Brava Melissa and Hi Amanda

Amanda Farrell geminii at
Wed Dec 8 07:36:42 EST 1999

Well it's taken me a few days to reply to this but I finally got around to it. First of all, thank you to Sally and Melissa for acknowledging my presence - I was beginning to feel a little bit like running away with my tail between my legs.....! I'm new to this list and haven't had time to read all the archives what with spending my life running between theatres for what I call my career! I apologise if I was going over old ground and annoyed or offended some of you, but I wanted to share another of my favourite authors. It would appear that you all know each other very well, and I feel rather as if I'm intruding. As an avid reader of DWJ for the past 12 years ( I discovered her whilst homeless one freezing winter, hanging out in the library for warmth!) and due for my annual reread imminently, I would be very disappointed if that's the case. Please reassure me that new people are welcome even if they don't know all the gossip!
Other than that, I was delighted to read Melissa's words on Susan Cooper. I'd been thinking about how to put what I felt about her work into writing, but Melissa has beaten me to it and done it with considerable aplomb! It was great to read, well done.
Sally - I don't know if we're related, but would love to talk to you anyway.
The idea of collating information sounds great to me, and provided I'm still here, I'd love to participate. Am I right in assuming that most of this list come from USA? Any more Brits out there?
I'm looking forward to many more discussions on things both DWJ and not DWJ in the future!

-----Original Message-----
From:	Sally Odgers [SMTP:sodgers at]
Sent:	07 December 1999 08:50
To:	dwj at
Subject:	Brava Melissa and Hi Amanda

> DWJ shows us people at their best even when
>they're temporarily showing their weakest sides--shows what people can be
>and ought to strive to be.  So while I like Cooper for her realism, I like
>DWJ because of her optimism...and for not being unrealistic at the same


Well, folks, I think Melissa has hit it squarely with the wonderful piece
of prose above. Melissa, when are you going to write a Book? 

I'm going to save that as an example of someone encapsulating something I
feel but have never tried to describe. 

For the record, I'm not a huge Cooper fan and now I know why; I'm a basic
optimist and I, too, try to show (most of) my characters rising above
circumstances. So, what I'm picking up on is the path I chose not to take.
It seems I agree with Melissa and also a bit with Amanda. BTW Amanda, I
wonder if we're related? You joined the list while I was away, but my name
is Sally Odgers nee Farrell... and if you like to discuss other fantasy
writers off-list with me, you'll be very welcome.

"Fungus. It looked as if it probably exhaled dangerous vapours at Full Moon
and glowed in the dark."  (KISSING COUSINS
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