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The Questions I Still Have About Conspiracy of Kings

Sep. 22nd, 2018 | 01:02 am
posted by: 11rod88staff11 in sounis

I want so much to proliferate appreciation and love for Sounis Sophos and the Conspiracy of Kings right now. I feel like a lot of the reason this book doesn't get talked about as much as the others in the series is it's so complex... I have read it multiple times carefully and I think I'm reasonably intelligent... And honestly I'm still not sure if i really get everything that happened. And I have a lot of questions about the implications of a lot of events that unfolded in it.

Like I'm still not sure exactly the extent of Helen's anger at Sophos in the end even though he apologizes very directly for believing that he has agency over whether he "allows" her to cede her country on whatever grounds she wants/needs to.

I'm still not sure what is meant when Sounis asks Attolis, "Were you behind the negotiations on Lerna and Hannipus?"

I'm still not clear on how deeply the theme of "Asking Your OWN questions!" goes. (His mother says it. Helen says it... I know it concerns Sophos cultivating his own relationships with the gods as opposed to relying on the others' experiences and interpretations with them.

I know it relates to the coming of age theme where Sophos learns to stand independently on his own two feet as a sovereign while simultaneously being forced into submission for the greater good by people who are otherwise his friends. (ironic contrast there)

What exactly does Helen withhold from him at the very end? How she knows the tremendous sacrifices that Attolis made for him while making him believe that he only made moderate sacrifices? It's like Attolis and Attolia were intentionally keeping Sounis from knowing how much they loved him and how much they would do for him...

They wanted to make him believe he needed them? Make him believe he wanted more from them than they were willing to give? It turns out that Attolis sent the troops he needed to win in the end... But what of the whole paragraph about how he could have won against his barons without resorting to violence? MWT straight TELLS US that he COULD HAVE. like she was speaking for the Gods and that flies in the opposite direction of how it usually is...

I have more questions than answers in the end. I feel like I can ask a question in both directions and they are both valid questions because I feel like every event somehow goes both ways in the book.

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While She Knits - See You In September

Sep. 4th, 2018 | 09:22 pm
posted by: checkers65477 in sounis

Wow, it's been a long time since we talked about what we've been reading, while we wait for Megan to Knit 1 (elephant) and Purl 2 (Kings) into a book called Return of the Thief.

So, what have you been reading lately that has knocked your mismatched socks right off? I'm looking for recommendations just now, as I'm getting ready for a vacation and need to load my Kindle up.

My reccs: some books I've liked lately are Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (the California Gold Rush with magic), The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Turtles All the Way Down by Joh Green ( he touched my shoulder once, remember?), The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows, and Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (angsty teen realistic fiction).

Ok, your turn. What are your recent favorite reads?

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Timeline assistance...please?

Sep. 2nd, 2018 | 09:53 am
posted by: rouan1 in sounis

Every year, I drive to an herbal conference and I always listen to one of the audio QT books. This year it was ACoK. As I was listening to it, I got to thinking (not for the first time) where this fits in time-wise with QoA, KoA, and TaT. I went back through KoA and found the section where Ornan tells Eugenides that there is no news of Sophos and Sounis is taking back more of the country but I can't locate the passage that tells us that Sophos is missing in the first place. Do any of you remember where that passage is? Is it in QoA or KoA?

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Creator Reveal (and future of the exchange)

Sep. 1st, 2018 | 09:20 pm
posted by: pendrecarc in sounis

Creators are revealed, but the comment forms are still open! Stop on by the archive if you want to see what people have made and leave them feedback.

This was the exchange's third year, and I'm glad to see it still going strong. That said, I personally can't commit to running it indefinitely.

I'm going to run it once more in spring/summer of 2019, to close things off after the last book. After that, if someone else wants to take it over, I'm willing to hand off ownership of the exchange. If someone is interested but doesn't have experience modding on AO3, I'd be happy to take them on as a comod to get some experience next year.

This is a small and low-stress exchange to mod, and it'd be an easy one to take on as your first exchange. You'd need to be able to:

  • Set and enforce rules and deadlines

  • Use the AO3 tagset and collection interface

  • Respond to emails and comments in a timely way

  • Post on both LJ and DW

  • Review fic and art containing any sort of rating or content

There's plenty of time to work out a transition if someone is interested in doing so, so no need to respond right away. If you're interested, you can contact the exchange email at hamiathesmod@gmail.com.

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Hephestia costume speculations...

Aug. 29th, 2018 | 09:57 am
posted by: readsintrees in sounis

So, I decided that for Halloween this year, it's finally time to do a Thief themed cosplay. I'm going to go for Hephestia, rather than Attolia, since her clothing is probably more Greek-like (cuz she's from an older time) than Byzantine-like, and therefore easier to replicate. 

THAT said, in "The Thief" when Gen sees her for the first time in the maze temple, she's wearing a red velvet "robe", not specifically a "peplos" like Moira. I'm probably still going to go for a peplos-style gown, unless someone has another idea of what a Greek velvet robe would look like....? On the new map, it looks like Hephesita is just wearing something similar to a peplos. What to do, what to do.....

I was also thinking about jewelry....On the map, Hephestis has some like of curlicue necklacy thing, which I'll have to think about. I also see that she's wearing small simple earrings. *GASP* Hey, remember how in "The Thief" Gen noted that Attolia wore a woven band with rubies to hold her hair back, in imitation of Hephestia? And then in "The Queen of Attolia" he gave her those all-important ruby earrings to match her headband? How have I never realized that he MUST have gotten or commissioned earrings to look like those that he had personally seen Hephestia herself wearing? 

20 years later and I'm STILL noticing things and making connections....

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Works are revealed!

Aug. 25th, 2018 | 09:05 pm
posted by: pendrecarc in sounis

Stories and art are revealed! You can read and view them here.

Stop by, enjoy, and don't forget to leave feedback.

If you signed up for the exchange, you should be getting an email with a link to your gift. You can also find it by opening your AO3 page and following the Gifts link in the left-hand navigation pane on the left. Please remember to show your author or artist lots of appreciation!

Fanworks will remain anonymous until Saturday, September 1st. However, if you'd like to reply to comments on the stories or art you posted, you can go ahead--your name will be hidden until then.

I will be leaving the collection open for last-minute treats in the meantime.

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HGE - 24 hours to go!

Aug. 24th, 2018 | 08:19 pm
posted by: pendrecarc in sounis

We're currently on track to go live tomorrow, Saturday the 25th, at 10 PM EDT! What time is that for me?

The final pinch hit is covered but does have an extension. I'll post if there will be any delays to the archive opening.

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HGE - One pinch hit left!

Aug. 20th, 2018 | 10:44 pm
posted by: pendrecarc in sounis

We're down to one pinch hit! It's due at 10 PM, EDT, on Thursday, August 23rd, but if you need an extension, we can talk. :)

To claim it, please comment at this Dreamwidth page with your AO3 name and an email address where I can reach you. If you don't have an AO3 name but can fulfill this request, just let me know--we can work that out.

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HGE - Post-Deadline Pinch Hits

Aug. 18th, 2018 | 10:38 pm
posted by: pendrecarc in sounis

We're past the deadline!

A few people requested extensions, so if you don't have a gift work yet, don't panic. :)

We also have two pinch hits. These are due at 10 PM, EDT, on Thursday, August 23rd. To check them out and sign up for one (thereby earning my undying gratitude), jump over to Dreamwidth.

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HGE - 2 days to go!

Aug. 16th, 2018 | 09:44 pm
posted by: pendrecarc in sounis

Assignments are due in two days, at 10 PM EDT on Saturday, August 18th! What time is that for me?

How do I post my assignment?

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Can I keep editing my story or artwork after I post it?

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How long do I have to post treats?

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What happens on August 18th?

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If you have questions or concerns, you can email my gmail at hamiathesmod or (if it's a general process question, not specific to your assignment) reply to these posts.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you're concerned about the deadline. If you need to default, you can do this on the My Assignments page on AO3, or you can email me.

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