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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 03 Feb 2015 :  21:14:35  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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/

Edited by - ElaineCunningham on 03 Feb 2015 23:24:48
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George Krashos
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Australia
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Posted - 03 Feb 2015 :  23:27:23  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Elaine!

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BenN
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Posted - 03 Feb 2015 :  23:59:46  Show Profile Send BenN a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Elaine!

Duly subscribed to your newsletter.
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Fellfire
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Posted - 08 Feb 2015 :  10:39:56  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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;)>

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 08 Feb 2015 :  14:33:49  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.


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Fellfire
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Posted - 08 Feb 2015 :  14:36:44  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 08 Feb 2015 :  14:40:33  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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."

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Fellfire
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Posted - 08 Feb 2015 :  14:46:11  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A wise woman.

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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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 08 Feb 2015 :  14:55:44  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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?

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 08 Feb 2015 :  15:03:16  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.


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Fellfire
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Posted - 08 Feb 2015 :  15:18:56  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

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 - 08 Feb 2015 :  15:32:04  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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
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Hawkins
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Posted - 03 Mar 2015 :  20:13:37  Show Profile  Visit Hawkins's Homepage Send Hawkins a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

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Edited by - Hawkins on 03 Mar 2015 20:14:17
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Hawkins
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Posted - 03 Mar 2015 :  20:17:45  Show Profile  Visit Hawkins's Homepage Send Hawkins a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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?

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One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back. --Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

"Mmm, not the darkness," Myrin murmured. "Don't cast it there." --Erik Scott de Bie, Shadowbane

* My character sheets (PFRPG, 3.5, and AE versions; not viewable in Internet Explorer)
* Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Reference Document (PFRPG OGL Rules)
* The Hypertext d20 SRD (3.5 OGL Rules)
* 3.5 D&D Archives

My game design work:
* Heroes of the Jade Oath (PFRPG, conversion; Rite Publishing)
* Compendium Arcanum Volume 1: Cantrips & Orisons (PFRPG, designer; d20pfsrd.com Publishing)
* Compendium Arcanum Volume 2: 1st-Level Spells (PFRPG, designer; d20pfsrd.com Publishing)
* Martial Arts Guidebook (forthcoming) (PFRPG, designer; Rite Publishing)

Edited by - Hawkins on 03 Mar 2015 20:18:13
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 03 Mar 2015 :  20:35:30  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 03 Mar 2015 :  20:37:42  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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...)
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Duneth Despana
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Belgium
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Posted - 03 Jul 2015 :  13:07:27  Show Profile Send Duneth Despana a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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!)

« There is no overriding « epic » in the Realms, but rather a large number of stories, adventures, and encounters going on all the time. [...]. Each creative mind adds to the base, creating, defining, and making their contribution to the rich diversity of the Realms. [...]. But Ed built the stage upon which all the plays are presented. Thanks Ed. » -FR Comic no.1
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Duneth Despana
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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!

« There is no overriding « epic » in the Realms, but rather a large number of stories, adventures, and encounters going on all the time. [...]. Each creative mind adds to the base, creating, defining, and making their contribution to the rich diversity of the Realms. [...]. But Ed built the stage upon which all the plays are presented. Thanks Ed. » -FR Comic no.1
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 04 Jul 2015 :  05:48:05  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 10 Jul 2015 :  14:34:44  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 10 Jul 2015 :  14:37:01  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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
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Seravin
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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!



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Duneth Despana
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Posted - 27 Jul 2015 :  20:58:55  Show Profile Send Duneth Despana a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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 .

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Wooly Rupert
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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.

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Duneth Despana
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Posted - 24 Aug 2015 :  14:38:54  Show Profile Send Duneth Despana a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

I'd be very interested in [...] add[ing] an extensive section set during the Crown Wars. A "director's cut" version, if you will. Big ol' honkin' thing.




Would you be able to share any thoughts you've had on this? (I'm currently reading Evermeet and loving every page so far... and I thought it was curious how the Crown Wars were seemingly deliberately skipped.) I for one would love to see such a tome come to fruition, but I fear that WotC would have to greenlight it and that it isn't something they'd be interested in atm. :-/ A big thank you extending forward and backwards in time ;-P

« There is no overriding « epic » in the Realms, but rather a large number of stories, adventures, and encounters going on all the time. [...]. Each creative mind adds to the base, creating, defining, and making their contribution to the rich diversity of the Realms. [...]. But Ed built the stage upon which all the plays are presented. Thanks Ed. » -FR Comic no.1

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