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ot: Holiday sparklies

Dec. 4th, 2016 | 08:30 am
mood: artisticartistic
music: Heather Dale--Two Cornish Carols
posted by: filkferengi in sounis

Every year on his blog, John Scalzi has a week of threads for holiday gift-giving. In his non-book thread, Elise Matthesen, the wonderfully creative jeweler who crafted the exquisite torque-of-many-nomination-pins that graces Lois McMaster Bujold on formal occasions, posted the following:

If you’re a Bujold fan, mention Winterfair when you make your order, and I will send you a free gift: a little planet pendant on sterling silver. (Lois saw them once and said, “Hey, those are like the planet pendants from my book!”)


For fans of Bujold or wonderful sparklies, it doesn't get much on-topic-er than that.


P. S. The main non-book gift thread is here: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/11/30/whatever-holiday-shopping-guide-2016-day-three-arts-crafts-music-and-more/ The other threads are on the other week-days of last week.

P. S. S. How is it that there's no "jewelry" tag on this, of all communities?

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Happy Birthday, Megan! Blow out the candles.

Nov. 21st, 2016 | 03:42 am
posted by: ninedaysaqueen in sounis

Today is Megan's birthday, and the cakes look good enough to eat! Quick everyone. Sign the card, and wish Megan a happy birthday!


Kudos to everyone who made thief cakes.

Credit goes to...

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Thief Cake!

Nov. 18th, 2016 | 09:02 pm
mood: worriedworried
music: sara barielles - gravity
posted by: checkers65477 in sounis

I am super late to the Our Thief is 20 party, but better late than never, right?

The cake I chose to make was Greek Honey Cake, from food.com's website. The ingredients included honey and orange, both which are found in TT. Here's what I did.
Honey! Oranges! Wine! Tiny hooks!Collapse )

Honestly, this cake was way too sweet for me. I love baklava and was hoping it would taste like an easier version. Alas, it's not a recipe I'd make again. But Happy Belated Birthday anyway, Gen. Stick to your honey and oranges in their original form, as you breakfast with the Magus, Pol, and the Uselesses.

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Super Long Chat Transcript - Warning for Spoilers

Nov. 8th, 2016 | 03:55 pm
posted by: ninedaysaqueen in sounis

The long awaited transcript from the chat we had on the 16th. Sorry, this took so long! As I was copying it, Chatzy added many lines of computer coding for some reason. I had to tediously go back through hours of chat log and delete all of that, which is why this took so long. Curse you, Chatzy!

In which...

We fangirl Thick As Thieves.

Reprobates overexcitedly ask questions at the same time that do not get answered.

We fail at explaning the Overdrive app.

YA vs. Middle Grade

Bookish talks about her interview with MWT.

Lady Jane devours every single last muffin!

Please, remember that this was a SPOILER chat, so if you don't want to know anything about the new book other then the cover and release date, cover your ears.

Even LJ deemed this too long! We will have to have a chat again sometime soon.

*Fixed link issue. The internet made it vanish on me. XD

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Hamiathes' Gift Exchange - Round 2 Planning

Nov. 5th, 2016 | 10:37 pm
posted by: pendrecarc in sounis

Hey, Sounis! I've been ridiculously busy IRL lately and have missed a lot of the discussion, but I'm as excited as anyone about the new book coming out in May!

I realize that's six whole months away, but I'd like to start thinking about whether to hold a 2017 edition of the Hamiathes' Gift Exchange. I was thrilled so many of you participated in 2016 and created so many new fanworks--thank you so much for all your hard work and creativity!--and I hope a second round would be just as successful.

Here's what I'm wondering--would it be best to kick off the exchange in March and finish it up in early May, a little before the fifth book comes out, as part of the lead-in to Thick as Thieves and all the discussion that's sure to follow? Or would everyone prefer that we wait until the dust has settled, kick off the exchange in June, and finish it up in August?

I could see it either way, so I'm attaching a poll to see what all of you think. If you don't have an LJ account, you can always leave a comment.

Poll #2057139 Hamiathes' Gift Exchange 2017

Are you planning to participate in the next round of the Hamiathes' Gift Exchange?

Yes, definitely!
Maybe, depending on the timing
Maybe, depending on other factors

Would you prefer a March-May or June-August timeline?

Either is fine
I'd prefer something else (please comment)

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Nov. 2nd, 2016 | 08:53 pm
posted by: mouseguru in sounis

My daughter is re-reading ACoK, and ran across this hilarious image, which I don't remember noticing before. It's on p.155, when Eddis is about to tell Sophos the story of Polystrictes. Sophos turns back to look at the Magus, who is described as "far behind them, walking with one of Eddis's attendants on one arm and one of Attolia's on the other."

Glad to see the Magus is enjoying himself! And I have to wonder if the Attolian attendant is the romantic but foolish Chloe? (since we see in KoA that she is an attendant again). Anyway, the image of the Magus strolling along arm in arm with the ladies (of both courts, no less) has been making me laugh all day.

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Happy Birthday, Sounis!

Nov. 2nd, 2016 | 08:04 pm
mood: happyhappy
posted by: checkers65477 in sounis

sounis is 11 years old, and Ornon's sheep are dancing!

Eleven years ago today Queen rowana and the elusive eddis started up this wonderful community, while we were waiting very impatiently for Harper Collins to finish knitting The King of Attolia. So much has happened over the past 11 years. We've grown up and grown older while getting to know other QT fans around the world who love Megan's books and want to share questions, answers, and insanity with others.

Sounis members have come and gone over the years. Some of us have been around since the beginning, and others are brand new. What has never changed is that this online community welcomes everyone. We're the nicest fan community out there!

So, whether you're a oldie or a newbie, it's time for introductions! Leave a comment and tell us

  1. How long you've been a sounis member

  2. A little about yourself, including where you live (country, continent, city, anything is fine)

  3. How you found Megan's books

  4. Which book is your favorite

  5. Why you love the books with the heat of 1000 suns

  6. Something you *hope* happens in Thick As Thieves

Or, anything you want to share. C'mon folks! It's been quiet around here for too long. Let's hear from you. Happy Birthday to us!

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Wouldn't you think my collection's complete...

Oct. 29th, 2016 | 03:42 pm
posted by: readsintrees in sounis

When your favorite series doesn't have any merchandise to hoard...

My UK editions arrived in the mail today. At last, I have them all! For now...

Well, my Saturday's pretty well planned out, meaning I'm likely to just stand in front of my bookshelves, admiring this collection for hours.

Less than 200 days to go before we can get our hands on the next book!

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Deep Thoughts

Oct. 29th, 2016 | 11:25 am
posted by: frosted_feather in sounis

I've been thinking about tragedies and happy endings as it relates to main characters. I like happy endings, but I'm willing to go through the tragedy in the middle of a story with a character.

There was a discussion here about the difference between middle grade and YA, about how a middle grade character watches a friend go through the dark night of the soul, while in YA it's the main character going through this. But something that has bothered me about a lot of modern stories is the high body count of side characters for shock value, where the really, really awful stuff happens to other people, and our characters are the slightly luckier ones.
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ot: 2016 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle

Oct. 27th, 2016 | 08:03 am
mood: artisticartistic
music: Dean Martin--Sway
posted by: filkferengi in sounis

It's that time of year again. I hope this helps.--filkferengi

The 2016 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle - Curated by Kevin J. Anderson

If you're a writer, you know about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, every November when aspiring authors scramble to try to write the first draft of a new book in one month flat. There are challenge groups, sprint partners, lots of blogs, advice from writers.

Each year for NaNoWriMo, I curate a StoryBundle of books on various aspects of the craft and business of writing, and for 2016 I've got eleven titles—your complete toolkit for getting through NaNoWriMo and increasing your own writing knowledge.

This bundle is a real grad-level course on becoming a writer—just the inspiration and information you need, not just for NaNoWriMo but for your entire career.

As a bonus, if you are looking to build your computer toolkit for writers, this bundle includes 50% on Jutoh, Digital Publishing Made Easy, and 80% off Writer's Café software. Two apps that help you write and format your novel! – Kevin J. Anderson

The initial titles in the 2016 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

Drawing Out the Dragons by James A. Owen
The Science Fiction Professional by Mike Resnick
The Writer's Brainstorming Kit by Pam McCutcheon and Michael Waite
Managing Your Inner Artist/Writer by M.L. Buchman and M.L. Buchman
Closing the Deal on Your Terms by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Every Day Novelist: Business 101 by J. Daniel Sawyer
If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular titles, plus six more. Also, you get coupon codes for 50% off Jutoh and 80% off Writer's Cafe, two incredible tools for you to create the book that's in your mind!

Pros and Cons by Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett
From Dreamer to Doer by Jude Wilhoff
Mastering Place and Setting in Your Writing by Eric Maisel
Killing the Top 10 Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing by Dean Wesley Smith
Write it Forward: From Writer to Successful Author by Bob Mayer
80% off Writer's Cafe! by Writer's Cafe
50% off Jutoh! by Jutoh

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

Read more.
– Jason

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