WOSSNAME -- AUGUST 2001 -- PART 2 OF 3 (continued)
3) THE BRIGGS REPORT
Just in case any of this (a) is of interest and (b) hasn't got to
you by some other route, here's some updates on stuff I'm involved
with. I'm happy to expand on any of it, if wanted:
Methuen has contracted for my stage versions of 'The Truth' and
'The Fifth Elephant'. Publication in the UK expected Feb 2002.
Oxford University Press is interested in a play version of 'The
Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents'. No further details as
I'm staging 'Interesting Times' in Abingdon (Oxon) on 20-24
November. Tickets go on sale 10 September. A couple of publishers
have shown vague interest in publishing that one, too, so I'm
keeping fingers crossed!
I'm due to start recording 'The Amazing Maurice..' for Isis
Publishing on 18 September.
Work's already under way for the 2003 diary - the (Reformed)
Now that 'The Last Hero' is imminent, I'll have to get to work on
the spin-off mission patch, plus a tie-in with the 2002 Diary (The
-- Stephen Briggs
LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
4) WORRIER PRINCESS SAYS WOOHOO!
WOOHOO!!! I have a place to live next year! Housing
assignment received for my great adventure into the
wilds of England!
So would ye of brit nationality/residence drop me a line
and tell me a bit about the place as a whole, given that
I don't know too much about it to begin with (my
education was good, I just have a mind like a
steel...thingie ), please?
And are we planning any meets for next year?
And does anyone know anything about Bristol?
Or have tips for me? Or want to reassure me?
Or want to talk to me in general? *meek* 
-- Jessie, meek student, worrier princess
 yes, I've decided that's a sound now. it's the
sound of a very quiet person suddenly getting
smaller but with the wide eyes remaining the
same size. the sound comes from the air
escaping from the rapidly shrinking lungs...
5) POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE OF KLATCH
I've been slogging through the last months messages
via the listbotyahooegroups website, and I recognised
almost every senders name. Have you been letting
the Vampires run the Office for Prospective Students
Anyway, I've finally pawned my last pair of underpants
to pay for my ticket back, so be afraid whichever newbie
is occupying room 666, because the Director of
Acronyms is on his way home.
I've spent many a night searching for a pub in
Howondaland to sell me a cold Mel's Bournian
Bitter, staggered drunkenly up the Champs
E'wossname singing Advance Fourecks Fair,
and crashed on every couch in Earl's Court Ankh
Morpork with the expat XXXXians. And I've come
to a conclusion :
There's no beer like home.
I'm on my way home. I've sent this express post
(i.e. the bloke I gave it to was riding a camel instead
of crawling desperately through the desert) so it
should beat me there. I'll expect a gala return...well
actually, I'll expect blank stares from the senile
senior staff and bewildered looks from the younger
staff who never noticed I was gone, but if there was
even a hearty welcome back that would be nice.
I guess the best I can hope for is a "Last
Login...Crikey, where the hell have you been???"
when I log into Hex.
I have plenty of souvenirs and iconographs to show
to the insomniacs, so keep an eye out for me
blasting fireballs at the back gate because I've
forgotten the password.
Director of Acronyms, BU Faculty of Technomancy
Leaver of Absents
All round nice bloke
Will be fondly remembered by...hey I'm not dead!
7) THIEF versus THE TRUTH
Hey there ... I'm new to this list. I've been a connoisseur
of the Great Pterry's literary masterpieces for about 4
years, and I've decided to get my arse into gear and join
-- Peta Enbom -"the_infinite_broccoli"
P.S. What does everyone think of the Thief of Time??
Hola, and welcome.
Don't worry if everything around here seems completely insane,
and you see all sorts of messages flying about - that's probably
a good day :)
Be prepared to defend yourself too -- this place is rife with
werewolves, vampires, fae creatures, penguins, trolls,
liches, tomb raiders, firehoses and 50 billion other things
I will have forgotten.
I thought Thief of Time was better than The Truth, actually - I
rather liked it.
-- arabel the stormcrow
7) OTTO VON CHRIEK
Hmm, I liked Thief of Time (that goes without saying, it's Pterry :)
but I think The Truth is much better. Otto von Chriek is just side-
splittingly funny (try reading out his dialogue aloud :) and I think
the metaphysics of Thief of Time kinda gets in the way of the story
and/or humour, which wasn't a problem in The Truth.
What does everyone else think?
-- David Hopkins
8) FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH FOUND
A while ago someone mentioned some of the characters
in pterry books sounding very similar to real people or
places. Last Sunday in the Melbourne Age crossword
there was a question who was the Spanish explorer Ponce
someone. Turned out to be Ponce de Leon.
Wasn't there some bloke looking for the fountain of youth
by the name of Ponce de someone? I think it might have
been Eric, but not sure. Another example of the great man
borrowing names and professions of real people?
Ummm. Having just re-read Eric, it was Ponce da Quirm
looking for the fountain of youth. He found it, and drank
from it, though he forgot to check the water quality.
It gave him youth, but the bugs in it killed him!
End of Part 2, says my computer -- continued on Part 3 of 3
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