Wow, I really enjoyed those ideas you came up with for Lego sets based on TGE. I was thinking that those are actually possible to make. For instance, there IS a rabbit piece to put on normal minifig heads:
It would look a bit odd, but it's doable. And you can custom-print Lego figures, but it might be a tad pricey. But for a cheaper option you could always just create locations from the books. And then enter them in Lego Ideas or a Lego conference! People make awesome LotR structures all the time, so a Green Ember model wouldn't be a bad idea.
Hi, I was wondering... Because this is a controvesial question I decided to ask you here instead of on the Ducktales wiki. What do you think of Violet having two dads? You don't have to answer if you don't want to.
The DuckTales wiki is probably a better place to ask it, actually, since that’s the wiki dedicated to the series.
I’m not thrilled by the choice; I don’t support homosexual relationships. I will say that at least in the first episode to feature the couple it’s at least handled somewhat tastefully. The two characters have no dialogue that makes things uncomfortable-or any dialogue at all that I remember-and any displays of affection seem mainly directed towards their wards Violet and Lena. You honestly wouldn’t even know they’re a couple except for a line of Lena’s and, of course, their matching “I’m with Dad” shirts.
Well, I happen to be one of the bureaucrats of that wiki, and I can assure you I would not ban you. So long as you express your feelings respectfully there is no reason not to express them. Granted, some users may react negatively, but your feelings are valid and you shouldn’t be afraid to express them. I for one will have your back over there, and I know there are other users who feel the same.
Thanks. I would like to work on the Ducktales wiki, but I already have a lot to do on projects and other wikis. Plus, I'm don't have any way of watching the show, except maybe I'll get Disney+, which has the first season.
Josiah Smith recently sent Peony and I an email about a video call S. D. Smith wants to do with us and the leaders of New Seddleton. They're currently thinking 11 am ET Wednesday (next week). How would that work for you?
I can forward the email to you, if you'd like, although I'd need your email address to do that. We could arrange a chat for the purpose of exchanging emails, if you like, for the sake of confidentiality.
Sorry to pop in here, but just letting you guys know that due to my personal aversion to video calls, I won’t be participating. If anything important/consequential comes up during the call, will y’all let me know?
Thanks for the notif, Kilmarnock! No, I haven't received any package yet either.
We'll miss you, Peony! I understand your aversion to video calls; as an introvert, I generally prefer written communication over face-to-face conversations. Generally, we introverts tend to be "writative" rather than "talkative". ;)
I think I can do a chat at 5:30. It all depends on how early we decide to leave church. My family is highly social and likes to stay the whole day. I think I'll bring my tablet with me, though, so if we do stay longer than I anticipate, it shouldn't be a problem.
Actually, I based the number of Citadel Lords on the number of recipients to LuvGreenEmber's email. (She sent an email to me notifying me that they were also participating.)
Monday, 12:00 pm CST could work for me, but I don't always have lunch break then (for us, lunch is anywhere from 12:00-2:45 depending on the day). Would 4:45-5:00 CST either today or tomorrow work for you two?
Again, another weird question here, but did S. D. Smith ask LuvGreenEmber and her co-leaders separately if they would like to do a video call? Or did you ask them after receiving the email, J.S.? I'm just curious because I saw that the email I received was sent only to me and you, no one else.
Well...apparently we don't need to do the chat anymore. It was going to be about a certain issue, but that issue got resolved (at least for the present), so we don't have to do it. So sorry for all the trouble! *hides* xD
Hey Peony, just giving you an update on the chat. Nothing major went down; it was just S. D. Smith, Josiah (though he didn't participate much) and a bunch of us chatting for an hour and a half. I think there was a link in the email where you could have joined by phone, since you mentioned an aversion to video calls. It was quite enjoyable; a bit unorganized perhaps, but fun. A few highlights:
S. D. Smith didn't have much to say about Gan, Shambler, and/or Seddle; they're among the references he refers to as "doors" that he likes to leave open for himself in the event he wants to do some more exploring in the world of the Green Ember later on. He compared it to times in the Bible where Paul mentions various people in his letters; of course several of us fans were quick to point out that it's something J.R.R. Tolkien would do as well.
Galt is officially confirmed to have gone off and found a community of rabbits who became the Terralains, only for Bleston to come along and corrupt their ideology with his own. An interesting note was that Tameth Seer was apparently part of Terralain society before Bleston arrived; he was not one of Bleston's Waywards.
On the matter of whether a bird, wolf, or dragon could be good and the absence of female representatives: S. D. Smith prefers to explore morality from the rabbit standpoint, and doesn't want to go into the character of the evil species. He did mention that a female bird will apparently be at least mentioned in Ember's End. Also the Dragons are officially komodo dragons.
S. D. Smith was quite warm and humble, and expressed the hope that, while we enjoy his books, we also see them as a step on our progression to greater light and good.
Those were my takeaways, anyway; you have anything to add @J.S. Clingman?
Seems like he gave a lot of good insight into the universe; I'll bet that was fun to hear. Sounds like y'all had a lot of fun, and it's good to know I could've joined by phone; I'll have to give that a shot next time. Thanks for the update!
I think you covered it pretty well, Kilmarnock (it was nice to meet you, by the way!). I did catch, though, that Andrew Mackay is Mr. Smith's brother-in-law, and Will Smith (map maker) is Josiah's and Sam's brother.
Yeah, Peony, it would be great if you could join us next time. The meeting went great for me until my tablet died 2/3 of the way through. I had to switch to my desktop, which didn't have a camera or microphone (hence my virtual absence the last 1/3 of the call, Kilmarnock). I'll be better prepared next time! ;)
I have also been doing well, Kilmarnock, thank you. :) My older brother's wedding was last Saturday, and I was an usher. It was a wonderful day, and a lot of friends and family came from hundreds of miles away to attend the celebration, so it was busy. Actually, things have been busy in general of late; I recently got my driver's license, and made my first application for a part-time job a couple weeks ago. So things look like they'll be changing a bit, which is a 10% exciting and 90% frightening for me. How have things been going at your place? :)
No worries, by the way; I understand completely. We all get busy sometimes, and some of those times are longer than others. ;)
Oh, very nice! Oh, not a lot been happening my way; I work a night shift full-time. That's actually part of how I got into the series in the first place; audiobooks are about the only way I can survive the grind.
You’re totally fine. I work a data entry job, which means I get to sit at a computer for hours at a time (apart from short hourly breaks and a lunch). Don’t really know anybody there and conversation on the workroom floor is prohibited except in certain areas, so I mostly listen to audiobooks and the occasional podcast. If I ever seem like I have freaky knowledge of the books, it’s because I’ve listened to them all at work a half a dozen times or so and will undoubtedly be listening to them again.
I like aspects of my job: good pay, good benefits, and the fact that it’s not a retail position. Working the night shift is not so great, but at present it’s the only way to insure that I can go to church on Sundays. Business also tends to pick up around the holidays, and that means mandatory overtime. But on the flip side, I’m not on the receiving end of angry customers or clients.
That sounds nice, in a way, although I don't think I'd (personally) like it too much. It does explain how you remember so much from The Green Ember series, though. ;) Listening to audiobooks sounds great, and I can certainly relate to your aversion to retail jobs. I personally don't think I'd be very good at retail myself, partially due to my introverted nature and social anxiety. It's great, though, that you are able to be content with the benefits your job has to offer, and that you are so committed to being able to attend church. Do you have to sleep during the day in order to work a night-shift?
Oh, it’s not nearly as neat as yours, I’m afraid. :} Pinkpeony73 was my username for Club Penguin — which was an online multiplayer game, just in case you’re not familiar with it. CP is gone now, but ever since then “Pinkpeony” or “Peony” has been my username for pretty much everything. XD Plus, peonies are one of my favorite flowers. Pink ones, especially.
The numbers are just kinda “special family numbers,” IDK if there’s any significance behind them. They’ve been around for as long as I can remember. X]
I remember Club Penguin; never got into it myself, but I remember seeing ads for it. Hey, if it’s something you like, that’s all that really matters. I’ve had a few different usernames over the years, most of which I’ve dropped for one reason or another. At least you’re not likely to change your liking for flowers.
Ha ha, my nefarious plan has succeeded! That’s great man. If you ever want to help out on the Mistmantle Wiki I’d love to have you contribute. It is pretty spoilers over there though, so might want to finish the books first.