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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Fantasy Fiction Tour Update, Day 5: Knoxville and Asheville

I said Tennessee is a gorgeous state, and as we drove east across the rest of the state, I found I am guilty of understatement. The Smoky Mountains were just incredible. I found myself conjuring all sorts of adventure that might occur under the canopies of the trees that draped every peak and valley.

Shown above is the Fantasy 4 at the Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore. Wow, did they treat us well. They placed us in the front of the store on a platform no less. We certainly don't deserve it, but it's really great to be where we can greet people--all the people--as they come in the store. One thing that went on behind the scenes--in transit actually--is I got to listen to Bryan Davis and Christopher Hopper swap faith stories. You know, those "this is what God did" kind of stories. I have to tell you I was absolutely blown away. I am just about speechless because the stories of miraculous God things that these men have witnessed--in person--not hearsay, they're simply unbelievable outside of God's divine intervention.

By the way, James Somers stopped by. So great to meet him. For those who don't know him, he's an author of two SciFi books called The Chronicles of Soone. Very cool stories. Pray for James as these books are now in the hands of some heavyweight publishers. We've got some great fantasy on the way, but very little CBA SciFi. Shown above: we had another unexpected visit. A splendid lady named Kathryn walked in and saw our swords. She mentioned that she teaches stage swordplay at the local college {where was that class when I went to Maryland U?} Anyway, several authors with puppy dog eyes pleaded "teach us! teach us!" And without a moment's hesitation she began to school us on proper stance, footwork, guard, and attack. {Where was she when I wrote The Door Within?} As you can see above, we actually staged a combat scene--put a few notches in our beautiful new swords. But it was 300% worth it.

Tomorrow: Charlotte and Raleigh, NC.


Pais Charos said...

*jaw drops* That's awesome, Wayne! I want to learn how to fight sword play, that would be so fun!

Aye, I've heard (and memorized) some of Mr. Davis' faith stories, and they are indeed awesome and encouraging.

Can't wait to see y'all this weekend!

everlastingscribe said...

I'm so glad! Fantastic! And that is too too cool about the sword play! And let's face it, notches in blade just make em look REAL.

Pais Charos said...


Hey Scribe... maybe you and I can have a "duel" in Ellicott City? :P 'Twould be much fun indeed, my friend.

everlastingscribe said...

Ah, for dueling we would need long sharp metal pointy objects! Buttons! I knew I should have prevailed on Matt and Kerry for some . . .*sob* I am long sharp metal pointy thing-less.

Dueling would be very cool.

Pais Charos said...

I am long sharp metal pointy thing-less as well. *sigh*

Would make for a great video, though.

Less than two days, Scribe!! It's almost here! *hugs*

everlastingscribe said...

*AHA* I have it, we can duel with broom stick handles. Hey, you have to start somewhere ;) *hugs* two more days and going to go so quick!

Pais Charos said...

Yes! Broom stick handles! Hehe.

I think we've taken over Wayne's thread. :P

everlastingscribe said...

This is nothing, myself and several others took over a thread for more than 50 posts. Wayne was very kind about it though. ;)

James Somers said...

waYNE, Great to meet all of you guys at Cedar Springs...too bad I had to get back to work before the sword play took place.

Did you face off against the black knight as well..."tis but a flesh wound!"

hope the Lord blesses your tour as you guys pave the way for Christian fantasy!!

James Somers

Pais Charos said...

"Not it isn't! You're arm's off!"

"I've had worse."


Scribe! Tomorrow!!!

Brett said...

*is extremely jealous* :P

chrisd said...

Looks like you guys had a blast--praying for you and especially your family, Wayne.

Roheryn said...

I hope the college I go to has that class! Maybe I should look for Equestian, English, and Swordplay when I go to college...

Looks like SOO much fun!
((You're probably getting tired of me saying that by now...))

everlastingscribe said...

Oooh blocking and sword play. *grrr* I bet that the drama teacher would have shown me too if I asked, I mean I worked hard as a grip back stage. *SIGH* lost opportunities.