Monday, November 29, 2010
Last year, I achieved that goal and wrote Shadow Demon of Oz. This year, I focused on a series of short stories and such as my effort towards winning Nanowrimo.
As of today, November 29, 2010, I made it to 52,784 words!!!
Now, the editing begins amongst the holidays and such...
Monday, November 15, 2010
It's not the stuff that I find at these gatherings, nor the thrill of a winning bid, or even the fun of the Ringman, which I do on a regular basis.
No... it's the people I meet there, time and time again.
They bring a unique perspective and a passion that shows up in the oddest ways and is eerily similar to the passion that Oz imbues in folk.
In 4 days, I have lost two dear friends from the auction and it saddens me greatly.
John was one whom I knew from Prairie Creek Auctions in Vigo county, Indiana. He was in his mid-50's, suffered from Diabetes and had one leg. I loved him dearly and we had a running gag about him leaving his leg at home. His wife, who worked at KFC, would sometimes bring me a small container of mashed potatoes and gravy.
Hmmm.. Them's good mashed potatoes and gravy!!!
Betty was a kindly little old lady in her early 90's who attended Shadow Auction Barn here in town. She would come in a wheelchair and had a little slot in the seating across from the snack bar where she sat and bid on anything with roses on it... and fake plants.
That woman loved fake plants. Her front porch was a jungle of plastic leaves, flowers and branches.
If you've read my second book, Shadow Demon of Oz, you'll recognize her as one of the characters at the Umbra Auction Barn.
Both will be missed greatly by family, friends (myself included), and anyone who ever came across their paths.
The Shifting Sands welcome another pair of souls into Oz...
James C. Wallace II
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The other nice thing about this particular edition of the Wizard of Oz was that it was an unabridged edition, meaning that the Queen of the Field Mice, the Kalidahs, China Country and all the other unique aspects of Oz were not cut out for the sake of brevity and cost-cutting.
Revision: Serendipity intervened today and directed me towards Bill Campbell's The Oz Enthusiast blog site where he gave some great information about this particular volume.
Her Majesty, Princess Ozma is very pleased indeed!!!
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma