by: Annalog on March 20, 2010, 11:01:09 pm
I had a busy day with the granddaughters. I am currently in the next room where I can hear the older one reading to the younger one. :D We started the day working in the garden and switched to indoor activities when it became too warm outside. The youngest wanted to learn loom knitting and the older one decided to learn as well. The youngest is knitting a purse, the other is knitting a pillow, and I started a scarf to learn a new technique. In between there was eating, cooking, more eating, and DVDs (watching while knitting). I am still working on removing a virus (Trojan) from DH's computer. I believe the computer is now clean and am waiting for a final scan to finish.
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Post by: Archer on March 21, 2010, 06:26:29 am
Well done, k!

I would love to write Halladin's back-story sometime. He was an interesting fellow. His life was truly difficult (as one might imagine), but he was one of the strongest-willed Elves ever born, which is why he managed to stay alive. Wrothgar never managed to 'break' him (though he didn't know that).

Anna: What a lovely evening (except for the virus, of course). Oooo...I HATE those things! They just make everything hard. Hope the scan finished up with all flags green!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 21, 2010, 07:41:35 am
Good morning!

I'll be popping in and out of the forums today...  some errands to run, and I've just gotten started playing with Ancestry.com.  It's fascinating, you plug in a few names and dates, and then Ancestry.com starts digging for links.  You follow one, that leads to another and before you know it hours have passed.  Last night I managed to track down 7 generations on my grandmother's (mom's mother) side of the family.
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Post by: kcrady on March 21, 2010, 07:43:03 am
Oh, and I think Halladin's story would be very interesting to read!
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Post by: Archer on March 21, 2010, 07:55:09 am
I had planned to write a series of short novellas called 'Tales of the Skulking Raven' (if you've read Ravenshade, you know what that means).
A few ideas:
Back-stories of: Azori and Azok, El-Morah, Orogond and Galador, Halladin, Shandor, Magra, and Rain.
The back-story behind the allusion to Hallagond's 'lost love'.
How Gaelen and Llewellys came to be very good friends (he was six at the time).
 
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Post by: Annalog on March 21, 2010, 09:36:55 am
Archer, those back stories would be great to read!

Apparently Grandma and Grandpa (me and DH ;D) wore out the granddaughters so much yesterday that, at 9:30 AM, they are both still asleep. I will wake them soon. :D The virus scan seemed green last night but this morning the problem reappeared. There is more work to be done. GRRR!
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Post by: mom2karen on March 21, 2010, 10:40:48 am
kcrady, you amaze me with your knowledge of Alterra lore.  

Archer, oh, yes please!  If you run out of ideas for backstories, I'm sure we could come up with tons.    

ibrew, congratulations to both of you.  

Annalog, computer viruses are worse than people viruses.  Good luck getting rid of it.  

I think we're going to have a slow day here.  Karen  is having breakfast in bed while she reads, and I'm about to reread Celtic Evil before I read the sequel.  I'm watching a neighbor kid at 3 and won't get reading in after he comes over.  He's  bit of a handful.
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Post by: kcrady on March 21, 2010, 10:55:26 am
mom2karen, it's more about having a knack for digging up information than it is pure knowledge... quiz me when I don't have the books (or my kindle) handy and I won't be nearly so amazing  :D

archer, I love the idea of "Tales of the Skulking Raven"!  And like mom2 says, I'm sure we can come up with ideas if you need them...

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 21, 2010, 11:29:52 am
I ALWAYS need ideas! I'd love to know what your favorite 'I wish Archer would write about...' is.
I am currently puzzling through the complexities of the Outcastes' legal code for the appendix.

I think the Skulking Raven tales might NOT be entirely suitable for YA, though.
(heheh!)

(I hate computer viruses, and I despise the people who create and promulgate them.)
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Post by: Winter9 on March 21, 2010, 12:22:09 pm
Hello! :D I love that you started this thread kcrady!

I will soon have to go to bed now. Busy these days!
I will have to go now, but I will talk to you all soon.

Good night!
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Post by: kcrady on March 21, 2010, 01:15:10 pm
Hi Winter9!  Glad you found your way over, I know we're all going to keep on having fun here.
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Post by: Archer on March 21, 2010, 05:47:18 pm
So...I'm sitting here, alone in the house (except for the dogs), fire blazing in the stone fireplace, wind kicking up outside with rain imminent, having just consumed a fine, roasted game hen. I've got my feet propped up and my computer in my lap, and of course I'm thinking: 'Wonder how my friends are faring this evening?'

So, naturally, I post!

It just doesn't get any better than this.  :)
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 21, 2010, 05:50:34 pm
Nice!  I believe all's quiet on the Western Front tonight.  Everyone must be reading or something.  :)
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Post by: kcrady on March 21, 2010, 05:57:57 pm
Some reading, some television - a good evening to kick back!  I'm afraid my sloppy joes and fries don't quite measure up to a game hen, but it was still good!  Good evening!
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Post by: Archer on March 21, 2010, 06:15:30 pm
I gave the leftovers to the dogs.  They're sleeping now. :-)
Gonna throw another log on the fire!
Have you had a good weekend?
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Post by: Annalog on March 21, 2010, 06:27:09 pm
Good evening. I am still fighting the computer virus but not full time. Today we took the granddaughters to see "The Thing" next to Texas Canyon and ate apple pie at Stout's Cider Mill in Wilcox.
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Post by: Archer on March 21, 2010, 06:32:31 pm
That sounds like a really nice day! Apple pie is one of my favorites.  :)
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 21, 2010, 06:41:54 pm
Here's the pic of the arrow I was talking about yesterday:

http://ibrewalot.mjcportal.com/ArrowOfLight.jpg (http://ibrewalot.mjcportal.com/ArrowOfLight.jpg)
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Post by: kcrady on March 21, 2010, 06:44:40 pm
How very special!!  He must be really excited about it.
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 21, 2010, 06:55:30 pm
He's very glad to be done with Cubs and on to Boy Scouts where "the leaders don't tell you how to do everything".  It'll be an experience.  My youngest has only just started Cubs this year, so I'll be involved in the pack for at least another 4+ years.  It's fun and good for the boys.

Hopefully when I make Morgan's arrow I don't have a cast on my arm!  ;)
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Post by: Annalog on March 21, 2010, 06:57:02 pm
Great arrow!

That sounds like a really nice day! Apple pie is one of my favorites.  :)
Definitely a really nice day. Three of us ate apple pie a la mode; DH had Dutch apple pie, oldest granddaughter had Classic apple pie, and I had three berry apple pie. The youngest granddaughter does not like pie so she had an apple cider float (unpasteurized apple cider with vanilla and cinnamon swirl ice cream). She did taste the classic apple pie and was surprised that she thought it was OK. She might not have had a pie before that was made the way pies used to be made (lots of apples, not much sugar, great crust, no preservatives). The ice cream might have been made locally as well; I should have asked.
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Post by: Winter9 on March 22, 2010, 02:12:45 am
Good morning!!
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Post by: Archer on March 22, 2010, 03:01:42 am
Good morning, Lady Winter!
And how is life in the Great Northern Lands?  :D

That arrow is really cool! I love the point. Boy Scouts is pretty great, from what I hear. Now, when I was a lass, Girl Scouts was pretty lame. I didn't enjoy 'crafts' (preferred 'freelance art'), hated selling cookies, and our troop never did cool stuff. I wanted to do what the boys were doing! (They got to camp, do archery, knot-tying, you know...USEFUL stuff!) I dropped out fast.

Okay, here's your early morning trivia question:
Gaelen likes to get the most out of her gear--she won't discard her old boots until they are beyond repair.
What finally forces her to 'retire' them?

a. she is forced to wade through a bog, and she knows she will never get the stench out of the worn leather.
b. the old ones are dragged away and buried by wild dogs.
c. Magra makes an embarrassing comment concerning the shabbiness of the old ones.
d. the old ones are so worn that she can no longer repair them.
e. none of the above.

 
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 22, 2010, 05:05:34 am
Morning all!  That trivia is beyond my reading so far...last I read of Gaelen's boots she'd just put some kind of amazing wax on them and they looked new again with the leather engraving freshly showing.  I'll leave the real answer to those ahead of me or done with the trilogy.
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Post by: Tip10 on March 22, 2010, 05:06:39 am
G'Morning All.

Gaelen won't part with her boots until they are so worn she can no longer repair them.

And even then I suspect she'd salvage what she could from them to use in something else!
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Post by: kcrady on March 22, 2010, 05:36:53 am
I snooze, I lose - the chance to answer the trivia question first!  The actual answer to archer's question is e, none of the above  :D for reasons already posted by both ibrewalot and Tip10!  However, Gaelen does come across a piece of dragon hide from which she intends to make boots, gauntlets, and a jerkin that will probably last longer than she will live.  The hide is, or is close to, her favorite deep red color...
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Post by: kcrady on March 22, 2010, 05:37:59 am
Oh, and good morning all!  archer, thanks for posting a link here from your thread in The Bazaar.
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Post by: Rie142 on March 22, 2010, 07:07:57 am
So...I'm sitting here, alone in the house (except for the dogs), fire blazing in the stone fireplace, wind kicking up outside with rain imminent, having just consumed a fine, roasted game hen. I've got my feet propped up and my computer in my lap, and of course I'm thinking: 'Wonder how my friends are faring this evening?'

So, naturally, I post!

It just doesn't get any better than this.  :)

Well Archer at that time here on the West coast.    My family and I were just finishing up our goodbye dinner to our oldest son.  He is going back to work.  So we all went out to the Olive Garden to have a dinner together.   It was a yummmmmmmmy dinner also.    :)
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Post by: Archer on March 22, 2010, 07:42:06 am
Well, I'm hoping that everyone who wants to join us here knows about it. I'd hate for anyone to miss the quiet eddy in the stream.
:-)

Ah! Another West-coaster. Olive Garden sounds YUMMY. Today is cold, rainy, and grey. I think I'll make something astonishing...like chicken and rice soup. LOVE it. I've got another game hen that will just fill the bill!
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Post by: Rie142 on March 22, 2010, 03:52:19 pm
Well, I'm hoping that everyone who wants to join us here knows about it. I'd hate for anyone to miss the quiet eddy in the stream.
:-)

Ah! Another West-coaster. Olive Garden sounds YUMMY. Today is cold, rainy, and grey. I think I'll make something astonishing...like chicken and rice soup. LOVE it. I've got another game hen that will just fill the bill!

The Olive Garden was awesome.     We have enough left overs for dinner tonight and then.    Tomorrow after oldest son goes back to work I will make hamburger soup for the rest of us.   :)    I love soup too.
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Post by: kcrady on March 22, 2010, 04:24:25 pm
Soups are lovely...  I'm thinking about making lentil soup soon...
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Post by: mom2karen on March 22, 2010, 05:20:22 pm
Ibrew, is it customary for the dads to make the arrow for their son?  You did a great job on it.

Karen made me breakfast this morning in honor of my birthday.  She started doing it several years ago and hasn't missed since.  Toast with honey, juice and fresh fruit.  Yum.

Tomorrow hubby and I head off for a night to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  Still not sure where we're going - too many good ideas. 
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Post by: kcrady on March 22, 2010, 05:22:27 pm
Happy Birthday, mom2!!  Hope you've had a great day!
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 22, 2010, 05:26:10 pm
Thanx...it's somewhat customary for the Dad's to do the arrows, but I do know a couple of Moms that did their son's.  Nothing hard and fast.

Happy Birthday/Anniversary, Mom2Karen!  My Dad's birthday is on his and my Stepmom's anniversary too.  Makes for a bigger party.   :D  Congrats on 20 as well!!!
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Post by: kcrady on March 22, 2010, 06:54:08 pm
Wow, got all excited at the birthday and completely missed the anniversary!  Congratulations on 20 years!  Twenty years gifts are suppose to be china or platinum.
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Post by: Archer on March 22, 2010, 08:03:56 pm
Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary!  :D :D :D

I am completely punchy now, having just gotten back in the house at midnight. Day started at 5 a.m. and I was running constantly. Egad!
Sorry I missed you guys today.

I'll leave you with a trivia question:

A part of Magra's body is very badly scarred. What part is it, and what caused the scars?
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Post by: Annalog on March 22, 2010, 08:19:37 pm
Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary Mom2Karen.

Today we took the granddaughters to Tombstone. We spent quite a while in the courthouse museum and then did a lot of walking. They are currently watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. (DH's computer is still not virus free.  >:()

Lord Magra's right arm is badly scarred from the fires of the Bödvari.
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Post by: Archer on March 22, 2010, 08:30:43 pm
Anna, you are just too fast for me!
 :D
STILL infected? I'm sorry...that's a real pain in the you-know-where! I hope you get it fixed soon.  :-\

Fima tells a (rather improbable) story about a dragon in 'Fire-heart'. What is the dragon's name?

What is the difference between a dragon and a drake?

Now, a multiple choice question:
If Archer doesn't go to bed RIGHT NOW, she will turn into a:

a. quivering mass of protoplasm
b. blithering idiot
c. enormous mound of weary wombat wattles
d. all of the abovezzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

(Anon, good friend, Anon!)
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Post by: Annalog on March 22, 2010, 08:40:50 pm
Yes, still infected. The infection is reduced but not yet completely gone. Also, I am not working on the computer full time. ;D This morning I found instructions, using my computer, on the Internet for how to get rid of the sdra64.exe file; however it seems as if there is still one problem file hiding somewhere. It shows up each time contact with the Internet is allowed again. After the current scan finishes, I will make sure all of the browser caches are empty.

I suspect the answer to the last question is: d. all of the abovezzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

;)
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Post by: Annalog on March 22, 2010, 08:59:13 pm
Fima tells a (rather improbable) story about a dragon in 'Fire-heart'. What is the dragon's name?

What is the difference between a dragon and a drake?
Fima tells a story about the fire-drake named Redruin (Ainrath).

Winged dragons can fly while fire-drakes, who breathe flame, and cold-drakes, who do not breathe flame, do not fly.
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Post by: Winter9 on March 23, 2010, 02:00:40 am
Good morning, Lady Winter!
And how is life in the Great Northern Lands?  

Morning :)

Life is pretty good here :D Actually we are pretty close to spring now :D It's quite warm, and the snow is melting! I love spring!

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Post by: geoffthomas on March 23, 2010, 05:12:35 am
I always enjoy the elves of Alterra.
I am also taken with the elves that inhabit the worlds of Terry Brooks.
And there are many others.
But none as delightful as our little wood-elf.

Some of you were speaking of soup, which I believe would be a staple any beings while the travel (elves, dwarves, men, asari).
I enjoy both eating and making soup, but alas mine always becomes a stew I am afraid.  I just like "stuff" in my soup.

Just sayin.......
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Post by: Winter9 on March 23, 2010, 09:19:22 am
mmmm soup  ;D
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Post by: Annalog on March 23, 2010, 10:44:34 am
Soup/stew is the best!
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Post by: kcrady on March 23, 2010, 11:49:57 am
Sounds like we're all in agreement here!
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Post by: Archer on March 23, 2010, 01:50:31 pm
The best soups may be eaten with a fork, Geoff! I'm with you.

Would anyone like an amazing recipe for 'Archer's chicken stew?
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Post by: kcrady on March 23, 2010, 02:10:42 pm
I'm always up for a good soup recipe! 
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Post by: geoffthomas on March 23, 2010, 02:13:02 pm
I'll light up the stove.
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Post by: kcrady on March 23, 2010, 02:15:26 pm
Pen and paper ready for the grocery list...
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Post by: Archer on March 23, 2010, 02:17:37 pm
Okay!
Dice some onions and fresh garlic...not too much. Saute in olive oil until brown (I use about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of olive oil).
Now add some cut-up chicken breast (I like about five breast filets cut into small cubes). Sear the meat in the hot oil until the outside is slightly browned. NOW add 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce, plus one of water, then fill up the empty can with a good red wine and add that. Pepper and fresh Basil are nice, too...but no salt! Simmer this mixture for about an hour. NOW add cut up potatoes (skin on) and carrots. Cook until thick and wonderful! (Med-low heat).

You can make it meatless, too!  Just substitute Portobello mushrooms. It also works with beef, pork, or venison.
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Post by: kcrady on March 23, 2010, 02:22:27 pm
Yum!  Cut and paste, cut and paste!

Any general clue what 'not too much' onions and garlic looks like?  I'm from a school of thought/cooking that says there's no such thing as 'too much' onions and garlic!
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Post by: Archer on March 23, 2010, 02:25:32 pm
Exactly why I don't specify. To you, 'not too much' is a different quantity than it is to me! I don't like heavy amounts of either flavor, so I use maybe 1/3 of an average Vidalia onion and about three 'petals' of garlic.

(Your mileage may vary!)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 23, 2010, 03:00:26 pm
Well...no elves appear in my fantasy, but Archer invited me here anyway. :D

Once you try real homemade cream of mushroom soup, there's no going back to Campbell's.

Take a couple of cups (one of those small boxes) of fresh sliced button mushrooms and sautee them in butter with half a minced onion until it's all tender. Pour in a can of vegetable stock and puree with a stick blender. Add another can of stock and about a half cup of heavy cream and blend again. Heat through and serve with a twist of fresh-ground pepper on top. Accept compliments gracefully.

CK
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 23, 2010, 03:05:21 pm
Carolyn:

I will be making that tomorrow! I love mushroom soup. Yummy yum yum!
(Must be eaten in moderation, however...just a touch of sat/fat in there!)

I've got a bunch of dried Chanterelles...wonder if a few of those might be nice, as well?
Our woods are good for mushrooms--morels and chanterelles in abundance. I've taken to drying them so I can have them all year.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 23, 2010, 03:15:51 pm
Carolyn:

I will be making that tomorrow! I love mushroom soup. Yummy yum yum!
(Must be eaten in moderation, however...just a touch of sat/fat in there!)

I've got a bunch of dried Chanterelles...wonder if a few of those might be nice, as well?
Our woods are good for mushrooms--morels and chanterelles in abundance. I've taken to drying them so I can have them all year.

Agreed that it's rich, but milk can be substituted for cream. Sour cream works splendidly too, for a bit of tang.

I've only ever made it with storebought buttons (my woods only seem to like bracket fungi), but I'll bet the soup would be wicked good with morels/chanterelles and maybe a dash of sauterne!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Rie142 on March 23, 2010, 03:21:22 pm
Alas, no onions in my soups.   I am allergic to them.   So very little garlic either seeing as Garlic and onions are related.   
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 23, 2010, 04:53:16 pm
Rie, The onions and garlic are not a requirement. Try it without--add basil, thyme, a little rosemary...should still be good. Can you eat chives? I suspect not, but they would be good, too.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 23, 2010, 05:34:05 pm
Mmmm love the recipe exchange. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 23, 2010, 07:21:24 pm
Oh...I'm a lumberjack and I'm o-kay...

Here's another of my favorite recipes--rice pudding (Without disgusting raisins! Ugh!)

five cups milk (2% works fine)
seven T white rice
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar

Place in 325 oven until rice is cooked and milk is thickened wonderfully. There will be a nice, light brown layer on top.
Uh, oh. Now I want one!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on March 23, 2010, 07:28:56 pm
Archer,
You asked for me to let you know when I finished -- it will be in a few minutes -- Duinar just Yelled ENOUGH
I'm off to finish -- I'll post in the morning!!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 23, 2010, 07:35:26 pm
GAAH! I have to wait until morning!?!

(okay...)
 ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 23, 2010, 08:01:11 pm
So what's a good elvish recipe that Gaelen might make?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 24, 2010, 02:38:43 am
Mornings! :D

Many things to do today. Gah. Didn't sleep to well, I'm tired  :P
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on March 24, 2010, 05:01:55 am
WHEW!!   WOW!!   AMAZING!!  Oh Crap what next???

Okay so I really don't know how I feel.

I've not been on a journey such as this since I ventured forth with the likes of Garion or Sparhawk.  An epic journey to say the least!
Archer, M'Lady, I owe you a great debt of gratitude for taking me along on this journey. 
I am somewhat sad to see it come to an end a stopping point.  Leaves me a bit bewildered on where to go next.  I suppose I'll take a wee little break and then decide my next journey but I'm doubtful that I'll find one very soon to rival the one I just finished.  THANK YOU Archer!!



Oh and Archer -- Light!  I'm sure you'll understand.

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 24, 2010, 05:09:11 am
Hi, Winter! I can totally relate to your being tired. Hope you can join us today.
(I had no idea I'd be so hassled while on Sabbatical!) When Jeff-o is gone, it's hard to get everything done and get enough sleep.

An Elvish recipe? Gaelen?
Hmmm...let's just say that Nelwyn might be a better choice. No lembas in Alterra, but Nelwyn can make a killer flatbread featuring delicious seeds and nuts, with a little dried fruit (and a touch of honey). It will definitely stick to your ribs. She adds just enough butter to make it go down EASY!

Now, Gaelen can cook outdoors. She has an innate sense of how to roast 'critters on a spit' (she's probably tried most of them, including Tuathan squirrel-rats). A few wild herbs, some tubers roasted in the coals, and a little wine (chilled in a running stream)...with a side of Nelwyn's flatbread. Hoo, boy! Sounds great after a tough day in the rain.

Nelwyn makes wonderful soup, too. The water in Alterra (depending on the source, naturally) is very clean and pure. That makes a big difference. All ingredients are fresh, and Nelwyn's taste is very discerning. Gaelen would comment that her cousin could make soup out of an old boot and it would be delicious.

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 24, 2010, 05:11:53 am
Ah, Tip, my friend, you are an optimist. I hope you are right.
Okay...now I have to know. Who was your favorite character?

(That question may be answered by anyone else who wants to) :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on March 24, 2010, 05:34:51 am
Why ALL of them of course!!

Hmmm, how to word this without spoiling anything....
Actually my favorite character was Gaelen/Gorgon post ring -- the "blending" was magnificent.

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 24, 2010, 06:06:34 am
Think I have to agree with Tip10 on that one - and I still want to know what Gorgon chose in the end!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 24, 2010, 06:19:06 am
Ah, k, if only I knew! Alas, the only one who can know of that choice is the one who makes it.
Starting work on the next book...today is a writing day. I'll check in later. Must go an explore the further complexities of the Outcaste's legal code. It's fun...trust me!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on March 24, 2010, 06:23:37 am
Think I have to agree with Tip10 on that one - and I still want to know what Gorgon chose in the end!

In my mind I know what choice was made -- of course I could be wrong but......
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 24, 2010, 07:34:10 am
Y'know, when I consider the question, I go back and forth. I tend to be an optimist, but it's a tough choice for someone who has been 'comfortable' with the opposite choice for so much of his life. Pride is a very difficult thing to forsake.

The point of posing the question at the end of the book is that a. no one can really know the answer until the choice is before him, and b. every reader will have a different opinion, based on his/her own outlook and prior experiences. I don't answer the question because I can't. :)
Does that make sense?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 24, 2010, 07:35:53 am
Done study-reading for today!

I now listen to The Seventh Scroll. I love Wilbur Smith! Truly recommend his Egypt-series! And I read Gone With the Wind for march reading game. The reading game is so fun! :D

Looking forward to dwell with elves when we get the books Archer :D I could read them now when I finish Gone With the Wind, but I want to do the reading together with my sister, then we can discuss it while we read. Might have to wait a little though. Don't know if she has reading projects on her shool now. Well, we will get to it, I look so forward to being able to discuss the elves with you guys :D Do you know when they will get here arch? Are they sent? Sorry, I don't mean to nag on you ;)

Okay, feel really stupid here, but the Boys wanna have fun song has really stucked in my head, just the boys are switched with elves and I'm singing :P
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 24, 2010, 08:07:29 am
Y'know, when I consider the question, I go back and forth. I tend to be an optimist, but it's a tough choice for someone who has been 'comfortable' with the opposite choice for so much of his life. Pride is a very difficult thing to forsake.

The point of posing the question at the end of the book is that a. no one can really know the answer until the choice is before him, and b. every reader will have a different opinion, based on his/her own outlook and prior experiences. I don't answer the question because I can't. :)
Does that make sense?

Makes perfect sense, archer.  I just wasn't sure whether that was a teaser for a future book; sometimes that kind of question at the end of a book implies the author might answer it later.  I can just let my imagination go with it now.

Here's wishing you a writing day where the creative juices flow freely!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 24, 2010, 09:45:19 am
Thanx for covering up the spoilers, but they're right there.  Waiting for me to just hover the mouse over.  It'd be soooo easy....NO!  Mustn't!  I'll be glad when we're off this page of the thread!   ::)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on March 24, 2010, 09:56:09 am
Don't look Brew -- but even if you did i do not believe that they will actually spoil anything -- might make you go huh? but I don't think they really give anything away.  We're just trying to be extra careful....
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 24, 2010, 09:58:59 am
You're probably right, Tip...of the two I did look at before I realized what they were, the only one I understood was crap.   ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on March 24, 2010, 11:10:59 am
A couple of thoughts here,

1.  If you run out of ElfHunter books to read, you couldn't do better than to read the Ryel Saga consisting of Wysard and Lord Brother by our own Carolyn Kephart.  (I too love Wilbur Smith) (Sorry archer to cross-over authors here (please forgive).

2.  While I, of course, love Gaelen I found myself becoming very attached to Fima. (maybe I resemble a dwarf - actually more like a troll).

3   I am being a pain......but......when will Outcaste be generally available?

seeing that I made a reference a few posts ago about Terry Brooks' elves, it is only fitting that I should mention that the Alterran Elves are much friendlier than Raymond Feists Midkemian elves (dark elves too).


Just sayin.....
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 24, 2010, 11:24:29 am
Geoff:
How true! I can also recommend the Ryel saga. CK and I are friends, too. We're happy that you love us both.  :)

You're not being a pain, but the answer is...I don't know when Outcaste will be available. I don't want to specify and then have to contradict myself. The good news is that I'm already working on the next one, so the longer we wait for Outcaste, the less time between installments.

Winter: You should have your books in 5-10 days. I reckon the Book club will have just about started then! You and your sister should be able to join right in.  :)

OKAY, OKAY...so no more spoilers. Wouldn't want to tempt you! 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 24, 2010, 01:32:45 pm
Geoff and Archer, your kind words made my day. Thank you so much!

For readers who may be interested in giving me a try, I recommend the complete one-volume Ryel Saga, which features many restored passages that had fallen to the cutting-room floor back in the duology's paper days. The Kindle duology is basically the same edition as the paper version, save for some minor corrections. Moreover, The Ryel Saga is only 99 cents for the month of March.

Archer and I write very different fantasy, but it all comes from the same place: the heart. :)

Grateful good wishes,

CK

Free short fiction at Smashwords:
The Kind Gods, a Norse-themed elegy now at 251 downloads since the month began -- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/10752 (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/10752)
Regenerated, a tenderly bitter sci-fi tale of love and giant lizards -- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3196 (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3196)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 24, 2010, 01:37:53 pm
Ryel Saga one-clicked and added to the "to-read" list...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 24, 2010, 01:52:32 pm
Ryel Saga one-clicked and added to the "to-read" list...

Thank you, ibrewalot!  I hope you'll enjoy it. :)

Edited to note that I uploaded a new version (minor tweaks) last night and it hasn't been posted yet, but should go live in a day or so. I'm not clear on the procedure since my Kindle 2 is only a week old, but isn't it possible for you to re-upload the new version for free?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 24, 2010, 02:28:36 pm
Unfortunately, the way I understand it is that in order to get the newest version you have to contact Amazon and return the old version then repurchase the new version - has something to do with the book codes they assign; they treat a new version like a new book...

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 24, 2010, 02:52:58 pm
Unfortunately, the way I understand it is that in order to get the newest version you have to contact Amazon and return the old version then repurchase the new version - has something to do with the book codes they assign; they treat a new version like a new book...



Oh. Dang it. :(

The exact same version is available at Smashwords, where I'm allowed to issue a coupon code for free copies. Anyone interested, please let me know!

And now, relating to Elves and fun, a video someone e-mailed me today: 'They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard.' Warning, it doesn't want to leave your head. :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE-1RPDqJAY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE-1RPDqJAY)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 24, 2010, 03:10:19 pm
I would like one please...  went and bought it right before I saw that you had updated again...  you can pm me the code if you don't want to share it globally

Thanks, looking forward to reading your book!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on March 24, 2010, 04:29:57 pm
Edited to note that I uploaded a new version (minor tweaks) last night and it hasn't been posted yet, but should go live in a day or so.

Can you post here when it goes live?  I've been waiting to clear some of my TBR pile, but I'll take advantage of the March sale.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 24, 2010, 04:49:46 pm
Can you post here when it goes live?  I've been waiting to clear some of my TBR pile, but I'll take advantage of the March sale.

I'll be glad to, mom2karen. Thank you very much for your interest!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 24, 2010, 06:04:25 pm
Thank you, Carolyn! I got the coupon and I'm moving your book to the top of my TBR list.  Looking forward to reading it!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 24, 2010, 06:06:21 pm
Well, I finished the first chapter of book 5 this afternoon.
Going out to feed the horses now...will be at school tomorrow. They're talking SNOW tomorrow night. Ugh.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 24, 2010, 06:18:18 pm
Carolyn, is it worth the effort for me to bother you for a coupon for smashwords?  How different is the version I downloaded from Amazon today?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 24, 2010, 06:35:32 pm
Carolyn, is it worth the effort for me to bother you for a coupon for smashwords?  How different is the version I downloaded from Amazon today?

I fine-tooth-combed the text (yet again!) to get rid of some word repetitions and the like. Nothing major, but I do want my work to be as good as I can make it. I'm going to mail you the Smashwords coupon so you can have the best possible version. Right now that version is Pending Approval, and I just wrote to them asking how long it would take. They're usually very quick to respond, bless 'em, and I'll relay the news as soon as I get it.

In the meantime you might enjoy the Smashwords free stories I mentioned earlier. 'The Kind Gods' has been exceptionally well received, maybe because of its cover art, maybe because it's a guy-type yarn. :)

Many thanks,

CK
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 24, 2010, 06:39:35 pm
Thanx much...although I'm not terribly finicky and wouldn't hold a few word repeats against you.  ;)  I'll go check out the others as well.  Gotta love an elvish author!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 24, 2010, 06:49:39 pm
Thanx much...although I'm not terribly finicky and wouldn't hold a few word repeats against you.  ;)  I'll go check out the others as well.  Gotta love an elvish author!

Well...if you won't hold word repeats against me, I hope you won't mind that Archer is indisputably the Lady of the Elves. To quote from a review on my website, "One note about Kephart's fantasy is the absence of dragons, elves, fairies, talking swords, and so forth. Her plot and scenes are driven entirely by human and demonic forces, which some readers may prefer."

They're pretty exotic humans and demons, though. :)

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 24, 2010, 06:50:23 pm
Well, I finished the first chapter of book 5 this afternoon.
Going out to feed the horses now...will be at school tomorrow. They're talking SNOW tomorrow night. Ugh.

Oh man... :(

Great about the chapter, though!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 24, 2010, 06:51:12 pm
Hmmmmm, now I'm really curious!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 24, 2010, 07:11:20 pm
Carolyn:
PS...They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 24, 2010, 07:13:32 pm
Gard, Gard, Gard, Gard, Gard, Gard, they're taking the hobbits to Isengard!  ;D

What do you say?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 24, 2010, 07:26:29 pm
Carolyn:
PS...They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!

I confess I've watched that video several times, not without laughter... :D

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 24, 2010, 07:27:04 pm
A balrrrrog of Morrrgoth!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 24, 2010, 09:03:40 pm
Just an update:

For those with coupon codes, Smashwords now has the latest version of The Ryel Saga at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8843 (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8843).

The $0.99 latest Kindle version of The Ryel Saga is now live...yay!

Thanks to everyone who's shown such kind interest in my work. Synopsis and entire first chapter of The Ryel Saga are at my website, http://carolynkephart.com (http://carolynkephart.com).
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 25, 2010, 02:45:51 am
Carolyn, could I get a coupon too?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 25, 2010, 04:37:21 am
Woot for first chapter done, archer!

Carolyn, I'm on my way to smashwords now to download the most current version!  As soon as I'm done with my current reads it's at the top of the list.

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on March 25, 2010, 05:54:43 am
Its UP!!  ;D

Book Klub: Elf Hunter Trilogy: Elf Hunter (Book 1)
https://www.kboards.com/index.php/board,55.0.html

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 25, 2010, 05:57:54 am
You guys are too fast! When are you starting the  book club?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on March 25, 2010, 06:05:53 am
Aww, you all ARE too fast.  Read all about it here:
https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,21843.0.html


Betsy
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 25, 2010, 06:49:56 am
Winter, don't worry...you should have your books before the first. You and your sis can jump right in. Elfhunter is a quick read.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 25, 2010, 07:58:54 am
Looking forward to sharing the adventure with everyone!  This will be my first Book Klub - anyone done one of these before?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 25, 2010, 08:04:03 am
Geoff has done lots, I think. I'm a 'virgin' book klubber, too.
So be gentle with me!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on March 25, 2010, 08:18:57 am
We will handle you as the "precious" item that you are.
Just like a piece of valuable porcelain.

Because our elves will live forever if we take good care of them.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 25, 2010, 11:55:42 am
Carolyn, could I get a coupon too?

Absolutely! It's in the mail. :)

Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. Lots of posts on this thread today!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 25, 2010, 12:00:50 pm
Geoff has done lots, I think. I'm a 'virgin' book klubber, too.
So be gentle with me!

Congratulations, Archer! People will treat you as you treat them, so you have no worries at all. :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 25, 2010, 03:01:04 pm
Thank you Carolyn :D

And thank you Archer! I will talk to my sis. Not sure how much time she has to do a book club though,  but will definitely talk to her. At least we will read at the same time, but I really want to join the book club. Maybe I could take a sneek peak, reading the chapters for the book club. I will just be maybe a chapter or something ahead of her. We will see. It will be fun! And of course we will take good care of you! You are the best! :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on March 25, 2010, 05:04:00 pm
Hey, folks,

in reading through this thread, it probably ought to be in either the Book Corner, or better yet, in the new Book Klub for the Elfhunter series!  After all, you are discussing Archer's books.  Would anyone object to my moving it to one of those places?

Betsy
 ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 25, 2010, 06:32:55 pm
I wouldn't...though it was our intent to simply continue as a social thread and not necessarily to discuss the books. We've been exchanging recipes, talking about other books, and the weather...you know best! :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 25, 2010, 06:35:34 pm
If you think it's appropriate there, I guess I don't mind - but we do talk about things other than archer's books here.  It was intended as purely social.  I imagine most of the book talk will move to the Book Klub when it starts up.

Anyone else have an opinion?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 25, 2010, 07:04:35 pm
Well, k, I pretty much agree with you! I just wanted to add that the weather here is positively WRETCHED!
I'm cold, wet, windblown, and disgruntled.
March! Feh!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on March 25, 2010, 07:19:07 pm
Betsy, we sort of bonded during Archer's giveaways where we had to chat to increase the post counts.  We began to have ramblings on pets, food, hobbies, kids... as well as talk about books.  Archer's books have been the most common, but I can see that spreading out as the group develops.  As you can see Carolyn's books are getting talked about currently.  I think the not quite kindle is a good place for it.

Thanks Carolyn, I picked it up at Amazon today.  I do have a question about Markul years vs World years.  In the first chapter you wrote...  

Ryel - By the reckoning of Markul he was twelve years old, a mere child; by the reckoning of the World he was twice that and two years more.

Edris - In the reckoning of Markul he had died young, on the threshold of his thirtieth year. Even the World would have deemed him dead too soon at fifty-eight

I would have expected Edris to be over 60.  Based on Ryel I figured one Markul year is equal to 2 1/6 World years.  If Edris was 29 that would make 29x2=58 + about 5 years for the extra 1/6 for 63.  

I haven't read past the first few pages so this might be answered further in the book.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 25, 2010, 07:21:12 pm
Ugh!  Nice weather to cozy up next to that fireplace!  Or come on down to Texas, it's been mild and sunny here.  We're looking at sunny weather with temps in the low to mid 70's tomorrow.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 25, 2010, 07:29:15 pm
Fine...rub it in!
I might actually be going to Texas 'ere long...I have to pick up one of my dogs. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on March 25, 2010, 07:48:27 pm
I also think the thread fits Not Quite Kindle.

DH and I are taking the granddaughters back to our daughter tomorrow, a bit earlier than we expected, since the youngest has softball practice in the afternoon and a game the following day. Both the girls are happy with their completed knitting projects. The oldest granddaughter and I helped finish the purse started by the youngest so that she could take it on our trip to the zoo and to see Alice in Wonderland (in 2D). Other than my still unsuccessful attempts to completely clean viruses from DH's computer, it has been a great week.

Carol, thanks for letting us know about The Ryel Saga. I found I had samples of Wysard and Lord Brother that I had never read. Now I can read the complete version instead.  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 25, 2010, 07:52:51 pm
Fine...rub it in!
I might actually be going to Texas 'ere long...I have to pick up one of my dogs. 

Texas is a big state - but if you find yourself in the vicinity of Austin, please let me know!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on March 25, 2010, 09:03:48 pm
Archer, how did one of your dogs end up in Texas? 

The weather is nice here too, 70-80's.  But there is a bit of rain in our long range forecast.   
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 25, 2010, 10:35:01 pm
As you can see Carolyn's books are getting talked about currently.  I think the not quite kindle is a good place for it.

Thanks Carolyn, I picked it up at Amazon today.  I do have a question about Markul years vs World years.  In the first chapter you wrote...  
Ryel - By the reckoning of Markul he was twelve years old, a mere child; by the reckoning of the World he was twice that and two years more.
Edris - In the reckoning of Markul he had died young, on the threshold of his thirtieth year. Even the World would have deemed him dead too soon at fifty-eight
I would have expected Edris to be over 60.  Based on Ryel I figured one Markul year is equal to 2 1/6 World years.  If Edris was 29 that would make 29x2=58 + about 5 years for the extra 1/6 for 63.  

I haven't read past the first few pages so this might be answered further in the book.


mom2karen, I'm delighted you're reading my book, and it's my great hope you enjoy it.

Studying the Art in Markul is the beginning of a new life, so birth is considered to occur the moment an aspirant enters its gates. As noted in the opening lines, "Ryel had lived within its walls for nearly half of his birth-life. By the reckoning of Markul he was twelve years old, a mere child; by the reckoning of the World he was twice that and two years more." Thus he's 26 years old when the story begins, and has spent a dozen years learning the Art. Edris would have been 28 when he first came to Markul, which would still be considered very young for a wysard of that City; Ryel's youth is unprecedented, but there are reasons for that.

I'd also mention that I use a capital letter for World only when wysards refer to the land outside their walls, since they feel distanced by their Art from the rest of humankind; and City specifically refers to the four Art-fortresses at each of the compass points.

I'll admit math was never my strong suit, but I loved writing the book. I hope it shows!
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Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 25, 2010, 10:36:29 pm
Carol, thanks for letting us know about The Ryel Saga. I found I had samples of Wysard and Lord Brother that I had never read. Now I can read the complete version instead.  :D

I'm grinning ear to ear. :D Thank you! The combined version really is the book I always wanted, and I hope you enjoy it.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on March 25, 2010, 10:44:43 pm
If you all want to keep it here and NOT talk about the books or book trivia, that's fine.  A gentle reminder then that author self promotion is not allowed outside the Book Bazaar.  Every author has a book thread in which to make announcements about their books and to discuss the books with fans.

If members want to talk about books, the Book Corner is the place!  Feel free to start a thread about the books you want to talk about.  If you want to talk about the Elfhunter series, the newly formed Book Klub is the place to do it.  In fact, the trivia questions would be a perfect add-on to the Book Klub questions!

Y'all haven't had a book klub before, but in other book klubs, it turned out to be a kind of klub house where we discussed all kinds of things tangentially related to the book.  For example, in the Outlander Klub, we spent a lot of time discussing who to cast in the movie.  ;D

Thanks!

Betsy
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 25, 2010, 10:59:51 pm
If you all want to keep it here and NOT talk about the books or book trivia, that's fine.  A gentle reminder then that author self promotion is not allowed outside the Book Bazaar.  Every author has a book thread in which to make announcements about their books and to discuss the books with fans.

If members want to talk about books, the Book Corner is the place!  Feel free to start a thread about the books you want to talk about.  If you want to talk about the Elfhunter series, the newly formed Book Klub is the place to do it.  In fact, the trivia questions would be a perfect add-on to the Book Klub questions!

Y'all haven't had a book klub before, but in other book klubs, it turned out to be a kind of klub house where we discussed all kinds of things tangentially related to the book.  For example, in the Outlander Klub, we spent a lot of time discussing who to cast in the movie.  ;D

Thanks!

Betsy

Point taken, Betsy. :)

I admit I enjoyed this thread, but from now on whoever's interested in my books is invited to bump me in the Bazaar, since I don't have enough of a fan base (yet!) for a Klub.

Good wishes,

CK
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Post by: Winter9 on March 26, 2010, 03:41:01 am
Mornings!

I overslept way today  >:( I hate when I do that. But I will make the best out of it. Have lots of study reading to do today!
What are you guys doing today?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 26, 2010, 04:30:04 am

Winter: I am (hopefully) writing today. The bad weather cleared out this morning (thank goodness). Now it's cold, but sunny! I might try that soup recipe Carolyn posted...it's supposed to be cold and rainy all weekend. At least the hubs is coming home after being gone for a week. I hate it when he's gone. His chores plus mine makes for a really early morning.   :P

'Mom': She was being evaluated by a handler-friend of mine as a potential show dog. I was supposed to get her back in February at the Indy shows, but the weather was so bad my friend couldn't make it. I have to drive to Texas to get her. Phooey.
To top it off, her attitude in the ring isn't as positive as it needs to be, so she will now come home and make puppies for me once in a great while. (We breed Pembroke Corgis. I plan a litter maybe every two years or so. We had one last summer...gorgeous puppies. I might repeat that breeding next year. Izzy (the dog in Texas) is unproven as yet, but she is a gorgeous little diva and I expect her to have enchanting puppies.)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on March 26, 2010, 04:53:46 am
Morning all.

I'll weigh in on Betsy's proposal to move the thread. 
I'll find the thread no matter where it is -- makes no real difference to me.
However, according to the "rules"  if we leave it here we may be somewhat limited in what we talk about , especially with respect to books.
If we move it we're free to take discussions wherever we want without any hint of restriction.
Being in the Klub we can discuss Archer's books, other's books, how they relate, how they don't, etc. etc.
We also have less of a risk of getting Archer in the proverbial hot water for self promotion in the general threads.

Bottom line -- if it gets moved we have more freedom to take it wherever we want.

Just my thoughts....
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Post by: Archer on March 26, 2010, 05:03:34 am
Tip:

I agree. I certainly don't want to have to look over my shoulder worrying about responding to a question about a book.
Seriously. I don't.
I only like hot water when it's MY idea! (I could use some right now...haven't had the morning shower yet.)
 :)

And, as Carolyn suggests, there's always the one promotional thread in the Bazaar for others to find. Feel free to use it, as well.


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Post by: Betsy the Quilter on March 26, 2010, 05:14:17 am
I just want to make it clear that no one is in any hot water about this thread.  I should never post at 1:40 am or whatever it was. 

There was no thought by anyone in our smoke filled rooms that Archer was guilty of self promotion.  It was just meant as a gentle reminder if the thread was going to remain here, that there shouldn't be any. 

When I started reading the thread, with all the Alterra trivia, I really thought the Book Corner was the place for it as a fan thread and still kinda do, if we didn't have the book klub forum.  But if it's just a kind of "good morning" thread for Alterra fans, you're right this is the place for it.  And an occasional straying off topic is no problem just as it wouldn't be anywhere.  The problem is that it's a kind of hybrid of book and "good morning" thread.  Which means it probably fits best now in the Book Klub thread.  Again, think about the Book Klub as your party house!

Hope this helps, didn't mean to be a party pooper, just trying to be consistent in how I deal with author/fan threads.

Betsy

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Post by: Archer on March 26, 2010, 05:20:24 am
Betsy,

I apologize for the suggestion of party-poopage. If we can be social here, we can be social somewhere else--lead and we'll follow. I'll be a lot more comfortable if we don't have to worry about 'drifting thread' syndrome. Anything goes in the Book Klub, I expect.

If you move it there none of us will have to worry, including other authors whose books are mentioned and who want to field questions about them. It's a 'safe' place.  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Leslie on March 26, 2010, 05:29:14 am
Hi everyone,

I am going to move this to the new Elfhunter Book Klub, per the discussion in the thread. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Leslie
Global Moderator
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on March 26, 2010, 05:31:27 am
Leslie, thanks for moving the thread.  And thanks to everyone for understanding as we try to respect the local zoning laws.  :D

Party on, folks!

Betsy

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee66/spookannie/PartyHatKids.jpg)
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Post by: Dana on March 26, 2010, 05:39:55 am
We're quite popular it seems..............  We have our own realm to play in now.  Perhaps we can occasionally send scouts to the other realms.   ;)

Ibrewalot, we're a scouting family too...  my middle son is finishing up the paperwork for his Eagle rank.  Very relieved this is coming to an end....  he cut it pretty close to his 18th birthday!  :)  My oldest is an Eagle and completed his at 16 which was much less nerve wracking!  BTW, your arrow is beautiful!  Outstanding job!

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Post by: kcrady on March 26, 2010, 06:23:39 am
Hi everyone!  Thanks, Leslie and Betsy for helping us find the most appropriate home for our socializing!

I hope this means Carolyn will feel comfortable coming back and chatting with us, whether about archer's books, her books, or anything else under the sun!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on March 26, 2010, 08:33:00 am
The good thing about this thread moving all over creation is that I'm exploring more forums! 

Archer, I have no idea how you do everything you do....  horses, dog breeding/showing, working, writing....  You must sleep only a few hours a night!

Carolyn, thanks for answering my question.  I'm now unconfused and can happily continue reading.

I'm watching a few extra kids today so won't be on-line much.  The weather is beautiful and a local park is calling us to come and play.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on March 26, 2010, 09:37:32 am
Happy to find this happy thread in its new location. This does seem the best place for this thread.

I will be away from computers (except my K2 for today and most of this weekend. Have fun all.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 26, 2010, 09:53:38 am
Have fun, Anna m'lass! I shall formulate an evil plan for our upcoming book klub (after examining the pioneering paths of those who have gone before...)

Lessee now. How about we all read it in Japanese?
(nononono...hasn't been translated yet)
Okay...ummm...we all read it from right to left like it's IN Japanese? (Or Rumhul)
(nah. That's just weird.)
Okay, ummm...how about we read a certain amount every day/week and I think of a few entertaining questions to get things going?
THAT might work.
 :)
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Post by: kcrady on March 26, 2010, 10:53:42 am
You could run portions of text thru Babblefish (http://babelfish.yahoo.com/ (http://babelfish.yahoo.com/)) and then we could read it in your language of choice...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 26, 2010, 11:35:16 am
Dana, thanx for the cudos on the arrow.  It was fun to make and my oldest really appreciated it.  He crossed over into the troop last night at the pack meeting.  Now I have a new Boy Scout and a Tiger cub.  Guess I'm in this for the long haul!  ;D  I'm the Committee chair for the pack and am trying (unsuccessfully) to keep from signing up for too much in the troop as well.  We'll see.

And, Archer, thanx for sending the weather my way...we had snow coming in to work this morning!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 26, 2010, 11:54:38 am
Now that it's Moving Day, I've bookmarked the new Elven forum retreat. :) Hi, everyone, and thanks for the kind welcome.

Speaking of elves, I'm re-watching the Lord of the Rings movies because of that 'Taking the Hobbits to Isengard' video, and have to say that Celeborn is so...well...gorgeous! :D

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Post by: ibrewalot on March 26, 2010, 11:56:59 am
ugggghhhh!  Every time I see the name of that video it sticks in my head again!  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 26, 2010, 11:59:25 am
ugggghhhh!  Every time I see the name of that video it sticks in my head again!  :D

Then for heaven's sake don't go here...you'll get Celebornitis!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTBsfOgS6qE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTBsfOgS6qE)
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Post by: kcrady on March 26, 2010, 12:26:59 pm
Thanks, Carolyn, now I have to go watch LoTR too...  ;)

Ah well, it'll get me in the right mood for my second read through Elfhunter!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: stacydan on March 26, 2010, 12:42:08 pm
I've never done a book klub before, but thought it might be interesting, so I just downloaded Elfhunter.  And I also one-clicked the Ryel Saga, it sounded pretty good too.  I needed a break from vampires, werewolves and serial killers.  Bring on the elves!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 26, 2010, 12:48:02 pm
Welcome to the Klub, stacydan!   ;D  It's a great group here, I think you'll find and the author taking the journey with us is fabulous. 
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Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 26, 2010, 01:21:49 pm
I've never done a book klub before, but thought it might be interesting, so I just downloaded Elfhunter.  And I also one-clicked the Ryel Saga, it sounded pretty good too.  I needed a break from vampires, werewolves and serial killers.  Bring on the elves!

Thank you, stacydan. Hope you enjoy us! :)

The Boston terrier on your avatar pic is a cutie--reminds me of the one my in-laws used to have.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 26, 2010, 01:24:03 pm
Welcome, Stacydan!
Love your baby Boston.

(Ummm...guys, ixnay on the erialsillerkay!)

No...no serial killer in Elfhunter. Nope.

Well...at least there are no vampires or werewolves. Did you ever notice how HAIRY Celeborn's arms are?
Seems kinda un-elven to me.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 26, 2010, 01:29:58 pm
Night night people. I will go to bed now and continue Gone With the Wind. Gotta finish it before both book club and april reading game!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 26, 2010, 01:31:55 pm
Welcome, Stacydan!
Did you ever notice how HAIRY Celeborn's arms are?
Seems kinda un-elven to me.

Hm, I always remember him in those gorgeous robes that covered his arms to the wrists (and admittedly, I was only really looking at his face!). :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Dana on March 26, 2010, 01:34:45 pm
Dana, thanx for the cudos on the arrow.  It was fun to make and my oldest really appreciated it.  He crossed over into the troop last night at the pack meeting.  Now I have a new Boy Scout and a Tiger cub.  Guess I'm in this for the long haul!  ;D  I'm the Committee chair for the pack and am trying (unsuccessfully) to keep from signing up for too much in the troop as well.  We'll see.

I think you've been hooked....  gonna be pretty futile to resist.  Delegate as much as you can.  ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 26, 2010, 01:43:18 pm
Serial killers?  In Alterra?  Who ever heard of such a thing...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 26, 2010, 02:08:39 pm
RUN, Cap'n Crunch! Run!! They got Count Chocula! They got the Silly Rabbit! RUN, I tellya!


I am now setting up our klub, based on one already IP by Michael Hicks. I reserve the right to admit that my setup is lame and then change it.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 26, 2010, 02:21:20 pm
Antici--------------------pation!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Emily King on March 26, 2010, 06:00:46 pm
...party-poopage...

This made me laugh!  I'm going to join the party (and attempt not to be a party pooper). :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 27, 2010, 02:08:29 am
Mornings!

Welcome Stacydan. And Carolyn, I'm so glad you found your way back :D

Wait for meeeeee!!!! Crossed fingers for books moving fast. How will I be able to resist when I know I have Elfhunter on my Kindle? I am thorn between loyalty to my sister and the book club  :D My sister is home for Easter, hopefully they will arrive before she leaves.

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: stacydan on March 27, 2010, 08:52:49 am
Thanks for welcoming me to your fun little group!  You will be happy to know that the serial killers were finally apprehended so I am ready to put that behind me now and submerse myself into the world of Alterra!

My Boston's name is Bandit, he is a momma's boy that's for sure, in fact he is snuggled up against me snorning right now, lol!  (I also have a black cat named Smokey and he does chase Bandit  :D it is so cute!)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: stacydan on March 27, 2010, 03:15:05 pm
Serial killers?  In Alterra?  Who ever heard of such a thing...

umm ... Chapter 1 - Gorgon - I think that qualifies as a serial killer  ;D  I just finished the first 11 chapters, this is a hard book to put down!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on March 27, 2010, 03:35:58 pm
But he's only ONE serial killer, I think we only denied the existence of serial killers.  And you didn't really want us to spoil the plot, right?

Welcome to the world of Alterra, there is no escaping now. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 27, 2010, 04:31:02 pm
Hi all, I've been a little out-of-pocket today - getting a much needed haircut among other things.  Like Gaelen, I like to keep mine pretty short!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 27, 2010, 04:59:04 pm
Hi, everyone. :)

Since this is the Elfhunter social thread, I thought I'd add to the atmosphere with a bit of free reading: Last Laughter, a wryly comic cautionary tale about a wicked court jester and his comeuppance. It was first published in Silver Blade Fantasy Quarterly, and the editors have kindly given me permission to reproduce the story on my website. Last Laughter can be found at http://home.comcast.net/~kephart/ (http://home.comcast.net/~kephart/); just click on the jester. :)

I hope everyone's having a lovely, restful spring Saturday!


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Post by: ibrewalot on March 27, 2010, 06:06:39 pm
Hi, Carolyn...I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed my 30-45 minutes at your website!  I loved both Last Laugh and The Kind Gods...I even spent a fair amount of time wandering through your blog section.  :D  Thanx very much for sharing both stories!  You are a great addition to our little (growing) group here... glad you're here.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on March 28, 2010, 05:47:24 am
Thank you for the fun read, Carolyn.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 28, 2010, 10:31:59 am
Carolyn: What fun!!  :D
Thanks so much for sharing and hangin' out with us. Are you actually going to do the
'klub', too? That would be amazing.

Hey, guys--I just have to share. I just completed an illustration for a short story that will appear in an anthology later on...it's so cool I can't stand it. We 'artistes' get really jazzed when we conceive a project and it actually turns out to be as anticipated.
Love it, love it, LOVE it!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 28, 2010, 10:51:40 am
Hi, Carolyn...I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed my 30-45 minutes at your website!  I loved both Last Laugh and The Kind Gods...I even spent a fair amount of time wandering through your blog section.  :D  Thanx very much for sharing both stories!  You are a great addition to our little (growing) group here... glad you're here.

I'd very much hoped you'd like the stories, and I'm thrilled you did! And I'm delighted you checked out the other features of my site. I plan to add more photography eventually, and maybe tweak the bio a bit. Your mention of my blog makes me realize it's been a while since I last posted...I'll do something about that very soon.

Thank you for making my day with such kind words of encouragement and welcome. :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 28, 2010, 10:54:08 am
Thank you for the fun read, Carolyn.


Thank YOU for reading the story, Geoff. :) I'm delighted you enjoyed it!

I like Cyril Dacier the Thaumaturge so much that I'm thinking of doing another story for him and the Countess.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 28, 2010, 10:57:57 am
Carolyn: What fun!!  :D
Thanks so much for sharing and hangin' out with us. Are you actually going to do the
'klub', too? That would be amazing.

Hey, guys--I just have to share. I just completed an illustration for a short story that will appear in an anthology later on...it's so cool I can't stand it. We 'artistes' get really jazzed when we conceive a project and it actually turns out to be as anticipated.
Love it, love it, LOVE it!

I was hoping you'd like my little yarn, Archer. Thank you for reading it! :)

Are we going to get a look at your illustration? Please say yes!

And absolutely, I'd love to join in on the book klub discussions.

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 28, 2010, 11:07:09 am
Sure! I'll try to photograph it today, along with another one for the same collection.
Archer art is like potato chips--once a story has one, everybody in the anthology wants one! ;)
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Post by: Winter9 on March 28, 2010, 01:19:28 pm
Hey! Home again, just stepping by to say goodnight!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 28, 2010, 01:34:43 pm
I like Cyril Dacier the Thaumaturge so much that I'm thinking of doing another story for him and the Countess.

I hope so!  Quite enjoyed the story, thank you for posting the link!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on March 28, 2010, 04:38:15 pm
I hope so!  Quite enjoyed the story, thank you for posting the link!

Nothing inspires a writer more than knowing there'll be an audience for the next effort. I've already started roughing in the second adventure for Cyril and the Countess...many thanks.  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 30, 2010, 03:53:12 am
Hey archer, is that you on the banner of the Author Solutions web page? Sure looks like a copy of Fireheart peeking out there! Spotted you from a reference to the site on A Kindle World Blog this morning...

http://www.authorsolutions.com/ (http://www.authorsolutions.com/)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on March 30, 2010, 04:49:05 am
Not only that, but she's in the video you can see by clicking on "We Published Indie, Let Us Tell You Why."

Woohoo, Archer!

Betsy
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 30, 2010, 06:54:09 am
Yay, our books came today Archer!! :D In time for book club :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 30, 2010, 07:19:53 am
Yes, it is indeed the Archer holding Ravenshade.  :D

AND the BOOKS got to NORWAY in time for Klub! Yay!! (And there was much rejoicing. We had alerady eaten Robin's minstrel).

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on March 30, 2010, 10:24:34 am
Yep, sure is Ravenshade...  that's what I get for posting early in the morning when I'm not quite awake!  Got to look closer next time.

Hurray Winter9 that your books arrived and your sister will be able to read along with us!
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 30, 2010, 11:54:59 am
I just finished Fire-heart...what a ride!  I found the other teary
spot and stared with incredulity at the ending.  I'm VERY glad to have
Ravenshade at the ready, if only for the first chapter or so...:-)

Hopefully this post makes it; sent from my Kindle.  <edit> it did not...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 03, 2010, 04:31:47 am
Hey, guys! I'm going to the Butler field house this afternoon to watch the game on the big screen with many thousands of fans.
I'm a Butler alumna, I was raised on the Butler campus (my dad was a professor there). GO DAWGS!
(The way this team plays reminds me of why I USED to love basketball!)

I'm excited!

I'm also VERY excited about the first chapters of book five! AND I'm excited about our book klub. (Sorry...just wanted to share.)

Anybody else excited about anything??
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on April 03, 2010, 04:41:52 am
I'm excited my iPad is "supposed" to be delivered today, but they have some weird agreement with UPS to hide the status until today (Launch day) so I'm not sure if it's out for delivery or not.  I'm excited until I find out I have to wait until Monday!  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 03, 2010, 04:57:18 am
Ooh! You'll have to give us a full report.
I have a 'droid phone and a netbook and a Kindle. I can't imagine I would care for the backlit screen on an ipad for reading books, but the other apps look cool...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on April 03, 2010, 05:04:30 am
My Kindle is still my preferred reading device, but this will fit nicely into keeping me organized at work, taking notes at meetings, having important presentations/spreadsheets/docs with me during the day and maybe even some fun stuff.  ;)  I've tried to read on my iTouch and for short times it's ok, but I read for hours once while stuck in an airport and had blurry eyes for about 5 minutes after I stopped.  Kindle still rules.
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Post by: mom2karen on April 03, 2010, 07:16:57 am
We're doing a meet and greet with a possible dog adoption today.  Karen is so excited!  We've talked a lot about what would make a good dog for our family and that even if we really like the dog we might not adopt it, or they might not let us adopt it.  Here's his picture.

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/15923313?recno=11

My kindle died again.  My last one froze in Feb and my replacement never really held a charge.  I finally tracked my reading and charging patterns and realized that 2-3 books or 5 days was the max with whispernet off.  They are shipping a new one, but now I have to put all my books I was in the process of reading, or in my TBR pile (11 pages!) back on my new one.  Grrr.  When I get it all figured out, I'll jump onto the read alongs. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 03, 2010, 07:21:10 am
Ooh! Adolfo is gorgeous! And such a nice size, too. I've learned to appreciate the smaller dogs--used to be a big dog person. I would still like to have a wolfhound or a mastiff some day, though.
We are having to rescue another Corgi in a couple of weeks. Need him like a rubber crutch, but he is out of our breeding and I can't leave him where he is! Gonna cost me a fortune, but there you go.  :-\
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on April 03, 2010, 07:35:42 am
Mom2karen, the dog is adorable, hope it works out!  I still want to hear what you and your daughter think of clicker training.

Ipad...  mixed feelings here.  I'm a technophile, so I really wanted a reason to get one but just couldn't get there.  It would be a toy, nothing more.  Got an ipod AND iphone, a netbook, and of course my Kindle.  The only thing I could possibly see getting an iPad for would be reading magazines and newspapers... just not enough to sell me.  Will be interested to hear what you think of yours, ibrewalot.

What am I excited about?  Well, it's a deferred excitement, because I have to wait another week to order and then wait for delivery...  Filed taxes last weekend, and the returns will be more than sufficient to allow me to get the digital SLR camera I've been lusting after for years! I used to be a pretty decent photographer back in the 35mm days, so I'm hoping to revive that hobby and see where it takes me.  Here's what I'm looking at buying once the check hits the bank: http://tinyurl.com/yjw9vet (http://tinyurl.com/yjw9vet)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 03, 2010, 07:51:57 am
k:
(I'm sorry. I just drooled all over your new camera.)

...wow!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on April 03, 2010, 08:07:32 am
(I'm sorry. I just drooled all over your new camera.)

Hmmm, as long as it didn't get on the lens we should be fine here!

It's a doozy, isn't it?  I read a lot of reviews, and right now it's about the best you can get for the price.  Isn't that zoom lens lovely?  I'm looking forward to some of the nature/animal shots I might be able to get with that one.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: stacydan on April 03, 2010, 08:18:49 am
Mom2karen - Adolfo is beautiful!  and he sounds like he has a sweet personality too!  Hope everything works out for y'all. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on April 03, 2010, 09:32:28 am
Home grown asparagus tonight from roots planted 4 years ago! The granddaughters and I cut down the old ferns two weeks ago and just in time. ;D

We kept the cuttings the first two years to two small servings. Last year was supposed to be the first full year but we missed cutting any asparagus last year as I was on an extended business trip.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on April 03, 2010, 02:15:16 pm
We brought Adolfo home and he's settling in.  He's in the laundry room with dog door access having some quiet time right now.  He's more submissive that I would like to see, but I think with some time he'll become more confident.  He did have a blast playing with another dog at the pet store so that was a great sign. 

Karen came up with Blizzard as a possible name. 

We need to figure out how to train him to keep out of the pool.  I don't want a wet dog coming in and out of the house.  Any ideas?  I read some clicker training books but I can't figure out how to apply that to stop him getting in. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on April 03, 2010, 02:50:21 pm
Could be tricky if he's part lab - they sometimes love the water.  Best bet would be to work on Sit/Stay and Stop - so that you can stop him if he's heading for the pool - or traffic!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 04, 2010, 03:57:52 am
Happy Easter, everyone! DAWGS WIN!!
Woo-hoo-hoo!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on April 04, 2010, 03:18:26 pm
Hey! Hope you are all having a great Easter!

I'm reading my reading game book, and then I will be finally starting Elfhunter!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 04, 2010, 04:17:49 pm
Winter, that's great! The nice thing about these klubs is that you can jump in any time, go at your own pace, and I, at any rate, will still find all your posts. I'm new at this thing, too. We'll enjoy it together, I hope.

Happy Easter to you! It's a fine, fine day here--sunny and breezy and in the 70's. Spring has sprung!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 04, 2010, 07:37:53 pm
Hey, guys...I found some more old editions of EH AND FH while doing inventory the other day (tax time, you know...).
Should I give them away again, do you think?
Most of you already have at least the first one, but there's always gifts for other people...

(And I still have to make up some t-shirts.)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on April 05, 2010, 10:54:35 am

What am I excited about?  Well, it's a deferred excitement, because I have to wait another week to order and then wait for delivery...  Filed taxees last wekend, and the returns will be more than sufficient to allow me to get the digital SLR camera I've been lusting after for years! I used to be a pretty decent photographer back in the 35mm days, so I'm hoping to revive that hobby and see where it takes me.  Here's what I'm looking at buying once the check hits the bank: http://tinyurl.com/yjw9vet (http://tinyurl.com/yjw9vet)

kcrady -- mine arrived about 3 weeks ago -- have only taken about 50 shots or so with it. Still waiting for the first trip out to "field test" the thing (work is definitely NOT cooperating) but everything I've come up with so far lives up to its billing.

I come from a Pentax K1000, Olympus OM-2, Pentax-ZX background (wife still shoots film with the ZX) Also went through a couple of old Oly's and a Canon S-1 on the digital side. 

I suspect you'll quickly fall in love with this beast as I have -- couple of idiosyncrasies I've noted with it --  shutter is a bit touchy (might just be mine or might be just ME!), I've double clutched a few exposures because of it but nothing major there.  Not having auto focus points that light up was bothersome at first but quickly faded as an issue once I got used to it. Having the adjustable diopter helped immensely -- can shoot sans glasses now (a definite plus since I'm an old geezer) -- means I'm able to do manual work again, something I've not been able to do for a while.  Also on the plus side is the auto-focus thumb button -- nice to be able to crank on the zoom and thumb it into focus rather than having to lean on the shutter release (see the comment above). 

Hoping work will slow down enough for me to get it out and work with it in the very near future.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on April 05, 2010, 12:22:30 pm
Tip10, thanks for the review!  I can't wait to get mine, I've been waiting for a dSLR for many years now, and this one looks outstanding.

I took a B&W photography class around 15 years ago using a Pentax camera inherited from my father (think it might have been a K1000, but not positive) - I still have some of the prints I made at the time.  I guess the darkroom has changed rather substantially with digital photography.  

Any good books or reference websites to recommend?

Oh, and here's hoping that you get a chance soon for that field test outing!  Would love to see what kind of photos you take.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on April 05, 2010, 01:15:45 pm
K1000 was the good solid workhorse camera -- fully manual -- probably more folks learned 35mm photography on that one camera than perhaps the rest put together.

I don't really do much with books.  I'm more of what one might term as a hacker photographer.  I'll shoot settings that make absolutely no sense to anybody else and occasionally hit upon a combo that produces that one WOW picture every thousand or so. 
One real nice thing about digital -- get a big card (figure out what you want and go a size bigger if you can), shoot the highest res you can and take lots and LOTS of shots -- if one will do take two, or three or four and never ever delete on camera (unless you are simply completely out of room) -- screen is way too small to see what you really have. I've marked shots that I thought were garbage that upon closer look had some really interesting elements to them and ended up being some of the best shots of the bunch.
I did learn though, there are things one can do with a digital that cannot be duplicated with a film camera -- especially in low light situations.  I've grabbed some night shots with my Oly and my Canon that would simply be black frames with my wife's film camera. 

I shoot mostly landscapes and nature, with the occasional architecture shots tossed in -- very rarely people or "things".

I love shooting in zoos, wild animal parks, nature preserves, state parks and forests, etc.

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on April 05, 2010, 01:53:32 pm
I shoot mostly landscapes and nature, with the occasional architecture shots tossed in -- very rarely people or "things".

I love shooting in zoos, wild animal parks, nature preserves, state parks and forests, etc.

Ah, a photographer after my own heart!  Never was much for 'people' photography, and always felt uncomfortable when called on to take the candids at an occasion.  I'm really looking forward to that 55-300mm zoom lens, it'll probably live on my camera most of the time.  Some of my b&w shots came from shooting the wild ponies on Assateague Island off the coast of VA/MD...

Got an 8g sdhc card on order to start with, and will get at least one more of those.  My netbook is going to be handy for offloading pics on the fly.  I'll probably expand to 16g cards if I can find a good deal.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on April 05, 2010, 02:56:13 pm
It's a doozy, isn't it?  I read a lot of reviews, and right now it's about the best you can get for the price.  Isn't that zoom lens lovely?  I'm looking forward to some of the nature/animal shots I might be able to get with that one.

Really nice! I'm tempted to upgrade to it, now that my Canon SX110 went south on me yet again. I loved it--the 10x zoom was wonderful and it could take an hour of video--but the lens mechanism went wonky around Christmas and never got repaired quite right, and the warranty expired a week ago. Urgh.

Back when I had a Nikon in the days of that now-all-but-unobtainable substance, film, I took a few decent/lucky shots that can be viewed at http://home.comcast.net/~kephart/Photos.html (http://home.comcast.net/~kephart/Photos.html). Digital pics are much more fun...easier to crop, color adjust, cartoonize, and otherwise mess with.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on April 05, 2010, 03:21:22 pm
You have a good eye, Carolyn!  I particularly like the colors in the shop decoration at santa fe - all your pics are great!  Hopefully I'll have a website up in a few months with some of my photography...  I have some oldies taken on a digital camera (non-SLR) camera that I'm rather proud of...  if I can remember where I stored them  :-\
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on April 05, 2010, 03:31:33 pm
You have a good eye, Carolyn!  I particularly like the colors in the shop decoration at santa fe - all your pics are great!  Hopefully I'll have a website up in a few months with some of my photography...  I have some oldies taken on a digital camera (non-SLR) camera that I'm rather proud of...  if I can remember where I stored them  :-\

I'm delighted you enjoyed them; thanks! :) I'd love to see your photography, because you're clearly in the know and have studied the subject. Let us know when they're ready for viewing!

I noticed your Pentax takes AA lithium batteries...my Canon did the same. That's a really useful feature that further influences my decision.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: stacydan on April 05, 2010, 05:26:25 pm
Carolyn, your pictures are gorgeous!  You have definitely done alot of traveling and captured some beautiful moments!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on April 05, 2010, 06:25:21 pm
Carolyn, your pictures are gorgeous!  You have definitely done alot of traveling and captured some beautiful moments!

You are so kind! I'm delighted you liked them. :) They do indeed embody a lot of lovely memories, and I can never decide which one I like best. I've got a ton of digital pictures, and hope to put the good ones on Picasa eventually.


Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Emily King on April 05, 2010, 07:06:57 pm
Hey, guys...I found some more old editions of EH AND FH while doing inventory the other day (tax time, you know...).
Should I give them away again, do you think?
Most of you already have at least the first one, but there's always gifts for other people...

(And I still have to make up some t-shirts.)
Hey Archer! Didn't look like anybody has replied to this (or I'm just blind and missed it)... I think folks love the giveaway contests. Also it generates a lot of interest in your books. Just my 2 cents!

Also can I mention that I went out and got an iPad today!? I'm so excited and love the thing so much already! Using it right now to post...  ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on April 05, 2010, 07:23:07 pm
Hey, guys...I found some more old editions of EH AND FH while doing inventory the other day (tax time, you know...).
Should I give them away again, do you think?
Most of you already have at least the first one, but there's always gifts for other people...

(And I still have to make up some t-shirts.)
Hey Archer! Didn't look like anybody has replied to this (or I'm just blind and missed it)... I think folks love the giveaway contests. Also it generates a lot of interest in your books. Just my 2 cents!

Also can I mention that I went out and got an iPad today!? I'm so excited and love the thing so much already! Using it right now to post...  ;D
I don't know if it was a problem with KB or that I accidentally viewed posts when not logged in but I stopped getting e-mail updates. I have since reopened each of my favorite threads and the updates have returned. A giveaway would be fun.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 05, 2010, 07:38:31 pm
What are e-mail updates?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on April 05, 2010, 08:01:54 pm
What are e-mail updates?
On your Profile for KindleBoards, under Modify Profile on the left there is a choice for Notifications and Email. After selecting that there are checkboxes by the following:

Receive forum announcements and important notifications by email.
Receive reply notification only for the first unread reply.
Turn notification on when you post or reply to a topic.
When sending notification of a reply to a topic, send the post in the email (but please don't reply to these emails.)

I have the first three checked. That way when I reply to a topic, I will get a notification of new posts without getting a notification for every post. If the first is checked, then you can also manually set/unset notification by selecting the Notify button at the top/bottom of each topic page.

EDIT: If I uncheck the second one then I would get an e-mail notification for every post on the threads where I get notifications. If I did that then I would probably check the fourth one as well so that I could see the post without checking the board.

(EDIT: Now to eat asparagus picked in the last couple hours!)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 05, 2010, 08:12:36 pm
Thanks!

Enjoy the asparagus.  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on April 06, 2010, 01:32:32 am
Winter, that's great! The nice thing about these klubs is that you can jump in any time, go at your own pace, and I, at any rate, will still find all your posts. I'm new at this thing, too. We'll enjoy it together, I hope.

Happy Easter to you! It's a fine, fine day here--sunny and breezy and in the 70's. Spring has sprung!

Halfway through the book now, soon moving on to Elfhunter :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: stacydan on April 06, 2010, 10:27:52 am
Thanks so much for that explanation Annalog, that helps alot!  I was unaware of this feature, I thought the Notify button was to notify the moderator about a problem!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: stacydan on April 06, 2010, 10:34:25 am
Hey, guys...I found some more old editions of EH AND FH while doing inventory the other day (tax time, you know...).
Should I give them away again, do you think?
Most of you already have at least the first one, but there's always gifts for other people...

(And I still have to make up some t-shirts.)

Wow, don't know how I missed THIS post either!  Oh yeah, giveaways are always fun! and I already know a few people who would love to read them and don't have kindles.  I did buy all three paperbacks for my kids (really nice covers and size!) and Jake, my oldest son is currently reading the first one ... he musta really been into it because he didn't even want the computer last nite!  and normally I hardly get any computer time because he is on it.  But that worked out good for Luke, my 15-yr old, who also hardly ever gets to do anything on it!  lol! 

What t-shirts?  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on April 06, 2010, 10:51:30 am
Thanks so much for that explanation Annalog, that helps alot!  I was unaware of this feature, I thought the Notify button was to notify the moderator about a problem!
Report to moderator on the lower right of each post is for notifying the moderators about problem posts. I suspect if you wanted to notify the moderators about a problem thread then you would use the Report to moderator link on the initial post in the thread.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on April 06, 2010, 10:52:39 am
What t-shirts?  :)
T-shirts would be great!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on April 06, 2010, 11:41:34 am
Yep, t-shirts!  Already have the books...  ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on April 07, 2010, 01:43:18 am
If you do a giveaway and I win again (oh no, not Norway again :P ), I'm thinking I would like to give that copy (of Elfhunter) to the local library. How cool would that be! Then many more people can read and love Elfhunter :D I don't have the money to buy them now  :-\  Anyway I hope if the Elves are in a giving mood again, that the books will reach new people who can love and enjoy them :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 07, 2010, 05:00:45 am
I'm thinking I would like to give that copy (of Elfhunter) to the local library. How cool would that be! Then many more people can read and love Elfhunter :D I don't have the money to buy them now  :-\  Anyway I hope if the Elves are in a giving mood again, that the books will reach new people who can love and enjoy them :D

Winter, my dear friend, that is always the objective!
 :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on April 07, 2010, 08:00:13 am
Yes  ;D Iam enjoying Elfhunter very much, looking forward to getting some more reading done in the evening!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 08, 2010, 04:09:27 am
Stacy: The t-shirts are wonderful (if I may say it). They are full-color book covers on black (usually) t-shirts--heavy, 100% cotton ones.
I've had people stop me on the street and ask where I got mine.

I can do any of the book covers (including new OUTCASTE cover art) but I prefer Elfhunter. It just looks so outstanding on black!

I have to make them up myself, as they are iron-ons. They hold up pretty well, though they eventually deteriorate with many washings. I have decorated t-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc.--my handbags all have EH cover on them--even my carry-on for traveling has a huge one on it! It's all about branding and name recognition. Last year at BEA in New York, I had several folks come to my book-signing and swear they were familiar with EH already. I reckon that's because of familiarity with the image--they had seen it before.

Believe it or not, that strategy works!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: R. M. Reed on April 08, 2010, 07:10:26 pm
Is there a Klub for each book? I'm currently reading Fire-Heart. In the other thread I asked if Gaelen and Orogond ever got friendly, and they finally did not long after the horse-breaking scene. In a tasteful, PG, way of course.

The more recent books are prequels? I hope you did better at that than George Lucas.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 08, 2010, 07:43:15 pm
RReed: No, I haven't written any prequels. I know what you mean about Mr. Lucas, though.
(shiver!)
I don't recall your question about G and O, but I'm glad you got an answer!  :D
There will be a Fire-heart and a Ravenshade Klub one of these days, as soon as Betsy sets them up.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: crosj on April 08, 2010, 08:49:33 pm
This is one of the best books that I have read in a very long time.  I am so looking forward to the next book in this series
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on April 09, 2010, 01:29:31 am
Morning :D Beautiful sunny day here :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 09, 2010, 03:27:50 am
(Archer fumbles around and rubs her weary eyes) Mornin'...

...(groan!) It's Horse Fair weekend. That means I will be an a three-day adrenaline high, giving a minimum of two clinics per day, and sitting at a booth in the education area. Good news--I'll have books for sale. Bad news--I'll be so tired I won't be able to SEE straight. Expo Hall opens at 8 and closes at 8. Aack!

Wish me luck, you guys.  :P

Also found out that i get to have surgery ASAP or lose some use of my left arm. NOT a good thing for a guitar player! Phooey!!
Well, that's okay. At least it's something they can fix.

Enjoy the sunny day, Winter! It's gonna be nice here, too, though right now it's DARK because it's so goldanged early. (sigh)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on April 09, 2010, 05:09:14 am
Good luck with your arm Archer...might be kindof important for a writer as well.  Like you say, at least they can fix it.  Get better!

And good luck with your weekend.  Doing something you love (horses and books) will make the weekend fly so you don't crash and burn until monday.  ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on April 09, 2010, 09:39:50 am
Best of luck Archer. May the adrenaline help appropriately during the Horse Fair weekend and you have no book left to bring home. May the surgery and recovery/rehab have optimum results. Wishing for all the best for you.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: R. M. Reed on April 09, 2010, 10:34:43 am
Ok, somehow I got the idea that the newer books took place before the trilogy I'm reading.
Now you have me on tenterhooks about a major character's dark destiny. I can't stop reading!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on April 09, 2010, 11:52:15 am
(Archer fumbles around and rubs her weary eyes) Mornin'...

...(groan!) It's Horse Fair weekend. That means I will be an a three-day adrenaline high, giving a minimum of two clinics per day, and sitting at a booth in the education area. Good news--I'll have books for sale. Bad news--I'll be so tired I won't be able to SEE straight. Expo Hall opens at 8 and closes at 8. Aack!

Wish me luck, you guys.  :P

Also found out that i get to have surgery ASAP or lose some use of my left arm. NOT a good thing for a guitar player! Phooey!!
Well, that's okay. At least it's something they can fix.

Enjoy the sunny day, Winter! It's gonna be nice here, too, though right now it's DARK because it's so goldanged early. (sigh)


Well good luck with the booth.  Hopefully you will sell some more books.

And don't fool around with the arm! Get the surgery!
The sooner, the better.
 >:(

We wouldn't want anything bad to happen to our favorite writer.  :'(

Just sayin.....
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on April 09, 2010, 03:58:05 pm
Good luck Archer! With both... You will do fine!

As stated above, we don't want anything to happen to you!

As an update, I haven't have lots of time to read, had to be really strict to myself to stop reading at night hehe. But I'm 13% into Elfhunter and enjoying it tremendously(was that the right word?)! It goes in the tradition of Tolkien without plagiating it as some writers try to do. I think you have managed to learn from him and still keep your own heart in it! It's written with love... :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: stacydan on April 10, 2010, 05:10:50 pm
Archer, Best of luck with both!  I hope you have a wonderful time at the fair, meet lots of people and sell lots of books!  And do NOT put off surgery, this is important! 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 10, 2010, 06:13:40 pm
Thanks for the well-wishes, guys! Surgery is scheduled for next friday.
(Jeez! You think I'd put it off after seeing that frowny-face from Geoff? No way!)

You guys are great. I know you've got my back, and I've got yours.  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on April 10, 2010, 08:39:16 pm
Hope you're having a blast at the horse show!  We'll be thinking of you on Friday as you get your arm fixed.  How long will the recuperation time be?

Blizzard is settling into our family.  We discovered he is a champion jumper.  He's a small 25# dog, yet he can jump onto the kitchen table when all the chairs are pushed in with no running start.  :P We're working on ending that habit.  I think he will be outstanding at agility.  After we get some obedience training done we'll work on that.  We haven't bought a clicker, but are using the word "yes" and conditioning with that. We haven't been able to do much this past week, but will do more over the next few weeks. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: R. M. Reed on April 11, 2010, 11:03:29 am
I finished Fire-Heart, but it was a cliff hanger, so I have to start on Ravenshade right away. I can't stop!

Archer, good luck with your surgery, and never mind about the silly questions I sent by email.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on April 11, 2010, 06:13:19 pm
Karen competed with Tank (borrowed black lab) in obedience, showmanship, and agility today.  She didn't place in any of them, but had a great time and kept her cool when Tank got up 5 times during the 5 minute stay.  She also competed in Knowledge and placed 3rd.  She can't wait until next year when she can enter Blizzard.

Now that our guests are gone, Blizzard is settling in, and my replacement Kindle has arrived, I plan on jumping back into reading Elfhunter. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 11, 2010, 06:57:19 pm
Back at last from the Horse Fair!
Sold lots of books (yay!) Discovered the trilogy in Barnes and Noble in Bloomington, IN (home of IU).
Had a fan show up swearing he was gonna get the 'Skulking Raven' logo tatooed on his right leg. I tried to talk him out of it!
LOADS of fans showing up there looking for new books. Sorry to disappoint them, but they were encouraged by the possible arrival of Outcaste.

Gave six clinic/demonstrations, which went very well. Saw loads of former students, aLWAYS wonderful! It was a good time.

Have to get a lot of work done this week because I won't be able to lift more than 5 lb. for a month after Friday. Tough when you've got livestock! Oh, well...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on April 12, 2010, 12:44:31 am
I'm so happy for you Archer!!! :D Congrats on selling all these books and a fan wanting a tattoo hehe.
I still read Elfhunter. It's great! I just struggle a little getting time to read, and its hard to stop  :P I'm currently 24% into it. I loved the story of Galador. It was so sad, but beautiful!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 12, 2010, 04:26:16 am
Hi, Winter.

Thanks for the happy thoughts!
(I can relate about having time to read. Fortunately, these are books we get to read because we want to, and there's nobody waving a ruler over our heads threatening us with detention if we don't finish! Ha!)

Y'know, of all the major protagonist characters in the trilogy, Galador is the one I believe evolves the most (other than Gaelen). That reminds me of a rather thought-provoking question. Gotta add one to the Ravenshade file.

IT IS SPRING here! I am going out mushroom hunting today, I am going to let the horses out for an hour on the grass, and they will be VERY happy about that. The farrier is coming to trim their feet soon, so I'd better get crackin'.
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Post by: Tip10 on April 12, 2010, 05:26:52 am
We haven't bought a clicker, but are using the word "yes" and conditioning with that.

I'd urge you to reconsider the clicker -- My DD had great luck using the clicker training methods WITHOUT the clicker -- she trained to a vocal sound instead. Don't use a word -- use a sound and try and pick one that doesn't match up to anything but is easily repeatable.  She uses something akin to ACK.

That way her dog is conditioned to the sound and she's not tied to carrying around a clicker.
In addition, by using a vocal sound she found she is also was able to add inflection to it and make it more forceful sometimes.  We've also found that the dog responds the same way when I use the sound...
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Post by: mom2karen on April 13, 2010, 07:45:32 am
Good point Tip.  I'll talk with Karen and see what we can come up with as a signal instead of yes..
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Post by: Winter9 on April 13, 2010, 09:23:35 am
I spent lots of time in the sun today, reading Elfhunter! It was so nice!  ;D
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Post by: Archer on April 13, 2010, 02:30:05 pm
I'll bet Spring is wonderful in Norway! It was really warm here, but the flowers and trees are just GORGEOUS!
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Post by: Winter9 on April 13, 2010, 03:44:06 pm
It is wonderful! Not so warm yet, but when sitting where it's no wind, it's pretty hot still. Flowers are just barely started show they faces!
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Post by: stacydan on April 19, 2010, 10:45:31 am
Archer, I pray you have a speedy recovery from your surgery!  Get plenty of rest and do NOT try to do too much too soon.  I speak from experience, just recovering from gall bladder surgery, apparently the doctor was serious about not bending and lifting anything, so then I was out for two more days with a lumbar strain.  Although those muscle relaxers I got were Very nice .....
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Post by: Archer on April 19, 2010, 12:29:23 pm
Oh, Stacy! Been there, done that! My great 'sin' was trying to ride in a car over a bumpy country road the day after surgery. Thought I was gonna DIE. I'm doing fine...the doc took the wraps off my arm today and pronounced me 'doing fine'. Can't lift more than a coffee cup for a while, so they say. I WILL try to comply. Drugs ARE nice when you need them!

Bless your heart. Please take good care of yourself so we can have fun on Kindleboards while we're recuperating.  :D 
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Post by: Winter9 on April 20, 2010, 02:12:01 am
If you can lift a coffee cup, then you have the most important covered ;) :P
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Post by: R. M. Reed on April 20, 2010, 10:22:00 am
Just finished the Elfhunter trology, and I say, if you want a great read, Buy It!
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Post by: Winter9 on April 21, 2010, 01:50:52 pm
Going to bed now! Sleep well Archer!  :D
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Post by: Winter9 on April 27, 2010, 03:02:10 am
Hey hey. Did you read my review Archer? Hopefully it is up by now! It's not that long, but the words are heartfelt.. I posted it for both the paperback and the kindle version, is that right? Hope you like it :)
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Post by: Archer on April 27, 2010, 03:37:05 am
Winter: Check your messages, kiddo!  :D
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Post by: Archer on April 27, 2010, 03:39:37 am
Oh, yes...forgot to mention that we're starting up the 'giveaway' thread again...here in this very spot!
We can't have it in the bazaar because other authors might resent our taking up space there. That's okay...we can still announce it over there and hopefully some new people will join in.

The Elves are in a giving mood!!
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Post by: Betsy the Quilter on April 27, 2010, 03:44:00 am
Well, technically, you COULD have it in the Bazaar but we'd have to have it conform to the rules for an author thread, which, technically, it is.  ;D  Here it can be more freewheeling.

Have fun!

Betsy
 ;)
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Post by: Archer on April 27, 2010, 03:54:58 am
You're right. I should re-phrase: We can't have it there in its present free-wheeling format!  :D

Here, then, are the guidelines: I'm thinking of a number, which I won't reveal until the winning is done. I have a DTB copy of Elfhunter (or Fire-heart or Ravenshade) which I will send to whatever person's post corresponds to that number. So, for example, if the number is 'twelve', then the twelfth post wins. Consecutive posts by the same author count as one post, and my posts don't count at all!

If you already own DTBs of the trilogy, I will substitute something else (t-shirt, map, poster...something to make you happy).

Who will be the first to post? We'll keep it up until the books run out.  :)
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Post by: Winter9 on April 27, 2010, 04:02:34 am
I love when the Elves is in a giving mood  ;D ;D ;D But maybe we should share the shipping if I win?

I haven't got any new messages Archer :P
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Post by: geoffthomas on April 27, 2010, 04:45:23 am
We like our Elvish threads to be free-wheeling.

Do elves have wheels?

Just sayin....
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Post by: Winter9 on April 27, 2010, 04:47:42 am
Not that I have seen, but still you never know do you? Maybe they do? Archer you are our expert, do they?
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Post by: Tip10 on April 27, 2010, 05:01:17 am
Sure Elves have wheels -- Archer has a really nice set of wheels!!  :D
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Post by: Winter9 on April 27, 2010, 05:05:21 am
You mean her car? I forgot that! That's the most awesome car by the way!!
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Post by: kcrady on April 27, 2010, 05:53:53 am
Hi everyone, sorry I've been a bit out of touch lately.  Life happens sometimes.  Archer, hope you're recovering well from that surgery. I did get my new camera, and am happily pursuing photography at the moment, including starting an online class.  I got some pictures of the Texas bluebonnets last weekend, but they're still in the camera at the moment.  I'll try to post some soon.

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Post by: Winter9 on April 27, 2010, 05:58:12 am
kcrady!! I was actually going to send you a message today, I thought maybe something had happened to you. Good to see you :D
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Post by: Archer on April 27, 2010, 10:42:48 am
Yeah...what Winter said!

The Elfmobile rocks my world. There's nothing like pulling up to a drive-thru in another state and having the attendant call over her shoulder: 'Hey, Liza! Here's those books you like!'

(100% chance of 'smug' for about ten minutes afterward)
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Post by: kcrady on April 27, 2010, 10:43:33 am
Awww nice to know I was missed!
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Post by: Tip10 on April 27, 2010, 11:15:02 am
kcrady -- so how do you like the K-X?   Found a good case for it.  I'm searching out a good sling pack for it -- want to find the smallest one I can that'll still pack it with the 300 mounted and the 55 packed with it -- would like to be able to possibly pack a few more things also (batteries, charger, cables, small notebook, etc). 

Looking at a Tenba Shootout in the small size or one of the smaller Tamrac Velocity bags.   May look at a Kata too.

Most of the slings I'm finding are bigger than I'd like.

Hey Archer -- got exercises your supposed to be doing?   ;)
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Post by: kcrady on April 27, 2010, 11:31:21 am
Tip10, so far I love it!  Haven't had a lot of opportunity to get out and shoot, courtesy of my schedule and Texas weather.  I'm still learning the controls on the camera - and signed up for an online photography course that looks like it covers all the basics and then some.

Oh - I broke down and purchased a refurbished Pentax ME Super on eBay, I'm thinking about loading it up with some B&W film to carry along when I go out shooting.
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Post by: mom2karen on April 27, 2010, 01:11:49 pm
Been busy here too.  Training Blizzard is going fairly well.  He runs up and sits 95% of the time, is walking well on a leash, and we are working on down.  We will be starting an official class in a few weeks where we will get some help.  They don't use a clicker (but don't mind if you bring one to use) but use a key word instead. 
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Post by: Winter9 on April 27, 2010, 02:08:20 pm
Ah! Now we are more back to normal!

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Post by: kcrady on April 27, 2010, 03:19:37 pm
Ah! Now we are more back to normal!

What?!!  Are you calling me "normal"?  I must be doing something wrong...   ;)
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Post by: Tip10 on April 27, 2010, 06:05:14 pm
Who be normal?  We be normal? Never!! 
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Post by: Archer on April 27, 2010, 06:10:24 pm
Oooohhhh...Normal we will never be,
(doo-dah, doo-dah)
We don't care for Normalcy!
(oh, doo-dah-day!)
Normal is a strain...gives my life a pain!
Bet my money on the truly strange,
(Just short of de-ranged!)
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Post by: kcrady on April 27, 2010, 06:18:10 pm
LMAO!!!

(are you still on pain meds, archer?)
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Post by: Archer on April 27, 2010, 06:45:21 pm
Oooohhhhhh....Ar-cher is on Vicodin!
(doo-dah, doo-dah)
To hide the bottle would be a sin!
(oh, doo-dah-day!)
Elbow hurts like mad,
but we don't feel too bad!
Posts might lack any savoir-faire,
With Vicodin I don't CARE!

(Actually, I'm not on pain meds. I'm just 'odd'...y'know?)
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Post by: Tip10 on April 27, 2010, 07:05:48 pm
Normal?  Normal?
What is Normal?
Normal is what is the norm.
What is the norm for me but what I am.

Therefore I AM NORMAL!

Its the rest of the world that's screwed up!!
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Post by: Archer on April 27, 2010, 07:06:55 pm
Uh, oh! Now I feel normal, too.
(Ewwwww!)  :P
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Post by: kcrady on April 27, 2010, 07:20:22 pm
Eeeek, never!  NOT normal, NOT normal!
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Post by: Annalog on April 27, 2010, 09:10:00 pm
Oooohhhhhh....Ar-cher is on Vicodin!
(doo-dah, doo-dah)
To hide the bottle would be a sin!
(oh, doo-dah-day!)
Elbow hurts like mad,
but we don't feel too bad!
Posts might lack any savoir-faire,
With Vicodin I don't CARE!

(Actually, I'm not on pain meds. I'm just 'odd'...y'know?)
DH got shingles less than a week before we were going on vacation two years ago. He was put on Vicodin for the pain (and meds to help reduce the severity and duration of shingles). He remembers very little of that vacation but he did have a good time. ;D He slept a lot. He also could not remember the name of the name of the medication; he called it 'Viking Dan'.  By the end of the week he was working on stretching out the time between doses.

Edit to correct typing.
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Post by: Winter9 on April 28, 2010, 01:00:04 am
Ups I think I definitely take that back :P Not normal, but as it should be ;)
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Post by: Archer on April 28, 2010, 03:56:04 am
Ah, YES! The Mighty Viking Dan!

There was a Mighty Viking and his name was Dan,
He can slay your woes like nobody can!
Whether you've got shingles or an ingrown hair,
He'll work his mighty magic and you just--won't--care!

Got broken toe? Or a snarly el-bow?
Well, lift your flagons with a Yo-ho-ho!
We don't need to worry...we'll have the upper hand,
'Cause pain runs like water from that Viking named DAN!   :D

Morning, poster-friends.
 
 
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 28, 2010, 05:18:38 am
I'm just getting caught up from vacation...you've all been busy!  We went to DC for 5 days and decided yesterday to go ahead and drive thru to get home without having to stay another night at a hotel.  Pulled in at 1:30am and then I wake up at 7:30am???  What's up with that?  ::)  Oh, well, everyone else is sleeping so I'm going to have a cup of coffee and finish Ravenshade since I only have the last 4 chapters left.  ;D
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Post by: Winter9 on April 28, 2010, 05:45:09 am
Morning Archer  :D or not quite but..
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Post by: Archer on April 28, 2010, 05:46:43 am
Aack! The last four chapters? Do not disturb! Do not disturb!!
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Post by: Tip10 on April 28, 2010, 05:51:48 am
Is it possible to disturb in those last four??

You could have set off bombs, lit the house afire, flooded the basement, just about anything and you'd have not gotten my attention.  About the only way you'd have gotten it would be to take my Kindle and, rest assured, you'd not have survived long on this earth had ye tried.

I suspect we'll not see Brew till he's done.

How's the elbow this fine morning Archer?

Good afternoon Winter -- be what about 3 PM there?
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Post by: Archer on April 28, 2010, 06:05:01 am
Oh, my! Very sad news today...if any of you knew 'Anju' (real name Dona), she passed away suddenly yesterday! There's a thread in the 'not quite Kindle' topics devoted to her. Many, many sad Kindleboarders this day.  :'(
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Post by: Tip10 on April 28, 2010, 06:08:49 am
Yes tis -- very sad indeed.
Many sentiments also being expressed in the Good Morning thread (also in 'not quite Kindle'). 
She will be missed.
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 28, 2010, 07:48:36 am
Ahhhhhhh...fantastic ending to the trilogy!!!  It would have been so easy to be let down by the huge expectations I created for it across the three books, but I was exceptionally pleased with EVERY detail and how you sewed things up.  My compliments, Archer.  :)  I marked a few favorite passages I'll post in the spoiler thread so as not to ruin the fun for everyone else.

Sorry to hear about Anju (or any kindleboarder's passing, for that matter).
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Post by: Archer on April 28, 2010, 08:30:32 am
Congratulations, Ibrew! You made it! So happy you are pleased.  :)
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Post by: Winter9 on April 28, 2010, 08:45:43 am
What???!!!! Passed away????? What happened? I will run over to the thread at once! Seriously???No  :'( :'( :'(
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Post by: Archer on April 28, 2010, 09:06:10 am
Not sure...only know that it was very sudden and unexpected.
She had major surgery not long ago, and had suffered some complications, but we all thought she was getting better. :'(

Cherish your friends every day you have them.
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Post by: Winter9 on April 28, 2010, 09:12:05 am
Yes, that's right!

I pray for her family!
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Post by: Archer on April 28, 2010, 09:14:58 am
Ditto, Winter.
My father's sudden, unexpected passing was probably much harder on us than it was on him. Mom didn't even have the chance to say 'goodbye'. I know it tears her up to this day.
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Post by: Winter9 on April 28, 2010, 09:26:32 am
Yeah, it's hardest on the ones that remains. For Dona, I hope she is dancing with Papa now!
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Post by: Archer on April 28, 2010, 09:29:41 am
 :) Yes, I hope so!
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Post by: Winter9 on April 28, 2010, 09:35:34 am
I'm not always sure of everything here in the world, but one thing I know; when I reach heaven, I will have a blast! But first I will let myself be embraced by Daddy.
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Post by: Archer on April 28, 2010, 09:38:41 am
I hope to sit down and have a nice, long talk with Professor Tolkien. But only after the long-anticipated reunion with my dad... :D
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Post by: Winter9 on April 28, 2010, 09:49:41 am
You and Tolkien will be unseper..gjhdg you know what I mean :P I will have to shout to you to get your attention from Elfland :P

I am lucky to still have to parents alive. My mum actually has her birthday today!! I am going to honor her and celebrate her by making her dinner tonight! Everything is ready, I will just have to change clothes.
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Post by: Archer on April 28, 2010, 03:52:39 pm
Have a wonderful dinner! What a great idea. I called my mother and talked to her for a long time today. She loves those phone conversations. I brought her flowers and a coconut pie the other day when I went to visit.  :D
Enjoy the evening!
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Post by: kcrady on April 28, 2010, 07:02:34 pm
Just checking in to wish everyone a good evening (or morning for you, winter9)
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 28, 2010, 07:14:48 pm
Evenin'!   

Kinda quiet around here tonight...everybody must be reading.  ;D
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Post by: Annalog on April 28, 2010, 10:06:44 pm
Good night everyone.
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Post by: R. M. Reed on April 29, 2010, 07:19:08 am
I just watched my LOTR dvds, which I do about once a year. I have the "special extended edition," and each film is on two disks. I had forgotten that Corsairs are mentioned, they are the men in ships who attack Minas Tirith, or try to until they meet the army of the dead.

I was thinking that while many fantasy writers use elves and dwarves, I have never seen any Hobbit analogues in non-Tolkien novels. Maybe they are seen as an original Tolkien creation, and not from mythology, so no one wants to seem to obvious in copying the master.
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Post by: Archer on April 29, 2010, 08:20:38 am
Lots of LOTR-esque books have 'Halflings' in them, but I think you might be right. They are far less common in mythology and might be seen as unique to Middle-earth.

Closest thing I have is Currgas--my own very unique race. I am very fold of them and proud of their originality.  :)
Might do a short-story featuring them one of these days.
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Post by: kcrady on April 29, 2010, 09:05:15 am
Closest thing I have is Currgas--my own very unique race. I am very fold of them and proud of their originality.  :)
Might do a short-story featuring them one of these days.

Would love to see a short story about the Currgas!  They are so unusual, would love to see what you do with them
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Post by: Archer on April 29, 2010, 09:13:53 am
Incidentally, Corsairs are in no way unique to Middle-earth. They pre-date Tolkien by quite a bit!  :)
(It's a generic word meaning 'pirate', basically.)
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Post by: Winter9 on April 29, 2010, 10:51:15 am
Hello everyone!

I got myself an iphone today. it sure is a lot to find out! So fun! how are everyone?
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Post by: kcrady on April 29, 2010, 11:28:16 am
I got myself an iphone today. it sure is a lot to find out! So fun! how are everyone?

Congrats on the iPhone!  You're going to have loads of fun with it...  there are tons of apps you can get from iTunes, including a Kindle reader for the iphone.
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Post by: mom2karen on April 29, 2010, 11:48:41 am
I bought a buster cube for Blizzard and gave it to him yesterday and today.  Very funny to watch, and really shows how random payoffs work in motivating dogs.  If only I could figure out how to open the silly thing up to clean it.  If he ever sneaks it outside I'm in trouble. 
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 29, 2010, 12:18:02 pm
Ok, I'll bite...what's a buster cube?
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Post by: kcrady on April 29, 2010, 12:26:49 pm
It's a cube with holes in it... you put treats inside for the dog and as he plays with the cube he gets rewarded when treats fall out.  It's a good way to keep the dog occupied and it makes him smarter as he learns how to get the treats out.

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Post by: ibrewalot on April 29, 2010, 12:42:30 pm
Ohhhh, I actually have one for my dog but didn't know what it was called.  :D
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Post by: Winter9 on April 30, 2010, 01:35:00 am
The Kindle app was the first thing I downloaded :D
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Post by: Archer on April 30, 2010, 02:52:12 am
Morning, everyone. Hmmm...methinks it's time to go and count posts.
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Post by: kcrady on April 30, 2010, 05:11:48 am
Then I had best give you more posts to count...
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Post by: Archer on April 30, 2010, 05:25:21 am
I LOVE to count!

HahahHA  HA   HAAAAAA! (Thunder, Lightning)
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 30, 2010, 05:37:15 am
Winter, what I've found with all the Kindle apps (on the PC, on the iTouch and on the iPad) is that they are limited as to what you're used to on the Kindle itself.  I like to highlight passages as I read and I like to search for something I may remember from before that is important now...neither of those can you do using the app.  It's good for just reading and it will sync to Amazon and keep your place across all platforms which is nice, but you can't beat doing the reading on the Kindle.   ;)
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Post by: Winter9 on April 30, 2010, 08:12:14 am
That's right, though I seldom use other things than reading. But it is great for places where the kindle is to big to handle. Like when walking my cats..:)
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Post by: geoffthomas on April 30, 2010, 09:01:53 am
I think someone has been nipping at the honey again.

But then the title of this thread is Elves just want to have fun.

Just sayin.....
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Post by: stacydan on April 30, 2010, 10:56:19 am
Winter, congrats on the Iphone!  Everyone I know who has one just loves it!  I have the ipod Touch and I do like it.  I don't have wi-fi at my house (we live out in the boonies) but do at work, so I can check email and look stuff up on amazon and I also have the QVC app - love it!  I only read about 2 books on the kindle app, reading on a backlit screen really hurts my eyes, even playing games for long periods of time really strains them.  (But I can read for hours and hours and hours on my precious Annabelle with no problems!)

I just found out about the new update coming and I am so excited! I can't wait to get it!  Now I have to look at my excel spreadsheet and make a list of what I'm going to name my collections .....  So much organizing to do and so little time ....
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Post by: Annalog on April 30, 2010, 11:02:21 am
I looked at the tag names I have been using on my K2. I am going to work on a shorter list for my Collection names. ;D
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Post by: mom2karen on April 30, 2010, 11:50:27 am
I would have been nice if the new update synced with Calibre and used the tags there for categories.  But at least it's something. 
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Post by: kcrady on April 30, 2010, 12:15:49 pm
I don't think Amazon is going to try to sync with 3rd party software, but I wouldn't be surprised if the author of Calibre does implement something like that once the updates are released.  He seems to be very proactive, with weekly updates.  If that happens, though, I think I'm going to revisit my categories in Calibre before I use them on the Kindle.  I wonder if we'll be able to have subcategories...  ie categories Fiction, Nonfiction.  Then under fiction, categories for fantasy, science fiction, mystery, suspense...  and what about read and unread?  Hm this could get complicated.
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 30, 2010, 12:19:04 pm
From what I've seen, you can have categories and subcategories and (really useful) you can have one book in multiple categories.  I can't wait to get home from work and turn on my Whispernet to see if it's there waiting.  Looks like some people are getting it now.
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Post by: Annalog on April 30, 2010, 03:11:51 pm
From what I've seen, you can have categories and subcategories and (really useful) you can have one book in multiple categories.  I can't wait to get home from work and turn on my Whispernet to see if it's there waiting.  Looks like some people are getting it now.
ibrewalot, where did you see the subcategories? I thought I read that there are categories and that one book can be in multiple categories. I did not read that a category could have subcategories.

After reading that the people getting the early updates have DX's, I am tempted to turn WN on for DH's DX. (Mine has been on since the announcement. ;))
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Post by: Winter9 on April 30, 2010, 04:09:47 pm
Wow wow wow !!! Where did you here about the update thing? That would be great!!
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Post by: Archer on April 30, 2010, 04:11:50 pm
I AM
An
IDIOT!

I have absolutely NO idea what y'all are talking about!  :P
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Post by: kcrady on April 30, 2010, 04:53:09 pm
Amazon is in the process of rolling out the much anticipated update to our Kindles that will, among other things, allow us to better organize/categorize the books on our Kindles.  Here's a link to the announcement on the Amazon website:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=200324680&tag=kwab-20
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Post by: Annalog on April 30, 2010, 05:10:55 pm
Some people have gotten an early update for testing purposes. Update 2.5 Screenshots (https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,23791.0.html) but most of us will not have this on our K2 and KDX until end of May. There have been statements that there will be some form of Collections for the K1s at a later time. However that is from the discussions on Amazon; not sure if it has been confirmed.
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Post by: Winter9 on April 30, 2010, 05:21:02 pm
I AM
An
IDIOT!

I have absolutely NO idea what y'all are talking about!  :P

That makes two of us..
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Post by: Annalog on April 30, 2010, 05:39:00 pm
This is the update that Amazon promised last year that would be available in the first half of 2010 to improve the ability of Kindle owners to organize their content, i.e. the much requested "folders" or "tagging". The Collections will function like "tagging" since a single document can belong to zero, one, or more Collections.

There are other features that will be in the update as well. The other one that DH and I are most looking forward to is the ability to Zoom and Pan on PDF documents. There will be 5 sizes: Fit to Screen (what we have now), 150%, 200%, 300%, and Actual Size. DH will also like the 2 new larger font sizes and improved clarity.

EDIT: The Zoom and Pan will not work on images in books. This means that if a map of Alterra is available as a PDF file, we would be able to zoom in and see details up to 300% or Actual Size. However the maps in a book could not be zoomed any more than is currently possible (fit to screen).

Second EDIT: Maps were the very first thing I thought of when I saw the announcement about Zoom and Pan of PDF documents. (Origami diagrams were second and DH's model railroad magazines were third.  ;D)
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 30, 2010, 06:15:21 pm
I must have read it wrong earlier...could have sworn I saw sub-collections, but here's a quote from someone that has it already and set up collections:

One drawback to the Collections feature - no sub-folders.  You can't create a sub-Collection within another Collection.  The ability to sort by author within a collection does help keep series together but sub-collections would have been nice.

<EDIT> ...however, in the screen shot thread was:

Quote from: Linjeakel on Yesterday at 02:16:34 AM
Also, is it possible to have subfolders within Collections?

I just talked to customer service and they said you can put folders within folders.


Guess we'll have to wait to get it and try it out.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on April 30, 2010, 11:19:36 pm
Thanks ibrewalot. I will be happy with Collections whether or not subfolders exist. ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on May 01, 2010, 06:28:54 am
I believe there is a later posting that confirms that there are NOT subfolders.
And a remark that CS told them wrong.

Just sayin.....
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on May 01, 2010, 07:45:10 am
It's at least a start.  Anything that will help me group my books will be helpful.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 01, 2010, 10:51:36 am
Hey :D How are you guys?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 01, 2010, 12:34:13 pm
Good, thanks. How about you?
How was your dinner with mom and dad?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 01, 2010, 12:39:15 pm
I'm great thanks :D

The dinner was great, it was just my mum :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 01, 2010, 12:47:57 pm
Ah. My mistake!

Somebody is getting close to winning something now, though...
Winter remember that consecutive posts don't count!  :)

I'm going out with Jeff for a while. Talk to you soon, my friend! Have a good night.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 01, 2010, 12:58:34 pm
I know that Arch ;) Have fun! Is it the Jeff Jeff? The one that is supposed to pick book for me this month? I'm waiting eagerly...

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Post by: kcrady on May 01, 2010, 12:59:50 pm
Hi Winter9 - hope you're having a good evening!  My day is going great so far...
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Post by: mom2karen on May 01, 2010, 01:09:35 pm
The sun is shining and we're stuck inside doing some repairs.  Hubby is working on installing trim, I'm assisting and working on mucking out the garage, while Karen is laying under the citrus trees reading.  Lucky munchkin.  
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 01, 2010, 01:40:04 pm
Good to hear from you both. I'm going to bed now. It's later here you know. Tired too:) Just have to make myself a cup of tea first to take with me :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on May 01, 2010, 01:46:23 pm
I bought myself a 24hr thermos to store tea in.  It keeps it hot for 24 hours and I can have tea with no effort. 

Sleep well.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: stacydan on May 01, 2010, 03:17:52 pm
I've told several people about Elfhunter and how awesome it is, so now they are waiting for my son to finish so they can start! Two people at work are trying to decide between the kindle and the nook and my friend does not have a kindle, she likes holding books in her hands and turning pages, weird, huh? lol!  I tell everyone I can't imagine how I ever lived without my kindle and I will NEVER be without one again.  Ever.   And when I receive the update, the addition of collections will make everything right in my world so I can have all my samples together and I don't have to advance past 5 pages of James Patterson, 13 pages of Nora Roberts and 6 pages of Sherrilyn Kenyon .... I'm up to 70 pages now, so now I am trying to figure out how I want to organize .... In addition to my spreadsheet I also have a word document of the book descriptions and another one of the sample descriptions because having whispernet on to check them out really drains the battery and sometimes I have a hard time deciding what I want to read...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on May 01, 2010, 03:25:07 pm
I am back home after the May meeting of the Tucson Origami Club. We had fun even if we are not elves. ;)

Stacydan, did you put a copy of your book description document on your Kindle? I am so glad we have the ability to put our own documents on the Kindle as well as books and samples. ;D
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Post by: kcrady on May 01, 2010, 03:28:39 pm
Oooh origami!  Fun, what did you make?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on May 01, 2010, 06:18:51 pm
Today was cranes as the Tucson Botanical Society is working on an exhibit that will include 1000 cranes. At the beginning of the meeting they still needed 400 and I think now they only need about 200 more. After the standard crane was taught, I taught the Phoenix Crane (designed by Charles Esseltine) to four people who wanted something more challenging (two kids and two unrelated adults).
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on May 01, 2010, 07:43:55 pm
I debated for a long time whether I should get Karen the page a day origami calendar.  The paper folding would appeal to her, but she saves EVERYTHING and I could see hundreds of tiny paper things all over her room if she got into it. 

Stacydan, I thought I would miss turning pages, but after 30 minutes with my kindle that worry was over!  I read a dtb the other day, hated having to hold it open and missed the dictionary several times. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 02, 2010, 02:53:48 am
Morning elves!

What is origami??
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 02, 2010, 04:40:35 am
Morning, Winter!

Origami is the art of folding paper to make three-dimensional art. A 'paper airplane' is a very primitive, but familiar, example.  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 02, 2010, 05:38:19 am
Cool :D

I'm watching a hysterical movie on my iphone right now, the invention of lying :D It's so funny  ;D

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 02, 2010, 05:56:07 am
I've been wanting to see that one. It looks like the kind of silly, funny movie I enjoy.


(74)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 02, 2010, 06:19:43 am
It's so fun!! I'm was laughing while walking my cats hihi

I think I have to make myself some dinner now. So hungry!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on May 02, 2010, 07:47:34 am
Morning, Winter!

Origami is the art of folding paper to make three-dimensional art. A 'paper airplane' is a very primitive, but familiar, example.  :)
Archer, great short definition! My current favorite paper airplane is the F-14 Tomcat by Michael LaFosse. It is not too difficult to fold, flys OK, and looks good. The image below is one I found on malachus Flicker page:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3344/3327202349_1ce59bcdc8.jpg)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 02, 2010, 07:58:32 am
Oooohhhhh, the suspense!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on May 02, 2010, 08:21:04 am
Someone must be about to win...
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Post by: Annalog on May 02, 2010, 08:27:46 am
I wonder who it will be?
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Post by: R. M. Reed on May 02, 2010, 08:59:56 am
In the spirit of writing nothing in particular in hopes of winning, I will enter my 300 page thesis on the difference between Orcs and Olcas, with emphasis on their individual differences from goblins.

Oh, all right, I won't.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 02, 2010, 09:00:48 am
It's you, K...

Pick your prize! A t-shirt? A poster? A map? (You already have all three DTB, right?) A book for someone else as a gift?
 :D

Let the winning continue...the clock is set back once more!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 02, 2010, 09:01:59 am
Robin,

Three hundred pages??
(heheh!)

You just missed it this time...you and Anna and Winter. Try again!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on May 02, 2010, 09:39:51 am
Someone must be about to win...
Congratulations Kcrady!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 02, 2010, 09:56:14 am
Okay, Anna...that's 'one' post!  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on May 02, 2010, 10:40:23 am
It's you, K...

Pick your prize! A t-shirt? A poster? A map? (You already have all three DTB, right?) A book for someone else as a gift?

Wow!  I really didn't expect that!  Thanks once again!  I'm thinking about what I want this time - I'll let you know in a bit.

Good luck everyone on the next round!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 02, 2010, 12:15:44 pm
Congrats kcrady :D

I should go to bed soon. Do I want to? Nopes... Oh well...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on May 02, 2010, 12:21:20 pm
Okay, Anna...that's 'one' post!  :)
:D It was a short post since I was posting from my K2. I was reading some of the posts in the "Stump the Author" thread to DH during breakfast at a restaurant. How else could we discuss human/elf/dwarf/... offspring? ;D I checked this thread during the drive home and had to post. ;)

Wow! Still awake Winter9? Sleep well.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on May 02, 2010, 01:32:15 pm
Yeah, the K2 isn't very good for longs posts, but at least you can stay caught up.

We gave the pooch his first bath.  He has longer hair than I'm used to and brushing it while wet was impossible.  Karen took him for a long walk in the sun and I brushed him when he got back. He sits down the minute I start brushing him so I tossed food on the ground for him to scavenge.  He looked at me a few times while I was attacking his tail with the brush, but decided to keep eating instead of sit on it.  He smells good now and hopefully will stop itching. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 02, 2010, 05:49:43 pm
Ahhh...clean pooch! Nothing like it! I love it when ours come back from their annual dental cleanings, too!
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Post by: kcrady on May 02, 2010, 06:59:48 pm
Hey archer, I think I'd love to have one of those wonderful t-shirts of yours for my prize.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 02, 2010, 07:01:26 pm
HAHAHAHAA! Another unsuspecting victim turned into a walking billboard! Muaahahahahahaaaa!

(ahem!)
Errr....I mean, why, SURE, K! Just send me a pm with size you would like.
 :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 03, 2010, 01:01:01 am
Morning!

I love that this thread is more active again, I appreciate you guys! You are a fine group of elves  :D

Today is normal day again, and I'm  actually going to ride today Archer! Some dressage and a little bit in the forest. :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 03, 2010, 03:17:22 am
Ah! Good idea. Nothing improves my mood like a nice ride. I probably won't ride today because we had SO much rain that the trails will be both fragile and treacherous. I only have the forest to ride in!  ;)

Have fun and be safe! (Wear your helmet.)
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Post by: geoffthomas on May 03, 2010, 05:14:05 am
Absolutely be careful with the head, folks.
I have lost two close friends from falls that became fatal because of head injuries.

Just sayin......
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on May 03, 2010, 05:30:10 am
I hope to go riding today too for the first time this year!  I typically bring my bike in to work and ride during lunch once the weather gets decent up here in the Northeast.  Yesterday we had 91 degrees, but today we have drizzle so it may have to wait.  We'll see what noon brings, but I can't wait to get back out there and to lose the winter, errr, "padding".   ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 03, 2010, 05:33:08 am
Oh, Geoff! So sorry to hear that.
I am, as you know, a Professor of Equine Science by trade.
I am also known at our institution as the 'Helmet Nazi'.

'Nough said.


HEY, guys...there's a really important question I want to ask you. When the new restructuring goes into effect, I am considering putting all three books at 2.99 each.

Here are the questions:
1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?
2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?
3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?
4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?
5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).
6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?

(Basically, I'm wondering whether my stuff is 'established' enough to survive the increase. What say you?)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on May 03, 2010, 05:57:45 am
Archer, I think when I first got my Kindle I was overwhelmed by the number of books that were free and $.99.  It was a great way for me to see what the Kindle was all about.  As of today, Fire-heart has been my most expensive book I've bought for the Kindle.   However, now that I've had the Kindle for a while, I'm looking more into content and quality.

So, that being said, I would DEFINITELY say the Elfhunter trilogy is worth the $2.99/ea price.  If there were no ratings associated with it (basically if it was only just released) I might think twice about $2.99, but you have a ton of 5-star ratings and it shouldn't be an issue.  Also, if Amazon is making the new $.99 into $2.99, then that's how people will be looking as well.  Having read it, I feel guilty for picking it up so cheaply given everything I got from the trilogy.  :-[ 

My biggest concern would be the people that are new to Kindle and are only sorting on $.99 and below.  How many are those?  No idea.  The problem is, people will not likely buy Fire-heart or Ravenshade if they've not read Elfhunter.  What you could do, perhaps, is make it so you can go $.99 for Elfhunter and then go $3.99 for Fire-heart and Ravenshade.  After reading Elfhunter people will easily go higher for to rest of the trilogy.  Do you also have them on smashwords and others?

So, enough of the verbose...here are my specific answers:
1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?  wanted to change genres from what I'd been reading
2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?  not a chance I'd be unhappy
3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?  only if there were ratings from previous readers...I don't tend to read samples
4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?  I wouldn't...the pictures give readers "your" sense of what things look like as they were intended; it's helpful
5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).  might be more valuable in a DTB; with the Kindle I don't think it would be worth the effort
6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?  most definately!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on May 03, 2010, 06:02:38 am

Archer, here's the answers from my perspective:

1. When I decided to purchase Elfhunter it was driven almost entirely based upon the recommendations I read on KindleBoards. 

2. Is this a serious question?   ???  Ummm, no, $2.99 wouldn't have made me unhappy -- but then again I'm not sure $9.99 would have either after having read it!!!  Hades, having read it I'm not sure $15.99 would have made me unhappy either!!  ;)

3.  I firmly believe that I'd have purchased it at $2.99 -- after seeing the recommendations here and reading the sample I'm pretty certain the $2.99 price point would not have been an issue.

4.  I don't know -- in the world of Kindle (or e-book in general at this point) I'm not sure what effect the illustrations would have on it.  Personally  think they are wonderful and add to the mind's picture your writing invokes.
Here's a question for you -- can you put totally free books up on Amazon? Reason I ask is would it be possible to move the illustrations and appendices out to an Alterra Companion book and give it away for free -- would that cut down on the size enough to sneak it under the limit?  Perhaps a synopsis of each book followed by its illustrations, maps and appendices in the freebie and then the good stuff in the books?????

5.  I think trying to get new folks to bite on a ginormous first shot at the $9 mark or wherever might be harder to do than getting them in the door at $2.99 and hooking them (and I'd venture to say most will end up hooked) and then getting them to spring for the rest.

6.  I don't see any problems at all with the trilogy being priced at the $2.99 each price point.  But then again I've read it!  ;D  Ideally I'd think the $0.99 or $1.99 for Elfhunter and $2.99 for Fireheart and Ravenshade might work better but I'm not sure that $2.99 for all three would seriously hurt -- you are getting some pretty strong review and recommendations and should be able to hold you own.


Bottom line Archer.  I think you can hold your own at the $2.99 mark -- I don't think eliminating the illustrations to keep it below that would have any major bad impact, I'd just hate to see others miss out on the illustrations.

Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on May 03, 2010, 06:10:20 am
1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?
I'm a long time fan of fantasy and a fan of Tolkien, so based on the book description and user reviews I knew I wanted to read it
2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?
I would have considered it money well spent
3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?
Like what ibrewalot said, when I first purchased Elfhunter I was looking at low cost books.  I might have purchased this one anyway based on reviews, but can't say for certain
4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?
No, I don't think so - the illustrations really add to the value of the book overall
5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).
again I agree with ibrewalot - it matters little to me whether the ebook is under 1 cover or 3, and I would have had to think a lot harder about buying a single volume for 9.99 (for example) than a first book for .99 or even 2.99.  It would have sat on my wish list for a long time, I think
6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?
You're joking, right?  I'd pay 9.99 for your next book alone if I had to - less than ten dollars for your first trilogy is a bargain now that I'm hooked!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Rie142 on May 03, 2010, 06:44:21 am


Here are the questions:

1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?  Lets see, The fact that it was a book about Elves made me want to read it.  It was nice that it was very inexpensive.   I just bought it no samples. 

2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?     No I would have paid eventually 2.99 for it.  Just might have taken a bit longer.

3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?  I would have bought it at $2.99.   I usually don't read samples.  I am just one of those odd people.  However I do read descriptions/snippets about the books.   Like what would come on the back cover of a book.   If I had read the sample I would have bought the book at 6.99.   :)

4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so? I suppose so.  The maps were unreadable to me.   But then I love the illustrations of the people in the stories.   No raise the price keep the illustrations.

5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).  Oh I would have bought this.  I like a series of books all together.   I said I was odd.   :)   


6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?  That is very reasonable. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 03, 2010, 06:55:38 am
This is very helpful. I will have more to say later...hopefully a few more of you will weigh in. I know this is a biased sample, as you wouldn't be hangin' in the Elfhunter Book Klub if you hadn't at least sort of enjoyed it, but you guys ARE my target readership! Your tastes obviously (in addition to being superb and refined) are compatible with my writing style.  :D

Methinks I should (upon my next opportunity to post in the Alterran thread, which won't be until next Sunday unless someone else posts there) post the questions there or direct others here...might get some different views, which are also helpful.

Rie, I hate it that the laps are so eensy! We tried everything to make them bigger. Nothing worked.
The maps are beautiful and helpful...wish I could figure it out! :-[
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Post by: kcrady on May 03, 2010, 07:10:51 am
Just posted in your Bazaar thread so you don't have to wait a week...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Rie142 on May 03, 2010, 07:11:23 am
Don't worry about the maps.  You can either see them or you can't.   I just go to the DTB that you kindly let me win and I look in it.  LOL
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 03, 2010, 07:20:54 am

Here are the questions:
1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?
First time I saw them I liked the covers. I put them on my wishlist. Then I got here, discovered that you were here also. I heard lots of good things about it, so I bought it! I think a smaller price on the first book in a series is always nice, but I would have bought this one anyway. However. I do believe that people get easily attracted to books priced really low. When they discover the author and like it, they don't mind paying more for the rest of the books. It's also a little thing to have in mind that it's $2 extra for us outside US. 
2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?
Of course not Arch, you know I loved it!
3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?
I had not discovered samples yet then, but if I had yep. But I am here, I knew pretty much about it before I read it. If I didn't knew you at all or any of your fans, I would just buy it based on other things. The price would be higher for me then, and allthough I liked the covers, It might be that it would have taken some time to get around to it.
4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?
NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't EVER EVER do that!!!!
5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).
6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?
Yes, I think so, and you are quite established already, I hope it will sell well anyway. But I would also have had the things I have mentioned in mind, and I might not have done it. I don't know. I just know how much I love when I can get the first in a series really cheap..
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 03, 2010, 07:46:11 am
Very helpful, Winter!
(Uh, oh...hope Betsy doesn't get mad at us!)
Well, I've gone over there and posted the questions with instructions to reply here or via pm. I might share responses with you guys.
 :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on May 03, 2010, 08:58:12 am
Rie, I hate it that the laps are so eensy! We tried everything to make them bigger. Nothing worked.
The maps are beautiful and helpful...wish I could figure it out! :-[

Archer, supposedly the 2.5 update will allow you to zoom in on PDFs on the Kindle...maybe you could make the maps available as PDFs and people could check them out that way.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on May 03, 2010, 09:41:40 am
1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?
The description, your vibrant personality and (I will admit it) the price.
2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?
No.
3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?
No, I don't read samples.
4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?
Perhaps on ElfHunter - but not on the rest - we like the pictures.
5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).  
No.  While I like to read long books, they are already that.  And I like to go get the next one.
6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?
Certainly.
(Basically, I'm wondering whether my stuff is 'established' enough to survive the increasease
For those of us who have already read your work, we would pay "regular" prices for it.  If I will pay $6.39 for Robin Hobb then I would also pay $6.39 for C.S. Marks. 

However, I only wound up reading Robin Hobbs because the publisher made her first book available for free - hooked me and now I am reading the rest of her books, as time permits.

So, if I had to make a choice, price Elfhunter either free or $.99 (and do what it takes to keep it there).  Then price the other books accordingly.  If you are comfortable with $2.99 then that is a nice price/point.  If you want to take the new arc and price it higher, I will pay more.

Just sayin......
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Oh, Geoff! So sorry to hear that.
I am, as you know, a Professor of Equine Science by trade.
I am also known at our institution as the 'Helmet Nazi'.

'Nough said.


HEY, guys...there's a really important question I want to ask you. When the new restructuring goes into effect, I am considering putting all three books at 2.99 each.

Here are the questions:
1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?
Your book was the first one I paid for, the other 100+ were all free.  I bought it because of the discussions on here, but I can't remember if I did the sample or not.
 
2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?  No

3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?  If I had read the sample I would have paid 2.99 because it sucked me in.  But getting me to read samples for books that cost $ is difficult because I can find so much free stuff to read.  I'm getting better about buying indie books, but do tend to stick to the .99 and under for a new author.

4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?
Can you have 2 versions, one for .99 with no pics and one for 2.99 with pics?

5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).
Unless the price was significantly less than the price for the 3 I prefer the books to be separate.  Especially with the huge size of your books, the % read wold move so slowly!

6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?
Yes!
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Post by: stacydan on May 03, 2010, 10:02:30 am
1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?
I noticed it was an upcoming book klub, I'd never done a book klub and thought it might be fun, plus I had peeked at a few of the previous threads and I thought this was a nice fun group to join!  While I do read fantasy, I had previously stayed away from epic fantasy, in part because of the sheer epicness of it and I wasn't sure if it could keep my attention (I have not read LOTR and even got bored during the movies! - don't throw anything at me 'k?) But so many people had raved about it and it was inexpensive, so I thought I would give it a try so I could join in your fun discussions.  Actually, if it hadn't been a book klub, I'm afraid it may have stayed on my "to be researched/read later" list and I would have missed a wondrous and fantastic experience.  Shudder! 

2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?
I'm with the others on this, having read it, I would have paid $9.99 - or more - and been very happy about it!

3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?
 If I had read the sample (and I am one who reads samples, especially for 2.99 books of an author I've never read before), I would have purchased the book (at any price) without even getting all the way to the end of the sample.

4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?
My opinion - No. I think illustrations add value. 

5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).
 I do like the idea of having all three books in one volume; however, I think that alot of people may be hesitant if they have not read the books and aren't sure if they will like them. Although if they just get the free sample, they will be hooked!  Also, the upcoming addition of collections will help.  I think one of my collections will be called Alterra!  If they are all in one book, there needs to be a clickable toc or an easy way to navigate between the books.

6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?
Let's see, after reading Elfhunter, I also purchased all three books in DTB form so my kids could read them, which was about $45 or something, I can't remember, so heck yeah, $10 is MORE than reasonable!

(Basically, I'm wondering whether my stuff is 'established' enough to survive the increase. What say you?)
I say YES.
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 03, 2010, 10:08:11 am
5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).
Unless the price was significantly less than the price for the 3 I prefer the books to be separate.  Especially with the huge size of your books, the % read wold move so slowly!

LOL!  I'm SO glad to know I'm not the only one watching the %-read so closely!  ;D  It's funny...I want it to move quickly at the beginning of the book, but I want it to move slowly as I near the end.
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Post by: Annalog on May 03, 2010, 10:11:42 am
My responses to the questions:
1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?
I heard about Elfhunter from Kindleboards. After reading many of your wonderful posts, I was certain I would enjoy the books. However, that only works for those of us on Kindleboards. Normally I check the author's or publisher's description of the book and general rating. If uncertain, I will download a sample and might read some reviews. If that had been how I found Elfhunter, I still would have bought it.
2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?
I would still have thought it was a bargain price for a great read! As others have said, I would have been happy at 9.99.
3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?
Absolutely!
4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?
Never! (Well, only if a version with illustrations is also available.  ;)) The illustrations are wonderful and I looked forward to them as I was reading.
5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).
It is not necessary. If you want to do it as a special edition and priced for at least 5.99 (or more  :)). If you went to the effort of doing that, it would be a good time to include the maps, fix some formatting and spacing issues, table of contents, etc.
6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?
It is still reasonable and a bargain. As others have said, I would have happily paid twice 2.99 or more for each book.

(Basically, I'm wondering whether my stuff is 'established' enough to survive the increase. What say you?)
Yes, definitely!
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Post by: Archer on May 03, 2010, 10:31:52 am
Thanks! Y'know, there are some very smart suggestions here. I appreciate the honest helpfulness that's such a part of the 'Kindleboards Culture'.

I am planning to send forth a reward to everyone who responds. Won't say what it is yet, but it can be transferred electronically, and you'll (hopefully) enjoy it!
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Post by: mom2karen on May 03, 2010, 10:44:28 am
I am planning to send forth a reward to everyone who responds. Won't say what it is yet, but it can be transferred electronically, and you'll (hopefully) enjoy it!

I have a guess what it is!  I got an electronic gift from you months ago and loved the insight it gave. 
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Post by: Winter9 on May 03, 2010, 02:58:01 pm
Just wanted to say good night!

I got the sweetest gift today! I have been where I live for two years now, and the houseowner gave me earrings as a gift, they are beautiful! I have the best houseowners in the world!
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Post by: Archer on May 03, 2010, 03:13:16 pm
Good night, Winter. Isn't it wonderful when people care and give you things just because they want to make you happy?
See you tomorrow!
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Post by: mom2karen on May 03, 2010, 07:01:25 pm
That was sweet of your landlords.  We've had the same tenants for 15 years in our rental house.  We haven't given them any gifts, but we've only raised the rent twice. 
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Post by: Winter9 on May 04, 2010, 01:14:25 am
Good night, Winter. Isn't it wonderful when people care and give you things just because they want to make you happy?
See you tomorrow!

They are so sweet! Not because of gifts and such only, not misunderstand, but because they take care of me, they care.. they are more friends now really. And my cats love it here too! I live on the countryside, near forest. It's beautiful here, I couldn't have asked for more...

And by the way, good morning  ;D
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Post by: Archer on May 04, 2010, 02:55:49 am
Good Morning! :)
I'll be at school today. We always have a cookout at the stables for our students in the Equine Department.
I'm bringing the baked beans.
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Post by: Winter9 on May 04, 2010, 04:09:31 am
Cool :D Lucky students that have you there! Do they read your books? I'm reading my book for may reading game. It's sort of a tradition now to participate in it, it's so much fun!! After that I will finish second book in In Her Name (typical me reading more than one trilogy/series at a time) and THEN!! Then I will be ready for Fire-Heart  ;D I just hope there will be a thread for that one to, or many threads-just like Elfhunter.. 

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Post by: Archer on May 04, 2010, 04:24:38 am
Betsy has promised 'Klub' offerings for both Fire-heart and Ravenshade. We should be all set!  :)
Yes...a lot of the students read my stuff. All three books are in the college library and the bookstore sells out of them with great regularity. They give great discounts!  :D

What are you reading for your May reading game?
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Post by: Winter9 on May 04, 2010, 04:58:44 am
That's so cool!

I'm reading Catherine and the Captain, by Margaret Lake.  :D I love that game, I have read great books by it, and it's fun picking books for others  ;D
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Post by: Annalog on May 04, 2010, 07:40:25 am
I should be reading my May book selection and finishing my reread of Elfhunter but I keep reading Web pages on chickens instead. ::) The chicks are supposed to arrive in two weeks and I am not ready yet. We still need to frame an interior wall so that I can finish setting up the brooder. I know that raising chicks should be easy but I keep worrying about them being too hot during the day or too cold at night even though I have two lamps with one on a timer. I can't test until that wall frame is done. Only one weekend left with DH off from work to work on the wall.
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Post by: Winter9 on May 04, 2010, 08:29:56 am
You will do fine Annalog :)

What is your book for this month? Now that I have started mine, I'm happy about the book I got!

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Post by: stacydan on May 04, 2010, 09:32:38 am
I've thought about doing the reading game, but I'm scared.  Just thinking about choosing a book for someone I don't know stresses me out - what if they hate it? (and then hate me?)  I would agonize over the selection, And then for someone who doesn't know me to choose a book for me to read .... well, that's downright scary!  although it does sound like fun!  idk, maybe one of these months I'll gather up my courage!
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Post by: Archer on May 04, 2010, 10:26:28 am
Hey, guys...I need a cool name for my new Border Collie!  :)
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Post by: Tip10 on May 04, 2010, 10:37:59 am
Hey, guys...I need a cool name for my new Border Collie!  :)

Well ask it!!!   All of my pups have named themselves -=- well all except DD's Rott-Mix rescue.

So it be a she variety it or a he variety it? Or a not it yet variety of he or she?
Had it long enough to know if its a type A personality or rather laid back?
Be normal colors for a BC or be it oddly marked?

Give us something to work with here!  ;D
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Post by: Annalog on May 04, 2010, 10:42:14 am
You will do fine Annalog :)

What is your book for this month? Now that I have started mine, I'm happy about the book I got!
The Sari Shop Widow by Shobhan Bantwal. So far it is OK but I currently have chickens on the brain.  ;)
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Post by: Archer on May 04, 2010, 11:25:25 am
He be a He-pup. He be of normal coloration vis bordercolliage.
I expect he'll name himself, but I think all good collie-stock-sheepie-types need one-syllable names.  Seems to be a tradition.
I don't have him yet...will be a couple weeks probably. He's a normal, bouncy puppy of genius intellect.
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Post by: Tip10 on May 04, 2010, 12:10:29 pm
Well other than the one-syllable .....
If he runs true to form for a Border he'll be a bundle of energy (waaaayyyyy tooo much energy) that'll bounce off the walls, fences, trees, etc. and only be happy if he's herding something -- horses, people, kids, other animals.

That being the case I'd offer up the name Vaquero.
(I suspect you'll know the origin).
It's a fitting name for a herder.  :)


EDIT -- OOPS an N snuck in there that didn't belong.
 
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Post by: Winter9 on May 04, 2010, 12:13:07 pm
I've thought about doing the reading game, but I'm scared.  Just thinking about choosing a book for someone I don't know stresses me out - what if they hate it? (and then hate me?)  I would agonize over the selection, And then for someone who doesn't know me to choose a book for me to read .... well, that's downright scary!  although it does sound like fun!  idk, maybe one of these months I'll gather up my courage!
Be sure to work up the courage next month! It's so much fun!!! Sure you get a little nervous, but it's so much fun! I have discovered two wonderful new books through it!! And it's so much fun when the book you love is loved by someone else. And we don't bite! And you won't get NogDog the first time either :P I truly recommend the game!!!!

My sister has come to visit me  :D :D :D :D :D



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Post by: Rie142 on May 04, 2010, 12:18:32 pm
Hey, guys...I need a cool name for my new Border Collie!  :)

I like the name Sam
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Post by: geoffthomas on May 04, 2010, 01:01:16 pm
Or just call him Bob.
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Post by: lib2b on May 04, 2010, 01:31:55 pm
I just bought the books, haven't read them yet, but maybe my answers will still help?

1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?


Reviews, cool cover, no-DRM, and having a reasonable price.

2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?

I haven't read them, but I will say that even if I end up thinking it's a dud after I do read it, I still wouldn't be unhappy that I paid $2.99.  That's cheaper than even the used paperbacks at my local used book store.  $3 is not too much to take a risk on, even if it doesn't pan out.  (This is not to say that I think the books will be duds...)

3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?

I bought all three books, including one that is $2.99 *without* having read the sample, just the blurbs, looking at the cover, reading reviews, and watching the book trailer.  I'm not much of a sample reader.  I have this thing about finishing books I start, so reading a sample would be like starting the book, so I'd have to finish it anyway.

4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?

No, I don't think so.  Since e-books from trad. publishers or even indie releases from trad. published authors tend to be more in the $4.99 and up category, I think $2.99 is low enough to still entice new readers to give it a shot. 

5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).

I would be worried about how that would affect page turns on the e-reader.  I don't know about Kindles, but on the Nook, once a file gets larger than 260KB, the page turns *really* slow down.  I don't know how .amz files are structured, though, so I don't know if they're like .epub which is basically a zip file containing smaller files that can easily stay under the 260KB limit.  (I could be wrong about the exact limit..but let's pretend it's 260KB for the sake of discussion.)

6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?

Absolutely.  It would even still be less than the price of one of the DTB versions.
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Post by: Archer on May 04, 2010, 01:56:55 pm
Ooh! Did you like the trailer?  :)

The answers you gave were very helpful, despite your not having read the book(s) yet.
Thanks! hope you're still happy after you've read them. If you keep posting here, you might win a freebie! The DTBs are very nice.
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Post by: lib2b on May 04, 2010, 02:07:50 pm
Ooh! Did you like the trailer?  :)

The answers you gave were very helpful, despite your not having read the book(s) yet.
Thanks! hope you're still happy after you've read them. If you keep posting here, you might win a freebie! The DTBs are very nice.


I did like the trailer!  I liked the music in the background and the whispery voice; just the sound of the trailer intrigued me. 

I am a fan of book trailers in general, and when I finish school and (hopefully) start working a library with young people (school or public), I plan to use them somehow in "marketing" books to them.
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Post by: Winter9 on May 04, 2010, 02:19:23 pm
Of course he/she likes the trailer!!! It's awesome!!! I haven't said so before maybe, but you did a really good job with the trailer!! I love the atmosphere and your singing!!!!

Off to bed! Good night everyone, I'm happy getting to know you all :D

Archer, I wanted to say thank you for putting your soul into your work. It makes it so much more special for us to be able to experience the whole trilogy with you..  (oops, guess I just ruined your reputetion totally)
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Post by: Archer on May 04, 2010, 02:26:12 pm
(uh, oh!)
(Better do the laugh again!)

MWuahahahahahaaaaaaaa (gasp!)hahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
(snarl! snork! plot! Connive!)

THERE.

Good night, Winter. You are most welcome, but I'm afraid the pleasure is mine!  :D
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Post by: Winter9 on May 04, 2010, 02:31:47 pm
Or our.....

The evil laughter do the trick every time *running away in fear*

Appreciate!! That was the word I was looking for, not happy.. I appreciate getting to know you guys... After Dona passed away, I thought we should really let others know how we feel..

Sleep well elves! We are going to bed now :)
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Post by: Archer on May 04, 2010, 02:33:48 pm
Good night, Winter dear. You are absolutely right! Let's give thanks for our friends and those whom we love.

(And, Geoff...I love the name 'Bob' for a border collie)
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Post by: kcrady on May 04, 2010, 02:37:36 pm
Frankly, Winter9, I'm happy getting to know you too!  I think I like knowing I help make you happy more than I like being appreciated
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Post by: Archer on May 04, 2010, 02:40:36 pm
Hear, hear, KCrady! I'll drink to that! Shall we lift our glasses and drink to absent friends?
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Post by: mom2karen on May 04, 2010, 05:50:06 pm
I'll drink to that!

My daughter votes for Bob.  That's her standard name to use when she doesn't want to think of a name. 

What made you go for a border collie? 
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Post by: Archer on May 04, 2010, 05:53:11 pm
I love the entire herding group...the best dog I ever had was a working-type Aussie named 'Cobber'. Never had a BC, but we breed corgis. This fellow needed a mom. I wanted an obedience prospect, and if I can't train a BC, I should never be allowed to hold a leash again!  ;)
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Post by: Carmyn on May 04, 2010, 06:30:34 pm
I love the entire herding group...the best dog I ever had was a working-type Aussie named 'Cobber'. Never had a BC, but we breed corgis. This fellow needed a mom. I wanted an obedience prospect, and if I can't train a BC, I should never be allowed to hold a leash again!  ;)

Hey Archer, did I ever tell you that I kind of like the herding dogs, too?  If I didn't, I guess I don't have to.  I have an English Shepherd named Tibo, after one of my favorite little dwarfs from Elfhunter.  Your Cobber kind of did something to my dog sense.  Since I met him more years ago than I care to say, I have only had herding dogs.   Carmyn
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 04, 2010, 06:38:36 pm
If he's got a lot of energy and you need one syllable you could go with "Joule"...The joule (pronounced /ˈdʒuːl/ or /ˈdʒaʊl/; symbol J), named after James Prescott Joule, is the derived unit of energy in the International System of Units. It is the energy exerted by the force of one newton acting to move an object through a distance of one metre.  ;)
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Post by: Archer on May 04, 2010, 06:45:38 pm
Haha! I suppose it sounds better than 'Erg'
 :D

Carmyn: Well, DU-U-U-H!
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Post by: Carmyn on May 04, 2010, 08:00:07 pm
If he's got a lot of energy and you need one syllable you could go with "Joule"...The joule (pronounced /ˈdʒuːl/ or /ˈdʒaʊl/; symbol J), named after James Prescott Joule, is the derived unit of energy in the International System of Units. It is the energy exerted by the force of one newton acting to move an object through a distance of one metre.  ;)

If I remember correctly from my Physics classes, it takes a watt of power to do a joule of work.  Watt you say?  Watt? Watt? 

Ya, Archer, name one of the only dogs you have that has a tail "Bob"   ;)

Carmyn
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Post by: mom2karen on May 04, 2010, 10:39:37 pm
Ya, Archer, name one of the only dogs you have that has a tail "Bob"   ;)

 ;D

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Post by: Winter9 on May 05, 2010, 01:10:27 am
Hear, hear, KCrady! I'll drink to that! Shall we lift our glasses and drink to absent friends?

Let's do that!! *For making each other happy and enjoy our time together and for all the people that are no longer with us*
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Post by: Archer on May 05, 2010, 02:36:33 am
To absent friends.
Prosit.
Slainte.
In yer eye!

Morning, Winter! I'll drink to this beautiful day, as well. (It's still dark here, though...)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 05, 2010, 03:28:48 am
Here it's beautiful sunshine!! A wonderful day!
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Post by: R. M. Reed on May 05, 2010, 06:51:10 am
I can't get away from elves. I am reading a science fiction book by Peter F. Hamilton about a future in which humans take trains to other planets through wormholes. They encounter an alien race called the Silfen, who can walk between worlds. It becomes clear that the Silfen have been to Earth and are the source of historical accounts about elves. I don't have my iPod here, on which I am reading the book, and the title isn't coming to me. It has "Pandora" in the title.

I have done a little work on a book or series that includes elf-like aliens myself, but I don't think I need to abandon it because Mr. Hamilton used the idea. He is probably not the first to think of it either.

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Post by: kcrady on May 05, 2010, 07:02:31 am
I have done a little work on a book or series that includes elf-like aliens myself, but I don't think I need to abandon it because Mr. Hamilton used the idea. He is probably not the first to think of it either.

And probably won't be the last.  Unless your idea parallels his story I'd say go with it and see where it takes you.
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Post by: Annalog on May 05, 2010, 09:08:14 am
The discussion of elf-like aliens reminded me of Judgment on Janus and some other works by by Andre Norton that I read when I was young.
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Post by: stacydan on May 06, 2010, 05:47:07 am
Where can I find the trailer?
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 06, 2010, 05:56:02 am
I usually pull mine behind my truck  ;).

you can find the Elfhunter trailer at: http://www.elfhunter.net/ (http://www.elfhunter.net/)
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Post by: Archer on May 06, 2010, 08:03:29 am
Y'know, there have been several threads in the bazaar concerning trailers. Most who have responded have panned them, stating that they are not worth the expense, that they dislike them, that they would have no positive affect on marketing.

I must say that a trailer, IF WELL DONE, is an excellent addition to a media kit.  The visual and auditory images will intrigue a multi-media browser in ways that the printed word cannot.

I love my trailer. It is worth far more than I spent in making it.  :)
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Post by: R. M. Reed on May 06, 2010, 02:29:27 pm
The book I am reading is "Pandora's Star."

I have seen book trailers that are too long. Make 'em short and memorable.
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Post by: Archer on May 06, 2010, 02:37:13 pm
I can tolerate long, just not long and S-L-O-W.  :P

(Xanth is certainly having his problems, isn't he? I'm about halfway through.)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 07, 2010, 12:14:11 am
Good morning!! I have been in Oslo for a couple of days. Got back late yesterday. Hopefully I got the banner in my signature working now  ;D

I'm having an important meeting today, but I'm just happy  :D Not nervous at all! They prayed for me last night, and I know exactly what to say.

I have to take a shower soon, but it's so much more fun just sitting here and drinking my coffee :P
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Post by: Archer on May 07, 2010, 07:09:20 am
Good luck at your meeting, Winter! I'm sure you'll do well.  :)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 07, 2010, 07:59:44 am
It went quite well! :D Now I'm really tired. I have baked a cake, but it's not finished yet
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Post by: Annalog on May 07, 2010, 09:36:07 am
Glad your meeting went well, Winter!
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Post by: Archer on May 07, 2010, 12:23:44 pm
Mmmmmm! Let's all have some cake!  :)
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Post by: geoffthomas on May 07, 2010, 12:31:38 pm
Winter did not say, but are these honeycakes?
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Post by: Archer on May 07, 2010, 12:37:33 pm
I DO hope so!
I need a good 'silly fit' about now!
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Post by: Tip10 on May 07, 2010, 01:14:23 pm
Here Archer -- I've some I'll share!!

(http://www.OnlineSmilies.com./data/media/634/Honey.gif) (http://www.OnlineSmilies.com)

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Post by: Archer on May 07, 2010, 01:33:38 pm
MMMMmmmMMMM! Thanks! (slurp!)
You're (slurp!) a real friend! (Slurp!)

Heheheheh...heeheehee! (snicker!) Hahahahahaha! (Snort! Snicker!)
HahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
(slurp!)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 08, 2010, 01:37:54 am
No, it is not honeycakes, but I should really make that. Elves need their honey! Maybe that will do the trick for me today. I sometimes at night get the brilliant idea of sending these deep messages to people. I sent one to my houseowner last night. Gah I'm kind of embarrassed...
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Post by: Archer on May 08, 2010, 04:21:03 am
Do you think the houseowners got the message? :)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 08, 2010, 05:36:25 am
I mean sms.. yes, she got it, thought it funny and  nice.. guess I just have the best house owners  :D
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Post by: Archer on May 08, 2010, 05:43:48 am
Well, I expect you're a good tenant.

Sometimes things get lost in translation--for example, when you spoke of 'sending deep messages' I immediately pictured you attempting something subliminal or telepathic. You know...sitting in a darkened room surrounded by candles and incense, your index fingers on both temples, chanting: 'your mind to my mind...my thoughts to your thoughts...you will not raise my rent, and you will allow me to keep a horse in my apartment...ommmmmmmmmm...'
 ;)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 08, 2010, 06:25:21 am
Hahahaha  ;D that was so good! I'm laughing right now. Now, no telepathic messages, just a normal sms..  :P Now I will sit down with a cup of tea and Catherine and the Captain. Need to finish books more quickly, really, it just too much I want to read!!
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Post by: kcrady on May 08, 2010, 07:31:06 am
So many books, so little time...
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Post by: Winter9 on May 08, 2010, 09:35:07 am
So true....
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Post by: Winter9 on May 09, 2010, 04:01:28 am
Good morning!

I talked to my sister today. She had done some reading, and she thought it was beginning to be really exiting now :D She has come to where they stay with the king :)

I'm going to take a bath now! I get to use my houseowners', I love to relaxe in the tub!
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Post by: Archer on May 09, 2010, 04:24:45 am
I love a good soaking in a tub of hot water. I have a really nice, big bathtub. In my last house, I had an old claw-footed cast iron tub which I literally salvaged from the fifth floor of an apartment building that was being demolished. Two young women (neither over five-foot-four) wrestled that thing down four flights of stairs and crab-walked it to the truck. Fortunately, the owner of the building came over to get his money and we guilted him into helping us load it.  ::)

I Loved that tub. I blocked the overflow so I could fill it nearly to the rim. When it was full of hot water, it acted like a radiator. When I was sick and could NOT get warm, I filled it with scalding water and curled up beside it. Instant warm.

Once I started to fill it, went out to feed the horses, and forgot about it. I got distracted in the barn, alas! When I came back in the house, I heard the sound of water spilling over the edge and through the floor boards. (What's that noise? Ummm...uh, oh!)
The basement of our log home was flooded by then. Sooooo...I turned off the water, drained the tub, mopped up the water from our pine plank flooring in the bathroom, and spent the entire rest of the day getting the water out of the basement.

So, Jeff comes home. I don't want to admit my grievous error. He sees me collapsed in a chair looking like I've just removed the entire manure pile using a spoon. 'What have you been doing all day? You look worn out!' he says. I pass a weary hand over my eyes and actually manage to look proud of myself. 'I washed and rinsed the entire basement floor!'

His eyes bug out. 'Wow, honey, that's great! Ummm...whatever motivated you to do that? I mean, that floor hasn't been washed since we built the house!' (this was true)

'Well, you know...I can only stand dirt for so long...I just thought it was high time we cleaned it, that's all.'

So he goes down to see this wondrous sight for himself. I hold my breath. I can hear him walking slowly around, then climbing back up the stairs.

'Man, you weren't KIDDIN'!' he says. 'Good job.' He wanders into the bathroom and I hear him open the medicine cabinet. Probably checking for a new prescription...ha! Luckily, he didn't notice the floor.

Have a wondrous, soapy experience, Winter!
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Post by: Winter9 on May 09, 2010, 05:37:38 am
Well... I didn't get a bath... I messed up a little bit. I didn't shut it tightly enough at the bottom, and therefor it didn't fill. then I tested the water after a while, and it was really cold. I used all the warm water to fill up when it was emptying itself at the same time. What a waste  :-\ I spent some reading time outside instead. Need to do the dishes now. So fun haha. Then maybe a cup of chocolate and cream. And dinner!
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Post by: Annalog on May 09, 2010, 08:40:08 am
Due to distance from a water heater that is due to be replaced, it is currently impossible for me to take a hot bath without lugging kettles of boiling water down the hallway.  ::)

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, moms-to-be, virtual moms, and moms-at-heart.
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Post by: kcrady on May 09, 2010, 09:35:50 am
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, moms-to-be, virtual moms, and moms-at-heart.

Thank you Annalog, and the same wishes back to you and everyone here!  I'm one of those virtual moms or moms-at-heart - the only 'kids' I can claim right now are of the four legged and furry variety...
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Post by: Archer on May 09, 2010, 10:03:25 am
Yes...I have many four-legged fur-persons. I also have three paper kids and a fourth on the way. (And a fifth on the way on the way.)

I hereby declare us 'moms', Kcrady!

Happy mothers day, everyone.
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Post by: Carmyn on May 09, 2010, 11:40:25 am
Yes...I have many four-legged fur-persons. I also have three paper kids and a fourth on the way. (And a fifth on the way on the way.)

I hereby declare us 'moms', Kcrady!

I guess that means me, too!  I have several furkids, too.  And feathered kids...lot of feathered kids.  One of the fur kids is going to have to have another washing after a skunk incident. 

Archer, I got my iPad Friday.  Haven't had much time to play with it, but I did get Kindle Reader and "THE BOOKS" on it!  My first impression is that I like reading on my iPod better than the iPad.  I'll have to play with it some more and see what adjustments I can make.  The book trailer is pretty good on either one.     
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Post by: Annalog on May 09, 2010, 11:53:13 am
:D Our furred and feathered kids let us know frequently that we are appreciated. (Carmyn, some days they need us more than others.)

Happy day to moms of all varieties! :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 09, 2010, 12:20:49 pm
Archer, I got my iPad Friday.  Haven't had much time to play with it, but I did get Kindle Reader and "THE BOOKS" on it!  My first impression is that I like reading on my iPod better than the iPad.  I'll have to play with it some more and see what adjustments I can make.  The book trailer is pretty good on either one.    

Me too...the only books I have on my iPad are those of the trilogy!
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Post by: Archer on May 09, 2010, 03:20:03 pm
Oh, man...Brian, I am so anxious to see what you come up with for Gorgon. I love it when readers derive artistic inspiration from the books.

Speaking of art...I must go make some art now. Been working on that pesky cover for that pesky anthology for what seems like WEEKS now!  :P

(And I know...I promised everyone a wee electronic gift! I'll get right on it.)

 
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Post by: Winter9 on May 10, 2010, 01:04:50 am
pesky??

Good morning everyone  ;D I have made myself some yoghurt (? is that the same in english?) and coffee. I wanted to do some Biblestudy, but my little baby (one of my cat that is not so little any more) is calling for me to go for a walk. But I have to eat first anyway :)

It's beautiful weather here today! I'm actually quite awake today even if I stayed up late and wrote about baptizing. Okay, a little bit tired, but not too bad :P

What are you guys doing today?

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Post by: Archer on May 10, 2010, 01:37:31 am
Morning, Winter.

Yes...yoghurt is the same in English!  :) Delicious. It's 4:30 a.m. here at the moment...(yawn!).
'Pesky' means 'irritating'. This cover is going to be okay, but it's been a slow progress and I'm a little out of my comfort zone with it. Lots of odd lighting with this image.
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Post by: Winter9 on May 10, 2010, 02:22:58 am
Which Book is it for? How many books do you write/work with now? Which genres?

I write this from my iPhone, genius! I can be at kindleboards all the time! :D
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Post by: Winter9 on May 10, 2010, 02:24:31 am
But.. Dear Archer, what on earth are you doing outside bed this early???!!!
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Post by: Archer on May 10, 2010, 02:34:58 am
Ah, Winter--I get up early every morning, but usually not this early. When the dogs get me up this early, I just stay up. I'm nearly always up by 5 or 5:30 at the latest.  :)

The cover is for an anthology of short stories a friend of mine has put together. It features one of my own offerings--a 10,000-word back story from Alterran history. The story is rich enough to be a novella, but I had a word limit.  ;) I've also done a couple of illustrations for the inside. 
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Post by: Winter9 on May 10, 2010, 03:35:52 am
A little bit to early for me ehe. My cats like to sleep too:P Zeta usually sleep very well in the morning, and Namine only start talking when the clock rings.
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Post by: mom2karen on May 10, 2010, 08:07:56 am
I was grumpy because the neighbor dog woke me up at 7:15.  LOL  You guys get up much earlier.  We usually don't get up until after 8:00.  The dog has a dog door so he can get out anytime he wants. 
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Post by: Archer on May 10, 2010, 08:24:15 am
On the other hand, I go to bed at 10 pm! (Unless, of course, a deadline looms.)  ;)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 11, 2010, 04:22:05 am
Hello boys and girls!

How are you today?
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 11, 2010, 05:26:21 am
Morning, Winter!   :D  Just getting started...
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Post by: Archer on May 11, 2010, 05:46:39 am
Good morning! I finished a cover art piece last night. Now I am at a retreat at work, so won't be online much until it's over. I could be like my students and sit here surfing while pretending to pay attention, but I should probably set the example. Sigh.

Hey, Brewie--make my day! Ask me a question.  :D
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Post by: Annalog on May 11, 2010, 07:07:27 am
Ibrewalot, don't forget Gorgon's hair!
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 11, 2010, 07:28:42 am
Question posted in the Stump thread...Archer, you won't even break a sweat with it tho.  ;)

Annalog, thanx for the hair reminder.  I'm trying to decide if I should do long, golden hair or if I should hide it all beneath his helmet.  Maybe the hair down and have him holding his helmet?  What do you think?
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Post by: Annalog on May 11, 2010, 09:50:24 am
I can picture Gorgon either way. With his hair down and holding his helmet could be both striking and disturbing.
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Post by: geoffthomas on May 11, 2010, 10:35:30 am
Yeah I think the elven hair with the brutish features always gave me the heebie-geebies.
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Post by: Archer on May 12, 2010, 03:52:01 am
Geoff: Me, too.  :P

(I'm excited to see what the Brewmeister comes up with. Meanwhile, I'm trying to figure out how to post one of my favorite new illustrations so you guys can see it.)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 12, 2010, 06:16:45 am
Hey guys!

I'm at the store waiting for my milkshake.

My sister is now getting really into Elfhunter! Finally she's reading again!  I have been waiting for that, she used to read a lot, but she have been more playing games the last time. Not that that is a bad thing, I love that, but I wanted her to enjoy reading again! Now she does!

She mentioned something that I have not thought about. Olcas, Orogond, they are names that are a bit similar to Orcs and Aragon. So what I wanted to ask you is: are that coincidence or are the names inspired of TLotR?

I love that she loves your book too, but I wonder how she will get the last two. She like the artcover, so she said she would like to have them in paperback, but it might be awhile. Is it possible to Ask a library to buy them? Is that possible in US?
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Post by: stacydan on May 12, 2010, 08:22:59 am
I could be like my students and sit here surfing while pretending to pay attention, but I should probably set the example. Sigh.

Too funny!  Last week I was in safety training for two WHOLE days (long and boring), so I sat as far back as I could, put my big purse in front of me and had Annabelle open and reading, I would glance up every now and then at the instructor so it would seem like I was paying attention and I would turn our training books to make sure I was on the same slide as the rest of the class, lol!  Then some of the day I would play Falling Gems on my ipod touch, or check my email.  I know, I know .... Now I did pay attention during the parts that I thought I actually needed to know, like fire safety, but I'm pretty sure my computer does not have asbestos in it so I really don't think my presence was required for that part! 
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Post by: Archer on May 12, 2010, 11:19:48 am
Winter: Actually, those are coincidental. While it is undeniably true that Tolkien inspired my love of this particular type of fantasy (I read his stuff for the first time when I was twelve), the name 'Olca' is a Gaelic word meaning 'Evil'. Olcas have very little in common with Orcs, actually (except for being ugly minions). Orogond is human, and he is a Ranger, but other than that he has little in common with Aragorn. Orogond's name is similar, I suppose, but the characters are very different.

(And, Stacydan, I HAD to laugh! Naughty, naughty!)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 12, 2010, 11:51:54 am
Good answer :) we are reading now actually!!
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Post by: Winter9 on May 12, 2010, 12:33:16 pm
Haha we are still reading, and from the other side og the couch I hear: "Oh No!!! Oh God!!"
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Post by: Winter9 on May 12, 2010, 12:41:44 pm
And now she's kicking me too!! :P
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Post by: Archer on May 12, 2010, 01:57:51 pm
This is fun...like watching live television!

'Sister-cam: Norwegian style!'
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Post by: Annalog on May 12, 2010, 03:11:30 pm
;D
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Post by: Winter9 on May 12, 2010, 03:23:08 pm
Night sweet people :)
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Post by: Archer on May 12, 2010, 03:39:04 pm
Good night, Winter! Sleep well.
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Post by: Winter9 on May 13, 2010, 05:48:00 am
Morning elves!

How are you doing today?
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Post by: Archer on May 13, 2010, 05:52:49 am
My Elves are fine...well, Galador is in a 'mood', as usual.  :P

Gaelen has been having a few bad days lately. I need to cheer her up.

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Post by: kcrady on May 13, 2010, 06:40:50 am
Offer her some honey - fresh from the hive!
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Post by: Winter9 on May 13, 2010, 06:42:42 am
Yup, honey should do it!
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Post by: Winter9 on May 13, 2010, 06:43:15 am
Hi k.

How are you? :)
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Post by: Tip10 on May 13, 2010, 07:46:51 am
Offer her some honey - fresh from the hive!

Or A honey -- (aka Orogond or Rain)  ;D
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Post by: Archer on May 13, 2010, 07:58:55 am
I tried the honey thing...she doesn't want any.
She's really depressed, I think.  :-\

Maybe Orogond can bring her out of it...he usually does.
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 13, 2010, 08:12:44 am
Or A honey -- (aka Orogond or Rain)  ;D

LOL   ;D
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Post by: Annalog on May 13, 2010, 09:09:47 am
Or A honey -- (aka Orogond or Rain)  ;D
LOL   ;D
:D
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Post by: Archer on May 13, 2010, 09:33:29 am
I think I've jollied her up now. I threatened to tell her really bad knock-knock jokes unless she cheered up.

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Gorgon.
Gorgon who?
Gorgonzola.

(All right! I give up! Have mercy! See? I'm SMILING! Hahahaha! Yes, indeedy!)
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Post by: Annalog on May 13, 2010, 10:14:41 am
Tired of frequent attacks, the knight, Alfredo Ella, contracted to have defensive fortifications added to his castle. His response, when the head workman asked, "Why do you need a moat, Sir Ella?", was, "Because I am tired of proving I am not Chicken Alfredo."

Cheesy, I know. :D
(Ducks and runs.)
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Post by: Annalog on May 13, 2010, 10:24:05 am
I think I've jollied her up now. I threatened to tell her really bad knock-knock jokes unless she cheered up.

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Gorgon.
Gorgon who?
Gorgonzola.

(All right! I give up! Have mercy! See? I'm SMILING! Hahahaha! Yes, indeedy!)
Great joke to tell Gaelen when she is a little blue. :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 13, 2010, 10:24:42 am
Galen and Fima entered the cave and immediately smelled something foul..."Watch your step", said Fima, "The caves in this area are littered with rock containing sharp metal crystals".  Galen and Fima picked their way across the rocky decent to a cleared area where lay many dead Olcas.  Galen exclaimed, "Who could have possibly killed this many Olcas?".  Fima replied, a hint of a smile crossing his lips, "I know", he said.  "How could you possibly know?", Galen asked, curious as to his ability to see humor in the situation.  Fima choked out before doubling over in laughter, "It's easy...this area is cleared out.  Notice the 'Ore Gone'?".

<ok, I'm much better at making beer!>
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Post by: Annalog on May 13, 2010, 10:29:48 am
;D In that case, your beer must be excellent!
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Post by: geoffthomas on May 13, 2010, 11:06:38 am
I would, with all sincerety and in "love for ya'll", suggest.....


Don't quit your day jobs!




Just sayin.....
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Post by: Winter9 on May 13, 2010, 12:43:58 pm
Hm maybe a little reading would be nice now. I'm just sutring here doing almost nothing.
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Post by: mom2karen on May 13, 2010, 10:02:40 pm
I got the Kindle update with collections!  I'm trying to sort my books into their categories and running into some problems, but I can see the potential.   
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Post by: Archer on May 14, 2010, 02:32:54 am
Good morning, everyone!

Did you get any reading done, Winter?
I am writing today.
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Post by: R. M. Reed on May 14, 2010, 03:31:13 am
Are there honey addicts among the elves? Is there a honey 12 step program?

Gaelen has been through several years of intense emotion and stress, lost friends, been focused on survival and never knowing when a killer will strike. Returning to normal life after that isn't easy. She may have post traumatic stress disorder.
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Post by: kcrady on May 14, 2010, 04:45:31 am
I got the Kindle update with collections!  I'm trying to sort my books into their categories and running into some problems, but I can see the potential.   

ooooooh I'm jealous! just turned on whispernet on my Kindle and now I'm staring at my "sleep" screen...  no update for me so far.  I have all my books organized in Calibre though, so I've been tagging stuff there.  Hopefully that will translate well to Kindle collections.

For those of you going "huh?" it's apparently time to turn whispernet on and let your Kindles wait for the latest and greatest upgrade from Amazon.
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Post by: Winter9 on May 14, 2010, 05:33:09 am
Hello dear elves!

I'm helping wonderful lady today. It's so good to be able to help her,not just pray. She's so sweet.
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Post by: Archer on May 14, 2010, 07:05:57 am
Are there honey addicts among the elves? Is there a honey 12 step program?

Gaelen has been through several years of intense emotion and stress, lost friends, been focused on survival and never knowing when a killer will strike. Returning to normal life after that isn't easy. She may have post traumatic stress disorder.

Worse...she knows that I am not yet through with her!

(Step away from the HIVE! Step away from the HIVE!)


Winter: How wonderful that you are able to help a kind person in need. Always makes for a good day. Well done!
Sounds like it's time for us to all turn on our wireless! Woo-de-hoo!  :D
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Post by: Winter9 on May 14, 2010, 12:14:21 pm
I loves that I could help her!

Are there some bad things with the update? Is it just the folder thing or what it is or is it other changes? Do I just turn on whispernet?

I actually got lots of reading done last might archer! :) my reading time is shared between the Bible and other books. This morning I got quite hooked on C. And the C. :D
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Post by: Winter9 on May 16, 2010, 07:04:08 am
Hello friends!

I will be gone tomorrow and most likely the rest of the day. Tomorrow is our national day :)

Have a nice day!
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Post by: Archer on May 16, 2010, 07:07:35 am
Happy National Norway Day!
 :D
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Post by: Annalog on May 16, 2010, 08:35:03 am
Happy National Norway Day!
 :D
I'll second that!

Winter, there was a post I read yesterday that mentioned some downsides to the 2.5 update. The two I remember are:

The next page/prev page buttons change the page when first pressed instead of when released.

The menu, while reading a book, now takes two steps to move within a book, Go To... and then Cover, Beginning, Location, etc.
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Post by: Archer on May 17, 2010, 03:26:53 am
Who has seen the new Robin Hood movie (besides me, that is)?  :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 17, 2010, 05:10:02 am
It's on my list, but I'm waaaaay behind.  Just watched Avatar last night.  Fantastic movie.  Now I'm really wishing I'd seen it on the BIG screen.  :-\
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Post by: Annalog on May 17, 2010, 07:31:39 am
Today I hope to get my replacement Kindle. Since I was Kindle-less for the weekend, I got a lot of work done and am now ready for the chicks to arrive. My chicks should ship today and will arrive tomorrow or possibly the next day.
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Post by: Archer on May 17, 2010, 07:38:00 am
Oh, boy! Chick day! That's a big deal around here.
(We can't keep chickens, though...too many predators in the Greatwood.)
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Post by: Tip10 on May 17, 2010, 07:54:43 am
Oh, boy! Chick day! That's a big deal around here.
(We can't keep chickens, though...too many predators in the Greatwood.)

Yep -- Gorgon found out they taste like Elves!!!   ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Annalog on May 17, 2010, 07:56:39 am
Oh, boy! Chick day! That's a big deal around here.
(We can't keep chickens, though...too many predators in the Greatwood.)
Yep -- Gorgon found out they taste like Elves!!!   ;D ;D ;D ;D
;D ;D ;D ;D

My first temperature test on my makeshift booder went fairly well last night. I am no longer worried about either roasting or freezing the chicks. ;)
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Post by: stacydan on May 17, 2010, 10:43:43 am
It's on my list, but I'm waaaaay behind.  Just watched Avatar last night.  Fantastic movie.  Now I'm really wishing I'd seen it on the BIG screen.  :-\

I know what you mean I have a list of movies I want to go see and then somehow never make it and then have to get it on dvd.  LOVED Avatar, I missed it at the big screen too, I was going to take the kids as a suprise but my oldest went with some of his friends (which was apparently cooler than going with your mother) so I was going to take my 15-year old, but he decided he wanted to see Blind Side, so we watched that instead (which was Awesome!).  So I got the dvd of Avatar the day it came out, but it was the next week before I actually watched it and by that time I couldn't remember what it was about so I had NO idea what to expect.  Totally blew me away, the effects were just amazing!  I laughed and I cried ... Great movie!

Went to see Iron Man 2 for Mother's Day, it was pretty good, but not nearly as good as the first one (of course, that would be very hard to top!)
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Post by: mom2karen on May 17, 2010, 12:00:41 pm
We saw Avatar in 3D and it was amazing.  I'm glad we saw it on the big screen - it's one of the few movies I thought was worth the exorbitant price they charge.  I usually only see 1 or 2 movies at the theatre a year, except the ones at the $1.50 theatre that I take Karen too a few times a year.  No way am I paying $10 each to see Alvin and the Chipmunks - they should be paying ME to sit through it. 

We're off to the mountains in a few minutes for a home school camp.  The kids run wild in the woods and the parents chat, read and play games.  No cooking or cleaning required.  Heaven for all of us!

I should be back on Thursday.  Have a great week!
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Post by: Archer on May 17, 2010, 12:25:50 pm
Have fun at camp! Sounds great!!  :D
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Post by: Annalog on May 18, 2010, 09:32:05 am
Since the post office has not phoned, it appears that the chicks will arrive tomorrow instead of today. The little ones will be thirsty and hungry when they arrive. (And much too little as a snack for Gorgon! ::) I will need to be more careful with them 8-12 weeks from now. :o)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 18, 2010, 10:40:10 am
Hey!

Back at home :)

How are you?
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 18, 2010, 10:51:53 am
We're on a chicken watch!  ;D
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Post by: Annalog on May 18, 2010, 01:27:07 pm
We're on a chicken watch!  ;D
;D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/412p7uJbRGL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Barn-Clock-Allen-Design-Studios/dp/B001L4QFK8%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001L4QFK8)(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41cV5owxGEL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Limited-Violano-Keychain-Rooster-Chicken/dp/B002I7HHBS%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB002I7HHBS)(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41R-tWBg0RL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Tude-Clock-Design-Studios/dp/B001L4ODUM%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001L4ODUM)

I am so glad for the people on KindleBoards; DH is as tired of hearing me be excited about the chicks that are not yet here as he was by the end of the three months I was waiting for my Kindle to arrive.  ::)

The advantage to chicken watch over Kindle watch is that DH watched the movie Chicken Run last night while I was trying to get the Web cam to work.  ;D
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 18, 2010, 01:52:15 pm
That's too funny...my youngest picked Chicken Run as our movie for "family movie night" last week.  Great flick!
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Post by: Archer on May 18, 2010, 04:19:04 pm
I love that movie!!

Chicken Watch: Day Two
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Post by: Archer on May 18, 2010, 04:37:18 pm
What variety of chickens are we anticipating? :)
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Post by: Annalog on May 18, 2010, 05:04:52 pm
I ordered the following:
10 Barred Plymouth Rock straight run chicks
11 New Hampshire Red straight run chicks
 4 Ameraucana pullets

25 chicks

I am hoping, that when the chicks grow up, at least one, and hopefully two, will be a broody hen. Otherwise I will order some bantam chicks next year. I want to let the hens raise the future chicks as I plan on keeping one Barred Plymouth Rock rooster and one New Hampshire Red rooster. If one of the Ameraucana pullets turns out to be a rooster, we might keep a third rooster. However that is likely to be tricky with only a dozen or so hens.

The current plan is that the two roosters will be named Rocky (Chicken Run) and Lenin (The Good Life/Good Neighbors) but they might end up Rocky and Fowler. :D We do not plan to name the other roosters or most of the hens. It is possible that one or two hens will be named.
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Post by: Winter9 on May 19, 2010, 01:46:19 am
Chicken watch :D

Is it a set day that they will arrive?
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Post by: Archer on May 19, 2010, 02:17:01 am
Okay, we'd better be practicing our 'sound effects'.
(ahem)
'cheep. cheep, cheep! Peep, peep!'

Cluck, cluck. Buck, buck, buck BERGAK!

Cock-a-doodle-doo!
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Post by: Tip10 on May 19, 2010, 05:02:26 am
Or for a little later on

Snarf, slurp, crunch, munch, mmmmmmm, BELCH!   :o
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Post by: Archer on May 19, 2010, 06:03:32 am
And inbetween:

crack! plop! sizzle, sizzle! (flip!) sizzle, sizzle!

...ahhhhhhh!
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Post by: Annalog on May 19, 2010, 07:40:17 am
;D ;D ;D ;D Love the sound effects!

The chicks have arrived! They seem healthy as they are all doing typical chick stuff (drink, eat, poop, nap, run around, repeat, ...).

I will post details on the Raising Chickens and Poultry thread.
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Post by: Winter9 on May 19, 2010, 07:51:11 am
Yay congrats :D

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Post by: ibrewalot on May 19, 2010, 08:01:21 am
Pics please?   :)
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Post by: Annalog on May 19, 2010, 09:52:17 am
I have posted chick pictures are posted on the Raising Chickens and Poultry (https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,17786.msg467344.html#msg467344) thread.

It took me a while to make sure they were all settled in. I had to leave the chicks in order to post the photos. (Well, really I had to leave the chicks to get the laptop, instead of the netbook, a keyboard stand, chair, and extension cord. I have set up a "workstation" in the coop and then uploaded photos and posted from there.  ;))

The chicks are now quietly peeping and seem to be having a good time. I will now eat breakfast and then go to work. (I would say that I will be working from home but I will really be working from the coop.  ;D) However I will need to go into the office tomorrow.  :(
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 19, 2010, 10:11:51 am
They are very cute!
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Post by: Archer on May 19, 2010, 11:10:30 am
Ooh! I love the little black and white ones.
They're all cute, though.

(Speaking of sleeping birds, I used to raise conures. They have the most interesting tendency to sleep flat on their backs. People think they're dead!) 
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Post by: Annalog on May 19, 2010, 11:14:25 am
Ooh! I love the little black and white ones.
They're all cute, though.

(Speaking of sleeping birds, I used to raise conures. They have the most interesting tendency to sleep flat on their backs. People think they're dead!) 
At least one of the black and white ones sleeps stretched out on its side. If I did not see it breathing, it would look dead. ;)

Slight panic when the power went out in the coop. It turned out to be a tripped GFI in the house. Power on again but setting up backup plan.
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Post by: Winter9 on May 19, 2010, 12:50:49 pm
Aww they are adorable!!! :D

Sooo cute!
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Post by: Annalog on May 19, 2010, 01:02:55 pm
Aww they are adorable!!! :D

Sooo cute!
Thanks! Wish I could get the Webcam to work!
After the power outage, I want the Webcam to check on them more than I did before.
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Post by: stacydan on May 20, 2010, 05:57:54 am
They are cute!  Looks like you are going to have your hands full!
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Post by: Annalog on May 20, 2010, 06:27:37 am
Thanks! After yesterday and the first night it should be easier for a while to take care of the chicks. Getting ready for them to leave the brooder on the other hand....   ::)
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Post by: Archer on May 21, 2010, 05:26:52 am
Okay...so I'm an idiot! I can ship books to Norway direct from Amazon for like HALF (or less) of what I was paying!
I just shipped out two copies of Fire-heart to Winter!!
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Post by: stacydan on May 21, 2010, 01:03:37 pm
I just signed up for the June book game (first time).  What was I thinking?

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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Post by: Archer on May 21, 2010, 04:21:40 pm
You, too, Stacy!

I'm off to NYC next Tuesday...I'll try to write to you guys and let you know how things are going in the 'Big Apple'!
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Post by: Archer on May 24, 2010, 05:46:50 am
Where did everybody go?  ???

I have done something awful to my shoulder, and I fly out to NYC tomorrow morning. The house is a wreck and I have to clean it. Phooey!
Meanwhile, after overcoming a few technical difficulties which have plagued me the past few months (computer/printer-related), I can make t-shirts again!!! (YAY!)
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 24, 2010, 06:07:36 am
I was away all weekend at a computer gaming "LAN Party" where 200 people brought their computers into a big conference center, connected them all together and played video games against each other all day Saturday and Sunday. 

AND, CPU Magazine had a contest for people that had modified their computer cases to determine who had the "best" case.  I won!!!  They will be running an article in the magazine with pictures of my case and I also won a $1000 processor from Intel to build my next computer.  I'm VERY excited!  (Ok, I'm a closet geek  8) )
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Post by: Rie142 on May 24, 2010, 06:26:48 am
Where did everybody go?  ???

I have done something awful to my shoulder, and I fly out to NYC tomorrow morning. The house is a wreck and I have to clean it. Phooey!
Meanwhile, after overcoming a few technical difficulties which have plagued me the past few months (computer/printer-related), I can make t-shirts again!!! (YAY!)

If you have hurt your shoulder forget about the house work.  Shoulder is way more important.    Glad you have the technical difficulties taken care of.    Have a good trip to NYC.
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Post by: Rie142 on May 24, 2010, 06:29:10 am
I was away all weekend at a computer gaming "LAN Party" where 200 people brought their computers into a big conference center, connected them all together and played video games against each other all day Saturday and Sunday. 

AND, CPU Magazine had a contest for people that had modified their computer cases to determine who had the "best" case.  I won!!!  They will be running an article in the magazine with pictures of my case and I also won a $1000 processor from Intel to build my next computer.  I'm VERY excited!  (Ok, I'm a closet geek  8) )

Congratulations!   Lan parties are awesome.   I haven't been to one that big yet.    My son and his friends like to do that.    I have fun when they do.  LOL    I guess I am a mini Geek.   LOL      So I want to see a picture of your case.   Once again Congrats!!!!!
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 24, 2010, 06:37:00 am
I'll have to get pics back on the web...it has a Guinness theme with a micro-brewery inset into the side and lit up from inside.  ;D

Archer, cleaning house can wait, you know?  It would stress your shoulder that you should be resting and might make your NYC trip less than enjoyable (if that's at all possible).  Rest and ibuprofin...and have a blast in NYC!
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Post by: Archer on May 24, 2010, 06:39:30 am
A BIG Congratulations on your big win! We want to see a picture of the case!  :)
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Post by: Annalog on May 24, 2010, 09:11:04 am
I'll have to get pics back on the web...it has a Guinness theme with a micro-brewery inset into the side and lit up from inside.  ;D

Archer, cleaning house can wait, you know?  It would stress your shoulder that you should be resting and might make your NYC trip less than enjoyable (if that's at all possible).  Rest and ibuprofin...and have a blast in NYC!
Congratulations IBrewALot!

Archer, I agree with the others -- Cleaning house can wait! Focus on your NYC trip and have a wonderful time!

I have been spending just about every spare minute either with the chicks or working on the coop. (A couple of the chicks are growing so fast that they look close to jumping/flying out of the brooder.  :o) There have been a couple minor panic incidents since I posted on this thread.  (While I posted about those on the Raising Chickens and Poultry thread, I have not had time or energy to post new pictures.)

Thursday evening when I was telling my mom about the second day with the chicks, in jest I said, "What have I gotten myself into?" DH started laughing and said I was suffering from postpartum depression! ::) If so, it only lasted that evening. ;D
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Post by: R. M. Reed on May 24, 2010, 09:38:06 am
I never heard of putting a computer in a case, unless it's a small one that you carry around. I can't say I've heard of a LAN party, either, though I know what a LAN is.
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Post by: geoffthomas on May 24, 2010, 11:51:10 am
R.Reed,
The box that "is" the desktop computer is called a case.
The parts, such as motherboard, hard drive cooling fan, power supply etc all fit inside the case.
Geeks started out cutting holes in the metal sides of their cases and putting in plexiglas so that they could see the insides (whoopie) and then put lights on the fans so that they would make an interesting display.
Now some "manufacturers" mold images into the cases such as alienware with the impression of an alien head/eyes in the front.
And others have crafted their cases into castles and stuff.

I think that is what IBrew is talking about - right?

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Post by: ibrewalot on May 24, 2010, 12:11:00 pm
Dead-on, Geoff.  Here's a link to 20 such mods...there are some really over-the-top examples here.  Mine is not in league with these at all.  i'll post a link to pics of mine tonight.

http://unrealitymag.com/index.php/2009/02/02/20-unforgettable-pc-case-mods/ (http://unrealitymag.com/index.php/2009/02/02/20-unforgettable-pc-case-mods/)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 24, 2010, 02:00:51 pm
Back from prayer 24 hours and the stiff I have been doing today.

How are you Archer? How's your  shoulder? Can't anyone help you with the housework? You can't do that all by yourself if your shoulder hurts!
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Post by: Archer on May 24, 2010, 06:46:36 pm
Wow, those computers are amazing! We still want to see our Kindlefriend representative's contribution. I'll bet it's tasteful without being gaudy.  :)

Winter: leaving for NYC in the morning. House isn't clean, but...oh well! Doctor says I have bursitis.  :P Well, I know what to do for that, at least. The GOOD news is that my arm is getting better! Doesn't feel like it, but strength is better. Yay!
I'll write to you from New York!
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Post by: Annalog on May 24, 2010, 07:41:42 pm
Archer, glad to hear that strength is returning to your arm. Be careful with carrying luggage on your trip. When I hurt my shoulder, I kept re-injuring it moving luggage on business trips. (It was actually the laptop and carry-on that caused me the most trouble.) It would start to get better and I would get sent on another trip. :(
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Post by: Archer on May 25, 2010, 02:30:19 am
Anna:
I know what you mean! With me, it's stuff like hay bales and water buckets! Can't escape them...just have to be R-e-a-ll-y careful with them.  :P
I am determined to pack light this time--it's gonna be stinkin' hot in NYC just like it is here right now. We've had a 40-degree temp. increase in a week. ARRRRGGGGHHH! (We hates it, precioussss, yesssss!)


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Post by: kcrady on May 25, 2010, 08:15:37 am
Hi friends, sorry I've been out of touch lately.  My mother passed away on Sunday and things are rather...  unsettled...  right now.  I'll be back once things have settled down.
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 25, 2010, 09:11:04 am
Sorry to hear, K...come back when you get a chance, knowing until then we'll be thinking about you.
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Post by: Tip10 on May 25, 2010, 10:09:45 am
Prayer be with you k, and sincerest condolences on your loss.
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Post by: Annalog on May 25, 2010, 10:32:54 am
Kcrady, sorry to hear about your mother. Thinking of you and your family.
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Post by: geoffthomas on May 25, 2010, 01:31:01 pm
kcrady,
We will continue prayers for you and your family.
Please know that you have friends here who care.

Just sayin.....
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Post by: Winter9 on May 26, 2010, 02:50:48 am
I too pray for you and your family K. Sorry for your loss, we are thinking about you..
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Post by: Rie142 on May 26, 2010, 06:30:05 am
Hi friends, sorry I've been out of touch lately.  My mother passed away on Sunday and things are rather...  unsettled...  right now.  I'll be back once things have settled down.

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.   My thoughts are with you.
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Post by: Archer on May 26, 2010, 07:25:18 am
K:

{{hugs}} from me.  :-\

Feel free to e-mail privately if you want to talk.
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Post by: stacydan on May 26, 2010, 01:32:07 pm
K - my heart goes out to you during this time, I am so sorry for your loss.  I pray you are surrounded by comfort and peace.
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Post by: kcrady on May 27, 2010, 07:33:57 pm
Thank you all for the kind words.  My mother has been in a nursing home for the past few years, and was not doing well over the past several weeks.  While the timing of her passing was a shock, it was not unexpected.  She is with my father now, and happy, I know.

Now, I really did not intend to kill the conversation here, so please!  Break out some honey and let us celebrate lives current, past, and future!
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Post by: Rie142 on May 27, 2010, 08:05:00 pm
Here is a crock of honey.   LETs have a bit and reminisce on things.
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 27, 2010, 08:46:19 pm
What a great group of friends we've become!  I, for one, am very happy to be a part of it.   :)
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Post by: Archer on May 28, 2010, 05:25:47 am
May I celebrate with you?

I just returned from Book Expo where I met a number of interesting and influential people in the publishing industry, but that's not what I want to celebrate. I am sitting here on the coast of Maine, looking out over the sparkling, blue Atlantic (the edge of which is not a hundred feet from me) and chatting with my wonderful friends. Now, that's worth celebrating!

I shall now partake of honey and become very silly indeed.  :D
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Post by: Annalog on May 28, 2010, 05:47:06 am
Talking with friends is wonderful. :)  Sharing honey as well is a great bonus. :D (Passing the honey on before the chicks get fluff and crumbles in it. ;))
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Post by: stacydan on May 28, 2010, 07:26:18 am
I love honey too!  On warm biscuits or rolls with butter; mixed with peanutbutter and put on crackers and bread, sometimes topped with a sliced banana, on pancakes, on waffles, spoons and fingers ... the list goes on!  I would think I might have elven in me, but I'm too short!

When I went to Hot Springs last year, I got a few bottles at the Garvand Woodland Gardens, and it is Awesome!  Next time I go back I will definitely have to get some more!   

Y'all are the nicest group of people I've ever shared honey with!
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Post by: geoffthomas on May 28, 2010, 09:12:25 am
Ya know that mead is made from honey, doncha?

Here's looking at you, kid.

Just sayin.....
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 28, 2010, 09:23:07 am
Ya know that mead is made from honey, doncha?

Here's looking at you, kid.

Just sayin.....
And I put honey in every batch of beer I make...
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Post by: Annalog on May 28, 2010, 09:35:04 am
And I put honey in every batch of beer I make...
I don't like most beers but that sounds yummy!
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Post by: Archer on May 28, 2010, 11:04:08 am
Talking with friends is wonderful. :)  Sharing honey as well is a great bonus. :D (Passing the honey on before the chicks get fluff and crumbles in it. ;))
I'd worry more about the chicks getting honey on THEMSELVES (and sticking their fluff together!)
Oh, dear...I have just imagined a sticky, peeping mass of fluffy confusion!
 :) You were wise to pass it on!
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Post by: Annalog on May 28, 2010, 02:43:23 pm
;D
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Post by: Winter9 on May 28, 2010, 02:55:38 pm
I celebrate with you too: this is *raises glas of honey* for the best group of friends you can have and for K's mama dancing in heaven!
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Post by: kcrady on May 28, 2010, 02:59:45 pm
Winter9, I somehow doubt my mom will be dancing, even in heaven - but singing for certain.

Here, here to the best friends I never met!
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Post by: Archer on May 28, 2010, 03:28:14 pm
Sooooooo...
Here's to the best friends an Elf ever knew,
Kcrady, and Winter, and Annalog, too!
There's Stacy and Robin and Rie (all fine folk)
And let's not forget Ibrew (who's quick with a joke)
Then there's Archer (that's me) with the three books I writed,
(And don't forget Geoffery who oughta get knighted!)

Tipper10...Mom2karen...there's more I've not mentioned,
But that's 'cause I'm forgetful (although well-intentioned).
So raise up your glasses (you know who you are)
This brings us together though we're otherwise far.
We'll sing of our friendship, and sing with aplomb,
Hoping we're joined (in spirit) by Kcrady's mom!

(And I'll bet, if we listen, we can hear my ol' dad!)
So here's to the best friends an Elf ever had!

Love you guys.
'Archer'
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Post by: R. M. Reed on May 28, 2010, 03:31:34 pm
(http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/rreed423/Hunny.gif)

Archer, please forgive my copyright infringement. Please, no one tell any multibillion dollar corporations about the other character.
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Post by: Archer on May 28, 2010, 03:36:34 pm
Egad! I hope she doesn't fall out of the tree. She's looking a bit loopy already!  :D

(So...is the 'other character' ummm...a 'dealer'?)
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Post by: Carmyn on May 28, 2010, 04:25:09 pm
Let me know when you get home, Archer.  I got a little something for you. 

Archer, be careful of the honey you get.  I got some the other day at a place that shall remain nameless but sells a lot of fried chicken.  It had packets of honey so I took some.  Before I opened one, I noticed it was called "Honey Sauce" and not "Honey".  Suspicion...I read the ingredients:  High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, water, honey and caramel coloring.  Ick!  I tossed them.  I don't even want to think what that would do do an elf!  Poison for sure!  Another evil plan of Wrothgar.
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Post by: Archer on May 28, 2010, 06:55:36 pm
High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, water, honey and caramel coloring.  Ick!  I tossed them.  I don't even want to think what that would do do an elf!  Poison for sure!  Another evil plan of Wrothgar.

AAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

(The FIEND!) I will call you, mate!  :)
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Post by: mom2karen on May 28, 2010, 07:44:28 pm
I'll take some honey in honor of loved parents and others who have moved on to the next world.  I like it on warm cornbread!

We've been busy here.  Homeschool camp in the mountains was wonderful, and then I packed off hubby and dd for a YMCA guides campout.  They did archery, bb shooting, zip lines, canoes, swimming, bike riding, geocaching.....  We've spend this week trying to catch up and battling a flu bug we picked up on our adventures.

Karen wants to earn extra money and thought about doing a lemonade stand on our very quiet street.  I suggested that she finish a book she started for NanoWriMo and put it up on Smashwords/Amazon.  She's at about 7,000 words now and should be able to wrap it up fairly quickly if she doesn't go back and insert another character she dreamed up.  I don't know how many people will take a chance on a book by a 10yo, but I bet her grandparents could be convinced. ;)
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Post by: Winter9 on May 29, 2010, 03:32:39 am
That's the best poem ever archer!

Them she just sings K. :)

Momtk: cool, you have to begin early you know:)

"dive into the honey"
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Post by: stacydan on May 29, 2010, 09:33:22 am
LOVE your poem Archer!  I like the way your mind works! never ceases to amaze!

mom2karen, hope y'all had a great time in the mountains!  My husband and boys went on a 2-night scout campout last weekend (no mountains, just lots of woods and a lake), apparently my oldest child is allergic to poison oak, bless his heart.  He showed me the rash on his arms, I didn't know what it was (I'm not really the outdoorsy type!) so I gave him neosporin.  the next day it had spread and his eye was swollen shut, he had to go to the dr, got medicine AND a shot - he Hates shots!  Of course, he didn't really mind missing the two days of school ..... lol!
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Post by: mom2karen on May 29, 2010, 12:18:01 pm
stacydan, I hope he is feeling better soon.  Poison oak/ivy is horrible.  We have some at our local nature center, but it is usually kept off the paths.  I haven't been there since they had massive cutbacks and lost most of their employees (city run center) so I'm sure it is out of control.  I'm hoping Karen doesn't get into it when she goes there for summer camp. 

Winter9, the earlier the better!  We homeschool and she has always resisted doing writing assignments for me.  I finally gave up and stopped asking.  Then her cousin asked if she wanted to do NanoWriMo and she said yes and set a goal of 6,000 words.  I didn't think she would make it, but she did, and she surprised me with how well it was written for a just turning 9yo.  Since I'm a proud mom with a captive audience I'll post Chapter 1 for you......

One cloudy day, two kids named Billy and Sammie were walking down the street when Sammie tripped, which sent her tangled blond hair flying.  “Are you ok?” asked Billy.

“I think so,” she replied. “But what was that thing?” They looked at what made Sammy trip.

“Either I’m blind, or that’s a dragon egg!” said Billy, so surprised, that his short, neatly combed chocolate brown hair stood up his head like spikes.

“Two of them!” Sammy finished, as she got up from the sidewalk.  “Let’s pick them up and take them home.  It’s too dark to really see them here.”  They carefully picked up the eggs and went to their houses.  They lived next door to each other, and had been best friends since preschool.
 

***************


Flash, flash.  It was Sammie blinking her flashlight at Billy’s window, which was right across from hers.  It got his attention all right.  He quickly opened his window so they could see each other.  “Is your egg ok?” he asked.

“It’s fine,” she replied. 

“Good” said Billy.  “I was a little worried because of Goldie.”  Goldie was Sammie’s golden retriever puppy. 

“What are you doing with your egg?” asked Sammie

“I put my egg in a pillowcase near my radiator.  What about you?”

“I covered mine with one of my baby blankets and put it in a cardboard box.  I wonder what kind of dragon our eggs are going to be?” 

Sammie and Billy loved to listen to stories about dragons and three quarters of their bookshelves were filled with dragon books.  They knew a lot about dragons, but had never seen one before.  Their friends and families didn’t believe in dragons because they never seen one before ether. 

 “Maybe we should describe the eggs to each other so we can look in our dragon books?” asked Billy.

“Good idea!  You start.”

“Just a sec, let me get mine.”  He went to his radiator to get his egg.  “Ok, got it.  One of the colors is little hard to describe, but I’ll do my best.  It has a yellow-ishy-orange-ishy base and some big blue spots, and here and there are some green speckles on the yellow part. Most of the green specks are around the blue spots.  It looks like that’s it,” described Billy.

“Ok.  Mine looks like a cross between an opal gem and a grape fruit. The grape fruit because of the shape and size, and an opal because the coloring.  I’ll look in Dragons and Their Eggs tonight and we can talk tomorrow.”

“Ok,” said Billy. “I’ll check my favorite book, its called The Orange Dragon.”

“Ok, see you at school tomorrow.”
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 30, 2010, 06:38:45 am
That's really good considering her young age!! You must be proud of her :)
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Post by: Archer on May 31, 2010, 04:58:00 am
That's some fine storytelling, Mom! And it's better edited than some indie books I've seen in print. (Alas for them!)
You must be very proud...and you deserve to be! Homeschooling rocks!

Okay...I just thought up a new word game. Anybody want to play?


Here's how it works. Select a favorite book character's name. (Since this is an Alterran book klub, might be nice to use one of mine, but not required.) Then you create a sentence using  the letters of that character's name. Example: (I'll pick an easy one) EROS.
'Every rotten orange smells!' (Okay, it might not be very good, but at least it's a sentence and it makes sense...sort of.) THEN you challenge us with the next name. For example, I pick 'AZORI' (if you don't know who he is yet, that's okay, just use the letters). Anyone can respond.

You can use the same name more than once, as there are many sentences which can be formed of that name, but each sentence must be unique. ('Eating Rose-thorns Obviously Stings')

Want to play along? The next name is 'AZORI'     

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Post by: mom2karen on May 31, 2010, 10:14:35 am
She uses word and that helps her edit, but I do see a few errors still.  I'm waiting for her to finish before I push her to let me help clean it up.  But at least she is writing and the story isn't horrible. 

A zephyr over Richmond ignited.

Orogond
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Post by: Winter9 on May 31, 2010, 10:37:18 am
Orogond

One really old grandpa owns nine dogs.

Next: Galador
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Post by: R. M. Reed on May 31, 2010, 12:21:46 pm
Galador

Geoffrey always let a dead orthodontist run.
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Post by: Archer on May 31, 2010, 12:45:00 pm
I'll step in for Robin and offer the next challenge:

REALTA
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Post by: Carmyn on May 31, 2010, 01:57:24 pm


REALTA

Reality essentially alters logical thinking, again.

Wrothgar
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Post by: Archer on May 31, 2010, 03:18:25 pm
Ooh! Good one!

When Reprehensible Ogres Truly, Honestly Get Angry, RUN!

RI-ELATHAN (Try to incorporate the hyphen if you can!)
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 31, 2010, 04:24:49 pm
Respectable, independent-esque lady asks tired husband, "A nightcap?"   ::)

Gorgon
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Post by: Archer on May 31, 2010, 04:48:06 pm
Respectable, independent-esque lady asks tired husband, "A nightcap?"   ::)

Gorgon
Wow! He DID it!
(I am not worthy.)

 :D
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Post by: Tip10 on June 01, 2010, 07:37:05 am
Respectable, independent-esque lady asks tired husband, "A nightcap?"   ::)

Gorgon

Great job Brew!!!!


Great Orgies Require Generally One Night!

And now an easy one to start the work week:  Fima
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Post by: Archer on June 01, 2010, 01:14:56 pm
(Hey,Tipperoo...I was unloading my car yesterday, when a small package caught my eye. It was addressed to you. Apparently fell out of the pile in the last run to the Post Awful...so I'm sending it tomorrow! Sorry about that. )
 :-[


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Post by: ibrewalot on June 01, 2010, 01:18:22 pm
Fima = Forgetful...I'm mailing already!   ;D
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Post by: Tip10 on June 01, 2010, 01:20:05 pm
(Hey,Tipperoo...I was unloading my car yesterday, when a small package caught my eye. It was addressed to you. Apparently fell out of the pile in the last run to the Post Awful...so I'm sending it tomorrow! Sorry about that. )
 :-[




No problems -- was gonna get around to asking since you mentioned something about sending them out but nothing had arrived -- didn't want something falling into the wrong hands.  ;)

I'll be looking for it.


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Post by: Tip10 on June 01, 2010, 01:21:04 pm
Fima = Forgetful...I'm mailing already!   ;D

Talk about walking into that one Archer!!!   :):)

Okay Brew -- who's up next??
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Post by: Archer on June 01, 2010, 01:27:33 pm
You are! You answered the puzzle. Challenge us, Tip!
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 01, 2010, 01:30:51 pm
Ok, here's a toughie:  Lllewellys
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Post by: Archer on June 01, 2010, 02:01:16 pm
Llewellys only has 4 'L's in his name, however.

(Brew, you need to get the 'L' out of there!)

--Sorry...couldn't resist!
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Post by: Carmyn on June 01, 2010, 04:07:39 pm
Ok, here's a toughie:  Lllewellys

For the way you have it spelled:

Lazy little lepricon eventually walked every lovely lane you see.

Or the way Archer spells it, you can drop either the lazy or the little.


Finan
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Post by: Archer on June 01, 2010, 05:28:23 pm
OOh, Carmyn! That was quite lyrical!

First, I needed a name.

DARDIS
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 01, 2010, 06:23:03 pm
Llewellys only has 4 'L's in his name, however.

(Brew, you need to get the 'L' out of there!)

--Sorry...couldn't resist!

That's too funny!   :P
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 02, 2010, 02:15:46 am
Finan...First, I need a novel.

Dardis...Doing a rowdy dance, I shouted!

How about my favorite - Gaelen?
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Post by: geoffthomas on June 02, 2010, 06:15:44 am
Going about elven living even now

Hologond (?)
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Post by: Tip10 on June 02, 2010, 06:33:07 am
Isn't it Hallagond?


He always looked lovingly at good ole Notre Dame.

How about a really hard one -- Gwynnyth (naw we ain't ready for that one yet!!)

How about Magra?
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 02, 2010, 11:08:55 am
Magra - Memories are great regarding Alterra

How about 'Shandor'?
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Post by: Archer on June 02, 2010, 03:29:51 pm
Some horses are naughty, defying ordinary riders.

DUINAR
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Post by: M.S. Verish on June 02, 2010, 03:53:09 pm
DUINAR

Dragons Usually Ingest Nasty Amber Rings

LEIRAS
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Post by: Archer on June 02, 2010, 05:06:41 pm
Hey, Matt and Stef! Is that your new cover?
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Post by: M.S. Verish on June 02, 2010, 05:18:18 pm
Yup. Not a huge difference, but it does look better up close. Soon it'll be in our hands! The book that is.
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Post by: Tip10 on June 02, 2010, 07:17:59 pm


LEIRAS -- Lovely Elves interest Rangers an such.


Next up:  Ordath
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Post by: Winter9 on June 03, 2010, 02:24:08 am
Ordath

Often Rosy did a tremendous housecleaning

Arialde
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Post by: Winter9 on June 03, 2010, 02:25:24 am
And good morning dear elves!

Housecleaning for me too I Think.
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Post by: Archer on June 03, 2010, 02:55:59 am
And good morning to you, Winter!

ORDATH

Ordinarily, rats don't aggravate the horses.

KOTOS
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Post by: Tip10 on June 03, 2010, 04:58:48 am
Hmm seems we have two up right now....

KOTOS  Keep on truckin' on, sonny.

ARIALDE  A rose is a lovely delicate entity.


How about Mohani


Oh and good morning to all the early risers (and you too Winter -- its what mid-day for you?)
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Post by: Archer on June 03, 2010, 06:17:19 pm
Okay, Mr. Tips:

MOHANI: Mighty oaks have answers nestled inside.

LOKAI
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 03, 2010, 06:35:26 pm
LOKAI: Little oaks keep answers inside   ;)

How about:  Cuidag
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Post by: Archer on June 03, 2010, 06:49:39 pm
CUIDAG:

Could uninviting, inhospitable deserts annoy Gaelen?

(Brew: Is she still your favorite?)


HAIFA
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 03, 2010, 06:56:41 pm
HAIFA:  Hot, assertive, intelligent, feisty, amiable  <== Gaelen   ;D  (sorry...had to stretch the limits of the game to indicate my obsession)  

Yes, she's still my fav!  How could she not be?  Perfection is not to be trifled with...and I do want to meet her next time I'm in Chicago for more than a day and a half.  ;D

Oops...late add...SCOURGE.
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Post by: Archer on June 03, 2010, 07:39:07 pm
She could only understand reasonably grammatical English.

(I'll pass that along to Gaelen. She'll appreciate it!)


This is an obscure one: 'Mulafionn'
(Can you translate?)

 :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 04, 2010, 11:25:36 am
mulafionn:  most unusual letters are foreign in obscure native notes

Sorry...hard as I tried to translate, I didn't do any better than Google (Your search - mulafionn - did not match any documents.)  :-\  Is there an Alterran Primer?
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Post by: Tip10 on June 04, 2010, 12:25:50 pm

This is an obscure one: 'Mulafionn'
(Can you translate?)

 :D


Me thinks there's more here than meets the eye -- like perhaps a typo???

Could you perhaps have meant Mulafiann?
This be the affectionate name Rain gave Gaelen -- little hunter -- coming from mula (small, loveable) and fiana (huntress).

Orrr, perhaps were we offering up another name (that by the way does not appear in any of the tomes)
Mulafionn -- although that doesn't have much meaning does it (or it escapes me) -- Mula being Small, loveable and Fionn meaning crystal clear -- (see Linnefionn)

A crystal clear love perchance???


Help me Archer.................

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Post by: Tip10 on June 04, 2010, 12:28:18 pm
Oh, and if I turn up missing for a bit -- not to worry -- will be traveling to the great Northwest (Seattle Area) -- for the next week or so. Part business, part pleasure.

Will be trying to check in but you know how that goes....
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 04, 2010, 12:41:37 pm
Wow!  Kudos, Tip!  You really dug out the pieces of the language.  I believe we are in dire need of a certain author's insight into how the Alterran names are created.  Of course, this would be something ONLY available on Kindle Boards.   ;D
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Post by: Archer on June 04, 2010, 12:53:06 pm
Mulafionn is the translation of Gaelen's pet name IF she were male and not female.
It's actually a typo.

Tip's translation would also work. Because 'fionn' in that meaning usually refers either to glass or water, it would describe a small, beautiful pond. It could ALSO refer to a destiny or future fate, in which case it might suggest that the path to love and security is clear.
Yes--ONLY on Kindleboards!

'Taldin Mulafiann' is Rain's pet name for Gaelen, meaning 'little hunter/huntress who walks unnoticed'.

(Tip--your wee yellow package is on its way.)
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Post by: Tip10 on June 04, 2010, 01:54:16 pm
Cool -- I shall be looking for it.

So who's up -- Brew you got the last one -- we need another name!!

mulafionn:  most unusual letters are foreign in obscure native notes

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Post by: ibrewalot on June 04, 2010, 05:45:22 pm
Oops!  I keep forgetting! 

How about: kaffa   ;)
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Post by: Archer on June 04, 2010, 06:24:21 pm
Y'know, that's a great idea, Brew! We'll have a lot more fun if we can use ANY Alterran term.

Well, I've gone and done it now! All books are priced at 2.99. Hope it doesn't nuke my sales!
If it does, well...I guess that's too bad.  :-\

Kumquats and finicky fruits abound!

...El-morah
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Post by: Carmyn on June 05, 2010, 07:05:25 am
Y'know, that's a great idea, Brew! We'll have a lot more fun if we can use ANY Alterran term.

Well, I've gone and done it now! All books are priced at 2.99. Hope it doesn't nuke my sales!
If it does, well...I guess that's too bad.  :-\
 

Well, I guess they are all worth $2.99  ;D
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Post by: Archer on June 05, 2010, 07:34:35 am
You GUESS they are? You GUESS??????

(I'm doomed!)
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Post by: Rie142 on June 05, 2010, 09:04:41 am
You GUESS they are? You GUESS??????

(I'm doomed!)

My dear they are worth way more than $2.99.   So have no fears.    They are truly awesome books.
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Post by: Archer on June 05, 2010, 12:51:07 pm
Thanks, Rie. And, I like your three rules!  :D
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Post by: Rie142 on June 06, 2010, 07:17:15 am
Thanks, Rie. And, I like your three rules!  :D

You are welcome,   I like my rules too.   :) 
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Post by: geoffthomas on June 07, 2010, 09:27:45 am
Just have to jump in here to say "Of Course your books are worth that - and more".

Just sayin......
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Post by: Archer on June 08, 2010, 08:33:48 am
FIRE-HEART and RAVENSHADE KLUBS ARE UP!

And I am trying a new approach with them--YOU guys provide the topics. (I expect my questions were lame in this one...give me a break. t's my first.)

Seriously...if you've already read the other two books, you can have some fun over there. I know our two Norwegian princesses are just starting Fire-heart, though, so watch those spoilers!  :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 08, 2010, 09:54:59 am
Hoooo-hooooooo!  Time to brush up on both.  BTW, I got home from work last night and my 10-yr old said he finally decided to start reading Elfhunter.  It's the death-knell to recommend something, but if they come up with it on their own it's a great idea!   ???  Well, at least he's reading it.  ;D
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Post by: Winter9 on June 08, 2010, 11:51:06 am
Hey elves!

You can clearly feel the summer herr now. It's been so warm, it's just a matter of enjoying/getting maximal out of it before it leaves. So less computer.

Everything are great here! My sis. For her book yesterday, so now I'm only waiting for her to finish "Hitchhiker" and then we are totally ready for Alterra! It will be fun to read it together, that's why I wait for her. :)

I still gets lots of reading sone though        . I always read Christian books together with novels and the Bible. Actually the Bible comes first, but you get the picture. Imagine me doing around with five books all the time. Life with kindle is good ^^
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Post by: Winter9 on June 13, 2010, 09:03:56 am
Hey elves!

How are you doing today?!
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Post by: Archer on June 13, 2010, 09:05:40 am
Fine here, Winter. Been missing you, though! Good to hear from you.  :)
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Post by: Tip10 on June 14, 2010, 05:19:48 am
Morning All.

I be back from my jaunt to the great Northwest (Seattle).  Was a good week -- 'twas a mix of business and pleasure with the business being good and the pleasure definitely being good -- got to visit DW's cousin and my bro (no not the same person!).

Homecoming is always nice but made doubly nice by a package sitting on the counter with the rest of the mail my DD collected for us.  Now to struggle through getting everything back in place after being gone a week and a half so's I can apply suitable time to what's to come!!

Archer -- you are a dear.  Thanks!!  PM's shall be forthcoming upon completion! :)
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Post by: Winter9 on June 14, 2010, 07:50:41 am
Missed you too archer! It's been some days with great weather lately and therefore been much outside enjoying it! Now the last couple of days have been rainy,but today is nice!

This weekend I had visit, so little computer for me, but back now. How us weather over there guys?
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Post by: Archer on June 14, 2010, 09:49:16 am
Terrible! severe thunderstorms, tons of rain, heat and humidity--and our air conditioner has been broken for weeks!
We have so many fans going that it's like being on a prop-jet!
Phooey.  :P

(Glad it's better in Norway!)
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Post by: Winter9 on June 15, 2010, 02:29:37 pm
Wow!

Is that normal over there?

Today has been fabulous! The weather that is, but the rest has been  Okay too.
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Post by: Annalog on June 20, 2010, 10:23:27 pm
I returned home after a week-long vacation in Sedona Arizona with my mom. We had a wonderful time! We both thought the price of Internet in the room was too expensive so we only had access when we went to the public library. While Sedona has a beautiful library, it cannot compete with the great outdoors. ;D
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Post by: Archer on June 21, 2010, 04:42:24 am
Hahahahahahaaaaaa! It's ALIIIIIIIIIIVE! Bwahahahahahaaaaaaaa!

(ahem)

Hi, Annalog! I was beginning to wonder whether all my kindlefriends had been abducted by aliens.
I love Sedona. I really like walking around lusting after the art. I almost took out a bank loan to buy a really cool bronze once, but then I came to my senses.

Yep. Love that place! :-)


I am really depressed today. Two of my very good friends have a daughter who is an indie author--pretty successful as a paranormal fantasy writer. She has been having paralyzing headaches for over a year--she is in her mid-thirties. She went to various doctors, none of whom ordered any sort of test. They told her that she needed more salt, needed to eat more, and was depressed. Remember--we're talking headaches so bad she threw up all day.

She has a large malignant tumor on her brain. They couldn't remove it all. Now we don't know what's next, but the doctors are not hopeful. I can't imagine what she and her parents are going through. I just feel so helpless! I'm angry at a medical establishment who would dismiss such an obvious abnormality as a 'salt deficiency', which would have been easily corrected and, obviously, was not! A ct scan would have revealed the tumor a year ago.

Anyway...I guess the lesson here is that we need to question and then act in our own behalf. No one deserves this fate.  :'( 
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 21, 2010, 05:33:18 am
Hi, there, Archer!  We're not gone, just busy.  With school out now, it's camping season (last weekend was beautiful in the White Mountains!), we just had a pool installed and are now building a deck to extend our current deck out to the pool.  Project season is upon us!

Sorry to hear about your friend's daughter.  That stuff is so scary because you put all your faith in the doctors and they miss things that have irrevocable consequences.  My thoughts are with you all.  :-\
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Post by: geoffthomas on June 21, 2010, 08:44:44 am
Archer,
I am so sorry - for you as well as for the young lady and her parents.
I will be in prayere for them and for you.
It is very difficult to accept a young person's life-threatening illness.
Be strong (for them).
Cry when you are alone - just thinking about this makes me tear up.

Your friend......
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Post by: Annalog on June 21, 2010, 10:24:33 am
Archer, I am glad to have brought this thread back to life but so sorry to hear about your friend's daughter. I agree that no one deserves this fate. Thinking of you, your friends, and their daughter.
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Post by: Winter9 on June 21, 2010, 10:46:38 am
Hey dear Archer (and the rest of you)

My prayers are with you and they!  God bless you!

I don't have so many words, but I hope everything will work out fine (or as fine as it can)

I have been with a friend for two data and haven't been all that much on internet. I'm fine here, still waiting for my sis to finish her book. She should br finish soon. We will be spending st. Hans together. Do you celebrate st. Hans?

Hugs for all og you!
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Post by: Archer on June 21, 2010, 08:02:47 pm
Hey guys...I wasn't whining, really. But it IS so good to hear from you. I was just a little down this morning.
You know, another friend of mine is in the midst of a very bad marital situation. He's considering a divorce. His comment to me was that for one brief hour on father's day his life was normal and without problems. I replied that some people I know would have given ANYTHING for one worry-free hour. I told him of my friend's plight, and he took my point. The last thing he said to me was: 'Perhaps I should give my wife another chance'.

Things like this help me to put my problems in perspective. Everything can be taken from us at any time. That's why it's so important to cherish the people we care about, to enjoy life together. THANKS for your support. It means so much!   :)

Winter: What is St. Hans Day? We don't celebrate it here as far as I know, although Norwegian communities might. Please educate us! :D
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Post by: Annalog on June 21, 2010, 09:29:49 pm
...Things like this help me to put my problems in perspective. Everything can be taken from us at any time. That's why it's so important to cherish the people we care about, to enjoy life together. ...
This is so very true. When the opportunity arose for me to take my mom on a vacation to Sedona for just the two of us, I did not hesitate, especially as it took her away from home at a difficult time. I feel so fortunate that my mom and I enjoy each other's company and that we are both fit enough to hike. (Currently Mom is fitter than I am when it comes to hiking uphill.  :D)
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 22, 2010, 07:58:32 am
I haven't yet taken pics of the PC I won the contest with, but I do have pics of what I did with the new processor I won...

Here's the new case (very understated, all black, stealthy!)
(http://ibrewalot.mjcportal.com/newCase.JPG)


And here's the insides with the BEAST of a processor cooler, 3 hard drives, 6 gigabytes of memory and 2 video cards working together:
(http://ibrewalot.mjcportal.com/newSystem.JPG)

I'll get pics of the Guinness case I won the contest with up soon...it's VERY different.
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Post by: Archer on June 22, 2010, 10:34:48 am
Hahaha! Now THAT'S an impressive refrigerator!

Annalog: SO glad you had a great time with your mom! Mine's way past hikung age (she's 85) but I try to call her every day and visit often. I bought her a kindle last Christmas and have been filling it up with 'surprise' books ever since. She loves it. Because I kept the account, I can order books for her whenever the spirit moves me and she doesn't have to pay for them!  :)

My best friend and I had a pair of Australian Shepherds, females, littermates. Mine was red; hers was black. We loved them to pieces and took them on many camping/hiking trips. One summer, we drove cross-country with 'the girls' (as they were known) and they had the time of their lives. I did not know that Amber (my dog) was developing a fatal lymphoma--we found that out when we got back. But I was SO glad for that last great trip. I'll always remember her as the happy vagabond, seeing the world with her sister and her two favorite people.  :D
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Post by: Annalog on June 22, 2010, 11:30:07 am
Archer, it is great that you had that trip with Amber, her sister, and your best friend. I am very glad that I had this trip with my mom. My mom is 78; we now need to be careful of the types of trails we hike. Large steps, especially down, are beginning to be a problem. There were a couple places where Mom wished she had brought one of her walking sticks (normally carried in case of meeting javalina, coyotes, or agressive dogs  :o). I was able to provide the necessary support in those spots instead. ;)
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Post by: Carmyn on June 23, 2010, 07:24:55 pm
Hey Archer and everyone!  I am really excited.  I ordered myself a Kindle ;D.  It's not here yet, but I'm ready for it!  With the price drop, and then the refurbs, and then I discovered that there is a 20% discount if you go from Kindleboards to the refurbs, and my birthday is coming up, and...anyway, the stars were all aligning and I just had to do it.  Even my hubby told me to :o.  I have an iPad (it actually belongs to the office where I work), and I just don't like reading on it.  It is too heavy.  I like it for some purposes, but I think I will enjoy reading better on something the size of a Kindle.  I already own the trilogy for Kindle, so I will put it on there right away, and start re-reading it. 

 
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Post by: Archer on June 23, 2010, 07:34:52 pm
Woo-hoo! Congratulations! You'll love it. :)
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Post by: Tip10 on June 24, 2010, 05:00:25 am
I'll second that!! I'm currently reading a paper book -- first paper book I've had in my hands (for pleasure reading) in well over a year -- it feels really strange.....

Hope you enjoy the Kindle.
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Post by: Archer on June 24, 2010, 07:00:37 am
I'll second that!! I'm currently reading a paper book -- first paper book I've had in my hands (for pleasure reading) in well over a year -- it feels really strange.....

Hope you enjoy the Kindle.

And...is it a GOOD paper book, Tip?
 ;)
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Post by: Tip10 on June 24, 2010, 07:16:54 am
Tis a FANTASTIC book! (http://serve.mysmiley.net/happy/happy0034.gif)  (http://www.mysmiley.net)(http://serve.mysmiley.net/happy/happy0034.gif) (http://www.mysmiley.net) (http://serve.mysmiley.net/happy/happy0034.gif) (http://www.mysmiley.net)

It ranks right up there with the Alterra Trilogy!! 

I would love to tell everybody about it but alas, its an advanced copy and I'm sworn to secrecy at present.  ;)  Soon though, hopefully soon!!
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 24, 2010, 09:39:04 am
Tip, if it's anything like the last paper book I read, brace yourself...it's phenomenal!   8)
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Post by: Tip10 on June 24, 2010, 10:30:59 am
I'm guessing it is exactly like it.  And so far it's definitely living up to its billing!
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Post by: Carmyn on June 24, 2010, 02:02:57 pm
Well, I guess my iPad must have been hit by severe depression when it heard that I had ordered a Kindle.  It will not turn on at all.  Off to the Apple-vet with it, I guess.

Oooo, I hope that paperback gets released REAL SOON, if it's the one I think it is!!!  I hope it comes out on Kindle, soon, too.
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Post by: Archer on June 24, 2010, 07:10:20 pm
All in good time, my little pretties...all in good time!
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Post by: Annalog on June 25, 2010, 07:48:42 am
All in good time, my little pretties...all in good time!
Eagerly waiting! ;D
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Post by: geoffthomas on June 25, 2010, 07:52:06 am
I know nothing.....nothing!
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Post by: Archer on June 25, 2010, 08:16:16 am
I know nothing.....nothing!

Schultz! Put him in da Coolah!  ;)

Goodness...is it time to count posts again??
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 25, 2010, 08:19:59 am
Ja, fraulein!   :D
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Post by: Tip10 on June 25, 2010, 08:40:59 am
Know what you get if you
Post...Post...Post...Corner Post
Post...Post...Post...Corner Post
Post...Post...Post...Corner Post
Post...Post...Post...Corner Post?

A 32 foot x 32 foot corral with no gate!  :o

How many posts you need Archer. I've set my fair share but probably not as many as you!!
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Post by: Archer on June 25, 2010, 06:19:26 pm
Hey, Tip: I'm the postess with the mostest!
 :D
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Post by: Annalog on June 25, 2010, 11:13:16 pm
Hey, Tip: I'm the postess with the mostest!
 :D
True! ;D
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Post by: mom2karen on June 26, 2010, 11:13:51 am
I've missed everyone on here.  We've been busy and I'm trying to cut down on my computer time to set a good example for dd. 

We flew our 182 to Columbia, CA for the Father's Day Fly In and had a great time.  DH talked to every pilot there and ogled the planes.  I lazed in the campground reading my Kindle, and dd played with bunches of kids. 

We finished doggy class with Blizzard.  Karen worked hard with him and took first place in the fastest recall, best trick, and longest sit/stay. 

Unfortunately he's been diagnosed with Demodex Mites and his hair is falling out and he's scratching like crazy.  We're trying Promeris and hopefully that will take care of them.  The mites aren't usually a problem with dogs his age so there may be an underlying medical problem.  We're going to do some blood work next month to see if anything pops up. 
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Post by: Carmyn on June 26, 2010, 01:24:44 pm
Unfortunately he's been diagnosed with Demodex Mites and his hair is falling out and he's scratching like crazy.  We're trying Promeris and hopefully that will take care of them.  The mites aren't usually a problem with dogs his age so there may be an underlying medical problem.  We're going to do some blood work next month to see if anything pops up. 

Poor Blizzard!  I remember when Archer had a dog with Demodex Mites.  It was terrible, but once they were cleared up they never came back.  I am sure the treatments are better than they were then (how long ago was that, Archer?).
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Post by: Archer on June 26, 2010, 02:45:26 pm
Carmyn, I believe that was sometime during the cretaceous period. The treatment was called 'Scott's Solution'. It was barbaric--you could only dip a third of the dog at a time. However...not only did she never get mange again, but she never had trouble with fleas, ticks, or anything ELSE. (This was in the days before Advantage, etc.) She probably glowed in the dark, too. She lived a long and happy life, though. One of the best dogs I ever had.

Bob is not feeling well today...it's really hot and he has growing pains (growing like CRAZY!). He's been sleeping in the house under the foot of my recliner all afternoon. We put up hay this morning. Loft is stuffed full of beautiful grass. I can get all you want if you want some, Carmyn.

Mom: GOOD to hear from you! Sounds like busy and fun times. Sorry to hear about Blizzard, though. Treatments are much better now...
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Post by: Carmyn on June 26, 2010, 03:57:48 pm
Carmyn, I believe that was sometime during the cretaceous period. The treatment was called 'Scott's Solution'. It was barbaric--you could only dip a third of the dog at a time. However...not only did she never get mange again, but she never had trouble with fleas, ticks, or anything ELSE. (This was in the days before Advantage, etc.) She probably glowed in the dark, too. She lived a long and happy life, though. One of the best dogs I ever had.

Ah, yes, I remember the smell now!  You had to wear a space suit so you didn't get any on you, either.  She was a wonderful dog and worth the effort.  I think of her often.  The only dog I ever met who could fetch the correct rock out of the bottom of the lake.

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Bob is not feeling well today...it's really hot and he has growing pains (growing like CRAZY!). He's been sleeping in the house under the foot of my recliner all afternoon. We put up hay this morning. Loft is stuffed full of beautiful grass. I can get all you want if you want some, Carmyn.

Poor Bob!  He is such a sweet boy!  Oh, is he trying to get as big as my little baby, Tibo?  I may have to take you up on the hay this year.  They just haven't been getting any in due to the rain, and now what they have to put up is awful.  Finan is used to better.  It is not raining today, for a change.  Now I have to deal with Finan's flooded stall.  Yuck.  He is used to better. 
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Post by: Archer on June 26, 2010, 07:08:33 pm
Y'know, I think it's ironic that the one dog I have with a full tail is named 'Bob', and that the biggest English Shepherd I've ever seen is named after a dwarf.  ;)

This is pretty nice grass hay. Mix of orchard, timothy, some fescue. A little red clover just to make it tasty. My guys like it. It's a little past prime age, but I can get it for four bucks a bale. Yummy-yum yum!
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Post by: mom2karen on June 26, 2010, 09:53:02 pm
The vet did mention that we could bring him in 5-8 times to be dipped in some chemical.  We decided that my putting this flea treatment on his nape 1 time a month for 3 months would be easier.  It's rather oily and smells for a day to two, but at least he won't dread going to the vets this way. 

I hope Bob feels better soon.  Can he have buffered aspirin to help with the aches?  We gave that to our old dog to help his joints.

$4 a bale is a great price.  The bales we can get around here are all dried out and feel like straw instead of grass.  We buy 3rd cut Timothy for our guinea pigs and spend about $40 for 40# to be shipped to us.  At least it lasts them several months!
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Post by: Archer on June 27, 2010, 03:27:58 am
I can tell you that some breeds are just more prone to develop problems with Demodex--Siren was a Dalmatian and she had no underlying medical problem. I suspect a genetic predisposition. I'm optimistic about Blizzard. Treatments are much better than before. Oddly, the nasty dipping didn't seem to bother Siren as much as it did the humans in the family. I did the deed myself every few days. (Front third, middle third, back third.) :)

Carmyn knows all about those small critters and their timothy-guzzling habits. It's tough to get 3rd-cutting timothy anywhere! (Lucky even to get two around here.) Timothy is my favorite hay, but very few plant pure stands here because it's tough to get more than 2 cuttings. My hay man is going to put up 10,000 square bales this year. A lot of folks insist on pure alfalfa (my personal least favorite hay) at eight bucks a bale.  :P



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Post by: ibrewalot on June 27, 2010, 11:56:08 am
I don't know a lot about what kind of hay it is, but my father-in-law owns a hay farm and I can attest to it being HOT and SWEATY work.  When we go up in the summer to visit I usually try to help ted or unload bales into the barn.  Interesting stuff for a "city-boy" to be doing and it certainly gives you an appreciation for farmers!  I think he get about $4 a bale as well (he's in Maine).  Back in his "hay day" he was putting up 18,000 bales a year with just he and one hired hand doing the work.  Nuts!  I'd much rather manage software engineers!  ;D
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Post by: Tip10 on June 27, 2010, 02:50:30 pm
All I can say Brew, is don't mess with no rancher's daughters!!

Worked at a guest ranch in California for a bit, me and 2 hay hooks and lots of straining and I could toss a bale up on the back of the stake truck.
The rancher's daughter, on the other hand, all 100 pounds of her, is tossing them dudes up there like they are a feather pillow, and no even breaking a sweat, errr glisten!!! 
She was cute!  But get outta line and she'd hurt you!!!!

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Post by: Archer on June 27, 2010, 04:51:19 pm
Ah, yes...those were the days! I used to be really tough. I'm STILL kinda tough...just kinda old, too.  :P
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Post by: ibrewalot on June 27, 2010, 06:22:56 pm
I know what you mean, Tip...my wife grew up milking cows when it was a dairy farm and can carry a backpack farther than I'll ever be able to.  She never ceases to amaze me with how strong she is.  I think they get a kick out of trying to show the city-boy how hard it can be, but so far, for the last 16 years anyway, I've been able to hang.  ;D

I have to admit, when we go up now I'm glad to hear when one of the tractors is broken!   8)
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Post by: geoffthomas on June 27, 2010, 06:26:39 pm
Ah, yes...those were the days! I used to be really tough. I'm STILL kinda tough...just kinda old, too.  :P

I take exception.
The sweetest elf I know is ageless. (that's you, girl)

Just sayin.......
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Post by: Archer on June 28, 2010, 03:00:52 am
I take exception.
The sweetest elf I know is ageless. (that's you, girl)

Just sayin.......
(Awww, Geoff...you're sweet. I needed that this morning.)
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Post by: Winter9 on June 28, 2010, 07:29:25 am
Hi!!

I'm home again and have connection finally.

Archer, how are you now dear? 

St. Hans day is something qe celebrate 23. June. I'm not sure hoe it started, but I Think it's to celebrate that the sun is up the longest, although itay vary a bit. We celebrate every year, but I seldom think of why. I will find out and tell you!
What is special about that day is that we usually burn a huge fire (don't remember the word). What is it when you put a lot of Stuff, wood and so and you burn it. I will find out!

Time to get up. Funny how these naps in the middle og the day are the best sleep..

Have a still nice day!
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Post by: Archer on June 28, 2010, 08:21:07 am
Winter, we would call that a 'bonfire'. Usually, we have them in the autumn and folks gather round and have fun in various ways.  :)

You have a great day, too! :D
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Post by: Tip10 on June 28, 2010, 10:55:47 am
Archer,  you ever been to RHIT's Homecoming bonfire -- supposed to be the largest "structurally built" (I guess that means piled up by engineers) ceremonial bonfire in the US.  They used to use on order of 1000+ railroad ties back in the days gone by.  Don't know what they do now -- haven't been back in way too many years....
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Post by: Archer on June 28, 2010, 07:26:09 pm
Tip: I haven't--sounds like fun! I am a bit of a pyro, I'm afraid.
(Hey...let's turn up the air conditioner so we can build a fire in the fireplace, eh? Good idea!)
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Post by: Carmyn on June 29, 2010, 03:47:36 pm
Woo Hoooo!  My Kindle has arrived, three days before they said it would.  I have been trying it out.  I read for about an hour, and no headache like I get when I try to read on my iPad.  There are some nice uses for the iPad, but I don't like it as a reader.  Archer, you are right.  It is much better.  Now, if I could only get it to download from home, but we don't get ATT 3G where I live.  It came in the mail at my office, and it downloaded a few books I bought since I ordered the Kindle there, but I didn't try to bring Elfhunter over until I went home.  No Elfhunter.  I guess I need to drive into town so I can get it.

Archer, I am going through Bob withdrawal.  He is very addictive!
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Post by: Archer on June 29, 2010, 07:24:37 pm
Ha! I'll bring him for another visit soon. :-)
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Post by: mom2karen on June 30, 2010, 05:23:28 pm
Most of our local beaches have removed the fire pits so no more bonfires there.   :(   There is something wonderful about staring into dancing flames.

Carmyn, you could download the book for your Kindle to your PC and use your USB to transfer it over.  Choose the "transfer via computer" option, not "Kindle for PC/Ipad".  Then you don't have to wait until you are in town again.

You might also want to try another connection option on your Kindle.  There is a way to get into the connection options and switch towers or something like that.  I'll try to dig up the directions later. 
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Post by: Carmyn on July 01, 2010, 11:56:08 am

Carmyn, you could download the book for your Kindle to your PC and use your USB to transfer it over.  Choose the "transfer via computer" option, not "Kindle for PC/Ipad".  Then you don't have to wait until you are in town again.

You might also want to try another connection option on your Kindle.  There is a way to get into the connection options and switch towers or something like that.  I'll try to dig up the directions later. 

Thank you.  Elfhunter eventually downloaded.  The signal jumps in now and then, but is off most of the time.  I didn't know about the "transfer via computer".  Thanks for the tip.  I'll have to try that.  I do have broadband internet even out here in the boonies.  It's through our rural electric cooperative.  Also, since I work in town, I do get in there 5 days a week, but I just happened to get my Kindle as I was leaving the office the day before a vacation day.  I now have all three of the books on my Kindle.
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Post by: Winter9 on July 11, 2010, 12:22:33 pm
Hello!!

How are you doing everyone? Enjoying summer?

I'm having little time for internet, but it's so much fun stuff happening now!

Have a good night (or maybe not night:P )
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Post by: Archer on July 11, 2010, 05:37:19 pm
Hi, Winter! How are you and sister doing?
 :D

It's been terribly hot here. FINALLY our A/C is fixed. Yay!
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Post by: Tip10 on July 12, 2010, 09:08:24 am
Hello!!

How are you doing everyone? Enjoying summer?

I'm having little time for internet, but it's so much fun stuff happening now!

Have a good night (or maybe not night:P )

Hey Winter -- good to see you back.  Hope your summer is going grand!

I agree with Archer -- a bit on the warm side here -- but then again that's pretty much normal for the midwest of the US!
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Post by: geoffthomas on July 12, 2010, 11:26:58 am
Archer,
I am sorry to hear that your A/C was not working.
Did you and Jeff have to stay in the stables with the horses?

(Usually cooler in a barn or stable).

Just wondering......
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Post by: Winter9 on July 12, 2010, 11:55:41 am
We are doing just fine! My sister is working a lot. I'm kind and waiting for her to finish the book, but I Think we will be able to start book 2 soon!!:D

How are you Archer?

Good ti hear from you guys! It's been quite warrm here too actually. :)
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Post by: Archer on July 13, 2010, 07:25:12 pm
GUESS WHAT!!! I was calculating this evening, and discovered that I am within TEN sales of my 2,000th copy sold of Elfhunter (We've sold over 4,000 overall counting all three books in the trilogy) I hope Betsy doesn't mind if I post it when I hit that milestone!

Yay! Yay!
 :D :D :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on July 13, 2010, 07:31:44 pm
Hoooo, hoooooooooo!  Congrats on your impending milestone!  ;D
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Post by: mom2karen on July 13, 2010, 08:54:07 pm
Wonderful!  Does that count both DTB and E versions? 
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Post by: Annalog on July 13, 2010, 09:14:24 pm
Congratulations on the milestone soon to be reached (if it hasn't been reached already)!
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Post by: Archer on July 14, 2010, 03:23:09 am
'Mom':
No, that's just Kindle books. They are not available on Smash or Mobi or ibooks, either.  The DTB have done okay, but they've been out longer and they are expensive. Wish I could make them cheaper...

I just wanted to share with my friends here.  :D

I'll let you guys know when we get there.
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Post by: Tip10 on July 14, 2010, 04:43:27 am
KEWL!!!!

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Congrats -- we'll be toasting you when you hit your milestone!!!!
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Post by: Archer on July 14, 2010, 06:07:11 am
I'll provide all the virtual drinks and virtual party chow!
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Post by: ibrewalot on July 14, 2010, 12:53:59 pm
I have some virtual homebrew I can donate to the cause!  ;D

Archer...a thought just came to mind (I know, I know, I was shocked as well!).  Do you have "other" published (or not) works that one might find and purchase if one had a mind to?  Given I like everything I've read so far, I'm hoping Elfhunter wasn't your first book and there may be others with less notoriety available.  Yes?   :)
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Post by: Archer on July 14, 2010, 03:14:54 pm
Alas, Brewster, no other Archer fantasy exists that I could recover.

I will savor the home-brew from our resident Brewmeister with pride, though!

(The only thing I can brew up is trouble!)  :)
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Post by: Carmyn on July 14, 2010, 05:41:23 pm
Ooooo!  I'll break out the home-made cider with our secret ingredient, crab apple!!   
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Post by: ibrewalot on July 14, 2010, 05:43:33 pm
I can also bring something I picked up at COSTCO today that might fit in with the festivities...a 5 POUND jar of honey.  ;D

This party's gonna rock!  We need to pick a REAL location and get it together.  I'll host if you all can make it to New Hampshire.  ;)
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Post by: Archer on July 15, 2010, 03:39:08 am
A FIVE POUND JAR?  :o

Don't TOY with me, man!

(Help, Carmyn! I'm buried under a pile of wrestling sheepdogs! It's the battle of the stock dogs! Ow! Hey!)
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Post by: Tip10 on July 15, 2010, 06:04:14 am
Alas, Brewster, no other Archer fantasy exists that I could recover.


An interesting turn of phrase Archer -- "no other Archer fantasy exists that I could recover".
I had suspected based on your exquisite prose, that Elfhunter wasn't the first.  Perhaps it was the first put forth for public perusal but I seriously doubt it be your first.  Regardless of whether it was indeed your first or not you definitely need to keep writing -- you've a natural flair for it!!


A question if I may? (and feel free to ignore it iff'n you don't wanna answer it).

How long did it take to produce Elfhunter?  How about the remainder of them?  Did they get quicker since you "knew" most of the cast and what they were all about or did it become more difficult to spin out their tales? When you started writing Elfhunter did you know where/how it would end?  Or was it a journey that developed and shifted as it went along that ended when it got to a natural stopping (or pausing) point and started up anew with the next volume?

Oh, and lest I forget -- would your answer perchance indicate that there are other non-fantasy Archer works out there?

Okay, so not A question but several questions.....   ;D

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Post by: Archer on July 15, 2010, 06:38:31 am
Hmmm...First, the easy questions.

It took about a year to write Elfhunter. Add another six months of editing wile writing Fire-heart. Fire-heart took nearly eighteen months. Ravenshade took a year. All books were edited (many, many times) while the next was being written. Ravenshade was the most difficult to write, as it's complicated. I had a vague knowledge of a starting and an ending point, but no details and nothing in the interim. The characters drove it all the way.

I had two fanzines published WAY back in the eighties. 'Tales of Tree-water-mountain' were set in the Elfquest universe. I don't know if anyone still has them for sale, but they were very enjoyable (I've been Elf-obsessed since I was a young child). I have written a 'romantic' novel (not really a romance novel--not enough s-e-x in it)--a story of two Auzzie biologists (and the men who loved them). I've also written a bit of erotica (on a dare) which was actually published under a pseudonymn. I had neither read nor written any before...so, talk about 'fresh eyes'!

Plenty of nonfiction--published in equestrian journals. :D
 
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Post by: Archer on July 16, 2010, 04:33:40 am
WE GOT THERE YESTERDAY!!

Do you think I should announce it on the main board? A lot of authors, it seems, are not shy about doing that.
I've tried to keep my sales numbers mostly to myself over there.

Perhaps we should just have our own little party.  :D

My new goal is to sell 5,000 overall...we're a ways from that, I fear.
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Post by: Tip10 on July 16, 2010, 05:46:54 am
WHOOOOO HOOOOOOO

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CONGRATS!!!!
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Post by: Rie142 on July 16, 2010, 05:54:23 am
YahOOOOOOOOOOOO    ;D

Congrats!!
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Post by: ibrewalot on July 16, 2010, 07:30:08 am
Nicely done!!!  (http://serve.mysmiley.net/happy/happy0064.gif) (http://www.mysmiley.net)
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Post by: mom2karen on July 16, 2010, 08:52:25 am
Woohoo!  Congratulations!  It's even more impressive that it's just e-books.  I say to spread the word!

I'll bring brownies to the celebration.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on July 16, 2010, 09:05:10 am
we need some huney.

Or at least mead.

Just sayin......
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on July 16, 2010, 10:28:23 am
we need some huney.

Or at least mead.

You think the 5# Brew is bringing isn't enough?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on July 16, 2010, 10:32:26 am
I'm kegging my latest batch this weekend..."Alterra Ale".  It's a light-colored, amber ale with enough hops to bump to the Pale Ale category.  Should be tasty and could easily make a party were there to be one not too far away.   ;D  And yes, I'll still bring the 5-pound jug of honey.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carmyn on July 16, 2010, 04:20:14 pm
All right!  The party begins! 
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Post by: Annalog on July 16, 2010, 08:42:59 pm
Congratulations!!! Party time!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 17, 2010, 04:48:11 am
Just like me to be LATE for my own party!  ::)

Yesterday I barely came up for air!  :P

It's Saturday, though, and that's the best day for a party, anyway! Hmmm...what shall I bring?
Hey, Carmyn, I've got some old Apple and Cranberry Diet-Rite in a time-capsule (therefore in mint condition). Ya wanna?

For the rest of us, how about some nice Bailey's on picturesque ice cubes like they have in the commercials? Or better yet, a Bailey's 'shiver'?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carmyn on July 17, 2010, 09:50:12 am
Just like me to be LATE for my own party!  ::)


Hey, Carmyn, I've got some old Apple and Cranberry Diet-Rite in a time-capsule (therefore in mint condition). Ya wanna?

We're REALLY partying NOW!  Which one do I drink first!  Ahh....Apple.....It's just as good as I remember it....I'm a happy cartographer now... and I'll have some Cranberry in the evening...
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Post by: Archer on July 17, 2010, 11:19:07 am
And tomorrow, a Grapefruit 'Talking Rain'...

YUMMMMMMMMMM!
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Post by: M.S. Verish on July 20, 2010, 04:24:30 pm
Party? Party! PARTY! WOOHOO!!!!  ;D

Am I invited?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 20, 2010, 06:55:50 pm
Of COURSE you are, but you need to bring goodies!  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on July 20, 2010, 08:22:58 pm
I made a double batch of butterscotch brownies (otherwise known as Blondies). Is that enough to go around? ;D (Approx. 100 calories per cubic inch  ;))
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 21, 2010, 04:30:55 am
Annalog:

I can feel my thighs plumping already! Of COURSE it is.
(Reaches for virtual butterscotch brownie)

MMM-MMMMMMMMMM! Now, THAT was worth selling a couple thousand books for!
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on July 21, 2010, 06:27:44 am
Did I miss the party?!!
Congrats dear Archer!!!
I have been on vacation, a weird one , but though. :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 21, 2010, 08:26:51 am
No, Winter! This party goes on!
But you have to bring goodies. Bring something from Norway!  :D

Did you have a fine vacation? I'm getting ready for a huge convention in August.
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on July 21, 2010, 05:16:59 pm
Nice!! Lets see.. What to bring??

I Think I will bring
-Brunost (brown cheese)
-and honey from my neighbour!

Vacation was...uhm...weird!
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on July 21, 2010, 05:19:00 pm
Totally forgot to tell! We have started Fire-Heart!! I have just read some
Pages yet, but they hooked me! But
I have been gone all dau, so no reading
Today.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: M.S. Verish on July 21, 2010, 05:31:46 pm
Yum, blondies! I wonder how you make brunetties...

Winter9,

Hello. :) Nice to meet you. Archer has spoken highly of your work. It's one of the books I plan on reading soon.
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Post by: Archer on July 21, 2010, 06:30:52 pm
MMMMMM! Brown cheese and honey. Yummy yum!

(Matt and Stef...Winter is an avid fan of the Legend of Oescienne. She's not an author, but is that most precious of all human beings--a READER! She and her sister are from Norway and they are some of our favorite book klubbers. Oescienne was written by Jenna Johnson. She's very nice, too.)

Didja see the map of Author's Avenue? Bummer! We won't be seeing much of one another unless we can do some horse tradin'.
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Post by: mom2karen on July 22, 2010, 11:01:23 am
I picked up extra blueberries (they have been wonderful this year!) to bring to the party.  I'll turn some into blueberry soup, and we can eat the rest raw. 

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: R. M. Reed on July 22, 2010, 11:54:58 am
My brother and sister-in-law recently started a honey business, with two beehives on their property. SIL told me that some grocery store honey is from China, and that is sometimes cut with high fructose corn syrup. So buy local honey, at a farmer's market if you can.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: M.S. Verish on July 22, 2010, 02:26:19 pm
Oops! Our mistake, Winter9.  It's nice to meet you anyway! :D

Archer,
Yeah, not sure how we fell about the setup for Authors' Avenue. We'll see.
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on July 23, 2010, 12:20:42 am
Thanks Arch:)

Hello! Nice meet you too!
The Legend of Oescienne is great! And so is Archer's books. The reason I have this avatar is because I read Oescienne first and wanted to help Jenna promoting her work because I really liked it!! I wish I could have a split picture of that and Elfhunter though, it's so good!

I'm looking forward to when I can dit down with Fire-Heart again soon. Today is washingday and then I will meet my cousin!

Actually I read both Fire-Heart and Jenna's second book. Fire-Heart I read in the book you sent(my sister read it as well) and the other I read om iPhone when walking my cats:)


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Post by: Annalog on July 23, 2010, 06:18:06 am
My brother and sister-in-law recently started a honey business, with two beehives on their property. SIL told me that some grocery store honey is from China, and that is sometimes cut with high fructose corn syrup. So buy local honey, at a farmer's market if you can.
While not always from a farmer's market, I always try to buy local honey. I especially like to by "local honey" when I am traveling. The farthest away from home that I have bought honey was in Sweden (three different times). Cheese, bread, and honey are some of my favorite foods to buy locally.

Sweden was where I was introduced to nearly solid honey (like butter) spread on a cracker and then topped with a strong blue cheese -- Yummy!

EDIT: I don't have any of that honey left, but I have some honey from Tucson I can bring along with some blue cheese and crackers. ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 23, 2010, 06:48:21 am
Oh, yes...local honey is the BEST! It can also help with allergies, etc.
It's a good idea, if you're moving to a new region, to get some honey from that region and eat it for several weeks before you go there. It will help with the reaction to unfamiliar pollen.

Honey is also very good for cheering up sad, sad Archer who just can't seem to stop crying this morning. Better go have some.  :'(
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on July 23, 2010, 06:54:52 am
Please don't be sad.

We care for you and are now distressed.

Hope all becomes better.

Just sayin....
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 23, 2010, 07:07:19 am
I'm sorry, Geoff, I should have explained.

As you all know, I love dogs and I live on a farm. Unfortunately, I had to say goodbye to one of my 'children' this morning.

We were Girlie's fourth home. She was being kept in a four-by-four foot filthy pen and no one wanted her. I left a note on the 'owner's' door and took her to the new house. That was ten years ago; she was five years old. She moved in to the new house while we were still building it, following me around all day as I worked (I worked on the construction every day all summer. I thought I had a sander permanently attached to my arm). She was the 'farm dog' ever after.

She would not stand for confinement of any kind, nor would she allow herself to be groomed, fighting like a gaffed fish if you even tried to brush her. But she was loyal and brave, a good stock dog, and followed the tractor and the vehicles everywhere. She would not leave the farm. She slept on the front porch; last winter I had to put two dog rugs on her because she would NOT go inside anywhere warm. She was a little blue merle shadow--silent and unobtrusive--one never had to look anywhere for her except behind one's own feet.

I dug the hole last night, gave her a very special dinner and sat with her while she ate it. She went to bed in her comforter on the porch. This morning the vet came, and now I'm back inside. I did the barn work this morning without my little blue-grey shadow, and there's a hole in my spirit that won't be filled until I see her again.

Sorry to be a downer...here is a smile.  :)
Now I need more honey, and quick!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on July 23, 2010, 07:12:35 am
Sorry for your loss, Archer...there's nothing you can do but hold on to the memories and snuggle up with one of your other pups for comfort.  Losing a dog is losing a friend, and they both stink. 

I hope your day gets better.   :-\
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Post by: Rie142 on July 23, 2010, 07:40:59 am
Oh Archer I feel for you.   I know your loss.   HUGS    :-*
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on July 23, 2010, 07:47:13 am
I am old enough that several of my "kids" have passed on before me.
Some have just drifted off.
Some I allowed to endure a little more pain because I could not stand to part with them.
And others I have had to pet their neck while the vet made it easier for them.

so I understand  - and can't type anymore right now.....
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on July 23, 2010, 07:58:36 am
Archer, I am so sorry for your loss. It is very hard to say goodbye to your "kids". Sometimes the best you can do for them is to make their passing easier. {{{{{hugs for Archer}}}}} {{{{hugs for all who have lost their friends}}}}
Remembering the ones I have lost and appreciating the ones I still have,
Anna
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Post by: Archer on July 23, 2010, 08:29:31 am
Geoff, Rie, Anna, Brian,
{{{{{hugs to all of you.}}}}} 

So my bouncy Border Collie, Bob (the destroyer) decided he would cheer me up by bouncin' all over the place until I just had to smile at him. He bounced and bounced and bounced--the horses were looking at him as though they thought the men in the white coats were going to appear any minute. Life does go on.

My little toy aussie, Sterling, is lying beside me as I write this (she is a snuggler). Her expression is deadly serious. (You WILL feel better, mom...I won't leave you until you do. It's my job, you see.)
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on July 23, 2010, 11:00:59 am
Aww dear Arch!! Cheer up, you will see her again! I know exactly how you feel, I said goodbye to my horse too. But I will love the day he runs towards me, and I know he will :)

Many many hugs to you!! I send over lots of honey!! The sweetest there is!
*hugs*



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Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on July 23, 2010, 11:05:10 am
Oh and another "cheerer" I forgot..my sis has gotten around halfway through Fire-Heart, and she told me to tell you that she absolutely loves it!!:
"I love it!!!!! Love it!!!! You have to tell her if you talk to her!!! It's so exiting!!!"






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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carmyn on July 23, 2010, 02:08:43 pm
Oh Archer, I am sorry.  Girlie was such a sweet girl.  I loved her, too, and have very wet eyes right now.  I have thought pretty hard about why our dear dogs, who I cannot live without, just stay with us for a little while.  The only reason I can think of is so that we may experience the love of more and more of them.  Each one is so special.  Each one is so missed.  I have so many wonderful memories of them, however.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 23, 2010, 03:52:08 pm
Winter: Ask Carmyn what it's like to lose a beloved horse. She can share those sentiments with you, and so can I. I'll bet there's a scene in Fire-heart that will resonate with you.  :-\

I am happy that you and your sister are enjoying Fire-heart. It might be the most 'fun' of the three books. I know you're not supposed to play favorites with your 'children', but Ravenshade is probably my favorite (by a narrow margin). Well...I mean, it's the climax of the story. What can I say? Thanks for cheering me up.

Carmyn: I DO have some happy news if you want to call me.  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on July 24, 2010, 08:32:42 am
Ayyy go away for a day and....

Archer -- I feel for you -- the loss of a precious companion is a difficult thing and my heart goes out to you.  Fortunately you are blessed with other companions who understand  -- "I know its not the same Mom but I can bounce -- see -- see!!"
"You come out here I'll pester you -- yes I will!" 
"I ain't leaving your feet Mom till you feel better and start smilin' again -- well I ain't leavin' you feet then either but..."

{{{{HUGS}}} 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 24, 2010, 10:21:42 am
Ayyy go away for a day and....

Archer -- I feel for you -- the loss of a precious companion is a difficult thing and my heart goes out to you.  Fortunately you are blessed with other companions who understand  -- "I know its not the same Mom but I can bounce -- see -- see!!"
"You come out here I'll pester you -- yes I will!" 
"I ain't leaving your feet Mom till you feel better and start smilin' again -- well I ain't leavin' you feet then either but..."

{{{{HUGS}}} 

And, don't forget the ever-popular 'Feed me! It'll make you feel better...really!'  :)

The bouncing and the snuggling are a huge help. So are the virtual hugs. So is the phrase 'no re-write necessary at this point'.
Well, since the weather is absolutely brutal today, methinks I'll visit Alterra.  Winter is coming on there, and I can indulge all my autumnal fantasies.
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Post by: mom2karen on July 24, 2010, 09:18:09 pm
((hugs))  My condolences for your loss.  Blizzard got an extra treat in honor of Girlie.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 24, 2010, 10:10:06 pm
How's Blizzard's training going? He's such a beauty!  :)
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on July 25, 2010, 11:09:07 am
Quite idyllic here now. Me and my Sis are reading, both Fire-Heart! It's quiet and wonderful.

Carmyn, you lost a dear friend too?

Now I have finally made collections on my kindle which works great!


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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 25, 2010, 12:55:50 pm
Fire-heart? Quiet??! Ooh, just you wait!
 ;)

I just got the updates on my Kindle--I'll have to see what they can do.
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on July 25, 2010, 03:48:48 pm
Haha no, our living room wad quiet. Not Fire-Heart :) although I have a feeling the adventure has just begun...:)


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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on July 26, 2010, 11:55:54 am
Blizzard's training is going well.  Karen's got him running through tunnels and jumping 12" bars.  We need to figure out a way to make some weave bars next.  He did get away from her on their walk yesterday.  He dashed after a crow and wouldn't come back until she bribed him with treats. 

We went to a dog disk show yesterday and had a blast watching the dogs flip, jump and catch. Karen wants to add that to Blizzard's training. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 26, 2010, 01:08:01 pm
'Mom': Try those fiberglass or plastic push-in-the-ground fence posts from the farm store.  :D
(And for indoor training, try toilet plungers!)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on July 26, 2010, 01:47:12 pm
MY DD bought a set off the web for her critter.

They are made from white pvc piping and I'd expect that anyone semi-handy would be able to do the same. 

All you'd need is 1 inch piping and a whole mess of T connectors. The ones she bought run a "spine" along the ground with short straight pieces out alternating sides every couple of feet and then the poles up at angles off of the "spine".

 

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Post by: mom2karen on July 26, 2010, 11:48:17 pm
(And for indoor training, try toilet plungers!)

Toilet plungers reminds me of when Karen had just turned 3.  We were talking about what she wanted to be when she grew up and she listed artist, dancer, and doctor and told why for each one.  She paused and thought for a bit and added "daddy" to the list.  I explained that boys grew up to be daddies, but she could be a mommy.  The next day we were in the bathroom and she again said she wanted to be a daddy when she grew up.  I repeated that she could be a mommy.  She got very adamant and said, "But I want to be a daddy so I can use THIS!" and grabbed the plunger.  After I stopped ROTFL I told her mommies can use plungers too.  Little did I know that she would use them for dog training when she was 10.  It will be much easier for me to find toilet plungers than fence posts around here.  LOL  But we do have a bunch of PVC that we might try to rig something up with.  Thanks for the idea Tip. 

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 31, 2010, 11:50:35 am
Hahahahahahaha!!!! I LOVE this.  :)


NEW BOOK TRAILER IS UP!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKl5-8Ni0T8
 
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Post by: ibrewalot on July 31, 2010, 02:20:22 pm
WOW!!!  That is incredible!!!  It looks 3D in places.  And the voice of the guy narrating is great!  Nicely done, Archer...again.   :D
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Post by: Annalog on July 31, 2010, 02:27:44 pm
Wonderful!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 31, 2010, 06:32:35 pm
I think the nice actor should get extra m&ms in his pay envelope this week!   :D
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Post by: R. M. Reed on July 31, 2010, 06:53:38 pm
That's very good. I got a chill when a picture of an elf turned to reveal Gorgon's hand.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 31, 2010, 06:59:58 pm
Thanks, Robin! I love the 'slammer' at the end--gets my blood up, it does! I like it when Gorgon's eyes flash at the very end--and all the sepia and black followed by the full color cover.

Glad you guys like it, too. Have a new trailer for you-know-what, too.
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Post by: ibrewalot on July 31, 2010, 07:24:51 pm
Another nice touch is the sound effect of the arrow.  I also saw things the second time I didn't see the first.  Cool stuff!
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on August 01, 2010, 01:30:26 am
Hahaha I laughed when I read that momtk!

Awesome Archer! I didn't Get to see the whole thing, but I will once I turn on the computer!


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Post by: mom2karen on August 01, 2010, 01:27:58 pm
Wonderful trailer.  I loved looking through Gorgon's eyes at the elves, and the powerful ending.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 01, 2010, 06:08:51 pm
Ooooo...the 'slammer' gives me goosebumps!

I like the arrow and the sepia cover pic looming through the map. (And, of course, Gorgon's bloody hand...eeewww!)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on August 03, 2010, 12:27:08 pm
I love the new trailer but, alas, I also miss a certain author's music from the previous trailer!!



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Post by: Annalog on August 03, 2010, 01:37:28 pm
I love the new trailer but, alas, I also miss a certain author's music from the previous trailer!!
I was thinking the same thing!

By the way, DH thought the trailer was great as well. It reminded him that Elfhunter should be the book he reads next on his DX.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 03, 2010, 07:50:13 pm
The (ahem!) Outcaste trailer has my music in it.
 :)

Yeah! Go, DH!!! Read! Read! Read!    :D :D :D
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on August 03, 2010, 09:59:26 pm
He has a great adventure to look forward to!

I loved Elfhunter, but Fire-Heart is even better! I can just imagine Ravenshade!!


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Post by: geoffthomas on August 04, 2010, 07:17:34 am
I do so love to watch someone else walking their way through the ElfHunter series.
Yeah Winter, it just gets better and better - as hard as that is to do.
Archer has special writing skills.

Just sayin.....
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on August 04, 2010, 07:57:52 am
The (ahem!) Outcaste trailer has my music in it.
 :)

Yeah! Go, DH!!! Read! Read! Read!    :D :D :D


Have we (ahem!) seen the Outcaste trailer??  Do we perchance have a link to it? (I be at work so cannot do Youtube searches, and since I be in the control center CAVE my mobile has no signal).

More Archer Music is always  a good thing!
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Post by: ibrewalot on August 04, 2010, 08:00:00 am

Have we (ahem!) seen the Outcaste trailer??  Do we perchance have a link to it? (I be at work so cannot do Youtube searches, and since I be in the control center CAVE my mobile has no signal).

More Archer Music is always  a good thing!


Nothing to see here...move along...move along...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 04, 2010, 11:22:18 am
Nothing to see here...move along...move along...

(snicker!)   :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on August 04, 2010, 12:14:33 pm
(snicker!)   :D

TEASE   ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 05, 2010, 07:37:28 pm
I am shameless.
Don't fret, though--the music is the same as the old EH trailer. You've heard it already.
It's a neat 59 seconds, though.  :D
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on August 14, 2010, 01:31:05 am
Hi! How are you guys?!
I am having a great time here, but the last week has been hectic!


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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 14, 2010, 03:30:59 am
Hi, Winter!

Man, I was afraid I was going to have to poke this forum with a stick! Everyone's been busy, I reckon! I've been at a big convention where I sold a lot of books and picked up a lot of new readers. Anyway, how are you and what's been going on in beautiful Norway?
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Post by: Annalog on August 14, 2010, 06:06:41 am
Archer, great news about the convention, book sales, and new readers! DH hasn't started Elfhunter yet as he has been spending every day for the last week and every weekend for the last month working on a 1970 Chevy pickup truck he bought from our neighbor across the street. He drove the truck to his dad's house and the two of them have been doing all the maintenance that has been deferred for the last 40 years! He sleeps in the care while I drive him home. He wakes up for dinner and then goes to sleep.  ::) Everytime they look they find something else that was disconnected or bypassed because it did not work. I think it was amazing that it even ran at all! Today DH takes it in for new brakes, charging of the replaced AC, and balancing of the tires. In a couple weeks he hopes to get new tires with new rims; the current ones are split rims and the only place he found that will work with those is not open on Saturday. While the truck looks nearly the same from the outside, much of the inside is new or replaced: new wiring, new radiator and hoses, new AC and vents, new windshield washer control, new steering wheel, ... What isn't new has been cleaned and repaired. DH has spent more than twice as much on parts as he did for the truck. He will be happy to go back to work on Monday to rest from his "vacation." ::)

I have been busy with work and chickens. The chickens are now 3 months old and is is becoming definite which are cockerels and which are pullets. Unfortunately 9 of the 10 Barred Rocks are cockerels while 6 out of the 11 New Hampshires are cockerels. All four Ameraucanas are pullets. With 15 young roosters out of 25 chickens, it is getting a bit hectic in the chicken coop and pen.  :o ::) I need to put ID bands on the chickens this weekend so that I can start deciding who stays and who goes out for dinner. I also need to figure out how to weigh a live chicken.  ??? I want to keep the heavier cockerels as I want to breed the flock back to the recognized standards for their breeds.
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Post by: Archer on August 14, 2010, 10:08:53 am
And now, a song just for Annalog!

(ahem)

Trucks and chick-kens,
Trucks and chick-kens,
Go together like Austen and Dick-kens!
Motor oil and feath-ers,
Trucks and chick-kens go to-ge-ther!

Clucks and Back-fires,
Clicks and Back-fires,
Go together like Sartre and sa-tires!
Though they're not real cle-ver,
clucks and backfires go to-ge-eh-eh-ther!
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Post by: Annalog on August 14, 2010, 10:37:37 pm
 ;D ;D ;D Thanks! Tomorrow I must post a picture of what DH's sister did to the truck.  ;)
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Post by: Archer on August 15, 2010, 11:33:22 am
Oh, yes, please!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on August 15, 2010, 04:24:53 pm
About 20 years ago, DH painted "Happy 30th Birthday Sue!" in very large red fluorescent orange letters on his sister's garage door. (He used water-based tempera paint with soap in it so that it was supposed to wash off easily. ;)) She was not happy about everyone knowing her age and promised to get even. This past week, while DH left the 1970 pickup truck he bought at his parents house so that he could work on it there, Sue took the opportunity to "get even."

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She left the stuffed chicken waiting for DH at a nearby auto parts store with a Chiltons for the 1980 version of the truck.

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DH is not especially fond of chickens except as a source of protein.  ;)

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A truck named "SUE". ;D

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The rubber chicken makes noise when it is moved and was hanging from the rear view mirror. The heavy chicken pottery shard was attached to the key chain. It hit DH on the head several times while he was working under the dash until he removed it.


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Post by: Archer on August 15, 2010, 05:55:34 pm
That's GREAT! Might even top the Elfmobile!
 :D :D
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Post by: Archer on August 17, 2010, 06:13:43 pm
So, I was looking at my inventory of Elfhunter buttons today (I had a few left over from GenCon) and an idea for a NEW one came to me.

The ones I have already are:
'Enemy: It's what's for dinner!'
'We put the romance in Necromancer'
'Life's better with pointy ears!'

And the new one:

WWGD?
(What would Gorgon do?)
 :D
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Post by: Tip10 on August 17, 2010, 06:27:21 pm

What's better than Honey for your honey?

Elves, Dwarfs, Men and Evil, EPIC

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Post by: Annalog on August 18, 2010, 05:38:56 am
Wonderful button slogans!
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Post by: R. M. Reed on August 18, 2010, 06:13:20 am
People might think the G is God. I might spell it out on the button, with bigger letters for the W,W,G and D.
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Post by: Archer on August 18, 2010, 10:42:19 am
Robin: We would definitely have to spell it out (I mean...they might think I was referring to Galileo, or Goofy!  :))
That's the text that would go on it...I have yet to design it. I'm thinking a nice yellow-on-black.

Anna: I send buttons to any reader who wants them. If you would like some, just say the word!  8)
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Post by: ibrewalot on August 18, 2010, 12:16:53 pm
Ever play "Button, button, who's got the button?"...probably dating myself with that one!
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Post by: Archer on August 18, 2010, 01:06:31 pm
Ever play "Button, button, who's got the button?"...probably dating myself with that one!

Well, if it isn't Mr. Tryannosaurus! Hi, Mr. T. This is Ms. Pteradactyl!


(Of COURSE I have!)
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Post by: Annalog on August 18, 2010, 02:38:01 pm
I guess that makes me Ms. Apatosaurus nee Brontosaurus since I have also played that game. ;D
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Post by: Archer on August 18, 2010, 04:45:25 pm
Tree ferns, anyone?
I've got lots...
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Post by: Annalog on August 18, 2010, 09:44:31 pm
Sounds yummy but I don't know how they would set with my old bones. ;)
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Post by: M.S. Verish on August 19, 2010, 06:18:37 pm
I thought tree ferns were prehistoric. I'll go ask my wife, the Fern Queen!
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Post by: Annalog on August 19, 2010, 06:28:08 pm
I guess that makes me Ms. Apatosaurus nee Brontosaurus since I have also played that game. ;D
Were tree ferns a favorite food of the Apatosaurus?
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Post by: Annalog on August 20, 2010, 07:37:17 am
Since the previous was a question, I posted it on the Another truly random question thread. The following are excerpts of the result. Thanks Tip10!

Were tree ferns a favorite food of the Apatosaurus?
Where the heck did the tree ferns and the apatosaurus come from?
Why the land of elves and dwarfs, of course.  Where else?
Elves and dwarfs lived in the Jurassic period?  Then why didn't Crichton include them?
Because he strained his andromeda?
Do they sell strained andromeda in the baby food aisle?
What does strained andromeda taste like? Is it good for babies? ;D

Elves just want to have fun everywhere!  ;D ;D ;D

Edited to add the missing word fun to the last sentence. Of course, the sentence may also have been accurate before I edited it.  ;D Also increased the quote font size so that it was easier for my old (if not quite prehistoric) eyes to read.  :D
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Post by: Archer on August 20, 2010, 07:50:12 am
Hahahahahaaa!
You and Tip are a hoot. A strained andromeda? Ow! OW!!!

Actually, Matt, tree ferns are not ferns at all. They are cycads.
And, any plants eaten by Apatosauruses had to be prehistoric, didn't they?  ;)
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Post by: ibrewalot on August 20, 2010, 09:35:38 am
Apatosaurus is my son's favorite dino...he did a big report on them last year.  But then he likes all things dino.  We allowed him to have email this summer (just turned 11) and he used "amphicoeliasrex" for his email address.  Thank God for contact lists...like I want to type that in every time I send him an email???  ;D
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Post by: Archer on August 20, 2010, 09:45:24 am
A Pat O'saurus--the Legendary Irish Dinosaur!
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Post by: Annalog on August 20, 2010, 10:21:45 am
How did the dinosaurs brew their beer?
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Post by: ibrewalot on August 20, 2010, 10:30:31 am
How did the dinosaurs brew their beer?

Same way we do it today, silly!   ;D

See?  ==> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26860078/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26860078/)
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Post by: Annalog on August 20, 2010, 11:24:28 am
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on August 23, 2010, 03:38:17 am
Hi guys!

Better late than never.. Truly busy days here now and I can't really seem to focuse on reading:( Plus I try to enjoy the last days of summer.

How are you?

Ai I have a tooth of wisdom or what you call it. It's aggressive today:/ dentist tomorrow:)




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Post by: Archer on August 23, 2010, 08:00:27 am
Winter:

Ouch!! Teeth of Wisdom (or 'Wisdom Teeth') can be QUITE annoying! I hope it calms down.
 :-\
Feel better...
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Post by: Annalog on August 23, 2010, 01:52:55 pm
Hoping for the best for you at the dentist. About 15 years ago my dentist sent me to an oral surgeon because mine were too impacted. I don't miss those periodic "teething pains." However those pains did give me more understanding when my daughter was getting her first teeth. We both had teeth trying to come in at the same time.
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on August 27, 2010, 12:44:48 am
Hi!

The dentist is really good! He explains everything. I still have it though, but I will Get a appointment for removing it soon.
Other than that, busy days.  Having s lot of fun though!




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Post by: Archer on August 28, 2010, 09:47:46 am
Hey, Winter! Well, we'll all keep our fingers crossed for a swift and painless resolution to the dental problem. Whoever decided that wisdom teeth were a good idea was not very wise!
(Well...okay, I know that they would have come in handy back in the days when teeth were likely to have fallen out already by one's early twenties, but STILL...)
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Post by: Archer on August 28, 2010, 03:55:32 pm
 For your viewing pleasure...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82y-8wKPQZY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmLu73A-zUg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otamaikczJQ



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Post by: ibrewalot on August 28, 2010, 05:18:41 pm
Cool videos!  Almost like being there...almost.   ;)  Thanx for sharing!
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Post by: Annalog on August 28, 2010, 10:07:03 pm
Thanks for posting the videos! ;D
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Post by: Carmyn on September 01, 2010, 05:45:46 pm
Did you catch the glimpses of "Toran"?
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Post by: R. M. Reed on September 01, 2010, 06:10:14 pm
I usually go to the L.A. Times Book Fair, so if you go again let me know.
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on September 03, 2010, 02:30:01 pm
Hi!

Sorry I'm not keeping to much in touch lately. The days run away from me! How are you?

Things are better here!

Little reading for me other than studying Bible. It's just not enough hours to do everything you want to:P
Hopefully there will be more time in autumn. It's quite another weather here now. A bit colder. And I'm hopefully getting baptized this Sunday!! Outside I hope! Cold, but I like doing it in "real" water. :) I'm looking really forward to it!!

Hope everything is good for everyone over there!

Hugs from Norway


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Post by: Archer on September 03, 2010, 03:29:54 pm
Congratulations on your upcoming Baptism! I hope you get to do it outside as well.  :D
Hope you can get back to reading soon...

Let us know how it goes!
{{hugs}}
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Post by: Tip10 on September 03, 2010, 04:01:38 pm
CONGRATS Winter!!!!

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matthew 28: 19-20

I hope you get to be baptized outside -- that would be a wonderful thing to do!!





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Post by: Winter9 on September 05, 2010, 12:19:10 pm
Exactly!

Today I was baptized! It was wonderful! One of thr most special days 'in my life! I'm so in love with God! I almost can't Think of something else right now. The 'perfect day!
And it was outside!! Actually it was guite warm and the weather wad perfect, sky blue!

Truly tired now. Going to bed after a wonderful day!

Good night!!:)


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Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on September 05, 2010, 12:19:52 pm
And thank you both!


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Post by: Archer on September 06, 2010, 07:45:15 am
Winter, you are most welcome! So glad it turned out to be the perfect day for you. Congratulations are in order.
Your faith will sustain you through the dark times in your life, and in that, you are most fortunate. :)
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on September 21, 2010, 10:24:11 am
Dear friends!

Wow I have been really sleepy and strange since I removed my tooth! It's the uhm ... Pills that take away pain, what is that called? Anyway, they have really made me sleepy, and I forget all sorts of stuff..

How are you guys?
Archer, how are you doing?

Apart from the tooth I'm doing good! Has been some stuff with anxiety, but so much better now!
Lots og things to do though! Seems like I never get to do all I want to:P

Hugs for everyone!


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Post by: Archer on September 21, 2010, 11:33:00 am
Winter! So glad you're back...sorry about the side-effects thing. Better than hurting, though!
 :D
So good to hear from you!
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Post by: Annalog on September 21, 2010, 03:48:29 pm
Winter, hope you are feeling much better. Your description brought back memories of when I had all four wisdom teeth removed by an oral surgeon. The medication they had me take afterwards (codeine?) for the pain made me feel worse than the pain itself. It was as if my brain was numb. I phoned to ask if it was required that I take the medication and was told it was optional. I spent the next few days with ice packs alternating between the two sides of my face (15 minutes on the left and then 15 minutes on the right, repeat). (In my opinion, delivering a baby, including forceps delivery, without anesthesia can be much easier than having impacted wisdom teeth removed.)
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on September 24, 2010, 05:01:02 am
Wow! Seems like that was really bad! I myself prefer being brainmumb and tired hehe.

Well I feeling better with my teeth now, but what is life without exitement? So I just had to crash with my scooter to get a little brain-what-so-ever-it-is-called-in-english.
The awesome thing with that is that it strippes you from every fun thing like reading, games, computer..... Sigh..
Not really supposed to be here either, but I allowed myself to write this little Message.
My kindle is finally charged again, so I'm thinking of beiing a little rebellious and allowing myself a little five minutes/a hour in Alterra world. I can change the font and the kindle is supposed to be good for the eyes..
Just a little... I'm soon walking up the walls here.. Can't Even really pray normal, because I can't seem to focuse. The only thing I found I can do properly is praying in tounges:) (which isn't as scary as scary as being presented. Then I don't  need to find words..)

Being a good girl and doing back to "relaxing" now.

Hope you are all well there! Enjoy the day!:)




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Post by: Archer on September 24, 2010, 01:41:18 pm
Winter!
Good grief! Take care of yourself, for heaven's sake. We love you and want you to be healthy and well. No more brain-scrambling, ok?
 :-\
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Post by: Winter9 on September 24, 2010, 10:34:45 pm
I will be really careful, promise!

Feeling much better today! It was just a little one I Think.

A bit tired this morning, but I woke up early without clock, lovely!:)


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Post by: Archer on September 25, 2010, 03:41:03 am
Well, I'm glad you're feeling better. Wouldn't be the same around here with 'Scrambled Norwegian'.  :)
I would hate to have to give you the 'helmet lecture'  >:( My students know that if I ever catch sight of them on a horse, and they are not wearing a helmet, they're dead meat on a stick!)

Seriously. They are.
Probably accounts for the fact that I haven't had to give the 'helmet lecture' in a very long time!  :D

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Post by: Winter9 on September 27, 2010, 09:20:41 am
I always have helm on scooter! Always always always!
Can't say I done the same when riding though. Ehe..
I competed in dressage for a while, and almost none wore helm so it kind of became a habit.
But I usually have it on now!

My head feels completely healed now!

It was Nice weather today, but the wind is cold. How is weather with you guys?

:)


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Post by: Archer on September 29, 2010, 05:54:54 am
Hi, Winter!

FINALLY the heat has retreated and it feels like Autumn, which is my favorite time of year. I'm weird--I love the blustery wind and grey clouds. We are in the midst of a drought, though, so the fall colors probably won't be very spectacular this year. Probably just turn brown and fall off. Phooey!

Tomorrow is my birthday. I'll be older than some forms of dirt.
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Post by: Rie142 on September 29, 2010, 06:35:28 am
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Archer.   Your not getting older you are getting better.   At least that is the way I look at it.   :)   
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Post by: Tip10 on September 29, 2010, 06:44:48 am

Tomorrow is my birthday. I'll be older than some forms of dirt.

And STILL younger than some!! :)

Happy Early Birthday Archer -- may you be blessed with a wonderful day.

Hey Winter -- good to see you back up and at 'em -- hopefully all your troubles are behind you and good times in front of you!!


I agree with Archer -- fall going into winter is my favorite time of year also.  There's just nothing like a blustery gray day with the first hint of snow in it.  Unless, of course, its my favorite -- a midnight walk through the woods during a snowfall.  Even though it's night it's so bright out and so quiet, all you hear is the crunch of the snow.  Nothing beats it in my mind, 'cept maybe coming in afterward and snuggling in front of a warm fire with a special someone!  ;)  :D


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Post by: Archer on September 29, 2010, 08:39:20 am
Thanks, guys!


I agree with Archer -- fall going into winter is my favorite time of year also.  There's just nothing like a blustery gray day with the first hint of snow in it.  Unless, of course, its my favorite -- a midnight walk through the woods during a snowfall.  Even though it's night it's so bright out and so quiet, all you hear is the crunch of the snow.  Nothing beats it in my mind, 'cept maybe coming in afterward and snuggling in front of a warm fire with a special someone!  ;)  :D



Tip--that was so close to my own opinion, it's SCARY!
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Post by: ibrewalot on September 29, 2010, 09:36:56 am
Happy Early Birthday, Archer![/size]

I was camping last weekend in the White Mountains and saw TONs of color.  I think the dry weather is just making the leaves go early, but leaving them spectacular.  I'm going again this weekend when they should be in peak.

No hint of snow yet...we had temps in the high 80s last week and it was 70 last night when I went to bed.  Very strange year for weather.  We'll probably get hammered with snow this winter to make up for it!  Gotta love it!   ;D
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Post by: Annalog on September 29, 2010, 11:24:29 am
An early Happy Birthday, Archer!

I also love cold weather and think snow is wonderful! For me, this is probably due to growing up in the desert where we were lucky if it snowed once every four years. ;) I love it that the mornings are cooler this time of year but right now that only means low 60s in the morning and high 90s in the afternoon. However I now live at a slightly higher elevation and may see snow every other year.
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Post by: Winter9 on October 01, 2010, 06:40:53 pm
Og no no no! Totally missed it (as I usually do with birthdays)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Too late Archer!!:D




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Post by: mom2karen on October 02, 2010, 07:43:29 am
Happy belated birthday Archer! 
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Post by: geoffthomas on October 02, 2010, 09:30:38 am
I posted my special Birthday Greeting over in the       The (Almost) Official Happy Birthday Thread.

We all have a crush on our favorite elv-writer.  :-*
Whether it is her birthday or not.

Just sayin.... ;)
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Post by: Annalog on October 02, 2010, 12:45:59 pm
Happy Unbirthday to you, Archer! My brithday wishes were both early and late but not on the correct day. ;)
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Post by: Archer on October 04, 2010, 02:12:24 am
Thanks Anna! And Happy Unbirthday to you, too!  :D

Oh, Kindlefriends are some of the best!
When it comes to spreading good cheer, they pass the test!
Anna and Tip, and Geoff and Brian,
Mom and Marie--I know they aint lyin'.
And let's not forget our favorite Norwegians
(Winter and 'sis'--from the northern regions)!

Here's a message from Archer to the lot of you,
you're my Kindlefriends,
and I'm YOUR friend, too.
So if hard times should come your way,
I'll do your best to brighten your day.
 :D

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Post by: Annalog on October 04, 2010, 05:44:18 am
;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Rie142 on October 04, 2010, 06:41:36 am
Thanks Anna! And Happy Unbirthday to you, too!  :D

Oh, Kindlefriends are some of the best!
When it comes to spreading good cheer, they pass the test!
Anna and Tip, and Geoff and Brian,
Mom and Marie--I know they aint lyin'.
And let's not forget our favorite Norwegians
(Winter and 'sis'--from the northern regions)!

Here's a message from Archer to the lot of you,
you're my Kindlefriends,
and I'm YOUR friend, too.
So if hard times should come your way,
I'll do your best to brighten your day.
 :D



Archer did you have an absolutely wonder birthday?   I am sure you did.    I know you are working but sure glad that you can pop in here sometimes.   I haven't been around a bit because life tried smacking  us up a bit but we are recovering and doing fine now.   

Have a wonderful week.     
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Post by: geoffthomas on October 04, 2010, 08:20:54 am
Always glad to hear from our favorite elf-epic author.
And you certainly have become one of my favorite people in cyber space.

Good wishes winging their way to you.

Just sayin......
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Post by: Winter9 on October 06, 2010, 12:28:26 pm
Hi everyone!

Greeting from a rainy country.....
It's raining all the time!
Right now it's okay, because i'm crawled up in my couch and playing with my new computer :D

Have a Nice evening!

Hugs


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Post by: Winter9 on November 04, 2010, 07:58:15 am
Hello! Hows everybody doing?:)


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Post by: R. M. Reed on November 04, 2010, 08:35:02 am
I'm fine. How's by you?
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Post by: Annalog on November 04, 2010, 08:59:08 am
Fine but busy. Hope everyone is doing well.
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Post by: geoffthomas on November 04, 2010, 09:01:53 am
Well I don't know about anyone else (Yes I am fine too) but I am missing not having any new books about Aterra and the Elves to read.

Snif, Snif..... :'(

Just sayin..... ;)
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Post by: R. M. Reed on November 04, 2010, 09:51:21 am
We can hope that one reason Chris is too busy to come here much is that she is writing more books. I'm sure there are a lot of other reasons too.
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Post by: ibrewalot on November 04, 2010, 09:52:28 am
Well I don't know about anyone else (Yes I am fine too) but I am missing not having any new books about Aterra and the Elves to read.

Snif, Snif..... :'(

Just sayin..... ;)

I have to agree, Geoff...
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Post by: Archer on November 04, 2010, 03:17:19 pm
HI!! So good to see my friends around here again.
I have such unbelievably cool news I can't stand it...but I have been sworn to secrecy, Dangit!
If you send me a pm, I MIGHT spill some of it.
 ;)
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Post by: Archer on November 05, 2010, 06:34:49 am
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Post by: Annalog on November 05, 2010, 10:01:37 am
WOOT! WOOT! WOOT!

;D ;D ;D
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Post by: geoffthomas on November 05, 2010, 10:05:02 am
Count me in for a few woots.
 ;D
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Post by: Winter9 on November 06, 2010, 04:52:24 am
What on earth is 'WOOT??'




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Post by: Archer on November 06, 2010, 06:42:55 am
Basically, it means the same thing as 'Hooray!'.
 ;)
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Post by: Annalog on November 06, 2010, 07:44:05 am
Hip Hip Hooray!!!

(And other cheers!)
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Post by: mom2karen on November 07, 2010, 09:01:06 am
Wow!  #1!  You deserve it!
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Post by: Winter9 on November 08, 2010, 03:21:53 am
Then I will 'woot too!
Number 1!! That's awesome!! And well deserved!

I'm nearly finished with Fire Heart now!
I Think it is amazing that you have accomplished to make the second book Even better than the first one! I Think sometimes book 2 is not as exiting as the first one. But this... Wow!! Well... Back to reading...


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Post by: Archer on November 08, 2010, 05:31:50 am
(Heh!) They're supposed to get better as they go, Winter! I'm glad you think they are getting better. Fire-heart is ummm...action-packed in the last few chapters. Wait til you get to the last one!! Ravenshade is my opus.  :)

Be sure to write to us when you get to the end of Fire-heart, ok?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on November 08, 2010, 08:32:40 am
Waiting for my father now. He's coming in an hour or so. My head aches, so I would like to lie down, but there's no place here. Yay. Someone that has a funny story to tell?


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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 08, 2010, 10:41:26 am
Well, I don't know if this is funny, but it certainly belongs in the 'it could be worse' department.

A freidn of mine (actually, the lovely woman who does the Alterran maps) spoke to me the other day. 'So, guess how MY day started out?'

'How?' I asked, fearing the worst.

Well, it turns out that she was getting her breakfast ready when she began to smell the unmistakable aroma of SKUNK. Both of the dogs (a border collie and an English shepherd) were outside. Why did the house smell of skunk? She went out and discovered that the dogs had baled up a skunk right next to the air intake for the furnace! The skunk had, needless to say, fired both barrels. She had to bathe two dogs (it is believed that the shepherd was an innocent bystander) and contend with an air system full of skunk stench. I doubt she'll totally get rid of it before next Easter!

See? You day could be MUCH worse.  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on November 08, 2010, 12:00:24 pm
Note to self -- fence off area around furnace intake so dogs cannot get within 5, errr, make that 15 feet of it!

Poor Carmyn (?)-- that one may take a bit to get rid of.....

I wish I could offer her something to try but alas I have no clue here.   Does she have a fireplace?  I'd say start a fire with the flue closed but alas, I think all you'd get then would be a smoky skunk!!

Maybe something like this would at least make it a perfumed skunk!!

(http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/721404/721404719045lg.jpg)

http://www.lowes.com/pd_86195-1361-FSMARINE_0__?productId=3124031&Ntt=air+freshner&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl__0__s%3FNtt%3Dair%2Bfreshner

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 08, 2010, 07:33:45 pm
I'll forward it to her, Tip!
 :P
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: M.S. Verish on November 10, 2010, 05:01:44 pm
This is Secramore contacting Alterra. We have honey. Repeat, we have honey.  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 10, 2010, 05:38:11 pm
This is Secramore contacting Alterra. We have honey. Repeat, we have honey.  :D

Don't TOY with me, people!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on November 12, 2010, 09:08:05 am
Don't TOY with me, people!

Don't let them kid you Archer!  I'm about halfway through Raven's Heart right now and I've seen no mention of honey...it's a trap!   ;D

On the other hand, I may have found something even better that is made with honey:
(http://www.selectism.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/troegs-beer-mad-elf-ale-front.jpg)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 12, 2010, 09:59:07 pm
Don't let them kid you Archer!  I'm about halfway through Raven's Heart right now and I've seen no mention of honey...it's a trap!   ;D

On the other hand, I may have found something even better that is made with honey:
(http://www.selectism.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/troegs-beer-mad-elf-ale-front.jpg)

Good Lord Almighty!!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 15, 2010, 09:00:59 am
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5178584097/)

Still trying to post a photo from Flickr...still doesn't work!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on November 15, 2010, 09:37:04 am
Hmmmm.  You "should" be able to bring up the picture in flickr, highlight the entire address at the top of your browser, right-click and select copy.  Then reply to a message in the forum, click the 3rd icon in the second row that looks like a picture and says "insert image" when you hover over it.  When you click it there will be two pairs of square brackets inserted into the reply message, each containing the word img.  It will put your cursor between these two pairs of square brackets.  Then right-click and select paste.  It should then have inserted your link to your Flikr picture between the two pairs of brackets.  Posting it should display the picture as opposed to the link itself.

<EDIT>  I can't get to Flickr from work (blocked) so I can't try it to see if my way works...Pidgeon shows the details below.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: pidgeon92 on November 15, 2010, 09:37:32 am
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5178584097/

This is not a picture link, which is why it is not displaying. Flickr has changed the way you need to get the picture link, and they have made it much harder to get at.

There are a few ways to get the link, here's one:

Above the pic, you should see two buttons: Actions and Share This. Choose Share this.
Choose Grab the HTML/BBcode, and choose option BBcode. Copy and paste the resulting code in your post here; it looks like this:

[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5170036466/][img]http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1332/5170036466_a29959ca7f.jpg[/img][/url]
[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5170036466/]Snapz Pro XScreenSnapz014[/url] by
[url=http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/]pidgeon92[/url], on Flickr

You can delete the last two lines.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on November 15, 2010, 10:31:47 am
The Share This listed above by Pidgeon92 is probably the easiest way. Another way to get there is to go to Actions/View All Sizes, choose a size, and then view the properties on the photo and copy the Address from the properties, and then paste that between the img tags. I did this with the Medium size of your photo and the result is the following adorable photo:

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1274/5178584097_a2029ea5c5.jpg)

In this instance the code in the post looks like this:
Code: [Select]
[img]http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1274/5178584097_a2029ea5c5.jpg[/img]
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 15, 2010, 10:51:46 am
It's BOB! Hi, Bob!  :D

Ok, I'm gonna try this again.
http://(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4083/5178585123_00183f736d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5178585123/)
Nameless vs Ants (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5178585123/) by C S Marks (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 15, 2010, 10:57:16 am
Hmmm...well, that didn't exactly work the way I wanted to, but it's an improvement over the 'blue question mark'.  ::)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on November 15, 2010, 12:23:17 pm
Archer, when you paste the BBcode don't use the IMG button because the BBcode already has the img tags included. I followed the Nameless vs Ants (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5178585123/) link and saw the photo. Amazing!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 15, 2010, 12:32:11 pm
Thanks, Anna. It's gettin' there...
 ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on December 15, 2010, 08:58:50 am
Happy to see this at the top of the page today:
(https://www.kboards.com/graphics/ads/kbbanner-marks-elfhunter-728x90.gif)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: M.S. Verish on December 15, 2010, 09:37:04 am
Quote
Don't let them kid you Archer!  I'm about halfway through Raven's Heart right now and I've seen no mention of honey...it's a trap!   

Oh no! He's discovered our trap!  :o Curses! Foiled again.  :P
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on December 15, 2010, 03:59:42 pm
OMG, you guys! We are going viral in the UK!
No foolin'!

(Hey, Matt-call me, willya?)

Hi, Anna!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on December 15, 2010, 05:35:32 pm
OMG, you guys! We are going viral in the UK!
No foolin'!
...
Hi, Anna!
Yipee and hoorah!!!

Hi Archer!

ETA: I just checked UK ranks on Kindle version of Elfhunter:
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fantasy > Epic
#2 in Books > Fantasy > Epic
#57 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction

Two days in the top 100 Paid and moving up!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on December 18, 2010, 01:19:09 pm
Hi guys!!

How are you everyone! How are you? Ready for christmas?

Hugs for anyone!


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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on December 18, 2010, 01:19:30 pm
*everyone


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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on December 18, 2010, 01:27:52 pm
Hugs for YOU, Winter!

I am SOooooooo ready for Christmas!!  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: M.S. Verish on December 21, 2010, 05:12:15 pm
Hope you have a Merry Christmas in Alterra!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on December 21, 2010, 06:09:29 pm
Looks like we might get us a white one Archer!!!   They are talking about snow over on our side of the state Christmas Eve day -- should slide on over your way that day or Christmas Eve!

I know of a couple of folk who're being Kindleized for Christmas so look for at least a couple of more sales come Christmas Day!

Merry Christmas to you and yours. 
And here's hoping 2011 will be the breakout year when Alterra becomes the worldwide bestseller it deserves to be and the name Marks is featured prominently on the best sellers lists!

And THEN maybe we'll get some MORE!  ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on December 22, 2010, 02:03:15 am
Tip, was that a subtle HINT?  ;)

It's going to be a white Christmas in Alterra, too. The characters just don't know it yet.
(Brrrrr!)

If you guys have written reviews, could you be so kind as to copy-and-paste them onto Amazon UK? I need reviews over there.
If you could also vote the existing reviews helpful, it would be a big help to me--someone is voting them down.  :(
Darn trolls are everywhere!

I hope you ALL have wonderful holidays, stay warm and safe, and come back hungry for more adventures! I'll do my best to provide them!

With love,
Chris Marks (Archer)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on December 22, 2010, 10:41:40 am
Merry Christmas everyone!! Hope you all will have a wonderful holiday!!

Right now I'm so ready! Looking forward to the whole day.

We celebrate the 24. The day startside with television. Sweet movies, the same every year of course. Then it's dinner, and presents ! I'm exited!!! :D


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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on December 22, 2010, 03:29:47 pm
You'll have to report on what you get for Christmas! Inquiring minds want to know.

Christmas wishes to you and your sister!  :D :D :D

I am presently sitting in front of a warm fire with a glass of Carolan's on the rocks. The tree looks wonderful and there are fairy lights on the mantle and around the fireplace. I love my home, especially at holiday time.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on December 23, 2010, 05:47:43 am
While I suspect that your place and mine are quite different (I have no stables).
I have the same feeling.
We have lived in this house for over 30 years.
I terraced the side of the yard around the carport with 109 real railroad ties (some switch ties).
3 levels - about 4 ft high the top two.
vegetable gardens - composted from my own compost heap.
flower gardens to provide season-long garden odor as well as beauty.
a large enough back space so that the dogs can have a good run without soiling others property.
can't have chickens, but you take what you can get.

Merry Christmas to all elves (and those who wannabe).

Just sayin.....
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on December 24, 2010, 04:28:02 am
Geoff: Sounds wonderful!!!!!
 :D
May you and yours have a wondrous holiday season--Merry Christmas, Optimistic New Year...

And that goes for the REST of you!! Love you guys.

(C.S. MARKS--currently #1 in epic fantasy, #2 in fantasy, #60 in Kindle store, #50 in fiction...in the UK! Current books sold in December alone--1100. Go, Archer, go!)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on December 27, 2010, 05:55:05 am
Well, Christmas Day was our best sales day ever!  We sold nearly 400 books--majority in the UK.
If our present rate keeps up, we'll go over 2,000 this afternoon! Ye gods and little fishes. I feel blessed.

Hope you all had a fine Christmas and are looking forward to a grand new year!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on December 28, 2010, 09:41:21 am
Merry Christmas, everyone!  Congrats on all the sales, Archer!  From the looks of things, you're making a huge dent on the fantasy world, and well deserved.  Now if I only had some "new" from Alterra that I could buy, I would definitely do my best to help your numbers.  ;)

We finally got some real snow up here in New England.  Took its time this year, but it was a good start.  Now if it will just stay!  We're supposed to be into the 50s by Sunday.  Ugggghhhhh!  I love the 4 seasons, but the transitions kill me.  Guess I should work on my patience?

Well, have a GREAT New Year, everyone!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on December 28, 2010, 12:37:11 pm
Over 2,100 this morning...and still 3.5 days to go!
Brian, I feel your pain. We're supposed to have rainstorms this weekend--on top of the snow, that makes a HUGE mess!
Ick! SO much fun to have livestock...

...NOT!!! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! (Early)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on December 28, 2010, 12:45:03 pm
Awesome month...for ElfHunter.  On the other hand, if this is in your future, you may want to move to Alterra!   ;)

(http://cdn.content.compendiumblog.com/uploads/user/9ab17cd3-a528-42c9-828f-b9935189a88e/359bbcc2-441b-4d07-b4cd-8279a5b79a2c/Image/9e80fb694e722c04e299d5098a807629.JPG)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on December 28, 2010, 02:47:49 pm
If only I could.
(shudder!)

It's what I hate most about March...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on January 11, 2011, 12:20:48 am
Hi guys!

I have been in Egypt and no internet for me there. How are you?

Egypt was fun. Met many awesome people from everywhere:)

Now it's back to snow. But it's good beeing home too.

I should Get up now. Not tempting to leave my lovely bed.

Have a nice day!


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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on January 12, 2011, 03:11:01 pm
Winter! Great to hear from you...we were wondering and hoping you were off somewhere having fun.
How's your sis?
Egypt! What fun!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on January 14, 2011, 02:25:57 pm
Egypt, lovely;)

How are you? :)

My sis is well, but she has a crush on a boy from the vacation..
I'm doing quite well nowadays :)

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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on January 20, 2011, 10:35:53 am
Winter: I am good--other than being snowed upon and having been ill for a week and a half. Bleah!
Hmmm...so Sis has a new love interest, eh? Well, good on her!  :)

Glad to hear you're doing well--and that Egypt was a wondrous experience. You'll have to fill us in on some of the details! Talk to you soon.  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: M.S. Verish on January 28, 2011, 09:51:21 am
Archer,

Are you feeling better yet? You're not allowed to be ill any more.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on January 30, 2011, 05:52:44 pm
Archer,

Are you feeling better yet? You're not allowed to be ill any more.

If only it were that simple... :P
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: R. M. Reed on February 08, 2011, 09:27:53 am
I hope you returned from Egypt before all the trouble. I agree with the cause of the protesters, but I wouldn't want to be there right now.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on February 09, 2011, 01:57:16 pm
Hi guys!

Thankfully we were back before all trouble started in Egypt!
Sorry i'm getting late back to you. Days have been crazy here!

Are everyone well?:)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 09, 2011, 04:13:19 pm
I'm good--been washin' my dog all evening. He goes to his first dog show tomorrow morning--four shows this weekend. Hope he does well, doesn't bite the judge or anything.  :P

He's not quite dry yet--then comes the trim-he's already giving me dirty looks!  ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on February 10, 2011, 07:46:18 am
Winter9, glad to hear you returned home OK. Archer, all the best at the dog show.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 11, 2011, 04:46:21 pm
Well...half the shows done--2 more to go. First one--Bob gets 'mat-a-phobia and won't move well. Phooey! Second one--he's over the mat-o-phobia (yay!) but gets distracted by all the commotion from the Bouviers next ring over. Oh, well...the main thing is, he's having a lot of FUN! (He's still a puppy. We're looking at the weekend as a training exercise.)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Annalog on February 14, 2011, 08:34:02 am
Hope the rest of the shows went well.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 14, 2011, 03:56:54 pm
Not too bad! Bob had a good time.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, EVERYONE!!  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: R. M. Reed on February 17, 2011, 09:31:17 am
Ok, Archer, I have a Kindle again. I'm ready for your next book.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 18, 2011, 03:18:31 pm
Yay! So glad you've got a Kindle again.

Which book would you like? I can loan it to you...right?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: R. M. Reed on February 21, 2011, 12:10:00 pm
I mean the next one, which isn't out yet. Unless there is one outside the main trilogy that I haven't seen yet. I just checked Amazon and all I saw was the Derek Prior book that you illustrated. That is you, isn't it? I have one of Derek's books on my new kindle, waiting for me.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 21, 2011, 01:44:14 pm
Well, (ahem) send me a pm, Robin!  ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 04, 2011, 02:39:01 am
Hi guys!

How are you doing?:)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 04, 2011, 07:21:27 am
Doing well! Went to convention in San Diego, and going to a writer's conference next week. Busy, busy! How are you?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on March 04, 2011, 08:37:48 am
Well.....now that you ask.....
We're kinda wantin' to read some books about elves........
Been re-readin' the one's we got........but want more........


No pressure......
Just sayin........
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 05, 2011, 03:50:52 pm
Geoff, I just love you to bits. Every time you post, it reminds me that I need to get off my duff and get book five ready. Post more often, willya? (If you can spare the time, that is...)

Just sayin!
 :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 05, 2011, 05:33:29 pm
Well, now...if nudges is all you need to get the next book done, there is a chorus of elbows out here just waiting to help things along!   ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Bob Mayer on March 05, 2011, 05:47:51 pm
 NY Times #bestseller .99 for #kindle "Spellbinding" #1 Bestseller Terry Brooks #lost #fringe
Yeah the elf master

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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 05, 2011, 06:20:59 pm
Hey, Brew! Check out the Alterran fan blog! http://elfhunter.wordpress.com/
 :)

Good to know you're still out there kickin'! Been a tough winter, eh?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on March 05, 2011, 06:43:37 pm
NY Times #bestseller .99 for #kindle "Spellbinding" #1 Bestseller Terry Brooks #lost #fringe
Yeah the elf master http://amzn.to/iaPauG (http://amzn.to/iaPauG)

Mr. Mayer - WTF - I guess you are promoting your work here? And if so, why?  Did you read any of the other posts? What is the weather like on the planet you are on?

Just sayin......

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 05, 2011, 07:06:39 pm
I'm wondering if the site hasn't been hacked...did you follow the link that was in Archer's last post? 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on March 05, 2011, 07:27:05 pm
I looked after it was first posted and there appeared to be some stuff about Alterra.
But now all seems gone.
I suspect that there is more of a problem with the content provider than with archer's post.

Just my opinion.......
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 06, 2011, 03:53:18 am
I'm well!

Actually I read a wonderful book some days ago. Don't know if it's translated into english yet, but the norwegian title is "Hestenes klan" by Live Bonnevie. Amazing book about communication between horse and human :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 06, 2011, 05:26:12 am
Try this one: http://elfhunter.wordpress.com/

Guaranteed success. The other has more to do with my ineptitude than anything. Fiddlesticks.  :P
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on March 06, 2011, 07:15:59 am
Ahhhhh, much better, Archer!   ;D

Cool site!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 06, 2011, 03:43:31 pm
Awesome that you got a fanblog!:-D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 06, 2011, 04:13:56 pm
David, the guy who started it, is really nice. 
 :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Bob Mayer on March 06, 2011, 05:16:04 pm
My apologies.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 07, 2011, 02:40:04 am
My apologies.

No offense taken, Bob.  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 07, 2011, 05:53:34 am
I'm having a longing for USA now a days.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on March 07, 2011, 05:59:17 am
I'm having a longing for USA now a days.

There's a wonderful little college in Indiana that you could go visit.   
I hear tell they have a most magnificent Professor of Equine Studies there!    ;)



Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 07, 2011, 09:42:59 am
Tip, thou art indeed hootworthy.
 :D

Winter: longing for the USA? Well, I'm sure you'd be welcome anywhere. We've got floods here at the moment, though.  :P
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on March 08, 2011, 04:02:41 am
Hehe thanks.

Just so expensive though, but some time...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: CocoaDragonfly on April 06, 2011, 01:19:27 pm
There's a wonderful little college in Indiana that you could go visit.   
I hear tell they have a most magnificent Professor of Equine Studies there!    ;)


Both she and the college are wonderful :) Once I get my Kindle (should be in the next week or so), these are the first books I'm going to get. They are not quite my genre, but "Archer" is a wonderful storyteller and I hear some of the characters are based on people/horses I know/knew.  ;) Since I haven't read them yet, did Siva or Aussie make it in??
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 07, 2011, 03:14:06 pm
Dear Cocoa:

They both did, but some names have been changed to protect the innocent.  :D
If you can guess (once you have read the first one) I'll be most impressed!

Hint: Siva appears under her own name. Auzzie, on the other hand, has a nom de plume!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on April 11, 2011, 09:36:00 am
Ok, dire circumstance call for dire measures...given the dirth of new material from Alterra (not meant as a jab, Archer!), and given nothing I've read lately has really been as interesting as that coming from my favorite author I've decided I will begin at the beginning.  I'm going to start the entire Elfhunter series over again. 

I don't know about the rest of you, but in the recent hiatus since the last book my old memory has started forgetting the details of all we lived together when we read Elfhunter for the first time.  I hate that!  However, there is one benefit to getting old and forgetting things...it will be every bit as fun to read it a second time!   ;D

I've found that every book I start lately I keep thinking, I should really be re-reading Elfhunter, so here I am!  Anyone else up for a re-do?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 11, 2011, 01:29:58 pm
Brewie, are you one of those who have read Outcaste?

I am definitely up for a re-do with you and anyone else who wants one!  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on April 11, 2011, 01:44:58 pm
What did you re-do to it?
It seemed fine to me.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on April 11, 2011, 02:03:13 pm
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Outcaste in one of your contests, Archer.   ;D  I'm planning on starting from the very beginning and relishing every moment (all the way through Outcaste)!

<EDIT>  Not to turn this into a blog or anything, but I'm just starting and the feeling you get when you read the first couple of sentences KNOWING that the rest of the book(s) is/are fabulous is a really cool feeling.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 11, 2011, 07:56:01 pm
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Outcaste in one of your contests, Archer.   ;D  I'm planning on starting from the very beginning and relishing every moment (all the way through Outcaste)!

<EDIT>  Not to turn this into a blog or anything, but I'm just starting and the feeling you get when you read the first couple of sentences KNOWING that the rest of the book(s) is/are fabulous is a really cool feeling.

BIG SMILE from the Archer.

Geoff, Brew is referring to starting the 'read with the author' idea from the beginning. I'd love it...our little Klub doesn't see much action and I feel a bit responsible.  :-[
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on April 11, 2011, 08:36:43 pm
A friend has a Nook and I suggested she try your books, I was shocked when she told me they were $17-$19 for them at B&N. 

Any guess on when Outcaste will be officially released?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 12, 2011, 03:05:06 am
WHAT????!!!

How is that possible? Maybe in print, but they're not even available as e-books on B&N. We're trying to fix that now.
(Mumble! Fret! Groan!)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on April 12, 2011, 03:50:05 am
When will Outcaste be available arch?:)



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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on April 12, 2011, 08:42:01 am
Oops, you are right, that is for the paperback.  Sorry about the confusion.  Fingers crossed you get the e-books in soon.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on April 12, 2011, 09:15:20 am
The Hubs is working on it. Also for I-pad.

Outcaste will be available soon...I hope!  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 26, 2011, 07:59:28 am
Hi guys!!

How are you??!

Days are passing fast here! Waiting for opportunity to start my education In cleaning! I'm so exited!!


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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 27, 2011, 04:32:36 am
Hi, Winter!

It IS exciting starting a new educational program.  :)  Me, I just got back from New York City where I've been for the past week. SO MUCH to tell you all, but I am waiting for the go-ahead. Lots of excitement coming in the world of Alterra, though, I can tell you that much!
 :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Rie142 on May 27, 2011, 07:26:07 am
I just got back from New York City where I've been for the past week. SO MUCH to tell you all, but I am waiting for the go-ahead. Lots of excitement coming in the world of Alterra, though, I can tell you that much!
 :D


Hi,  Glad you had a wonderful and productive trip to NYC.   Can't wait to hear what is happening for you.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on May 27, 2011, 09:07:22 am
I already whined on the other thread.

Can't get enough of our favorite elves or alterra.

Just sayin....
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 27, 2011, 10:46:58 am
All I can tell you is there will be lots of new and intriguing goodies in store.  As soon as I can, I'll give you the specifics. I am thrilled to death.  :D :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on May 27, 2011, 04:14:21 pm
Ah but you KNOW we're all waiting with fish breath dear Archer!

Methinks we'll Like the news that is coming -- no??!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 27, 2011, 05:57:48 pm
You will like it! It's totally awesome!  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on May 27, 2011, 06:30:08 pm
If you say we will like it, then I KNOW we will.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on May 31, 2011, 12:14:11 pm
Yay:-D

Hugs from me and my little lady cat ;)


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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on May 31, 2011, 07:21:43 pm
{{{{HUGS}}}} for you and Miss Kitty, Winter!
 :D :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on June 07, 2011, 09:40:17 am
Any updates from Alterra?  http://www.naturesongs.com/cricket1.wav (http://www.naturesongs.com/cricket1.wav)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on June 07, 2011, 04:34:45 pm
HAHAHA! The crickets are great!

I hope I can share some things soon. There are so many things happening my head is spinning. And it aint pretty! :D :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on June 07, 2011, 06:08:07 pm
Oh now your head is indeed pretty.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on June 08, 2011, 08:18:22 am
Pleeeeeeaaaaassssssseeeeee!  Tell us some secrets!

(http://members.cox.net/hessen/head-spinning-man.gif)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on June 08, 2011, 01:36:56 pm
Patience, grasshopper! As soon as everything is signed, I will TELL ALL!  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on June 08, 2011, 01:39:54 pm
We are going out of our minds waiting.
We don't do well under pressure.
We needs our precious.....no wrong epic that.
Anyway we are cracking under this pressure.

(Common Brew, back to the caves with the dwarves) snif snif.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on June 08, 2011, 04:59:54 pm
If Geoff and Brew go back to the cave with the Dwarves, I want to come, too! We can make merry while all these legal types get their ducks in a row!

Brew can bring, errr...the BREW!  ;) ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: R. M. Reed on June 10, 2011, 06:46:55 pm
If you are ever on a book tour, make sure to include L.A.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on June 10, 2011, 08:39:28 pm
Dang, Robin! I was in LA this spring! Next time, we'll get together.  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: R. M. Reed on June 11, 2011, 07:42:51 am
Dang indeed!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Carmyn on June 15, 2011, 04:20:45 pm
Hey all, Carmyn here (do you remember me?).  Been pretty hectic, but had to check and see what's up.  I KNOW the news will be worth the wait!!!!   ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on June 15, 2011, 07:19:38 pm
Carmyn: Heh! How could we forget YOU?
 :D

(and yes...it WILL be worth the wait!)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on June 20, 2011, 06:55:21 pm
Hmmm, my notifications for this thread aren't working.  I'm glad I popped on anyway and found out that news is coming soon!  Can't wait for more Alterra!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on July 05, 2011, 10:50:46 am
We just moved offices and in our new building we have a new coffee service available...it's one of the "put the packet in, push a button and out comes coffee" kind of machines.  The interesting things is, the brand of coffee available for the machine is the Alterra Roasting Company (http://alterracoffee.com/ (http://alterracoffee.com/))!  Pretty good kaffa!   ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 05, 2011, 02:57:29 pm
Cool beans! (heh!)

Who wants to read a short story? If you do, send me an e-mail and I'll send you the story.  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on July 17, 2011, 12:09:19 pm
A hawk dropped a rat and it landed in front of our patio door and I thought of you, Archer, as I sent hubby to dispose of it.   ;)

I pushed your books to Karen's iTouch and she started Ravenshade when I wasn't looking.  I stopped her and opened Elfhunter.  I think she is hooked!   
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 17, 2011, 01:26:27 pm
Heh! So, I take it you enjoyed my little story. Big Smile!  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 19, 2011, 03:26:55 am
So....in case you missed this in the Bazaar, here's a sneak peek at the first of the new figures!
These are tiny--28mm scale--meant to be used in the (any) RPG. There will be a lot more of these, plus a larger collector's set, to follow.

Here's the link: http://www.achesoncreations.com/index.php?view=category&catid=12&option=com_joomgallery&Itemid=61

Enjoy the slide show!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on July 19, 2011, 04:41:22 am
Neat.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on July 19, 2011, 05:20:00 am
The figures look fabulous!  I have to admit, Gorgon in my head is a bit different (longer flowing  hair and a bit more lithe), but that's the interesting part of seeing it now, right?  Everyone will have thought of him a bit differently.  Is the figure your Gorgon, or the character company's?  I'm going to wait for them all and then I might just have to pick up a collector's edition. ;)

Ok, I'm going to admit my ignorance to that side of gaming and ask for some background.  I've seen the characters before used in this kind of gaming, but I don't understand "how" they are used.  Can you give a "video gamer" some background to expand my horizons...at the risk of creating a new interest for me?   ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on July 19, 2011, 07:48:41 am
Yeah.
I agree with Brew.
I want to learn more too.
Expand my horizons and all that.

Just sayin...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 19, 2011, 10:44:29 am
Gorgon's hair is longer and he is more lithe, you're right. But I think in 28mm scale that would have been harder to convey--this artist saw him as 'massive', which he is. The armor makes him look a lot bigger, too. (Nekkid he looks like a scarred-up male bodybuilder). I do like him from the rear...a lot! (His face is pretty darned ugly...and again, in larger scale I think we can refine his features a LITTLE).

These figures are used for classic D&D role-playing. If there's a map of an underground realm, for example, you place the minis on it to mark where the characters are. People collect them and trade them and paint them BEAUTIFULLY. They use eensy little brushes. (The base Gaelen is standing on is made from a penny--that's how small she is.) The figures are cast in pewter. They are very inexpensive to buy unfinished, but they require a little trimming and loving to make them look fabulous.

So, if you want to play the new Elfhunter game as 'Orogond', you have his mini, his statistics, and you enter into the game scenario (which might, for example, take place in Cos Domhain). (Note that you can play any generic Alterran Ranger with that mini, also.) There's a map, some objective (maybe just to survive the perils of the realm), and you can bet Gorgon's figure will appear on the map someplace! (uh, oh!) There are a lot of rpg systems--the classic one involves a 20-sided die (called a D-20). You have a dungeon-master who directs the group through the adventure, but the dice decide what happens. It's fun, involves face-to-face contact with other gamers, and is inexpensive time-wasting at its finest.

We anticipate a whole collection of awesome figures from Acheson. The one I'm awaiting is the mounted Gaelen. (quivers in anticipation)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Tip10 on July 19, 2011, 01:33:06 pm
Funny -- Gorgon fits very well my "picture" of him -- Gaelen not even close.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on July 29, 2011, 06:34:01 pm
Very nice figures.  Karen has played some D&D lite (no figures or maps, just character sheets, dice, and the DM telling the story verbally.  I bet she would love an Alterra D&D game. 

And yes, I did enjoy your little story.  Thanks for sending it. 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on July 30, 2011, 05:51:32 am
OK, youse guys. BIG ANNOUNCEMENT coming up! Fabulous visual, too! Watch this space...

(There WILL be a test.)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on July 30, 2011, 09:09:28 am
Ohhhhh, I love to take tests.

Let the fun begin, please.


Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 01, 2011, 06:35:49 am
http://flic.kr/p/a91YCu
So, here's the link to the ink job for our first new banner from the artist who will be working on the graphic novel adaptations.
Here's the test: Who are the characters?  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on August 01, 2011, 06:57:49 am
Bah!  That site is blocked at work...have to wait until I get home tonight to see.   :-\
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on August 01, 2011, 07:32:38 am
Ok, I will try:
Gorgon, Fima, Orogond, Gaelen, Nelwyn, Galador, Rain.
How did I do?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 01, 2011, 08:33:38 am
DINGDINGDING! Give that man a cigar!  :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: R. M. Reed on August 01, 2011, 01:19:14 pm
They all look like American Indians.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 01, 2011, 01:22:18 pm
Check this out! We've got some color.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5998903915/in/photostream
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on August 01, 2011, 01:24:50 pm
So, Archer...other than the pics I can't see until I get home from the office, you skated around any details about a new graphic novel (or set of graphic novels).  What's the real deal?  A picture is just a tease!  I can imagine graphic novels of the trilogy as pretty cool additions to my collection, even though I only have Elfhunter in hard copy.  Can you release the real goods?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 01, 2011, 01:33:35 pm
Right now the plan is to republish the novels, with a full edit, new art, and bonus content (I'm writing up some extra-special features right now!) and then release a series of comic books which will then be bound into graphic novels. Is that cool, or what? I will reveal the new publisher as soon as all contract details are finalized.
 :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on August 01, 2011, 01:42:55 pm
Awesome!  That's a LOT of drawing!  I can't wait to see them!

<EDIT>  WOW!  I got a look at the artwork finally...nicely done!  The color stuff is fantastic.  I especially like how Gaelen and Nelwyn turned out.   8)  I think the most controversial character depiction will be Gorgon.  I think most people will have differing pictures of him in their heads (I know I did) and he'll take some getting used to.  I think the quick pic of him there doesn't do his nasty side justice, but to be fair, I can't really base a pro or con from one shot.

When's the plan for release?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: R. M. Reed on August 02, 2011, 02:53:31 pm
Check this out! We've got some color.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5998903915/in/photostream

That's nice. The artist really knows how to draw a bow properly.

Edit: I just realized that the verb "draw" here could refer to the artist drawing the picture, but I was thinking of the person in the picture correctly drawing the bow in order to shoot the arrow.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: mom2karen on August 03, 2011, 12:46:40 pm
Wonderful!  Can't wait to see how the graphic novels turn out.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on August 24, 2011, 07:30:40 am
So....in case you missed this in the Bazaar, here's a sneak peek at the first of the new figures!
These are tiny--28mm scale--meant to be used in the (any) RPG. There will be a lot more of these, plus a larger collector's set, to follow.

Here's the link: http://www.achesoncreations.com/index.php?view=category&catid=12&option=com_joomgallery&Itemid=61

Enjoy the slide show!

I just sent a "nudge note" to Craig Acheson asking on any update of availability...I'll let you know what I hear.  (Hate to always be asking for more info from Archer when there are so many other people in the world I can bug!  ;D)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on August 24, 2011, 07:36:06 am
Hey Brew thanks for the effort ('cause it helps all of us).
I don't like to nag either (snicker).
But I really do want more books to read.


Just sayin......
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 24, 2011, 07:43:29 am
How about a nice, juicy back-story, Geoff?
It will be made available free online--I'll let you guys know when it goes up.  :)

Meanwhile...I need to take some photos! I have the first of the figures in my hot little hands. Gaelen is TINY! (She's done to scale with Gorgon.) There are a couple of sets being painted as we speak. When I have them, I'll try to take pictures. Meanwhile, I know they are available for ordering now.

In other news...a popular designer of table top RPG games (meant to be played with minis) is going to be producing an Alterran game series. I'll be spending at least some of those cold winter nights writing scenarios for him. If any of you would like to submit ideas, please don't hesitate!

On the publishing front: I am still working on tweaking the contract with Sea Lion. We are all anxious to get this project off the ground. I have bonded with the artist who is doing the new covers and concept art for the graphic novels. She's a smart cookie and very talented. We are hatching all kinds of ideas for you!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on August 24, 2011, 09:33:38 am
Archer, your publishers could potentially learn a thing or two from Craig about getting a product to a fertile audience as soon as possible...in about an hour from my sending him a question I got the following response:

"Brian,
 
            Hello!  Thank you for your inquiry. The first three figures for Alterra were released at Gen-Con, two weeks ago. They will be up on the web page in  about a week to ten days from now.
 
 
Craig
Acheson Creations"


I can't wait to see them for myself!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on August 24, 2011, 09:51:46 am
How about a nice, juicy back-story, Geoff?
It will be made available free online--I'll let you guys know when it goes up.  :)

Yes, please.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 24, 2011, 11:58:10 am
Brian, I hope Craig sells a lot of the figures. I want him to be happy about them! (I have a set, needless to say.)

;-)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on August 24, 2011, 12:54:07 pm
I will certainly have a set and will post pics in a new thread (that you can start since you'll be ahead of me) to show them off once they are painted.  I think it'd be interesting to see how everyone paints them since they will all be undoubtedly different.  May even have to create a diorama to put them in.   ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 24, 2011, 02:27:17 pm
We'll need more figures for our diorama! I'll poke Richard Deasey and get him to make some more! :-) I think he's working on Lokai next...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on September 03, 2011, 08:59:41 pm
How are you guys??!!!
All is well here now, but it has been an interesting summer. :)




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Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on September 08, 2011, 05:13:22 pm
Hi, Winter! Long time since you've joined us. What was interesting about your summer?  ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on September 18, 2011, 10:48:00 pm
I am well! Just hectic days now. I study:)
Summer in Norway was lousy. Everything other day was raining. But apart from the weather it was a lot Nice too:)
But autumn this year is better. We are going to Prague!! :-D my dad, sis and the woman he lives with. It will be great!
Are you well Arch?


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Post by: geoffthomas on September 22, 2011, 08:16:09 am
Hey a big Happy Birthday to ibrewalot.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on September 22, 2011, 08:35:08 am
Why, thanx, Geoff!   ;D 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on September 22, 2011, 09:58:57 am
Happy Birthday to Brew,
Happy Birthday to Brew!
You have great taste in Boo-oooks,
And we're so glad for Yoooouuuu!


(gads! I am a self-portant cad!)

So, who wants to get a sneak peek at the first Elfhunter jewelry design? (Coming this fall to a convention near you)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on September 22, 2011, 11:59:02 am
Sneak peeks are ALWAYS awesome!  Yes, please!

I sent another message to Craig at Acheson Creations asking again about the miniature figures...no word back.  A month or so ago he'd said it they would be available in a week to 10 days.  Must have run into problems.  

Archer...any insight?  <EDIT>  They would make a GREAT birthday present!   ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on September 22, 2011, 03:34:41 pm
Well, I know I can get them any time. Tell me what you'd like and I'll send them!

If I send you an e-mail with the jewelry image, can you get it on here, Brian?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on September 22, 2011, 06:19:31 pm
Will do on the jewelry pic...and let me look at the minis and send you a PM, ok?  Thanx!

Here's the latest in Alterra fashion:

(http://ibrewalot.mjcportal.com/elfhunter_pendant.jpg)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on September 24, 2011, 05:59:32 pm
Is that drop-dead gorgeous, or what!

I can't wait for the BIG cloak clasp and the earrings.  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on September 30, 2011, 06:16:47 am
Happy Birthday to C.S. Marks.

Do elves celebrate all of their birthdays?

Just wonderin......
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on September 30, 2011, 06:27:01 am
Happy Birthday, Archer!!!   ;D

Given elves live at least 10 times humans, maybe they going into a holding pattern at 290?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on October 19, 2011, 11:58:22 am
What news, Archer?  I know you have a lot of irons in the fire...any movement you can speak of?  New book?  Miniature figures availability?  graphic novel availability?  Did I mention new book?   8)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 18, 2011, 08:51:21 am
HERE is the news!!

The board is set...the pieces are moving.

http://www.icontact-archive.com/Bw5umGrR7wP1sQ06dy18yWEhwwfEGTSC?w=3
 
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on November 18, 2011, 09:12:39 am
I am so happy for you!
I know you have been "working" this for quite a while.
I must admit that newly illustrated by the incomparable Hope Hoover doesn't make me as happy as it probably does them......I liked the original illustrations.
But anything that brings a smile to your face (and makes your Jeff happy) makes me happy too.

Especially if it means more books, soon?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on November 18, 2011, 09:31:32 am
Congratulations to you, Archer!

And hi everybody! Contrary to popular belief, I'm still here.  I've just been preoccupied with life for a while...  stuff happens, you know?

And by the way, I'm in agreement with geoff, I think the original artist for the books was pretty awesome! Wondering, as well, how much longer I'll have to wait to see your next book on my Kindle...
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 18, 2011, 11:39:43 am
I know...I'm a little attached to the old artwork, too. But here's the thing: No question that Hope is more technically proficient and experienced in the graphic arts realm. She did an excellent job on the cover, has read the series and loves it. If they give her the graphic novel contract (she has to vie with other artists for it), they will be wonderful.

O wondrous Crady, if you want to read new I will send you something for your Kindle.  ;)

There will be some new material given away free online as well--a 20,000 word novella! I have been a busy girl.

The figures ARE available for purchase-I'll post a link. The first jewelry piece should be ready by Christmas, I hope!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: kcrady on November 18, 2011, 11:56:01 am
O wondrous Crady, if you want to read new I will send you something for your Kindle.  ;)

Oooh please please! That would be awesome!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on November 18, 2011, 02:54:35 pm
Archer, congrats...I think.  I feel really thick since I don't quite get it all, other than it's obviously been what you've been waiting for so it's got to be good, right?

So, is this a deal for them to re-publish your "current" series with new artwork and more publicity?  Or is it a deal for three MORE books?  Or is it a deal for the graphic novel.  I'm confused, but none-the-less happy for you.   :D

(not to demean the previous artwork, which I love, but I do think the "new" Gaelen looks awesome!!!)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on November 22, 2011, 09:25:34 am
I couldn't stand not getting it (I hate being the only doofus) so I emailed David Dabel, President of Sea Lion Books and asked for clarification.

Here's the gist of his reply:
"The Elhunter series is being reedited and remastered with new cover and interior art.  We will also be releasing the 4th and 5 novels in the series.  We should have more news shortly."

I love the sound of a 5th novel!   ;D

Go, Archer, go archer, go Archer!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 23, 2011, 03:21:16 am
And don't forget your nice, fat freebie coming your way soon!  ;)
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Post by: kcrady on November 23, 2011, 05:55:59 am
I'm about to head out the door to go be with my family in Virginia for the holiday - here's wishing you all a Thanksgiving filled with family, fun, fellowship and good food!
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Post by: R. M. Reed on November 23, 2011, 04:44:19 pm

I love the sound of a 5th novel!   ;D

Go, Archer, go archer, go Archer!

Waitaminnit - Are you saying there's already a fourth?
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Post by: ibrewalot on November 23, 2011, 07:31:44 pm
Waitaminnit - Are you saying there's already a fourth?

Robin...look on page 38 of this thread where you are prominently featured.  There's a response from the ever-generous Archer to address the issue with a PM.   ;)

No doubt, you'll not find an author more into their readers!
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Post by: Archer on November 24, 2011, 09:39:44 am
I am thankful for all of you today. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
 :)

I am thankful for facebook posts like this one from a fourteen year old reader:


'A lot of things have happened to me since last thanksgiving, so I guess I'll start there. I'm thankful for the people that kept me safe from that creep that threatened me at school last year.I'm thankful for Gaelen, who was my 'protector' when I felt unsafe. I was reading FireHeart at the time that that stuff happened to me, and I probably would've gone mad without her and The Company.
I guess I have my dear Author to thank for that.'

It's been worth all the effort just for her. I am a wealthy woman.  :D 
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Post by: mom2karen on December 07, 2011, 08:33:04 am
Somehow my thread notification turned off and I missed your announcement.  Congratulations!  Can't wait to read book 4&5.  My nephew needs book 3 (he gets one a year for his birthday).  I'll PM you to see if we can make arrangements for another signed copy. 
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Post by: Archer on December 07, 2011, 08:41:26 am
Please do! I have a copy or two lying around.  :)
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Post by: R. M. Reed on December 08, 2011, 08:37:18 pm
Robin...look on page 38 of this thread where you are prominently featured.  There's a response from the ever-generous Archer to address the issue with a PM.   ;)

No doubt, you'll not find an author more into their readers!

I think I did PM her, but I'm not sure what happened. We didn't connect on that. If there is a another book, I would be happy to pay for it.
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Post by: kcrady on December 08, 2011, 08:41:24 pm
I think I did PM her, but I'm not sure what happened. We didn't connect on that. If there is a another book, I would be happy to pay for it.

Same here, just let me know what I need to do...
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Post by: mom2karen on December 08, 2011, 10:05:16 pm
Archer, I PM'ed you about book 3 for my nephew, but thought I better post here since others are saying there might be problems with your PM's.  I'll also dig around for your e-mail and try that. 

Beth
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Post by: Archer on December 09, 2011, 04:45:42 am
Archer, I PM'ed you about book 3 for my nephew, but thought I better post here since others are saying there might be problems with your PM's.  I'll also dig around for your e-mail and try that. 

Beth


Oh, dear! Does that mean I have PMS?
I did get a PM from you, 'mom', but just this morning.  :)

Robin and K would like pdfs of Outcaste, yes?
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Post by: kcrady on December 09, 2011, 06:29:37 am
Yes please!  I just sent you a PM with my email address
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Post by: geoffthomas on December 09, 2011, 07:12:12 am
I am anxious for book 5......
But I am also anxious for all Alterran work to be available so that I can tell others to go purchase and read them.

Just sayin......
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Post by: mom2karen on December 09, 2011, 09:40:25 am
I'd love Outcaste too! 
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Post by: R. M. Reed on December 09, 2011, 01:57:58 pm
If it's still in PDF form, maybe I should wait until I can buy it.
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Post by: Archer on December 16, 2011, 02:13:25 pm
Right now, it's a WORD document. :-)

Just finished a new Alterran novella: 'The Tale of Aincor Fire-heart'.   :D :D
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Post by: mom2karen on December 20, 2011, 07:55:37 pm
All these new stories and we have to wait.  The suspense is killing me!  LOL  Congrats on finishing the novella. 

Thanks so much for sending Fireheart for my nephew!  I'm going to wrap it with your name on the "From" tag.  He's going to be thrilled. 
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Post by: kcrady on December 22, 2011, 05:51:26 am
Look what popped up in Kindle freebies today!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-j2vuCD5L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-46,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W48XCW?tag=kbpst-20)

Product Description
A collection of nine short stories resulting from the "Red Adept Reviews Twists Contest."
The contest rules were simple: Submit a short story with a twist similar to those found in stories by O'Henry.
“Building God” by Jessica Billings: A machine predicts the future of mankind.
“Should Have Seen It Coming” by Brendan Carroll: A man's wife leaves him unexpectedly.
“Granny Theft Auto” by T.L. Haddix: A klepto-grandma steals a police car.
“The Unbroken Mirror” by C.S. Marks: A prelude to the Alterra series
“Fired” by Lynn O’Dell: Getting fired has its repercussions.
“42jorie” by John Philpin: A man meets a special woman online.
“Leo’s Wife” by Patrica Sierra: A bigamist’s wife is confronted after his death.
“Traditions” by Michael Sullivan: A young girl embarks on a journey to fight a dragon.
“A Long, Lonely Time” by J.R. Tomlin: A woman finds a very special door in her attic.

[and Archer, I'm still on the lookout for that pdf file you mentioned...   ;)]
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Post by: ibrewalot on December 22, 2011, 08:57:22 am
Great catch!  And great story to boot!  Merry Christmas, all!   ;D
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Post by: Archer on December 22, 2011, 07:12:25 pm


[and Archer, I'm still on the lookout for that pdf file you mentioned...   ;)]

It's not Christmas yet! ;-)
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Post by: kcrady on December 22, 2011, 08:00:02 pm
;D

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Post by: Archer on December 23, 2011, 06:34:42 pm
Ho, ho, ho! 'Christmas stories' are going out--check your Spam folders if you don't see 'em!
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Post by: kcrady on December 24, 2011, 09:56:34 am
 ???  Nothing in my email and nothing in my spam folder so far...
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Post by: Archer on December 24, 2011, 11:21:32 am
Check again. it was sent from my work e-mail day before yesterday! Ho, Ho...?
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Post by: kcrady on December 24, 2011, 02:19:06 pm
Nope, nothing there...  I guess it could have hit my spam folder and been deleted before you told us you sent?  Any chance of a resend?

Sorry to be so much trouble... :-\
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Post by: Archer on December 25, 2011, 03:12:49 pm
Re-sent this very day.  :D
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Post by: kcrady on December 25, 2011, 06:23:11 pm
Thank you - got it this time!

Wishing everyone a wonderful HOLIDAY!

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Post by: geoffthomas on December 25, 2011, 08:02:35 pm
Is there something out that I have not read yet?
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Post by: Archer on December 26, 2011, 02:36:47 am
Nothing 'out', Geoff! Just sharing some as-yet-unpublished goodies with my favorite people, including you. Sending the novella via e-mail today.
 ;)
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Post by: Archer on January 01, 2012, 01:48:14 am
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!  :D :D :D
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Post by: geoffthomas on January 01, 2012, 10:47:26 am
Thank you, Archer.
And the same to you and yours.
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Post by: mom2karen on January 01, 2012, 05:00:41 pm
Yes, Happy New Year!
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Post by: ibrewalot on January 01, 2012, 08:11:57 pm
Happy New Year, everyone!!!

I just finished the Aincor novella...it sure filled in a lot of questions I hadn't even thought of from Fire-Heart.  Great story and VERY nice to keep feeding the Alterra fire.  ;D  Thanx, Archer!
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Post by: Archer on January 01, 2012, 08:28:27 pm
Avec plaisir, mon ami!

(of COURSE I have copies of FH and RS. All you need do is ask.)  :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on January 17, 2012, 05:45:13 am
Funny story...I finally finished the last of the Clan of the Cave Bear series my wife got me (in hardback; weighed a TON) for my birthday.  I then moved back to the Kindle and started some story I downloaded a long time ago called "Compromising Positions".  Who doesn't enjoy and easy-read romance once in a while, right?   ;)

I have been reading just before bed lately since my days have been crazy lately, so it takes a long time to get through a book at that slow pace.  Last night my wife notices I'm sucked into the book and haven't put it away to talk to her with our usual chit-chat before bed about "what's going on tomorrow?  do you need me to get  you anything while I'm out?  etc.

She leans over and asks, "What are you reading?  Elfhunter again?".   :D  Too funny, but that "is" the general effect your books have on me (and likely most), Archer!  The rest of the world just fades away...funny, I never knew anyone noticed.
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Post by: Archer on January 18, 2012, 04:46:11 pm
Awww, Brewie, you always brighten my day. I have exciting news for friends of Alterra...watch this space!  :D

Incidentally, I am having hardcover versions of the original three books printed before I take them out of print. If any of my favorite readers would like me to reserve any, I will. At present, there are only plans to print 50 of each volume, so let me know, ok? It's ok to change your mind when they get here, I just want to make sure everyone who wants them gets them.  :D
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Post by: Archer on February 01, 2012, 03:17:52 am
Feast yer eyes on this wonderful portrait of Rain (Ri-Elathan) by our new cover artist/illustrator--the incomparable Hope Hoover!

(http://webpages.charter.net/ibrewalot/Rainf-1.jpg)
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Post by: ibrewalot on February 01, 2012, 03:59:26 am
That's pretty amazing...it certainly added to the picture I had in my head for Rain.  Very cool!
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Post by: geoffthomas on February 01, 2012, 07:37:15 am
Ooooohhhhh! - nice illustration.
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Post by: Archer on February 01, 2012, 04:13:31 pm
Darnitall--why does he have to be DEAD? Oh...wait  minute...I guess that's MY fault, isn't it?  :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on February 03, 2012, 07:33:32 am
Yoooo-hooooo...Arrrrrccchhhhheeeeeerrrrrrrr...check your PMs, ok?  I need confirmation on your address before I send $$$ to the right place.

Thanx!   ;D
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Post by: Archer on February 03, 2012, 07:36:54 am
ZZzzzzzzzzz(snork!) huh? PM? Oh, yeah...right. Comin' your way.
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Post by: mom2karen on February 11, 2012, 08:50:32 am
Hope did a fantastic job! 
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Post by: Archer on February 15, 2012, 01:22:57 pm
She DID, didn't she? I'm making a Ri-elathan t-shirt! He can haunt my afterlife ANY time!!  :D :D
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Post by: Winter9 on February 17, 2012, 02:51:14 pm
Hi!

How Are you guys? Days goes so fast here.

I am quite well now. I lost a friend In january,but it is going more back to normal.

Is there some new book coming soon Arch?

Hugs for everyone!
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Post by: Archer on February 17, 2012, 06:33:32 pm
WINTER!! Hiya!  :D :D

New book? Well...I do have a few ARCs of Outcaste around... ;)
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Post by: Winter9 on March 02, 2012, 12:30:08 am
ARC?

I think I need to read the trilogy again soon:)
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Post by: Archer on March 02, 2012, 06:09:54 am
An ARC is an "Advance Reader Copy" which is printed before a book is published. It's circulated to reviewers and books buyers so they can tell what's coming and decide if they want to pre-order it.  :D
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Post by: Winter9 on March 04, 2012, 08:56:31 am
I see^^ when will the book be published you think?
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Post by: Archer on March 05, 2012, 03:24:12 am
I see^^ when will the book be published you think?

Probably not for a while, because the first three will be re-released first. However, I do have a few of the ARCs floatin' around and I can send them to special readers for advance feedback... ;)
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Post by: Winter9 on March 05, 2012, 04:39:51 am
:-D
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Post by: Archer on March 05, 2012, 06:32:38 pm
:-D

Is that your 'special reader face'?
 ;)
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Post by: Winter9 on March 06, 2012, 01:07:23 am
Yup!^^


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Post by: Archer on March 24, 2012, 07:47:52 pm
Big news: The Kindle versions of all three books are coming out of publication next week. The new edition hardcover is now available for pre-order, so the publisher wants all the old versions down. If anybody has been thinking about putting these on their Kindle, now would be a good time. New Fire-heart and Ravenshade kindle editions probably won't be available until 2013-2014.

Here's the link to the new pre-order page so you can all see!  :D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51mcZpkYloL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0983613133/?tag=kbpst-20)
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Post by: geoffthomas on March 25, 2012, 07:22:09 am
Well I am way-past thrilled that Sea Lion Books has been smart enough to publish these works.
And I DO like the new artwork.  It will sell a lot of books.

but........

I still like the original artwork (especially for Elfhunter).

Just sayin......
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Post by: Archer on March 25, 2012, 07:35:03 am
Geoff, you are not alone. Believe me.

That image has been synonymous with Elfhunter since it first came into being. I don't want to give it up, but I understand the reason for doing so. We can still keep it, though--even if I get a newer Elfmobile, I'm decorating it with my own art. Hubby won't even ride in it otherwise!
 :D

(One thing that has me pretty jazzed is how affordable the hardcovers are going to be! Should make them so much easier to sell in the bookstores!)

Love you guys...
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Post by: Tip10 on March 26, 2012, 03:39:10 am
Archer,
I'll second Geoff's sentiments about someone (Sea Lion in particular) being smart enough to finally pick your works up for publication.
A little disappointed in the delay in sending them out to Kindle but, hey, I can do hardbacks too -- did so for years!  :D

Any plans in the works yet for book signings/tours etc.

All I can say is "Look out world -- Here comes Chris!!"   ;D ;D
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 26, 2012, 06:06:38 am
I have to say, I'm VERY glad to have just completed my shelf of Elfhunter with all of the softcover and the "original" artwork...however, now I'm torn with "don't I also need the hardback and the new artwork?".  Decisions, decisions!   ::)

Congrats on the deal rolling out, Archer!  Brace yourself for the onslaught of new fans! 
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Post by: Tip10 on March 26, 2012, 06:20:53 am
Hence my question Brew -- have a complete set of the softcover (2 of -- well errr let's just say 2 of them signed no less  :D ).
Will be adding the complete set of Hardcovers when they come along. 
Since a move about 6 years ago that necessitated a weeding out of the library and the arrival of the Kindle a couple of years later (followed by one for DW) only very special tomes warrant space on our limited shelves.  Space has already been reserved for the second set of Ms. Marks works -- right there next to the softcovers on the "Grand Masters" shelves of my favorites.  :D

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Post by: Archer on March 26, 2012, 02:59:03 pm
You guys make me feel so special. "Look out, world" is RIGHT!  :D :D
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Post by: Tip10 on March 26, 2012, 06:55:12 pm
You guys make me feel so special. "Look out, world" is RIGHT!  :D :D

Hey Arch -- You ARE special!!  We know that and we're pretty sure the rest of the world is about to find out!  ;)
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Post by: Archer on March 27, 2012, 03:45:50 am
Well, I am pre-ordering some copies of the hardcover for my "special" KB readers, who will receive them signed and inscribed.
You know who you are!  ;)
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Post by: geoffthomas on March 27, 2012, 08:45:28 am
Chris,
Now that we know and love you, you don't need to ever write another book to be tops in ours.  Not that I don't love your books. 
Just sayin.....
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 27, 2012, 09:06:46 am
Archer, quick question...you're obviously going to get a ton of "new" readers with the buzz you're about to create, right?  But what does that do to your next series (books 4 and 5)?  I have to think a big-name publisher wouldn't want to flood the market with too much at a time so you get the most sales from one before moving to the next, but does that translate to the next books coming out a long time from now?  

As slow as I've been reading lately, I can squeeze FireHeart for a while longer (hmmmm, there's a thought!  8)) since I'm only just hitting the half-way point and then Ravenshade followed closely by my cherished ARC...but what is on the wind after that?  I really have no insight into the publishing world, but find the process very interesting.
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Post by: Archer on March 27, 2012, 09:24:27 am
Geoff, you will be one of the first to receive your new (highly collectible, no doubt) copy of Elfhunter.
You and Brian and Tip are all on the list.

Brian, you are right--it wil be a while before book 5 is ready to read. However, we still will need beta readers, and you're on the Beta list along with Tip and Geoff.

Looks like it might be 2015 before we see book 5 in print. Depends on whether Sea Lion GETS the Undiscovered Realms series...they will if they do a good job on the trilogy. No reason to think they won't, but it's still early in the process. I have great hopes for them and for my work to be a real asset to them.

I like the Sea Lion folks. They're nice, and they know how to work well with their authors.  :D :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 27, 2012, 09:30:55 am
I like the Sea Lion folks. They're nice, and they know how to work well with their authors.  :D :D

That's good to hear and was exactly what I was worried about in the back of my mind.  If you haven't noticed, we're fairly protective of our favorite author!   ;D
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Post by: Winter9 on April 22, 2012, 09:50:37 pm
I think maybe I am kind of slow these days, I didn't fully get what was happening until now. That's amazing Arch! :-D
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Post by: Winter9 on April 22, 2012, 09:51:17 pm
And of course I agree, we love you, and they better treat you nicely!


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Post by: Archer on April 23, 2012, 02:54:35 pm
Winter, I'll be sure to inform them that they must be nice to me or...the Norwegian Warrior-Queen will be after them!  :D
She'll be accompanied by Tip's dog, waving a bottle of Brewie's Best Brew!
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Post by: Winter9 on April 24, 2012, 12:25:48 am
Oh yes! Tell them that I will send my superscary cat! Eh..

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Post by: Archer on April 24, 2012, 03:26:10 am
Heheh! I might save that one for the most super-scary threat. What a beautiful cat!!  :D
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Post by: geoffthomas on April 24, 2012, 08:16:24 am
If they aren't nice to you, I will pay them a visit.
They won't like me if I get mad.
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Post by: Archer on April 24, 2012, 09:37:19 am
Oh, NO! Geoff and the Killer Cairn!  :D

They WILL be nice. If they know what's GOOD for them!
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 24, 2012, 09:50:43 am
Archer...something I just noticed on the original cover and the new cover of Elfhunter is Gaelen's quiver is slung low on the new cover and high on the original.  Why the difference?  Did that come from your feedback or the new artist taking license?

It also looks like the Kindle editions are still available, for now anyway.
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Post by: kcrady on April 24, 2012, 10:44:45 am
Sorry I haven't posted sooner; April has been a busy month for me.  Archer, CONGRATS! on your impending publication!  How exciting!  I must say, though, I'm glad I have all three books safely tucked away in my Kindle library (and on my bookshelf), since it looks like it will be a while before more of the series is republished!  I hope we don't have to wait TOO long before we find out what Gaelen is up to.  Did I mention that I really enjoyed reading the ARC copy of Outcaste?  Just wish I had some cover art to apply to the copy I converted to Kindle...
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Post by: Archer on April 24, 2012, 11:18:56 am
No, Brew...they aren't available for sale. The product page is still up, but they can't be sold.  :)
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Post by: Archer on April 24, 2012, 05:13:12 pm
Sorry I haven't posted sooner; April has been a busy month for me.  Archer, CONGRATS! on your impending publication!  How exciting!  I must say, though, I'm glad I have all three books safely tucked away in my Kindle library (and on my bookshelf), since it looks like it will be a while before more of the series is republished!  I hope we don't have to wait TOO long before we find out what Gaelen is up to.  Did I mention that I really enjoyed reading the ARC copy of Outcaste?  Just wish I had some cover art to apply to the copy I converted to Kindle...

Thanks, K! I sure hope this works out the way I hope it will. It's a bit...y'know...scary! But the editor alone is worth taking the risk.  :D
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Post by: geoffthomas on April 24, 2012, 06:42:02 pm
Hey Archer, tell them to get on with it.
We can't get new books until they re-publish the first three.
Now I think it is great that a wider audience is going to get to read those wonderful books.......
but
I want new stuff to read and I know you have more books to write.
sniff, sniff (I am selfish....I know....I admit it).
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Post by: Archer on April 24, 2012, 06:48:47 pm
I know, Geoff. This whole rigmarole has disrupted my momentum, but I hope to get back on schedule this summer (when I'm not revising Fire-heart, that is...). I promise to get new books out to my favorite Kindle book klubbers as soon as I can! I'll be letting you guys in on all the news and new writings.
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 24, 2012, 06:51:18 pm
Revising???  You shouldn't mess with perfection, right?  Then I'll have to read it a third time!   :-[  (Sad thing is, it would probably seem all new then too!  I may never have to buy another book if they all keep seeming new to me!   ;D)
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Post by: Archer on April 25, 2012, 08:50:26 am
Brew, I think that IF you choose to read the new Elfhunter, you'll be pleased. It's tighter, moves a little faster, and contains some interesting changes.  Whatever revisions I do to Fire-heart will result in a little trimmer, more cohesive work. Nothing of importance will be left out. I'm interested to see what Leslie does with it (if the size of it doesn't scare her to death).

As far as the quiver goes, Gaelen has more than one. She has a belt quiver as well as a back quiver. The artist, who is NOT an archer, had to be coaxed a little as it was and I didn't want to discourage her too much. In her first big poster, she had the arrow on the wrong side of the bow. (aack!) We are slowly coming along in that regard.  :D :D

(BTW, Gaelen used her belt quiver when she rides--it remains attached to the horse. She also carries her back quiver most times, but maybe it was at the "cleaners".  ;))
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Post by: kcrady on April 25, 2012, 09:20:56 am
Brew, I think that IF you choose to read the new Elfhunter, you'll be pleased. It's tighter, moves a little faster, and contains some interesting changes.  Whatever revisions I do to Fire-heart will result in a little trimmer, more cohesive work. Nothing of importance will be left out. I'm interested to see what Leslie does with it (if the size of it doesn't scare her to death).

Hmmmm....  I've been wondering whether to add the new editions to my bookshelf, and you just made up my mind for me! New and interesting changes?  I'm in!  Looking forward to the re-read, even if it is on paper!
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 25, 2012, 10:18:56 am
Hmmmm....  I've been wondering whether to add the new editions to my bookshelf, and you just made up my mind for me! New and interesting changes?  I'm in!  Looking forward to the re-read, even if it is on paper!

Until today I hadn't realized anything would change at all...I just thought the trilogy was going to be better publicized to get it in front of more people.  Now that I've heard they are changing, I'll be in the same boat.  For years "The Stand" by Stephen King was my fav and I think I have three "somewhat different" copies of it as well. 

I'm guessing I'll be in the middle of my first Ravenshade re-read when Elfhunter comes out again so I can just circle back and start over from the beginning.  If this continues I'm just going to contact a Realtor about buying a place in Alterra!   ;D
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Post by: geoffthomas on April 25, 2012, 10:24:01 am
Not meaning to answer/comment for Archer....but...
When Boyd Morrison got his "book contract" the publisher's editor wanted Boyd to re-write sections of his already published ebooks for their HardBack followed by Paperback and finally re-issued ebooks.

Now after a couple of years he is getting out some new Tyler Locke (one of his main characters) books.

Just sayin.....
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Post by: Winter9 on April 26, 2012, 11:11:51 am
I didn'd realise anything would change either. I'm still reading Fire-Heart and plan to read the whole thing again when the new ones come out, maybe with a little break in between though. You have to read some books again and again because They contain a whole universe, like Alterra^^
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Post by: Archer on April 26, 2012, 03:47:55 pm
Hey, everybody! I've got land for sale in Alterra--going CHEAP!
For only fifty virtual gold pieces, you can own prime real estate. All you need do is tell me WHERE you would like this wondrous realm to be located. Would you prefer a piece of the mystical isle of Tal-sithian? How about a nice town house in Dun Bennas? Maybe ten lovely acres on the banks of the Ambros, or, for the more adventurous, a nice plot within sight of Tur Dorcha?

I hear you can get a nice BIG piece of Tuathas at an especially reasonable price...

so, what'll it be? Where would YOU set up your Alterran homestead?
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Post by: kcrady on April 26, 2012, 06:10:11 pm
Maybe ten lovely acres on the banks of the Ambros, or, for the more adventurous, a nice plot within sight of Tur Dorcha?

Ah, I always loved living near a river - can I take a look at those ten acres?  Sounds ideal...
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Post by: Archer on April 26, 2012, 06:32:18 pm
Tell her about this property, Bob!

Well, KCrady, your magical ten acres features prime riverfront property with a spectacular view from the bluff overlooking the Narrows! Peaceful and serene (if a bit noisy), your Alterran retreat is seldom disturbed (except for the occasional suicidal Wood-elf and desperate Ranger). This property backs up to the Greatwood (it is, in fact, in the middle of the Greatwood), with many mature trees and a lifetime supply of dreamflower.

Only 50 virtual gold pieces, and it's yours!  :D
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Post by: geoffthomas on April 26, 2012, 07:08:15 pm
I'll pony up 50 virtual gold pieces.
I will go study the map and try to suss out the best place for a quiet retirement.
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Post by: Archer on June 18, 2012, 04:05:19 pm
Hey, guys...my e-mail got hacked this morning. You might have received a message from "me" with a subject line "re:"--if you do, don't open it. It's a link for some computer service-thingie and it will cause your contacts to get their spam e-mail. Sorry about this, but nothing I could do about it. You'll be fine if you don't open it, and if you did, just change your password and notify your contacts.  :D
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Post by: Winter9 on July 29, 2012, 05:19:16 am
Hi Arch:) how are you?:) Still reading Fire-Heart^^ Life happened, I have met an incredible man, and have gotten a little less reading done;)
Needless to say, I have an awesome summer :)

Is it warm over there now?

Hugs to you and to the rest of you guys :) hopefully you all have a great summer!
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Post by: kcrady on July 29, 2012, 07:10:06 am
Hi Winter9, and everyone else!

It has been pretty quiet in here over the summer; I hope everyone has been off enjoying life.  I've had a good summer so far; visited my sister in Nova Scotia for 11 days and have fallen in love with the entire province!

I keep hoping for some good news from Archer...
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Post by: Archer on July 29, 2012, 07:52:19 am
Well, lemme see what I can do, here.
(And I, too, LOVE Novia Scotia! I am insanely jealous!

Ummm...good news, eh?

Well, how's this? I have begun a new series to keep my readers happy while they are patiently waiting for the new books.
It's called the Alterra Histories, and the first one is at the printers now! (The cover art will make you swoon! SERIOUSLY!)
This is a series of novellas, each devoted to the story of an event or character that readers are especially curious about.
Vol. I, "The Fire King", is the tale of Aincor Fire-heart, first King of the Eolar.
Vol. II, "The Shadow Man" is the story of the earlier life of El-Morah.

You will be able to purchase The Fire King for your Kindles in just a few weeks! Shadow Man will come along, ohhh, maybe in the Spring?
What do you guys think of this idea? 

As for the new books, the ARC of Elfhunter is reputedly being printed as we speak. I hope so, as I am supposed to take them to ComicCon Chicago week after next. The plan is for it to launch in October at ComicCon NY. 
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Post by: Tip10 on July 29, 2012, 07:58:20 am
WHOO HOOO!!!!

Okay Arch, a few weeks huh?
"Fish breath" time again!!
Probably wear out another keyboard checking Amazon several times a day over the next few weeks!!

THAT is great news and a marvelous idea!
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Post by: kcrady on July 29, 2012, 08:53:38 am
You will be able to purchase The Fire King for your Kindles in just a few weeks! Shadow Man will come along, ohhh, maybe in the Spring?
What do you guys think of this idea? 

Now that's EXACTLY the sort of good news I was hoping for!  Hurrah!!!

Archer, Nova Scotia was so awesome; we went to the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, drove the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton (where I did see whales and moose!) and attended the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax - when we weren't walking on the local beach near Antigonish or visiting with my sister's friends...
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Post by: Archer on July 29, 2012, 09:12:03 am
Fish Breath time?  ???
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Post by: kcrady on July 29, 2012, 09:26:55 am
Fish Breath time?  ???

Of course! The morning before we left for the Stanfest, some friends dropped off a batch of cooked lobsters - which had probably been caught that morning.  We had 'em for dinner that evening.  Also had some great haddock on Cape Breton and fish and chips (to die for) from a fabulous little hole-in-the-wall diner just outside of Halifax...
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Post by: geoffthomas on July 29, 2012, 09:27:26 am
Archer,
Just tell us where and when we can acquire more work by C.S. Marks.
And the links in your sig don't work right now.
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Post by: Archer on July 29, 2012, 10:11:41 am
Geoff:
I will! And that's because none of my stuff is available until SLB gets it up in new and improved versions.  :(
If anyone would like a (signed) printed copy of The Fire King, they can be had for a fiver. They're "pretty".  :)
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Post by: Tip10 on July 29, 2012, 10:48:59 am
Fish Breath time?  ???

You know "bated breath" or is it "baited breath"????
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Post by: Archer on July 30, 2012, 03:49:01 am
You know "bated breath" or is it "baited breath"????

I get it!  ;)

We're also having collectible posters made--11x17--signed by the artist. They should be fun, too.
Meanwhile, I hope to get to pick the books up this week--ComicCon Chicago next week and GenCon after that. Elfhunter ARCs? Well, we shall see.
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Post by: mom2karen on July 30, 2012, 10:50:11 am
New stories are wonderful news!  Even better that we're only weeks away.  I need a signed copy of Fire King for my nephew. I'll PM you.
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Post by: ibrewalot on July 30, 2012, 05:39:57 pm
Ugggh!  Wasn't the new hardcover version of Elfhunter supposed to be out in June?  I just looked and saw it's not pre-release and set for January.  What happened?

Please count me in for the fiver version of Fire King, ok?   ;D

P.S.  I'm still working my way through Ravenshade, but haven't had much chance to read this Summer at all.  Nice to know it's always there waiting for me though.  ;)
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Post by: geoffthomas on July 30, 2012, 05:49:00 pm
I too want the Fire King special.
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Post by: Archer on July 30, 2012, 07:07:32 pm
I will have plenty of copies set aside for my favorite readers.  :)

As far as the hardcovers, we're now looking at October (Lord willing).
The ARCs are 5x8 paperback--they will be somewhat collectible I should imagine. (And they REALLY look like bricks!)

(I am SO excited for you guys to see the new cover!)
AND...every Fire King book will contain a lovely, durable bookmark with fabulous art on it!
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Post by: Winter9 on July 31, 2012, 05:43:48 am
That's awesome news!!!:-D bring it on! I think maybe life can't be better right now^^
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Post by: Annalog on August 06, 2012, 10:18:42 am
I too want the Fire King special.
Count me in also!
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Post by: Archer on August 06, 2012, 10:33:29 am
Count me in also!
You bet!  :D I get to pick the books and posters up today, and I'm excited!

(The next novella on the docket is "Shadow Man"--the story of El-morah.)
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Post by: Archer on August 06, 2012, 03:48:35 pm
They're here! THEY'RE HERE! And they are gorgeous!! The posters are 11x17 and beautiful!!
I'm pleased.
 :D
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Post by: mom2karen on August 07, 2012, 11:15:55 am
Can't wait to see them.
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Post by: Archer on August 21, 2012, 07:08:25 pm
OK, so I can now send out copies to you wonderful people. Not sure what they will cost with shipping, but I send them media rate so shouldn't be too much!  :) The books are $5.99. I think I have everybody's address already.

The posters are drop dead gorgeous, too. They sold like hotcakes at GenCon. We also have some hand-made sporrans with Ri-elathan's crest on them, and new hand-cast pewter pendants. They are NICE. This is kinda fun, y'know?
 :D :D
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Post by: Tip10 on August 23, 2012, 06:17:43 am
Hey Archer!

Been out of touch for a bit and just saw this -- sending you a PM.

Books YEAH, posters -- well...... got too much cra..errr stuff in my house as it is! :)
But sounds like they are a good thing anyhow!! :)

So how are the side stories coming??  Any news yet??

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Post by: Archer on August 29, 2012, 07:13:21 pm
Novellas are going out tomorrow, you guys! Everybody watch your mailbox!  :D :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on August 30, 2012, 05:07:13 am
Hoooo-hooooooo!!!  Can't wait to see it!   :)
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Post by: geoffthomas on August 30, 2012, 08:38:19 am
It will be just like Christmas.
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Post by: ibrewalot on August 30, 2012, 07:25:14 pm
Archer, since you didn't post it specifically, the novella is $5.99 but what's the shipping so we can mail the total back to you?

Thanx!
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Post by: Archer on August 30, 2012, 07:29:35 pm
Well, y'know, you guys are my buddies. I hate to charge anything.
Let's just see how you like them, shall we?  8)
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Post by: Tip10 on August 30, 2012, 08:55:04 pm
Hey Arch,

While I definitely appreciate the sentiments I feel obligated to point something out -- WE'RE ALREADY HOOKED!!! 
We ought to be buying them (and. as a matter of fact, I bet I can unequivocally state that all of us absolutely WOULD be buying if it weren't for a wonderful, sharing, caring author!) -- It's the ones who don't yet know what they are missing that need the incentive! :)
But fear not -- just let me know when and where I can get 'em -- looks like wonderful Christmas presents to me!  :D
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Post by: Archer on August 31, 2012, 06:46:42 am
Tip, you are a sweetheart!  :)

If, after receiving your copies, you enjoy the story and want to get some as gifts, you can simply ask me and I can send them at $5 plus $3 shipping for any quantity up to four. (Odd thing, media mail...it takes $2.79 to send one, and $2.85 to send three!) Send me a pm to let me know how many and how you want them inscribed. ("To Fluffy--the most wonderful Pekinese...")

(Note the ENORMOUS discount! Ha! not...)
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Post by: ibrewalot on August 31, 2012, 11:48:56 am
Archer, you really are something special...I'd challenge anyone reading this forum to find anything remotely like this on the web anywhere.  Thank you for being you and for letting us play.  :)
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Post by: Archer on August 31, 2012, 08:18:35 pm
Well, it's easy to be special when you've got great readers!  :)

Thanks, Brew. It means a lot that you guys enjoy the game.  :D :D

(AND...there is exciting news afoot! Stay tuned...)
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Post by: mom2karen on September 01, 2012, 11:07:06 am
Books on the way AND exciting news to come!   September is starting off great!
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Post by: ibrewalot on September 05, 2012, 04:47:59 pm
Happy new book day!!!  A BEAUTIFUL new copy of "The Fire King" showed up today...thanx very much, Archer!     
 ;D :-* ;D
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Post by: kcrady on September 05, 2012, 05:52:49 pm
Yup, found one in my mailbox too!  The cover is gorgeous!
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Post by: Archer on September 05, 2012, 07:13:39 pm
Yup, found one in my mailbox too!  The cover is gorgeous!
Yup, found one in my mailbox too!  The cover is gorgeous!

It's even coated to prevent damage from drool!  ;)

Hey, Mom2Karen--your copy somehow fell down behind the car seat! I'll mail it later this week. Sorry...but you WILL get one!
 :-[
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Post by: Tip10 on September 05, 2012, 07:25:35 pm
Me got a package too from the world's nicest, kindest and one of the greatest authors!!

Came a couple of days ago but have not had time to peruse it yet -- becoming an empty nester -- trying to help the world's greatest DD get moved into her own house!
She's 25 and so it is time but, alas, I do seriously miss her going even if it is just across town.  She's been a great kid growing up!!  She really made things easy on me! :) 
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Post by: geoffthomas on September 06, 2012, 08:29:12 am
Mine came too.
Beautiful artwork.
And of course, written by the fabulous C.S. Marks.
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Post by: Archer on September 06, 2012, 09:40:30 am
You guys WILL let me know what you think of the story, right?  :)
I would suggest not playing sad music while you read it.
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Post by: ibrewalot on September 08, 2012, 07:56:14 am
Finished it this morning...awesome story.  I was one of the happy winners of an advance copy of this story in one of your contests quite a while back, so it was familiar.  Familiar, but different.  It was interesting after I finished the hard copy to compare it to the earlier version of the soft copy I have and see some of the subtle differences.  I love the insight we are allowed here into the world of writing!   ;D

Thanx again for sharing, Archer!
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Post by: mom2karen on September 08, 2012, 08:50:08 am
Waiting patiently for my wayward copy.  Not surprise to hear it snuck behind the car seat.  I seem to have that effect on objects. 
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Post by: Archer on September 09, 2012, 06:25:41 pm
Waiting patiently for my wayward copy.  Not surprise to hear it snuck behind the car seat.  I seem to have that effect on objects. 

I'll send you a note when I've mailed it, ok? I have to get to the Post Awful when it's OPEN, which is sometimes a bit of a trick!  :)
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Post by: geoffthomas on September 10, 2012, 10:08:43 am
Yeah they are not open all the time anymore.
And there are very few pickup times from the post office boxes.
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Post by: mom2karen on September 10, 2012, 06:36:28 pm
No hurry Archer, the delay extends my happy anticipation.  Once I get the book I'll finish it within 24 hours and then I'll be sad that I'm done. 
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Post by: Archer on September 10, 2012, 07:38:51 pm
Yes, alas...it is a quick read.  :-\
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Post by: mom2karen on September 11, 2012, 09:53:41 am
If I like the book, it doesn't matter how long it is, I'll be done in a day.  My mom bought me Gone With the Wind for Christmas when I was about 13 figuring it would last the whole holiday.  Even with going to church, helping get ready for dinner guests, visiting with guests.... I was done before bedtime. I did manage to get 3 days out of Ravenshade, but that was because we were in Alaska and were busy being tourists.  Reading that book in the middle of AK was amazing, I could picture the scenes coming to life around me.
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Post by: ibrewalot on September 11, 2012, 10:50:49 am
If I like the book, it doesn't matter how long it is, I'll be done in a day.  My mom bought me Gone With the Wind for Christmas when I was about 13 figuring it would last the whole holiday.  Even with going to church, helping get ready for dinner guests, visiting with guests.... I was done before bedtime. I did manage to get 3 days out of Ravenshade, but that was because we were in Alaska and were busy being tourists.  Reading that book in the middle of AK was amazing, I could picture the scenes coming to life around me.

I'm so jealous!  My son is the same way.  I am such a slow reader, but I do get to stretch out the enjoyment that way, right?   ;)  I've been re-reading Ravenshade for the last few months now and am only about halfway through.  Nice to know Outcaste is waiting in the wings.   ;D
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Post by: Archer on September 12, 2012, 04:05:08 am
Sorry for the late reply, "Mom" and Brew, but it took me awhile to read the messages.  ;)

I love the idea of visualizing the scenes in Ravenshade in the middle of Alaska! That's just so cool. The Fire King should be on his way to you this afternoon! :-)

Meanwhile, Brew, I sometimes read very fast, but not as fast as "Mom" does! If she tells me she read Fire-heart in a day, I WILL be mightily impressed!  :D  On the other hand, the last Larry McMurtry novel is plodding along...about the only time I have to read fiction is right before bed. Thank heavens for my Kindle!!
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Post by: mom2karen on September 12, 2012, 06:49:12 am
Can't remember if Fireheart was a day, but probably.  I know all the Harry Potter books were one day reads.  Of course that was with little accomplished besides reading, and/or I didn't go to sleep until after 3.  It's almost impossible for me to go to sleep when I haven't finished a book.  The characters run around in my head and keep me awake.  I try not to start a book after 8pm unless it's less than 250 pages so I can get to sleep by 11:00.  I do reread my favorites and by the 3rd time through can stop in the middle and go to sleep. 

I often wish I could read slower and enjoy the book for more days, but my brain just isn't wired that way.
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Post by: Archer on September 12, 2012, 07:05:22 pm
Your book is on its way, Mom! :-)
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Post by: Archer on September 17, 2012, 05:47:05 am
Hey, guys!! BIG news from Alterra!

We are re-launching ELFHUNTER in Atlanta, Georgia at a special event, which will be open to all our online friends! I hope you can come. There will be prizes and contests and all kinds of mayhem. Date--probably November before Thanksgiving.
Will let you know!

ALSO--I have a new FB page...would love it if you stopped by to say hello. It's new, so still a bit bare, but I'd love some "likes" and friends! I plan on being there at least every other day to post something fun. It's my official fan page--the publisher set it up.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CS-Marks/360614044023496?ref=hl  Come on over and say "hi!"
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Post by: geoffthomas on September 17, 2012, 06:57:29 am
Well I visited and posted.
Looking forward to the future.
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Post by: ibrewalot on September 17, 2012, 01:39:05 pm
Sorry, I can't be of much help...I'm not a Facebooker.  :-\
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Post by: mom2karen on September 17, 2012, 09:41:46 pm
My book was waiting for me when I got home tonight. Gorgeous cover!  I'm saving it for tomorrow when I'll have the house to myself for the morning.  Can't wait!
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Post by: Archer on September 18, 2012, 03:12:28 am
My book was waiting for me when I got home tonight. Gorgeous cover!  I'm saving it for tomorrow when I'll have the house to myself for the morning.  Can't wait!

Awww...hope it was worth the wait!  :D

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Post by: mom2karen on September 21, 2012, 08:45:53 am
It was definitely worth the wait.  It's fascinating to read the backstory on the characters/events I thought I knew so well.  Now I need to go back and read the books again to refresh my memory on how they were described so many years later.  Thanks so much for including me in your amazing world of Alterra.
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Post by: geoffthomas on September 30, 2012, 09:37:02 am
It is time to wish Chris a Happy Birthday again.
Because it is an opportunity to wish her special happinesses.
Or some such stuff.
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Post by: ibrewalot on September 30, 2012, 11:36:12 am
HAPPY B-DAY, Archer!!!   ;D
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Post by: kcrady on September 30, 2012, 01:45:28 pm
Hippo birdy two ewes,
Hippo birdy two ewes,
Hippo birdy, hippo birdy,
Hippo birdy two ewes!

(Have a great day, Archer!!)
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Post by: Archer on October 06, 2012, 06:32:45 pm
Gaah! I have been a very bad friend for not noticing all the grand birthday sentiments!  :-[ Now I feel like...ummm...an unobservant clod?
THANK YOU, guys!

Love you.
--CSM   :D :D
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Post by: geoffthomas on October 07, 2012, 12:45:45 pm
Chris, you could never be a clod.
A busy, focused little elf - sure.
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Post by: Archer on October 08, 2012, 04:21:15 am
Well, I Am on the verge of getting "Fire King" up on Kindle--and, for the first time, all the OTHER epub formats!
(Learn something every day.)

 :P

On the other hand, The Shadow Man is gonna be...well, let's just say I'm getting kind of excited.  ;)
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Post by: Carmyn on October 09, 2012, 01:50:03 pm
I just got The Fire King yesterday  :) , but haven't had a chance to read it yet.  Ya, I know, I should have had it read by now, but I had a few others things I needed to do, first (like drive home, sleep).  I know, that's no excuse, but I am looking forward to it.  I love the cover.

Carmyn
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Post by: kcrady on November 26, 2012, 02:55:54 pm
Just in case you missed the new thread, Archer left us some awesome news here:
https://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=134013.new#new (https://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=134013.new#new)
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Post by: Archer on November 26, 2012, 07:25:59 pm
And Fire King will be up on Kindle any day now! Watch this space... :D
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Post by: jimmiedot on December 22, 2012, 08:40:41 am
Any chance of any contests to win the new Elfhunter?
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Post by: Archer on December 22, 2012, 03:32:53 pm
Absolutely! I love contests. I'll ask Nancy--she's really good at coming up with ideas. If any of you guys think of a good idea for a contest, submit it here! I'll send a gift copy to whoever wins, and maybe Fire King as second prize. We also have gorgeous posters, mini-game figures, and, yes, jewelry. The first Eolarin Lore-master's pendant/headpiece is now available.
I LOVE to give stuff away, so give me a reason!  :) :)
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Post by: ibrewalot on December 23, 2012, 11:52:11 am
How about a contest to draw one your favorite characters from any book out?  Might be the kick in the pants I need to actually get something on paper.  ;)  We could post them all in a drawing contest thread.

Or...write a song/poem depicting some scene or general theme and post the words (at least) and even, for strivers, post a link to the audio performance.   ;D
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Post by: Archer on December 23, 2012, 11:55:06 am
That would be SO cool, Brew! And I'd love to post the submissions on my Facebook page.
We'd have to make the prize REALLY amazing, though! Any ideas?
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Post by: 123nancy on December 23, 2012, 01:47:53 pm
I like that idea....Perhaps that can be what we do for Alterra Box Set next year;)
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Post by: Archer on December 23, 2012, 02:37:03 pm
Guys, I have asked Betsy if it's ok to have a contest. Want to make sure our mods don't mind. If they say "ok", we'll have some fun and give away some swag. What say you?  :D
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Post by: Archer on December 24, 2012, 05:10:57 am
Betsy and the MODS say: HAVE FUN! (As long as it stays in the book klub or the regularly scheduled Elfhunter thread in the Bazaar)

Let's have a contest and give stuff away! 'Tis the season, and all.
 :) :) :) :)
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Post by: Archer on December 30, 2012, 05:13:31 pm
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my friends. What are your goals for the new year?
 :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on December 30, 2012, 05:49:43 pm
I'd love to drop 15 pounds, get back in shape and read the next book in the Alterra series!   ;D  Modest goals, if you ask me.
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Post by: Archer on December 31, 2012, 05:00:19 am
Well, my principal goal is to re-gain the marketing momentum I had before the publisher appeared. This is going to take a lot of effort. The thing that annoys me the most is that it's hard to find time to write new stuff when you're constantly revising and marketing.

It's a different world now. There are SO many authors now. So many underhanded marketing tactics that appear to be paying off--those of us who stand on principle don't seem to have a chance in heck. But I just have to be patient and know that the right moment will come.

I want to get back into book 5, darn it! I want to write a dozen more novellas!

I want to hold the Fire King graphic novel in my hands.  :-\
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Post by: Archer on January 01, 2013, 04:08:53 am
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!  :D :D :D

New Year's Resolution:
To provide at least ONE new work every year. 
(I'm not counting re-releases, here)

Once the original trilogy has been re-released, I can produce more new work. But I won't leave you with nothing new until then.
Honest.
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Post by: Winter9 on January 01, 2013, 02:26:35 pm
Happy New year everyone!! :-D

Currently enjoying Fire-Heart on my iPod:)
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Post by: Archer on January 01, 2013, 04:41:38 pm
WINTER! Hi!!
Hope you've been keeping well.  :D
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Post by: mom2karen on January 02, 2013, 09:11:39 am
For my NY resolution I want to stretch more.  I installed StretchClock on my computer browser and have it set for every 20 minutes (it does a 1-2 minute stretch video).  After it interrupts me 4 or 5 times I get frustrated with it, but I'm realizing how long I sit at the computer wasting time. 
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Post by: Archer on January 06, 2013, 11:16:59 am
Gorgon Elfhunter celebrated the return of Gaelen’s eyesight more fervently than anyone. He nearly wept with relief as the terrible white light faded slowly from his tortured awareness and he began to perceive with his own eyes once more. He could just make out the very faint outline of his own right hand, turning it this way and that, as his pain finally diminished. He closed his eyes, and found only blessed darkness. Her sight has come back, and mine with it, he thought. May I never behold that terrible Light again! Now, at last, I can rest.

Gorgon’s pain had been assuaged, though it would never leave him completely. He was still connected to her, and the connection would never be truly broken until one of them lay dead before the feet of the other. Still, he rejoiced, because that very connection would more day mean her doom—he would be able to find her, no matter where she ran to.

He chuckled with malicious pleasure, though it pained and wearied him, and soon gave way to a growl. He would never forgive her...not should the stars go out and never shine again, and the mountains crumble into dust at the world’s ending. But such black thoughts would not serve him now. First he would take a good, long drink, and then he would rest and heal himself, retreating into his usual state of torpor. His mind, normally filled with the violence of his plans and emotions, would sink down into blessed sleep. She would not sense him then—not unless she took hold of the mirror; surely she wasn’t that foolish.  He would sleep, and let her forget about him for a while. When he had healed, he would go forth again and exact his vengeance.

He hated Gaelen more than ever, for she had unwittingly allowed him to see into a world wherein he had never been welcome, no matter his desire. For the time being, that world was hers. Enjoy it while you may, he thought, lowering his scarred face to a pool of clear, cold water that had collected in his new sanctuary.

Well…maybe just one last fantasy, he thought, after quenching his thirst. Let it never be said that I don’t think often of you, you barren, wretched she-dog! His mind, so long fettered by pain and doubt, ran wild as he imagined what he would do to her.
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Post by: ibrewalot on January 06, 2013, 09:01:07 pm
I like it!  The new ending to chapter 2 of Fire-Heart?   ;)
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Post by: Archer on January 07, 2013, 01:58:47 am
It's the new "teaser". The new Fire-heart will be spoiler-free.
 :D

Finally got notes back from the editor. I have some work to do!
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Post by: 123nancy on January 27, 2013, 08:04:14 am
Good Morning Everyone! I wanted to share this awesome interview on I am a Reader with Chris. This was a blast to read, there is even an interview with Gorgon! Check it out! ~Nancy
http://www.iamareader.com/2013/01/elfhunter-by-cs-marks.html (http://www.iamareader.com/2013/01/elfhunter-by-cs-marks.html)
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Post by: 123nancy on February 20, 2013, 10:12:34 am
Ok! Drum Roll Please....
The new novella now has a name:
It's called "Fallen Embers". If you have read the original Elfhunter, there is a chapter that was taken out in the new version called "Gaelen and the King". This is the expanded "full version" of that story. It's romantic and tragic

Cover to come soon!
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Post by: Archer on February 20, 2013, 06:24:15 pm
Hope said maybe by the end of March... :D
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Post by: ibrewalot on February 20, 2013, 06:32:55 pm
Perfect timing for my trip out there!!!  ;)
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Post by: 123nancy on February 20, 2013, 08:52:03 pm
I heard all about that Brew! Makes me wish I were there!

You know the secret right? Just make a trail of Fruit Loops and she will follow :D
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Post by: 123nancy on February 28, 2013, 07:43:51 pm
Speaking of Elves Having Fun...Archer Kicks off her 2013 Eflhunter Blog Tour Tomorrow!

Can I get a "Whoop Whoop!"

(http://www.csmarks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/website_blogtour2.jpg)

For more information visit the Blog Tour Page http://www.csmarks.com/about-c-s-marks/c-s-marks-elfhunter-blog-tour-march-2013/ (http://www.csmarks.com/about-c-s-marks/c-s-marks-elfhunter-blog-tour-march-2013/)

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Post by: Archer on March 01, 2013, 03:05:38 am
Whoop, whoop!  :D Thanks for posting this, Nancy!
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Post by: geoffthomas on March 01, 2013, 07:58:16 pm
Oh yeah - definitely a "whoop whoop".

just sayin......
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Post by: Archer on March 02, 2013, 04:37:05 am
Geoff!
Long time, brother! How ya been keepin'?
 :D

Nancy is setting up a deal where we can have live readings and a virtual book-signing of your e-books. I do hope that you and our other Alterran warriors will be able to come and visit with me!
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Post by: 123nancy on March 09, 2013, 09:12:35 am
Hello Everyone! I'm taking a little survey here. I would like to know how many of you have read Fire-heart classic?
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Post by: geoffthomas on March 09, 2013, 10:02:10 am
Well I have.
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 09, 2013, 10:12:51 am
I have as well.   ;D
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Post by: Tip10 on March 11, 2013, 04:42:27 am
As have I
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Post by: 123nancy on March 13, 2013, 09:51:49 pm
Thank you so much for playing along. I'm just trying to get an idea how many have/haven't read Fire-heart.
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Post by: 123nancy on March 28, 2013, 07:14:14 am
Hey guys! I just wanted to provide an update for those of you who would like to sit in on a reading with Archer.

We are working out some technical difficulties arising from the fact that Archer lives in the Greatwood and the Internet service there is apparently run by Ulcas.  As soon as we work out this issue we will be set to go.

I will hopefully be posting two radio interviews for Archer on the website by this weekend!

and Brew, have fun tomorrow with my favorite elf;)
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 28, 2013, 10:36:55 am
Count me in for a read-with!  Are you talking about the new short story?  :-)

I hope to meet up with Archer and her significant other tomorrow afternoon. Can't wait!
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 30, 2013, 02:50:52 am
FLASH - FLASH - FLASH - FLASH

Unless I'm the only one that missed this and the rest of the folks here are just quietly giggling behind their hand as I learn there is NEW material available from Archer, I want to make sure everyone knows about what's currently available for download.

The new version of ElfHunter is in the Kindle store...this isn't just new art!  There have been main character name changes and main story thread alterations such that it almost feels like a new story to those of us that frequent this forum and know and love ElfHunter in it's past version.

I feel like such a dope that I didn't realize this earlier when it first came available since this will certainly go a long way towards quenching that thirst for new Alterran material until such additional comes available.  I've already downloaded the Kindle version (while sitting in the Indy Airport) and can't wait to get started, but I did want to make sure the rest of you knew about it unless I wasn't the only one languishing in the dark!   8)
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Post by: ibrewalot on March 30, 2013, 03:01:34 am
Ok, different subject but equally exciting (for me, at least)...I had the fabulous opportunity to have dinner with Archer and her husband last night.   ;D

Two nicer people you couldn't meet!  I was in Indy for a job fair and stayed over an extra night to be able to spend some time with our favorite author.  She's every bit as fun, open, honest and humble in person as she is on the forums.  Hopefully she gets a chance soon to post a pic of us in front of the new Elf Mobile.  You certainly get a lot of looks and comments when you drive around town in a vehicle with a huge Gaelen across the side!

It was a blast and I owe a huge thank you to both of them for making the drive to Indy so we could meet up.  Once in a lifetime opportunity (for me  ;))!
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Post by: 123nancy on March 31, 2013, 07:11:23 pm
Archer really is totally cool!!! I'm so glad you got to spend some with her! Here is the pic of you two in front of the Elfmobile:
(http://www.mommasaysread.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Brian-and-Me.jpg)

And yes, Elfhunter second edition really is new and improved. Elfhunter classic was fantastic too, no question!
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Post by: 123nancy on April 01, 2013, 07:46:33 pm
Hey guys, check out the Elfhunter thread in the book bazaar - I'm very curious person. Interpret that however you like:)
www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,135777.0.html
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Post by: Archer on April 02, 2013, 03:01:26 am
Brian is SO handsome! I'll bet his boys are real potential heart-breakers.  ::)

We had a grand time! I hope to get to meet the rest of you one of these days--Geoff, KCrady, Mom2Karen, Tip, even Winter! You guys always help me face the day with a smile.  ;D (see?)  ;D
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Post by: 123nancy on April 02, 2013, 04:50:46 pm
I know I wish I were there! I'm not looking forward to Gencon nearly as much for the convention as I am the hangout time with Archer! She's the coolest!
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Post by: jimmiedot on April 06, 2013, 09:05:58 am
OH MY GAWD I am so jealous! I want to have dinner with C.S. Marks...Did you get to ride in the Elfmobile?
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 06, 2013, 12:50:13 pm
OH MY GAWD I am so jealous! I want to have dinner with C.S. Marks...Did you get to ride in the Elfmobile?

 :D Yes, I did.   :D  Let me tell you, you get some great looks from people when you're driving around with a huge Gaelen on the side of your vehicle!  When I showed my wife the pics she said, "Let me guess...you're going to do that to your car now too, right?".

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Post by: jimmiedot on April 07, 2013, 05:27:23 am
oh dude, that would be so cool! I want!
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Post by: Archer on April 07, 2013, 04:40:24 pm
Dang! I think I just realized how SHORT I am!  :o

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Post by: ibrewalot on April 07, 2013, 04:42:52 pm
Not to worry...I had on heels.   ;)
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Post by: Archer on April 07, 2013, 05:23:15 pm
Not to worry...I had on heels.   ;)

Oh...well, alright then!  :)
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Post by: Archer on April 16, 2013, 02:50:54 pm
OK, friends--I have an important question.
Parthian is thinking of producing a hardcover, leather(ish) bound version of Elfhunter in a limited edition of 500, signed and numbered.
Would any of you be interested in such an item, and if so, what would you consider a reasonable price (how much is TOO much). They are thinking of including a color plate--original art by Hope--that will not be seen anywhere else.

I told them I'd ask my readers.
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 16, 2013, 05:12:29 pm
$50...I'm in.
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Post by: Archer on April 17, 2013, 04:19:40 am
Thanks, Brew!
Anyone else want to weigh in?

A few ideas--readers could reserve a special "number" for their set. They could reserve copies in advance. The color frontispiece is expensive, adds a lot to the print cost, but worth it?
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 17, 2013, 09:01:56 am
Sometimes I'm slow off the mark...now that I've gone thru the thought process of why you'd want to potentially do something like this in the first place (at least in "my" head), I think you could probably go more with $100. I'm still in.  :D
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Post by: geoffthomas on April 17, 2013, 09:21:06 am
Chris,
I would be a purchaser at almost any price....because it is you.
I would ask (if possible) that this handful of folks could get fairly low numbered copies?
I know you have a bunch of friends and family and really long-term fans that will have to come first, just asking.
Geoff T.
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Post by: 123nancy on April 17, 2013, 09:22:18 am
I think with a little more support they may just go for it!!!
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Post by: Archer on April 17, 2013, 05:25:18 pm
Geoff, do you have a favorite number you'd like to "reserve"? I'll see what I can do.
I mean, I have to sign and number them, right? ;-)
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 17, 2013, 06:07:23 pm
How many #1's can you get away with?   8)
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Post by: geoffthomas on April 17, 2013, 07:17:12 pm
Yeah, I am like Brew - I would love #1 or something close.
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Post by: Archer on April 18, 2013, 02:04:17 pm
Would you guys settle for something in the top ten?
 :)
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 18, 2013, 04:48:30 pm
You know me...I'm easy!   ;D
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Post by: Archer on April 18, 2013, 05:03:51 pm
You know me...I'm easy!   ;D

I'm not commenting on that...  ::)
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Post by: geoffthomas on April 18, 2013, 05:23:03 pm
While I am very discriminating......Yes.
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Post by: Archer on April 18, 2013, 06:09:12 pm
While I am very discriminating......Yes.


Well, of course you are!
One and seven are reserved already. How about two? Or three?
When the second and third books come out, I'll notify you by e-mail so you can get the same number in all three.  :D
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Post by: geoffthomas on April 19, 2013, 01:14:36 pm
Ok, the next number available, please.
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Post by: Archer on April 21, 2013, 02:17:04 pm
Well, you MIGHT get your hands on #1 set after all! Stay tuned...
 8)
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Post by: Archer on April 27, 2013, 05:22:10 am
Hey, guys! Fire King is FREE today and tomorrow.
If you haven't snagged a copy, now's a good time.
If you have, you can delete it and get it free just for fun!

IF YOU SHARE the news, your friends can have it free, too!  ;)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PIv2%2BTXJL.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AIBCBJE/?tag=kbpst-20)
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Post by: MommaSaysRead on April 27, 2013, 07:45:59 am
I think it would be awesome to see Archer make the top 100 free!!! We can do it!
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Post by: Archer on April 27, 2013, 08:28:22 am
"Momma"--Well, you and your blog have certainly been helpful in that regard.
If we don't make the top 100, it won't be because we're not making any effort, eh!  8)
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Post by: geoffthomas on April 27, 2013, 08:29:28 am
Your work always deserves to be in the top.

just sayin......
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 27, 2013, 11:52:35 am
I'm good for three downloads...
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Post by: Archer on April 28, 2013, 07:34:18 am
You're good for a lot more than THAT.  ;)

Meanwhile, we've gotten all the way up to #147 in free store and #2 in category.
Hopefully, a few more freebies will find their way into good hands.

If Aincor starts waving his pheromones around, maybe it will lead to new readers!  8)
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Post by: ibrewalot on April 29, 2013, 02:48:12 pm
How did it end up at the close?  Make the top 100?
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Post by: Archer on April 29, 2013, 05:29:14 pm
Not quite. We got as high as 147 free.
We got to #2 in teen fantasy and #3 in epic fantasy. I think we were as high as #11 in fantasy overall.

 :)

Well, not bad for a little novella. We'll see if this translates to sales of Elfhunter now. Hope so...
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Post by: Tip10 on May 02, 2013, 07:10:56 am
OK, friends--I have an important question.
Parthian is thinking of producing a hardcover, leather(ish) bound version of Elfhunter in a limited edition of 500, signed and numbered.
Would any of you be interested in such an item, and if so, what would you consider a reasonable price (how much is TOO much). They are thinking of including a color plate--original art by Hope--that will not be seen anywhere else.

I told them I'd ask my readers.

DANG!! See what happens when work eats my lunch and I don't check in for a bit!!!!

Archer, you produce it and I'll buy it!  And pretty much what Brew and Geoff said works for me!! Not too worried about the #1 but a single digit or even a low teen would be awesome!
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Post by: Archer on May 03, 2013, 03:37:10 am
Hi, Tip! :-)

Here's what Parthian has decided to do:

We are going to auction off #1 Elfhunter. Bids should be made by private e-mail. The list price of the limited book is $40, and if you would like #1, you can bid for it. Elfhunter fans aren't exactly rolling in it (we're mostly working stiffs, and all...), but maybe an extra ten might get that #1 book. The auction will be open for a while--until the printing is done at least. THEN, based on your bid, you will be offered your next choice of remaining numbers.

For example--suppose Geoff bids $49, Brew bids $100 (we all know he's a bit odd), and Tip, who doesn't really care, still takes one for the team at $45. That means Brew gets #1, Geoff gets next choice (he chooses number 3 for some reason), and Tip gets his choice after that.

Parthian then gets to fund the printing of more books. Sound good?

There will be "normal" hardcovers produced also--they are not numbered, nor are they leather-bound. They will be very nice, though! All books are stamped with the star design on the front covers (very classy!) with the limited ones bound in dark green leather.
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 03, 2013, 05:31:00 am
We are going to auction off #1 Elfhunter. Bids should be made by private e-mail.

When's the auction and how do you find it?  I looked on the Parthian site and couldn't find Elfhunter listed.  :-(
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Post by: Archer on May 03, 2013, 06:40:05 am
Nancy will set it up on our website. If you want to make a bid in the meantime, you can pm me here. I don't think Betsy will mind.
Do you guys like the idea?

I hope it helps with printing costs--Fire-heart is just around the corner, as well as Fallen Embers. Edits are back for FE, but not for FH yet. I will be REALLY busy!  :o
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Post by: MommaSaysRead on May 05, 2013, 07:01:04 am
Momma Can't Wait!!!!
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Post by: ibrewalot on May 11, 2013, 04:29:31 am
Archer/Nancy, how goes the auction?  I haven't yet seen it on the various ElfHunter websites I've found. 
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Post by: Archer on May 11, 2013, 04:46:17 am
Hi, Brew! It's going to run through August, so we're not in a hurry to set it up everywhere. Nancy will be putting it on the websites and FB and so on in the near future.  :)  Bids are by private message, so we aren't tempted to start "bidding wars" or anything.

Everybody who puts in a bid will have a choice of numbers, though. For example, suppose the retail cost of the book is ten dollars (it isn't, but this is just an example). Say Bob bids $11, Joe bids $20, and Mary bids $50. When the auction closes, Mary will get #1, then Joe will have his choice of remaining numbers (say he picks #2), and then Bob can have his choice of any number other than #1 or #2, and so on.

Once all bids have received their preferred numbers, the remaining numbers will be for sale at $39.95 each. "Regular" non-limited ed. hardcovers will be $24.95.

Make sense?
Your bid is safely logged away. You may feel free to change it (raise or lower it) at any time before the auction closes.  :D
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Post by: kcrady on May 11, 2013, 11:29:35 am
The leather bound editions and the auction sound exciting! Wish I could participate, but I've just relocated to New Mexico and moving expenses have me pretty much broke for now.  Good luck everyone! I hope you get the edition numbers your hearts desire!
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Post by: Archer on May 11, 2013, 02:15:06 pm
New Mexico! How exciting! Ahhh, no worries. It's probably gonna take a while to place all 500 of the limited edition copies. I'm sure there will be one there when you're so inclined.

Moving is traumatic and expensive, but it's a wonderful new beginning. Congratulations!  :)
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Post by: MommaSaysRead on May 27, 2013, 09:40:30 am
I was lucky enough to get an advanced review copy of Fallen Embers by C.S. Marks. WOW Archer has completely outdone herself. Be prepared for a gambit of emotions in this amazing love story!

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Post by: 123nancy on May 29, 2013, 06:47:45 pm
Speaking of having fun! Here's your chance to catch Archer live on the radio!


Tomorrow (May 30) you can tune in to It Matters Radio - Live Talk Radio at It's Best for a live interview with C.S. Marks!!!

They really have a lot of fun on the show and I'm sure that Archer is going to have a blast!

There's a rumor that there could be singing involved!!!

Don't miss it! it's at 9pm EST.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/itmatters/2013/05/31/meet-young-singer-skylar-kaylyn-fantasys-cs-marks (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/itmatters/2013/05/31/meet-young-singer-skylar-kaylyn-fantasys-cs-marks)
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Post by: Archer on May 30, 2013, 04:51:57 am
Speaking of having fun! Here's your chance to catch Archer live on the radio!


Tomorrow (May 30) you can tune in to It Matters Radio - Live Talk Radio at It's Best for a live interview with C.S. Marks!!!

They really have a lot of fun on the show and I'm sure that Archer is going to have a blast!

There's a rumor that there could be singing involved!!!

Don't miss it! it's at 9pm EST.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/itmatters/2013/05/31/meet-young-singer-skylar-kaylyn-fantasys-cs-marks (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/itmatters/2013/05/31/meet-young-singer-skylar-kaylyn-fantasys-cs-marks)

I Do hope you guys can join me! It'll be fun.  :)

For all you Alterran Lore-masters out there, I would like to announce the advent of the PERFECT accessory to go along with your favorite books. We now have hand made leather bookmarks (hand stained by the author)--they are gorgeous (in my humble opinion). Now, if I could just figure out how to post a photo of them...stay tuned.
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Post by: 123nancy on June 18, 2013, 03:51:13 pm
Archer is on vacation and the Elf-mobile is getting spotted all over the upper peninsula!
Title: Elfhunter on Sale 99 Cents!!
Post by: 123nancy on July 18, 2013, 06:21:16 am
Hey everyone! Spread the word => Elfhunter 99 cents for a limited time!

http://www.amazon.com/Elfhunter-Tales-Alterra-World-ebook/dp/B00AD9OSH4/ (http://www.amazon.com/Elfhunter-Tales-Alterra-World-ebook/dp/B00AD9OSH4/)
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Post by: ibrewalot on July 31, 2013, 03:34:06 pm
Archer/Nancy, what's the latest on the auction for the fancy numbered, leather-bound Elfhunters?  We haven't heard anything about anything in a while. ::)
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Post by: Archer on July 31, 2013, 04:42:58 pm
Hi, Brew!

Actually, we're trying to get Fallen Embers ready for ComicCon and GenCon. Our printing budget is tied up until we sell a few. Hopefully we'll have the limited Elfhunter for you at about the same time as the release of Fire-heart. I've kept bids, but we haven't even announced the auction to the general public yet.

Please note that you can pull your bid out or add a new one at any time until the book is signed and shipped! :-)

Print copies of Fallen Embers are being created as we speak! Ohboy...I'm anxious to share this one!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on August 28, 2013, 08:29:32 pm
What news, oh favorite author of mine?  It's been a month since the last post and no doubt you've been to a conference or two by now?  How's the new stuff being received?  When/how can we mere mortals snag a copy?  Things are waaaaayyyy too quiet around here!   ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 29, 2013, 03:47:41 am
You know, you're RIGHT!
Things are way too quiet.

Fallen Embers is in my hot little hands, and can be had by all. Early feedback has been very positive; even though most folks who have read it already know how it ends, they keep hoping. Over on FB we are having a contest to win a free copy, in fact! No reason we can't do the same thing here...

...if you write the best Alterran limerick you WIN. I will award the prize the day I get back from DragonCon (I am leaving for Atlanta this morning).
IF you are going to be at DragonCon, I'd love to see you! I'll be performing an hour long filk concert at 4pm on Saturday--come and see me!

Here's a challenge for ME...let's see if I can be diligent enough to post something every day here during DragonCon! (Brew, if I could figure out how to post pictures on this site I'd be posting more often. I might need a bit of coaching. Send me a pm, ok?)
 :)
I MISS MY KB friends!!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on August 29, 2013, 05:44:11 pm
Dragoncon is a great event.
Not there this year myself, but my daughter is there with multiple costumes of her own creation.
I will inform msg her about your performance.  One of her costumes is a "tardis".
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on August 31, 2013, 04:09:33 pm
I went to DragonCon today--did my concert, and it went ok.
I saw tardises and Dr. Whos and lots of other great stuff!

 :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on October 11, 2013, 06:40:00 pm
Fire-heart is coming on the 16th! We're having a giveaway! There's a launch party on the 18th!
PLEASE COME and have some fun with us!!  :P

http://www.csmarks.com/fire-heart-release-giveaway-blitz/
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on October 12, 2013, 07:34:05 am
Always glad to get an update on Alterra things.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on October 15, 2013, 03:40:27 am
And here it is! You're all invited! We're giving away some amazing prizes, too!

https://www.facebook.com/events/171137443092450/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on November 22, 2013, 07:13:09 pm
What's up, Boss?  Anything new?  Looks like you had a lot of folks participating on the Facebook party last month!  Sorry, I don't do Facebook.   :-[
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 23, 2013, 04:38:34 am
You know...I've recently come back to KB after a bit of a hiatus. Not sure why I've been staying away from here, as I miss my friends, but there you are. In the future, I resolve to visit the Klub frequently. You guys (especially the ones who don't do FB) deserve to get at least as much attention. SO...I'll be doing some giveaways here. It would be nice if we could breathe a little life into this, yes? If you know any KB'ers who would enjoy our company, please send 'em over.

And now...in the news!

We recently passed the 50,000 mark for sales, which is quite respectable considering all the interruptions we've had! AND...new e-book coming your way. Fallen Embers is launching on the 15th of December! We'll be having a launch party on FB on the 14th, but we could have one here, too! Brian, do you want to bring some of your special brew?

We have a store now, where you can purchase Alterran stuff online! A whole new line of stuff available, going up as we can post it there. The leather goods are REALLY nice! Also posters, t-shirts, and, of course, BOOKS! We're trying to get Fire-heart in print in time for the holidays! Here's the link to the store-- www.store.parthianpress.com

Ravenshade is with the editor now. Depending on how much revising she has me do, it will be back online and in print soon! While I'm waiting, I'm writing short stories and the new novella.

THE LEATHER-BOUND Hardcovers are still forthcoming, but we're trying to get our budget in healthy shape to print them. We still have sealed bids from several of you for the number one...stay tuned. LOVE YOU GUYS.
 :-* :-* :-* :P
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on November 24, 2013, 05:33:25 pm
WOW!  50,000???  That's awesome!!!  Looks like you're on the way to the big-time!  Remember us little people that were there in the beginning when you're hob-nobbing with the rich and famous, ok?   :D

It looked like you had quite a crowd for the opening on Facebook...I took a peek from the outside even though I can't post since I don't have an ID anymore.  Lots of action that reminded me of the good old days here on the Kindle Boards.  Any folks from here make it?

Well, I am anxiously waiting to see how a leather bound Elfhunter will look once you get a chance to put them together.  There's nothing like leather on an elf...uh, I mean, on a book about elves!  Right?   8)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 27, 2013, 02:52:24 pm
HAPPY THANKSGIVING from ALTERRA! (And from me...)

<3 <3 <3

You know what I'm thankful for? My KB friends and readers!  ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on November 27, 2013, 03:16:12 pm
We are looking forward to your publishing arm getting caught up so that there can be some "new" works published.  Not a complaint.  Just an indication of how much we like your work.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on November 27, 2013, 04:45:46 pm
Geoff--ME TOO!!!

I want to go over new ground ASAP! :-P

Have a wondrous Thanksgiving, my friend. Hopefully, we'll be on the trail to new adventures before we know it!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on December 02, 2013, 07:37:00 pm
Just ordered dtb version of "Fallen Embers" plus a couple of gorgeous leather bookmarks from the http://www.store.parthianpress.com/ (http://www.store.parthianpress.com/) store!  Can't wait to extend my collection space!   ;D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on December 17, 2013, 05:03:26 am
I'd like to extend a personal set of Holiday Wishes to my loyal readers--Brewie, Geoff, Tip, Nancy, kcrady, Winter...you guys know who you are. Have a wonderful holiday season, enjoy the company of friends and family, party hearty, and stay safe...please!

Here's to the spirit of readers past, readers present, and readers yet to come! I hereby resolve to provide you with new Alterran adventures to enjoy. Love you guys.

<3 <3 <3
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on December 24, 2013, 07:39:42 am
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Realm,
Word was spreading about a majestic old Elm,
Where the Wood-elves were gathering for a great fete,
That would promise to be the most interesting yet!

The Company gathered with invites in hand,
As the wine-casks were opened and the party began.
Now Fima, now Nelwyn, now Rogond and Gaelen--
Who got into the honey first...soon she was sailin'!

Then came Galador last--his expression quite dour,
He did not understand what gave honey its power.
"All it takes is a spoonful to make her a fool!"
To which Rogond advised him"Don't be such a tool."

"You're just (hic!) jealous," said Gaelen, as she dipped in once more.
"I wish this stuff would sweeten YOU up, that's (hic!)for sure!"
"Oh, don't worry for me," as he took Nelwyn's hand,
"I have all of the sweetness I need--understand?"

But Gaelen spoke to Nelwyn (under her breath)
"Here--take some of this...lest he bore you to death!"
Then she passed her the honey pot on with a wink,
Whereupon Nelwyn turned and said--"Thank you...I think!"

Gaelen turned to Rogond and took his large hand,
"What say we retire to the trees, sexy man?
But Nelwyn exclaimed 'ere she moved out of sight--
"When you have it High-elven, you've had a GREAT night!"

With Best Christmas Wishes for ALL my wonderful readers and Kboards friends!!
Hope you have a fine time with family and friends.  :) :) :)




 
 

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on December 25, 2013, 12:35:28 pm
Archer, that was awesome!  Merry Christmas everyone!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on December 25, 2013, 01:08:11 pm
Merry Christmas to all C.S. Marks fans. (and to C.S. also).
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on December 28, 2013, 06:28:34 am
And a Happy New Year!!! 8)

Love you guys!!
(To prove it, I am working feverishly on a new novella while waiting for Ravenshade to come back from the editor. Trying for a working draft by midnight January 2--can I do it??)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on February 02, 2014, 07:34:49 pm
And a Happy New Year!!! 8)

Love you guys!!
(To prove it, I am working feverishly on a new novella while waiting for Ravenshade to come back from the editor. Trying for a working draft by midnight January 2--can I do it??)

Success on the new novella?  Would you?  Could you?  On a horse?  I'd LOVE to read one soon, of course!   :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 03, 2014, 02:58:54 am
Would you read it in your socks?
Would you read it with a fox?
Would you read it in a box?
Would you read while eating lox?

 ;)


I tried to finish it, but it kept wanting to be a novel. I had to let it rest and try a different approach. Back on the job, though, and I think it's going to be enjoyable. Otherwise, not talkin'!  :D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9_86 on February 08, 2014, 05:43:21 am
Hi!! Long time! Forgot tje password when my ipod died, finally got around to fixing it some time ago. There was little time for reading for a while, but I have been sick and the only thing I could do was read so.. How are everyone doing?:)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 08, 2014, 06:23:31 am
Winter!! Hi!! Been wondering how you've been doing. How are things in your winter wonderland?? :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9_86 on February 08, 2014, 06:47:30 am
Well we have had a strange winter. Like an eternal fall and then now we got real winter, but almost never the sun, I miss the sun. There haven't been many of the clear crisp days with blue sky and sparkling snow that are so beautiful.

I am waiting to get my job back, hopefully soon and reading a lot when waiting. My arm have been bad this winter.

How are you Archer? What kind of weather do you have? :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 08, 2014, 09:10:28 am
Ooo, sorry to hear your arm has been bothering you! :-/
Our weather has been brutally cold and very snowy, without much sun. Getting a little old, as it sounds like it is where you are. I'm fine...trying to be productive, working on Shadowman and getting Ravenshade re-released. Then I'm working on 2 new novels. Whee!

Haven't been able to ride my horses all winter, as there's no decent footing around here. :-P
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9_86 on February 08, 2014, 09:45:15 am
Sounds like you are really productive, that's great! Your books is the kind of books that you just have to visit again once in a while:)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 08, 2014, 08:41:27 pm
Sounds like you are really productive, that's great! Your books is the kind of books that you just have to visit again once in a while:)

Winter, they love it when you visit them every once in a while. They get lonesome without their readers, y'know?  ;)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9_86 on February 08, 2014, 09:06:08 pm
No worries, can't help but visit them:)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on February 09, 2014, 05:43:04 am
So Archer, when will there be new material in ebooks?
Just wonderin......
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 09, 2014, 05:56:38 am
Soon, Dragon Warrior. The Shadow-man is a story you've not heard yet. I expect release in April. The next novel, Outcaste, is new as well--starts a whole new Alterra tale.  And then there's a new novel that is completely different from any of the others--I think you'll like it when it finally gets here.  :)
Title: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9_86 on February 09, 2014, 06:29:21 am
When can we expect Outcaste?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 09, 2014, 07:58:23 am
When can we expect Outcaste?

I wouldn't be comfortable even speculating on that, Winter. It all depends on the editor.  :'(
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9_86 on February 09, 2014, 09:06:57 am
Hoping then:)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 09, 2014, 12:05:46 pm
Hoping then:)

I'll second that emotion!  :P
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on February 09, 2014, 12:14:45 pm
We will continue to wait patiently (giggle) for the new works.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Patrick Chen on March 26, 2014, 05:57:22 pm
Wow, lots of comments!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on March 26, 2014, 06:07:30 pm
Hi, Patrick!
What brings you to our fine Book Klub today?  :) :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on September 30, 2014, 06:38:01 am
Happy Birthday Chris!
I hope all is well with you.
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on November 18, 2014, 09:23:40 am
So what happened to our band of happy elf lovers?
Anyone want to catch up?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9_86 on November 27, 2014, 12:20:24 pm
Yes!

Eventful fall. We had to move very quickly, so we bought an appartment.
The fall has gone down in a rush of trying to be ready for christmas , going to treatment for my shoulder and doing continually exercises for it. And there has been three trips :)

Hope you are all well! Finally thought of logging in. Forgot to do it when I got less time to read.

*elfhug*
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on January 04, 2015, 11:46:22 am
Elfhugs and Elfkisses to Geoff and Winter!! Would love to catch up.
Sounds like Winter's been busy...what about you, Geoff?

Outcaste is nearly ready for release, after some extensive revisions. Iron Promises is up, and I have a new novel in the works (it is a complete secret!). I have been busy, too. Not as productive as I would like to be, but not too bad. Also getting a collection of short works together for later this year.

 :)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: ibrewalot on January 16, 2015, 07:29:52 pm
I can't imagine Outcaste with "extensive" revisions, but I'm a purist.  I'll buy in to all this editing/revamping/renaming when I read something new that I haven't already fallen in love with.   ::)

Glad to see the regulars are still hanging out...and glad to hear about new stuff in the works, Archer!  Congrats!
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on January 17, 2015, 01:39:38 am
But, Brew, Outcaste IS new to about 99% of readers--you were one of the early "test readers." ;-) Outcaste is now with the latest round of beta readers. Based on their feedback, it will either be released or revised further. And then I can really pour my efforts into the new stuff. I, for one, can hardly wait!

So good to hear from you, Brew! xoxo
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on February 10, 2015, 10:26:35 am
Looking forward to Oucaste! Although the trilogy will never get old. It is like a select few books where you just have to visit once in a while because the characters and stories are so dear. It is like visiting with friends :)
A good example is for example Clan of the Cavebear/Earths Children series,  probably read 10-15 times ^^

Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 10, 2015, 01:07:45 pm
Winter--I LOVE that series, too! I feel proud to be in its company on your shelf. Outcaste is gonna be...swell, I think you'll LOVE it! <3
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on February 11, 2015, 12:21:19 am
I think I will too, can't wait :-D is there a set date yet?
In the meantime reading the trilogy at night. I had to read just the Redemption trilogy of Michael R. Hicks for some days now to catch up to my much faster sister, but I like to read more than one at a time. Or just happens maybe, now read Elfhunter trilogy, legend of the sword (In Her Name), Lord of The Rings, a nonfiction about Xerxes the king and always the Bible on the side. Guess I'm not lacking for things to read [emoji14]
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on February 13, 2015, 01:22:56 am
I found the password for my old account, now I have two.. Just want my old one, wonder how I can remove the new?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Archer on February 13, 2015, 04:15:06 am
Winter--I think if you go to your new account page/profile there is an option to delete...
Just make sure you keep that old one! We want to see you around more often! :-D
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on February 14, 2015, 01:30:54 am
Thanks I will try that, want to keep the Winter9 one since it has the information about when I got my first kindle and other fun things and I have had that longer:)
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: geoffthomas on February 14, 2015, 02:44:54 pm
Just wanted to say that, like Brew, I liked Outcaste as it was.
But I will be happy to enjoy any revision....not because it will necessarily make it better, but because it will make it a slightly different story - and I want more stories from Archer......got that Chris?
Title: Re: Elves just want to have fun!
Post by: Winter9 on June 04, 2015, 01:56:47 am
JUmping in to say hello!

Enjoying my re-read of Elfhunter-trilogy! Reading through Fire-heart now. Decided to finish my re-read before starting Outcaste since I had already started it.

One thing I'm wondering about. Is Outcaste the first book in a new series or is it kind of a book before a new series?