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! ;)