WOSSNAME -- NOVEMBER 2002 -- PART 3 OF 4 (continued)
- WOSSNAME -- NOVEMBER 2002 -- PART 3 OF 4 (continued)
KFL MEETS AROUND THE WORLD:
7) MELMEET: Hallowe'enMeet aka Dru's BirthdayMeet
Date: 3rd November 2002
Venues: Shark Fin Inn, assorted bookshops, Hania's house
In attendance: Dru, Steven, Bek, Matt, Hania, plus Lora by SMS again
(getting worried about that girl)
Originally this was meant to be Dru's birthday lunch, since she's now
lived through 50 Hallowe'ens, but it seemed like a good opportunity to
introduce Hania to Melmeets. Hania is our newest, but possibly most
experienced, professor of Experimental Corsetry; if there is ever a film
made about the adventures of Nanny Ogg as a young woman, Hania is a
shoo-in for the part.
We started at the famous Shark Fin Inn restaurant with a Yum Cha
banquet of wizzardly proportions and duration (NB: we keep *meaning* to
explore Nanny Ogg's Cookbook, but those Kentucky Fried Tentacles in
Chinatown are just too distracting so far). In between stuffing our faces
and groping the waiters, we exchanged Discworld stories, dissed Josh
Kirbymayherestinpeace, praised Paul Kidby, talked about Buffy and Angel (of
course) and sent rude text messages to the tentacle-fearing Lora.
Eventually we were thrown out, erm, left the restaurant and most of us
went for a wander to Minotaur and other shops while Hania raced home to
evict the various gnolls, gnomes and pictsies from her abode and rouse
her S/O Doctor Michael from his crypt. Joining them there, we had a fine
afternoon that included yet another round of Wyrdest Link, possibly won
by Steven, a bit of a jam session, and Blackadder and Buffy videos.
Then Dru was treated to a birthday foot spa and massage. And as this is a
family list, no, you really, really, really don't want to hear about it.
Really. Trust me on this.
Finally, pizza was sent for, the kind that Gimlet's would be proud to take
the blame for, and the happy participants faded into the night.
-- Drusilla D'Afanguin.
8) ADMEET: Chilli Beer Meet
Date: 9th November 2002
Venue: Andrew's abode, Adelaide, South Australia
In attendance: Looming Andrew and SuperDtM...
otherwise known as Andrew Hood and Dan Lato
Time: Just after 2pm.
And so it came to pass, that after all this time there
was finally another AdMeet. Being that our numbers are
so sparse down here in the south central piece of
XXXX, it was no small achievement in itself.
So I set off from home about quarter past one headed
for Andrew's place.
Only problem was, I left my street directory behind,
and managed to take a wrong turn...*not* at
Albequerque...and get myself lost. However, using my
supreme navigator skills -- okay, it was sheer luck -- I
managed to get back on the right track and find my
I was introduced to Andrew's lovely family and we sat
out the back under the shade on a perfect afternoon
for shooting the breeze. Not only shooting the breeze,
but also trying each other's home brew. (Sad to say
that Andrew's famous chilli beer was unavailable...but
under his excellent teachings I'm going to try and
brew my own!) Ahhhhh, it's good to be the king!
The beer was good and the conversation varied.
There was the usual discussion on how we got into
Pratchett, work, a short life story and of course beer
brewing stories and advice (most of the fine advice
coming from Andrew!)
Talked about our fav books...mine Mort...shocking
short term memory can't remember what Andrew's was.
(Ed: TOT) Talked about family and Pratchett...my wife
is a big fan...Andrew has tried to get his daughter into it.
It would have been quite easy to sit there all
evening...but I did have to drive and it was getting
on for tea time. So we bid farewell a little after four, promising
to plan the next Admeet where there would be a BBQ as
well as beer. We know how to have a Meet here in SA.
It was a lovely afternoon and we must do it again soon!
-- Dan Lato
9) MELMEET: Dianne-Free DianneMeet
Date: 13th November 2002
Venues: The Cafe With No Name, Minotaur, Australia on Collins Mall,
In attendance: Bek, Matt, Lora (in person! at last!), Dru, Steven
Nearly in attendance if she'd been patient: Dianne
We've been trying to organise a complete-with-Dianne MelMeet since
before I moved to Fourecks. Usually Dianne can't make it because she's
sustained credibility-straining but provable injuries or someone near to
her has done the same. This time there were no crises but she still failed
There was vague talk of a meet for this date, but by the morning of the
13th nothing was finalised; then Matt rang Dru and offered free transport,
so the meet was on. Dianne went to the cafe, well she says she did, at
the stroke of noon and waited until 12.15, then left. Bek, Matt and Dru
arrived at 12.15:30 and waited for a while, then ordered lunch. Just as we
were about to leave, Lora rang breathlessly to ask if we were still Doing
Lunch. We met at Minotaur (they must be used to us there:'Here comes that
bunch of tossers who thumb through all the Terry Pratchett and Buffy
books and hardly ever buy anything, oh well, at least they don't draw in
the margins'). Lora was finally revealed to Bek and Matt as a real person,
not just a disembodied set of excuses (as opposed to Dianne who is usually a
bodied set of excuses!). At Minotaur we discovered that Pterry would be
signing books there the following week, and that's the main reason this meet
was important - because it alerted everyone to the fact that there were
going to be TWO signings on the same street in the same afternoon!
Our next stop was Australia on Collins, a very upmarket mall where Bek
went shopping for odds and sods. If you ever come to Fourecks, and have
no lack of funds, this is a beautiful and friendly place.
Then it was on to Steven's office where Lora kept trying to press various
buttons controlling lights, power and probably every Hex in the room, and
Steven had to forcibly restrain her. He really enjoyed that part.
-- Drusilla D'Afanguin.
LETTERS FROM OUR READERS:
10) ANYBODY OUT THERE?
To the Editor:
I have subscriptions to both DWM and WOSSNAME in
hopes of connecting with someone in the USA. So far,
just one or two random e-mailers have been spotted in
DWM, and none in WOSSNAME. I fear that I may be
the only Discworld fan in my area of the country,(northeast);
and knowing that you are the communication hub for a
few groups, I thought that you might have some knowledge
as to WHERE THE HECK IS EVERYBODY?!?!?!?!?
-- Renee Taylor
The good news is that there are hundreds of
Pratchett fans in your area. The bad news is
that I don't know who they are, since many
are on our mailing list as just e-mail addresses.
However, I will run your letter in the next issue
of WOSSNAME and some of them may write
11) TERRY'S CHARACTERS
To the Editor:
The thing I love about Pterry is the way he seamlessly combines great
writing and great storytelling. His dialogue flows, his characters seem
as real as real can get despite being vehicles for satire,
Reply to Dru:
You reckon? They are smarter than your average bear, but I actually
think that the longer Pterry goes on, the more binary his characters
become : Rincewind (and the wizards) become more the reluctant hero
than the lucky idiot. Vimes is more the hard jawed stereotype NY cop
than the tortured alcoholic fool with a sense of duty he might have been.
The underlying murderous ambition of the wizards is gone. The Patrician
has kept his cynical viewpoint, but has developed a compassion that
belies the snakepits of earlier novels.
I'm gonna commit list suicide and suggest that Pterry has lost his edge
as far as characters go. Plotwise, I was starting to think that, but
Thief of Time proved me wrong, he excelled his recent efforts in a big
way. But he has too much affection for his characters now, and unless
he knows they are the 'baddie' he is too affectionate.
Reply to Jase:
I think you may possibly stand pretty much alone on this, Jase. There's
no "right" or "wrong" to it, just a certain quality of aloneness :-)
It's that very quality of affection for his characters that makes the
sparkle, for me. Much as I loved the earlier novels, I felt that most of
the characters were very one-dimensional, mere shells for delivery of jokes.
For example, I detested Carrot at first - found him only useful as a
plot device - but now that Pterry has been exploring Carrot's
multilayered personality, I am slowly coming to like the guy (especially
after 5th Elephant). And I think Vimes did start out as a Dirty Harry
caricature but has become a very real person, full of deep passions
and deep contradictions. As for dear Havelock, his occasional showing
of less than superhuman qualities doesn't make him any less of a hottie
Reply to Jase:
I think he's redeemed himself a lot in this respect
in Night Watch. Certainly the villains are
particularly good (most notably Carcer and Swing),
but the Treacle Mine Rd Night Watch are all very
well done, as are the young versions of such
personages as Rosie Palm, the Agony Aunts and
Cruces. Although Vetinari is given yet another
sympathetic aspect to his personality, we get
another insight into his mind with his chosen mode
I must say, I loved Night Watch. Dru lent me her copy
(mostly because her, Steven and Miss Kitty couldnt get
my fingers lose) and I had read it twice by the time I
gave it back to Steven the following day.
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