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  1. I wanted to take a break from our normal memes to talk about a new reader who’s taking the Wheel of Time fandom by storm. Christopher Green started reading The Wheel of Time in January. His father is a huge fan, and Christopher started reading after his father suggested it to him. Around the middle of his read of The Eye of the World, Christopher began to post real time updates about his progress and his reactions on the Facebook public group Screw You All, I Love Wheel of Time. The journey has been amazing so far, and many fans are reliving the joys of a first read through Randland. Some of Christopher’s first posts into The Great Hunt: (Alright..... how in the WORLD..... am I gonna sit down all relaxed to read this book before my wife made super sweet awesome dinner of chili.... to find in the first two chapters before dinner...... The dark one is alive and apparently regaining his physical form with like 100 darkfriends AND this [amyrlin] person the queen of the aes sedai shows up the end of chapter there isn't any messing around I hope that [amyrlin] lady helps him) (This is me trying [to] help rand find a way to avoid the [amyrlin] seat right now lol all the gates are barred and he can’t leave) (Ladies and gentleman... WE HAVE A BLADEMASTER!!! GO RAND GO) (MAN EGWENE IS GOING NUTS KILLING SEANCHAN PEOPLE WITH LIGHTNING!!!!) (LORD INGTAR NOOOOOOOOO WHYYY!!!!!!) Christopher started using the hashtag #firstwalkthroughrandland on all his posts once his followers begged him to. And some have even expressed their anxiety that Christopher hadn’t posted yet that day. And naturally, everyone is waiting with anticipation for Christopher to reach certain scenes. (I can't wait till Christopher gets to the end of Fires of Heaven, and asks the biggest burning question of the series that we all fought and theorized over for years. Who ___ed ___an?) And this past weekend, he finally hit the turning point for Mat. Christopher didn’t care for Mat at first: (I woke up and was thinking.... that I have no idea how mat is important to the story other than comic relief and mischief? He literally got stabbed by a knife and that's it so [far]. I mean rand can channel and is the dragon, Perrin talks to wolf's and the women are aes sedai.) But the scene where Mat challenges Galad and Gawyn to a spar changed his mind. (WHAT THE HELL HE WON AND WHOOPED EM.... I LIKE NEW MAT) Almost everyone has been kind and considerate to Christopher, and they are going out of their way to avoid spoiling major parts later in the books. Christopher is happy that everyone is being nice and getting such joy out of his shared experience. You can read with Christopher on his journey at the Screw You All, I Love Wheel of Time Facebook group! View full news item
  2. I wanted to take a break from our normal memes to talk about a new reader who’s taking the Wheel of Time fandom by storm. Christopher Green started reading The Wheel of Time in January. His father is a huge fan, and Christopher started reading after his father suggested it to him. Around the middle of his read of The Eye of the World, Christopher began to post real time updates about his progress and his reactions on the Facebook public group Screw You All, I Love Wheel of Time. The journey has been amazing so far, and many fans are reliving the joys of a first read through Randland. Some of Christopher’s first posts into The Great Hunt: (Alright..... how in the WORLD..... am I gonna sit down all relaxed to read this book before my wife made super sweet awesome dinner of chili.... to find in the first two chapters before dinner...... The dark one is alive and apparently regaining his physical form with like 100 darkfriends AND this [amyrlin] person the queen of the aes sedai shows up the end of chapter there isn't any messing around I hope that [amyrlin] lady helps him) (This is me trying [to] help rand find a way to avoid the [amyrlin] seat right now lol all the gates are barred and he can’t leave) (Ladies and gentleman... WE HAVE A BLADEMASTER!!! GO RAND GO) (MAN EGWENE IS GOING NUTS KILLING SEANCHAN PEOPLE WITH LIGHTNING!!!!) (LORD INGTAR NOOOOOOOOO WHYYY!!!!!!) Christopher started using the hashtag #firstwalkthroughrandland on all his posts once his followers begged him to. And some have even expressed their anxiety that Christopher hadn’t posted yet that day. And naturally, everyone is waiting with anticipation for Christopher to reach certain scenes. (I can't wait till Christopher gets to the end of Fires of Heaven, and asks the biggest burning question of the series that we all fought and theorized over for years. Who ___ed ___an?) And this past weekend, he finally hit the turning point for Mat. Christopher didn’t care for Mat at first: (I woke up and was thinking.... that I have no idea how mat is important to the story other than comic relief and mischief? He literally got stabbed by a knife and that's it so [far]. I mean rand can channel and is the dragon, Perrin talks to wolf's and the women are aes sedai.) But the scene where Mat challenges Galad and Gawyn to a spar changed his mind. (WHAT THE HELL HE WON AND WHOOPED EM.... I LIKE NEW MAT) Almost everyone has been kind and considerate to Christopher, and they are going out of their way to avoid spoiling major parts later in the books. Christopher is happy that everyone is being nice and getting such joy out of his shared experience. You can read with Christopher on his journey at the Screw You All, I Love Wheel of Time Facebook group!
  3. No. Way. That seems crazy, but that's awesome you're able to keep up with it!
  4. Checking in! I'm at 145 lbs. I need to get to 137 lbs (I think) to meet my goal for the school district. My running is going well! It's hard, but I'm enjoying it. I haven't had anyone else join me, so I'm running solo, but I kinda like it that way. It makes me feel like my goal is worthwhile, working at it on my own. Having help is not a bad thing, but being able to say I did it by myself might give my confidence a boost! For my skating, I'm working on my Adult 5 skills. I need to be able to do back crossovers clockwise and counterclockwise (which I can already do). I need to do forward outside three turns on my right and left foot (I can do these 75% of the time). I need to do forward swing rolls (I had a private lesson on these so I'm confident I can pass them). I need to do a beginning two-foot spin (this is more tricky. I can only get around two times.....). And the one I'm most concerned about is skating backward on one foot along the curve of a circle. UGH! I can do backward one foot on a straight line, but adding in the curve is too hard! I'm hoping I can master the last two by the end of February when I take my end of session test!
  5. I've been meaning to highlight this craft for awhile. For last year's JordanCon, I was very excited to finish my sul'dam dress. It turned out beautiful, and I adore the silver lightning bolts. But a sul'dam without a damane isn't complete. So, with long-time Dragonmount member Hallia as a willing participant, I got to work on crafting a damane dress. I started with four yards of a gray poplin folded in half. This gave me 72 inches in height and 60 inches in length. That's a great amount of material and the price for poplin is so reasonable! With simplicity in mind, I wanted to do as little cutting and sewing as possible. I cut the arms and sides with a single cut, then cut the neckline. I added satin binding to the bottom hem and the sleeves. The neckline gave me some trouble. I started an elastic binding, but it bunched too weird, so I switched it for a ruffle. And here we are at JordanCon! Hallia was such a good damane! And this was such a simple project. View full news item
  6. I've been meaning to highlight this craft for awhile. For last year's JordanCon, I was very excited to finish my sul'dam dress. It turned out beautiful, and I adore the silver lightning bolts. But a sul'dam without a damane isn't complete. So, with long-time Dragonmount member Hallia as a willing participant, I got to work on crafting a damane dress. I started with four yards of a gray poplin folded in half. This gave me 72 inches in height and 60 inches in length. That's a great amount of material and the price for poplin is so reasonable! With simplicity in mind, I wanted to do as little cutting and sewing as possible. I cut the arms and sides with a single cut, then cut the neckline. I added satin binding to the bottom hem and the sleeves. The neckline gave me some trouble. I started an elastic binding, but it bunched too weird, so I switched it for a ruffle. And here we are at JordanCon! Hallia was such a good damane! And this was such a simple project.
  7. Welcome back to another Meme Monday. This week's victim is Lanfear, our favorite crazy ex-girlfriend. She first appears as Selene in The Great Hunt, and seems a sweet, sympathetic noblewoman on the run. However, things escalate quickly. And if that weren’t bad enough…. Odd to think that not much needs to be added to Lanfear’s actual dialogue. At least she serves as a good example of how not to act. The memes this week come from Kevin O'Bryan of DMEN Designs. If you have memes you want to share, email me at frontpage@dragonmount.com.
  8. Welcome back to another Meme Monday. This week's victim is Lanfear, our favorite crazy ex-girlfriend. She first appears as Selene in The Great Hunt, and seems a sweet, sympathetic noblewoman on the run. However, things escalate quickly. And if that weren’t bad enough…. Odd to think that not much needs to be added to Lanfear’s actual dialogue. At least she serves as a good example of how not to act. The memes this week come from Kevin O'Bryan of DMEN Designs. If you have memes you want to share, email me at frontpage@dragonmount.com. View full news item
  9. This past week, Dragonmount's second-in-command Jennifer Liang participated in an Ask Me Anything discussion for JordanCon! The questions asked range from favorite con memory: Jenn: When I got the Chodan Kal at opening Ceremonies last year. I was so shocked and touched that y’all did that for us. To "what's your favorite thing to do at JordanCon" (asked by Jimmy, her husband): Jenn: Bother you. She also talked about this year's JordanCon theme: Jenn: This year is “Shai’Con”. We decided to embrace our darker natures this year. So expect an evil twist on the usual things like opening ceremonies and the dance. And the growing trend of wearing tiaras: Jenn: At #JordanCon? In 2013 I was elected Pres of the Southern Fandom Confederation. Jimmy did not believe I’d win & promised to buy me a tiara if I did. I proved him wrong and now I have five. To learn more about Jenn and other JordanCon shenanigans, you can read the whole thread here.
  10. This past week, Dragonmount's second-in-command Jennifer Liang participated in an Ask Me Anything discussion for JordanCon! The questions asked range from favorite con memory: Jenn: When I got the Chodan Kal at opening Ceremonies last year. I was so shocked and touched that y’all did that for us. To "what's your favorite thing to do at JordanCon" (asked by Jimmy, her husband): Jenn: Bother you. She also talked about this year's JordanCon theme: Jenn: This year is “Shai’Con”. We decided to embrace our darker natures this year. So expect an evil twist on the usual things like opening ceremonies and the dance. And the growing trend of wearing tiaras: Jenn: At #JordanCon? In 2013 I was elected Pres of the Southern Fandom Confederation. Jimmy did not believe I’d win & promised to buy me a tiara if I did. I proved him wrong and now I have five. To learn more about Jenn and other JordanCon shenanigans, you can read the whole thread here. View full news item
  11. We're hosting our Winter Carnival and we need a few extra hands! Let me know if you want to assist us with this year's theme: The Two Rivers!
  12. This year, JordanCon is trying something new. They put out a call to all JordanCon members, past and present, and asked for donated stories to compile into an anthology. Twenty were selected to be featured in 2019's edition, entitled You Want Stories? The list of authors is a great one, featuring Brandon Sanderson, our own Jason Denzel, Seanan McGuire, and Charles E Gannon. The others contributors are: Terry Beyer, Foster Bridget Cassidy, David B. Coe, Blue Cole, Gerald L. Coleman, Milton J Davis, P. Andrew Floyd, John G. Hartness, Alexandra Hill, Robert A. Hilliard, Jr, Faith Hunter, David Alan Jones, Tim Lewis, Jana Oliver, Morgan Smith, and Sarah J. Sover. I'm very happy to say that my offering was accepted! (Written under my pen name Foster Bridget Cassidy.) The beautiful cover art is by Dan dos Santos, this year's JordanCon Artist Guest of Honor. The anthology is available for pre-order now through April 8th, 2019. The Con will have a limited supply to sell to those who have not pre-ordered, but there's no guarantee you will receive a copy. The anthology can ONLY be picked up at JordanCon 11 (April 26th-28th, 2019). The book WILL NOT be shipped anywhere. That said, it is possible to have a friend pick up a copy for you. Check out the details on JordanCon's website. The net proceeds of the anthology will go to the Mayo Clinic. Pre-order now to support some indie (and not-so-indie) authors and the Mayo Clinic! View full news item
  13. This year, JordanCon is trying something new. They put out a call to all JordanCon members, past and present, and asked for donated stories to compile into an anthology. Twenty were selected to be featured in 2019's edition, entitled You Want Stories? The list of authors is a great one, featuring Brandon Sanderson, our own Jason Denzel, as well as well-known authors such as Seanan McGuire, and Charles E Gannon. The others contributors are: Terry Beyer, Foster Bridget Cassidy, David B. Coe, Blue Cole, Gerald L. Coleman, Milton J Davis, P. Andrew Floyd, John G. Hartness, Alexandra Hill, Robert A. Hilliard, Jr, Faith Hunter, David Alan Jones, Tim Lewis, Jana Oliver, Morgan Smith, and Sarah J. Sover. I'm very happy to say that my offering was accepted! (Written under my pen name Foster Bridget Cassidy.) The beautiful cover art is by Dan dos Santos, this year's JordanCon Artist Guest of Honor. The anthology is available for pre-order now through April 8th, 2019. The Con will have a limited supply to sell to those who have not pre-ordered, but there's no guarantee you will receive a copy. The anthology can ONLY be picked up at JordanCon 11 (April 26th-28th, 2019). The book WILL NOT be shipped anywhere. That said, it is possible to have a friend pick up a copy for you. Check out the details on JordanCon's website. The net proceeds of the anthology will go to the Mayo Clinic. Pre-order now to support some indie (and not-so-indie) authors and the Mayo Clinic!
  14. Welcome back to another "Meme Monday." This week, our focus shifts to concepts and ideas within Randland. There are some pretty humorous things that happen in-world. Like, how Bayle Domon is always around to rescue whichever of the main characters is in need. Another globally acceptable idea in Randland is that innkeepers should be plump. And of course, there are the rather unorthodox ways of the Altarans. I wish I could live in Randland. I'm sure many of you wish you could too! The memes this week come from Kevin O'Bryan of DMEN Designs. If you have memes you want to share, email me at frontpage@dragonmount.com.
  15. Welcome back to another "Meme Monday." This week, our focus shifts to concepts and ideas within Randland. There are some pretty humorous things that happen in-world. Like, how Bayle Domon is always around to rescue whichever of the main characters is in need. Another globally acceptable idea in Randland is that innkeepers should be plump. And of course, there are the rather unorthodox ways of the Altarans. I wish I could live in Randland. I'm sure many of you wish you could too! The memes this week come from Kevin O'Bryan of DMEN Designs. If you have memes you want to share, email me at frontpage@dragonmount.com. View full news item
  16. I’m down for 24. January: 1. Sinner’s Gin - Rhys Ford 2. Skyward - Brandon Sanderson February: 3. Any Old Diamonds - KJ Charles 4. Fledgling - Octavia E Butler March: 5. Working Out the Kinks - Misha Horne April: 6. My Fair Brady - KC Wells May: 7. Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne June: 8. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman July: 9. Teach Like a Champion 2.0 - Doug Lemov (this may be my first non-fiction book in YEARS) August: 10: First Class Package - Jay Northcote 11. A Darker Shade of Magic - VE Schwab September: 12: Kidnapped by the Pirate - Keira Andrews October: 13: Killing Commendatore - Haruki Murakami 14: Honeymoon for One - Keira Andrews 15: Pressure Head (reread) - JL Merrow 16: A Gathering of Shadows - VE Schwab
  17. This year, JordanCon is publishing an anthology with stories written by past and present JCon members. Jason Denzel has a story in it. Brandon Sanderson has a story in it. AND I HAVE A STORY IN IT! (Under my pseudonym Foster Bridget Cassidy.) https://www.jordancon.org/product/you-want-stories-the-jordancon-2019-anthology/ I cannot believe my story will be printed alongside Jason's and Brandon's. It's like a fan girl's dream come true.
  18. Here are some more Wheel of Time memes. I can't get enough of them! This week features our third favorite ta'veren: Perrin. When the series starts, I loved Perrin more than Rand and Mat. He's the only one who kept his morals after leaving the Two Rivers. As he grows, he's strong, dependable, unyielding. Well, there is that one factor that keeps many readers from adoring him... Unlike most fans, I'm not put off by Faile's captivity by the Shaido. And I don't dislike Perrin's chapters when he's chasing her. For me, it's another facet of his personality that I love. He is dedicated to her and he'll do anything to get her back. If it had been switched, and Tuon or one of Rand's love interests had been taken, I believe Mat and Rand would have acted the same way. Of course, Mat has a bigger, badder army so he has more resources, and Rand has the Asha'man at his disposal, so both could probably achieve success quicker. But that's not Perrin's fault. Perrin's wolfdreams are a huge part of his draw as a character. His abilities in tel'aran'rhiod are almost more impressive than any of the Wise Ones. And let's not forget Mah'alleinir. This is an iconic scene within the whole series. It's powerful and so full of potential. It sets the stage for things to come after the Last Battle. Say what you will, Perrin is still one of my favorite characters! The memes this week come from Kevin O'Bryan of DMEN Designs. If you have memes you want to share, email me at frontpage@dragonmount.com. View full news item
  19. Here are some more Wheel of Time memes. I can't get enough of them! This week features our third favorite ta'veren: Perrin. When the series starts, I loved Perrin more than Rand and Mat. He's the only one who kept his morals after leaving the Two Rivers. As he grows, he's strong, dependable, unyielding. Well, there is that one factor that keeps many readers from adoring him... Unlike most fans, I'm not put off by Faile's captivity by the Shaido. And I don't dislike Perrin's chapters when he's chasing her. For me, it's another facet of his personality that I love. He is dedicated to her and he'll do anything to get her back. If it had been switched, and Tuon or one of Rand's love interests had been taken, I believe Mat and Rand would have acted the same way. Of course, Mat has a bigger, badder army so he has more resources, and Rand has the Asha'man at his disposal, so both could probably achieve success quicker. But that's not Perrin's fault. Perrin's wolfdreams are a huge part of his draw as a character. His abilities in tel'aran'rhiod are almost more impressive than any of the Wise Ones. And let's not forget Mah'alleinir. This is an iconic scene within the whole series. It's powerful and so full of potential. It sets the stage for things to come after the Last Battle. Say what you will, Perrin is still one of my favorite characters! The memes this week come from Kevin O'Bryan of DMEN Designs. If you have memes you want to share, email me at frontpage@dragonmount.com.
  20. C25K is a running program where you train three times a week for eight weeks, the workouts getting harder as the weeks progress. It mixes running and walking to make it easier. There's an app you can download that helps. For my running sessions at school.... I ran alone on Monday and Friday. I had one other person join me on Wednesday. ? But that's okay. I'll try again this week and hope people join me. If not, I'm fine running on my own! I skated for two and a half hours today. It was lovely, but my knees hurt now.
  21. Grim Oaks Press has announced a give-away contest where you can win one of 25 advance copies of their upcoming anthology, Unfettered III. Details for entering can be found on Goodreads. Add the book to your shelf to enter the giveaway. Unfortunately, the contest is only open to US and Canada residents. Unfettered III is an anthology of fantasy short stories from some of today's most well-known authors. It includes a deleted 20,000 word sequence (~55 pages in paperback) from A Memory of Light written Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan featuring Perrin in the Ways. The sequence is a lengthy "deleted scene" that isn't considered canon to the story, but still offers us a fascinating and exciting adventure. You can read Brandon's comments about the sequence on his website. The anthology also contains a short story from Dragonmount founder Jason Denzel entitled, "The Stone Golem of Qual'Jom." WoT fans will appreciate Jason's epic narrative about a lonely golem living in a cave who waits across eons for his master to return home. Unfettered III will be available from Amazon and other retailers in March 2019. A limited limited edition will be available from Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle from March 14-17th.
  22. As a millennial, I love memes. Give me Wheel of Time memes and I'm as happy as can be. With a plethora of social media sights to cruise, you can find just about anything in meme form. So starts our new humor blog "Meme Monday." This one particularly speaks to me because my mom just started reading Wheel of Time. She finished The Eye of the World a few days ago and started The Great Hunt the same day. When we talk, she asks me questions about characters or places and I feel like this. It's too deep to answer a lot of what she wants to know without spending hours on the phone. I feel this thinking about the TV show. Which plots to cut, which characters to combine? Too overwhelming for me to contemplate. Yes! Meeting Wheel of Time fans in the wild is an amazing experience! I get to quite frequently because my licence plate says "Sedai." Also, I've been stopped by several people while wearing my Wheel of Time hoodie from Ta'veren Tees. It's like a beacon for nerds. The memes this week come from Kevin O'Bryan of DMEN Designs. If you have memes you want to share, email me at frontpage@dragonmount.com View full news item
  23. As a millennial, I love memes. Give me Wheel of Time memes and I'm as happy as can be. With a plethora of social media sights to cruise, you can find just about anything in meme form. So starts our new humor blog "Meme Monday." This one particularly speaks to me because my mom just started reading Wheel of Time. She finished The Eye of the World a few days ago and started The Great Hunt the same day. When we talk, she asks me questions about characters or places and I feel like this. It's too deep to answer a lot of what she wants to know without spending hours on the phone. I feel this thinking about the TV show. Which plots to cut, which characters to combine? Too overwhelming for me to contemplate. Yes! Meeting Wheel of Time fans in the wild is an amazing experience! I get to quite frequently because my licence plate says "Sedai." Also, I've been stopped by several people while wearing my Wheel of Time hoodie from Ta'veren Tees. It's like a beacon for nerds. The memes this week come from Kevin O'Bryan of DMEN Designs. If you have memes you want to share, email me at frontpage@dragonmount.com
  24. I bought a fitness tracker to count my steps! I'm very excited about it! The one on my phone works, but since I don't always have it on me, there are steps that aren't counted. Also, I'm starting the Couch to 5k program tomorrow. My school district has a "Be Well" program to promote good health and we can get a discount on our health care payment if we participate in enough events. Anyway, I signed up for Couch to 5k, but since I was the only one who signed up at my school, they made me the coach. Now I'm in charge of trying to get others to participate too! So after school three times a week I'm hosting running sessions! I hope we get a good turn out, but I don't think I will..... Also, I'm still ice skating twice a week (about 2 hours total) and I want to return to Irish dance (I took most of November and December off since the kiddos were working on their recital dance and I wasn't getting much instruction). And I've been taking a 20-30 minute walk on my lunch break. Continuing these things in 2019 will make me healthier!
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