Actually, Cheivalt, past any question...
I knew there was a reason I dumped the Prophet in Havish for the first "scene" above...;-)
So the best malt barley and hops are to be found there, then, and not the Araethurian grasslands? At least I remembered it couldn't be from Vhalzein (unless we wanted the brew to taste like lacquered furniture)...
If you find the scene, it's mentioned that Cheivalt is famous for farmland and a barley harvest. Araethura is not, anywhere, under cultivation. It has grazing only - and the reason is in the story, someplace. So I'm not embroidering to stymie you - Vastmark past question can't grow crops.
Ah, those tricky goatherders. Making that trading compact with Cheivalt, then marketing fine Cheivalt craft brews under their own Vastmark label...what's the world coming to? ;-)
*Notes the Gryphon's talon clicking*
Er, right. Will any of this brewing hubbub find it's way into Initiate's Trial...wink...time for another teaser...wink
So far, the story hasn't taken a turn through brewing country - but - since you've planted the seed - IF a scene in a brewery turns up...you'll know who to blame. Be careful, you just may get your wishes....I haven't done a scene at a brewers' - so - that could be an intriguing backdrop for some bit of development or other.
I hate HATE talking heads....so little bits like the scene where Asandir is choosing an heir has Feithan brain-tanning deer hides...a brewers' might ferment some interesting byplay...you never know.
If this happens, lookout! You'll get an acknowledgment...!!
Iyat Pale Ale, anyone? ;-)
If such a passage does come into being, a humorous scene crafted to your usual excellent standards is all the acknowledgment I'd need, Good Talespinner. If it should appear, however, I think I speak for the others here when I say that we're (and I do mean we; this is a collaborative thing, after all) happy to give back freely after so many years of great stories.
Hear, hear!!! I agree with Mark. I would hope, somehow, that Dakar is involved, as I would find it hard to believe that he had completely eschewed barley sandwiches, despite his more recent maturity.
And Mark: An I.P.A., really! Good timing, with spring well underway. I should send you a case of Alexander Keith's. For anyone not in the know, that is an India Pale Ale.
Would you look at that Bob and I are in the same boat! A whole series a big fat wait then tears!
Not after being drawn to Athera by the latest, strayed ripple of an adult dragon's entrancing discovery
-- Sezhkrozchiel, who wielded a bargain with Davien, and who yet had not tired of the novelty.
This one itsy bit has chilled me to the bone "entrancing discovery" "novelty" did they swap bodies? It's the only thing I can think of that would entrance a drake!
No tears here allowed here....
*Hands Antonija a handkerchief*
Snippet seekers only, please! ;-)
I really like how you, Janny Wurts, actually respond to posts in your "official website". So few authors do.
And here's a marketing scheme proposition - if you ever get your books translated into another language that is vastly different from English (ie, not German or Latin based), perhaps you could authorize two versions: One that is as true to your original as possible, and another that pars down the descriptions to make the books into skinnier volumes. I suggest this after living in Japan for a year and teaching English there. From personal experience, they want good sci-fi/fantasy books to read, but when the books are fat, they get very intimidated and won't even consider reading them.
I know these books are like your children and asking you to change them is next to travesty...but from a marketing point of view I think I'm right. Oh, and if you can get your English versions of books over there into their bookstores, English speakers get DESPERATE for new English books!! I even found myself buying manga of Dragon Ball. Argh! I'm embarrassed to admit it, but it's true. hehe.