Some of you are experiencing some trouble trying to reach me at my yahoo address. The fault could either lie with you (the more likely scenario) or with my overly zealous spam filter. In case it’s the latter, could you please pick out your email message from the ensuing list of missives I rescued from my trash bin:
– DIRECTV PROMOTION : “Save $663, Free Movie Channels & HD-DVR Upgrade”
– PEDI PAWS: “The incredible pet nail trimmer“
– NATIONAL LOTTERY BOARD: “You Have Won!!””
– Dr. Wayne Tony: “UK National Irish Lottery“
– Carl Binder: “Urgent request for a liver donor match! Get back to me ASAP!!!”
– Samuel Ouedraogo: “Please help me am contacting you from my sick bed”
– BARRISTER GREG THOMPSON: “YOUR INHERITANCE/CONTRACT PAYMENT”
– WalkFit: “As Seen on TV: Own the #1 Orthotic Insoles in the World”
– United Nations Awards: “United Nations Humanitarian Awards (You are a winner!)
– Tabby: “Webcam on…clothes off…who’s with me?”
I hesitate to include the last email because I have a sneaking suspicion that one is from Carl. But, in any case, if you recognize your email handle and message, please point it out so that I can give it the serious attention it deserves.
Hey, I came across some pics from the last days of production. Check ‘em out.
Some Acacia discussion:
Terry writes: “I’m surprised that you didn’t find the amount of detail provided that make this possible either distracting or offputting. What is it that Durham does with the detail that doesn’t stop the story cold for you?”
Answer: To be honest, I don’t enjoyed overly-flourished writing and I wouldn‘t put Acacia in that camp. Durham offers a lot of interesting backstory details on the empire and, in my view, that’s a long way from overwhelming the reader with ponderous descriptions of the surrounding countryside.
Terry also writes: “Do you think that some fantasy writers give short shrift to empire building because they’re more interested in the characters than in the politics and nation building? What other fantasy writers do you think do a good job with creating unique worlds?””
Answer: I think many fantasy writers give short shrift to world building for a variety of reasons. A couple of fantasy writers I think do a pretty good job of creating unique worlds are Ursula K. LeGuin and K.J. Bishop.
Drldeboer writes: “ It was a pretty interesting read in terms of writing style, action and descriptions, especially the seafaring parts, too many unanswered questions at the end so maybe I’ll give this series another shot after I’m over my political nausea.”
Answer: Too many unanswered questions? Really? One of the things that greatly impressed me about this book was the fact that it did such a nice job of tying up all of the major loose ends rather than leaving them dangling for the next book in the series.