WOSSNAME -- SEPTEMBER 2005 -- PART 1 OF 5
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
SEPTEMBER 2006 (Volume 9, Issue 9)
Part 1 of 5 Sections
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1) WINTERSMITH -- ON SALE 9/26/06
2) UK WINTERSMITH SIGNING NEWS
3) INTERACTIVE ACTION ON THE BULLETIN BOARD FRONT
4) THE BREAD MUSEUM
5) AUSDWCON MELMEET REPORT:
WE DINE WITH NOBBY NOBBS...
6) MANCMEET UPCOMING ON 7 OCTOBER
7) UNSPEAKABLE VAULT OF DOOM
8) THE TURNWISE ALMANACK
9) THE PTERRY MEDIA NEWSROUND
10) MEET REPORTS
11) LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
12) SONG OF THE MONTH
13) YOUR MONTHLY HOROSCOPE
14) YOUR MONTHLY HOROSCOPE, CONTINUED
1) WINTERSMITH -- On Sale 9/26/06
New thrills await as witch-in-training Tiffany Aching and her six-inch-high,
sword-wielding, sheep-stealing allies face their most amazing adventure yet!
Order Your Copy Today!
WINTERSMITH will also be available as an Unabridged Audio CD.
AN AUTHORTRACKER EXCLUSIVE!
ENJOY A SNEAK PEEK OF WINTERSMITH.
TERRY PRATCHETT AND THE WEE FREE MEN ARE BACK!
An interview with Terry Pratchett offering insights on Tiffany Aching,
cheese, witchcraft, the Nac Mac Feegle, and much, much more!
TIFFANY ACHING HAS DECIDED SHE WANTS TO BE A WITCH
WHEN SHE GROWS UP. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN
YOU WERE TIFFANY'S AGE?
When I was Tiffany's age, I wanted to be an astronomer. I never
succeeded in my ambition, because astronomers have to be good
at math, and I've never been very good at math. I thought astronomy
was a really cool job, because you got to stay up late at night. But
I have to say I'm very pleased that now, because of the success
of my writing, I've built my own observatory.
TIFFANY READ THE DICTIONARY STRAIGHT THROUGH BECAUSE
NO ONE HAD TOLD HER SHE WASN'T SUPPOSED TO. DID YOU
EVER READ THE DICTIONARY STRAIGHT THROUGH?
Ha! Yes, I did it when I was a kid. I read dictionaries all the way through:
dictionaries, thesauruses, dictionaries of slang, all that sort of thing,
the sheer fun of doing it. I think I was a rather weird kid, to be frank.
TIFFANY IS ALSO AN EXPERT CHEESEMAKER. HAVE YOU EVER
Yep. Goat's cheese. We used to keep goats, which are really just like
sheep, but a lot more intelligent and much, much more bad-tempered.
I was pretty good at goat cheese, I have to say. I could make goat
cheese again if someone wanted me to.
THE LANDSCAPE TIFFANY GREW UP IN IS CLEARLY BASED ON
THE ENGLISH CHALK COUNTRY. YOU'VE SAID THERE IS
AMAZINGLY LITTLE YOU HAD TO MAKE UP ABOUT HER HOME.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS PART OF ENGLAND?
A large area of southern England is on the chalk; in fact, the White Cliffs
of Dover are chalk. I live on the chalk, about twelve miles from Stonehenge.
I even own about forty acres of the chalk. You always see sheep on the
chalk, it tends to be very high country, and you don't see too many trees.
It's really the center of all our mythologies in England. There's Stonehenge
there, and strange ancient carvings, and the burial mounds of dead
chieftains. Back in the days when the valleys were just all flooded and
swampy, the chalk uplands were how people moved around, and, in the
heart of it all, was Stonehenge.
IS TIFFANY'S FAMILY IN ANY WAY BASED ON YOUR OWN?
Well, I grew up on the chalk. I was born in the Chiltern Hills, which is
another chalk outcrop. And a lot of the things that Tiffany thinks and
sees, in fact, I thought and saw when I was her age; a lot of the way
Tiffany comprehends the landscape is based on my own experiences.
I don't come from a farming family, but I spent a lot of time among
farmers and their families when I was a kid. I'm the actual archetypal
example of an only child, so I had plenty of time to myself. My
paternal grandmother has a very special place in my heart, just as Tiffany's
grandmother, does, because when I was a kid I was allowed to read from
her bookshelf. It was a very short bookshelf, but it contained every book
you really ought to read, like the complete short stories of H. G. Wells,
and the complete short stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I just worked
my way along my granny's bookshelf and didn't realize that I was getting
IN TIFFANY'S WORLD, BEING A WITCH MEANS, IN PART, TO HAVE
CERTAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. HOW DID YOU DECIDE
TO INCLUDE THESE OBLIGATIONS AS PART OF YOUR DEFINITION
Certainly witchcraft for Tiffany has very little to do with magic as people
generally understand it. It has an awful lot to do with taking
for yourself and taking responsibility also for the less able people and, up
to a certain point, guarding your society. This is based on how witchcraft
really was, I suspect. The witch was the village herbalist, the midwife, the
person who knew things. She would sit up with the dying, lay out the
corpses, deliver the newborn. Witches tended to be needed when human
beings were meeting the dangerous edges of their lives, the places where
there is no map. They don't mess around with tinkly spells; they get their
AND THEN THERE ARE THE NAC MAC FEEGLE. THEY'RE THE
MOST FEARED OF ALL THE FAIRY RACES, AND YET THEY'RE
ALSO LOYAL, STRONG, AND VERY FUNNY. HOW DID YOU COME
UP WITH THE NAC MAC FEEGLE?
I thought it very strange, and very sad that the fairy kingdom largely
appears to be English. I thought it was time for some regional
representation. And the Nac Mac Feegle are, well, they're like tiny
little Scottish Smurfs who have seen Braveheart altogether too many
times. They speak a mixture of Gaelic, Old Scots, Glaswegian and
gibberish. And they're extremely brave, and they're extremely small,
and extremely strong, and there's hundreds and hundreds of them,
and they just are automatically funny. You can't help but love them,
at a distance.
WHAT HAPPENS TO GET YOU TO SIT DOWN AT YOUR DESK
AND WRITE THE OPENING WORDS OF A NEW NOVEL?
I'm not sure. I start with a handful of semiformed ideas and play
around with them until they seem to make some sense. Actually
typing is important to me --it kind of tricks my brain into gear.
I've got a pack-rat mind, like most writers, and once I starting thinking
hard about a new project all kinds of odd facts and recollections shuffle
forward to get a place on the bus.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE A STORY IS GOING WHEN YOU START
WRITING, OR DO YOU LET THE STORY TAKE CONTROL AND SEE
WHERE IT TAKES YOU?
This answer deserves one sentence or an essay! I'll try to summarize
it like this: writing, for me, is a little like wood carving. You find the
lump of tree (the big central theme that gets you started) and you start
cutting the shape that you think you want it to be. But you find, if you
do it right, that the wood has a grain of its own (characters develop and
present new insights, concentrated thinking about the story opens new
avenues). If you're sensible, you work with the grain and, if you come
across a knot hole, you incorporate that into the design. This is not the
same as "making it up as you go along"; it's a very careful process of
THE FANTASY GENRE IS OFTEN THOUGHT OF AS ESCAPISM,
BUT IS IT ESCAPISM WITH A FIRM ROOT IN REALITY?
Fantasy IS escapism, but wait...why is this wrong? What are you
escaping from, and where are you escaping to? Is the story opening
windows or slamming doors? The British author G. K. Chesterton
summarized the role of fantasy very well. He said its purpose was to
take the everyday, commonplace world and lift it up and turn it around
and show it to us from a different perspective, so that once again we
see it for the first time and realize how marvelous it is. Fantasy --
the ability to envisage this world in many different ways --is one of
the skills that makes us human.
YOUR DISCWORLD NOVELS ARE FANTASTICALLY SUCCESSFUL.
NOW YOU'RE WRITING DISCWORLD NOVELS SPECIFICALLY
FOR YOUNGER READERS. WHY?
I think my heart has always been in writing for children. My first book
was written for children, and a few years ago I realized that if I wrote
a few books for younger readers I could approach Discworld in a different
way. There's a lot of difference between writing for children and writing
for adults, and it's almost impossible to tell you what it is, but I know it
when I'm doing it. You have more fun, and I have to say, it's a little
bit harder, especially if you do it right.
2) UK WINTERSMITH SIGNING NEWS
Terry Pratchett's signing session at the Guildhall in Winchester,
during the Wessex Festival, is now confirmed for Saturday 25th
November from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will be ticketed.
Details of how to obtain the *free* tickets will be available at:
on, or shortly after, 1st October 2006.
3) INTERACTIVE ACTION ON THE BULLETIN BOARD FRONT
by Annie Mac
For your enjoyment, here are two links of interest from the Terry
Pratchett Books discussion board. This one is about the official
Hogfather (film) site:
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4) THE BREAD MUSEUM
Muzei Khleba (Bread Museum)
Ligovskii Prospekt 73
St Petersburg, Russia
Ligovskii Prospekt or Mayakovskaia
If you think you can manage to climb the thirteen flights
of stairs which lead to this unique place, do. And don’t be put
off by the stark entrance. Pay the minuscule fee and discover
the incredible history of bread in St Petersburg and, for that
matter, in the rest of Russia. It's the closest thing to the
Dwarf Bread Museum on Roundworld
One sizable room divided into various sections shows the rise
and fall of this humble product over time. From the early days
when bread was plentiful and eaten at a beautifully set table
with jam and tea, to the dark era of Communism and more
specifically World War II - there are samples of a rock loaf
which people ate in order to survive, and the coupons they
used to purchase it. A series of photos paint a frightfully clear
picture of what life was like in wartime St Petersburg.
9a-5p Tu-F, 11a-3p Sa
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