June 9th, 2009



Okay, guys, I have to say this was a great deal of fun for me. Some of the story suggestions were perfectly wonderful, things I wouldn’t have thought of myself but which were terribly obvious as soon as they were suggested. Obviously not everybody can win the anthology, but *many* of these ideas will, I think, end up as stories. Thank you all! Hee hee hee!

There are exceedingly moderate spoilers behind the cut, but I’ll put ‘em behind the cut because they’re spoilers at all. Collapse )

But the winner is blythe025/blythe025, who said I would love to see a story told from the point of view of a priest.

For some reason this idea really caught me. Possibly because I like the priest in the Negotiator trilogy so much, but somehow there’s just a real romanticism to that idea for me. I actually feel like I could build a book around the idea of a priest dealing with the Old Races, though I’m already terribly torn on *when* I would set that story. Or whether it would have to be a longer story, a series of its own, just trying to deal with the religious and spiritual connotations of the Old Races’ existence, from a Western theology’s point of view. I’m just, yeah. Utterly enamored of this idea. So, Blythe, if you will email your snail mail address to cemurphyauthor@gmail.com, I will get that ARC in the mail for you!

(x-posted from the essential kit)


oh yes, the other contest

Word Warrior Aponi has won the “random draw for a book for people who have donated to Astres’ 10K run”. It is a day of many winnings!

Ted decided he wanted a bicycle to get to and from work on, so today we boldly went forth to the bike shop, where we found just the thing, plus panniards, bike lights, locks, helmets, and a variety of other Good Stuff. They also told us that although my bike has been sitting out in the rain for the past three years they could probably fix it up properly, so when he went to get his new bike Ted also brought mine over to be fixed. Biking in this country is nigh suicidal, but apparently I’m desperate enough to get beyond Longford’s town borders that I’ll risk my life on it. And in the meantime, Ted has zipped off to work on his new bike. He was very impressed with how fast biking is compared to walking. :)

Oh! My keyboard adapter arrived and worked exactly as advertised, which is to say, plug & play without any screw-ups. So I’m back at the Captain’s Chair for work, which means I can probably start swimming again, as it seems I dasn’t both swim and use a laptop keyboard. Yay!

I still want brownies. *sigh*

ytd wordcount: 181,200
miles to Minas Tirith: 353.4

(x-posted from the essential kit)