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Nov. 5th, 2007 | 03:24 pm
posted by: twwcredits in sounis

This is my third attempt at my second post.



Within a few days of joining Sounis news of  Megan coming to Toronto was posted. I took it as a sign and decide to go meet her. I emailed her thinking I'd go get my mountain of books signed and go home. Then Megan's reply included the irresistible suggestion that I attend the conference also, which I did. The meet-up:

  • Apparently important stuff first, the earrings were the half moons with mother of pearl. Accompanied by the matching necklace.
  • Megan nearly became "an honorary Canadian", Mark, her husband was offered a job at the University of Waterloo in Ontario but it was conditional on being approved by Canadian Immigration who took so long they ended up in Maryland instead.
  • Megan was glad that both she and Mark were invited to the conference. They could spend time together and he'd be the husband of the children's author, the trailing spouse. Due to busy schedules they were going to pass. The organizer asked Megan to reconsider because they really wanted Philip Pullmam to attend and he wanted to meet and talk with Megan's husband!
  • I asked Megan why she decided to cut off her main character's hand. She explained that she was inspired by the writings of Rosemary Sutcliff particularly The Eagle of the Ninth. She admitted she finished the story of The Queen of Attolia and polished it before sending it to her editor so they had the whole idea before talking to her. Because she knew if someone suggested not amputating his hand in the process of writing she may have been talked out of it. As it was her editor tracked her down through her mother saying 'tell Megan we have to talk'.
  • I told Megan that I particularly enjoyed The King of Attolia because I knew at "Don't usually attack cripples?" that Gen was much more comfortable with his handicap. She said he would be even more so in the next book, where after snapping at his attendants who are pressing him to grow his hair long, to fit in more, he explains to the Magus, that he prefers his hair long but until someone can explain how to fix it with one hand, to keep it out of his eyes, it stays short.
  • Megan explained that she wrote The Thief has a way to teach kids about geopolitics. That wars start because each side has something at stake. The problems aren't as straightforward as kill the obvious bad guy or possess the magical chatchke and problem solved.


    Writing this much with my speech-recognition has taken much longer than I expected so I will post again about the conference later.


    JP (me) Megan and Lauren

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Emma

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from: emmaco
date: Nov. 5th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for posting all of this interesting stuff! (And to you too, Lauren, I'm enjoying the different posts from different POVs). I can see why Megan finished the whole of Queen of Attolia before sending it off - I was so shocked at the start of the book that if I hadn't had the rest to read straight away I would have been hard pressed to believe the rest of the book could overcome the horror of the beginning.

I'm starting to get worried I won't have anything to ask or say to Megan beyond "eeeeeee" when I see her. I think I'll need to re-read the books and email friends from home for any suggestions :)

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Peggy

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from: peggy_2
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
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oh, just brush up on your Sutcliff & Howl, and you can talk about that. If things get slow, drag her into a nearby used bookstore. :D

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Mordena Babich

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from: philia_fan
date: Nov. 5th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Yes, thanks very much for this AND for promising a report on the conference. Can't wait!

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thnidu

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from: thnidu
date: Nov. 5th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
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What speech recognition system are you using?
-- (thnidu)
Chief Linguist, Dragon Systems, Inc. (R.I.P.), 1990-2001

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from: anonymous
date: Nov. 5th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Welcome! Thank you for posting, it sounds like it was amazing!

~Feir Dearig

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Peggy

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from: peggy_2
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
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good catch!

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Peggy

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from: peggy_2
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
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Thank you for posting! You had some great questions, and kudos for noticing the earrings :)

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Earrings

from: anonymous
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
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Can't take all the credit, Megan remined me and provided the description due to the bad angle I couldn't see them at the time.

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checkers

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from: checkers65477
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
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Yay! Thanks for the post. Yay for Gen's hair, yay for the Magus. Yay.

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R.J. Anderson

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from: rj_anderson
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
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Oh, I'm so glad you had a great time! (Not that I doubted you would, but it sounded like you had an even nicer time than you'd expected.) I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to be there myself!

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from: savvywriter
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
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Wow. This post was total awesomeness!

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from: boxofpencils
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
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oh that is so like Gen to make that remark about not keeping long hair! *squeal* oh and did u mention that MWT is now residing in maryland?

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from: twwcredits
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
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Not now, at that time.

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cailet_06

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from: cailet_06
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
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Ack, this is making me more anxious for the new book to be out. Expect I have uno question, what earrings are you referring to?

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from: twwcredits
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
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The earrings Megan was wearing.

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Jokingly Jade

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from: jade_sabre_301
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
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AAAAAAAAAAAAH SPOILERS ABOUT THE NEXT BOOK I AM TORN BETWEEN "O NOEZ SPOILERS" (which is my typical approach, so don't worry about it--ask anyone who knows me about my reaction to spoilers and they will* probably roll their eyes and mention straightjackets) AND "OH YAYZ SHE'S WRITTEN ENOUGH TO START LEAKING INFORMATION TO HER LOYAL FANBASE!"

I want to write a book to teach kiddies about geopolitics too! And and and the idea of writing a whole book before sending it off! And the earrings! And the GOSH DANG IT MEGAN COME BACK TO CHICAGO.

thanks for the post! it is greatly appreciated. And welcome, if I haven't said it before. :-)


*Or they could say what my best friend said, which was "ZOMG SHE WILL EAT YOUR EYEBALLS AND THEN FORCE YOUR FINGERS INTO THE EMPTY SOCKETS AND PROBABLY MAKE YOU LISTEN TO CELINE DION'S DVD BOX SET ON REPEAT FOR ETERNITY." *coughs*

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Peggy

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from: peggy_2
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
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*agrees with Jade on spoilers, and the "oh yayz" about leaking information.*

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Rosalee LuAnn

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from: rosaleeluann
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
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Oh, thanks for posting this! You're so lucky you got to meet Megan. (Megan! You know you want to come out HERE! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO! :)

Ok, so I need to read some Rosemary Sutcliff, clearly. And--Hey, I'm in the library right now! I'm going to go find some Sutcliff!

The embarrassing part of it is, I did once start reading Eagle of the Ninth for a Readerville discussion, but I had about ten books checked out of the library, and I turned them all in and.... yeah. Don't kick me out, please. I'm repenting! Right now!


*scurries away*

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aged_crone

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from: aged_crone
date: Nov. 6th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much for posting!

And thank you for extracting some information about the next book.

I'm finding it quite charming that his attendants have gone from ruining Gen's clothes in their efforts to humiliate him, to giving him fashion tips so he'll fit in.

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Rayni Shadowsong

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from: jesusphreaq
date: Nov. 7th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
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Wow! How exciting. *_* Thanks for posting!!

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from: netslefj
date: Nov. 7th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
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Thank you for a very interesting, substantive post. Did Megan say anything about how we could read the papers from the conference? (I'm assuming that the conference was as interesting and fun as your visit, of course.) Your report sounds like and I hope it's true that she is enjoying writing #4, overall.

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