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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 24 Apr 2012 :  20:10:46  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zireael

I wanted to say I finally got my hands on "Dark Journey" in a local library. The chapters from the Yuuzhan Vong and Chiss and Hapan perspective were excellent!

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Glad to hear you enjoyed the story. :)
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Fellfire
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Elaine, I am deeply disappointed that TSD seems to be on hold indefinitely. I was looking forward to reading more about Tincheron. Are there perhaps any short stories you have composed about this character that you would be able to share, other than what's been published? Even just a brief history? Or dare I ask, 3.5 stats? As always, thank you for your time and dedication to your fans.

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I have found a interesting tendency for female authors, who have female leads to be often asked if they have imposed some of their own personalities into their character, does this conception, or perhaps misconception happen to you with some degree of frequency?

Furthermore, what part of the writing process do you find most enjoyable?

Please paredn me if these questions are to personal, or if they have been asked before in this thread, I've not gone through the entirity of it yet. Thanks in advance for whatever you wish to answer, respectfully, Sightless

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 18 Jun 2012 :  02:19:13  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Elaine, I am deeply disappointed that TSD seems to be on hold indefinitely. I was looking forward to reading more about Tincheron. Are there perhaps any short stories you have composed about this character that you would be able to share, other than what's been published? Even just a brief history? Or dare I ask, 3.5 stats? As always, thank you for your time and dedication to your fans.



Hi, Fellfire.

Unfortunately, I don't have any additional stories about Tincheron, and I've never assigned stats to him. But I would like to return to him eventually. As a half-dragon (actually, he's a lot more elf than dragon), he would be long-lived enough to survive the 4E time jump. If someone develops, I'll be sure to post the news here.
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 18 Jun 2012 :  02:31:05  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sightless

I have found a interesting tendency for female authors, who have female leads to be often asked if they have imposed some of their own personalities into their character, does this conception, or perhaps misconception happen to you with some degree of frequency?


Hi, Sightless.

People make all kinds of assumptions about writers from the characters and themes they write about, but I'm not certain this has anything to do with being female. I suspect that male writers are frequently asked similar questions. Frankly, I'm more often asked if I base characters on people I know. And people who know me are more likely to see connections to some of my male characters--Danilo Thann the smartass bard, Fyodor the Slavic storyteller, Matteo the scholar.

quote:
Furthermore, what part of the writing process do you find most enjoyable?


I vastly prefer the revision process to the first draft. Pulling a story out of the air is a long, slow process for me. I'm much happier once I have something to work with.
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Fellfire
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Posted - 18 Jun 2012 :  02:46:22  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Elaine. I have begun to re-read Windwalker and question has come up, when Danilo goes to Blackstaff tower to meet with Khelben to discuss Liriel's impending arrival we are briefly introduced to Sharllara of the Vindrith clan. Laeral goes on to state that she is NOT a gold-elf, despite appearances and the assumptions of the archmage. Has it been revealed just what she IS? I admit it has been a long while since I've read this particular book and I'm not nearly done.

edit: Despite a different spelling of the surname, the FR Wiki names her as a star-elf. Is this correct? Is she a character that you created?

Misanthorpe

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 18 Jun 2012 :  03:21:44  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Thanks, Elaine. I have begun to re-read Windwalker and question has come up, when Danilo goes to Blackstaff tower to meet with Khelben to discuss Liriel's impending arrival we are briefly introduced to Sharllara of the Vindrith clan. Laeral goes on to state that she is NOT a gold-elf, despite appearances and the assumptions of the archmage. Has it been revealed just what she IS? I admit it has been a long while since I've read this particular book and I'm not nearly done.

edit: Despite a different spelling of the surname, the FR Wiki names her as a star-elf. Is this correct? Is she a character that you created?



Yes, Sharlarra is a star elf, and yes, she was created for WINDWALKER.
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The Sage
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As I recall, though, Sharlarra was never exclusively named as such.

We know star elves were first introduced in 3e FR, namely the Unapproachable East tome. However, Elaine has also told in the past that she obtained a copy of the manuscript for the tome from WotC and read it for continuity. I'm assuming that's also because Elaine wanted to research ways in which she could to tie the novel more closely with the new lore on the star elves. Though, I could be wrong...

So to put it simply... star elves may have had a place in the Realms "before" the official release of UE, but it wasn't until the tome was available to the public that readers could finally recognise what Shalarra was when they read the entry about the star elves in the sourcebook.

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Fellfire
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Posted - 18 Jun 2012 :  07:36:33  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Having just finished that excellent book I can tell you definitively she was never specifically named as such in that book.

Misanthorpe

Love is a lie. Only hate endures. Light is blinding. Only in darkness do we see clearly.

"Oh, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but.. blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to me." - Bane The Dark Knight Rises

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 18 Jun 2012 :  12:45:31  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

As I recall, though, Sharlarra was never exclusively named as such.

We know star elves were first introduced in 3e FR, namely the Unapproachable East tome. However, Elaine has also told in the past that she obtained a copy of the manuscript for the tome from WotC and read it for continuity. I'm assuming that's also because Elaine wanted to research ways in which she could to tie the novel more closely with the new lore on the star elves. Though, I could be wrong...


No, you're exactly right. According to UE, star elves had been leaving their home plan for a while, due to some unspecified threat. So it seemed entirely plausible that Sharlarra was one such refugee.
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Barastir
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Posted - 20 Jun 2012 :  12:03:11  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dear Mrs. Cunningham, yesterday I was reading again about Lord Erlan Duirsar in Elfshadow, and found this wonderful text:

"Erlan Duirsar gazed out the window to the courtyard below, a vast square ringed by buildings of enspelled pink crystal. Elvencrafted with the whimsical asymmetry and solid practicality that characterized the work of moon elves, the buildings housed most of the lords and ladies who sat on the council. Both the duties and privileges of government were shared by all in Evereska, and the common elves frequently gathered in the square for ritual, festivity, or contentious town meetings. It was his voice, however, that issued the final word on such matters as now confronted the city. Erlan Duirsar kept this thought before him as he strode into the meeting hall to address the council. A powerful and proud group, the elves studied him with varied degrees of curiosity and impatience.
'I know that you all have important business elsewhere, but I must ask that you remain here in counsel this night. Evereska may need the special talents of each elf here.'
'What's going on?' demanded the head of the College of Magic.
'Bran Skorlsun has come to the Greycloak Hills', said Erlan Duirsar simply.
It was explanation enough."


After reading it, I realized that those elves are not cited anymore in the book, and so I ask: what have they done that night? Which talents were needed, and were they used, after all? Or have Khelben so much influence that the elves decided not to interfere for some reason (although I think they would actually help Arilyn and Danilo)?

Other questions: how much of this story was passed along to humans and people in general by Danilo's songs? How could he tell his story without mentioning the Elfgate? How much about the moonblades became general knowledge? I assume it was not widely known by non-elves before his tales.

Thank you in advance, and I hope life is treating you very well!

"Goodness is not a natural state, but must be
fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 20 Jun 2012 :  15:57:17  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Barastir

Dear Mrs. Cunningham, yesterday I was reading again about Lord Erlan Duirsar in Elfshadow, and found this wonderful text:

"Erlan Duirsar gazed out the window to the courtyard below, a vast square ringed by buildings of enspelled pink crystal. Elvencrafted with the whimsical asymmetry and solid practicality that characterized the work of moon elves, the buildings housed most of the lords and ladies who sat on the council. Both the duties and privileges of government were shared by all in Evereska, and the common elves frequently gathered in the square for ritual, festivity, or contentious town meetings. It was his voice, however, that issued the final word on such matters as now confronted the city. Erlan Duirsar kept this thought before him as he strode into the meeting hall to address the council. A powerful and proud group, the elves studied him with varied degrees of curiosity and impatience.
'I know that you all have important business elsewhere, but I must ask that you remain here in counsel this night. Evereska may need the special talents of each elf here.'
'What's going on?' demanded the head of the College of Magic.
'Bran Skorlsun has come to the Greycloak Hills', said Erlan Duirsar simply.
It was explanation enough."


After reading it, I realized that those elves are not cited anymore in the book, and so I ask: what have they done that night? Which talents were needed, and were they used, after all? Or have Khelben so much influence that the elves decided not to interfere for some reason (although I think they would actually help Arilyn and Danilo)?

Other questions: how much of this story was passed along to humans and people in general by Danilo's songs? How could he tell his story without mentioning the Elfgate? How much about the moonblades became general knowledge? I assume it was not widely known by non-elves before his tales.

Thank you in advance, and I hope life is treating you very well!



The elfgate provided direct access to Evermeet. If it opened, the elves of Evereska would have to make make sure no one got through. This would mean strengthening the perimeter of Evereska, scouting for possible threats, and so on. Warriors, mages, courtiers, courtesans, spies--anyone who might have information about possible threats and tools needed to neutralize them would be on alert.

Danilo has never written or sung songs about this incident. In fact, the only adventure he ever set to verse was the quest that formed the plot of ELFSONG. He is very careful about protecting elven secrets. Even the manuscript for EVERMEET was largely a private matter--a gift for Arilyn, with a few copies made for those who contributed to his research.
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Barastir
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Thank you, Mrs. Cunningham. I thought he transformed and adapted some bits of that story (well, he mentions the episode in the Marsh of Chelimber), and that maybe he could have told his version of the whole happening, even to help cleaning Arilyn's name.

Just found a mention in Elfsong about the ballad of the Harper Assassin, what does it tells, then? In this passage Arilyn tells him that someone sung the ballad there in Tethyr, and they got worried, even considering that "The facts were well and truly disguised, and although it did not identify either Arilyn or him as Harpers".

I thought I read somewhere that moonblades got infused in the human people folklore (with awe) after that incident, but then I'm probably mistaken. Are they still basically unknown to average humans, or to adventures?

"Goodness is not a natural state, but must be
fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 20 Jun 2012 :  19:17:25  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Barastir

Thank you, Mrs. Cunningham. I thought he transformed and adapted some bits of that story (well, he mentions the episode in the Marsh of Chelimber), and that maybe he could have told his version of the whole happening, even to help cleaning Arilyn's name.

Just found a mention in Elfsong about the ballad of the Harper Assassin, what does it tells, then? In this passage Arilyn tells him that someone sung the ballad there in Tethyr, and they got worried, even considering that "The facts were well and truly disguised, and although it did not identify either Arilyn or him as Harpers".

I thought I read somewhere that moonblades got infused in the human people folklore (with awe) after that incident, but then I'm probably mistaken. Are they still basically unknown to average humans, or to adventures?



Some humans know about moonblades, yes. They've been around for centuries, and humans have observed moonfighters over time, so there are stories and legends floating about, some of which contain actual nuggets of truth. For the most part, though, humans know little about the swords, other than that they are elf-crafted, elf-wielded weapons that contain powerful magic.

Yikes, I'd forgotten about the Ballad of the Harper Assassin! I'd have to reread that passage, but as I recall, Dan created a story that bore little resemblance to the actual events. Several harpers were murdered before the events of ELFSHADOW, so there would be rumors of a "harper assassin." Once the situation was resolved, it would made sense to create a story that gave people closure, but disguised sensitive information.

I'll be re-reading the Songs & Swords books later this month to refresh my memory, so I might have more to add later.
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Barastir
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Posted - 20 Jun 2012 :  19:27:20  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
Some humans know about moonblades, yes. They've been around for centuries, and humans have observed moonfighters over time, so there are stories and legends floating about, some of which contain actual nuggets of truth. For the most part, though, humans know little about the swords, other than that they are elf-crafted, elf-wielded weapons that contain powerful magic.

Yikes, I'd forgotten about the Ballad of the Harper Assassin! I'd have to reread that passage, but as I recall, Dan created a story that bore little resemblance to the actual events. Several harpers were murdered before the events of ELFSHADOW, so there would be rumors of a "harper assassin." Once the situation was resolved, it would made sense to create a story that gave people closure, but disguised sensitive information.

I'll be re-reading the Songs & Swords books later this month to refresh my memory, so I might have more to add later.



Thank you very much, Mrs. Cunningham. And thanks a lot for the moonblade lore and the info on the actions of the Evereskan leaders in the elfgate crisis.

"Goodness is not a natural state, but must be
fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)

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Seravin
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Hi Elaine, reading all the Song and Sword books for the first time and I have to say I love them! You're an amazing writer and I can't believe it's taken me all these years (decades?) to get around to reading about Danilo and Arilyn. Your depictions of Laeral and Khelben are fun to read too!

One question I had, during Elfsong, it seemed like a book made for Storm to make at least a cameo, given it was about Harpers and bards and she is the ultimate Harper bard. Especially given her Laeral and Khelben's involvement and their connection to Storm. Was there a reason you decided not to involve Storm in the story?
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 27 Jun 2012 :  12:46:08  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Seravin

Hi Elaine, reading all the Song and Sword books for the first time and I have to say I love them! You're an amazing writer and I can't believe it's taken me all these years (decades?) to get around to reading about Danilo and Arilyn. Your depictions of Laeral and Khelben are fun to read too!

One question I had, during Elfsong, it seemed like a book made for Storm to make at least a cameo, given it was about Harpers and bards and she is the ultimate Harper bard. Especially given her Laeral and Khelben's involvement and their connection to Storm. Was there a reason you decided not to involve Storm in the story?



Hi, Seravin.

Yep, decades. Two of them. I'm accustomed to readers telling me they read Songs & Swords in high school (or grade school), but now it's also colleagues and editors. I'm delighted to hear you're enjoying this tale, and I appreciate the kind words.

You know, I don't remember why Storm didn't have a cameo appearance in this book. I suspect, though, that it had to do with several things. First, Storm isn't my character. Sure, neither are Khelben or Laerel (or for that matter, Elaith), but at that time Ed was not exploring the Waterdeep crowd in fiction. Storm, on the other hand, is very much a presence in his work.

Also, a bard character of Storm's level would raise the stakes of Garnet's spell and dominate the story. As I think about it now, I can see all kinds of issues. If memory serves, there's no mention of her at all, or at least, nothing to establish whether or not Storm was effected or, in fact, whether the spell's effect went that far east. If the spell just covered the northlands, Khelben would treat it as a regional problem. He's a bit of a control freak, and I don't see him bringing in the big guns except for dire emergencies. And remember, Garnet's whole point was that the Harpers--which very much included Khelben--did not have sufficient regard for the bards. At first, he didn't see it as that big a problem.
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 27 Jun 2012 :  12:54:02  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

As I recall, though, Sharlarra was never exclusively named as such.

We know star elves were first introduced in 3e FR, namely the Unapproachable East tome. However, Elaine has also told in the past that she obtained a copy of the manuscript for the tome from WotC and read it for continuity. I'm assuming that's also because Elaine wanted to research ways in which she could to tie the novel more closely with the new lore on the star elves. Though, I could be wrong...


No, you're exactly right. According to UE, star elves had been leaving their home plan for a while, due to some unspecified threat. So it seemed entirely plausible that Sharlarra was one such refugee.



Sharlarra IS called a star elf in her only other appearance: the short story "Answered Prayers," published in The Best of the Realms Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham.

I leafed through this book last week, prompted by a facebook conversation with a reader who liked a short story about Elaith and Ferret, a forest elf woman. I didn't immediately recall writing it. (Long story, but it boils down to the fact that the short story took place during the events of Reclamation, and I conflated it with that unfinished project.) So anyway, it turns out that this story, "Redemption," (published in Realms of War and "Gorlist's Dragon" (published in Realms of Dragons) weren't included in the collection. I hope that if/when WotC puts anthologies and short story collections as ebooks, they will be.
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 06 Aug 2012 :  14:01:30  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A lot can happen in 14 years. Take Evermeet, for example.

Back in 1998, the island of Evermeet was an inviolate elven homeland, protected by high magic and peerless elven warriors. It had been a refuge for thousands of years, and the elves saw no reason to think things might change. Then, in the year DR 1371 (aka 1998), they got a disturbing wake-up call–an invasion that forced them to rethink their assumptions and shore up their defenses.

Perhaps they did TOO good a job. When the Spellplague hit, it swept away the whole frickin’ island. But that’s another story.

EVERMEET Island of the Elves is an older tale, one that begins with the mythology and history of Toril’s elves–or, at least, the version of elven history and mythology that the secretive People permit humans to know. The book exists in three layers: a series of tales that follow the history of the royal Moonflower family, the gradual unfolding of the 1371 invasion, and the quest of the book’s narrator, the bard Danilo Thann, to give his lover–Arilyn Moonblade, a half-elf of royal blood–some small part of the heritage denied her.

EVERMEET was published in hardcover in 1998 and in paperback the year after. It’s been out of print for several years now, but tomorrow, August 7, it will be released in eBook format. If you’re new to this tale, if you want to replace your 13-year-old paperback copy, or if you’re transferring your Forgotten Realms books to digital format, I hope you’ll consider adding the EVERMEET eBook to your library.
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Barastir
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It is a wonderful book, that I bought first in paperback version and then in hardcover format - giving my paperback copy to a great friend. If you're a Forgotten Realms fan with any interest in things elven, you MUST have this book.

"Goodness is not a natural state, but must be
fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)
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Veritas
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Elaine,

I want to express my extreme appreciation for the MANY wonderful hours your work has provided me.

The idea that Evermeet came out in 1998 makes me feel old. I remember my anticipation for Evermeet's release like it was yesterday.
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ElaineCunningham
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Thanks for the kind words. I must admit, the thought makes me feel a tad ancient, as well.

It also makes me wonder, for the first time in years, what happened to all the notes I'd compiled on the elves of Toril. As part of the research for Evermeet, I gathered every scrap of information I could find, ranging from novels to game products and long out-of-print comic books. But in 1998 we moved from Maryland, where the book was written, to Rhode Island, and I never DID figure out what happened to those files.
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quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Thanks for the kind words. I must admit, the thought makes me feel a tad ancient, as well.

It also makes me wonder, for the first time in years, what happened to all the notes I'd compiled on the elves of Toril. As part of the research for Evermeet, I gathered every scrap of information I could find, ranging from novels to game products and long out-of-print comic books. But in 1998 we moved from Maryland, where the book was written, to Rhode Island, and I never DID figure out what happened to those files.



Elaine, since the newest changes in the realms might allow for novels set in th past, present or future.......is it rude of me to ask this question : if you were approached by wotc to revisit Reclamtion, is that something that would interest you? And if so would you want to attempt something with any of your other wonderful characters, ie Mateo and Tsigone. I am thinking an answer from you my prevent many postings of similar questions for you!

I only ask as the possibility of revisiting old story lines came up at the Candlekeep seminar at GenCon and I was thinking about re-reading your realms novels when finish of the last John Carter novel this weekend.


A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

Edited by - The Red Walker on 17 Aug 2012 22:44:22
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ElaineCunningham
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quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Thanks for the kind words. I must admit, the thought makes me feel a tad ancient, as well.

It also makes me wonder, for the first time in years, what happened to all the notes I'd compiled on the elves of Toril. As part of the research for Evermeet, I gathered every scrap of information I could find, ranging from novels to game products and long out-of-print comic books. But in 1998 we moved from Maryland, where the book was written, to Rhode Island, and I never DID figure out what happened to those files.



Elaine, since the newest changes in the realms might allow for novels set in th past, present or future.......is it rude of me to ask this question : if you were approached by wotc to revisit Reclamtion, is that something that would interest you? And if so would you want to attempt something with any of your other wonderful characters, ie Mateo and Tsigone. I am thinking an answer from you my prevent many postings of similar questions for you!

I only ask as the possibility of revisiting old story lines came up at the Candlekeep seminar at GenCon and I was thinking about re-reading your realms novels when finish of the last John Carter novel this weekend.





It's not at all rude to ask; in fact, I appreciate the thought and am delighted that people are still interested in these tales.

That said, I'm really not comfortable speculating on what I would or wouldn't write in a hypothetical situation. Because as we all know, there ARE NO HYPOTHETICAL SITUATIONS on the internet. Many things that are said in speculation are repeated as fact. That could get awkward, and is best avoided.

I've been reading about the keynote presentation at Gen Con, the new Sundering story line, and the WotC's desire to return to a "classic Realms." They've got a great team in charge of this, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens. Because regardless of what I do or don't write for the Realms in the future, it'll always be home.
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Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

I never DID figure out what happened to those files.


I'm sure more than a few scribes would volunteer to help find them.
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