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The weather is miserable, but the mailbox is full of goodies. In particular, good things come in threes:
  1. All of my grandfather's letters to my great-aunt Bogna in Poland. I'm delighted to have them (they cover from the 50s to the 1980s), but I can only read about half of them (the ones in German). My grandfather spoke Russian, Polish, German, and English, and he could recite all the titles and offices of the Czar (because they were beaten into him at a young age). He was a man who survived most of the 20th century despite being at the ground zero of WWII. After the war, he moved to Minneapolis and made a good life, or at least a more peaceful one. I'm very pleased to be entrusted with these letters; families that have fled as refugees as often as mine has don't have a lot of heirlooms.
  2. My anthology has arrived! Two copies of Further Adventures of Beowulf (Amazon) arrived in my mailbox today. My co-authors are Lynn Abbey, Ed Greenwood, and Jeff "Grubb Street" Grubb, so I definitely feel like the new kid in this bunch. Pleased as punch to see the actual, physical *thing*, though. Also means I can apply for SFWA membership based purely on fiction credits. If you'd like a copy of your own, please do pick one up. I'm awfully proud of this one, though it's just a wee thing.
  3. The next one of my Clockwork Wonders is available for viewing. It's a lovely little item that grows out of an idea I first wrote for Dungeon (and they kept the reference to the Paizo source!). Fun series of articles, even though only half of them turned out the way I expected.

I wonder what will be in the mailbox tomorrow?

Comments

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freeport_pirate
Nov. 7th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
What a trove those letters from your grandfather must be. Very cool.
wahcrysob
Nov. 7th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
Please, as a history major, I beg of you: Get those letters scanned, preferably with OCR so that they can be preserved. Personal letters though they are, there's no telling how many historians could make use of them one day. The things he probably had to say about the war alone could prove invaluable, not to metnion pre-war Russia and the Cold War. To have such a thing in my own life would make me ecstatic. To have interesting relatives would make me ecstatic!

And congratualtions onthe book as well, it sounds quite interesting!
open_design
Nov. 7th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea; it means I can also share a copy with my sister and the nieces.

Alas, there are no letters from the war or pre-war period. My grandfather lived in Poland (ruled by Russia for part of his lift), and any letters from that time are lost.
mckitterick
Nov. 7th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
1. WOW! That's perhaps the coolest thing anyone could inherit.

2. YAY! You rock big boo-tay. Sounds like a really cool book. I'm both jealous and super-excited for you!

3. I'm diggin' that series very much.

With a day like today, don't expect anything but junk mail for a few years *g*
miketo
Nov. 7th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
I second the comment about getting the letters professionally scanned. A friend of mine's dad is hand-typing letters from an officer in the 101st from WWII, and getting the info onto a somewhat more permanent medium would be another level of "backup" to irreplaceable historical documents.

Many, many gratz on the anthology, Wolf! It must feel incredibly good!
brainstormfront
Nov. 7th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
Congrats on all that (well, not the crappy weather, but you know what I mean...).

Why the ding-dong does Amazon have a 1-2 week delay on this Beowulf book of your already? It's in the pipeline and released, right? Otherwise it would say pre-order. Hm. May have to go to Schuler's today and hunt for this......

SES
trentc
Nov. 7th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
FYI, There's an error in the Universal Key article.

It refers to your adventure "The Clockwork Fortress" as being in Dungeon #114, when it's actually in Dungeon #126. (I have both of those issues.)

I don't know if the error was yours or theirs, but I give you the benefit of the doubt of knowing what issues your adventures appear in...
open_design
Nov. 7th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Doh! I think the error may have been mine. I was thinking of "Raiders of the Black Ice", most likely.

Thanks for mentioning it; I'll see if they can fix.
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