WOSSNAME -- DECEMBER 2008 -- PART 2 OF 4 (continued)
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS...
9) CONVENTION NEWS
10) MICRO ART STUDIO DISCWORLD FIGURINES UPDATE
11) PRATCHETT: A WEAPON IN THE WAR ON BAD GRAMMAR
12) FOLKLORE OF DISCWORLD DVD GIVEAWAY
13) ONLINE REVIEW OF SMALL GODS
14) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
15) REVIEW: THE TURTLE MOVES!
16) MR PIN FOUND...IN A POTATO
17) A DISCWORLD DIRECTOR'S LEARNING CURVE
18) ABP BITS
9) CONVENTION NEWS
9.1 THE DWCON DVD COMETH
"The anniversary DVD, first made available to Convention members at
the event, is now available for sale online. I do apologise for the
delay in making this service available: the original price will now
not change this year. This means that the DVD will be available at
£10 plus postage and packing. There will be no price rise before
"It may take 5 days to process online orders, so the latest that a
UK resident could make an order and confidently hope to take
delivery before Christmas would be 10th December. For other
destinations, orders would have to be made on or before 8th December
to have a reasonable chance of arriving before Christmas.
"DVDs will begin shipping on 8th December. UK residents who made
orders at the convention should receive their DVDs in that calendar
week (i.e. by 13th December).
"Please note that the DWCon web site will be undergoing maintenance
at some point during the final days of the year, so online sales may
be disrupted from December 20th onwards."
9.2 GERMAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION 2009
...or, as it's called in Germany, Scheibenwelt-Fest! Convention
organiser Jens Kleine writes:
The German Discworld Convention 2009 will take place at Castle
Bilstein from August the 14th to the 16th. The festival will be
Unseen University themed. Registration and more information can be
found in form of a bilingual wiki at:
Ideas, suggestions, workshop instructors and helpers are always
welcome! Surprise presents for early registrations!
9.3 AUSTRALIAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION 2009
Nullus Anxietas 2: The Second Australian Discworld Convention will
take place from February 27 to March 1 2009 in Melbourne at Storey
Hall, RMIT, 342 Swanston Street.
For more information, ticket prices, etc, go to:
To join the AusDWcon mailing list:
[Editor's note: Bring a cushion. I can tell you from personal
experience that the seats at Storey Hall can be torture!]
10) MORE DISCWORLD FIGURINES ON THE WAY
Sculptor Kul Asyrk has posted photos of the greens for three new
Discworld miniatures: Susan Sto Helit, Nobby Nobbs and The Luggage:
These will eventually join the Micro Art Studio Discworld figurines
collection, as featured here recently:
11) BEWARE THOSE MULTIPLE EXCLAMATION MARKS...
In Great Falls, Montana, Simms High School's English teacher Mike
Schwabenbauer is waging a war for the cause of good grammar, and
uses Terry Pratchett's quotation about excessive exclamation marks
in his battles. Go Mike!
12) FOLKLORE OF DISCWORLD DVD GIVEAWAY
To celebrate the book release of The Folklore of Discworld, SciFi
Online have five DVD copies of The Folklore of Discworld up for
grabs. Answer the question and send in your details to enter the
13) ONLINE REVIEW OF SMALL GODS
Novelist Jay Lake:
"Brutha has one of the most amazing character arcs I've ever seen
in fiction. Regardless of what you think of Pratchett, fantasy or
humor in genre, this book is worth reading for the sake of studying
what Pratchett does with Brutha's transformation, and how he does
14) IMAGES OF THE MONTH: WONDERFUL DISCWORLD FANART
Some gems from the back catalogue of artist Lady Twatterby:
Mmm, Klatchian coffee:
Lu-Tze and his bonsai mountain:
The Chairman of the Bank and his pet Patrician:
Miss Treason and her skulls:
"Are you smiling, Vimes?":
Also, a post from Lady Twatterby's blog, containing an extract from
one of her Discworld fan-comics, plus some fine Discworld-based user
15) THE TURTLE MOVES! REVIEW
A review by John Enzinas
"On the plus side, as I said before he is very much a fan of the
series and is not ashamed to show it while still being willing to
point out things that he did not like. He also has some very
worthwhile things to say about the nature of the series and what we
can learn from it. His analysis is interesting and engaging and
definitely worth reading..."
16) MR PIN: FOUND?
...not to mention this being a humorously shaped vegetable -- and
apparently the world's heaviest potato:
The potato was grown in southern Lebanon. Read all about it:
17) DISCWORLD TOURIST GUIDE DIRECTOR'S LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Director Jon Amiel is supporting Directors Guild Trust Direct Access
Candidate Sarah Grohnert by providing her with the opportunity to
observe him at work on 'Creation', a biopic on the life of Charles
Darwin. Grohnert's work includes the Discworld Tourist Guides for
Sky, based on their adaptation of Terry Pratchett's 'The Colour of
Magic' and a host of commercials for The Mob Film Company, where she
was the company's first-ever woman director signed for commercials.
18) ABP BITS
REVIEW AND DISCUSSION OF WINTERSMITH
This was a review of the novel Wintersmith written by myself to a
member from the newsgroup in an e-mail a couple of months ago. He
recently asked me if I'd consider putting it up on abp...so here it
Tiffany seemed to lose all all the courage she had in the first two
novels as the strong, brave and independent minded "big wee hag" who
ran around fighting evil monsters without needing anybody else's
help... except the feegles of course. She had now become the sweet
and innocent stereotyped Maiden-in-distress, simply awaiting her
strong, brave, hero (Roland) to come and rescue her.
She had suddenly become like a little kitten, now depending on other
witches to rescue her, such as Miss Treason at the beginning, mainly
Granny Weatherwax after her, who then, together with Nanny Ogg
protected and advised her 24 hours a day. Even Miss Tick and
Annagramma helped out to some extent!
I have to say, I simply fell in love with Roland in this story.
Although he was only 13, his courage, loyalty and love for his lady
seemed to astound me. How brave and romantic he was, and his
willingness to be a hero, a Knight in shining armour searching the
dark, spooky depths of the Netherworld for her.
I wasn't quite sure what the job of the Cornucopia was as a weapon
against the Wintersmith. At first I thought the Summer Lady had sent
it to Tiffany especially to kill him with... just in case she didn't
wake up in time to help her. It wasn't used for this purpose though
- it just made lots of chickens instead. Giggle, giggle! :-)
The Wintersmith only died after Tiffany kissed him at the end...
which made me curious as to why she didn't know this before and
destroy him earlier... and why on earth did she need Roland for in
the first place if she could kill the snowman herself?!
All in all though, it was a very pleasant and enjoyable read, but
just a little confusing at the end!
Thanks for reading
Not sure if you are looking for explanations, but at the end both
Winter has to be banished and Summer has to be summoned. Tiffany
and Roland needed to work together (but apart) to archive this.
The key to the kiss was first given when Granny moved the heat from
the tea cup so that it froze. (Important that the heat does not go
through you) *
Tiffany, with great courage because she knows the risk, takes this
shifting of heat to a much higher magnitude when she shifts the heat
of the bonfire to the drifts of snow. Tiffany, with great courage
because she knows the risk, takes this shifting of heat to a much
higher magnitude when she shifts the heat of the sun to the lips of
That's how she banishes him and that's why it could not have been
done earlier. She did not have the opportunity, did not know how
and the time was not right. Winter makes way for Summer. Without
Summer - Winter can never be truly banished, the Morris Men don't
come, and you get a grey cold year where crops fail and people
starve, followed by a Winter when they die.
*An IW for this skill is in CJ when Granny moves the heat of the
Vampires 'curse' into the Iron of the anvil. I will have to check
if there is a IW for Granny being able to move heat and pain before
-- Reader in Invisible Writings
Something similar takes place in Maskerade after Granny catches the
sword. There the pain and damage from the sword cuts are transfered
through time rather than space.
Possibly something similar takes place in Witches Abroad when Granny
thrusts her arm in the flame causing Mrs Gogol's voodoo doll to
burst into flames. The explanation for the doll bursting into
flames is that it is due to Mrs Gogol's belief in voodoo being
manipulated by Granny . However, that isn't enough to explain
why the flame doesn't injure Granny. She must be using some method
of transfering the heat and pain elsewhere.
 i.e. Mrs Gogol believes that any damage done to the doll will
affect Granny and Granny simply reverses the process.
Also in Maskerade, Granny moves the heat away from her body, after
eating Nanny's famous dessert at the lunch with Senor Basilica.
Afterwards, she holds a water jug (or something like that) and the
water starts boiling.
I thought there may be something is WS but then realised I was
getting the WS scene with the child and the cow interlinked with
the CJ scene with the woman and the baby "But first no pain" which
is an IW for the skill Tiffany learns and uses on the Baron. But
you have a point regarding the torch and the doll... Granny just
pushed to where Mrs Gogol was pulling.
The M! incident is much closer to what happens in CJ as it is heat
in the body shifted to else where - the WS trick is to shift is
from A to B via the body without getting incinerated! Just the
same, but more so!
-- Reader in Invisible Writings.
Splutter! Did you read the same book I did? Tiffany needs rescuing
at one point (when she's in the wintersmith's castle) and she
"She had suddenly become like a little kitten, now depending on
other witches to rescue her, such as Miss Treason at the beginning,
mainly Granny Weatherwax after her, who then, together with Nanny
Ogg protected and advised her 24 hours a day. Even Miss Tick and
Annagramma helped out to some extent!"
Ah, you didn't. In the one I read, Tiff helped Annagramma, not the
other way round, and Granny did her usual thing of helping her help
herself, rather than handing her the answers.
Roland, meanwhile, provided a deeply symbolic and undeniably
romantic gesture, which probably didn't actually make much
When I wrote "Annagramma helped to some extent", I was talking about
after she'd picked up Witchcraft from Tiffany and bought herself
several scary, fake, Witch-like jokey objects from Boffo's joke
shop. She didn't even know he was the Wintersmith at the time, all
she saw was Tiff arguing with a man, so she came out of miss
Treason's old cottage in a rage, and dressed as an ugly Boffo witch.
With her witches hat, green hair, warts on warts and bullying
tactics, she frightened him away immediately! Tiff was very
grateful, and they called it a truce.
Roland was asked to be a brave hero, a knight in shining armour for
his sweetheart. He had to get into the Netherworld by joining the
ferryman, Death, the last thing anybody would want to see on a
journey, on a trip across the ferry to find his next frightening
fate of finding and fighting those Bogles... with his eyes shut! He
then had to find and awaken the Summer Lady with a peck on the
cheek, when he ended up having to make the same trip all the way
back again with those Bogles and the ferryman before he finally got
the Summer Lady back again.
If he hadn't gotten her back again, then she couldn't have replaced
the Wintersmith after Tiff had kissed him. That's the part I was
confused about most. How she killed him with the kiss at that
moment, and why she didn't try it before.
I think others in the group are saying that Tiff killed the
Wintersmith by taking the heat from the Summer Lady who was standing
behind her at the time, and used that heat to kill him with it. I
obviously didn't know that before which is what left me confused at
the end, but if that is the case, might I thank those others as I
know that now. Also, if Roland hadn't gotten the Summer Lady out of
the Netherworld, then she would never have been there to have taken
the heat from in the first place, so Roland played a very important
role in waking her up!
BTW: thanks to everybody who explained the heat transfer death to
me, it seems to make everything fall to pieces now.
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