Thank you (Was Re: My Summary (Long)
venkarel.geo at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 17 17:32:35 EST 2002
Thanks, Kyra, for that wonderful summary. I wish I'd
been there, but this was the next best thing. Oh, I
can't resist commenting.
--- Kyra Jucovy <klj at sccs.swarthmore.edu> wrote:
> Many of her books come from pictures. Thus,
> Fire and Hemlock
> actually comes from a real photograph (which she and
> her husband bought
> in Edinburgh! I was excited!) called Fire and
> Hemlock, which is exactly
> the one in the book. Evidently the name of the
Wow, I always remember the photograph when I think of
Fire and Hemlock. It's one of the details that
captivated me. Though I keep thinking the Berkeley
cover of the woman on the horse should've been one of
the paintings. I've always associated it with the
Chinese horse painting and Janet riding a horse to Tam
Lin's rescue. At least that's the impression I got
from Polly's grandmother. I listened to "Tam Lin" by
Fairport Convention. It's marvelous.
> soulbond. For those of you unfamiliar with the
> term, it comes from a
> certain section of Internet anime fandom -
> soulbonders talk about having
> various characters moving around and living in their
Ah, I see that a lot with fanfic writers. I think
there's something called "plot bunnies" as well. And
I knew that DWJ was the same way from what she says
about her writing.
> There was one woman who opened up cafes
> like a tic. She
> couldn't stop herself. All of the cafes had
> beautiful cakes that tasted
Why do these cakes sound familiar?
The center also had a large, pleasant,
> but extremely boring
> But it also had the second, secret garden. This
> garden was kept
> mysteriously locked, and when DWJ wanted to go to
> it, she would have to
> beg her father for the key, for he kept it hidden.
> This garden was
> beautiful and perfect, full of fruits which never
> were eaten. It also
> had a gardener. The gardener loved to tell DWJ
> about how he had seen an
> right up to them without fear. Both Lizzie and I
> independently thought
> that the garden was the one from Charmed Life and
> the bees are the ones
> from Power of Three.
I was reminded of the gardens from Wild Robert. There
was a boring garden with walkways that all the elderly
people from the tour groups would walk around. And
there was a walled garden with fruits and stuff that I
don't think Heather's family got to touch; it was
supposed to be sold for the benefit of the
museum/landmark that Robert's home had been turned
into. And the gardener was a mean man.
> second draft. This she does at her computer. Her
> computer is called the
> Bannus, which I find deeply satisfying. Frequently
> it's the end that
> needs to be cleaned up the most. The end of The
> Merlin Conspiracy was
> particularly hard to do and complex.
Wow. Now I really want to read The Merlin Conspiracy.
> with the bottle. Under
> his breath, the husband muttered to himself, "I
> belong to Chrestomanci
> Castle." To his shock, the large man turned around,
> said, "Yes, but under
> this suit I'm wearing an elaborately brocaded
> dressing-gown," and walked
> out with the bottle. This story made everyone laugh
ROTFLOL That's great.
> other throughout the canyon. She also was going to
> complain about
> publishers, when someone asked her to talk about the
> book, but then her
> publisher (or someone) interrupted her saying that
> the book wasn't going
> to be published until 2004. We all, including DWJ,
Nooo. Why would they do that?
> She doesn't know what's going on with the
> Howl's Moving Castle
> film and hasn't heard anything about it in months.
> She thinks that
> something may have gone wrong, just as it always
> does when someone tries
> to film her books.
I hope not. Studio Ghibli keeps an online journal
though being in Japanese and containing jargon, I
don't know how helpful that is. Last Howl-related
entry was March 11th, and it sounds like they have a
lot of material; the director seemed to be happy about
the continuity. (With all the jargon, I can't be sure
exactly what was being said. Lot of stuff about
"cuts" and "cutting" and "checking" these days.)
> now was a more off time. The only name she
> mentioned was Robin McKinley,
> which only makes me _more_ certain that there's
> something deeply wrong
> with me for not particularly liking her. . . .
Nope. Not sharing the same tastes as your favorite
author doesn't mean anything. I have fond memories of
The Blue Sword, though. I like that much better than
The Hero and the Crown.
I snipped it, but I thought Lizzie's gifts sounded
really nice. I wonder if DWJ gets a lot of gifts from
her admirers. I know that Neil Gaiman gets a lot of
stuff when he's on tour, not to mention things sent to
him care of Dreamhaven Books.
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