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262WOSSNAME -- NOVEMBER 2005 -- Part 3 of 3

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  • Not A Granny
    Nov 30, 2005
      WOSSNAME -- NOVEMBER 2005 -- PART 3 OF 3 (continued)

      ====Part 3


      Terry Pratchett was the guest speaker at the Crime Writers'
      Association's 2005 Dagger Awards, held Tuesday, November 8th at The
      Brewery in London.

      While those unfamiliar with Terry's books might puzzle over the
      choice of a fantasy author for this honor, his crime-oriented "City
      Watch" Discworld subseries makes him a natural choice. Indeed, as
      an outspoken fan of Donald E.Westlake, Terry has long been a friend
      to the genre.

      The CWA's website notes that the ceremony "was one of the largest
      the CWA has ever held, with over 300 attendees." One wonders if the
      choice of guest of honor had anything to do with the unusually high
      turnout . . . .

      For more information about the CWA, including a list of winners and
      photographs from the awards luncheon, visit http://www.thecwa.co.uk/

      -- Anna M. Conina


      Name: The Oddity

      URL: http://odditysteel.topcities.com/theoddity/home.html

      Webmaster: oddity_steel@...

      Highlights: Discworld costume photographs

      Convention costuming often begins and ends with the Internet. As a
      source for images, sewing tips, documentation, collaborative
      brainstorming, and an appreciative audience, it's become as crucial
      to the modern arsenal as a sturdy sewing machine and a large roll of
      duct tape. Legions of Jedi compare notes on the cut of their robes
      while aspiring buccaneers debate the precise shape and color of the
      beads in Captain Jack's goatee. The enormous online presence of
      anime's cosplay community shows no sign of waning, but for sheer
      depth and scale, the amazing "Alley Cat Scratch" site is rivaled
      only by the _Lord of the Rings_ films it analyzes.

      While film costuming enjoys an embarrassment of riches, book-based
      costuming seldom finds such a warm welcome (with the notable
      exception of anything related to graphic novels). Despite the
      biennial conventions, the frequent Wincanton events, and the many,
      many settings where Terry's fans turn out disguised as denizens of
      Discworld, there are surprisingly few online resources designed for
      this segment of the costuming community. Fortunately, "The Oddity"
      represents a step towards remedying that sad state of affairs.

      Currently, the fledgling Discworld section serves primarily as a
      central archive for links to Discworld costume photos, nicely
      categorized and cross-referenced by major character groups: Feegles;
      Silver Horde; Death & co.; Watch; The UU; Witches; The Regiment;
      Ankh-Morpork; and Others. The selection of photos appears somewhat
      limited, but the webmaster is encouraging any and all submissions.
      There are even a few "how-to" hints, including links to construction
      notes for Death, Detritus, and Coalface courtesy of Valhalla Arms,
      plus a simple kilt suitable for a Feegle. The message board, though
      still mostly empty, has the potential to become an excellent place
      to exchange ideas about costumes-in-progress.

      While this new website represents only a bare-bones beginning, it's
      a promising one. I'd love to see the scope expand considerably,
      encompassing not only a healthy array of fan photos for inspiration,
      but possibly references to Paul Kidby's character art, descriptions
      of various characters' clothing and appearance summarized from the
      novels, and a well-indexed list of tutorials, tips, and tricks from
      costuming veterans. Of course, it can only do so if the Discworld
      costuming community pitches in and shares the benefit of its prior
      knowledge and experience. In case you somehow missed this huge,
      unsubtle hint:
      A site which focuses attention on Discworld costuming is indeed an
      "Oddity," but it is one we should wholeheartedly encourage and support.

      Sure, we all know about the glory that is lspace.org, but have you
      found a lesser-known Discworld website which deserves the world's
      attention? Email us at JSCHAUM111@... so we can profile it in
      an upcoming issue!

      -- Anna M. Conina


      As you may recall, due to hurricanes, floods, lightning
      bolts and attacks from the Dungeon Dimensions, last
      month's puzzle had to be held over till this month and
      here it is!

      It comes at a very appropriate time since the US has just
      celebrated its Thanksgiving holiday, and it is now the
      season for left-overs, anyway.


      Answer the questions and put the letter indicated into
      the spot shown. Read the letters backwards and find
      out the name of the dish favored by UU housekeeper
      Mrs. Whitlow as a handy snack for wizards around the
      dark time of the year.

      (Note: all spellings are from the 1999 Doubleday edition.)
      Example: Pratchett's first name -- 1st letter:
      ANSWER: Terry = T
      1. A special treat from the head of a famous Guild,
      these sweets he created are "to die for.
      (his last name, first letter)

      2. Invented by Mrs. Maisie Nobbs, mother of Nobby,
      this dish is one of his favorites. (first word, second letter)

      3. The soup from which all life evolved. (first word, first letter)

      4. A tasty fish dish in which no creosote need be used.
      (second word, first letter)

      5. The taste of Nanny's grandma's sparrow pie. (first letter)

      6. Purveyor of the renowned "Sausage Inna Bun."
      (fourth initial)

      7. A surprising soup made from a common fruit.
      (first word, second letter)

      8. A fiery hereditary recipe of the Ridcully family.
      (first name, first letter)

      9. Lady Sybil's classy meal for Commander Vimes
      (fourth word, fourth letter)

      10. Parts of deep sea blowfish safest to eat
      (second letter)

      11. Nanny Ogg's first name (fourth letter)

      __/__/__/__/__/__/__/__/__/__/__/ = wizards' dark time snack
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