WOSSNAME - DECEMBER 2007 -- PART 1 OF 3
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
December 2007 (Volume 10, Issue 12)
WOSSNAME is a FREE publication for members of the
worldwide Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates,
including the North American Discworld Society and other
continental groups. Are you a member? Yes, if you sent in
your name, country and e-mail address. Are there any dues? No. As a
member of the Klatchian Foreign Legion, you'd only forget them...
Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
Editor Emeritus (retd): Joseph Schaumburger
News Editor: T.F. (Tiff) Peasey
Staff Writers: Asti Osborn, Paul Blake, Steven D'Aprano
Convention Reporters: Mithtrethth Hania Ogg et al
Staff Technomancer: Jason Parlevliet
Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
Puzzle Editor: incognito
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
DW Horoscope: Lady Anaemia Asterisk
Emergency Staff: Jason Parlevliet, Nathan Clissold, Dylan Williams
Art Director: Rhett Pennell
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano
Copyright 2007 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
====Part 1 -- ALL THE NEWS AT HOGSWATCHTIME
1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
3) (RE)BROADCAST NEWS
4) NADWCON NEWS
5) DWCON 2008 - NOW, THE T-SHIRT
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS, CONTEST, AND...
6) MAKING MONEY: A WASHINGTON POST FAVOURITE
7) ACTION REPLAY: PTERRY IN CAMBRIDGE
8) PTERRY IN ITALY
9) UNOFFICIAL COMPANION CONTEST
10) THE CLACKS LOG OF...
11) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
====Part 3 -- HOROSCOPE, CONTINUED, AND CLOSE
12) HOROSCOPE, CONTINUED
1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Susan had never hung up a stocking. She'd never looked for eggs
laid by the Soul Cake Duck. She'd never put a tooth under her pillow
in the serious expectation that a dentally inclined fairy would turn
"It wasn't that her parents didn't believe in such things. They
didn't *need* to believe in them. They knew they existed. They just
wished they didn't."
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
Well. Another year, another Hogswatch. It's been an eventful year,
stretching from the success of the Hogfather miniseries last holiday
season to casting and ongoing filming of The Colour of Magic to the
release and success of Making Money to the earth-shattering news of
Pterry's illness, and here we are again trotting out the mistletoe
and the vintage scumble and gathering to celebrate various
year's-end holidays and toast the coming new year in the hopes that
it will bring even more good things and fewer bad ones.
It's been an eventful year for me as well...especially the second
half of it, since the editorship of WOSSNAME got unexpectedly
dropped in my lap. Organising the monthly issues pretty much
singlehandedly has been a learning experience, to put it mildly, and
once again I extend my heartfelt thanks to all the many readers who
have sent messages of encouragement, and the various contributors
who have sent in news and essays and generally made my job more
I'd like to drop a respectful and affectionate curtsey -- like
witches, editors never bow -- to our esteemed retired editor and
WOSSNAME founder Joe Schaumburger. May he have many happy
Hogswatches yet, and may his heart not attack him over the festive
All the best and HAPPY HOGSWATCH!
-- Annie Mac, Editor
3) HOGFATHER AND JOHNNY REBROADCASTS
HOGFATHER U.K. REBROADCAST
A reminder for UK viewers: Sky 1 and HD (channels 106 and 175) will
be showing Hogfather on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 8.00pm.
JOHNNY AND THE BOMB U.K. REBROADCAST
For anyone in the U.K. who hasn't seen it, or would like to see it
again, the BBC television dramatisation of 'Johnny and the Bomb' is
being shown on CBBC on Thursday 3 January 2008 from 16:00 to 17:50.
4) NADWCON NEWS
From the NADWCON team:
Terry has been in touch with us and is still looking forward to
attending our convention in 2009. We will be working with Terry and
his assistant, Rob Wilkins, to make that happen and accommodate
Terry as needed. As with all of you, we hope for the best for
Terry's health and our thoughts are with Terry and his family.
-- North American Discworld Convention Update --
I'd like to thank all of you who have bought your memberships for
the 2009 North American Discworld Convention since sales went live
in mid-November. We've been very pleased and excited with the
response so far. The initial membership rate is good until the end
In the meantime, we've been busily cross-promoting this event at
other conventions around the country. We've sent the new flyers to
several conventions, and also held a room party at LosCon 34 in Los
Angeles, where we met a lot of fans and sold some memberships. We're
putting together a list of the conventions coming up where we plan
to promote our convention and we'll be looking for help getting the
word out at them, especially at the WorldCon in Denver. Expect to
see the initial requests early in the year.
Speaking of help and appreciation, I also wanted to send some thank-
yous to the many people who have helped us get up and running since
the first North American Discworld Convention was initially proposed
First of all, we'd like to thank Terry Pratchett, who has been very
supportive. Terry's assistant, Rob Wilkins, and Terry's U.S. editor
at HarperCollins, Jennifer Brehl, have both provided a great deal of
help and advice. Terry's agent Colin Smythe and Bernard "The Cunning
Artificer" Pearson have both offered information and assistance from
the earliest days of this effort, as have many committee members and
staff, both past and present, from the UK Discworld Conventions
which were our inspiration. We'd also like to thank Discworld
Monthly and the WOSSNAME newsletters for getting the word out
directly to the fans every month.
We've had a lot of people posting online about the convention, too,
including our guests Diane Duane and Peter Morwood as well as sites
such as Slice of Scifi and SFScope. Last but not least, we've
received a flood of support and volunteer offers from fans. We
really appreciate everyone's kindness, patience, and generosity.
We couldn't have come this far without you!
-- Website Message Board --
We have set up a message board linked to the main website to give
all of us a place to talk about the convention in addition to the
Livejournal community. Once you sign up, please introduce yourself
and join in the discussions. This is a great place for you to ask
questions, make suggestions, and meet other fans who plan to attend.
-- Hotel Update --
For those of you who have been attempting to book a hotel room, the
Tempe Mission Palms has informed us that it will be a couple of
months before their computer system is ready to accept convention
reservations. They're currently focused on handling all of the fans
coming in for the two college football bowl games at the end of
this month, and some little game called the "Super Bowl" in early
February. We'll keep checking with them and make sure you know when
they can start booking rooms.
-- Glendale, Arizona Meetup with Southwest Costumers Guild --
Discworld fans in the Phoenix area are invited to participate in the
Southwest Costumers Guild meetup on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5:00 pm in
Glendale, Arizona. We will be meeting at the Subway sandwich shop on
the southeast corner of 58th Avenue and Glendale, then proceeding to
walk through the Glendale Glitters street fair, which runs from 6:00
pm to 10:00 pm. Members of the SWCG will most likely be wearing
various costumes to promote the Guild, but while costumes are
encouraged, they're definitely not required.
Although this is a SWCG meetup, several Discworld fans are already
due to attend. Randall Whitlock (our NADWCon Maskerade director) and
Anna Caggiano (our Guest Liaison/HarperCollins Liaison) will be
attending, and some local TerryPratchettBooks.com message board
members already plan to be there.
The Southwest Costumers Guild is a great resource for costume help
and information, so if you plan to make a costume for the NADWCon,
the Guildsters are some very useful folks to know. For more
information about the Southwest Costumers Guild, see their website:
For more information about Glendale Glitters, see:
We hope to see you there.
2009 North American Discworld Convention
5) DWCON 2008: GO THERE, DO THAT, WEAR THE T-SHIRT!
From Karen at L-Space:
As you know the theme of the next DWCon is 'The History Monks' and
it is not just a random choice... We get to play with space and
time and images in whole new ways. Just watch out for those
pictures and logos and slogans over the months to come.
Much has to be cunningly organised, wrought and crafted in the
building of the event. Memorable artworks, scintillating guests,
delightful delegates and of course in the finest of traditions I'm
happy to say:
WE HAZ A MERCHANDIZE!
The item in question is Ye Traditional Conne T-Shirt in the initial
line drawing version of the Convention image of The Baby Abbot on
the front and the Convention title and dates on the back.
This is a special Pre-Con T-Shirt and so is a strictly limited
edition. A number were snapped up by enthusiastic fans after seeing
them modelled by our supermodel committee members at the Wincanton
event last weekend. The remaining allocation are now being offered
on a first come first served basis.
WOT IT LOOKZ LIKE?
I point you, ladies, gentleman and the alternatively alive to our
Supermodel Ian, showing our new creation.
When Ian started the job of Vice Chairman he was 89, wheezing and
looking for a life. Now with the aid of Con T-Shirt you see the
young and vigorous Chair of Vice, making the most of the adoration
of the masses.
We have a small number of the run available for delivery now, the
rest are due for delivery shortly after Christmas. Orders accepted
and paid for by Wednesday 12th December will be dispatched by
Friday 14th December, First Class. This should be in time for UK
addresses before Christmas. Postage to UK addresses will be £2,
international rates will be supplied on request. Sizes are:
We may still be able to ask for some of the second half of the
order to be produced in 'slim fit' style. Please mention this
when ordering. We only have L and XL available for delivery before
Christmas. Price for all sizes is £10.
I MUST HAZ - PLIZ GIMME!
Please email info@... stating sizes needed and name and
address. We can accept payment by Paypal. Price per t-shirt is £10,
If you are happy to wait until after Christmas please say, this will
enable us to send the stock to those who need them for the Prime
Gifting Season. They would also make natty birthday presents for
those Winter birthdays or even Valentine's day (bundled with
tickets for a romantic Con weekend for two?)
End of Part 1, continued on Part 2 of 3.
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