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this odd-numbered day, "Damsel's Distress Day!"]
The second issue of Scribal Tales is ready to be read
and reviewed by our vast audience. That's right, I said, "vast
audience." We've had 568 "hits" since we opened
84 days ago. Time is on our side.
First, a wonderful round of: "Three Cheers for 'Aunt'
Tick!". "Aunt Tick" Volberg is our great "Silent
Reader." She is rarely silent in real life, by the way,
but Aunt Tick reads all our stories, and sends me her thought
and comments, but prefers not to make herself known. However,
she recently celebrated a milestone birthday, celebrated at
"Castle Von Volberg" and attended by all those who
love her on February 6, 2004. Scribal Tales wants to acknowledge
a wonderful and grand lady and wishes her 50 more of these
Here is what you can expect to see when you go to Scribaltales.com:
Fantasy Tales & Odan's
World: My newest character, Ebon Grupe is introduced.
Here you will find, I hope, a strange and interesting story
of a pivotal character in Odan's World and the Shared World
serialization. Ebon is dedicated to a great friend, and fellow
former scribe, Ira Dickstein. Those of you who know Ira might
just see some of his infamous traits. Part 2 of this chapter
is being prepared as we speak.
Horror Tales: A difficult concept
is brought to life by Susan Bross whose tale, "The Pedophile,"
appears in this issue. Susan is a colleague in Supreme Court,
New York County and a wonderful writer in both senses of the
word. After you read this tale, you'll never let your children
out of sight! Please drop Susan an email telling her how much
you enjoyed her work. Certainly her story will give you nightmares,
but then again, that's why her submission heads our Horror
Science Fiction: No
new stories have been submitted.
Hybrid Tales: No new stories
have been submitted.
Featured Writer: Our
"own" Janice Jackson. You will get a lot of personal
information about Janice (not to be confused with Janet) Jackson,
but you will learn a bit about a fine fantasy writer who will
oversee the shared world milieu. Look forward to her writing.
You will see how she sets the tone for many adventures.
Tristian's World: Michael
Battaglia's "baby" has no new additions to it, but
Michael has a wonderful excuse for this: He's employed! While
Michael is trying to find the time to start a new series for
our readers, be sure to read his column, The Pretentious Twit.
The Pretentious Twit:
Michael "Acid-Tongue" Battaglia reviews Rebecca
Gallant's wonderful tale, "Divine Hangover." Careful,
Michael, Rebecca, I have been told, is busy brewing a wonderful
new Internet virus - hmmm - wonder who she is going to experiment
The Map: No new additions to "The
Map." However, I have found an elven cartographer (to
be announced next month) who is preparing our fantasy world
map. If any writer has a "place" they would like
to name, which will be placed on the map, please provide a
description (300 words or less) of the area he or she wishes
to appear on the map. Remember that once you name a location
and it is placed on the map, it belongs to Scribal Tales forever
(Unless some Dragon God decides to destroy it!).
Archives: If you wish to see
any prior articles, please go to the Archives file. Our Web
Goddess (Rebecca Kemp) has rearranged its position and brought
it up to date.
Illustrations: No new illustrations but if any writer,
reader and/or artist wishes to submit a new illustration that
they wish to see posted to this section, email me with an
attachment. The heading should be "Scribal Tales Illustrations."
Resources: Of special note
on our Resources Page, should you ever need the spelling or
definition of a word while writing or reading, go there and
look for Search Master. Click on the link, I'm sure you will
find what you are looking for.
Our forum, "The Feathered Quill" has been getting
a number of well thought out ruminations - mostly mine - but
we are getting some traffic from others. It is a great place
to post your thoughts on anything that takes place on Scribal
Sign Up: Please take a
moment and sign up for e-mail alert notifications. You will
find this easy to use section at the bottom of the home page,
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you will be notified as things are developing on Scribal Tales.
Recommended Reading: Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara.
This is a wonderful fantasy tale by one of the great fantasy
writers of all time. It is perfect for younger readers and
I highly recommend it.
Terry-Ann and I hope to be attending Wrestlemania this
March 14th 2004 at Madison Square Garden. Talk about "Fantasy."
Writer's Deadline: March 15th, 2004 for any submissions
to Scribal Tales.
Acknowledgements: To Rebecca Gallant of Gallantry
Web Design (The Web Goddess) for all she does to keep
this site up and running, not to mention beautiful to behold.
Editor and Publisher of Scribal Tales
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