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Midway through Darkside--hit the place where the action begins to get heavy.

Did an interview


So I'm pushing on with Darkside of the Sun, and making notes for the massive rewrite of Liere's first romance.

And over at Book View Cafe, where I have to come up with blog topics every two weeks (I've already done over two hundred of them, so it's begun to feel a bit like scraping the inside of my head) I typed up the notes from last year's presentation at Sirens on fan language. Unfortunately,this is just the notes, I can't replicate the truly fun part--the skits people put together.


Dark Side of the Sun

Ripped ten thousand words out of the ms, and it felt so good. That enabled me to put the messy middle into some kind of order so I can tackle it (the first third and last third staying in place, but getting expanded)

This is the last of the ones I have to dovetail in stuff I wrote as a teen--it's the last one before the teens start to grow up.

Weird feeling, coming at the story from this end.


It was mentioned on Goodreads that a lot was cut from The Spy for marketing reasons (such as connections to other stories) and I was wondering if the Book View Cafe version has some of that back in it?

And are there any changes to The Trouble With Kings in the Book View Cafe edition?
Hello, I've been a lurker on these boards for years, but I'm finally coming out of the woodwork!

After talking up Crown Duel to my sister for oh, the last dozen years or so, she finally got her hands on a copy...of the 1997 Wren's World versions of Crown Duel and Court Duel (they are, admittedly, beautiful covers and in hardback!). I was thrilled to hear that she adored them, especially coming to the world "late" as a twenty-something as opposed to the early teenager that I was when I first fell in love with it, and with a lot of hype attached. That said, I recalled at least one crucial difference between the first version and what's now the canonized version, and I wondered if there were others worth noting. I expect that place names might have been changed, and other "trappings" tailored to fit Wren's World rather than S-D, but were there major ones beyond

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The rainy day scene where Flauvic and Meliara have that spark of attraction in his residence, and Meliara chooses not to pursue it?

I know this is mentioned in Beauty, and therefore important for reasons of continuity, but it has importance (I certainly think) in the immediate context as well.

I'm more than willing to "suffer" for a cause and make a catalog myself (darn, reading in addition to my annual romp though Crown Duel? Twist my arm!), but since I don't have access to my sister's copies at the moment, I was hoping the community could fill me in for now!

Vidanric extras

I was thinking of reading Crown Duel again. I haven't read the ebook edition yet. It has those extra Vidanric point of view chapters. How do I read them? Can you tell me with which chapters the Vidanric ones coincide with so I can read it while in the story instead of reading them as extras at the end of the book.

ESCAPE --- Chapter ?
CANDLESTICK --- Chapter ?
THE EVIDENCE --- Chapter ?
THE WAGER --- Chapter ?

Worldbuilders offer:

This year's offer is to personalize one of my books any way you like. More details over at Pat Rothfuss's blog.

This can also mean writing a missing chapter or scene from any book, on a prompt.


Thoughts on Rereading Once a Princess

  So, last Saturday I had some free time and sat down with Once a Princess to reread it. Doing so, I suddenly noticed so much more I had not seen before and wanted to share my thoughts. So here they are, in no particular order - as always, I welcome any comments!
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That's all for now, I think. I had another long part about certain tropes in Sherwood's books and the importance of trust, but I'll save that for later. Again, any feedback is very welcome!


Hello, fans of Sherwood Smith and especially Inda!

I posted about this on tumblr in the tiny Inda tag, but I thought there may be more chance of viewing here... I have created a TVTropes page for the Inda series!

If you are not familiar with the concept, TVTropes is a website that describes/catalogues the 'tropes' present in a series - the conventions, devices, narrative elements, and so on that show up in different works of fiction. It can be a way of organizing and displaying a wealth of information about a series and, through linking to the main series' page in the corresponding Trope Example pages, even a way to spread interest in the series. Which is of course why I've made the page because the fact that the Inda fandom is so quiet is a constant source of sadness for me.

So this is an invitation to anyone here to add what they want to the pages. The character pages especially are rather sparse! You do need to make an account at TVtropes to make changes to pages, but it's free and simple to do so. For whoever's curious, I'm also considering making a Sartorias Deles and possibly even a Sherwood Smith index page, since there is already a Crown Duel page and I hope to make one for Banner of the Damned when I've done more with the Inda ones. That might mean a reorganization of character pages and indices but that doesn't mean there can't be more tropes added to the individual characters before then!

Anyway check it out! And STAY STRONG FANDOM.


Once a Princess / Twice a Prince

Dear Sherwood,

I am excited about the news that you are planning a revised edition of Once a Princess /Twice a Prince (as I read on your homepage). So here are my questions: Where will it be published, at bookviewcafe? Will there be a print version? And especially: Under which title? I suppose OaP/TaP as title(s) only works well with two volumes, so I am wondering.


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