new Penric impending

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:56 am
[personal profile] filkferengi posting in [community profile] vorkosigan
Lois McMaster Bujold says, here:

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/15463253-new-penric-impending

I am pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of a new Penric & Desdemona novella. (For that peculiar value of "finished" that means, "still dinking till it's pulled from the writer's twitchy hands.")

Title will be "Penric's Fox"

Length, at this moment, is around 37,400 words. It is more-or-less a sequel to "Penric and the Shaman", taking place about eight or nine months after that story.

Final editing and formatting, arranging for cover art to send it out into the world nicely dressed, etc., will take some unknown amount of time and eyeball-endurance, but e-pub will likely happen in August.

My computer file tells me I started typing the opening on March 3rd, but of course there was lead-up to that. It is, in general, hard to tell or remember when a project segues over from "notion" to "planning", although the notion had been with me for some time. Story notions are like a collection of vaguely related objects rattling around in a box; planning starts when some key object that connects them all drops in, and things suddenly get interesting.

Ta, L.
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Posted by elessar

Today brought us Pre-View Night at Comic-Con 2017 and our friends at Weta Workshop came with some absolutely amazing new items. Some of them you can pre-order right now for shipping later this year and one item that is an amazing preview. Grond is an item we’ve gotten a chance to see at various cons and now we finally get a chance to order this awesome piece. Fans can order Grond right now for $749 and with an edition size of only 500 pieces this will not last long. This next piece is another on the list of items we have been asking Weta for, it is the Mouth of Sauron. The Mouth of Sauron comes to us on his horse covered in that awesome armor all while holding Frodo’s Mithril Shirt. Coming in with a price tag of $699 and an edition size of 750 pieces this is another item that is sure to not last long.

The preview statue that was unveiled to fans here at Comic-Con is Weta’s tallest statue and easily one of its most impressive. If you’re a fan of Thranduil and especially when he rode that beautiful elk then this is your chance to add it to your collection. Right now this is only a preview but you will want to keep an eye to TORn for when this goes up for order. You will not want to miss this stunning piece. If you’ve been paying attention to Weta’s YouTube page they’ve been teasing these all week. The Mini-Epic line captures out favorite Middle-earth characters done in an anime type style. They’re very cool and they’re up for order right now. You can order the following characters for $29 a piece: Frodo Baggins, Gimli, Gollum, Uruk-hai Berserker, and a Moria Orc. These figures are great and will cover any kind of Middle-earth collector.

ot: SFF Binge-Reader Bundle

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:23 am
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https://storybundle.com/bundle

Just a couple of these things, & it pays for itself. For example, the Fiction River anthology alone [nearly 800 pages!] is 8.00 on Kindle. The Uncollected Anthology Year One [490 pages] is only available as a $24 paperback. Afaik, this is the only e-book edition. The Grayson trilogy is excellent, romance-with-woo-woo fun; the Rusch Diving series has great buzz. The Faerie Summer is a 20-book e-book set.

Throw in the others, & that's a lot at an excellent deal. Squee!

filkferengi, off to buy it now

Today in Middle-earth, July 19

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:00 am
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Posted by grammaboodawg

Riddles in the Dark The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on July 19th:

  • Bilbo’s lost in the caves (1341)
  • Riddles in the dark (1341)
  • Bilbo finds the dwarves and the wizard (1341)
  • The Company is trapped in the trees (1341)
  • The funeral escort of King Théoden sets out (1419)

July 19, 2941 (S.R. 1341)

1. Bilbo’s lost in the caves.

(from Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Middle-earth)

“Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum, a small slimy creature….”

(Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 78  Hobbit)

2. Riddles in the dark.

(determined from text)

“Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum…”

(Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 79-95 Hobbit)

3. Bilbo finds the dwarves and the wizard.

(determined from text)

“And here’s the burglar!” said Bilbo stepping down into the middle of them, and slipping off the Ring.”

(Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 98-100 Hobbit)

4. The Company is trapped in the trees.

(determined from text)

“”Must we go any further?” asked Bilbo, when it was so dark that he could only just see Thorin’s beard wagging beside him…”

(Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 103-113  Hobbit)

July 19, 3019 (S.R. 1419)

1. The funeral escort of King Théoden sets out.

(from the appendices)

“At last the day of departure came, and a great and fair company made ready to ride north from the City.”

(Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 113  RotK)

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Posted by Garfeimao

TORn will be doing a panel at San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 21 at 5pm at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel in the Grand Ballrooms 1 & 2. The Grand Ballroom is located to the right of the main Lobby as you enter from outside, we are in sections 1 & 2.

Our panel is titled “Still Tolkien about it: 80 years of Middle-earth” and will include discussion about how Professor Tolkien is still influencing pop culture, especially in Art, Literature, music, cosplay, gaming and collectibles. And as always, there will be singing.

The panel will end just before 6pm, and then everyone who wants to gather together can do so at the Marina Kitchen restaurant, also on the Lobby level but down left, at the far end of the Southern building, closest to the Convention Center.

The Hotel has not replied to us about trying to pre-book space, so like I said, we are just going to flash mob it, Middle-earth style.

For anyone showing up in Tolkien cosplay, we will grab a group photo in the Hotel lobby area by the restaurant, before heading inside, or maybe just as we hang out waiting to get into the restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like with the Ice Cream social a few years back, this will be an informal gathering, stealth Ranger style. We are going to descend upon the restaurant and see if they will just seat everyone near each other, hopefully. There is a bar/lounge area just before entering the restaurant, so that may be where the bulk of everyone ends up. But those who want food, I highly recommend this place, even if it’s just to share some appetizers.

Our panel ends before the main hall closes next door at the Convention Center, so there should be fewer people to compete with than after 7pm. Anyhow, looking to arrive at the Marina Kitchen restaurant between 6:15pm and 6:30pm or so and staying until 8pm or beyond, allowing people to then hit up any of the other parties, screenings, and late night activities you want.

You can find more details on the Facebook event page

Please only RSVP attending if you will be at either the panel (which requires an SDCC badge) or at the Moot at the Marina Kitchen restaurant within the Marriott Marquis (no badge required for this one).

 

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Posted by elessar

I’m a big fan of the Hobbit Hole line. It’s such a cool way to bring Hobbiton into a collection and is a price point that fans can get into Middle-earth collectibles so easy. Our friends at Weta Workshop today introduce a new Hobbit Hole for folks to add with Hobbit Hole 19 & 20 Pine Grove. This fantastic piece is super detailed and very much gives you the feel that you now have a piece of Hobbiton in you collection. Like the other Hobbit Holes this piece is an open edition and is currently in stock. This one is however larger than some of the other Hobbit Holes and will have a price tag of $99.

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Posted by elessar

Our latest review covers another long awaited, and long asked for, piece from our friends at Weta Workshop. The Lurtz at Amon Hen captures this awesome bad guy about to take his last shot and put an end to the valiant Boromir’s last stand with Merry/Pippin. Unveiled at Comic-Con last year this piece is meant to be paired with the Boromir statue we recently reviewed. Both pieces are limited to 1000 pieces and have a price tag of $299. You can still snag this piece and get him into your collection before this becomes another hard to find statue.

Couple things I forgot to mention in the review. The arm holding the bow attaches into the shoulder, there are two fingers the string attaches to to hold it, the bag holding the arrows attaches at the hip, and the large piece of the outfit in the back attaches at the waist as well.

Calibre and Kindle for PC or Mac

Jul. 10th, 2017 08:06 pm
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Copying and pasting from [personal profile] arduinna

"I somehow missed that this was happening a few months back, so maybe other people did, too.

My Kindle for PC updated itself silently to version 1.19, which is compatible with Amazon's latest formatting. This is great for being able to use the new formatting! This is not so great if you use Calibre to manage your library. Calibre can't read or even recognize the new format, so can't import your books.

If you use Calibre, the easiest thing to do is to uninstall Kindle 1.19 and reinstall the older version, 1.17, and make sure that the "automatically update" box is unchecked.

The Mobileread forum has a thread on how to do this, including direct links to safe downloads of v 1.17 on Amazon. It also has instructions for other methods, if you don't want to downgrade your Kindle for PC/Mac."

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