Archive through November 20, 2014

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Arc 4: Sword of the Canon: Destiny's Conflict: Status Updates: Archive through November 20, 2014
   By Auna on Saturday, October 04, 2014 - 05:26 pm: Edit Post


   By Neil on Monday, October 06, 2014 - 07:34 am: Edit Post

Does this make the s'Ffalenn leopard a "puddycat"?

   By Trys on Monday, October 06, 2014 - 03:59 pm: Edit Post

Actually that would be a "puddytat" I think. ;)

   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 11:22 am: Edit Post

So - you want another sneak preview, eh....question becomes: what to much time should I take to search out a suitable snip and post?

I could do this....

What I can't do, but you can: those who haven't yet posted ratings and reviews of any previous title or the Athera short stories, might you help spread the joy?

   By Frederik on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 03:08 pm: Edit Post

Ok... Maybe we can strike a bargain here. The more reviews, the longer the snippet?
I recently bought three short stories about Athera as e-books on this site, but I haven't got the faintest idea where to post reviews about them. And what do you expect as a review: a simple one-liner or a lengthy blog post?

   By David Cornelson on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 03:13 pm: Edit Post

They are all listed on Rate and review them there.

   By David Cornelson on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 03:17 pm: Edit Post

Janny: I would prefer you spend your time on writing. The snippets are interesting, but given we're at the latter stages of the series, they probably will either be spoilery or be maddeningly confusing.

I encourage you to just keep writing. I wish I could encourage your through Indiegogo or something...although I have been eyeing a map of Athera.

   By Julie on Thursday, October 09, 2014 - 11:52 am: Edit Post

Janny: I full faith in your ability to keep writing and find a snippet for us thirsty readers!

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 01:46 am: Edit Post

I'm (obviously) in the Snippet camp.

*Readies pots and pans, but wraps dishtowels around them to muffle the noise*

There. Not so loud!

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 09:00 am: Edit Post

*thumps a dishtowel-covered pot one time in exploratory fashion and whispers "snippet" to see if anyone notices...*

   By Julie on Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 11:00 am: Edit Post

So Mark, how do we inspire the chorus?

   By Annette on Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 03:59 pm: Edit Post

I never mind spoilers anyway, but knowing a hint about a past event we already knew happened would not really tell us a lot about the future we have not yet read.

   By Melanie Trumbull on Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:53 am: Edit Post

The Fellowship of Sorcerers would be the focus of my choice, if it pleases you, for a snippet/sneak-peek.
Any Sorcerer will do.

   By Julie on Monday, October 27, 2014 - 11:27 am: Edit Post

I was hoping for a glimpse of Lysaer and Daliana's thread. Dare we assume from the snippets already posted that Dakar left them somewhat stable and secure?

   By Neil on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 07:40 am: Edit Post

I want to see what Sethvir tells Elaira :-) But I think I will have to wait for the book to find out.

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Saturday, November 01, 2014 - 10:45 am: Edit Post

*Hands out pots, pans and utensils to beat them with to Julie, Melanie and Neil, offers the same to Annette."

We work on snippet-soliciting percussion first, then we'll figure out if we've got soprano, alto, tenor and bass. ;-)

4-4 time, "We Want Sni ppet" seem straightforward enough to you? ;-)

   By Melanie Trumbull on Sunday, November 02, 2014 - 11:32 am: Edit Post

make mine second soprano

   By Julie on Sunday, November 02, 2014 - 12:54 pm: Edit Post

Most comfortable with alto!

   By Raelene Monahan on Sunday, November 09, 2014 - 12:26 am: Edit Post


   By Dina Kanawati on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 08:20 am: Edit Post

Hey guys, I haven't posted before, but I've been keeping up with the discussion for years.

I wasn't quite sure where to put this, but it's about Lysaer and Daliana's relationship going forward, so why not here? If it's not the right place, please let me know, and I'll move it by all means. :-)

I love this new development in Lysaer's personal life, and Daliana is certainly different than any of the other women he's had relationships with. He may have loved his first wife, but she wasn't his equal in all areas (ie, no connection to magic). Daliana has that relationship with Sulfinn Evend going for her that gives her the mystical connection in addition to being his intellectual equal (if not superior?).

My observation for you, Janny, and I'm pretty sure you've got this all planned out which is why for me it's more of a discussion than a suggestion, is that can this relationship work? Will any relationship with Lysaer work?

I've grown up with these characters for the past 15 years, and I've gone from teenage hero worship of the cute and charasmatic Lysaer. I really felt sorry for him, the poor guy, he's had a hard rap. Now, as an adult I see it differently. I see a man who is scarred by his mother's abandonment and emotionally manipulated by his father to the point where he's one step removed from, dare I say it, a serial killer. I don't believe it was the curse that "made" Lysaer treat his second wife badly on their wedding night. I think it was latent, and the curse only removed the inhibition.

I think you've been hinting at that, Janny, and I'm excited to see where it goes. One of the best things as an author is that, unlike real life, when we come to a cross roads like this where a character gets to choose redemption or denial, the power lies with us, as opposed to real life where the frustrating decision would lie with Lysaer himself only, and we'd have to deal with the disappointment if he chooses not to address his faults.

It will be interesting to see whether the relationship goes in the "fluffy romantic" direction or the "tragic Romeo&Juliet lovers" direction.

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 09:52 am: Edit Post

Hi Dina Kanawati, welcome here, always nice to see a longtime reader delurk!

You addressed a question to me, and I'd answer except it's a bit plot sensitive. So - grin - I'm pleased to say you'll have to stick with the series and see. There are some really wild surprises in store, with Destiny's conflict - already written on page in the manuscript, which is nearing finish of draft - so strap in....!!

   By Dina on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 02:34 pm: Edit Post

Janny, I figured it would be! I guess I was offering more of a critique as a reader because I'm sure you've had it planned out for a while. When I first read Initiate's Trial, I was so excited about the entry of Daliana into Lysaer's life. Now, two years and some life experience later, I'm thinking he'd better improve his character flaws or else, he doesn't deserve her!

Can't wait to see where it goes. And congratulations on nearing finish of draft. It's an awesome feeling!

   By Annette on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 03:55 pm: Edit Post

Janny, would you be expecting the polishing phase for Destiny's Conflict to be as long as it was for Initiate's Trial?

   By Julie on Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 08:09 pm: Edit Post


Daliana has the benefit of Sulfen Evend's diary, is old beyond her years, her ancestor's tenacity, and her talent for "truth". She sees though his flaws. She swore oath as cathdein to avert a catastrophic repeat of history.
I have a feeling that Daliana is ultimately meant for someone else, she does not as yet have longevity and would need to keep the Evend line going.

   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 08:57 pm: Edit Post

Annette - depends on whether I have back up editing from the publisher or not. No backup = long polish/more beta readers, extra care taken on my part to be sure it's topnotch.

   By Auna on Friday, November 14, 2014 - 08:14 am: Edit Post

I will happily volunteer to be a beta reader for you or give you backup editing, your choice ;)

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 01:09 pm: Edit Post

Me too ( and it MIGHT shut me up about snippets, which SHOULD be a huge selling point :-) ).

Meanwhile, there's a chorus to lead...

*Picks up pot and wooden spoon and begins beating on it again*

"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the book
It is drawing all the lurkers forth from cranny, hole and nook,
The author dances 'round the previews
saying she made us look,
The countdown marches on.

Janny, Janny where's the sni-ppet,
Beg you strongly not to skip et,
The peeks cannot be at their lim et
Unlike this snippet song."

   By Melanie Trumbull on Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 12:13 pm: Edit Post

glory glory hallelujah

   By Janny Wurts on Monday, November 17, 2014 - 01:35 pm: Edit Post

Mark Stephen Kominski - that is almost :-) over the top enough to convince me....

   By Clansman on Monday, November 17, 2014 - 02:10 pm: Edit Post

*Clansman picks up where MSK left off*

"The forces of the Light, well they've really made a mess;
Near the end of the 'Trial, the Fellowship still lacked success.
Janny teases her first draft is close to going to press,
The countdown marches on!"


"Janny, Janny where's the sni-ppet?
You've got your readers at their limit!
We can't bear it so we'll have to grin it,
Until D.C. comes out!"

Perhaps some verses from others will do the trick?

   By Clansman on Monday, November 17, 2014 - 03:02 pm: Edit Post

Forgot, that was in a baritone to mid-tenor.

   By Raelene Monahan on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 02:58 am: Edit Post

"Well the stakes are growing higher with the end now within sight,
We are getting truly restless, though we want it still done right,
All the tantalising nibbles will a riot soon incite,
And the countdown marches on!"

"Janny, Janny where's the sni-ppet?
We won't rest until we've seen et!
Please, just one would be a real hit,
The wait is rather long!"

   By Sleo on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 07:54 am: Edit Post

You guys are cracking me up. Great stuff!

   By Melanie Trumbull on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:37 am: Edit Post

Change of tune, to be sung to the Toreador Song from "Carmen":

KO-RI-A-THAIN, you better watch your backs,
Haaaaaaalf-brothers struggle for their sa-ni-ty,
And both men hate your GUUUUUUUUUTS.
Have mercy, Janny, let----- us have a peek
(da da dum dum DUM)
Before we all go nuts!

   By Auna on Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 03:56 am: Edit Post

It's close to Christmas time so here's mine :-)

I'm dreaming of a nice snippet
Just like the ones we had before
Where Sethvir listens
To Elaira's Missions
And dreams... oh we just need more

I'm dreaming of a nice snippet
And I am not the only one
May we read words hinting and fun
And may someday soon the book be done