Janny, was thinking about you yesterday as we sweated through the local Highland Games.
It's so exciting as you're walking up towards the event and gradually the sound of the bag pipes and drums get louder and louder. I love watching the parade of massed bands at the closing ceremonies (after they broke their first caber and had to find a replacement caber to toss). I recorded some sound clips on my cell phone, but, alas, the bag pipes didn't record very well.
There was also a man playing.. what looked like a bag pipe, but was wooden and the... pipe parts seemed longer and different somehow. And it sounded different. But it was interesting to listen to him play, nonetheless.
Well done Janny,
I am glad to hear you have overcome the initial tough bit to get back into the groove. Now that your are on a roll, it must be very rewarding to achieve what you set out to do each day.
I find Wendy's idea very good. With Meisha Merlin and the UK release of SF to happen simultaneously, you could try HP marketing plot with counting the sleeps on us.
Wouldn't that be wicked?
Keep you the good work, the good music and the good feeling.
Hannah, the pipes you describe:
but was wooden and the... pipe parts seemed longer and different somehow
it looks like you might be describing uilienn pipes [Sp?] which I think are an Irish variant on the bagpipes. Check out The Chieftains, I believe one of the members plays this very instrument. Feel free to take with huge grain of salt - notice the use of "might be" and "I think" and "I believe."
Let's not jinx ourselves counting sleeps - I could not sleep until I had TK in hand, and now I can't sleep, hoping that Janny is on a roll that might lead to an early release.
However, I am trying to be kind, and remember that the lady has A LIFE. There will not be, if I can help it, a "round of tearful pleading," at least from me.
I have to wonder, though, has Don ever had to call the police and say something like, "Hi, my name is Don Maitz, and well, you can cancel the missing persons report I filed on my wife, Janny Wurts. Yeah, her fans chained her to her computer again for the latest novel in her Wars of Light and Shadow series. Autographed copy? Well, if you could come over here and get the shackles cut off, she might be willing."
Well, he Has begged me not to get quite so intense on this one - and it's an irony. I have written and quit, every day, before horse feeding time to go running, garden, ride, etc, and HE's been the one too intense into whatever he was doing.
Last night, he was watching a rerun of Goldfinger with a bunch of stupid poker clips, stuck into the advertising gaps....I was in the studio, painting strictly for me, but it is a scene from Athera and these characters....
Today - I embark on a scene that will be a signal one for this volume, and a landmark one for this series...I know where it ends, but not by any means everything that's going to come out....and if it goes well, it should wrap the main sequence of this chapter.
Teaser for the day: Arithon's in Selkwood.
I've been lurking on this board for a while now, but I can't resist the urge to post now. This board is got to be one of the best kept secrets on the web. While the teasers are tantalizing, the opportunity to engage in genuine colliquies with the author is a real treasure.
As to the teasers, I'm torn between my need to know as much as there is know vs. the torture of not knowing how and why Arithon went to Selkwood, for example. Of course, being a WoLaS junkie, I will greedily snap of the few morsels Janny dishes out from time to time.
One other point that comes to mind: I finished TK last month, which caused me to launch into another re-read (probably third) of the series. I think it's been said before, Janny, but I genuinely like each book more on each successive reading. (I'm not sure if that is good or bad from an author's point of view, since most people only a read a book once, eh?) I'm little more than half way through Ships and I'm looking forward to starting the Alliance of the Light books (which were a harder read the first (and second) time through) in light of the plot points that have subsequently been revealed in PG and TK.
The series gets better with each new book and each reread. You also pick up on things you missed earlier on. I think I've reread the series five or six times now. My copies are getting a bit ragged!
Hey Andy, why not join in the fun speculating with the rest of us while we (anxiously, impatiently, etc.) await the next volume?
Sure, second guessing Janny Wurts is next to impossible, but it's fun just the same.
Besides, I bet Janny gets a hoot out of seeing how wrong we all are!
you just can't help yourself, can you? Not only is Auna right, and Janny is curled up with laughter reading all our speculations but she must also be rubbing her hands with glee with every little "teaser" she throughs at us hungry wolves, knowing exactly the impact this has.
Fingernails chewed, wrinkly foreheads, clawed keyboards and teeth marks in the desk - thinking.... thinking...
and by the time we are getting the first snippets I will be close to stomach ulcers.
Anybody know the feeling?
(Whoop, another one decloaked...! More fun.)
Did it. The main chapter's topped out at 35 pages, which made for a spectacular day. Now to tickle it up a bit, and plunge for the next one.
You'll see things in this one that you've Never. (But of course, it's prepared for).
Music for this scene, Gandalf's COLORS OF A NEW DAWN.
Next scene will require a radical change in tempo.
(Janny, feeling like the pack of iyats are finally off her back. )
(Janny, feeling like the pack of iyats are finally off her back.)
Yeah, she just passed those fiends off to the readers with that teaser.
Gotta get rid of 'em somehow. ;)
(Janny, feeling like the pack of iyats are finally off her back.)
Yeah, she just passed those fiends off to the readers with that teaser
First test fly, back on the latest main chapter - sly grin - get ready to scoop your socks out of the rafters...seems it's working as planned.
That's sooo mean :p
Glad it's working.. whatever it is!
At least we're not frozen...
This wait is killing me...very slowly.
Well, Calais, it will be a very slow death. It'll probably be another 12 months of this torture. I wish I had the will power to stay away from this site for that long, but no - the first thing when I turn on this damn machine is this website - what is wrong with me? Do I need regular punishment? Suspense? Fist in my stomach.
Yes, yes yes.
... I am soooo weak.
::Maniacal laughter is headrd from overhead. One presumes it is from the circling gryphon.::
Well - it's my just hit back (very Very evile grin) for the "is it done yet?/When's it Gonna be done, already, you're only on page whasit sorta whine...
And if it knocks a lurker or two outta the rafters, well, then more fun for everyone.
Wait'll I get to the REAL teasers....
It's been too dead around here, anyhow...
And did you Really suck everything there was to get out of Traitor's Knot already...? and do you DARE to relook at Fugitive Prince for hints of where the last volume's going???
(running away with manical AUTHORIAL laughter, some of that echo's MINE!!!)
I start the LAST subchapter of this set, today - so the writing is really flying.
I think I speak for all of us when I say:
Teasers, yes? Please?
All in due time (watch this space...)
Better to let people get thru TK first.
Did you guys change the subject to end this maniacal laughter and its echo? Hope so. I agree, teasers please!
And after having my head squashed into the mud... so to speak... I will re-read Fugitive Prince. Surely there must be something new that can be found even by a dumbo like me... its probably something that everybody else has already found. Or maybe not... otherwise, why would Janny give us this hint. Of course, to lay a false track and get us off her back.
Head in a book, most definitely NOT squashed...maybe.
Head squashed in the mud - that wasn't mine...not! Hard to be visionary as an ostrich....
I am nearly done the next chapter set....nearly...if I have an extraordinary day, it could finish the set. Then I get to paint for fun.
Teaser, eh! Such as - ah - Fionn Areth encounters Sidir???
Really?! I can't imagine that anyone who reads this series could in any way, shape, or form be considered a 'dumbo'.
Surely there must be something new that can be found even by a dumbo like me
Ooohh... that's a nasty teaser.. it's probably too much to ask *where* they meet..
Hi Janny, just finished Traitors Knot for the second time to try and quench my thirst for the good stuff that only you can provide.
I've got to find something to tide me over now until the UK launch of Stormed Fortress (I know, I know, it's finished when it's finished!)
For some reason I've never gotten around to reading the Empire series, do you think that will do the trick for a while?
The problem being if I eek the three books out over the next year or so that will only give me 4 pages of goodness a day (torture!)
What's a man supposed to do?!?!? I'm afraid I must demand that you write more books for me to enjoy or at least recommend someone elses work that will keep me out of trouble until your next instalment.
Keep the good stuff coming, it never disappoints!
To read the Empire series, you should probably read some Feist, at least Magician(Apprentice and Master, though sometimes they are in one volume). This adds some more pages to your total. Then you can read the Empire novels. With any luck, you'll like Feist as well, and there are currently something like 15 Midkemia books.
The Empire books also can stand totally alone.
Wierd time for me to stop in, but well, I finished that chapter set. Start a new one tomorrow.
Although set in the same worlds and running largely contemporaneously, the Riftwar saga (by Feist only) and the Empire series (Janny and Mr. Feist) have very different viewpoints and feel to them and whilst there are common events, they are from totally different viewpoints and experiences. You don't need to read the Riftwar saga first.
If you want another door stopper series to work through, Kate Elliot's Crown of Stars series will provide that.
I actually read the Empire series many years before I even knew the Midkemia books existed. (I never thought to wonder if this Feist guy had written any other books at that point.) I found it much more amusing to read the Empire books first, and then the Fiest books after, as the Empire books explain some of the weirdness of the way the Riftwar goes. ;)
Glad to hear you have finished the chapter set as you had hoped Janny, sounds like it's all going really well (can't wait!).
As for the Riftwar saga, that was my first stop many years ago after finishing your Cycle of Fire, I've reread both series recently and enjoyed them both nearly as much as the first time. Cycle of Fire is very special to me because it marks my first real venture into Fantacy and transformed me from a student who read begrudgingly to a man who can't be without a good book.
Thanks for the tips you lot, it's nice to converse with other people who get as excited as I do about Janny's work.
I think I shall start the Empire books this evening (5 month old daughter permitting).
I recently read the new Riftwar saga books - at least one had more stuff in it that was cut earlier. I had a blast rereading the series.
Sidir... who was that again?... I hate not remembering people I just read about not too many weeks ago :p
Sidir is one of Jieret's Companions, introduced in PG. Jieret asked him to return to Halwythwood to serve Jeynsa as War Captain, in case she had to take over as Caithdein, because of his experience and his tactical ability.
Ah, that's right... thanks.. so hard to remember all the side characters at times.
Empire is just fine on its own. Though I didn't really know the significance of Pug until reading the Riftwar series.
George R R Martin's "Song of Fire and Ice" books are really something special. I also love Julian May's books, "The Many Coloured Land", "The Golden Torc" etc. These are two authors you can really get your teeth into.
Or their work, rather!