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#51 2015-02-15 23:58:08

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

gopher wrote:

Years ago, back in 1988, I purchased the new hardcover of The Dragonbone Chair on my way to to college in Toronto. Had some extra $$ and the cover blurb looked interesting. I loved the book so much I wrote the publisher a note asking when the sequel would be out, and I received a letter in response. It was a form letter, but it was signed by Tad (very nice, thank you Tad). I used it as a bookmark for a couple years until I lost it when working at a cottage resort one summer as a lifeguard. Grease fire in the tent I was living in, long story, ha ha.

Anyhoo, I've been following the news of the new series with anticipation. I honestly never thought I'd see a return to Osten Ard as Tad said the series nearly killed him and/or had too many negative memories. Thank you so much for doing this Tad, if for no other reason than that I feel 25 years younger and looking forward to once again walking those treacherous Qanuc paths.

Welcome, Gopher!

I was the same as you: first read TDC in 1988, and immediately fell in love with it. The wait for SOF was excruciating... I was 14 at the time. Like you, I'm soooo glad Tad has returned to Osten Ard.

The 'grease fire in the tent' story sounds like it needs to be told in full!


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#52 2015-02-16 07:47:04

ylvs
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Welcome indeed Gopher! We all have some version of this story to tell, so be asured you're amongst friends.


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#53 2015-02-16 07:50:27

ylvs
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Tad wrote:

Thanks for all the support, my friends.  It makes it so much more fun, and even a bit easier.

Rereading this in a kind of weird mood, it brought a tear to my eyes.


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#54 2015-03-02 13:03:42

Zim28
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

gopher wrote:

Years ago, back in 1988, I purchased the new hardcover of The Dragonbone Chair on my way to to college in Toronto. Had some extra $$ and the cover blurb looked interesting. I loved the book so much I wrote the publisher a note asking when the sequel would be out, and I received a letter in response. It was a form letter, but it was signed by Tad (very nice, thank you Tad). I used it as a bookmark for a couple years until I lost it when working at a cottage resort one summer as a lifeguard. Grease fire in the tent I was living in, long story, ha ha.

Anyhoo, I've been following the news of the new series with anticipation. I honestly never thought I'd see a return to Osten Ard as Tad said the series nearly killed him and/or had too many negative memories. Thank you so much for doing this Tad, if for no other reason than that I feel 25 years younger and looking forward to once again walking those treacherous Qanuc paths.

Welcome, Gopher!

I was the same as you: first read TDC in 1988, and immediately fell in love with it. The wait for SOF was excruciating... I was 14 at the time. Like you, I'm soooo glad Tad has returned to Osten Ard.

The 'grease fire in the tent' story sounds like it needs to be told in full!

Not sure on the exact year I got the first books.  Thinking between '91 or '93 as I was still in high school.  I joined the Science Fiction Book Club and chose Stone of Farewell for one of my freebie books.  I didn't know it was a book two.  Luckily I was able to order Dragonbone from them.   I've went though several copies and rereads since.  Even hit eBay up for the full size hard covers.  Now I have the handy Kindle versions too.


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#55 2015-05-08 12:02:58

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Olaf wrote:

THE PROGRESS REPORT

Hakatri

Among everything here....this one gave me chills.

It had been quite a while since reading MST, so I picked it up again once TLK was announced.  At my slow pace I should be done close to a release of TWC.  Can't wait!

 

#56 2015-05-08 12:05:39

ylvs
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

*wavies at Dog*

Hullo dear!


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#57 2015-05-08 12:54:02

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

LightWarriorK wrote:

Olaf wrote:

THE PROGRESS REPORT

Hakatri

Among everything here....this one gave me chills.

It had been quite a while since reading MST, so I picked it up again once TLK was announced.  At my slow pace I should be done close to a release of TWC.  Can't wait!

I know. The name gave me chills, too. :)


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#58 2015-05-09 00:37:34

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Tad posted this on FACEBORG:

BOOK NEWS: I've finished the (tidied and revised) version of the first draft of The Witchwood Crown. Currently it's 1071 pages, about 311K words.
Yes, I've written another not-small book. Surprise!


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#59 2015-05-09 00:45:32

cyan
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Olaf wrote:

Tad posted this on FACEBORG:

BOOK NEWS: I've finished the (tidied and revised) version of the first draft of The Witchwood Crown. Currently it's 1071 pages, about 311K words.
Yes, I've written another not-small book. Surprise!

Hhhrmmm...

Seriously?  Who is surprised?


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#60 2015-05-09 08:50:35

ylvs
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

*giggles*


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#61 2015-08-19 09:11:41

Peter
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Tad's a bit weird at using twitter (and really bad at staying within 140 chars, no surprises there), but I happened upon this:

@den_down_unda: @tadwilliams Still Witchwood Crowning while pub is delayed or getting started on next book (EoG or new Bobby Dollar)?

@tadwilliams: None of the above. Sort of. Secret project happening. (But waiting editors' notes for #1, & ranging over #2 in my head.)

@tadwilliams: Will begin physically writing #EmpireOfGrass (#2) pretty soon though. Downloading the mind onto paper.

If Tad retweets a question, it would be nice if he prefaced the answers with a ". " so question and answer are visible to his audience. If he didn't want it visible, he probably wouldn't retweet the question.


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#62 2015-08-21 12:19:49

Tad
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

I'll tell you a secret: many of those are Deb asking me questions and posting the answer on my behalf.  If it's written in telegraph-ese, it's probably Deb.  I'll pass on the idea about posting the original question, too.


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#63 2015-08-21 15:27:22

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

New blog post here on the new date for The Witchwood Crown. Please spread the word, share, re-blog, etc.


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#64 2015-08-21 16:12:42

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Consider it done.

March 2017 IS a long way off. Although I suspect that some of these secret projects involves Osten Ard short fiction that will pave the way for TWC.


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#65 2015-08-21 16:13:03

Peter
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Tad wrote:

I'll tell you a secret: many of those are Deb asking me questions and posting the answer on my behalf.  If it's written in telegraph-ese, it's probably Deb.  I'll pass on the idea about posting the original question, too.

You actually do post the original question, but your answers do not show up in twitter feeds, because they are directed at a specific person. Yet if you retweet the question, it makes sense to write the answers in such a way as to show up for everyone who follows you.

The most common trick is to preface the tweet with a ". ".

Twitter shows Tweets that start with a "@someone" to @someone and everyone who follows both @someone and you. Everyone else will see your RT (because that's from you), but not how you answered the question. Prefixing it with ". " will make twitter handle it like any other tweet from you, thus showing it to everyone who follows you.

And Deborah seems to be a twitter monster, both posting a lot and keeping track of a lot of stuff.


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#66 2015-08-22 10:07:40

Merenwen
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Olaf wrote:

Consider it done.

March 2017 IS a long way off. Although I suspect that some of these secret projects involves Osten Ard short fiction that will pave the way for TWC.

Oh, I hope so! I am always up for more Osten Ard stuff!

 

#67 2015-08-22 10:25:15

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#68 2015-08-23 03:28:19

Kenan
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

*sobs*


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#69 2015-08-26 10:12:13

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

No kidding. Sobs, falls to one knee, and wails like a dwarrow. That's going to be rough buddy (for any old Avatar fans out there). Oh well, I know the final product will be worth it. Thank you again, Tad, for writing such a brilliant series. Absolutely changed my life and thinking regarding the genre of fantasy. Like Gopher, I picked up the first around 89' at about the age of 13. Such a strange place in one's life, and this series helped me deal with periods of that tenuous age. Now I'm trying to get my son (same age as I was when I started and man do I feel old, to pick it up and start his own journey). Personally, I haven't looked back since. Into about my fiftieth re-read. If it gets bumped back into a closer sphere of time, please let us know.

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#70 2015-08-27 21:12:38

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#71 2015-08-28 12:55:28

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Hang in there, guys! More news is forthcoming in September!


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Ommu is horrifying; Akhenabi is f**king evil; Makho is Trump with a badass sword; Jijibo is the crackhead version of Towser.  And Saomeji is creepy. --Cyan

 

#72 2015-08-28 14:51:54

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Cross-posted from other thread for maximum exposure:

Tad will read from THE WITCHWOOD CROWN on September 4th in the live Google Hangout. And also answer questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvIRME5vhyo


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#73 2015-09-01 14:49:19

Sojourn
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Nice. Teasers will abound I'm sure. The boards will be rife with conjecture and abandon. I'll take it. but 2017....I mean really?

 

#74 2015-09-02 02:51:00

BonUs
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

And it just has to be on a day that I'm working... one of you guys here better record the live hangout and put it on YouTube! I don't wanna miss it!

 

#75 2015-09-03 05:46:35

SebastianB
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard Progress Report

Shame about the postponement...especially since it's only due to publisher's issues, but then that's all part of the art industry, I guess. Looking forward to hear what is going to come out next year then. =)


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