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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah - now I see what is really broken.

It's fixed, so you should be able to get there from the Published Works link on the main page.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wanted to bump this thread so new members could see it... and so I don't have to go looking for it... Maybe this should be a sticky.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And maybe it shouldn't. Heh.-jay
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh, glad you bumped it, Darth... I hadn't seen it before. Very, very cool.

Just read "Cinderella vs the Publishing Business," too. Definitely worth it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was recently a partial Structured Interview added from Locus magazine. And there are some new reviews expected shortly.

It was also pointed out that the SRD page on the Kent State web site has been updated, and the collection better organized. The link is on SRD's Links page, but here it is again:

http://speccoll.library.kent.edu/literature/prose/donaldson/donaldson.html

Sounds like the person had a lot of fun reorganizing it - who wouldn't?! Smile

One more quick note... publication dates for the next three books are expected to be in three year intervals. So 2007, 2010, 2013. That info has been added to the Background / Publications / Last Chronicles page (and will be updated the moment more precise info is available).
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG. I just read SRD's poetry page for the first time. Embarassed Do not miss the one called "Elegy" !
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Romeo wrote:
There was recently a partial Structured Interview added from Locus magazine.

Romeo, are you planning to add "page 74" on this one?

And, one last question. I don't understand the new form of the gradual interview. I went in to look at November, and it wasn't there. When I did a search for November, I didn't find it and December disappeared, and I can't get even that back. How can I read the questions he has answered since the last time I was there?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2005 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and another...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bump--someone said they've been having trouble getting on--this link doesn't apprear to have any problems. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worked for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bump for current searchers
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since they won't sticky the damm topic and there is some contraversy (apparently) growing--bump
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When checking the GI, I still sometimes find that the cookie doesn't work... it's not a reliable mistake, about 60% of the time the New field displays the correct number of new answers since I last logged on, and some other times it displays over 280 answers. The only consistent thing is that when it displays this staggering amount of answers as "new", the oldest of them is always the same, the comparison with Lewis and Tolkien (next time I get the mistake I'll be able to be more clear).

Edit: here's the question that always appears as the oldest "new" question whenever the GI cookie goes all wonky; it is dated March 08, 2006.

The GI wrote:

Edward: Well, this isn't a question more of a comment that I'd like to know your opinion on. You said that C.S. Lewis's approach was "homiletic" that's the same as allegory I guess, but Lewis himself said in a letter that an allegory has a definite meaning a direct correlation and there was no intended or even implicit connection between Christianity and the Chronicles of Narnia. It's there if you want it, if not, not. And that his stories were intended more to remind you of the scent of a flower that you can't quite place, so to speak. And after all this effected Tolkien as well who had to constantly deny that TLOTR was about World War II, and Sauron was Hitler, etc. Do you think that you overplay the significance of "story arch". What I like in stories are usually things that are not strictly necessary for the narrative. James Joyce's idea of the epiphany for example. And Lewis and Tolkien have a great many epiphanies in their books, for me. Describing a character as being not just pale but absolutely white "like a sheet of paper", or a castle being the color of red sandstone, or the way a lion will crouch when running, this kind of vivid substantiality is very magical in writing, and is even more important than narrative. Or the way Tolkien will mention a character only once, but endow it with solidity and vast implications.

Your question appears to be in two parts. First, about Lewis, Tolkien, and allegory.

You know what they say: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, acts like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. No matter what Lewis may have said, the allegorical elements in "Narnia" are too obvious to miss. In fact, many tens of thousands of people have failed to miss them. In contrast, LOTR can't be read as allegory without pushing the definition of "allegory" past all recognizable usage.

(Of course, none of this has anything to do with the qualities that you enjoy in Lewis and Tolkien. For every reader, books are what they are. Calling them "allegorical," for example, doesn't change what they are: it merely describes how they're perceived. And "perception" is nothing if not idiosyncratic as well as mutable.)

But "Do you think that you overplay the significance of 'story arch'"? Are you equating "allegory" with "story arch"? I don't. And as a man who prides himself on "story arch," I can say with perfect certainty that a "story arch" (however beautiful or well-designed it may be) that isn't filled with what you call "epiphanies" doesn't satisfy me. At the same time, "epiphanies" (however profuse they may be) that aren't held together and concentrated by a good "story arch" don't satisfy me either. I need both.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Romeo has just put up the '07 Elohimfest question and answer videos, with SRD and introduction by Robert Vardeman, in the Structured Interview section of the website! http://www.stephenrdonaldson.com/fromtheauthor/page.php?Page=26
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would this be a good thread in which to post "Official Site is Down" messages? For example, the server seems to be a bit on the Down side at the moment. Smile I've contacted my hosting support people - hopefully they'll reboot it soon.

Normally you can email me with site problems. But when the server is down, my email will be down as well. I think the various Watch admins have my cell phone number? (if you're an admin and don't have my cell number, PM me) You can text me about site problems instead of emailing them. If you're out of the US, you can texst me via email using my ten-digit cell phone number followed by "@vtext.com".
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll shoot you off a txt letting you know that, in addition to the site being down, I can't view the Q&A from the first Elohimfest. The GI is also right out. And, in fact, there's a couple other things...


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for letting us know Romeo. Smile

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