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Another Author Squee!!!!!!!!!

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May 23, 2007, 3:13am

Janny Wurts author of To ride Hells Chasm, and the parvarian universe starting with The Curse of the Mistwraith is about on LibraryThing she is the user JannyWurts . I've invited her to Green Dragon so if you see her around say hello! She's been very generous with her time on her website , answering fans questions etc. and claims to have a little time between editing to visit LT too.

If you haven't read any of her books, go and do so! they're great.

May 23, 2007, 5:08am

Thanks for the headsup, reading_fox! Another author to scope out at the library today (as well as the LT).

May 23, 2007, 1:11pm

Susan Wittig Albert, author of the China Bayles mysteries and several other series as well, is also an LT author. I just discovered the Bayles books, have read a couple, and am now creating library wishlists.

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May 23, 2007, 6:48pm

Hi - thanks for the kindly welcome.
I am still getting my feet wet, here, poking about to get oriented - but it looks like fun!

May 23, 2007, 6:51pm

JannyWurts - Welcome to The Green Dragon! There are great people here and many interesting discussions. Have fun!

May 24, 2007, 5:11am

Welcome, Janny! If you want to you can have many interesting conversations here at the Dragon - it really is a pub, not a messageboard, whatever it looks like on the outside ;-)

May 24, 2007, 8:43am

ZOMG - Janny Wurts!!

Janny, I have to ask you a question. Is that YOUR painting in the Delaware Art Museum called "Dragon's Run?" I did an art circle there not too long ago, and I saw it and did a quadruple take. Did you paint that? It's very good.

May 24, 2007, 8:44am

Here's the URL to the painting.

Dragon's Run

I love the head on that dragon.

May 24, 2007, 4:15pm

dressagegrrrl, did you notice the medium? On Masonite?


May 25, 2007, 12:25pm

Good heavens. No, I didn't. Good eye, Linkmeister.

May 25, 2007, 2:43pm

Waves back the welcomers - Thanks, I hope to drop by for lots of virtual beer and good conversation.

dressagegrrrl -

You have sharp eyes!

Yes that is my painting, Dragon's Run, painted in oils on masonite, and a part of the Delaware Art Museum's permanent collection.

Nobody was more amazed than I when I heard they'd taken it out of storage and installed it in the illustration wing.

You ride?

May 25, 2007, 3:10pm

Total segue here...

I'm re-re-re-(etc)-reading the Riftwar saga and I'm realizing the women are SUCH wimps. Even the Elven Queen.

I'm looking forward to when I get to the Empire trilogy with the kick-ass heroine.


May 25, 2007, 5:17pm

Welcome! I've heard alot about your books! Sharron Shinn has suggested your work as something I should be reading.

I look forward to getting to know you Janny!

Edited: May 25, 2007, 8:57pm

>#11 I'm so glad! I saw it, liked it, then noticed your name. I wasn't sure it was the same Janny Wurts (as I have to admit I didn't know you were an illustrator as well!) The way you addressed the subject matter made it seem almost a bit like a dragon from a religious icon. And the eyes on the boat? A bow to Ursula K. Le Guin?

Yes, I do dressage and a lot of pleasure riding as well. My niece and I ride together quite a bit. Do you?

Are you in the Delaware area? Is that how your piece ended up in the Delaware Art Museum?

Edited: May 25, 2007, 8:46pm

Oh, I guess you are a horse person. What a gorgeous pic on your author page!

May 26, 2007, 10:44am

Morphidae - I can't stand wimpish characters (of any sort,) either. Books with weak wizards set me into a can hear the yell from the other room.

RuneFirestar - give Sharron Shinn a wave - I had no idea! How nice. She writes a mean fine story, herself, and not formulaic one bit! She has my applause for that too.

dressagegrrrl - the entire painting was a bow to LeGuin, done early on in my career as a portfolio piece. I grew up in Pennsylvania, and visited that museum often. Howard Pyle is one of my heroes, and likely the inspiration for wanting to write and illustrate my own stories. I used many of Maxfield Parrish's techniques in that work - so it's a tribute piece, definitely. Delaware held two monumental exhibitions of fantasy art, and the painting became part of their collection, after that. They have a Don Maitz in the basement, too.

The other half of that author picture is Watch Philomena, a gorgeous mare I bought straight off the race track at Tampa Downs (she hated her job! 58 races, one win). She's my latest retrain project. The pix was shot as the author photo for my novel To Ride Hell's Chasm, which owes a huge bow to the courage of the horses. If you're wondering, Phil's the "stand in" for the hooved character, Kasminna.

I'd post more about Phil but -

I don't know what the proper etiquette is here yet - regarding long posts. Until I do, you are welcome to have a go in more depth - just drop in at the chat on my website and ask.

May 26, 2007, 10:52am

No rules here about long posts. Just ask WholeHouseLibrary - he of the multi-page posts!

Hee hee.

May 26, 2007, 2:27pm

your right Morph! His go on for miles but they always leave you with a smile :)

May 26, 2007, 8:02pm

16 - Janny: We're the Long Winded of Library Thing here at the Green Dragon, and this is a friendly pub, so let me pour you a pint of whatever you fancy, check out the cheese platters, chocolates, and the BBQ going on the back porch, and yap away!

Kidding aside, for such a large community we really have no problem with trolls, I think dedicated readers have plenty to talk about without resorting to nasty attention-grabbing stunts. (Of course, SILLY attention grabbing stunts are plentiful, so beware our Roomba robotic vacuum hordes!)

May 27, 2007, 7:42am

>18 RuneFirestar: Agreed! My favorite was his "anti-pet" rant. Cracked me up!

>19 mrgrooism: Except for the under the bridge type which sometimes expects a toll. Cookies or cheese will do.

May 28, 2007, 6:17pm

Chocolate!!!! I'm in! Add to that Killian's Red or Glenrothes single malt - Trolls? Snort! A whole barrel of 'em couldn't chase me away. (grin)

I just finished reading Guy Kay's Ysabel, before being dumped with the copy edit for my nest. Once I finish those pages, I plan to scoot out and snatch Carol Berg's latest, Carolyn Cherryh's Deliverer, and Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Sword of Orion.

Chocolate, a good red beer, or a fine scotch, and great books - does it get any better? Short of a sail on a period schooner to the Bahamas, not much....

Edited: May 28, 2007, 6:36pm

Okay let's see now, are we fully stocked?

Chocolates platter?


Killian's Red?




Bartender ready?

Ummmmm, check-ish...

May 28, 2007, 6:43pm

>#21 *Curiously* Have you ever been on a period schooner sailing to the Bahamas? That sounds astonishing!

May 29, 2007, 3:32pm

!!!! Astonishing !!!! Even the troll - who's joining me?

dressagegrrrl - just got back, exactly that. "Research vacation." I've crewed offshore sail passages before this, and so, snapped at the opportunity when the invitation came. Used every bit of the experiences on the page, too! That's the fun! You get to turn wierd ideas inside out, inside the context of of bizarre and wonderful adventures.

If you google search Topsail Schooner Wolf, you'll see a picture of the vessel.

May 29, 2007, 4:16pm

Hey, I've got a placemat that I nicked from Pizza Troll in Bulgaria hanging on my wall, and that troll and your troll picture are *exactly* alike. Where did you get that image? I want one one of those trolls! The placemat is getting a bit torn up and I don't live in Eastern Europe anymore (so Bulgaria's a bit far now just to pop in and snag another one). And anyhow, a troll statue is way better.

May 29, 2007, 4:20pm

The WOLF has a special place in our hearts here in The Bahamas for assistance following Hurricanes Floyd and Jeanne. I envy you the experience as crew on such a lovely vessel.

May 29, 2007, 4:27pm

#22 - ooh, an entire chocolate platter!!! Groo, you've outdone yourself.

#25 - Pizza Troll? Seriously? Like Pizza Hut, only with trolls?

And welcome to the Green Dragon, Janny!

May 29, 2007, 10:58pm

#25 - Heee heee, I just Googled "Barrel of Trolls" to see what would come up, LOL!!!

May 30, 2007, 10:12am

You got it. An entire pizza joint decorated with hundreds of trolls *exactly* like that one. Finding it was one of the more surreal moments in my life :-) But in Milan theres a Pizza joint called Angelo Nero, and its in man made caves in the cellar decorated with sculpted minions of hell and tortured souls coming out of the walls. They black out the lights once an hour. I guess trolls aren't so strange in the grand scheme of things :-)

May 30, 2007, 12:53pm

XenaBallerina -

Captain Finbarr and Julie are quite special people, and I think those who have special places in their hearts for the Wolf are a crowd - how special, too, to see you here!

In case anybody feels left out, Captain Finbarr and the schooner Wolf have made quite a number of humanitarian relief runs to the Bahamas and other places in the Carribbean, following up with assistance after disasters.

We felt (my husband Don Maitz and I) very very honored to be asked along to crew this passage to Green Turtle Cay. We'd do it again in a heartbeat!

And your islands - so lovely, I had to pinch myself OFTEN to be certain I wasn't dreaming. Magical. We will be back!

And Bahamian beer - Kalik - that we enjoyed at the Heritage Roots Festival on Green Turtle is now a regular in our fridge.

May 30, 2007, 6:36pm


Just picked up your book To ride Hells Chasm, I went looking for some of your other stuff but this was all my library had that I could find ;)

I look forward to talking it over with ya :)

May 31, 2007, 10:17am


That is a lively place to start!

I had a total blast writing this title, which is a standalone with a plotline that completes in a timespan of five and a half days. I don't write the same story over and over, but this one sort of has has flash-facets of all of them. The characters took me by storm, literally. Each and every one threw me a shocking curve by way of surprise, even the "blowhard town gossip." (Did she ever!!)

And - worse - the characters knew exactly what they were doing, the whole dastardly crew of em. I felt ambushed.

Soooo, hang on to your hat!!!

If the ending sequences of this story Don't raise your hair, I'll eat my library card!
(Is there a worse threat of torture? Ahh, no chocolate, perhaps, - dives into another of those lovely cookies)

(said happily munching, even tho MS Etiquette would whack me with lecture for trollish table manners)

I cannot STAND to work on any story with a predictable plotline. Sometimes the zap bombs are hidden inside of what look like predictable packages....which drives some control freaks NUTS when the NOT!!!! factor strikes from behind. Or the sneak up and pounce bits - muahaha! - drives some others who think they know it all NUTS when they abandon the chase, thinking they had it all capped, but they didn't stick with it long enough for the plunge off the cliff face.

I don't write for the presumptuous trolls, either.

grin and double grin.

I look forward to talking with ya, too - and I'm not afeared of controversy.

People who please everybody never take a dare!

This said - good hunting!

Jun 3, 2007, 12:48pm

WOW! We have yet another author joining our ranks!
Welcome to The Green Dragon, JannyWurts.

Jun 3, 2007, 1:10pm

I need a career change into something where I can take "research vacations!"

Jun 3, 2007, 3:57pm

drsol - I suppose you could study parasitology. That aught to get you to some far out places. :)

Jun 3, 2007, 6:16pm

Teach archaeology. ;)

Jun 5, 2007, 11:49am

Clamairy - thanks! Cool place.

I've already determined, from lurking about here, that I ought to give the Erickson book another go.

Career vacations -- the very best!
Last one before the sail was the Master Painter's course with wildlife artists John and Susie Seerey-Lester. Hope to have the results of that up on the website soon, but posting the covers for the new book and reissues came first.

Right now, I cannot wait to sit back with my waiting stack of new books, ready just as soon as the last bits of production on Stormed Fortress get cleared away - the inside black and white graphics are the last detail on the table.