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  1. Welcome back to another edition of Community Round-Up where we highlight all the latest happenings in The Wheel of Time fandom and the larger Sci-Fi/Fantasy community. This week there have been some major reports about the Amazon Prime show. Adam Whitehead went into detail about the four directors picked for Season 1. The four selected are being celebrated for their diversity. To see more of their resume and what to expect from them behind the camera, you can read Adam’s article here. Theoryland is still going strong with Matt Hatch’s The Dusty Wheel podcast and fans passionate to discover some of the left-over hidden truths of the series. Recently, The Dusty Wheel hosted a chat about one of the great mysteries: Nakomi. The fact that there is still so much left to speculate on The Wheel of Time shows how timeless the series is—and will continue to be. You can listen to the whole episode of The Dusty Wheel here, and be sure to check out all their Wheel of Time content! JordanCon released a statement that the convention is still on! They are continuing to keep up to date with the recommendations of the CDC and will let all members and fans know if the situation changes. Let’s hope we can all make it there for our traditional homecoming! You can read more from JordanCon here. And what’s a round-up without memes? The ones feature today come from the Facebook groups Screw You All, I Love Wheel of Time and, one of my favorites, Shai’tan Posting. (One of my favorite scenes in the series!) This meme from Shai'tan Posting even had hilarious comments, like: "Sorry, I didn't hear you over the sound of the dice in my head." "#powercouple" "Change of plans. This escape is now a kidnapping. ~Mat that's-not-your-empress-that's-my-wife Cauthon" "He's like, I wish I could get off with only death by slow torture." As a math teacher, I love the Venn diagram memes.... That's all for this edition of Community Round-Up. Which theory about Nakomi do you think is true? Let us know in the comments!
  2. The surgery is tomorrow at noon. I can't eat after midnight tonight so we're going to gorge on pizza at 11pm. *lol* My anxiety has been pretty low so far, but I will have to take my Xanax tonight before bed and tomorrow before the surgery. I'm just ready for it to be over so I can focus on being happy in my body. I'll keep you posted on how it goes! Thank you all for your positive thoughts!
  3. JordanCon is a little more than a month away, and while we’re all looking forward to seeing our Wheel of Time friends and family again, we need to take a moment and address the current state of the world. As the Covid 19 virus is becoming more widespread, JordanCon wants all members—past, present, and future—to know they are taking every necessary precaution. JordanCon stated on Facebook earlier this week: Obviously keeping everyone safe is the top priority. But as long as conditions remain stable, the show will go on! Purchasing refundable plane tickets might be something to consider if you haven’t invested in tickets yet. Also, follow the recommendations of the CDC while traveling. JordanCon will take place at the Crown Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 17th through the 19th. You can still pre-order tickets to all three days on JordanCon’s website. The pre-order option is available until March 20th. View full news item
  4. JordanCon is a little more than a month away, and while we’re all looking forward to seeing our Wheel of Time friends and family again, we need to take a moment and address the current state of the world. As the Covid 19 virus is becoming more widespread, JordanCon wants all members—past, present, and future—to know they are taking every necessary precaution. JordanCon stated on Facebook earlier this week: Obviously keeping everyone safe is the top priority. But as long as conditions remain stable, the show will go on! Purchasing refundable plane tickets might be something to consider if you haven’t invested in tickets yet. Also, follow the recommendations of the CDC while traveling. JordanCon will take place at the Crown Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 17th through the 19th. You can still pre-order tickets to all three days on JordanCon’s website. The pre-order option is available until March 20th.
  5. The deadline to purchase the JordanCon 2020 anthology Become Legend is fast approaching! Order by March 25th to ensure you get a copy. This week’s author interview is with Saki Marie Harp talking about her addition “The Storyteller.” First, can you tell us about your writing? Is this your first published work? I have been writing for fun since my teacher told me I had written a brilliant story in first grade. After a spinal injury, I began writing for sanity. I don’t have the stamina to write proper novels, so I tend toward short stories and poetry. Though recently I spend much of my time focused on writing and arting comic books. I also love to verb. While I have had some poetry published long ago, this will be my first published short story. Where does your story fall on the speculative fiction scale? It’s fantasy, but there’s not really a lot of magic or anything. Just a dash of demon-human interbreeding. What excited you the most with writing this story? The story I submitted was unfinished. It was a mishmash of ideas and feelings that began as an exercise in writing a scene for a signing audience. It’s been exciting to see it change into a cohesive story with a meaningful message that I’m rather proud of. Are there any themes you want readers to get a sense of? The fantasy genre is full of interesting cultures and manual languages, but somewhat devoid of deaf or mute characters and cultures. I’m just doing my part to represent diverse abilities in fantasy. Is there a specific inspirational source you used for this story? The theme of the anthology is legends. In my research, I looked for folk tales featuring deaf people and found only one obscure Japanese myth. I was also inspired by the legend that the Plantagenet family descended from demons. I combined the need for more deaf stories and demonic fun times to create a new legend and a meta-legend. One plus one is three, I guess. What else would you like to say to your readers? Thank you for reading. I hope you like it. I’m looking forward to writing some more stories and comics featuring dis/differently-abled characters. I may even revisit these characters at some point, because now I’m curious about what they get up to after the end of the story. Thanks for talking with me Saki! You can find out more about Saki and her writing by following her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or checking out her website. To pre-order your copy of the anthology, you can visit JordanCon’s website. View full news item
  6. The deadline to purchase the JordanCon 2020 anthology Become Legend is fast approaching! Order by March 25th to ensure you get a copy. This week’s author interview is with Saki Marie Harp talking about her addition “The Storyteller.” First, can you tell us about your writing? Is this your first published work? I have been writing for fun since my teacher told me I had written a brilliant story in first grade. After a spinal injury, I began writing for sanity. I don’t have the stamina to write proper novels, so I tend toward short stories and poetry. Though recently I spend much of my time focused on writing and arting comic books. I also love to verb. While I have had some poetry published long ago, this will be my first published short story. Where does your story fall on the speculative fiction scale? It’s fantasy, but there’s not really a lot of magic or anything. Just a dash of demon-human interbreeding. What excited you the most with writing this story? The story I submitted was unfinished. It was a mishmash of ideas and feelings that began as an exercise in writing a scene for a signing audience. It’s been exciting to see it change into a cohesive story with a meaningful message that I’m rather proud of. Are there any themes you want readers to get a sense of? The fantasy genre is full of interesting cultures and manual languages, but somewhat devoid of deaf or mute characters and cultures. I’m just doing my part to represent diverse abilities in fantasy. Is there a specific inspirational source you used for this story? The theme of the anthology is legends. In my research, I looked for folk tales featuring deaf people and found only one obscure Japanese myth. I was also inspired by the legend that the Plantagenet family descended from demons. I combined the need for more deaf stories and demonic fun times to create a new legend and a meta-legend. One plus one is three, I guess. What else would you like to say to your readers? Thank you for reading. I hope you like it. I’m looking forward to writing some more stories and comics featuring dis/differently-abled characters. I may even revisit these characters at some point, because now I’m curious about what they get up to after the end of the story. Thanks for talking with me Saki! You can find out more about Saki and her writing by following her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or checking out her website. To pre-order your copy of the anthology, you can visit JordanCon’s website.
  7. Do you want to breathe new life into your hardback set of The Wheel of Time novels? If so, Juniper Books has just released a set of dust jackets that encompass all fourteen books within the main series and includes New Spring, the prequel. Juniper Books specializes in creating dust jackets that have a visual aesthetic. The Wheel of Time set shows an image of a dragon with the ancient symbol of the Aes Sedai in the background. The complete set together looks stunning and can be visually appealing on anyone’s bookshelf. If you already have all the books in the series, you can buy only the dust jackets. If you don’t have all the books and you want them, now’s a good time to buy the books and the dust jackets all at once! Though these are not officially released by Tor or by anyone on Team Jordan, they were made with their approval. Juniper Books said, “We are so thrilled that Robert Jordan's wife and editor Harriet McDougal and co-author Brandon Sanderson both love this design. Celebrating Robert Jordan's incredible story with this jacket design has been an honor for the Juniper Books team. The design pays homage to the Dragon Banner, set against a backdrop representing The Flame of Tar Valon and the Dragon's Fang - opposing elements that represent the themes of balance and the cyclical nature of time present in the series.” To learn more about the other book series Juniper Books wares, you can look at their catalog here. Would you like to have these covers on your shelf? Let us know in the comments! View full news item
  8. Do you want to breathe new life into your hardback set of The Wheel of Time novels? If so, Juniper Books has just released a set of dust jackets that encompass all fourteen books within the main series and includes New Spring, the prequel. Juniper Books specializes in creating dust jackets that have a visual aesthetic. The Wheel of Time set shows an image of a dragon with the ancient symbol of the Aes Sedai in the background. The complete set together looks stunning and can be visually appealing on anyone’s bookshelf. If you already have all the books in the series, you can buy only the dust jackets. If you don’t have all the books and you want them, now’s a good time to buy the books and the dust jackets all at once! Though these are not officially released by Tor or by anyone on Team Jordan, they were made with their approval. Juniper Books said, “We are so thrilled that Robert Jordan's wife and editor Harriet McDougal and co-author Brandon Sanderson both love this design. Celebrating Robert Jordan's incredible story with this jacket design has been an honor for the Juniper Books team. The design pays homage to the Dragon Banner, set against a backdrop representing The Flame of Tar Valon and the Dragon's Fang - opposing elements that represent the themes of balance and the cyclical nature of time present in the series.” To learn more about the other book series Juniper Books wares, you can look at their catalog here. Would you like to have these covers on your shelf? Let us know in the comments!
  9. I have no idea what PAX paint is! But I bet a bald cap would come in handy for an orc cosplay. Any updates on how it's coming together?
  10. Oh! Since I heard some Asian business are struggling with racism due to myths about the coronavirus, my hubby and I are eating at lots of Asian food places. We went to two different locations this week. Hopefully more next week. I want to support our local Asian-American community. For dinner tonight I had vegetarian (which has been kinda difficult at a few of the restaurants) eggplant garlic, with vegetable lo mein and steamed rice. YUM!
  11. Oh, I think I get it! I ship it! For Arie! ❤️ *bow chika bow wow*
  12. Good points, Liitha! I do understand I may not get exactly what I want. At the same time, I'm paying a lot of money for this so I want it done the way I want. *lol* Anything smaller would be better, and that's what I need to focus on. As for bikinis... what do you think of this one?
  13. Thank you all for your love and support! When I feel the overwhelming fear, I remember to focus on the positive outcome: I looked at bikinis at Target the other day and fantasized about being able to fit in one! I bought a shirt online that's a tad too small; it a few weeks, it'll fit! I'll be able to exercise without using the sports bra that fits in the cup, but not the band that I had to sew so it'll stay on and it's impossible to get on, and more impossible to take off while sweaty! I'm torn with wanting the next weeks to go by fast and dreading the surgery date coming too soon. I know I can turn to you all when I'm starting to get too worked up.
  14. *lol* The more chocolate, the merrier! Thanks, Ryrin! I'm gonna have to bake this weekend now that I've seen so many yummy treats!
  15. So, I've decided after a very long debate with myself to get a breast reduction. (This is why I labeled it read at your own risk! There'll be a lot of bitching about women body parts!) I've been larger than a DDD since a few years after high school. I've lived with an extra 15+ lbs on my upper chest which has been giving me back aches since forever! It's hard for me to find clothing that fits and doesn't accentuate my bosom. It's awkward whenever I do anything physical (dancing, ice skating, jogging, etc.). I've wanted to get this procedure done for the past decade at least. I've always been too afraid. (There's also the fee since insurance refuses to pay for it since they aren't "big enough.") But I finally faced my fear. I want to be comfortable in my body. I met with a plastic surgeon about three weeks ago. She went over the procedure, how it would be done, and how to expect my breasts to be after the surgery. She said she could get me down to a D. I nearly flipped the table. I told her I wanted smaller than that. She reluctantly said she'd take as much as she could, safely. She said she'd try to get me down to a B. I really, really, really hope she can get me down to a B! So I have a pre-op appointment next Wednesday (Feb 26th) and my surgery is scheduled for March 9th. It'll be the first day of my spring break, and recovery time should be only 4 days. I don't plan on missing any work. It's coming up soon and I AM FREAKING OUT! Medical procedures give me anxiety. LOL. I can't stand blood, or bones, or being anywhere near a dr's office or a hospital. When I went to my initial meeting my blood pressure skyrocketed. It's usually right around 120/80. It was raised to 160/100 or something. Crazy high. They were concerned. I told them it was my anxiety at being there and thinking about the procedure. *sighs* I'll have to take a xanax the night before the procedure, and hopefully the morning of. The surgeon asked me why I'd waited to so long to make this decision and this was the reason why! I'M TERRIFIED. But I know it will be a good choice. I'll be happier and more comfortable in my body. So, I'll keep you posted on how things go! Thanks for listening, my friends! ❤️
  16. Sure am, blank! It's usually the highlight of my week! I'm going to take a break for the next session, but plan to pick it up again over the summer. Here's a video from this past Tuesday's class. I've been working on going into a spin with a one-foot entry. I finally got the hang of it!
  17. I liked Do The Right Thing. I agree it was hard to watch. And the fact it's hard for us to watch should shout volumes of people who actually live their lives in such a way. The racism that's still so rampant today is horrible. You did a great job writing on it, @JamesBrown! I plan on watching Parasite by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho. But I'll have to go fast to fit it in the next week! I've seen several of his other movies, like The Host, Mother, and Snowpiercer. All of them have dealt with class, and privilege, and how screwed up situations can be. They've all been very good.
  18. Oh wow, I didn't realize you could be allergic to artificial sweeteners. I guess you could be allergic to anything, but that sounds awful! I've had a few of the bubly flavors that are yummy. The cherry is the best, but strawberry is good too. I haven't tried the cranberry, so I can't vouch for that one. I also like the La Croix flavors where they mix two together. They're a bit more potent. La Croix is expensive, though. I sort of cut out drinking soda by accident. Just stopped buying my caffeine free diet and didn't miss it bad enough to buy more. For lunch I've been trying to eat mostly fruits and veggies. It's been about three out of the five days in the work week. But it's a start.
  19. *LOL* Is this from something? Or is it just funny cause how it looks? This one's fantastic! Hahhaahaha!
  20. Today's featured author of the JordanCon Anthology Become Legend is Vincent E.M. Thorn, with his submission entitled "The Witch Hunter." First, can you tell us about your writing? Is this your first published work? I decided I wanted to be an author at a pretty young age, so I’m pretty excited to finally be in a position to share the fruits of that dream. My contribution to the anthology, “The Witch Hunter,” is my second published work, the first being my debut novel titled Skies of the Empire, which launched last year. Set in a land much like the wild west, “The Witch Hunter” is a coming of age story following a young girl named Harper, whose life is changed when the titular Witch Hunter rides into town. It was a fun challenge to write this one, which went through a couple iterations before it really came together. Where does your story fall on the speculative fiction scale? “The Witch Hunter” is pretty firmly in the Fantasy side of things, leaning hard towards High Fantasy. The titular character is going after a legitimate, magic using witch, and there’s no room ambiguity on that front. Multiple mythical creatures are treated as par-the-course, as well. What excited you the most with writing this story? There were a couple things that had me excited for this. From the actual writing side of it, it was the challenge. Short stories don’t come naturally to me, as I have something of a complexity addiction. I suppose that comes from the fact almost everything I read falls into the ‘epic’ category. In my original attempt to tackle this story, the scope was too large and the point of view was wrong for a short story, so retooling that was an interesting task. Outside the work, I was thrilled by the prospect of sharing page space with other writers I’ve met and gotten to know over the years. That’s just awesome. Are there any themes you want readers to get a sense of? There are a few themes in “The Witch Hunter,” some deliberate, some I probably wove in subconsciously. On the intentional side, two I’m particularly fond of are taking charge of your own fate, and the end of one era is the beginning of another. Is there a specific inspirational source you used for this story? There were a couple direct and indirect inspirations behind the scenes. Most prominently, I was inspired by the Witcher Saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, which also centers around a roving mercenary who fights evil through meticulous preparation and forethought. There is also a similar theme regarding the end of an era. The similar names, however, is entirely coincidental; Witchers don’t even hunt witches. More for setting itself, I like Weird West stories, and I’m particularly fond of R.S Belcher’s Golgotha series, and think that more fantasy needs to take advantage of just the rich potential of the old west. I mean, come on, the gunslingers and sharpshooters are the American equivalent of knights and samurai. Also, while I was writing, I made a historical discovery that I felt I absolutely needed to incorporate into the story: a weapon developed in 1856 called the LeMat Revolver, which was both a revolver and a shotgun. As soon as I learned that was real, there was no way I was leaving it out. What else would you like to say to your readers? I hope you all enjoy “The Witch Hunter” and the other stories in the Become Legend anthology. This has already been such a fun experience, and I’m stoked to see this book in your hands. Thank you, Vincent, for talking with me today. The JordanCon 2020 anthology Become Legend is available for pre-order until March 25th. You can purchase it on JordanCon’s website. View full news item
  21. Today's featured author of the JordanCon Anthology Become Legend is Vincent E.M. Thorn, with his submission entitled "The Witch Hunter." First, can you tell us about your writing? Is this your first published work? I decided I wanted to be an author at a pretty young age, so I’m pretty excited to finally be in a position to share the fruits of that dream. My contribution to the anthology, “The Witch Hunter,” is my second published work, the first being my debut novel titled Skies of the Empire, which launched last year. Set in a land much like the wild west, “The Witch Hunter” is a coming of age story following a young girl named Harper, whose life is changed when the titular Witch Hunter rides into town. It was a fun challenge to write this one, which went through a couple iterations before it really came together. Where does your story fall on the speculative fiction scale? “The Witch Hunter” is pretty firmly in the Fantasy side of things, leaning hard towards High Fantasy. The titular character is going after a legitimate, magic using witch, and there’s no room ambiguity on that front. Multiple mythical creatures are treated as par-the-course, as well. What excited you the most with writing this story? There were a couple things that had me excited for this. From the actual writing side of it, it was the challenge. Short stories don’t come naturally to me, as I have something of a complexity addiction. I suppose that comes from the fact almost everything I read falls into the ‘epic’ category. In my original attempt to tackle this story, the scope was too large and the point of view was wrong for a short story, so retooling that was an interesting task. Outside the work, I was thrilled by the prospect of sharing page space with other writers I’ve met and gotten to know over the years. That’s just awesome. Are there any themes you want readers to get a sense of? There are a few themes in “The Witch Hunter,” some deliberate, some I probably wove in subconsciously. On the intentional side, two I’m particularly fond of are taking charge of your own fate, and the end of one era is the beginning of another. Is there a specific inspirational source you used for this story? There were a couple direct and indirect inspirations behind the scenes. Most prominently, I was inspired by the Witcher Saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, which also centers around a roving mercenary who fights evil through meticulous preparation and forethought. There is also a similar theme regarding the end of an era. The similar names, however, is entirely coincidental; Witchers don’t even hunt witches. More for setting itself, I like Weird West stories, and I’m particularly fond of R.S Belcher’s Golgotha series, and think that more fantasy needs to take advantage of just the rich potential of the old west. I mean, come on, the gunslingers and sharpshooters are the American equivalent of knights and samurai. Also, while I was writing, I made a historical discovery that I felt I absolutely needed to incorporate into the story: a weapon developed in 1856 called the LeMat Revolver, which was both a revolver and a shotgun. As soon as I learned that was real, there was no way I was leaving it out. What else would you like to say to your readers? I hope you all enjoy “The Witch Hunter” and the other stories in the Become Legend anthology. This has already been such a fun experience, and I’m stoked to see this book in your hands. Thank you, Vincent, for talking with me today. You can find out more about Vincent's other works at his website, or follow him on Facebook. The JordanCon 2020 anthology Become Legend is available for pre-order until March 25th. You can purchase it on JordanCon’s website.
  22. Welcome back to another edition of Community Round-Up, where I show you some of the Wheel of Time or SF/F related things that have happened this past week. First off, a video made by Titos_Firedancer appealed to our Wheel of Time community. I saw it posted in most of the WoT places I follow. This video showed the user Titos_Firedancer using a weighted sword in a beautiful (and potentially deadly) dance. Naturally, the elegance displayed here made me search for similar fetes. I found another “flow dancer,” Grace Good, who dances with a dragon staff! While the first reminds me very much of how a Warder might fight, the second reminds me of the acts seen in Valan Luca's Grand Traveling Show and Magnificent Display of Marvelous Wonders. Tor.com’s Dahlia Adler shared a fantastic article about the rise of queer characters in YA science-fiction and fantasy. Gender identities and sexual orientations are gaining a wider audience in adult fiction, but representation for a younger audience is equally important. Adler says, “In fact, I dare say that queer YA is finally big enough to have its own trends, and this past couple of years, there’s nothing we’ve seen rise further and faster than teenage witches in a whole rainbow of orientations and genders.” You can read the whole article, as well as all the book recommendations, here! For fan art, I saw an amazing representation of Juilun Sandar posted in the Facebook group Screw You All, I Love Wheel of Time. Poor Juilun does get overshadowed—when traveling with Nynaeve, Elayne, and Thom, Juilun has to be the least dramatic of the bunch. But his “figs and mice” speech is one of the best of his on-page episodes. Also, Ariel Burgess shared some of her past Wheel of Time Valentine’s Day cards. Memes are the gift that just keeps giving. I found several from the man WoT Facebook groups. That concludes this edition. Which WoT character would you want to spend Valentine’s Day with? View full news item
  23. Welcome back to another edition of Community Round-Up, where I show you some of the Wheel of Time or SF/F related things that have happened this past week. First off, a video made by Titos_Firedancer appealed to our Wheel of Time community. I saw it posted in most of the WoT places I follow. This video showed the user Titos_Firedancer using a weighted sword in a beautiful (and potentially deadly) dance. Naturally, the elegance displayed here made me search for similar fetes. I found another “flow dancer,” Grace Good, who dances with a dragon staff! While the first reminds me very much of how a Warder might fight, the second reminds me of the acts seen in Valan Luca's Grand Traveling Show and Magnificent Display of Marvelous Wonders. Tor.com’s Dahlia Adler shared a fantastic article about the rise of queer characters in YA science-fiction and fantasy. Gender identities and sexual orientations are gaining a wider audience in adult fiction, but representation for a younger audience is equally important. Adler says, “In fact, I dare say that queer YA is finally big enough to have its own trends, and this past couple of years, there’s nothing we’ve seen rise further and faster than teenage witches in a whole rainbow of orientations and genders.” You can read the whole article, as well as all the book recommendations, here! For fan art, I saw an amazing representation of Juilun Sandar posted in the Facebook group Screw You All, I Love Wheel of Time. Poor Juilun does get overshadowed—when traveling with Nynaeve, Elayne, and Thom, Juilun has to be the least dramatic of the bunch. But his “figs and mice” speech is one of the best of his on-page episodes. Also, Ariel Burgess shared some of her past Wheel of Time Valentine’s Day cards. Memes are the gift that just keeps giving. I found several from the man WoT Facebook groups. That concludes this edition. Which WoT character would you want to spend Valentine’s Day with?
  24. It's two months and two days till JordanCon (but who's counting?) so I'm here to feature another author in this years anthology, Become Legend: Rosemary Williams with her submission "Urban Planning." First, can you tell us about your writing? Is this your first published work? It is! Unlike a lot of writers, I had no idea I was going to be one when I was young. The closest I came was online roleplaying when MUSHes were still a big thing. (Though as it turns out, it’s a really good way to get a solid percentage of your Million Words of Crap out of your system.) Then there I was, in my late 30s and minding my own voracious reader business, when I had just finished a particular book by my current favorite author and then there was an audible *pop!* and a new gear abruptly engaged in my brain. Suddenly I wanted to put new characters in and play around in the sandbox with new plots and characters and what was happening to me? I’ve been toying around with fan fiction for a few years to try to shake out some of my rookie writer mistakes, and I’m now to the point where I feel competent enough to write my own original work. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, which is thanks in very large part to my editor, Debra Dixon. She was amazingly helpful and kind to my poor newbie writer's soul. Where does your story fall on the speculative fiction scale? It’s comic horror with enough connection to urban fantasy that I could take future stories with these characters in that direction pretty seamlessly. What excited you the most with writing this story? It was just gloriously weird and fun to write, and it gave me a chance to showcase some of my hometown of Kansas City. If you find yourself reading and going, “Wait, is that a real thing she’s referencing?” the answer is probably yes. Are there any themes you want readers to get a sense of? I wouldn’t really call this an attempt at highbrow literature - it’s a fun romp, and I hope people enjoy reading it. Writing a decent story that clocked in under 7,500 words was quite enough of a challenge for me. But as I mentioned earlier, I have ideas for writing future stories with these characters, and have planted a few seeds of greater depth that will have time to germinate and grow as I improve my skills. Is there a specific inspirational source you used for this story? So, as you probably know, the anthology theme this involves legends. This story is based on an urban legend - albeit one I made up and have fun with joking about with my friends - that the all of the weird-shaped intersections in Kansas City are designed that way to hide mysterious eldritch glyphs that are keeping a giant monster asleep beneath the city. If you like the story, you should find a moment to thank your fellow JordanConner Mark Lindberg for his part in inspiring me to write it. I had shared a picture on Facebook that supported my silly theory and blathered away about it, when he replied with, “So when do I get to read this story?” This was about two weeks from the anthology deadline. If he hadn’t made that little push, I might not have gathered my wits quickly enough to get it written in time. What else would you like to say to your readers? Thank you! Please be kind to my massive case of imposter syndrome; I’m still half-convinced I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. Don’t be afraid to say hi to me at the con! And remember: the Mistcorn loves you. The Mistcorn loves all. Thank you, Rosemary, for talking with me today. The JordanCon 2020 anthology Become Legend is available for pre-order until March 25th. You can purchase it on JordanCon’s website. View full news item
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