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The Sage Posted - 14 Jul 2010 : 01:53:58
Well met

This being another collective scroll of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a renowned author of the Realms, namely - Elaine Cunningham, whos works include: Elfshadow, Elfsong, Daughter of the Drow, Tangled Webs, Windwalker and of course Evermeet: Island of Elves, to name but a few.

Present your questions herein and check back to see what news may also come forth from the quill of this author.
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Wooly Rupert Posted - 27 Jul 2015 : 21:55:17
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

although I can make a guess as to it's general signification... what does tzarreth mean exactly? (as you can maybe guess I'm reading DotD and thoroughly enjoying it! so: thank you!)



Sad to say, it has been so long since I wrote DotD that I don't recall the specific meaning of that word. I'm assuming it's an expletive, in which case the context will probably suffice.

Woolly nailed the reasoning behind the traffic of drow children. To the merchant band, everything is a commodity, and capital is a necessity. But one thing does not preclude the other. I would assume that they DO steal boy children, particularly those that show promise as fighters, to raise and indoctrinate. That's a long term investment, but almost certainly a part of their strategy.




Thank you very much for your answer. I guess I underestimated how chaotic -evil- these particular vhaeraunites were ^_^ . I guess it's logic for a merchant company to go the capitalist way: short-term gain without regards for long-term consequences ;-P .



A lot of the time, if you don't have a short-term gain, you're not going to be around to worry about the long-term consequence.

It's not like male children are a rare commodity in drow society.
Duneth Despana Posted - 27 Jul 2015 : 20:58:55
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

although I can make a guess as to it's general signification... what does tzarreth mean exactly? (as you can maybe guess I'm reading DotD and thoroughly enjoying it! so: thank you!)



Sad to say, it has been so long since I wrote DotD that I don't recall the specific meaning of that word. I'm assuming it's an expletive, in which case the context will probably suffice.

Woolly nailed the reasoning behind the traffic of drow children. To the merchant band, everything is a commodity, and capital is a necessity. But one thing does not preclude the other. I would assume that they DO steal boy children, particularly those that show promise as fighters, to raise and indoctrinate. That's a long term investment, but almost certainly a part of their strategy.




Thank you very much for your answer. I guess I underestimated how chaotic -evil- these particular vhaeraunites were ^_^ . I guess it's logic for a merchant company to go the capitalist way: short-term gain without regards for long-term consequences ;-P .
Seravin Posted - 10 Jul 2015 : 21:41:57
Hi Elaine

Finally reading Thornhold (way too late!) and wonder if the name of Alice Tinker comes from you liking Vicar of Dibley? That show has a great character with the same name played by Emma Chambers. Loving the book by the way! Can't believe it took me so long to get to it!



ElaineCunningham Posted - 10 Jul 2015 : 14:37:01
Hi, folks.

A quick note to let you know that there's a free short story posted on EGM Shorts, a flash fiction column by the small-press publisher Evil Girlfriend Media.

Hope you'll stop by.

http://bit.ly/EGMSHORTS
ElaineCunningham Posted - 10 Jul 2015 : 14:34:44
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

although I can make a guess as to it's general signification... what does tzarreth mean exactly? (as you can maybe guess I'm reading DotD and thoroughly enjoying it! so: thank you!)



Sad to say, it has been so long since I wrote DotD that I don't recall the specific meaning of that word. I'm assuming it's an expletive, in which case the context will probably suffice.

Woolly nailed the reasoning behind the traffic of drow children. To the merchant band, everything is a commodity, and capital is a necessity. But one thing does not preclude the other. I would assume that they DO steal boy children, particularly those that show promise as fighters, to raise and indoctrinate. That's a long term investment, but almost certainly a part of their strategy.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 04 Jul 2015 : 05:48:05
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

There is one thing that deeply puzzles me, though: Why was the cargo of the Dragon's Hoard drow children? One would think that the followers of Vhaeraun would hold on to young malleable souls to bolster their ranks (a need that is expressed in chapter eighteen: 'Night Above'). Thanks in advance!




Even if you want recruits, you need capital.

And people are more dedicated to a cause when they choose it for themselves... If it's forced on them, their dedication often doesn't last beyond a serious challenge to their faith in that cause.
Duneth Despana Posted - 04 Jul 2015 : 04:07:16
There is one thing that deeply puzzles me, though: Why was the cargo of the Dragon's Hoard drow children? One would think that the followers of Vhaeraun would hold on to young malleable souls to bolster their ranks (a need that is expressed in chapter eighteen: 'Night Above'). Thanks in advance!
Duneth Despana Posted - 03 Jul 2015 : 13:07:27
although I can make a guess as to it's general signification... what does tzarreth mean exactly? (as you can maybe guess I'm reading DotD and thoroughly enjoying it! so: thank you!)
ElaineCunningham Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:37:42
quote:
Originally posted by Hawkins

All of Paizo's ePub versions are easily converted to .Mobi (via calibre) and can be imported to the Kindle. I have used this method several times.



This is an excellent work-around. Just so you know, though, starting in June the Paizo novels will be published by Tor and distributed by McMillan. As part of this arrangement, the new books AND the backlist will be available in ebook format on Amazon.com and, I would assume, Nook as well (for however long B&N lasts...)
ElaineCunningham Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:35:30
quote:
Originally posted by Hawkins

Hi Elaine,

I was sad to see that your name was not listed amongst the contributors in Ed's Sessorium. Do you have plans to join them in the future?



Hi, Hawkins.

Ed's new project is intriguing, and I'll be following its development with interest. We talked about me taking part, and I might at some point in the future, but right now my focus is elsewhere.
Hawkins Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:17:45
Hi Elaine,

I was sad to see that your name was not listed amongst the contributors in Ed's Sessorium. Do you have plans to join them in the future?
Hawkins Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:13:37
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Alas, I cannot find this on my Kindle.



Yeah, I don't know why Paizo doesn't have a Kindle version available through Amazon You can get the ePub version from the Paizo website. I'm not sure if you can read ePub files with a Kindle, but if you're interested, here's a link:

http://paizo.com/products/btpy8h6j?Pathfinder-Tales-Winter-Witch


All of Paizo's ePub versions are easily converted to .Mobi (via calibre) and can be imported to the Kindle. I have used this method several times.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 15:32:04
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Alas, I cannot find this on my Kindle.



Yeah, I don't know why Paizo doesn't have a Kindle version available through Amazon You can get the ePub version from the Paizo website. I'm not sure if you can read ePub files with a Kindle, but if you're interested, here's a link:

http://paizo.com/products/btpy8h6j?Pathfinder-Tales-Winter-Witch
Fellfire Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 15:18:56
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Alas, I cannot find this on my Kindle.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 15:03:16
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Marilyn? Is this where the name Arilyn came from?



Not intentionally, no. "Arilyn" started out as a traditional Realms fantasy name, with lots of unnecessary consenants plus the odd scattering of h and y. Editor Jim Lowder trimmed it down to size. That said, Marilyn was quite pleased with the resemblance.

Wooly Rupert Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 14:55:44
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Hope you like the book! It was co-written with Dave Gross. He came into the project after the cover and catalog were done, which is why his by-line isn't on the cover.

Oddly enough, Dave wrote most of the "girly' parts--sex and romance and shopping and so on. SOMEONE had to do it. As my Aunt Marilyn once observed, after reading one of my early attempts at women's fiction, "Girl, you don't have a romantic bone in your body. You should be writing something weird, like science fiction or fantasy."





Marilyn? Is this where the name Arilyn came from?
Fellfire Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 14:46:11
A wise woman.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 14:40:33
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Hope you like the book! It was co-written with Dave Gross. He came into the project after the cover and catalog were done, which is why his by-line isn't on the cover.

Oddly enough, Dave wrote most of the "girly' parts--sex and romance and shopping and so on. SOMEONE had to do it. As my Aunt Marilyn once observed, after reading one of my early attempts at women's fiction, "Girl, you don't have a romantic bone in your body. You should be writing something weird, like science fiction or fantasy."

Fellfire Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 14:36:44
Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 14:33:49
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Elaine, quite some time ago, I believe it was you who held some sort of contest in which you asked any who might like to participate to name a housecat-sized dragon. Am I remembering correctly? If so, what became of that project?

Not sure how I missed your newsletter. I just signed up. Hope I didn't miss anything;)>



Hi, Fellfire. Nope, you didn't miss anything. I probably won't send a newsletter until late March or early April. By then I should have something to talk ABOUT.

The dragon contest does sound familiar, but I don't recall the particulars. It might have been for WINTER WITCH, a Pathfinder Tales novel. There's a "house drake" called Skywing in this book, and he's about the size of a house cat.


Fellfire Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 10:39:56
Elaine, quite some time ago, I believe it was you who held some sort of contest in which you asked any who might like to participate to name a housecat-sized dragon. Am I remembering correctly? If so, what became of that project?

Not sure how I missed your newsletter. I just signed up. Hope I didn't miss anything;)>
BenN Posted - 03 Feb 2015 : 23:59:46
Thanks Elaine!

Duly subscribed to your newsletter.
George Krashos Posted - 03 Feb 2015 : 23:27:23
Thanks Elaine!

-- George Krashos
ElaineCunningham Posted - 03 Feb 2015 : 21:14:35
Hi, folks.

Here's a link to "Newsletter 2.0," a post on my website's blog. If you'd be interested in receiving an occasional newsletter with updates on new releases, work in progress, and the occasional freebie such as new short fiction (and maybe a bit of totally unauthorized Realms fanfic...), follow this link to subscribe. :)

http://www.elainecunningham.com/2015/02/02/newsletter-2-0/
ElaineCunningham Posted - 29 Jan 2015 : 18:36:05
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Hello Elaine.

Any chance you'll be attending GEN CON this summer? The theme of this year’s Candlekeep Presents seminar is Women of the Realms, and it would be an honor to have you as a guest.



Hi, Brian. I'd really hoped to attend Gen Con this summer, but it looks as if I'll have to shoot for next year.

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