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Transcript March 26th, 2011: Q&A + Giveaway w Laura Bickle (& surprise guest Sparky!) – Fires, Ghosts, Lanterns & Salamanders – the dangerous forces of Laura Bickle’s UF

Today we had special guest @Laura_Bickle, author of UF novels EMBERS, SPARKS & under the name of Alayna Williams, DARK ORACLE & ROGUE ORACLE. We focused on world & characters of EMBERS & SPARKS: MC Anya is an arson investigator with very unique abilities. Throw in ghosts, ghost hunters, fire elementals, dark forces & more in the city of Detroit and you see there’s a lot of potential for things to get explosive!

PLUS we had a TWO book GIVEAWAY today!

 

During Q&A section we had heads-up one of Ms. Bickle’s many interesting characters was going to appear to indulge in a little grilling of his/her own! It turned out Sparky the Fire Salamander (a fire elemental with an attitude, a.k.a. Anya’s protector/familiar) has a talent for typing with talons, for getting in trouble (oh boy does he!) and also for helping with giveaways. ;) Thank you Sparky!

Our lucky winner of two books by our special guest today, chosen by random.org & Sparky was: @michellemacewan CONGRATULATIONS!

And if you don’t already follow @Laura_Bickle and @SparkySalamndr I highly recommend it – much useful fodder for UF readers and writers both! Enjoy. :)

sandrawickham: RT @UF_Chat: #GIVEAWAY today in #UFChat during our very special Q&A with @Laura_Bickle – see here for details! http://bit.ly/dRNbqm 3pmPST/6pmEST
7:30 pm UF_Chat: Want to see author roasted by own character? #UFchat TODAY has ringside seats! Ask character a Q & be entered to 2 bk #giveaway!
7:30 pm inkgypsy: Want to see author roasted by own character? #UFchat TODAY has ringside seats! Ask character a Q & be entered to 2 bk #giveaway!
7:30 pm tordotUF: RT @UF_Chat: Want to see author roasted by own character? #UFchat TODAY has ringside seats! Ask character a Q & be entered to 2 bk #giveaway!
7:31 pm BeasBookNook: RT @UF_Chat: Want to see author roasted by own character? #UFchat TODAY has ringside seats! Ask character a Q & be entered to 2 bk #giveaway!
7:31 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: Want to see author roasted by own character? #UFchat TODAY has ringside seats! Ask character a Q & be entered to 2 bk #giveaway!
8:04 pm UF_Chat: 2 hrs to #UFchat! Guest author @Laura_Bickle heats things up w Q&A, 2 bk #giveaway & a mystery guest to grill her! 3pmPT/6pmET
8:04 pm inkgypsy: 2 hrs to #UFchat! Guest author @Laura_Bickle heats things up w Q&A, 2 bk #giveaway & a mystery guest to grill her! 3pmPT/6pmET
8:09 pm scootercarlyle: Writers and Small Town Cliches http://bit.ly/hQlcFN #fiction #writing #UFchat #writersroad
9:00 pm inkgypsy: In 1 hr: Fiery beings, investigating mediums, ghosts on the run & a TWO BOOK #giveaway w @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT
9:00 pm UF_Chat: In 1 hr: Fiery beings, investigating mediums, ghosts on the run & a TWO BOOK #giveaway w @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT
9:15 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: In 1 hr: Fiery beings, investigating mediums, ghosts on the run & a TWO BOOK #giveaway w @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT
9:16 pm Laura_Bickle: @marcellaburnard Awww! Thanks! @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT Just follow #UFChat to play along!
9:18 pm marcellaburnard: Great author, good friend and fellow Word Whore! @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT Just follow #UFChat to play along!?
9:33 pm UF_Chat: RT @marcellaburnard: Great author, good friend and fellow Word Whore! @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT Just follow #UFChat to play along!?
9:33 pm inkgypsy: RT @marcellaburnard: Great author, good friend and fellow Word Whore! @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT Just follow #UFChat to play along!?
9:40 pm inkgypsy: 20 MINS: #giveaway Fires, Ghosts, Lanterns & Salamanders ? dangerous forces of @Laura_Bickle?s UF in today’s #UFchat @3pmPT/6pmET #GIVEAWAY!
9:41 pm shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: 20 MINS: Fires, Ghosts, Lanterns & Salamanders dangerous forces of @Laura_Bickle?s UF in today’s #UFchat @3pmPT/6pmET
9:44 pm tadbo: RT @inkgypsy: 20 MINS: #giveaway Fires, Ghosts, Lanterns & Salamanders ? dangerous forces of @Laura_Bickle?s UF in #UFchat @3pmPT/6pmET
9:50 pm inkgypsy: PRIMER for #UFchat early birds: EMBERS by @Laura_Bickle http://bit.ly/hruaGI
9:50 pm UF_Chat: PRIMER for #UFchat early birds: EMBERS by @Laura_Bickle http://bit.ly/hruaGI
9:50 pm shadowflame1974: 10 minutes till go time! Today’s #UFchat with @Laura_Bickle
9:51 pm inkgypsy: PRIMER #2 for #UFchat early birds: playing with fire today in #UFchat! http://bit.ly/dRNbqm #UFchat
9:51 pm UF_Chat: PRIMER #2 for #UFchat early birds: playing with fire today in #UFchat! http://bit.ly/dRNbqm #UFchat
9:57 pm shadowflame1974: so who is our mystery guest going to be today? #UFchat with @Laura_Bickle in just a few minutes!
9:58 pm UF_Chat: Pulling on my extreme protection & hazmat suit with my boots & #UFchat mod helmet! I’m told our mystery guest causes magical mayhem! #UFchat
9:58 pm inkgypsy: Pulling on my extreme protection & hazmat suit with my boots & #UFchat mod helmet! I’m told our mystery guest causes magical mayhem! #UFchat
9:58 pm tordotUF: @UF_Chat can we start guessing the identity of the mystery guest? #ufchat
10:00 pm UF_Chat: @tordotUF For sure! But I won’t know for sure until you know, though I have some ideas… ;) #UFchat
10:00 pm shadowflame1974: *Plays MONSTER by Skillet for intro* #UFchat
10:01 pm UF_Chat: @shadowflame1974 Linkage! (please) LOL #UFchat
10:01 pm tordotUF: @UF_Chat I’m guessing Sparky #ufchat
10:01 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2, 1.. we’re now LIVE with today’s special #UFCHAT – there’s smoke, there’s fire, there are hazards & a hot guest today!
10:01 pm KerrySchafer: RT @Laura_Bickle: @marcellaburnard Awww! Thanks! @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT Just follow #UFChat to play along!
10:01 pm UF_Chat: Today: special guest @Laura_Bickle author of UF novels EMBERS, SPARKS & under name Alayna Williams, DARK ORACLE & ROGUE ORACLE #UFchat
10:02 pm UF_Chat: We?ll be focusing on world & characters of EMBERS & SPARKS: arson investigator w unique abilities, ghosts, fire elementals & more! #UFchat
10:02 pm UF_Chat: PLUS we have a TWO book #GIVEAWAY today! Stay tuned for the guidelines to be entered: #UFchat
10:02 pm UF_Chat: During Q&A section we?ve had heads-up one of Ms. Bickle?s characters will appear to indulge in a little grilling of his/her own! #UFChat
10:02 pm UF_Chat: When mystery guest appears, questions addressed to him/her (character) will be entered into our giveaway! #UFchat
10:02 pm UF_Chat: Books up for grabs: EMBERS & ROGUE ORACLE! Both by @Laura_Bickle (also writing as Alayna Williams) Covers: http://bit.ly/dRNbqm #UFchat
10:03 pm UF_Chat: Let?s warm up the seat a bit before we turn the heat on @Laura_Bickle, altho she?s welcome to join in Q?s early. ;) #UFchat
10:03 pm UF_Chat: S: EMBERS/SPARKS are unique in UF novel world w forces of fire, ghosts and protective (&otherworldly) salamanders. #UFchat
10:03 pm UF_Chat: Q1: How have you seen fire used in the UF genre and was it a controlled force or a naturally occurring phenomena? #UFchat
10:03 pm shadowflame1974: heheheh Monster by Skillet http://youtu.be/1mjlM_RnsVE #UFchat
10:04 pm Laura_Bickle: Hee…I love “Monster.” Never heard it before! #UFchat
10:05 pm Laura_Bickle: Fire is one of those truly elemental forces that seems to have a mind of its own. #UFchat #UFChat
10:05 pm UF_Chat: Did I stump everyone on the very first question?? OOps – next! #UFchat
10:06 pm UF_Chat: Q2: What potential do you see for using fire as a force in UF? #UFchat
10:06 pm shadowflame1974: I thought it was completely appropriate as it came up on my playlist at that time. #UFChat
10:06 pm tordotUF: The UF Chat is on @Laura_Bickle author of UF novels EMBERS, SPARKS & under Alayna Williams, DARK ORACLE & ROGUE ORACLE use hashtag #UFchat
10:06 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat Fire can be representative of a lot of things. Destruction, passion, rebirth,
10:07 pm ladytechie: A1. I am combing my memory for fire as a force. Fire Elemental in Jennifer Estep’s series. It is a tool/weapon #UFChat
10:07 pm byharryconnolly: RT @tordotUF: The UF Chat is on @Laura_Bickle author of UF novels EMBERS, SPARKS & under Alayna Williams, DARK ORACLE & ROGUE ORACLE use hashtag #UFchat
10:07 pm inkgypsy: Fire is obviously hugely & suddenly destructive in natural world but we use it every day too. Think UF could mirror that. #UFchat
10:08 pm Syrten: Oh! I have an answer to Q1. @NicolePeeler uses fire in first and second book, generated by ifrit. They’re made of fire. #UFchat
10:08 pm UF_Chat: @ladytechie Ooh yes! That’s pretty interesting – love that series. :) #UFchat
10:08 pm inkgypsy: @Syrten Ifrit! woot! Magical beings using fire are everywhere in mythology/folklore – great to see UF starting to use those! #UFchat
10:09 pm Laura_Bickle: I wonder if we shy away from fire more, because of that whole pesky civilization thing? #UFchat
10:09 pm UF_Chat: Q2a: How might fire be used against OR ?FOR? typical UF creatures? (weres, vamps, ghosts, etc) #UFchat
10:09 pm shadowflame1974: There are dragons, salamanders, phoenix along with other creatures from legend that use fire. #UFchat
10:09 pm ladytechie: It always seems like a negative force. One that is destructive instead of a tool. #UFChat
10:10 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat flaming zombies anyone? lol
10:10 pm ladytechie: Discovery of Witches, fire element comes in, no spoiler given. #UFChat
10:10 pm inkgypsy: @ladytechie Paradox really as they say we never would have crawled out of the caves without it! (love the paradox) #UFchat
10:10 pm inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 Heh! (re flaming zombies) #UFchat
10:11 pm UF_Chat: Q3: What are some connections between ghosts and fire in folklore and myth? (hint: the Xmas/Yule #UFchat touched on this!) #UFchat
10:11 pm ladytechie: Yes, all about the user @inkgypsy #UFChat
10:11 pm last_lines: popping in #ufchat
10:12 pm Syrten: Hmmm… Burning down demonically haunted houses? Like in Ghost Hunt #UFchat
10:12 pm UF_Chat: Q4: What ?creatures of fire? exist in myth and folklore that you know of – both popular and the more obscure? #UFchat
10:12 pm UF_Chat: @shadowflame1974 I see you read my mind there! Nice list – care to expand? #UFchat
10:14 pm UF_Chat: @Syrten Who wrote that one? Not familiar with it *slaps own wrist* #UFchat
10:14 pm michellemacewan: Hi, not long up here in OZ, is it OK to join in? #UFchat
10:14 pm pauljessup: @UF_Chat Salamander, phoenix #UFchat
10:14 pm UF_Chat: Are we having connection issues today? Lot of tweets then big gaps.. odd. #UFchat
10:15 pm UF_Chat: @michellemacewan Of course! Welcome. :) We just started – group warm up questions before guest gets grilled. ;) #UFchat
10:15 pm ladytechie: @pauljessup Phoenix! That’s good! I can’t think of a thing but elemental witches! #UFChat
10:15 pm UF_Chat: Q5: Ghosts also play prominent role in Laura?s books. What types of characters have a lot of interaction/influence on ghosts? #UFchat
10:15 pm ladytechie: No, it is a brain fart on my part. Grading finals most of the day and no brain power. #UFChat
10:16 pm ladytechie: A5. Mediums #UFChat
10:16 pm UF_Chat: RE Q5: Also think jobs that ave interaction with ghosts! #UFchat
10:16 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Sorry, I’d be chatting, but I’m working on a project that I fell behind on. =/ #UFchat
10:16 pm Syrten: @UF_Chat It’s an anime/manga/light novel… Light novel by Fuyumi Oni. Manga by Shiho Inada. #UFchat
10:17 pm tordotUF: @UF_Chat Reapers. Seeing a lot of those lately #ufchat
10:17 pm inkgypsy: @Syrten I will have to look it up – much manga subject matter overlaps with UF. :) #UFchat
10:17 pm UF_Chat: Q6: Laura?s MC is Anya – an arson investigator and a special type of medium. How has UF used mediums to date? #UFchat
10:17 pm michellemacewan: Fire is transformation ( late point.. sorry ) #UFchat
10:18 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat firebird, will-o-whisp, Kitsume, along with other animals such as cats being “fire” related. and 3 of the zodiac signs
10:18 pm UF_Chat: Q6a: What ?special forces?/jobs would you LIKE to see explored/used in a UF novel? Why? #UFchat
10:18 pm michellemacewan: @UF_Chat Great! #UFchat
10:18 pm UF_Chat: @shadowflame1974 yay! There’s so much potential its almost odd we don’t see fire-based stories more in UF! #UFchat
10:18 pm ladytechie: A6. I like the vampires used as weapons idea I’ve seen. #UFChat
10:19 pm UF_Chat: Q7: Imagine a firefighter in a UF world. What might be some things they would be up against? #UFchat
10:19 pm michellemacewan: Ghosts pick up on the sensitive – the character who is sensitive will always be open to contact with otherworldly beings #UFchat
10:19 pm Syrten: @inkgypsy Yep, a great source of UF while being different than what’s usually found here. Although lots of hereditary vampires, lol #UFchat
10:20 pm ladytechie: A6 I like the idea of special ops with different elemental control powers. #UFChat
10:20 pm inkgypsy: @Syrten Hereditary vampires – heh. That’s a whole other kind of problem! #UFchat
10:20 pm UF_Chat: RT @ladytechie: A6 I like the idea of special ops with different elemental control powers. #UFChat
10:20 pm michellemacewan: @UF_Chat creatures that are able to draw from the elements? #UFchat
10:20 pm shadowflame1974: Q6a #UFchat I’d like to see Pyro’s as firefighters. To fight fire use fire, or at least intimately understand it
10:21 pm UF_Chat: Q8: Anya?s companion/familiar is a fire salamander elemental. How might this be very useful to a UF MC? #UFchat
10:21 pm Syrten: Q7 Pyrokinetics, or people who can start fires with their mind. #UFChat
10:21 pm UF_Chat: Q8a: How might having a fire elemental companion be a pain in the proverbial? #UFchat
10:21 pm UF_Chat: Q8b: What things might bother or be a challenge to a fire salamander? #UFchat
10:22 pm ladytechie: A8. How does one heal/hurt a fire salamander? #UFChat
10:23 pm UF_Chat: @ladytechie That is an excellent question – you’ll have to roast our guest over that one! #UFchat
10:23 pm michellemacewan: @UF_Chat 8b On a psychic level you could hurt it – losing connection, for eg #UFchat
10:23 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat Q8a I wouldn’t want to take the elemental to the gas station.
10:23 pm UF_Chat: Speaking of guests: do we have our hottie author @Laura_Bickle in the house? #UFchat
10:23 pm dduane: (just wandering through) #UFChat
10:23 pm Laura_Bickle: Thanks so much for having me! I?m so excited to get the chance to chat. #UFchat
10:23 pm UF_Chat: She’s here!! It?s now time to put our special guest @Laura_Bickle in the hot seat. ;) #UFchat
10:24 pm UF_Chat: Welcome @Laura_Bickle! Thank you SO much for joining us today: expertise, mystery guest character & free books! Yum! #UFchat
10:24 pm UF_Chat: Questions fr mod 1st (all welcome to comment!) & when mystery guest appears, floor opens for Q?s to Laura AND esp. character! #UFchat
10:24 pm UF_Chat: (Note: pls ?@? Laura w Q?s. Same for character – Twitter name revealed when appears! Pls use hashtag so all can follow) #UFchat
10:24 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Your latest release = ROGUE ORACLE (2nd/series), written under Alayna Williams & getting great reviews! Congrats!! #UFChat
10:24 pm Laura_Bickle: Thanks very much. I?m super excited?though timing for that book turned out to be odd for a story about Chernobyl. ;-S #UFchat
10:25 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Can you expand on the Chernobyl aspect very quickly – though we’ll be focusing on your other series mainly today? #UFchat
10:26 pm Laura_Bickle: Sure. In ROGUE ORACLE, my Tarot-wielding protagonist and federal agent partner are on the trail of a Chernobyl survivor selling…#UFchat
10:26 pm Laura_Bickle: …nuclear secrets he’s culled from ex-spies on the international black market.#UFchat
10:27 pm ladytechie: @Laura_Bickle I’m from Detroit and grew up there so I have to ask why you chose Detroit as the backdrop for your story? #UFChat
10:27 pm UF_Chat: This author doesn’t mess around folks! Goes for big stories w lots of potential for big bad trouble! & that includes characters! ;) #UFchat
10:27 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Do you want to take @ladytechies question? I’ll wait – I’m interested too! :) #Ufchat
10:28 pm Laura_Bickle: …like the Detroit Salt Mine, DIA, and Michigan Central Station. So many places with their own gravitational pull. #UFchat
10:29 pm Laura_Bickle: @ladytechie My husband’s from Detroit. He played tour guide for me, showed me..#UFchat
10:29 pm UF_Chat: RT @ladytechie My husband is from Detroit. He played tour guide for me…showed me some very neat magical places…#UFchat
10:29 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q9: Could you comment on that series? How is diff from Anya K series & why did you decide to release under diff name? #UFchat
10:29 pm Laura_Bickle: @ladytechie Sorry for the lost flow. But there are so many magical places there that I fell in love with. #UFchat
10:30 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle That series being the ORACLE series – sorry we jumped into SPARK/EMBERS very quickly there. #UFchat
10:30 pm Laura_Bickle: Tara Sheridan is a criminal profiler who uses Tarot cards to solve crimes. It?s a mashup of science and magic?#UFchat
10:30 pm Laura_Bickle: ?appealing to fans of X-Files and Fringe. Fun with dark matter, radiation, oracles, and conspiracies?#UFchat
10:31 pm Laura_Bickle: ?Since EMBERS and DARK ORACLE were released close together, publisher thought it would be confusing for readers. “Alayna” hatched #UFchat
10:31 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q9a: Both series focus on criminal investigators, s/thing which you’re qualified to write! Can you tell us about that? #UFchat
10:32 pm Laura_Bickle: I?ve worked in and around criminal justice for more than ten years, and have an MA in criminology. #UFchat
10:32 pm Laura_Bickle: Was fun to finally apply the trivia bits I?d learned? #UFchat ?but I also learned a lot of new things
10:32 pm Laura_Bickle: Arson investigation, for instance, was all new to me. Fun research – research is the best part of the work. #UFchat
10:32 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q9b: Would U pls explain briefly how it is to write 2 UF series under 2 diff. names? (advant./disadv.) #UFchat
10:33 pm Laura_Bickle: I don?t know that I would do that again. It was originally a decision to keep the series distinct, with alternate release dates?#UFchat
10:33 pm Laura_Bickle: Didn?t want to confuse the readers?#UFchat ?but I think that it can get a bit cumbersome.
10:33 pm Laura_Bickle: And hard to build an audience when you?re scattered. #UFchat
10:34 pm inkgypsy: Well we’ll help you. And spread the word of your awesome! :) @Laura_Bickle #UFChat (Plus being a hottie has to help! lol)
10:34 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q10: When did you decide Urban Fantasy was the genre for you? What is the draw for you as a writer? #UFchat
10:35 pm Laura_Bickle: Aww…thanks! *blushes* #UFchat
10:35 pm Laura_Bickle: I love that the field is wide open. There are no real ?rules? as far as an HEA ending or limits on the magic or technology?#UFchat
10:36 pm Laura_Bickle: ?and I like that the magic is grounded in reality. Makes it very believable for me. #UFchat
10:36 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q10a: Anything about your background in criminal justice that spurred U toward UF or fired imagination (so to speak)? #UFchat
10:36 pm Laura_Bickle: I did get sorta burnt out on CJ. I?m now working in a library, actually. It?s a tough field… #UFchat
10:37 pm Laura_Bickle: And anybody who works in it knows that there are stories you just can?t tell?#UFchat
10:37 pm Laura_Bickle: ?and you can?t save or fix the real world. But I sure can change and fix the worlds I imagine. #UFchat
10:37 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q11: Two words I see repeatedly re your work: ?unique? & ?exciting?. (Congrats!) What are readers responding to? #UFchat
10:37 pm leapetra: sorry really late, house guests would not leave #ufchat
10:38 pm Laura_Bickle: That?s really thrilling to read that. I try to work with out of the box ideas. Stuff I haven?t seen before, experiment? #Ufchat
10:38 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra That can be so bothersome! lol – glad you could join us today! #UFchat
10:38 pm SullivanMcPig: The real fans will find you no matter what name you use ;-) @Laura_Bickle And hard to build an audience when you?re scattered. #UFchat
10:38 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: 3, 2, 1.. we’re now LIVE with today’s special #UFCHAT – there’s smoke, there’s fire, there are hazards & a hot guest today!
10:38 pm Laura_Bickle: ??cause I want new territory of my own, to learn new things. LOL. #Ufchat
10:38 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q11a: Why do you think aspects such as a fire salamander haven?t been tackled in the UF genre much if at all? #UFchat
10:38 pm SparkySalamandr: Hey. You. HUMAN. Where the hell is the hair dryer? #Ufchat
10:39 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: Books up for grabs: EMBERS & ROGUE ORACLE! Both by @Laura_Bickle (also writing as Alayna Williams) Covers: http://bit.ly/dRNbqm #UFchat
10:39 pm Laura_Bickle: Awww. Jeesh. Sorry, guys. Salamander at the keyboard. What do you want with the hair dryer? #Ufchat
10:39 pm ladytechie: @SparkySalamandr Aww! How cool are you? #UFChat
10:39 pm shadowflame1974: RT @SparkySalamandr: Hey. You. HUMAN. Where the hell is the hair dryer? #Ufchat >>> EEP!
10:39 pm UF_Chat: Um – hang on – did we just have another guest appear?? @Laura_Bickle can you confirm – is he “yours”? #UFchat
10:40 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: Q6a: What ?special forces?/jobs would you LIKE to see explored/used in a UF novel? Why? #UFchat
10:40 pm Laura_Bickle: Fire salamanders haven?t gotten much press since Paracelsus? time. This is why. #Ufchat
10:40 pm SparkySalamandr: I?m cold. Spring hasn?t sprung here. I wanna snuggle with the hair dryer. *lashes tail* #Ufchat
10:40 pm shadowflame1974: Oh the um, attitude humh? #UFchat
10:40 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: Q4: What ?creatures of fire? exist in myth and folklore that you know of – both popular and the more obscure? #UFchat
10:40 pm UF_Chat: This is it folks – our mystery guest is SPARKY the FIRE SALAMANDER! #UFchat
10:40 pm UF_Chat: QUICK! Ask @SparkySalamandr a question NOW to be entered into the 2 bk #giveaway! #UFchat
10:40 pm shadowflame1974: @SparkySalamandr @Inkgypsy has a nice warm coffee pot #UFchat
10:41 pm Laura_Bickle: Sigh. Yes. Sparky is ALL MINE. #ufchat
10:41 pm Abigail_ATUF: RT @UF_Chat: QUICK! Ask @SparkySalamandr a question NOW to be entered into the 2 bk #giveaway! #UFchat
10:41 pm tordotUF: RT @UF_Chat: QUICK! Ask @SparkySalamandr a question NOW to be entered into the 2 bk #giveaway! #UFchat
10:41 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle@SparkySalamandr pop over here Sparky, we have 2 fires going this morning! #UFchat
10:41 pm Laura_Bickle: But?damn it, Sparky! You?re allowed to sleep in the clothes dryer as long as you don?t allow the cats in there. #Ufchat
10:41 pm NancyMcGregor: RT @UF_Chat: QUICK! Ask @SparkySalamandr a question NOW to be entered into the 2 bk #giveaway! #UFchat
10:42 pm UF_Chat: #giveaway #giveaway #giveaway #giveaway!! Open for entries now – talk to our surprise fiery guest & be entered for free books! #UFchat
10:42 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: QUICK! Ask @SparkySalamandr a question NOW to be entered into the 2 bk #giveaway! #UFchat
10:42 pm DaniMonsch: @Laura_Bickle looking back, would you still use 2 separate names, or would you keep to the one? #UFchat
10:42 pm inkgypsy: @Laura_Bickle I have to ask – do you ever call him Spanky by mistake? (Or not so much by mistake?) :P #UFchat
10:42 pm SparkySalamandr: @michellemacewan At last, a human with some sense! My human is FREEZING me. #ufchat
10:42 pm ladytechie: @SparkySalamandr What do you like most about your job? #UFChat
10:43 pm UF_Chat: @SparkySalamandr How does one ?keep a fire salamander on a leash?? (ie. How/why can Anya make you ?behave?)? #UFchat
10:43 pm leapetra: I’m not sure what to ask a fire elemental… #ufchat
10:43 pm michellemacewan: @SparkySalamandr Oh NO! We have a lovely wood fired stove here.. warms the water too.. #UFchat
10:44 pm SparkySalamandr: @ladytechie Roasting marshmallows and sleeping in the clothes dryer. Best of times! #ufchat
10:44 pm shadowflame1974: @SparkySalamandr I have the heaters going today. I agree warm is better. #UFchat
10:44 pm inkgypsy: @SparkySalamandr What do you think of firefighters in general? #UFchat
10:45 pm michellemacewan: @SparkySalamandr How do you entice your food into the hairdryer Sparky? #UFchat
10:46 pm SparkySalamandr: Feh. I?m bound to a necklace that Anya’s mom gave her. I can?t wander too far away from it. Good bling to take naps in. #ufchat
10:46 pm shadowflame1974: @SparkySalamandr so what exactly does a familiar like you do? #UFchat
10:46 pm Laura_Bickle: See what I have to deal with? This is why he?s not allowed to speak in the books. #Ufchat
10:46 pm leapetra: @SparkySalamandr Davinci said Salamanders had no stomachs, I find that hard to believe, what food do you like? #ufchat
10:47 pm Laura_Bickle: @shadowflame1974 *puffs up speckled chest* I gnaw on ghosts. I’m a darn good protector. #ufchat
10:47 pm SparkySalamandr: *puffs up speckled chest* I gnaw on ghosts. I’m a darn good protector. #ufchat
10:47 pm michellemacewan: @SparkySalamandr Finally! freedom of speech for Sparky.. #UFchat
10:47 pm shadowflame1974: @SparkySalamandr ohhh sounds like fun. :D #UFchat
10:47 pm SparkySalamandr: @leapetra Ghosts. I love to nom on some ghosts. And cell phones. And pretty much anything electronic. #ufchat
10:48 pm inkgypsy: @SparkySalamandr What?s your favorite toy? #UFchat
10:48 pm SparkySalamandr: The addiction to chewing on electronic devices is why Anya can’t have nice things. She says. #UFchat
10:48 pm shadowflame1974: @SparkySalamandr oh? so you disrupt electromagnet fields too? #UFchat
10:48 pm Syrten: @SparkySalamandr How can you eat ghosts? Aren’t they a bit incorporeal and unnommable? #UFchat
10:49 pm SparkySalamandr: @inkgypsy My plush Glo-Worm. *blushes* It lights up when I snuggle with it. #Ufchat
10:49 pm SparkySalamandr: @Syrten I’m also pretty incorporeal, myself. Only Anya can see me. And cats… #ufchat
10:49 pm michellemacewan: @SparkySalamandr Hmm feeding off the energy .. yum that sounds good Sparky.. does it increase your powers? #UFchat
10:50 pm SparkySalamandr: …when cats stare at the ceiling and chase nothing, it’s usually one of us salamanders. #ufchat
10:50 pm Laura_Bickle: @michellemacewan I feel pretty damn sleepy after a big ‘ol ghost snack. Time for a nap. #ufchat
10:51 pm SparkySalamandr: @syrten I usually feel pretty sleepy after a big ‘ol ghost snack. Time for a nap. #ufchat
10:51 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle ok, so can I ask you a question please Laura? #UFchat
10:51 pm inkgypsy: We know it was Anya?s mother that gave you to her, tho know v little about mother. @SparkySalamandr What do you remember re her? #UFchat
10:52 pm SparkySalamandr: @shadowflame1974 Oh, yes.I also set off sprinkler systems…like at the crime lab (tucks tail between legs) #ufchat
10:52 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle I think Sparky has taken over the chat! Do you think he’d mind if I asked you some more questions? #UFchat
10:52 pm SparkySalamandr: @inkgypsy Anya?s mom was a lovely gal. But she dabbled in some magical stuff she shouldn?t. Had terrible taste in men. Sigh… #ufchat
10:53 pm Laura_Bickle: Fire away. I’m sitting on the little twerp so he doesn’t keep typing! #ufchat
10:53 pm UF_Chat: @michellemacewan PLEASE! Sparky is stealing the show (although I admit I wish our chat was going to be MUCH longer now – FUN!) #UFchat
10:53 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle Can you talk more about your comment about ‘grounding the magic in reality’ ? #UFchat
10:54 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q12: Wow – so that was Sparky! Does he surprise you as much as he surprises the readers (& twitter followers?) #UFchat
10:55 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Due to time disappearing (yikes!) I’m going to skip questions here and there – wish we had time for them all! #UFchat
10:55 pm Laura_Bickle: @michellemacewan I try to keep the research details as accurate as possible, so that the world feels real to me.. #ufchat
10:56 pm Laura_Bickle: …and so that the magical elements are more believable (I hope!). #UFchat
10:56 pm Laura_Bickle: Sparky is a pain in the ass. I adore him, but his speckled self occupies too much real estate in my head. #Ufchat
10:57 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q14: Can you explain more about the ghost hunting? What is it they do? Rescue people from ghosts or ghosts from world? #UFchat
10:57 pm Laura_Bickle: A bit of both. Ghosts can be very malicious in my world, and are becoming more so. Anya’s eccentric group of ghost hunters has… #UFChat
10:58 pm Laura_Bickle: …their hands full putting out metaphysical fires. They believe it’s a symptom of general unrest, some darkness moving in. #UFchat
10:58 pm UF_Chat: S: One of my favorite places in series is bar where the ghost investigators meet, the Devil?s Bathtub, complete with its history! #UFchat
10:58 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q15: Do you remember where that idea came from? What about the name? Why a bathtub?! #UFchat
10:59 pm inkgypsy: @Laura_Bickle Some great darkness?? Well there’s a series set-up if I ever heard one! ;) Looking forward to it! #UFchat
10:59 pm Laura_Bickle: That was sort of a spur-of-the-moment thing. The bar was a speakeasy during Prohibition, so it was associated with vice. #ufchat
11:00 pm inkgypsy: @Laura_Bickle Q16: Anya?s witch friend Katie seems to know a lot about elementals – why? How does she know stuff Anya doesn?t? #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q16: Anya?s witch friend Katie seems to know a lot about elementals – why? How does she know stuff Anya doesn?t? #UFchat
11:00 pm Laura_Bickle: And I liked the idea of a clawfoot bathtub filled with pennies in the middle of the bar. Wishing to the devil. #ufchat
11:01 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle Love that bathtub! #UFchat
11:02 pm inkgypsy: @Laura_Bickle Seriously cool idea! (clawfoot bathtub – the hardknocked wishing to the devil – asking for trouble!) #UFchat
11:02 pm Laura_Bickle: Katie’s still learning to apply what she’s learned in spellbooks to the physical world as a ghost hunter. #ufchat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q18: In what ways are fire & ghosts are directly connected in your series? Did you base on any mythology? #UFchat
11:04 pm Laura_Bickle: Katie is something like a librarian of magickal lore. #ufchat
11:04 pm Laura_Bickle: Katie is something like a librarian of magickal lore. #ufchat
11:05 pm Laura_Bickle: Ghosts and fire are both energy. Both unpredictable. And they’ve both been with us since the beginning of civilization. #ufchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q19: What is a ?lantern? and is that your own creation? What was the ?spark? that helped form that character aspect? #UFchat
11:06 pm Laura_Bickle: Anya devours ghosts, but she doesn’t know where they go when she destroys them. And that bothers her. #ufchat
11:06 pm Laura_Bickle: Yup. The lanterns were my idea. They’re the rarest kind of medium. Where other mediums allow spirits to use their hands and voices.. #ufchat
11:07 pm UF_chat2: Overtime but wanted to give people chance to ask Laura questions! Please @ Laura directly & use #UFchat hashtag so all can follow. :) Go!
11:07 pm Laura_Bickle: …to communicate, a Lantern allows the spirit into her body. Then, she incinerates it. Not a pretty process. And it makes Anya… #UFchat
11:07 pm Laura_Bickle: …like she’s always taking out the spiritual garbage. #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q23: If you could ask your readers a question about urban fantasy, what would that be? #UFchat
11:08 pm Laura_Bickle: What would you like to see next? #UFchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: Have at it people! Can you answer @Laura_Bickle?s question? (Every answer is entered as another chance to win!) #UFchat
11:09 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q24: For those not familiar w bks pls fill blanks: If you like __ &/or __ you?d like EMBERS/SPARKS. #UFchat
11:09 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle I would like to see the Lanterns develop their power in a new way – maybe tapping into something else #UFchat
11:10 pm Laura_Bickle: If you like the idea of Ghostbusters in Detroit with dragons and arson?you?ll like EMBERS/SPARKS. But it?s kind of dark and gritty. #Ufchat
11:10 pm Laura_Bickle: @michellemacewan I would, too. Nobody really knows what purpose they serve. Except Sparky, and he’s not talking. #ufchat
11:11 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle I am intrigued already! #UFchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle What about the ORACLE series? (same fill in the blanks) #UFchat
11:11 pm larissa_sarah: YES!RT @Laura_Bickle: If U lk the idea of Ghostbusters in Detroit w/ dragons & arson?you?ll lk EMBERS/SPARKS. kind of dark & gritty. #Ufchat
11:11 pm StacyMaynard: I dont really have a question but I love how unique and inventive all of your books are #ufchat
11:12 pm Laura_Bickle: @larissa_sarah @michellemacewan Thank you! #Ufchat
11:12 pm Laura_Bickle: @stacymaynard Thanks! :-) #ufchat
11:12 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q26: Do U have anything (websites, writing, pet projects etc) you?d like to draw our attention to? Any last comments? #UFchat
11:13 pm Laura_Bickle: @UF_Chat Thank you so much for having me…thank you to everyone who chatted…and thanks for tolerating my newbie tech goofs! :-S #ufchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: Thank you so much for being our special guest today in #UFchat @Laura_Bickle! and for letting Sparky ?off the leash? for a bit too. ;)
11:14 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle A very special thank you also for providing your awesome books for a giveaway today! *cheering* #UFchat
11:14 pm Laura_Bickle: Thank you for having me! :-) #UFchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat peeps welcome to hang with @Laura_Bickle as long as she?s able while I go tally entries & random.org chooses our winner! :D #UFchat
11:14 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat I wish I could have been here for the whole thing #ufchat
11:15 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle Thank you so much Laura – I am looking forward to reading more from you! Thankyou #UFchat and great meeting Sparky too!
11:15 pm Laura_Bickle: @leapatra Thank you for stopping in! It was great to meet you! #ufchat
11:16 pm Syrten: @Laura_Bickle Great tweetchat :) #UFchat
11:16 pm Laura_Bickle: Thanks, @syrten ! I appreciate it! #ufchat
11:17 pm shadowflame1974: @Laura_Bickle thank you for chatting and letting Sparky out. Can’t wait to get these books #UFchat
11:17 pm Laura_Bickle: @shadowflame1974 Thanks! Sparky is a PITA, but I adore him. He’s a composite of all the pets I’ve had over time. #ufchat
11:17 pm BeasBookNook: RT @larissa_sarah: YES!RT @Laura_Bickle: If U lk the idea of Ghostbusters in Detroit w/ dragons & arson?you?ll lk EMBERS/SPARKS. kind of dark & gritty. #Ufchat
11:18 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Please check your DMs ;) #UFchat
11:18 pm Laura_Bickle: I always seem to wind up giving my protagonists pets. I think it’s because I want them to have a little bit of unconditional love #ufchat
11:19 pm inkgypsy: @Laura_Bickle I love that your protagonists have pets! What’s Tara’s pet in the ORACLE series? #UFchat
11:19 pm SparkySalamandr: And our winner is…@michellemacewan ! Please DM Laura or me, and I’ll put your books in the mail! *wags tail* #ufchat
11:20 pm Syrten: @michellemacewan Congrats! :) #ufchat
11:20 pm Laura_Bickle: Tara has a cat, Oscar, and winds up with a dog who belonged to a scientist who vanished while working on discovering dark matter. #ufchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Totally forgot to mention how awesomely lucky you’ve been w your covers! I hope you have poster sized for your wall! #UFchat
11:20 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle it’s a great idea – pets, special friends.. it’s such a great way to expand the dimensions of the character. #UFchat
11:20 pm Laura_Bickle: Hee. I have been SUPER lucky with the cover love. Thanks! #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: RT @SparkySalamandr: And our winner is…@michellemacewan ! Please DM Laura or me, and I’ll put your books in the mail! *wags tail* #ufchat
11:21 pm michellemacewan: @SparkySalamandr Oh THANKYOU so much! I am thrilled! #UFchat
11:21 pm leapetra: @michellemacewan congrats #ufchat
11:21 pm Laura_Bickle: @michellemacewan I think it’s because I’ve always had them around, and characters tend to let their guards down around them. #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: And our lucky winner of TWO books today, chosen by random.org & Sparky is: @michellemacewan CONGRATULATIONS! #UFchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: Thanks again to @Laura_Bickle for being our special guest and for providing such awesome books today! #UFchat
11:22 pm Laura_Bickle: You cannot see Sparky, but he’s doing a terribly awkward happy dance. #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: And thank YOU @SparkySalamandr for such an awesome surprise today! I have a feeling we could have chatted the whole hour w you! #UFchat
11:23 pm michellemacewan: @UF_Chat Thankyou #UFchat
11:23 pm Laura_Bickle: Thanks for hosting us! #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: My imagination is very happy about this! lol!RT @Laura_Bickle: You cannot see Sparky, but he’s doing a terribly awkward happy dance. #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_BIckle We wish you every success w your writing & hope you can join us again to talk more about your work (Sparky too!). #UFchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: That wraps up today?s #UFchat! See you next week for more energizing UF topics! Don?t forget Tues #mythbeasts chat @ 6:30pmEST!
11:24 pm UF_Chat: Resources and links on @Laura_Bickle and her work next: #UFchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: Laura Bickle website: http://bit.ly/i4dYcC #UFchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: Interview with Laura Bickle at My Bookish Ways: http://bit.ly/dOkPq7 #UFChat
11:24 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat #mythbeasts is about Centaurs and Satyrs #ufchat
11:25 pm Syrten: I look forward to next week #UFchat Cya everyone
11:25 pm UF_Chat: Also up front: remembering Japan today too: Authors for Japan website: http://bit.ly/gVNT5W Info here: http://bit.ly/i2mUrj #UFchat
11:25 pm SparkySalamandr: You KNOW that she doesn’t let me out much. *pouts* #ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: Artists for Japan ?Tsunami Relief art effort & auction http://bit.ly/g7rCXv #UFchat (folks will be interested in creatures painted too)
11:26 pm UF_Chat: Guest blog by @Laura_Bickle – pseudonymns and multiple personalities: http://bit.ly/ijKkDD #UFchat
11:26 pm UF_Chat: Best & Worst Job Prospects in the Urban Fantasy Economy for 2011 (note firefighter is one of these!) http://bit.ly/cpKuv3 #UFChat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Sparky the Salamander?s Twitter account: http://bit.ly/hfaSb0 #UFchat -A MUST FOLLOW! He is hilarious (& kinda raunchy ;) Perfect UF friend.
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Letter to the Reader about Sparky & SPARKS http://bit.ly/fsmGEF #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Some fire elemental images to inspire you! http://bit.ly/fFeG6s #UFChat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Fire elementals ? Salamanders http://bit.ly/eVlKec #UFchat
11:27 pm larissa_sarah: RT @UF_Chat: Letter to the Reader about Sparky & SPARKS http://bit.ly/fsmGEF #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Salamander ? legendary creature (Wikipedia) http://bit.ly/g5GntD #UFchat
11:27 pm larissa_sarah: RT @UF_Chat: Sparky the Salamander?s Twitter account: http://bit.ly/hfaSb0 #UFchat -A MUST FOLLOW! He is hilar? (cont) http://deck.ly/~i7dHE
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Salamanders (Dragonarama) http://bit.ly/ehjMNz #UFchat
11:29 pm UF_Chat: Hope your imagination has been fired up today! Stay warm everyone (except Southern Hemisphere – keep it cool – heh) #UFchat LIGHTS OUT!!
11:29 pm UF_Chat: RT @leapetra: @UF_Chat #mythbeasts is about Centaurs and Satyrs #ufchat
11:29 pm inkgypsy: RT @leapetra: @UF_Chat #mythbeasts is about Centaurs and Satyrs #ufchat
11:54 pm michellemacewan: RT @UF_Chat: Laura Bickle website: http://bit.ly/i4dYcC #UFchat
11:58 pm michellemacewan: Check out Laura’s interview,she was great on #UFchat today RT @UF_Chat:Interview with Laura Bickle at My Bookish Ways: http://bit.ly/dOkPq7
8:15 am AnassaRh: A2: Somebody mentioned ifrit and I know salamanders are coming up, but what about djinni, demons, fire elementals? #ufchat
8:15 am AnassaRh: A2: And let’s not forget the potential for fire to, say, burn down the MC’s house and/or kill their family, like in Supernatural. XD #ufchat
8:16 am AnassaRh: A2: Also people with pytotechnic powers or magic? #ufchat
8:19 am AnassaRh: A2a: Fire’s generally a good way to kill things. Vamps are generally highly flammable. So are mummies. #ufchat
8:19 am AnassaRh: Yes, new followers, I do participate in #ufchat every Saturday night. It’s technically at 3 pm PST but I’m afk then. Go ahead and ignore me.
8:20 am AnassaRh: A2: Fire used FOR paranormals? could be a source of power, could BE a power, could be a means of protection against others. #ufchat
8:22 am AnassaRh: Q3: That would be providing light sources to attract the dead, yes? And aren’t some poltergeists/ghosts pyros? #ufchat
8:23 am AnassaRh: A4: I can only think of creatures already named?phoenix, salamander, various demons, djinni. #ufchat
8:26 am AnassaRh: A5: Stacia Kane’s books deal heavily in ghosts. MC is a Debunker for the Church, finding false hauntings. #ufchat
8:26 am AnassaRh: A5: Anyone ordained in a religion would have contact with ghosts. Called in for exorcisms or for spirit guidance. #ufchat
8:27 am AnassaRh: A5: I’d also imagine realtors would have occasional run-in with ghosts. After all, haunted houses don’t sell. #ufchat
8:28 am AnassaRh: Ooh, hey, there’s an idea! Realtor has to rid a house of a ghost in order to sell it. #ufchat
8:29 am AnassaRh: A6: Most UF I’ve seen uses mediums as detectives, talking to the dead to find murderers. #ufchat
8:29 am AnassaRh: A6: And then there’s Harry Dresden and Bob the ghost “sidekick” who plays the role of mentor and assistant. #ufchat
8:44 am AnassaRh: A6a: I’d like to see teachers, salespeople, blue collar jobs, office workers. Mundane jobs. #ufchat
8:44 am AnassaRh: A6a: Going the more “traditional” route, how about coroners, forensic techs, more non-American cop-types. #ufchat
8:45 am AnassaRh: A7: Magical fires that can’t be put out by regular means? #ufchat
8:46 am AnassaRh: A8a: You’d need to give it a warm stove or flame-resistant fabric to bed in. And you’d need flame-resistant cloth to hold it. #ufchat
8:48 am AnassaRh: I can’t imagine fire salamanders would enjoy asbestos much. Allergies? #ufchat
9:19 am jolantru: RT @AnassaRh: A6a: I’d like to see teachers, salespeople, blue collar jobs, office workers. Mundane jobs. #ufchat
8:02 pm leapetra: @21stCscribe I do the #UFchat and started #mythbeasts

_________END OF TRANSCRIPT FOR MARCH 26TH 2011_________

See you all next Saturday: Roundtable week!

@InkGypsy

March 26, 2011: Q&A with Laura Bickle + 2 Book Giveaway!

Today we have Laura Bickle as our special guest author!

She writes both the Lantern series (also known as the Anya Kalinczyk novels) and the Delphic Oracle series as Alayna Williams.

I’ve also been told to expect a mystery guest – one of Laura’s characters! – to pop in during our chat!

Participants in #UFchat will have the chance to win TWO books – one from each series – by asking our mystery guest a question.

(See below for books to be won!)

Who will our mystery guest be?

All shall be revealed at 3pmPST/ 6pmEST on Saturday March 26, 2011!

(Thank you Laura!)

Transcript March 12, 2011 – Supernatural Rescue & Defense – How UF Writers (& Their Creatures) Can Help Japan’s Rescue & Disaster Relief

In the wake of Japan’s 8.9 earthquake on Friday March 11, the ensuing tsunami and the (current) nuclear emergency, we thought we’d put the planned topic on hold for this week and instead see what WE could do, as UF writers and readers, to help in this time of very real and ongoing emergency.

Our source for retrieving the transcripts remains inconsistent and unpredictable – below is what we’ve managed to collect from the March 12 chat.

8:19 pm rcmurphy: @UF_Chat I won’t have time to chat, but Sherrilyn Kenyon covered Katrina’s affect on her charas. They had to let nature take its> #UFchat
8:20 pm rcmurphy: @UF_Chat course, but they were Right There helping the recovery effort. New Orleans is their home as well. #UFchat
10:26 pm tordotUF: RT @UF_Chat: Are you ready to discuss how Weres, Vamps and other UF creatures could be helpful in a disaster? #UFchat Today 1 hour
10:30 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat 30 minutes to go time! Disasters! Rescues! Can UF characters help?
10:38 pm leapetra: RT @UF_Chat: Are you ready to discuss how Weres, Vamps and other UF creatures could be helpful in a disaster? #ufchat
10:42 pm jolantru: RT @leapetra: RT @UF_Chat: Are you ready to discuss how Weres, Vamps and other UF creatures could be helpful in a disaster? #ufchat
10:45 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat today: Japan’s disaster, how you can help as a writer & artist and thinking outside the box in times of emergency. 3pmPST/6pmEST
10:45 pm inkgypsy: #UFchat today: Japan’s disaster, how you can help as a writer & artist and thinking outside the box in times of emergency. 3pmPST/6pmEST
10:46 pm UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat earlybirds: Re writing UF/sci-fi/fantasy based on real disasters -Writing Hurricane Katrina: http://bit.ly/a4fdIh #UFchat
10:46 pm inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat earlybirds: Re writing UF/sci-fi/fantasy based on real disasters -Writing Hurricane Katrina: http://bit.ly/a4fdIh #UFchat
10:49 pm UF_Chat: For those concerned today’s #UFchat we are focusing on how to HELP in times of real emergency (eg. NOW!), using creative thinking & writing.
10:49 pm inkgypsy: For those concerned today’s #UFchat we are focusing on how to HELP in times of real emergency (eg. NOW!), using creative thinking & writing.
10:50 pm UF_Chat: Got lost in #UFchat last time thx to #tweetchatfail? Alts: use Tweetdeck & add #UFchat column or online: Twitter Search http://bit.ly/eSSP2F
10:51 pm johanncarlisle: RT @UF_Chat: For those concerned today’s #UFchat we are focusing on how to HELP in times of real emergency (eg. NOW!), using creative thinking & writing.
10:52 pm MarciSischo: Hello! Missed chatting with you guys! #UFChat
10:52 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy http://dellasays.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/authors-for-japan-can-you-help/ I am donating a couple of books #ufchat
10:52 pm UF_Chat: Tweetchat appears to be keeping up as of this posting – yay! #UFchat
10:53 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra Excellent thank you! RT-ing #UFchat
10:53 pm MarciSischo: I used tweetchat last week to do a livetweet, and it held up all right. I’m crossing my fingers. :D #UFChat
10:53 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy Authors for Japan – can you help? http://bit.ly/gbcYHx < shorter link #ufchat
10:54 pm UF_Chat: How authors can help Japan NOW. Authors for Japan: RT @leapetra: http://bit.ly/f4rpHH I am donating a couple of books #ufchat
10:54 pm inkgypsy: How authors can help Japan NOW. Authors for Japan: RT @leapetra: http://bit.ly/f4rpHH I am donating a couple of books #ufchat
10:54 pm inkgypsy: @MarciSischo Great! It’s the first time in about 2 months I’ve seen it be current – I love it when Tweetchat works. :) #UFchat
10:55 pm MarciSischo: @inkgypsy It makes keeping up with the convo a whole lot easier, that’s for sure. #UFChat
10:56 pm inkgypsy: OK I’m putting on all my emergency gear and all-weather boots to helm the help coming from #UFchat today!
10:56 pm Tiger_Gray: It always works for me when I do #litchat #UFChat
10:57 pm UF_Chat: Looking forward to seeing creativity put to use and coming up with ways to help today in #UFchat- get those weres & vamps working with us!
10:57 pm inkgypsy: Looking forward to seeing creativity put to use and coming up with ways to help today in #UFchat- get those weres & vamps working with us!
10:58 pm leapetra: Worked good for #mythbeasts on Tuesday. Saturdays it must get overwhelmed sometimes. #ufchat
10:58 pm MarciSischo: Weres would make the best disaster dogs EVAR. #UFChat
10:58 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat weres = body sniffing dogs. #ufchat
10:58 pm MarciSischo: Imagine having those noses to help find victims in rubble? #UFChat
10:59 pm crazy_legz: LOL!!! Ditto! and stop looters and crowd management also! RT @MarciSischo: Weres would make the best disaster dogs EVAR. #UFChat
10:59 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: #UFchat today: Japan’s disaster, how you can help as a writer & artist and thinking outside the box in times of emergency. 3pmPST/6pmEST
11:00 pm UF_Chat: @MarciSischo Agreed! I think @Jess_Haines used weres to do exactly that in her post 9/11 NY world. Was great to see that! #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2, 1… & now we?re live with #UFchat, sending our prayers & thoughts to all those in Japan & those giving aid.
11:00 pm UF_Chat: Today I?ve ditched planned topic & instead am focused like rest of the world on the disasters happening in Japan right now. #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: Reminder: ?S? stands for statement which will be followed by a ?Q? (a related #UFchat question for discussion).
11:01 pm leapetra: @MarciSischo great minds think alike. #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Note: If you are aware of awesome charity places or relief efforts you want to highlight during this chat please go ahead & tweet! #UFchat
11:01 pm MarciSischo: @UF_Chat Charlaine Harris had her two telepaths help out in that building explosion, finding survivors. #UFChat
11:01 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: Looking forward to seeing creativity put to use and coming up with ways to help today in #UFchat- get those weres & vamps working with us!
11:01 pm leapetra: switching comps. BRB #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat doc: Supernatural Rescue & Defense – March 12, 2011 (after Japan?s 8.9 earthquake & tsunami the day before)
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Thru history sci-fi & fantasy writers predicted technological/medical breakthroughs by sideways thinking. #UFchat
11:01 pm MarciSischo: @UF_Chat Book 5 or 6 of the Southern Vampire Mysteries? #UFChat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Let?s see how we as UF writers & readers might help in this time of great need. 1) Think on Japan?s disasters right now. (cont) #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: (cont) 2) Now imagine UF beings in the midst – not just as victims but particularly as a resource for aid and rescue. #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Today in #UFchat an open discussion on: Supernatural Rescue & Defense during natural disasters – how could we help?
11:02 pm MarciSischo: Text 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross disaster relief efforts. The charge goes on your phone bill. #UFChat
11:02 pm inkgypsy: RT @MarciSischo: Text 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross disaster relief efforts. The charge goes on your phone bill. #UFChat
11:02 pm crazy_legz: @UF_Chat Teleporter would be invaluable! Think #Push #UFchat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: @crazy_legz OMG that would be invaluable! (re teleporter) #UFchat
11:03 pm MarciSischo: Oops- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. :P #UFChat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: RT @MarciSischo: Oops- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. :P #UFChat
11:04 pm StephanieLMcGee: My supernaturals wouldn’t be any help. They can’t touch humans. #UFChat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: 1) First of all, let?s concentrate on what?s needed specifically for Japan NOW that donated funds will help with: (eg fresh water) #UFchat
11:04 pm inkgypsy: @StephanieLMcGee Sure they could help – physical contact isn’t required to help – otherwise we couldn’t from here either, right? ;) #UFchat
11:06 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat Sorry I’m late! Yes, that’s right. @UF_Chat @MarciSischo
11:06 pm UF_Chat: Anyone? How about funds will help get: water purifiers, food, medical supplies, shelters, communication systems… #UFchat
11:06 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 1) my leshy could help with the basics, water, food, shelter. Anything needed at a survival level #ufchat
11:06 pm UF_Chat: S: For prompts see these pics taken Thursday night/Fri re Earthquake & tsunami in Japan (Alan Taylor photos) http://bit.ly/iestmP #UFchat
11:07 pm leapetra: 1) Also three of my vampires have access to money. One owns a medical company, he would be there. #ufchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra I’m thinking any household supes could help – domovois, brownies etc but they’d also need help too. #UFchat
11:07 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat the vampire Fixers in my Lawson universe would be a natural help to the folks of Japan. And given Lawson
11:07 pm UF_Chat: 1a) There are obvious physical needs but more than that too – what other needs do disaster victims have? #UFchat
11:08 pm Tiger_Gray: Sorry I guess I just feel like it’s too soon for this discussion. Have a hard time putting it together with fantasy atm. #UFChat
11:08 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat Lawson’s affinity for Japan and his past ninjutsu training, he’d be over there right away
11:08 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat Also, if you have ALREADY DONATED or PLAN ON DONATING, please tell me here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Doing a dono match game!
11:08 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat The leshy’s payment would be easy. in Japan he would take some Saki for thanks #ufchat
11:08 pm jonfmerz: @leapetra #ufchat you maean “sake.”
11:08 pm UF_Chat: @StephanieLMcGee Weather control is important – hold off the rain until areas cleared, reduce tides, blow radioactive steam away #UFchat
11:09 pm leapetra: @Tiger_Gray actually I have thought about this similar thing before. Why my one vamp did not hunt in Leningrad in WWII #ufchat
11:09 pm jonfmerz: @Tiger_Gray #ufchat agreed to some extent. I’m still trying to contact some of my friends over there, so this is tough, but good
11:09 pm leapetra: @jonfmerz yeah thats it #ufchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: 1b) What are the ways in which we -mortal humans- can help? Both on site and from a distance? AND what ‘xtra’ powers wold be useful? #UFchat
11:10 pm BeritEllingsen: @leapetra But would your vampires be interested in helping humans? #ufchat
11:10 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat getting trained as a first responder is always a good thing; I can’t tell you how amny times it’s helped in my own real world exper
11:10 pm Tiger_Gray: @leapetra It is totally a worthwhile topic, don’t get me wrong. am all about realism and fantasy together. #UFChat
11:11 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat being able to help triage wounded, do search & rescue, and other skills are always good for average citizens to have
11:11 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 1b I have offered to send my books to an auction. Money is tight for me right now, but i can do that. #ufchat
11:11 pm leapetra: @BeritEllingsen depends on the vampire and situation. ie Leningrad it was his patriotic duty not to hunt the siege victims. #ufchat
11:12 pm MarciSischo: My universe suffers from a low “good-guy” quotient. I have a suspicion many of my characters couldn’t be bothered to help. #UFChat
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat 1b – From afar, donate money and resources like food and water. In person? Help clean up the mess, help rebuild, assist the docs who
11:12 pm UF_Chat: @jonfmerz When in Animal Care in Australia learned no one could graduate w/out a first aid & CPR certificate. Xlnt idea! #UFchat
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat are no doubt overwhelmed with patients who are injured and in need of assistance, etc.
11:13 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat that training also helps reduce the level of panic in the populace when more people are trained to respond properly in…
11:13 pm UF_Chat: REPOSTING: 1a) There are obvious physical needs but more than than too – what OTHER needs do disaster victims have? #UFchat
11:13 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat emergency situations rather than simply running around in wild hysteria
11:13 pm StephanieLMcGee: @WeegZilla They’re not that kind of supernatural though. Sigh. Mine really wouldn’t be any help. #UFChat
11:13 pm WeegZilla: supernaturals ghosts/spirits could help in a sudden disaster with so many dead means alot of unfinished business to take care off. #ufchat
11:14 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 1a mental help. Shock affects everyone differently #ufchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: Immediately to mind are ways to reach/communicate w loved ones, having someone as a leader to look to… #UFchat
11:14 pm crazy_legz: @UF_Chat I’m broke BUT I can do a healing net with all my spiritual buddies and familiars to send energy to those that need it #UFchat
11:14 pm jonfmerz: @a_silent_song #ufchat so true! my wife gave herself a very bad cut the other night and I had to treat it. I’m always thankful for training
11:14 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 1a some vamps can control the minds, calming people down. #ufchat
11:14 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat 1a – Many of them suffer losses of personal belongings, homes, and even family or friends. A lot of the victims will need the
11:14 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Yes – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder very real – how to minimize effects has to be handled immediately. #UFchat
11:15 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat If you can’t have twitter, a telepath would be awesome #ufchat
11:15 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat sympathetic ear of a counselor or a minister to help them through the losses.
11:15 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines So place that’s ‘theirs’ – a box, a sleeping ‘place’ tho temporary may help some… #UFchat
11:16 pm KateNicNiven: And I AM, dear. RT @leapetra: @UF_Chat If you can’t have twitter, a telepath would be awesome #ufchat
11:16 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat I’m wondering if the dojo I study at when in japan is going to be there when I return. I was supposed to be over there now, actually
11:16 pm leapetra: my berserk would be good to a point. If he got too stressed himself, he would make the situation worse #ufchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Also showing how they can help can helpl them too – not feel useless – is awful feeling – you all problem no solution #UFchat
11:16 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Right, exactly. #UFchat
11:17 pm inkgypsy: @jonfmerz We are glad you are not! Hoping people you know & love are safe. #UFchat
11:17 pm leapetra: @jonfmerz Any news on it at all? #ufchat
11:17 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat glad the trip got canceled
11:17 pm UF_Chat: 1c) How could a UF community help in times of disaster (like now)? #UFchat
11:17 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Yes. Sometimes what they need more than anything is to be kept busy so they can’t fall into deep depression/shock. #UFchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Would you mind sharing how you had your supes help during 9/11 in your novel premise? (more discussion later too) #UFchat
11:19 pm leapetra: 1c) How authors can help Japan NOW. Authors for Japan: http://bit.ly/f4rpHH <great idea for writers #ufchat
11:19 pm crazy_legz: @UF_Chat 1c) well theres my group of teleporters lol! I’m off! Just wrecked! Hope everyone is ok and much love to everyone in Jap. #UFchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: 2) Disasters BY creatures easy to imagine but what if creatures caught in disaster like Japan-how might they react by creature type? #UFchat
11:20 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Sure. The premise for how supernaturals “came out of the closet” in my book, HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, is that they felt #UFchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: @crazy_legz Wishing us all teleporters in times of emergency! Thanks for dropping by! #UFchat
11:20 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat there would be no better time to reveal themselves than the fall of the Twin Towers during 9/11. One of the werewolf packs #UFchat
11:21 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 2. I have been waiting for the godzilla reference, but its too soon. #ufchat
11:21 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat in New York used it as a way to help, and in a way that they would show they are useful and not to be feared by humanity. #UFchat
11:22 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra I wanted to keep away from that today in general & be sensitive as still happening, want to concentrate on helping. #UFchat
11:22 pm StephanieLMcGee: Gotta bow out of the #UFChat. People coming for dinner. Time to prep.
11:22 pm shadowflame1974: I think the varied talents and the survival skills of most UF characters would be useful #UFchat
11:22 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat I was a volunteer minister on site at Ground Zero. It was my way of paying tribute, weird as that sounds. #UFchat
11:22 pm QQwill: Hi. Just able to log on. What is the topic. #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines, how were your weres & vamps ADVERSELY affected by the twin towers falling? They helped but were they also hurt? #UFchat
11:23 pm shadowflame1974: and I agree Were’s would be awesomely useful right now. #UFchat
11:23 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Nope – sounds excellent actually. You have my respect & thanks on behalf of the people who couldn’t say it at the time. #UFchat
11:23 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines were you influenced at all by some of the political cartoons that came out afterwards. (1/2) #ufchat
11:24 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines One I remember is a child yelling at Superman “Where were you?” #ufchat
11:24 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat I didn’t explore that aspect deeply in the books. Background, yes (personal/financial losses). In the actual books, no. #UFchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: @QQwill Looking at Japan’s disaster – how we can help by thinking outside box. How supernaturals could help if existed. Focus on aid #UFchat
11:25 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy It’s not an easy subject to talk about. #UFchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: Already mentioned household creatures may be both very helpful during emergency but also very hurt. What about other creatures? #UFchat
11:25 pm shadowflame1974: also shape changers. Someone who could turn into a small dog or cat could go into places humans couldn’t #UFchat
11:25 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Sorry I’m late!
11:26 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra To be frank, I hate reading newspapers or political cartoons, because there is so much finger-pointing and bad news #UFchat
11:26 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat I think the best way to help immediately is to donate to organizations that know how to respond to emergencies like this. #UFChat
11:26 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines No, it’s not but I think we need to – with respect, & with aim of helping in the NOW & preparing for the future. #UFchat
11:26 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra instead of people sucking it up and DOING something about the problem. #UFchat
11:26 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Very much appreciate how you handled it in Hunted by the Others. #UFchat
11:26 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat United way puts over 90% of donations right into the hands of those who need it.
11:26 pm shadowflame1974: I think Vamps, or other undead could be useful in the reactors. They wouldn’t suffer from the radioactive fallout. #UFchat
11:27 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat it’s fortunate that japan has long been at the forefront of engineering with an eye toward surviving quakes
11:27 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat could have much much worse
11:27 pm inkgypsy: @jonfmerz Very much agreed – also been at forefront with nuclear tech & emergency systems too. #UFchat
11:27 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra Superman won’t always be there. We need to be our own Superman if we’re going to make changes in this world. #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: RT @shadowflame1974: I think Vamps, or other undead could be useful in the reactors. They wouldn’t suffer from the radioactive fallout. #UFchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: S: Let?s assume UF creatures caught in Japan disaster with humans concentrate on commonality with humans & survival. #UFchat
11:28 pm shadowflame1974: @jonfmerz definitely. #UFChat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: 3) What might be some ways in which supernaturals could help their fellow human victims? #UFchat
11:28 pm jonfmerz: @inkgypsy #ufchat thank god for that!
11:28 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines good point, happens all the time #ufchat
11:28 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Thank you. It was never my intention to treat it as something offhand or not to be looked back upon without sorrow or any #UFchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: 3a) What are some ways supernaturals might find themselves needing help/at a disadvantage in different ways than humans? #UFchat
11:28 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat They are stronger in general. Could help get people out while waiting for assistance. #UFchat
11:29 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat well the vamps in my Lawson universe are pretty much intermingled with humans anyway, so they’d be right there alongside em
11:29 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy sense of regret. I lost family in one of those towers. Believe me, I’m the last person who will ever look at it as an #UFchat
11:29 pm shadowflame1974: Could magic be tied in to some of the generators to help save electricity? #UFchat
11:29 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy unimportant or inconsequential event. #UFchat
11:29 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat If the vampires go poof in the sun, then they would need to find new shelter if their homes were destroyed. #UFchat
11:29 pm UF_Chat: One of things I’m heading toward today is to find the strengths we have just as humans – the very small can still be powerful help! #UFchat
11:29 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat I think their needs would be pretty similar – the need for blood as well, so hopefully donors would be brought in
11:30 pm scootercarlyle: @jonfmerz Nevermind, you answered my question. #UFChat
11:30 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Oh I’m so sorry! I didn’t realize you lost family too. my sincere sympathy. Your books just went to a whole diff level. #UFchat
11:30 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat can humans afford to lose blood after a disaster to support vamps?
11:30 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra Exactly. In less spectacular fashion, I make a jab at this in book 2, when people stand by and watch as the MC is #UFchat
11:31 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra kidnapped in broad daylight. Nobody does anything to stop or help. #UFchat
11:31 pm inkgypsy: @scootercarlyle Maybe it would be interesting to see if vamps could help the transfusion processes needed too. #UFchat
11:31 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Most of the time hospitals are clamoring for blood for emergency surgeries.
11:31 pm leapetra: @scootercarlyle depends on the vampire. They might know were good supplies are at. #ufchat
11:32 pm scootercarlyle: @inkgypsy #UFchat. True. CHarlaine Harris’s vamps definitely could help. They could imbue the wounded with super poweres.
11:32 pm UF_Chat: S: Author Jess Haines @Jess_Haines (Hi!) has disaster of 9/11 as catalyst for supes ?coming out? when provide special relief efforts #UFchat
11:32 pm shadowflame1974: Yes but a pint of blood to keep a vamp going is a lot less than the food needed for a rescue worker #UFchat
11:32 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy It’s OK. Don’t take my stories to be super serious political/social commentaries. Never meant for them to be taken like #UFchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: S: Note: @Jess_Haines has pledged to donate funds to match those helping as much as she can. To help: http://bit.ly/fds69v #UFchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: 4) Where could you see supes using special abilities in disaster relief for Japan? #UFchat
11:33 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy that. And the loss is long past. I’m all right now. :) And it had no bearing on why I went to NY as a minister. #UFchat
11:33 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines recently had a friend go off on a bystander that complained about a woman having a seizure. some ppl rise up. #ufchat
11:33 pm oldbookwormcb: RT @UF_Chat: S: Note: @Jess_Haines has pledged to donate funds to match those helping as much as she can. To help: http://bit.ly/fds69v #UFchat
11:33 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Werewolves could sniff out the wounded in the rubble.
11:34 pm shadowflame1974: Those with magical abilities could purify water, help others keep warm, etc Little bits of magic goes a long way sometimes #ufchat
11:34 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines These are long overdue: *HUGS!* #UFChat You get more awesome the more I get to know you woman! *another hug* #UFchat
11:34 pm scootercarlyle: @leapetra #UFChat I once called an ambulance for a Native American having a seizure. Bystanders actually stepped over him.
11:34 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 4. think of the creatures native to Japan. Some of the elemental forces. Some could have faced down the waves. #ufchat
11:35 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra Oh, I’m not saying people never help. We wouldn’t have organizations like Red Cross, Doctors w/o Borders, etc, if that was #UFchat
11:35 pm scootercarlyle: @leapetra #UFchat The Japanese see demons as supernatural creatures instead of evil incarnate.
11:35 pm Ramenth: #UFChat sorry I’m a little late to this. It’s an interesting idea but I think it would be hard to handle well in an established series (cont
11:35 pm Ramenth: #UFChat without starting to feel like a “Very Special Episode”.
11:36 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra This is where I think it’s good to brainstorm – if creature ‘x’ could do ‘y’ is there = in nature? Could we make tech? #UFchat
11:36 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat 3) What might be some ways in which supernaturals could help their fellow human victims? #UFchat
11:36 pm scootercarlyle: #leapetra #UFchat There could definitely be some potential there for water and earth demons.
11:36 pm UF_Chat: 4a) Assume acceptance (if just for now) of emerging supes helping Japanese today. What might be GOOD headlines UF creatures create? #UFchat
11:36 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra the case. I just wish that more people would PARTICIPATE to make a better world, like what I saw in NY. There were so many #UFchat
11:36 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy I think some researchers do that. #ufchat
11:37 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra people who came from all over the world–I met people from US, South America, Germany, Austrailia–and all they wanted was #UFchat
11:37 pm scootercarlyle: @UF_Chat #UFchat “Water Demons Seen Clamoring to Push Back the Waves”
11:37 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Have you seen NOVA special on smart machines? They’re doing exactly that – it feels like a UF story to watch – seriously! #UFchat
11:37 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 4a my vamp Ogden, would send his company over, offer med supplies for free. #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: S: Aid & defense isn?t necessarily all about power & special abilities. Sometimes creativity with avail resources works best. (cont) #UFchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: (cont) ?Illusioneering? is made-up term applied to Disney artists who helped camouflage areas incl Boeing facilities in 1940s (cont) #UFchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: (cont) & English magicians help create decoys to fool Nazis. Scroll down past ballroom to see illusions at work http://bit.ly/guOTcU #UFchat
11:38 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 4a I don’t mean just bandages. medical machines as well. #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: Yes this is real history folks! #UFchat
11:38 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat loved that special!
11:39 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra Parenthood losing federal funding, etc. It’s important to remember that it’s not just the spectacular events that merit #UFchat
11:39 pm UF_Chat: 5) How might non-traditional fields help in disaster relief or defense re natural disasters? (eg artists, magicians, film makers) #UFchat
11:39 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra attention and our assistance. #UFchat
11:39 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy *hugs* Thank you, darlin’. :) I do what I can with what resources I have. #UFchat
11:40 pm inkgypsy: @jonfmerz I DVR’d – they just skimmed surface of research happening. Want to see if any applicable in disaster relief! #UFchat
11:40 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines If only more did (is why I wanted to talk about this today) #UFchat
11:40 pm scootercarlyle: @UF_Chat #UFchat Filmmakers are important as they remind the public that help is still needed months after disasters.
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @scootercarlyle Also – can you imagine when communication down how large projected film would help? Distraction & instruction! #UFchat
11:41 pm scootercarlyle: @UF_Chat #UFchat Sweet!
11:41 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat some artists bring attention to events that get lost in the media. #ufchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Musicians are excellent at this. More musicians on site would help too I think – multi reasons. #UFchat
11:42 pm scootercarlyle: #UFChat Art is necessary for healing. I forget who, but a music teacher pointed out all of the spontaneous co? (cont) http://deck.ly/~4bN9i
11:43 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy @leapetra You don’t have to be overwhelmed or feel like there’s nothing you can do. If you aren’t sure, donate to charity #UFchat
11:43 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat I already seen one of my fav bands using their forum for their Japanese fans to connect. #ufchat
11:43 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy @leapetra at the least. Check with your local library or shelters if they need help. See what gov’t programs you would #UFchat
11:44 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Agreed – & if you can’t help those OS that way then looking to your own preparations in case of future will help too. #UFchat
11:44 pm scootercarlyle: #UFChat Sorry. Spontaneous concerts popped up after 9/11. The arts help us process trauma.
11:44 pm HollyIMerriday: @scootercarlyle @leapetra One of my characters is a merman. Disasters involving water a specialty. #UFChat
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy @leapetra want to support and become a part of them. Organize your neighbors to clean up graffiti and trash in your town. #UFchat
11:45 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra @inkgypsy There’s no limit to ways you can help. #UFchat
11:45 pm scootercarlyle: @HollyIMerriday Awesome. My characters don’t count as supernatural, I don’t think. #UFchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: Remember many kids caught in disaster too – this is where storytellers are needed to help these kids cope/express/communicate #UFchat
11:46 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat. I teach music, and I have a student whose family suffered a murder.
11:46 pm scootercarlyle: The mother did not allow the children to grieve. None of the kids have been the same since. #UFchat
11:46 pm inkgypsy: @HollyIMerriday Can you imagine a world mer-co-op to help deal with a tsunami disaster? May not be too far fetched – divers needed! #UFchat
11:46 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Kids need so much help after terrifying events.
11:47 pm UF_Chat: @scootercarlyle Oh that’s horrific. :( You must be such a gift for those kids to help their expression. #UFchat
11:47 pm UF_Chat: S: Writers have been shown to have an influence on world problem solving. Imagine you are consulted for ideas on how to help. #UFChat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: 6) What are your suggestions to world leaders for a) improving disaster relief/rescue efforts & b) prevention of future disasters? #UFChat
11:48 pm scootercarlyle: @UF_Chat #UFChat One of them just broke another kid’s bone during music the other day. He needs prayers, for sure.
11:48 pm UF_Chat: Please focus on help not blame – go from where we our now re the last question. We can’t change the past. #UFchat
11:48 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat one thing would the implementation of an early warning system for California & other areas like they have in Japan
11:49 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Prevention is nearly impossible as long as humans inhabit disaster-prone areas.
11:49 pm Ramenth: @jonfmerz #ufchat we have one of those, at least in NorCal.
11:49 pm UF_Chat: @jonfmerz Agreed! Maybe a dedicated media station too -non-profit, non-advertiser influenced to help spread facts & warnings etc too #UFchat
11:50 pm Jess_Haines: This! RT @UF_Chat: Please focus on help not blame – go from where we our now re the last question. We can’t change the past. #UFchat
11:50 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Perhaps some of the supernaturals could help humans relocate.
11:51 pm leapetra: 6) I think social media has stepped it up with a lot the governments used to do. especially with info #ufchat
11:51 pm jonfmerz: @Ramenth SoCal definitely needs one! #ufchat
11:51 pm UF_Chat: Did anyone hear about the northern ports on West US coast? Got destroyed by just a 8 ft swell. Not even a tsunami-proper. #UFchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra yay social media! Yes – Twitter has become a force for good (mostly) in emergencies now! #UFchat
11:52 pm shadowflame1974: @leapetra yes I agree there was a lot of information shared imediately #UFchat
11:53 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat I’m more worried about the problems with the nuclear power plant that was damaged in the Japan tsunami. #UFchat
11:53 pm scootercarlyle: @Jess_Haines #UFChat. No joke. That’s scary as hell.
11:54 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Found this yesterday: http://bit.ly/gDvyC7 It’s a helpful summary of the nuclear issue there at present. #UFchat
11:54 pm Jess_Haines: @scootercarlyle Seriously. Did you hear about the explosion earlier today? #UFchat
11:54 pm shadowflame1974: @Jess_Haines: could we send in a bunch of mind controlled zombies to work on the generators? #UFchat
11:54 pm UF_Chat: FINAL 7) What are the ways in which you are aware of that average person can give aid (if you have links, please share)? #UFchat
11:54 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat I’m asking because I don’t know, but will the earthquake affect food production? Japan doesn’t have much arable land.
11:54 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines so am I, the second is critical. #ufchat
11:54 pm Jess_Haines: @scootercarlyle Last article I saw they had evac’d within a 12 1/2 mile radius of the power plant. #UFchat
11:55 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat They import most of their food, and I don’t know if their fields were inundated with sea water. Salt’s not good for growing things.
11:55 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines That scared me. It had to do with the cooling pumps. Which really scares me #ufchat
11:55 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Sorry, I’m a farmer/rancher’s daughter.
11:55 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Red cross is the first place I call. #ufchat
11:56 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat Red Cross has set up a way to donate directly to Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami http://bit.ly/esmn4h #UFChat
11:56 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat I’ve got to get going, but I’d just like to thank you for putting this very important topic out there today.
11:56 pm shadowflame1974: @scootercarlyle a lot of the farmland on the coast and along the rivers were inundated in the prefict. #UFchat
11:56 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat RE: 7 — Red Cross, Doctors w/o Borders, forget the name of it but there is one that helps animals let homeless after #UFchat
11:56 pm inkgypsy: @scootercarlyle Good news I guess is Tokyo was mostly unharmed so coordination of business & exports/imports still OK #UFchat
11:57 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat events like this remind us all of the frailty of life and the enduring strength of human spirit – we are all connected
11:57 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat disasters, etc. Also support your church because many often send missions to assist in disasters. #UFchat
11:57 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines I’ve been trying to think of that one too – people need their animals at times like this too – veyr much so actually. #UFchat
11:58 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat @shadowflame1974 Good thing the US has bumper crops this last year. The Japanese already import a great deal of beef from us, too.
11:58 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat If you are in US, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross. Goes onto your cell phone bill.
11:58 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Right. People first, but there are animals affected, too. #UFchat
11:59 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra There was a great article that explained how it works and what to expect in worst case scenario. One sec, will see if I #UFchat
11:59 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat I probably won’t see you guys next week. I’ll be out at the farm, but have a good week.
11:59 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra can find it. #UFchat
11:59 pm QQwill: Shelterbox provides emergency shelter: http://bit.ly/dVs6yY You can not designate to which disaster it goes. #UFchat
11:59 pm inkgypsy: @scootercarlyle I hope will help 1st & eye profit margins later. I hate this greed thing – it complicates/worsens everything. :( #UFchat
March 13, 2011
UF_Chat: Want to help but don?t know how? American Red Cross are world pros 4 disaster relief & across all borders: http://www.redcross.org/ #UFchat
shadowflame1974: @inkgypsy yes but Tokyo gets power from there. :( #UFchat
scootercarlyle: @UF_Chat #UFchat. @inkgypsy Crop prices fell sharply right after Dad sold his harvest. The lower prices may help get food over there.
12:01 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Sorry – meant people need their animals to cope – often make diff between coping & not, pulling through & PTSD or not. #UFchat
12:01 am leapetra: @QQwill The auction I am donating to, is giving the funds to them #ufchat
12:01 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 Yes but 30% only I read (still a LOT but can still function with their back-ups for now) #UFchat
12:01 am scootercarlyle: #UFchat See you all later. I have to clean the office.
12:01 am Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Ah, I gotcha. #UFchat
12:02 am leapetra: I can’t find the pet rescue either. I found the FEMA page on how to prepare your pets for a disaster, #ufchat
12:02 am jonfmerz: #ufchat take care all – remember to hug your loved ones tonight and tell them you love them. A lot of Japanese can no longer do even that.
12:03 am QQwill: Mercy Corps via its partner Peace Winds is helping quake victims. You can donate directly to Japan relief. http://bit.ly/gt4BO8 #UFChat
12:03 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Is it the WSPA thatdoes emergency animal rescue/relief/owner reuniting? #UFchat
12:04 am QQwill: A good place to check out charites and how well they do is Charity Navigator: http://bit.ly/ibNClI #UFChat
12:04 am UF_Chat: @jonfmerz Yes – and we can all help if we all try to – even little ways combined help a lot. #UFChat We need each other.
12:04 am Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy That’s one, but wasn’t t one I was thinking of. #UFchat
12:04 am shadowflame1974: is this the link to animal rescue? http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=27 #ufchat
12:05 am UF_Chat: Didn’t talk much about writing & storylines this week for obvious reasons but if interested in exploring use of disasters in UF… #UFchat
12:05 am UF_Chat: Regarding writing UF and sci-fi or fantasy based on real life disasters – Writing Hurricane Katrina: http://bit.ly/a4fdIh #UFchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: Writing REAL disasters in UF isn’t as common as you might think – reality is tough & people worry (correctly) about disrespect. #UFchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: Doesn’t mean can’t but is tough topic. UF could do it though – we handle violence against women/kids & help. Can help here too. #UFchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: That?s a wrap for #UFchat. Thanks for participating. Be safe & remember to help where you can -even small things can make big differences.
12:08 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 That might be the one! #UFchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: Emergency Animal Rescue Service – EARS People need their animals now more than ever RT @shadowflame1974: http://bit.ly/17DGtk #ufchat
12:11 am itsShanisej: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat If you are in US, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross. Goes onto your cell phone bill.
12:13 am Jess_Haines: #UFchat Frig. My computer isn’t loading the page, but I think this was the one that had the info on what’s happening with the nuclear
12:13 am UF_Chat: Again – Authors for Japan – can you help? http://bit.ly/f4rpHH #UFchat
12:14 am Jess_Haines: #UFchat power plant and how they’re trying to fix it. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/11/AR2011031103673.html
12:18 am Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:18 am UF_Chat: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:18 am inkgypsy: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:19 am QQwill: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:21 am shadowflame1974: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:22 am RebeccaTLittle: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:29 am Jess_Haines: #UFchat Thanks for all the RTs, guys. :)
12:29 am janetsfox: RT @jonfmerz: #ufchat take care all – remember to hug your loved ones tonight and tell them you love them. A lot of Japanese can no longer do even that.

Late comment from @AnassaRh: Have had one idea for supernatural disaster relief: vamps and weres could “save lives” by turning people. #ufchat

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Transcript February 19, 2011: Gods, Monsters, Misfits and Hybrids – how Greek myths are trending in UF in 2011

As you probably know we are having serious issues retrieving the transcripts for UFchat and have been for some time. Please excuse the lack of formatting as I’m trying to get these up as quickly as possible once I get any semblance of the chat together. Thank you.

5:00 pm UF_Chat: Gods, Monsters, Misfits and Hybrids – how Greek myths are trending in UF in 2011 #UFchat 3pm PST/6pm EST
5:00 pm inkgypsy: Gods, Monsters, Misfits and Hybrids – how Greek myths are trending in UF in 2011 #UFchat 3pm PST/6pm EST
5:06 pm Laura_Bickle: RT @UF_Chat: Gods, Monsters, Misfits and Hybrids – how Greek myths are trending in UF in 2011 #UFchat 3pm PST/6pm EST
5:07 pm jillmyles: Ooo! RT @UF_Chat: Gods, Monsters, Misfits and Hybrids – how Greek myths are trending in UF in 2011 #UFchat 3pm PST/6pm EST
5:18 pm tadbo: RT @inkgypsy: Gods, Monsters, Misfits and Hybrids – how Greek myths are trending in UF in 2011 #UFchat 3pm PST/6pm EST
7:51 pm AnassaRh: For the non-squeamish folks at #ufchat: Medical illustrations reveal the anatomy of mythical beings (via @io9) http://t.co/CTKgy4n
7:54 pm AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Maybe mention the problems after #ufchat? Perhaps the hivemind can help.
8:29 pm UF_Chat: Greek mythology-based UF is an emerging trend in UF this year (esp YA UF!) Come discuss in #UFchat at 3pmPST/6pm EST TODAY!
8:29 pm inkgypsy: Greek mythology-based UF is an emerging trend in UF this year (esp YA UF!) Come discuss in #UFchat at 3pmPST/6pm EST TODAY!
8:31 pm marirandomities: RT @uf_chat: Greek mythology-based UF is an emerging trend in UF this year (esp YA UF!) Come discuss in #UFchat at 3pmPST/6pm EST TODAY!
8:32 pm QQwill: RT @UF_Chat: Greek mythology-based UF is an emerging trend in UF this year (esp YA UF!) Come discuss in #UFchat at 3pmPST/6pm EST TODAY!
8:32 pm SecretsWriter: RT @UF_Chat: Greek mythology-based UF is an emerging trend in UF this year (esp YA UF!) Come discuss in #UFchat at 3pmPST/6pm EST TODAY!
8:34 pm inkgypsy: RT @AnassaRh For non-squeamish #ufchat folks: Medical illustrations reveal anatomy of mythical beings (via @io9) http://on.io9.com/ijqXAJ
8:49 pm inkgypsy: @AmaliaTd Going to mention your blog in today’s resource section on #UFchat. Thanks to @AnassaRh for alerting me to the awesome!
9:00 pm inkgypsy: 2 hr countdown to #UFchat! Sick of vamps, weres & zombies but love UF? 2011’s emerging Greek mythology-based UF may be up your alley! 3pmPST
9:00 pm UF_Chat: 2 hr countdown to #UFchat! Sick of vamps, weres & zombies but love UF? 2011’s emerging Greek mythology-based UF may be up your alley! 3pmPST
9:02 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat heads up: Tweetchat appears to be behind this week again (is that almost 2 mnths now?) Suggest finding alt way to follow/participate
9:02 pm inkgypsy: #UFchat heads up: Tweetchat appears to be behind this week again (is that almost 2 mnths now?) Suggest finding alt way to follow/participate
9:04 pm cdreimer: r @inkgypsy You mean Kelly McCullough’s MythOS series (Greek/Norse myths w/computer hacking) is finally catching on? :) #ufchat #justsaying
9:04 pm shadowflame1974: 2 hours to #UFChat Discussion: Greek Mythology and UF
9:05 pm inkgypsy: @cdreimer It’s getting noticed now yes! (I know – it’s nothing new but now there’s a whole slew coming!) #UFchat
9:05 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @shadowflame1974 I was a going to do a greek story for 2012 Olympics but I couldn’t get it to work #UFChat
9:07 pm UF_Chat: @kristiluchi Do you use Tweetdeck? If so add a #UFchat column to watch. Participate by adding the hashtag when tweeting.
9:08 pm UF_Chat: @kristiluchi Alternately look up tweetchat.com (altho be warned it is delayed by few mins) OR use Search Twitter. Look for #UFchat. :)
9:09 pm jbeemills: RT @UF_Chat: Greek mythology-based UF is an emerging trend in UF this year (esp YA UF!) Come discuss in #UFchat at 3pmPST/6pm EST TODAY!
9:11 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: I’m off to have a nap so I can stay awake for #UFChat
9:11 pm cdreimer: @inkgypsy Wouldn’t surprise me if “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” movie (2010) was the inspiration for these wannabes. #ufchat #ohmoney
9:22 pm kristiluchi: If only I could get the hang of #hashtags #ufchat
9:22 pm Queryaddict: Read an excerpt of ‘Hit List’ – on #BookBuzzrhttp://bit.ly/dqby8b #anitablacke, #ufchat
9:24 pm inkgypsy: @cdreimer I think seeing sirens and furies sell well last year helped too. #UFchat But then bks were being written 2 yrs ago… interesting!
9:24 pm inkgypsy: @kristiluchi That worked! You’re in the #UFchat column now. :) Can you see other #UFchat posts?
9:25 pm inkgypsy: @kdueykduey Urban fantasy :) #UFchat
9:25 pm kristiluchi: @inkgypsy I can. Woot! #hashtags are the death of me. I either use too many or none at all. #ufchat
9:28 pm cdreimer: @kristiluchi I remember the days of reading Kim Harrison and Jim Butcher before UF became a genre. Then wannabes came flooding in. #ufchat
9:29 pm UF_Chat: The grotesque & supernatural hybrids meet ancient & modern femme fatales as Greek myth storms UF in a wave in 2011! #UFchat @ 3pmPST
9:29 pm inkgypsy: The grotesque & supernatural hybrids meet ancient & modern femme fatales as Greek myth storms UF in a wave in 2011! #UFchat @ 3pmPST
9:29 pm kdueykduey: inkgypsy #UFchat Of course. A genre I love and almost write.
9:29 pm kristiluchi: @cdreimer I shied away from reading any UF for a long time. But weirdly, long before I read any UF, I found myself writing it #ufchat
9:30 pm shadowflame1974: @kristiluchi Don’t worry about it. I still forget to use them sometimes. #UFChat
9:31 pm inkgypsy: @kdueykduey I love that almost thing. :) We’re talking Greek mythology influenced UF today – lots about to be released for 2011. #UFchat
9:31 pm inkgypsy: @kristiluchi That’s how a lot of us came to it actually! I should have that as a chat topic one day. Writing UF before reading it. #UFchat
9:32 pm kdueykduey: @inkgypsy I love the general trend, that the roots go so deep. I proves human continuity to me…our needs don’t change. #UFchat
9:35 pm inkgypsy: @kdueykduey Yes! People still people, today as ever. & just as w fire, gods likely had cellphones 1st before we stole them ;) #UFchat
9:36 pm kristiluchi: @inkgypsy LOL, I remember being 14 and reading all of the five paranormal vampire books in our little library over and over. #ufchat
9:39 pm kdueykduey: @cdreimer @kristiluchi I have no way to prove it, but I doubt they were all “wannabees”. Things often trend w/o traceable imitation. #UFchat
9:45 pm kristiluchi: I really really should be writing! Why oh why is the internet so aweseome! #ufchat
9:46 pm kristiluchi: @kdueykduey Anne Rice. Never read any of them. #ufchat
9:56 pm MarcUpdates: O.k, Have I got this right then? #UFchat
9:57 pm kristiluchi: yes, especially if you have it saved as a search column. #ufchat
9:58 pm shadowflame1974: 1 hour to Greek Myths and the UF trends. #UFChat
9:58 pm kristiluchi: @MarcUpdates don’t forget the #hashtag, they’ve been messing me up all day. #ufchat
10:00 pm UF_Chat: Aoohgah! 1 hr to #UFchat! Bring boots & kevlar vests & shields. Greek myths R invading UF! Medusa Sirens Furies Valkyries & more! 3pm PST
10:00 pm MarcUpdates: @kristiluchi Bugger, yes, the hashtag is rather important. Bit like fangs on a vampire. #UFchat
10:00 pm kristiluchi: RT @UF_Chat: Aoohgah! 1 hr to #UFchat! Bring boots & kevlar vests & shields. Greek myths R invading UF! Medusa Sirens Furies Valkyries & more! 3pm PST
10:00 pm inkgypsy: Aoohgah! 1 hr to #UFchat! Bring boots & kevlar vests & shields. Greek myths R invading UF! Medusa Sirens Furies Valkyries & more! 3pm PST
10:02 pm shadowflame1974: @MarcUpdates yes you do #UFChat
10:02 pm kristiluchi: @MarcUpdates Yeah, sharp teeth won’t cut it… #ufchat
10:02 pm MarcUpdates: Sparkles on a vampire. Do Not Want! #UFchat
10:03 pm mandymroth: so I have to put my dead-be-dazzler away? RT @MarcUpdates: Sparkles on a vampire. Do Not Want! #UFchat
10:04 pm kristiluchi: @mandymroth NO! Bedazzlers are awesome! #ufchat
10:04 pm mandymroth: sweet! Love it. Very circa 1995 RT @kristiluchi: @mandymroth NO! Bedazzlers are awesome! #ufchat
10:05 pm kristiluchi: @mandymroth LOL, it’s like middle school all over again! #ufchat
10:06 pm mandymroth: @kristiluchi ah, the good ole days #ufchat
10:07 pm kristiluchi: @mandymroth I know… I can pratically feel the jelly shoes and I’m getting the urge to wear a huge tshirt tied in a knot at my hip. #ufchat
10:07 pm MarcUpdates: argh, tweetdeck, why do you torment me with your non-updating column! #UFchat
10:08 pm mandymroth: @kristiluchi if u add a side ponytail to that and sing “hanging touch” you’re set #ufchat
10:08 pm kristiluchi: @mandymroth Don’t forget the Tyedye and Daisy dukes #ufchat
10:09 pm kristiluchi: @MarcUpdates maybe it’s your settings? #ufchat
10:09 pm MarcUpdates: @kristiluchi I have no idea, I’m playing around with them and getting nowhere #ufchat
10:10 pm mandymroth: @kristiluchi come on baby, kick dem daisies… #ufchat
10:10 pm kristiluchi: @mandymroth LOl, or I could go the grunge look, with the holey jeans too. #ufchat
10:13 pm MarcUpdates: O.k, I think I’ve got this figured out now, watch my awesomeness as I use tweetdeck and seesmic! #ufchat
10:15 pm leapetra: RT @inkgypsy: Aoohgah! 1 hr to #UFchat! Bring boots & kevlar vests & shields. Greek myths R invading UF! 3pm PST #ufchat
10:16 pm leapetra: Wait! Valkyries aren’t Greek! But if we are going to talk about the Norse too, that would be cool #ufchat
10:17 pm kristiluchi: @leapetra I think we’re going with all of the old myths. *grin*#ufchat
10:19 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra Heh heh! You win! Was wondering if any would pick up on that! In talking about topic realized lots were mixing up cultures #UFChat
10:19 pm leapetra: @kristiluchi I have been catching up on the Norse and Finnish lately. Research I swear! #ufchat
10:19 pm MarcUpdates: Nope, still not flipping working right #ufchat
10:20 pm shadowflame1974: @inkgypsy @leapetra would be interesting to see a bunch of old mythos meeting in a UF #UFChat
10:20 pm kristiluchi: #hashtags will be the death of me #ufchat
10:21 pm shadowflame1974: @MarcUpdates this will work but sometimes a bit slow http://bit.ly/fikiTb #UFChat
10:22 pm MarcUpdates: So it’s Greek myths tonight, then. I did read the Percy Jackson series. #ufchat
10:22 pm kristiluchi: The combination of them all reminds me of X-Men somewhat… what with the clashing of Ares and Thor… #ufchat
10:22 pm kristiluchi: @MarcUpdates See, and I’ve just read a lot of greek myths. #ufchat
10:23 pm leapetra: @shadowflame1974 actually I know of at least one book already, but I will save it for chat. #ufchat
10:23 pm MarcUpdates: @shadowflame1974 Thank you :) #UFChat
10:24 pm MarcUpdates: So this is just kinda free form ranbling at the moment then? #ufchat
10:24 pm AmaliaTd: I just finished the first 5 Percy Jackson books today. Love them so much! @MarcUpdates #UFchat
10:25 pm shadowflame1974: @MarcUpdates yea kid of a pre-game show lol #UFChat
10:25 pm shadowflame1974: @AmaliaTd I think my oldest has read some of them. I know he saw the movie #UFChat
10:26 pm MarcUpdates: So here’s a question, would Harry Potter count as UF? #UFChat
10:27 pm inkgypsy: @kristiluchi Oh – happy to cover it all! BUT curious about the specifically Greek myth trend (we’ll be discussing it all really) #UFchat
10:29 pm inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 I’ve seen a few from a while back but less successfuly UF – too ‘traditional’ I think? Even used olde language. #UFchat
10:29 pm shadowflame1974: @MarcUpdates well, the Muggle setting is familiar in England, and the fantasy element is the Hogwort’s and wizards and witches #UFChat
10:29 pm AmaliaTd: @shadowflame1974 The movie is awful, compared to the books. It ripped all the life out of them. imho. #UFchat
10:29 pm kristiluchi: @inkgypsy I have my own reasons for choosing to work in the Greek Mythology but it’ll be really intresting to see others’ #ufchat
10:29 pm shadowflame1974: @shadowflame1974 I know of one series that combines 2 established mythos. #UFChat
10:29 pm inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 Could definitely use a UF-ing! ;) It would be interesting/awesome in good authors hands. #UFchat
10:30 pm UF_Chat: In 30 mins: Gods & Monsters ? esp the Greek kind ? why are they coming out of the UF woodwork this year? Come discuss in #UFchat @ 3pm PST
10:30 pm inkgypsy: In 30 mins: Gods & Monsters ? esp the Greek kind ? why are they coming out of the UF woodwork this year? Come discuss in #UFchat @ 3pm PST
10:30 pm inkgypsy: @kristiluchi You know -that’s one Q I forgot to add to my list! Thx – I will add something like that now. :) #UFchat
10:31 pm QQwill: RT @UF_Chat: In 30 mins: Gods & Monsters ? esp the Greek kind ? why are they coming out of the UF woodwork this year? Come discuss in #UFchat @ 3pm PST
10:31 pm AmaliaTd: RT @inkgypsy: In 30 mins: Gods & Monsters ? esp the Greek kind ? why are they coming out of the UF woodwork this year? Come discuss in #UFchat @ 3pm PST
10:31 pm kristiluchi: @inkgypsy Also, I wonder how people are treatingthe immortality and magic issue. #ufchat
10:32 pm MarcUpdates: I was trying to work out earlier, when did UF really start to bloom? Was it interview with a vampire? Buffy? #ufchat
10:34 pm shadowflame1974: @MarcUpdates I believe it started more with the female fatale than an element of vampires or werewolves. #UFChat
10:34 pm inkgypsy: @kristiluchi Immortality is one of the continuous challenges in UF – just because vamps normally have it. (cont) #UFchat
10:35 pm leapetra: @MarcUpdates I think there have always been books that could be called UF, it’s just lately they have their own heading. #UFChat
10:35 pm JeannieHolmes: @MarcUpdates I think it sort of started with Anne Rice but blossomed in late 80s/early 90s with Tanya Huff & LKH. #UFchat
10:35 pm inkgypsy: @kristiluchi My question is how to keep people fro getting bored wth all powerful gods. #UFchat
10:36 pm inkgypsy: @kristiluchi 1 xlnt series lost my interest immediately when MC started turning into a god. :( #UFchat
10:36 pm kristiluchi: @inkgypsy I have a solution to that, it’s all in their personalities… #ufchat
10:38 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy @kristiluchi A lot of the gods have faults. Maybe powerful, but still can mess up. #UFChat
10:38 pm AmaliaTd: @inkgypsy That’s easy– by making them human :) all powerful or not, if they have human vices, they’re fascinating! @kristiluchi #UFchat
10:39 pm kristiluchi: @AmaliaTd @leapetra Exactly. And, they’e lived for thousands and thousands of years, so they’re plob a little batshit. #ufchat
10:39 pm MarcUpdates: @inkgypsy I think you have to stay away from “all powerfull gods” on account that no cost for magic = boring #ufchat
10:39 pm kristiluchi: #ufchat I hear that. To MarySue for me as well. I, personally, plan to use some of the dysfuction in the myths that often get left behind.
10:40 pm inkgypsy: @AmaliaTd YES! Have to have the human element otherwise I am bored with all powerful, lives forever, can-do-anything characs. #UFchat
10:40 pm inkgypsy: @MarcUpdates Completely agree! #UFchat All powerful = no limits = no real challenges/stakes/risks = BORING! #UFchat
10:41 pm leapetra: @kristiluchi look at Thor, not the brightest bulb in the lamp. #UFChat
10:42 pm AmaliaTd: The great thing about the Greek myths, is that those gods ALL have HUGE faults and vices. I think that’s part of the attraction. #UFchat
10:42 pm MarcUpdates: @leapetra Rawr! Thor Plan number 1 HIt With Hammer! Thor Plan number 2, See plan number 1! #ufchat
10:42 pm kristiluchi: @leapetra totally. I read him in a Red Sonya Miniseries and loved it! #ufchat
10:42 pm AmaliaTd: @leapetra Hey now. It isn’t his fault he’s been concussed every day of his life. #ThorLove #UfChat
10:43 pm MarcUpdates: The greek gods were incredibly human, for all their power #ufchat
10:43 pm kristiluchi: @AmaliaTd YES! They are all totally totally screwed up. #ufchat #hashtagfail
10:44 pm MarcUpdates: @AmaliaTd @kristiluchi Weren’t they also inbred like crazy? #ufchat
10:45 pm leapetra: and it doesn’t help that Loki had to get him out of a few jams #Thor #UFChat
10:45 pm AmaliaTd: @MarcUpdates you’re forgetting the DRINK LOTS OF MEAD and EAT EVERYONE OUT OF HOUSE AND HOME. #ThorLove #UFChat
10:45 pm AmaliaTd: @MarcUpdates I don’t think inbreeding is an issue for gods. but yes, Zeus and Hera were brother and sister, etc. #UFChat
10:46 pm AmaliaTd: @leapetra Loki got Thor INTO the jams before he got him OUT of them. #UfChat #ThorLove
10:46 pm MarcUpdates: @AmaliaTd That’s not a plan, that’s “Thor’s Guide to being a goog guest” #ufchat
10:46 pm leapetra: You have to check this out http://www.godchecker.com/ great place for all the gods #ufchat
10:48 pm MarcUpdates: @kristiluchi True, they were batsh*t insane. Do we really need to talk about Zeus’s golden shower? #ufchat
10:48 pm inkgypsy: @MarcUpdates I’ll skip that one thanks! lol #UFchat
10:48 pm kristiluchi: @MarcUpdates No. #ufchat
10:48 pm leapetra: @AmaliaTd You now know why Odin had all that gray hair. Thor and Loki drove him to it. #ufchat
10:49 pm UF_Chat: Good for chat today! For RT @leapetra: You have to check this out http://bit.ly/NIIw great place for all the gods #ufchat
10:49 pm MarcUpdates: @inkgypsy @kristiluchi Yes, skipping _that_ is a great idea. #ufchat
10:50 pm inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: Mythology & UF -challenges of using established mythology (by Urban Psychopomp) http://bit.ly/fc3YFv #UFchat
10:50 pm UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: Mythology & UF -challenges of using established mythology (by Urban Psychopomp) http://bit.ly/fc3YFv #UFchat
10:50 pm AmaliaTd: @leapetra I think a good portion of it was anticipating the end of all things, too. And the hanging himself for wisdom. #ufchat #Leavesamark
10:50 pm MarcUpdates: I always get Odin and Wodin confused. #ufchat
10:50 pm kristiluchi: @MarcUpdates One of my favorite things about the gods are their wives. Reference Hera and Amphitrite. #ufchat
10:51 pm inkgypsy: Alright – strapping on the #UFchat boots & my #UFchat helmet, changing to mod mode- we’re taking on the gods today! (& other Greek myths ;)
10:51 pm leapetra: @MarcUpdates almost the same. One’s German, the other Norse #ufchat
10:52 pm NJBuchanan: RT @leapetra: You have to check this out http://www.godchecker.com/ great place for all the gods #ufchat
10:52 pm AmaliaTd: @kristiluchi Amphitrite seems so much more resigned to Poseidon’s affairs than Hera is to Zeus’. #Ufchat
10:52 pm MarcUpdates: @leapetra So the mythology is mirrored? #ufchat
10:53 pm UF_Chat: Got lost in #UFchat last time thx to #tweetchatfail? Alts: use Tweetdeck & add #UFchat column or online: Twitter Search http://bit.ly/eSSP2F
10:53 pm shadowflame1974: @MarcUpdates some are. #UFChat has mostly to do with cross cultures
10:53 pm kristiluchi: @AmaliaTd I alway thought of her more as more, accepting as a part of his personality. Hera is so violent, even blaming the women. #ufchat
10:54 pm inkgypsy: @AmaliaTd @leapetra Impending apocalypses give gods gray hair? There’s something col about that. ;) #UFchat
10:54 pm kristiluchi: Amphtritie was very welcoming and understanding to the women and the offspring. #ufchat
10:54 pm leapetra: Funny thing was earlier today I found a link to a person claiming Hello Kitty was evil, because she looked like Bast. Go figure #ufchat
10:55 pm leapetra: @MarcUpdates Like the Greeks and the Romans #ufchat
10:55 pm AmaliaTd: @kristiluchi Yeah, Hera is exceptionally cruel. It’s pretty disturbing how much punishment she doles out to the women involved. #UfChat
10:55 pm dref22: RT @leapetra: Funny thing was earlier today I found a link to a person claiming Hello Kitty was evil, because she looked like Bast. Go figure #ufchat
10:55 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra Well of COURSE she is – Hello Kitty being Bast that is. Evil? Only sometimes. ;) I’m kinda curious about the link… #UFchat
10:55 pm MarcUpdates: Considering todays subject, I’ve just realised that Wonderwoman counts as Urban Fantasy :D #ufchat
10:56 pm kristiluchi: @AmaliaTd A lot of them are. Medusa got he raw shaft of the deal from Athena. #ufchat
10:57 pm MarcUpdates: Promethius, now there’s someone thatgot a raw deal #ufchat
10:57 pm AmaliaTd: @kristiluchi So did Callisto, by Artemis. I actually have a series on my blog right now about Affairs of the Gods + fallout #ufchat
10:57 pm inkgypsy: @MarcUpdates Aaaand there you see one of reasons why I think superheroes and UF are 1st cousins. #UFchat (re Wonder Woman)
10:58 pm TENscribeshop: Okay #UFchat , I’m ecstatic about today’s topic. Did I miss the whole chat?
10:58 pm inkgypsy: @MarcUpdates I really want to have a superheroes vs UF kicka$$ vigilantes chat one day but think would be good with a guest. #UFchat
10:58 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy Hello Kitty is evil? This person thinks so. Thank goodness the response was right on the money. http://ow.ly/3ZAy9 #ufchat
10:58 pm AmaliaTd: @inkgypsy Superheroes are the continuation and rebirth of old Myths, all the way! Closer than first cousins, I’d say! #ufchat
10:59 pm MarcUpdates: @inkgypsy Sounds like a plan to me! #ufchat
10:59 pm johanncarlisle: still trying to think of the killer segue between #cyberpunkchat over here and #ufchat starting over there ;-)
10:59 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: #UFChat Ben signing in – let’s hope I can stay awake.
11:00 pm leapetra: BTW watching Two Towers while in chat today. talk about a series influenced by myth #UFChat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2, 1… & now we?re live with #UFchat! Today we?re looking at emerging trend of Greek myth in UF (incl YA).
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Got so caught up in Uf discussion I almost forgot to actually start! #UFchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Gods & Monsters ? esp the Greek kind ? why are they coming out of the UF woodwork this year? #UFchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Reminder: ?S? stands for statement which will be followed by a ?Q? (a related #UFchat question for discussion).
11:01 pm johanncarlisle: maybe #cyberpunkchat and #ufchat both inhabit #noir space? so we’re handing over the raincape and the spraycan to a more romantic graffitist
11:01 pm UF_Chat: S: After angels & demons in 2010, 2011 showing new trend of Greek mythology as base for many new UF books & series – esp in YA. #UFchat
11:01 pm DawnEmbers: finished cleaning in time for #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Q1: Are you aware of any books/series that have used Greek mythology to date (not necessarily new)? #UFchat
11:02 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat I wasn’t aware this was a new trend #UFChat
11:02 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat Just this year? #UFchat
11:02 pm inkgypsy: @johanncarlisle UF has strong noir roots – VERY strong. About as much as the horror roots actually. #UFchat
11:02 pm shadowflame1974: @johanncarlisle lol i think we do! #UFChat
11:02 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: A1 Apart from the YA Olympian books? #UFChat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: @QQwill We’ve had a smattering before but apparently in the release pipeline are a ton coming inn 2011 – esp YA. #UFchat
11:03 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat Q1 Doesn’t the Webnage series include Greek mythology? #UFchat
11:03 pm AmaliaTd: I think a lot of the popularity is capitalizing off Percy Jackson in middle grade. Clearly there is a solid market he’s tapped into. #ufchat
11:03 pm amandabonilla: I’ve heard YA is going to see more of this trend. Not so sure about the adult market #ufchat
11:03 pm inkgypsy: @Ben_Aaronovitch Yes – in addition to those there are more furies, sirens and medusa offsprings coming, among others. #UFchat
11:04 pm leapetra: S Where do we start Percy Jackson for one. A lot of Neil Gaimen works #UFChat
11:04 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @inkgypsy Just shows how easy it is to miss stuff. #UFchat
11:04 pm kristiluchi: I think that the adult market will be a completly different animal than the YA market. #ufchat
11:04 pm inkgypsy: @amandabonilla Adult market is showing more furies and sirens for starters. #UFchat
11:05 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @inkgypsy Titles? #UFchat
11:05 pm QQwill: @amandabonilla That’s what I was wondering. I don’t keep up with YA that much. Not enough time. #UFchat
11:05 pm amandabonilla: @QQwill Me either1 There’s too much good adult market stuff out there! :) #ufchat
11:05 pm AmaliaTd: I think the adult market will go more toward historical fiction, retelling the myths, than UF. but that is just imho. #ufchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: @kristiluchi Oh agreed but they do influence each other as many readers (& writers!) read YA UF specifically too. #UFchat
11:05 pm leapetra: Do they still teach the Greek myths in school? I don’t remember my kids talking about it. Maybe there is a need? #UFChat
11:05 pm cdreimer: Lurking in #ufchat for today. Revising a short story about a murderous shopping cart possessed by the spirit of an angry senior citizen.
11:06 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @AmaliaTd I think it will be dominated by British police wizards #ufchat
11:06 pm QQwill: @inkgypsy I think PNR has been full of Greek mythology for years. I know there is some UF… #UFchat
11:06 pm amandabonilla: I wouldn’t mind seeing more mythology, especially Greek, in adult UF #ufchat
11:06 pm DavidalBarron: @johanncarlisle How about “Dudes…urban cyberpunk with magic!” #ufchat
11:06 pm QQwill: @amandabonilla I just can’t read it all. #ufchat
11:06 pm inkgypsy: @Ben_Aaronovitch I only had time to gather hard evidence (cover & synopsis) on a few & will show but pub rumors abound. #UFchat
11:07 pm leapetra: A series my sons used to read The Viking was about the Norse Gods and the NFL #UFChat
11:07 pm amandabonilla: @QQwill Not enough hours in the day! #ufchat
11:07 pm Book_Faery: @genashowalter‘s Atlantis series (PNR) has Greek my aspects. Think PNRs use it a lot more than UF @QQwill @inkgypsy #UFchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: @QQwill Agreed – think the focus is shifting from setting & other charcs to MCs tho – from all indications anyway. #UFchat
11:07 pm QQwill: @amandabonilla There is a book coming out on 2/22 that uses Greek myth in a very cool way. Loved it. #UFchat
11:07 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @leapetra I’d prefer norse gods – or some mythology I don’t know #UFChat
11:07 pm amandabonilla: I think if adult writers are going to tackle these mythologies, they’re going to have to be presented in a much grittier, darker way #ufchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: Q2: What do you think the draw is for writers to use mythology in the UF stories? #UFchat
11:08 pm shadowflame1974: @leapetra no really more of a side project anymore #UFChat #UFChat
11:08 pm amandabonilla: @UF_Chat S2 I think it makes world building easier to have a concrete story and set of rules to pull from #ufchat
11:08 pm leapetra: as for the adult market. Satyrs are fun to write :D #UFChat
11:08 pm Book_Faery: @QQwill @inkgypsy Though I will say my UF series uses elements from Greek myth for back story. @Jess_Haines uses too I believe #UFchat
11:08 pm inkgypsy: @amandabonilla Agreed – also hard not to get caught up in ‘soap’ aspect which OK for PNR but notsomuch straight UF. #UFchat
11:08 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: RT @Ben_Aaronovitch: A2 Mythologies tend to represent a body of very primal stories that have stood the test of time. #ufchat
11:09 pm amandabonilla: @QQwill Nice! Are you going to review it? #ufchat
11:09 pm root2702: @johanncarlisle The “American god” of technolgy in _American Gods_ might be your cyberwar>urbanFantasy fulcrum #cyberpunkchat #UFChat
11:09 pm kristiluchi: S: I think it’s the ability to use a pre-created world and change and alter it to your tastes. like the vampires. #ufchat
11:09 pm cindymariej: @UF_Chat Common stories most people have in their consciousness. May not know exact story of Achilles’ heel, but doesn’t sound good #ufchat
11:09 pm Book_Faery: Greek my = Greek myth. RT @Book_Faery: @genashowalter‘s Atlantis series (PNR) has Greek my aspects. …@QQwill @inkgypsy #UFchat
11:09 pm AmaliaTd: A2: I think these are stories which resonate deeply. The heroes suffer cruel fates. no guaranteed happy ending. Tragedy abounds. #ufchat
11:09 pm QQwill: @amandabonilla Already did review it but did not want to reveal what mythology and what myth! #UFchat
11:09 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @cindymariej Good Point #ufchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery Yes Greek myths been used in b/story since UF ‘appeared’ but Greek myth charcs appearing more as MCs this yr apparently #UFchat
11:10 pm amandabonilla: @QQwill I’ll go back and check it out! #ufchat
11:10 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A2 All stories draw from myths, think of the archetypes #UFChat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: Q3: What are some different ways UF writers could mine mythology for material? #UFchat
11:11 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat Ah. Rob Thurman has secondary almost main character that is a Greek myth. #UFchat
11:11 pm cindymariej: What do you think is the reason most people use Greek myths and not Roman versions? #ufchat
11:11 pm AmaliaTd: A2: the world we’re living in right now seems similar– just as frightening as having unjust gods ruling over us. #ufchat
11:11 pm amandabonilla: I used Furies in an UF series I started. The myths worked perfectly for what I needed #ufchat
11:11 pm johanncarlisle: @amandabonilla I don’t think of retellings of Greek myth as particularly gritty & dark (but originals sure are gruesome & visceral!) #ufchat
11:11 pm MarcUpdates: @cindymariej Because they want to avoid jokes about Uranus us my guess #ufchat
11:11 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @cindymariej Especially since most of our knowledge of Greek myths come from Roman texts #ufchat
11:12 pm cindymariej: @UF_Chat Sorry, I just threw a question into #UFchat . Didn’t mean to overstep.
11:12 pm amandabonilla: @johanncarlisle Exactly. UF is sort of dark, so I don’t see it coming off like it should. #ufchat
11:12 pm kristiluchi: A3: Read the originals, and interpet things for yourselves There are many stories that wereproved true, Troy, and proved exaggerated #ufchat
11:12 pm QQwill: @Ben_Aaronovitch Perhaps we feel that the Greeks were first and the Romans borrowed? #ufchat
11:12 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Maybe it’s bc Vamps, Werewolves, Witches, etc are all overdone since the influx of para stories. Important to be unique? #UFchat
11:12 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A3 my mind just went blank there are so many ways. #UFChat
11:13 pm susan_see: @leapetra shoot I never got taught such topics in school but then I lived in a shitty town w/ shitty schools. I explored on my own #UFChat
11:13 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: A3 A contrast in how standards of heroism have changed #UFchat
11:13 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery There’s definite indication that pubs stopped buying vamps for a while (unless your series already established) #UFchat
11:13 pm kristiluchi: A3: the minatour: there really was a maze and a city, but it was just weaponless bull fighters. #ufchat
11:13 pm johanncarlisle: @cindymariej that’s a good point; we know most of the Greek myths through the canon (Shakespeare, poets etc) rather than ancient art #ufchat
11:13 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat And I so wanted to an angsty vampire story :( #UFchat
11:14 pm AmaliaTd: @Ben_Aaronovitch that’s a really good one. heroics of the past compared to today are sooo different. #ufchat
11:14 pm leapetra: @cindymariej Greeks were the first, the Roman’s ursupred them. Except for Romulus not much added #UFChat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery It’s odd re releases tho as seems many were writing Greek myth MCs at same time (2 yrs ago) when not much on shelves. #UFchat
11:14 pm MarcUpdates: @Ben_Aaronovitch What? Another one? ;) #ufchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: Q4: What might be some challenges for a writer in using mythology? #UFchat
11:14 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @MarcUpdates I just can’t get enough #ufchat
11:14 pm johanncarlisle: @cindymariej which probably makes them less mysterious and dark-fantasy than other mythologies: Norse or Egyptian or Celtic/New Age. #ufchat
11:15 pm DavidalBarron: If fauns/minotaurs aren’t ‘generic’ at this point, I’ve seen an uptick (in short stories). An urban faun, even. #ufchat
11:15 pm shadowflame1974: I think a lot of origional Greek mythos is a lot like Brother’s Grimm fairy tales. Darker in the beginning #UFChat
11:15 pm amandabonilla: A4 I think you run the risk of offending traditionalists if you put personal spin on any mythology #ufchat
11:15 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: Q4 Making the heroes sympathetic. #UFchat
11:15 pm AmaliaTd: A4: Making it your own, primarily. Staying true to the myth while recreating it uniquely. It’s a fine line to walk! #ufchat
11:15 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat A4: making the story your own, while still staying “true” (using that word loosely) to the myths #ufchat
11:15 pm MarcUpdates: @Ben_Aaronovitch Well, I’m sure there are plenty of clone of a certain dusk baed book to go around atm :) #ufchat
11:15 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat for me, right now. Finding Troll information that is not WOW related. lol #UFChat
11:15 pm UF_Chat: @amandabonilla Culturally you mean? #UFchat
11:16 pm MarcUpdates: @leapetra Try adding Norway to your search terms, Norway is BIG on trolls #ufchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: One thing I DIDN’T find is present day Greek thoughts on Greek mythology – is it as precious as eg Native American? Anyone know? #UFchat
11:16 pm QQwill: @Book_Faery A4 Give a different spin on why things happened in a myth. #ufchat
11:16 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat I do make references to Greek mythology in my second book. It will have greater significance later. @Book_Faery @QQwill @inkgypsy
11:17 pm leapetra: @amandabonilla I don’t think that is possible. Each myth gets retold and retooled through the years #UFChat
11:17 pm DavidalBarron: I engage in what I call “fictional syncretism”. I’ll just grab whatever myths sound good and toss ‘em in the stew. #ufchat
11:17 pm johanncarlisle: @leapetra @cindymariej that’s more about the way the myths have survived into canon. Plenty of Roman/Etruscan myths parallel to Grks #ufchat
11:17 pm amandabonilla: @UF_Chat Culturally, for sure. Or even those who might say, “That’s not how it goes” if you put your own spin on it #ufchat
11:17 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Well Since vamps are so pop, it’s difficult to come up with something unique/new to include to make them stand out #ufchat
11:17 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @DavidalBarron What Pratchett calls the cauldron of story #ufchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: S: Kasey Mackenzie?s UF series unique w Fury as MC -not just creature. (Bk 2 soon -cover + comments here: http://on.fb.me/hX2vfJ ) #UFchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: Q5: What do you think of a Fury as a UF protagonist? #UFchat
11:18 pm DavidalBarron: Then I let my characters eat the stew and see how they feel afterwards. Very multi-cultural, international. #ufchat
11:18 pm AmaliaTd: OH! a good UF Greek Myth book for Adults is Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips. (sorry that’s so late but true!) #Ufchat
11:18 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Can we discuss here or would that be spoilerish? #Ufchat
11:18 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Greek myth chars unexplored means making them refreshing & your own without having to worry abt “copying” another’s ideas #ufchat
11:18 pm cindymariej: @leapetra It really probably comes down to how we heard about them like @johanncarlisle said. I’m studying that now, fascinating #ufchat
11:18 pm amandabonilla: A5: you could totally use a fury as a protag. It’d have to be written well. A nice, gray area character #ufchat
11:19 pm johanncarlisle: @amandabonilla there’s a fine line between adapting a myth and “getting it wrong” (perhaps out of ignorance), that will upset people #ufchat
11:19 pm shadowflame1974: @UF_Chat I don’t think so. mostly Greek mythos was replaced by other religions. #UFChat
11:19 pm leapetra: Along with Native American, lesser known (at least for Westerners) myths haven’t been touched much #UFChat
11:19 pm cindymariej: @UF_Chat When can I read it? (Q5) #ufchat
11:19 pm MarcUpdates: I just remembered Tom Holt, he’s written a lot of Urban (comedic) fantasy, involving all sorts of mythology #ufchat
11:19 pm amandabonilla: @johanncarlisle Thanks! You articulated what I was TRYING to say! ;) #ufchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: @AmaliaTd That’s an older book – right? 80s release?? (bad memory there sorry) #UFchat Seen it recommended too.
11:19 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat @UF_Chat I’m OK with discussing some of it. If it gets too spoilerish I will keep my mouth shut. *g*
11:19 pm DavidalBarron: @Ben_Aaronovitch The cauldron of story contains the stew. (Nice save, David!) #ufchat
11:20 pm cindymariej: So many great retellings of Greek myths – they really enhance the imagination #ufchat
11:20 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: What was Q5? #ufchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines So what inspired you to use Greek myths in book? Are they mainly in background or new main characs? #UFchat
11:20 pm AmaliaTd: @UF_Chat 2004, actually! So not that old. And it’s really fun. #Ufchat
11:21 pm inkgypsy: @Ben_Aaronovitch Q5: What do you think of a Fury as a UF protagonist? #UFchat
11:21 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat @UF_Chat Having a little lag, might take a sec for me to get the full answer out–please bear with me.
11:21 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @inkgypsy Thanks #UFchat
11:22 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Think we’ve all got the weird lag/echo factor happening today! #UFchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: Q6: What other characters/creatures of Greek mythology do you think would make good protagonists (not just as supporting)? #UFchat
11:23 pm Agiliste: Many writers hold that a god is created by the faith of its followers, this could work :) @root2702: @johanncarlisle #cyberpunkchat #UFChat
11:23 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat Any that have not been main characters in comic books! #ufchat
11:23 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat In my second book, you learn that Alec Royce, the master vampire of New York, hails from Ancient Greece. His nemesis, Max Carlyle,
11:23 pm Book_Faery: A6: Harpy, siren, maybe offspring of a god/goddess, or offspring of a character in The Odyssey… #ufchat
11:23 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: A^ Odysseus #ufchat
11:23 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Satyrs, Sirens (a pop star perhaps), #UFChat
11:23 pm AmaliaTd: A6: I think the Minotaur is really interesting to explore as a protagonist. It isn’t really his fault, but he pays with his life. #ufchat
11:23 pm amandabonilla: @Book_Faery Sirens would be great. Dryads too. #ufchat
11:23 pm MarcUpdates: A6. Hmm.. The Pythia could make a good protagonist #ufchat
11:23 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat is also from Greece. Some may or may not have noticed that Max’s real name, referenced late in the book, is Euphron–who is a real
11:23 pm UF_Chat: S: Altho many beings in Greek myth the problem of gods & goddesses bound to turn up. #UFchat
11:24 pm ladytechie: A6 Grae Sisters #UFChat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: Q6a: Immortal/all-powerful = no real limits or true risks = boring. How could you avoid this trap in writing story using a god/dess? #UFchat
11:24 pm amandabonilla: @UF_Chat I avoid the god/goddess angle for exactly that reason. The story dies when there’s no stakes #ufchat
11:24 pm AmaliaTd: (Snorri traces the lineage of the Norse “gods” back to Troy and King Priam, just as a sidenote of awesome.) #ufchat
11:24 pm johanncarlisle: @UF_Chat A6: Proteus, the shapechanging old man of the sea? Satyrs (not to be confused with fauns: sex-crazed, horse-maned savages)? #ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: Dryads! Which reminds me I’ve seen a couple of writers working on Dryad books the last 2 yrs too! #UFchat @amandabonilla
11:25 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat Make them a demi-god/dess. #ufchat
11:25 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: A6a have them move in mysterious ways or be limited by an agreement #UFchat
11:25 pm MarcUpdates: @UF_Chat A6a- well, the cliche would be stick them on earth with amneisia #ufchat
11:25 pm Book_Faery: A6a: Trap their power in some way. Or do something similar to @kresleycole. Freya was in slumber bc she didn’t have enough (cont) #ufchat
11:25 pm DawnEmbers: #UFchat Q6 – think as long as there are consequences, and something they fear (even if they can’t die) it’s possible to have a god/dess
11:25 pm Book_Faery: a6a (cont): followers praying to her often… thus severely limiting her energy etc bc of that #ufchat
11:25 pm AmaliaTd: A6a: I don’t think immortal and god in Greek myth equals all powerful. These were gods with limits to what they do/their powers. #ufchat
11:26 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A6a Zeus was a player, Hera = Jealous, Vulcan = ugly. the myths already have the traits there #UFChat
11:26 pm UF_Chat: Q6b: What about other cultural mythologies? What other specifically MYTH creatures/characs would make for interesting protags? #UFchat
11:26 pm Book_Faery: @amandabonilla Sirens could be so fun. Haven’t read any stories with dryads. Cyclops! lol #ufchat
11:27 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: A6b I’ve always had a soft spot for Ellegbu/Legba #UFchat
11:27 pm kristiluchi: I’m using Mermaids. With very specific traits and leinage. and addictive personalities. #ufchat
11:27 pm leapetra: Adams has the Norse gods hanging around London as the homeless! #UFChat
11:27 pm johanncarlisle: @Book_Faery ooh yes! How about Circe, or Circe and Telemachus’ mythical child? Talk about a dysfunctional family background to carry #ufchat
11:27 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra Would like story of Thor offspring – lightning, tempers, strength, blunders… but not straight gods. (personal pref) #UFchat
11:27 pm MarcUpdates: A6c. Oooh.. a minotaur :D #ufchat
11:27 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @leapetra But they’ve redeveloped St pancras now. #UFChat
11:28 pm shadowflame1974: @kristiluchi Chirs Howard uses mermaids too. #UFChat
11:28 pm inkgypsy: @johanncarlisle Circe is one of the ones I’m surprised hasn’t popped up much yet! #UFchat
11:28 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat I have been read up on the Finnish myths. There are some brutal and heart breaking stories there #UFChat
11:28 pm amandabonilla: I’d like to see more Norse mythology in UF #ufchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: Q6c: What aspects of a creature are important to consider in turning them from character to an MC in UF? #UFchat
11:28 pm Book_Faery: @johanncarlisle Circe or Calypso… both would have interesting children, I think :) Or maybe Cerberus could make shifter puppies! #ufchat
11:28 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: China and India have their own very active UF scene (not that they call it that) #UFchat
11:29 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat person out of Greek history. They share the same sire, Athena-as in the goddess. *g* Had fun coming up with that twist on legend.
11:29 pm Book_Faery: A6c: angst and emotional baggage. The more, the better #ufchat
11:29 pm johanncarlisle: @inkgypsy yeah, funny how Calypso seems to be much more used nowadays, although she’s really backgrounded in Odyssey #ufchat
11:29 pm amandabonilla: RT @Book_Faery: A6c: angst and emotional baggage. The more, the better #ufchat
11:29 pm AmaliaTd: @amandabonilla Age of Odin by James Lovegrove and Norse Code by Greg Van Eekhout are good Norse UF #Ufchat
11:29 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat *pokes at computer* Damn, this thing is slow today.
11:29 pm amandabonilla: @AmaliaTd Sounds awesome! Thanks! #ufchat
11:30 pm kristiluchi: *switches to lurk mode* I can’t keep up with #ufchat
11:30 pm QQwill: @amandabonilla Lovegrove also has the Age of Ra. Got it today. #ufchat
11:31 pm inkgypsy: @Ben_Aaronovitch I’m very interested in both of those – need to read more of UF ocming from there! #UFchat
11:31 pm inkgypsy: @Book_Faery Cerberus <3! #UFchat :D
11:31 pm leapetra: It helps to have an interest in Folk Metal if you want to look at myths in a new light #UFChat
11:31 pm amandabonilla: @kristiluchi It moves quick! ;) #ufchat
11:31 pm kevmcveigh: Greek & Roman myths have been reused in Sff as long as I’ve been reading. See Wolfe, Waldrop, Robert Silverberg, Jones etc #ufchat #notnew
11:32 pm QQwill: @Ben_Aaronovitch Can you recommend some books from China and India? @inkgypsy #UFchat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Ah right! Now I remember – I got all mixed up with ‘expanded’ myth-ed history & the actual myths. *eyeroll* #UFchat
11:32 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat Anyway. I have a love of Greece, so it seemed like an excellent choice to draw on those myths and some actual historical
11:32 pm Book_Faery: @inkgypsy Yeah! :D You see glimpses of him in some books, but he’s usually a mindless side character #ufchat
11:32 pm kristiluchi: @amandabonilla it does! #ufchat
11:32 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @leapetra That just gave me a vision of Thor and Loki slumming it at Glastonbury #UFChat
11:33 pm MyNeedToRead: Not gonna lie, itd be pretty exciting to see some UF with some mythology from anywhere on the African continent. #UFchat Know some? tell me!
11:33 pm johanncarlisle: @kevmcveigh sure, but some characters/stories are more used than others. Challenge would be to find something fresh and make it noir #ufchat
11:33 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @QQwill I wish I could but it’s all in languages that I don’t read #UFchat
11:33 pm Book_Faery: @MyNeedToRead Oooh, yes, that would be interesting! #ufchat
11:33 pm amandabonilla: @MyNeedToRead Agreed! I’d love to see African mythology in the UF spotlight #ufchat
11:33 pm kristiluchi: Does anyone care to know what drives me nuts about current mermaid books out here? #ufchat
11:34 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat personalities to create the background to make my story. I’ve rewritten many Greek legends in my notes to suit the Other-verse.
11:34 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Which begs the question – do your vampires have any weaving/spider-like tendencies…? #UFchat
11:34 pm QQwill: @Ben_Aaronovitch That’s what I was wondering if there were translations. My Sanskrit is rustly. #ufchat
11:34 pm leapetra: @Ben_Aaronovitch And they would not seem out of place! #UFChat
11:34 pm amandabonilla: @kristiluchi Mermaids are a toughie. I’ve seen a lot of them in YA, but not as much in adult #ufchat
11:34 pm AmaliaTd: @kristiluchi Is it the fact that they’re blending mermaids with sirens? #Petpeeve #ufchat
11:34 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @leapetra I bet they wouldn’t be covered in mud though #UFChat
11:34 pm johanncarlisle: @MyNeedToRead there must be Egyptian mythology in UF, no? (Can’t name any, but I bet others can.) #ufchat
11:35 pm leapetra: @MyNeedToRead That would be awesome. Maori too #UFChat
11:35 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines I could just see her biting herself in ass by imbuing her vamps w Arachne characteristics coming back to haunt her.. #UFchat
11:35 pm kevmcveigh: @UF_Chat re Q6c the ONLY thing that makes a character suitable for UF is engagement with Urban environment. That is all. #ufchat
11:35 pm amandabonilla: @johanncarlisle I’ve definitely seen Egyptian mythology in UF. #ufchat
11:35 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat @inkgypsy Only in terms of the plots they weave. *g*
11:35 pm Book_Faery: Would also love to see more Egyptian myth in UF also. Or maybe having two myth worlds collide #ufchat
11:35 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: A? Stripped of their powers and working 9-5 would be fun #UFchat
11:36 pm inkgypsy: @kevmcveigh There must also be a supernatural/paranormal element either in character or for them to be influenced by. #UFchat
11:36 pm MyNeedToRead: @johanncarlisle Indeed, yer right. ^_^ I’ll amend to say, OTHER than Egyptian, which has indeed been used more than a few times. #UFchat
11:36 pm amandabonilla: @Ben_Aaronovitch I like to see powerful characters have to deal with normality #ufchat
11:36 pm UF_Chat: S: Sirens are also appearing more and more in UF as well. #UFchat
11:36 pm UF_Chat: Q7: What is it about sirens that people like? #UFchat
11:36 pm JeannieHolmes: @MyNeedToRead I believe L.A. Banks uses some African myths in her Vampire Huntress series. #ufchat
11:37 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @amandabonilla That was my thinking. Having to out think their opponents rather than just smiting them #ufchat
11:37 pm leapetra: I would love to have Baba Yaga show up in a city, but instead of her house on chicken legs, an RV #UFChat
11:37 pm UF_Chat: Q7a: Altho YA has a lot of mermaids adult UF has more sirens than mermaids. Why is that? #UFchat
11:37 pm johanncarlisle: @MyNeedToRead is all UF set in American/ European cities? UF in Nairobi or Lagos would have huge mythological potential wouldn’t it? #ufchat
11:37 pm amandabonilla: @Ben_Aaronovitch Not that smiting isn’t fun too! ;) #ufchat
11:37 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat Sirens – any exemplar titles? #UFchat
11:38 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @amandabonilla You can work up to smiting – Daddies got his mojo back (zaaaap) #ufchat
11:38 pm inkgypsy: @Ben_Aaronovitch Charlie Madigan series, Cat Adams series and carp I forget the other big one. :/ #UFchat
11:38 pm amandabonilla: @Ben_Aaronovitch LOL! #ufchat
11:38 pm johanncarlisle: @leapetra an RV with chicken legs? Painted with flowers and feathers… #ufchat
11:38 pm AmaliaTd: A7 the blending of mermaids and sirens really annoys me, to be honest. and it’s everywhere. Sirens =/= mermaid. #ufchat
11:38 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @inkgypsy Thanks #UFchat
11:39 pm QQwill: @Ben_Aaronovitch Is your Rivers mythology based on realy mythology or did you make that up? #ufchat
11:39 pm Book_Faery: A7a: The Little Mermaid! Haven’t read any YAs about mermaid, but perhaps they follow similar path? #ufchat
11:39 pm UF_Chat: Q8: Why do you think it?s specifically GREEK mythology that?s capturing imaginations right NOW (eg not Norse tho many love that too) #UFchat
11:39 pm kristiluchi: A7 It’s the seduction factor it comes from Ulysses meeting them in the ocean, and bird harpys with beautiful voices aren’t sexy. #ufchat
11:39 pm amandabonilla: @UF_Chat A8 Maybe the whole Percy Jackson thing? #ufchat
11:40 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @QQwill Sort of (sorry is complicated) #ufchat
11:40 pm Book_Faery: A8: I grew up reading lots abt Greek myth. Never heard anything about Norse myth etc until much older. Maybe same for others too? #ufchat
11:40 pm kristiluchi: #ufchat A8 I think that the greek gods names are mor familiar.
11:40 pm UF_Chat: S: On other hand, tho Valkyries AREN?T of Greek myth origin (they?re Norse) easy to see where people get confused. #UFchat
11:40 pm leapetra: @johanncarlisle not flowers for her, Skulls. Damn she would be a biker, I could see it! LOL #UFChat
11:40 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery That’s a REALLY good point! Didn’t think of that! #UFchat
11:40 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @kristiluchi Except for Hercules #ufchat
11:40 pm UF_Chat: RT @Book_Faery: A8: I grew up reading lots abt Greek myth. Never heard anything about Norse myth etc until much older. Maybe same for others too? #ufchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: Q8a: What other different cultural myths might work well in a Greek myth/UF environment (and story!)? #UFchat
11:41 pm gadget_girl66: @Jess_Haines Since they’ve mentioned sirens & mermaids, why is it I can see Max keeping 1 or the other captive just because? #UFchat
11:42 pm MyNeedToRead: @johanncarlisle Definitely! There’s a whole crew of possibilities. Yoruba mythology alone…oh, the possibilities! ^_^ #UFchat
11:42 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat @gadget_girl66 Who says he doesn’t? *innocent look*
11:42 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra Baba Yaga <3!! She and her chicken legged hut are possibly my favorites of all time. Such a complex character! #UFchat
11:42 pm inkgypsy: S: Note: Appears Greek myth charac/MCs more directly fr Myth than characs used fr Celtic tho those creatures almost staples of UF. #UFchat
11:42 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Greeks weren’t big on battle maidens #UFChat
11:43 pm UF_Chat: S: Note: Appears Greek myth charac/MCs more directly fr Myth than characs used fr Celtic tho those creatures almost staples of UF. #UFchat
11:43 pm UF_Chat: S cont: eg Cernunnos? story and character rarely explored, esp not from an MCs POV. #UFchat
11:43 pm CanYouRecommend: #canyourecommend RT @QQwill @Ben_Aaronovitch Can you recommend some books from China and India? @inkgypsy #UFchat
11:43 pm UF_Chat: Q8a: Why do you think Greek myth based UF is more directly Greek myth related than previous (eg) Celtic based UF? #UFchat
11:44 pm gadget_girl66: @Jess_Haines Do you ever incorporate fans ideas into your writing? #UFchat
11:44 pm amandabonilla: Serious lag today. Urgh! #ufchat
11:44 pm MarcUpdates: I’d really like to see more stuff dealing with asian myths and legends, Barry Hughart did a great fantasy series on chi mythos #ufchat
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat @gadget_girl66 If you count my beta readers, yes.
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: @amandabonilla Tell me about it! #UFchat
11:44 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat Celtic is much less well defined and documented than Greek #UFchat
11:44 pm leapetra: I could see Thor (Norse) and Perun (Slavic) getting into a fight. Because they are so similar. #UFChat
11:44 pm UF_Chat: Q8b: How is it CURRENT Greek myth-based UF appears both more faithful yet less like retellings than UF using (eg) Celtic mythology? #UFchat
11:45 pm amandabonilla: @Jess_Haines *rolls eyes* Seriously! ;) #ufchat
11:45 pm shadowflame1974: @UF_Chat Greek is much more familiar than Norse. We have planets and such named after Greek/Roman Gods #UFChat
11:45 pm MarcUpdates: @Ben_Aaronovitch Slaine in 2000AD did a great job on celtic myths #ufchat
11:45 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @shadowflame1974 We have ‘days’ named after the norse gods #UFChat
11:45 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines *cough*orgy with Royce, Chaz, Shia*cough* #ufchat
11:45 pm johanncarlisle: A8a maybe Greek myth has more direct path into our canon, via renaissance art and poetry, than Celtic (which has recent resurgence?) #ufchat
11:46 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat D: HEY! Don’t be givin’ away my big reveals! LOL @Book_Faery
11:46 pm UF_Chat: Let me qualify re last Q – when people attempt to retell eg Caltic legend they tend to stick pretty close – doesn’t really get UF-ed #UFchat
11:46 pm QQwill: @amandabonilla I thought tweetdeck died! #ufchat
11:46 pm Book_Faery: LOL. Don’t worry, I left the whipped cream out! RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat D: HEY! Don’t be givin’ away my big reveals! LOL @Book_Faery
11:46 pm AmaliaTd: @shadowflame1974 Yes, but our days of the week are named for Norse gods. I don’t think Greek is the only resurgent myth right now. #ufchat
11:46 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Celtic myth is used so much in high fantasy, that some might consider it over done already #UFChat
11:46 pm QQwill: @Ben_Aaronovitch Thursday is named after Thor. #ufchat
11:47 pm shadowflame1974: @Ben_Aaronovitch but are your kids really aware of that? Mine aren’t and truthfully, I did forget. (Bad Shadow) #UFChat
11:47 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @QQwill Wednesday, Friday #ufchat
11:47 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Perhaps they stick so close to Celtic myth bc it’s not “as popular”, whereas Greek myth is well known amongst readers #ufchat
11:47 pm QQwill: @Ben_Aaronovitch Wednesday is named for Woden? Yes? #ufchat
11:47 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @shadowflame1974 My son did it in pprimary school #UFChat
11:47 pm leapetra: @shadowflame1974 THORSDAY FRIGDAY WODENDAY I beg to differ #UFChat
11:47 pm amandabonilla: Real life calls. Thanks for the chat, everyone! See you next week! #ufchat
11:47 pm UF_Chat: @johanncarlisle That might be good point – people popularising Celtic legends – seem more ‘intact’ maybe? Hm. #UFchat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: Q9: Why would Greek myth based UF differ from the angels/demons trends of 2010 (in particular)? Are they at all related? #UFchat
11:48 pm kristiluchi: I have got to go cook! I’ll prob miss all the good stuff. #ufchat
11:48 pm MarcUpdates: @leapetra And then you have Saturn-day from the roman ;) #ufchat
11:48 pm QQwill: @leapetra Thanks. I forgot Friday! #ufchat
11:48 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat Angels/demons have that redemption thread – Greeks don’t do redemption #UFchat
11:48 pm kevmcveigh: @inkgypsy I was assuming that as a given for myth. But without the Urban engagement its just fantasy NOT urban fantasy. #ufchat
11:49 pm shadowflame1974: as I said Bad Bad Shadow :( #UFChat
11:49 pm UF_Chat: Q10: What mythological objects might be interesting to build a UF series around? #UFchat
11:49 pm johanncarlisle: @QQwill @Ben_Aaronovitch Thursday = Thor yes, but more complex than that: Jeudi = Jove (both gods of thunder); most days’re parallel #ufchat
11:49 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @johanncarlisle It’s always more complicated than that. #ufchat
11:49 pm AmaliaTd: Tuesday is named for Tyr, also a Norse god. #UFchat
11:50 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat Excalibur gonna be in book 6 sort of #UFchat
11:50 pm MarcUpdates: A10 – Loki’s staff, that could be very interesting #ufchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: @kevmcveigh Is 1 of reasons trying to have people understand retellings vs using as a base – story can’t just be ‘updated’ to = UF. #UFchat
11:50 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat The sampo. An amazing object. Probably a mill that would grind anything. Salt, gold, etc. #UFChat
11:51 pm QQwill: @Ben_Aaronovitch Book 6 of Rivers of London series? #ufchat
11:51 pm UF_Chat: Q10a: What different ways might you use eg Pandora?s box (or similar) in different ways as a series base? #UFchat
11:51 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @QQwill Yep #ufchat
11:51 pm AmaliaTd: A10: Not Greek, but…Thor’s Goat Chariot #ufchat
11:52 pm MarcUpdates: @AmaliaTd Ooh how about Odin’s 88-legged horse? #ufchat
11:52 pm shadowflame1974: experiencing some major Twitter Lag… :( #UFChat
11:52 pm MarcUpdates: @AmaliaTd Only 8, not 88, lol #ufchat
11:52 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @MarcUpdates Wouldn’t want to be the illustrator #ufchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: Q11: What might be interesting about the character of Medusa – or her abilities which may be passed on to future generations? #UFchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: Q11a: Which is scarier: Medusa as contemporary assassin or Medusa as high powered executive? #UFchat
11:53 pm MarcUpdates: @Ben_Aaronovitch I imagine it would end up looking like Rincewind’s luggage #ufchat
11:53 pm cindymariej: @UF_Chat executives don’t need Medusa to be scary #UFChat
11:53 pm UF_Chat: Q11b: How else might Medusa?s abilities/curse prove interesting/useful to explore in UF? #UFchat
11:53 pm MyNeedToRead: A10: The Book of Thoth, though I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s already been well-covered. ^_^ #UFchat
11:53 pm AmaliaTd: @MarcUpdates Sleipnir, for sure! Especially with his heritage as a son of Loki-the-mare. #UFchat #Hashtagfail
11:54 pm Book_Faery: A11a: assassin… she could be like the boogie man. Don’t think she’d get far with snakes for hair as an executive lol #ufchat
11:54 pm UF_Chat: @cindymariej Oh I completely agree! (Which is why I put her in with the bunch. ;) #UFChat
11:54 pm shadowflame1974: Q11 I think her as a High Powered exe would be terrifying! #UFChat
11:54 pm AmaliaTd: Medusa vs. Athena would be awesome. #ufchat Using all the forces of earth to get back at Athena for the curse would be GOLD.
11:54 pm UF_Chat: Q12: How might you write contemp UF using Greek mythology in modern GREECE? #UFchat
11:55 pm UF_Chat: @AmaliaTd Don’t you think?? *looks around for where the writer is who is writing this awesome book* #UFchat
11:56 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat A12 Being Greek would be a good start #UFchat
11:56 pm UF_Chat: Q12a: What challenges might an author have in writing Greek-mythbased UF set in modern Greece? What would be fun to see? #UFchat
11:56 pm shadowflame1974: @Book_Faery snakes could be disguised as a particular hairstyle. :) #UFChat
11:56 pm AmaliaTd: @UF_Chat I’ll put it on my idea list :P #ufchat
11:56 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat A12a Zuess dealing with mountain climbers #UFchat
11:56 pm MyNeedToRead: Q12: There’d definitely have to be some bigwig shipping magnates involved, at the very least. ^_^ #UFchat
11:56 pm Book_Faery: @shadowflame1974 True. What happens if she gets pissed though? Would the snakes break free? #ufchat
11:56 pm UF_Chat: S: There is a UF anthology using Cerberus as springboard for shorts. (Must Love Hellhounds http://bit.ly/gtA28u ) #UFchat
11:57 pm UF_Chat: Q13: What could you do with/how could you use a hellhound in a contemporary city? #UFchat
11:57 pm johanncarlisle: A12 Yess! Greek mythology is updated in modern Greek folklore already: kallikantzaroi, shapeshifters, child-stealers; would be cool! #ufchat
11:58 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat Dog walking service #UFchat
11:58 pm UF_Chat: Q13a: What other creatures from Greek myth would make good central characs/sidekicks? #UFchat
11:58 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat Fauns, nymphs, neriads and muses #UFchat
11:58 pm UF_Chat: As in creatures like hellhounds (thinking beyond the heroes and gods here) #UFchat
11:59 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat Amber Benson uses a hellhound in the first of her Calliope Reaper-Jones novels. #ufchat
11:59 pm johanncarlisle: A12 and remember that for most of the last 2000 years the Greek world has included South Italy, Alexandria, Istanbul, Marseilles etc #ufchat
11:59 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat I had a hellhound as a love interest in a short story I wrote. He’s kind of like the badass of the underworld lol #ufchat
11:59 pm inkgypsy: @johanncarlisle I think that might be one of reasons people start getting confused – what is ‘Greek’ #UFchat
February 20, 2011
UF_Chat: Q14: What is the equivalent of a vampire in Greek mythology? Is there one? #UFchat
Ben_Aaronovitch: I’m being followed by Glastonbury 2011 now #UFchat
UF_Chat: Q14a: What about werewolves? Do they have a Greek myth cousin? #UFchat
12:01 am leapetra: @UF_Chat I have a Question. Do you think a lot of other myths have not been touched because they are too bloody? #UFChat
12:01 am shadowflame1974: @Book_Faery not sure, but probably part of the story lol #UFChat
12:01 am UF_Chat: FINAL Q15: If you could have any author write a Greek myth-based novel or new series who would that be? And why? #UFchat
12:01 am MarcUpdates: @UF_Chat Q14 Yes, there were, Lamias or lhamias, I believe #ufchat
12:01 am AmaliaTd: … q14 Incubus? #ufchat #hashtagfail
12:02 am UF_Chat: @leapetra This is one thing I find odd – UF has strong roots ins horror so why the aversion to bloody? (cont) #UFchat
12:02 am shadowflame1974: @UF_Chat Q13 bodyguard :D #UFChat
12:02 am MyNeedToRead: A14: Absolutely! The word even starts with a v but it doesn’t roll off the lips as easily. ^_^ #UFchat
12:02 am AmaliaTd: Q15: I’m determined to write my own :D but who knows how that’s going to end up :P #ufchat
12:02 am johanncarlisle: @UF_Chat Q14 Vampire: not really; there’s Lamia, who eats children, but no Byronic vampires (ironically) #ufchat
12:02 am JeannieHolmes: @UF_Chat Ancient Greeks believed people w/red hair would become vampires after death, if I’m remembering my myths correctly. #ufchat
12:02 am Ben_Aaronovitch: @johanncarlisle I thought Lamia was Roman? #ufchat
12:03 am JLCoburn: @UF_Chat A14 Empusa Lamia, Striges are all precursers to vampires as we know. Hecate too. #UFChat
12:03 am inkgypsy: @leapetra (cont) Maybe because horror done by many people and demi-people? Not monsters or evil people/abberations? Curious too. #UFchat
12:03 am kevmcveigh: @UF_Chat best use of Greek myth in proper UF is Stephen Sherrill’s excellent The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break #ufchat
12:03 am johanncarlisle: Q14a but werewolves, yes; there are shapeshifting pelts around, and Herodotus mentions a Scythian tribe who transformed into wolves. #ufchat
12:04 am leapetra: @UF_Chat There are a lot dismemberments and rebirth stories with some European traditions. Yet no modern takes #UFChat
12:04 am inkgypsy: @MarcUpdates I’m thinking snake… (another sake thing!) s that right? And wasn’t she big on munching up kids? #UFchat
12:05 am MarcUpdates: @inkgypsy Yup, that’s right, she’s real big on kidsize snacks #ufchat
12:05 am shadowflame1974: @UF_Chat Q14 Greeks and Romans had Empusae, the Lamia, and the striges. #UFChat
12:05 am inkgypsy: @MarcUpdates Checked wikipedia – you were right – similar to succubi apparently – though I was right too.. bizarre. #UFchat
12:06 am MarcUpdates: @inkgypsy lol, I’d already been and checked myself #ufchat
12:06 am UF_Chat: @Ben_Aaronovitch I think most Roman myths are Greek-offshoots excepting Romulus & Remus but I couldbe wrong… #UFchat
12:06 am leapetra: like this one LEMMINKAINEN – http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/finnish-mythology.php?deity=LEMMINKAINEN #UFChat
12:07 am inkgypsy: RT @UF_Chat: FINAL Q15: If you could have any author write a Greek myth-based novel or new series who would that be? And why? #UFchat
12:07 am Ben_Aaronovitch: @leapetra What a wonderful site #UFChat
12:08 am UF_Chat: Guess we opened up some worm cans/Pandora boxes today! That?s a wrap for #UFchat! Resources on Greek mythology/pantheons in UF next.
12:08 am UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: Mythology & UF -challenges of using established mythology (by Urban Psychopomp) http://bit.ly/fc3YFv #UFchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: The Femme Fatale Roots in Mythology http://bit.ly/gM7HrB #UFchat
12:08 am QQwill: @leapetra Cool site! #UFChat
12:08 am UF_Chat: @leapetra Godchecker is a great site – no? #UFchat
12:08 am Ben_Aaronovitch: Horway I managed to stay up to the end #UFchat
12:09 am UF_Chat: Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology Index http://bit.ly/hDi7US #UFchat
12:09 am UF_Chat: Greek mythology creature list (very basic – at a glance) http://bit.ly/h9HS5h #UFchat
12:09 am tordotUF: Medusa is getting a lot of play lately #ufchat
12:09 am UF_Chat: Greek gods, goddesses, legendary figures & monsters http://bit.ly/icPA3d #UFChat
12:09 am Localstuffbath: RT @Ben_Aaronovitch2011I‘m being followed by Glastonbury 2011 now #UFchat
12:10 am johanncarlisle: @UF_Chat @Ben_Aaronovitch most Roman myths we know about anyway. ????? appears in Aristophanes, so was obviously known to the Greeks #ufchat
12:10 am kevmcveigh: @UF_Chat @inkgypsy and beyond the existence of a Minotaur there’s no supernatural/paranoromance element. Non necessary #ufchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: @tordotUF Yes indeedy she is! Looking forward to reading the results. Want to see Circe-in-the-City. Heh. #UFchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: Amalia Dillin?s blog (@amaliatd) on all things Norse & Classic incl Thor + zombies! http://bit.ly/cbRN5T #UFchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: Kasey Mackenzie (author of ?Red Hot Fury? etc) interviewed at Odd Shots http://bit.ly/fxUkoB #UFchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: Kasey Mackenzie website w insider look at her use of mythology http://bit.ly/9uEX9Z #UFchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: Seaborn by Chris Howard @the0phrastus (review) Greek mythology & Mermaid adult UF! http://bit.ly/hEbHtY #UFchat
12:12 am inkgypsy: P.C. Cast – Goddess Summoning books – retelling ancient myths with a modern twist http://bit.ly/g14j8F #UFchat
12:12 am UF_Chat: Must Love Hellhounds – review by Abigail @ All Things Urban Fantasy http://bit.ly/gtA28u #UFchat
12:12 am UF_Chat: Webmage by Kelly McCullough (review) combines computers & mythology http://bit.ly/eYJQZu #UFchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon character/myth breakdown http://bit.ly/hXCWj3 #UFchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: The Big Idea: Carrie Vaughn on Discord?s Apple http://bit.ly/gDt9NL #UFchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Gods and Monsters #1: Darkness Becomes Her (review) http://bit.ly/eDJYCZ #UFchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Lords of the Underworld series overview http://bit.ly/hXzGGR #UFchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Got a topic you want to chat about? Let me know! (@inkgypsy) I?ll add it to the list & maybe even bump up the chat-date for it. #UFchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: #UFchat transcript available on the #UFchat blog as soon as I catch up! Allowing for late comments. Just use the hashtag.
12:14 am tordotUF: @JeannieHolmes @UF_Chat The Sabina Kane series plays off that idea #ufchat
12:14 am johanncarlisle: @shadowflame1974 I’d forgotten about the Empousae (probably because they have Punic roots) but also mentioned in Aristophanes so yes #ufchat
12:14 am QQwill: @UF_Chat Thank you for another great chat! #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Note: Am having HUGE trouble retrieving transcripts this last month!! Apologies – still trying. #UFChat
12:14 am UF_Chat: @QQwill You’re welcome. :) #UFchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: See you at next week?s #UFchat! @UF_Chat lights out. :)
12:16 am kevmcveigh: @MarcUpdates @UF_chat most sff takes its Lamia second hand from Keats firstly rather than from Greek sources. #ufchat
12:16 am inkgypsy: @kevmcveigh Funny thing about a minotaur – from what I understand it can’t survive OUTSIDE a city…potential there for good writer. #UFchat
12:17 am inkgypsy: @kevmcveigh Yes – I think that’s where the snake reference came from – correct? #UFchat
12:17 am UF_Chat: RT @kevmcveigh: @UF_Chat best use of Greek myth in proper UF is Stephen Sherrill’s excellent The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break #ufchat
12:19 am shadowflame1974: @UF_Chat WTHashtag is still down. :( #UFChat #UFChat
12:22 am kevmcveigh: @inkgypsy #ufchat well, there was only 1 Minotaur in myth, but Rjurik Davidson’s Passing Of The Minotaurs has lots visit a city, sad story
12:23 am UF_Chat: @QQwill Only just saw Q about Webmage – yes – Greek myth + computers – link is in resource section. :) #UFchat
12:23 am UF_Chat: @MyNeedToRead You’re welcome! #UFchat

The transcript runs out here so I am pasting from active post-UFchat participants Tweet Streams:

1st @AnassaRh (please note – these are in reverse – just like reading Twitter)

  1. @kevmcveigh Thanks for all the book recommendations! Will certainly be looking into them. :) Sun Feb 20 02:51:45 2011 via TweetDeck
  2. @UF_Chat @leapetra Maybe make dismemberment, rebirth, and bloody stories a #ufchat topic? Sun Feb 20 02:50:17 2011 via web in reply to UF_Chat
  3. Centaurs trained Heracles, didn’t they? Or was it Jason? Can’t remember. Anyway, could be a mentor figure again. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:45:01 2011 via web
  4. A13a: Am picturing heroine with wise-cracking water god living in her apartment, due to subterranean river. (Or the plumbing.) #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:43:39 2011 via web
  5. A13: You could use it like Rowling did and have it guard a treasure. Could be part of an assassination service, too. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:40:03 2011 via web
  6. A12: Stories centered around objects would be easy. If they’re disturbed or acting up or missing… Or perhaps a temple is profaned? #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:38:09 2011 via web
  7. A10a: Pandora’s box could turn Earth into a darker, dystopic version. Could have to put things back into it. Could try to find Hope. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:34:30 2011 via web
  8. A10: Can’t think of specific objects, but trying to track down relics/relics dealer would make great series. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:33:39 2011 via web
  9. @kevmcveigh Yes, exactly! I’m much more a fan of the alien brutality versions. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:29:46 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to kevmcveigh
  10. kevmcveigh @AnassaRh yes, and contemporary Celtic fantasy either follows this into twee or restores the quasi alien amoral brutality of Faerie #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:27:20 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to AnassaRh Retweeted by AnassaRh
  11. Then again, we only know the Greek myths through secondary and tertiary sources. Who knows what the originals were? #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:24:02 2011 via web
  12. I know the Victorians took the fae, shrank them, and dressed them up in flower petals. Greeks seem to be rawer, more original. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:23:21 2011 via web
  13. Not totally up on history of Celtic + Greek myths but haven’t the Celtic ones been sanitized and messed with longer? #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:22:07 2011 via web
  14. There’s overlap between Greek, Babylonian, and Judeo-Christian stories. Floods, men made of clay… Could be set up for shared world? #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:20:21 2011 via web
  15. A8a: I think just about any mythology could work with Greeks, if done right. Mesopotamian would be cool. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:19:05 2011 via web
  16. A7a: Mermaids are more ‘girly’? *shrugs* #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:11:03 2011 via web
  17. Hee! Great image! RT @leapetra: I would love to have Baba Yaga show up in a city, but instead of her house on chicken legs, an RV #UFChat Sun Feb 20 02:10:34 2011 via TweetDeck
  18. I haven’t read any siren books except for Kelly Gay’s, but my guess is that seductiveness plays a big part. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:09:51 2011 via web
  19. MyNeedToRead Not gonna lie, itd be pretty exciting to see some UF with some mythology from anywhere on the African continent. #UFchat Know some? tell me! Sat Feb 19 15:33:23 2011 via web Retweeted by AnassaRh
  20. Ooh, what about Hermes? Can someone use Hermes, please? I love tricksters. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:00:04 2011 via web
  21. Also, Hera, Artemis, and others were fond of screwing people over. Could make a god mortal/cursed? Could be looming threat? #ufchat Sun Feb 20 01:59:16 2011 via web
  22. A6a: Interesting take would be that 1) gods’ powers got exaggerated 2) gods had little real power, was all smoke and mirrors. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 01:56:39 2011 via web
  23. Perhaps they’re sent back to Earth because the gods think it needs cleaning up? #ufchat Sun Feb 20 01:53:39 2011 via web
  24. And I’ll go back to something I said a few tweets back: Would love to see the heroes. Theseus, Jason, Heracles, Odysseus…. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 01:53:05 2011 via web
  25. A6: Hmm. Death seems popular these days. Why not Hades? Persephone? Also, if heading towards sexy, a satyr? #ufchat Sun Feb 20 01:52:02 2011 via web
  26. Oh! Kelly Gay’s books use Greek myths too. Male siren sidekick, nymphs, whole attached world that sounds v. Greek. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 01:51:08 2011 via web
  27. @AmaliaTd Yes! You mentioned Gods Behaving Badly! I loved the take on the gods in that. Twas a perfect update of them. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 01:47:18 2011 via web in reply to AmaliaTd
  28. I think a Fury has a lot of potential. A natural avenger. Great choice when doing a mystery. But…how to slow her down for 300 pages? #ufchat Sun Feb 20 01:46:27 2011 via web
  29. Re: Greek thoughts on myths: No clue, but myths are further in past for Greeks than Natives, no? Perhaps it’s a distance thing. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 01:44:40 2011 via web
  30. A4: Challenges? Creating magic system and handicapping the gods. Choosing which versions of myths to use. #ufchat 1:43 AM Feb 20th via web
  31. @kevmcveigh Sounds interesting! I’ll check that out. #ufchat 1:40 AM Feb 20th via TweetDeck in reply to kevmcveigh
  32. @kevmcveigh But I think if there’s magic, even if slight, my statement could still fit. #ufchat 1:40 AM Feb 20th via TweetDeck in reply to kevmcveigh
  33. @kevmcveigh Sorry. I have a mystery-monster UF background. Trying to catch up on older works, + those in “mythic fantasy” vein. #ufchat 1:39 AM Feb 20th via TweetDeck in reply to kevmcveigh
  34. Yes! Heracles (etc) in our world? Someone with same ideals? RT@Ben_Aaronovich:A3 A contrast in how standards of heroism have changed #UFchat 1:36 AM Feb 20th via TweetDeck
  35. A3: Gods as villains. Gods as sidekicks. Gods as modern religion. Gods as parents. (Demi)gods as MCs. Demigods as non-human people. #ufchat 1:32 AM Feb 20th via web
  36. When you get down to it, isn’t all UF based in myth or legend? Even the ones with only magic, no monsters. #ufchat 1:28 AM Feb 20th via web
  37. Ben_Aaronovitch RT @Ben_Aaronovitch: A2 Mythologies tend to represent a body of very primal stories that have stood the test of time. #ufchat 3:08 PM Feb 19th via TweetDeck Retweeted by AnassaRh
  38. A2: Myths are a ready-made world, semi-familiar, with lots of shenanigans and characters to choose. #ufchat 1:26 AM Feb 20th via web
  39. A1: Someone in pre-chat mentioned the Webmage series. Think I’ve heard of one with a half-Fury? Also Gods Behaving Badly – one-off. #ufchat 1:19 AM Feb 20th via web

And from @kevmcveigh (who traded a few comments with Anassa as shown in her comments above):

  1. @leapetra coyote isn’t uncommon. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 12:44:56 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to leapetra
  2. @cftodd the point was that the latter with the nondescript city backdrop isn’t UF at all. Sun Feb 20 10:05:00 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to cftodd
  3. @AnassaRh the selkie in Elizabeth Bear’s Blood & Iron is definitely amoral and gives the books a dark layer Sun Feb 20 02:41:00 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to AnassaRh
  4. @AnassaRh James P Blaylock did that in Last Coin #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:38:09 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to AnassaRh
  5. @AnassaRh yes, and contemporary Celtic fantasy either follows this into twee or restores the quasi alien amoral brutality of Faerie #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:27:20 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to AnassaRh
  6. @AnassaRh @myneedtoread also have you read @nalohopkinson ? Uses African & Caribbean legends brilliantly.#ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:13:35 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to AnassaRh
  7. @AnassaRh @myneedtoread The House Of Discarded Dreams by @esedia is a great novel using myths/folktales from Zimbabwe area. #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:10:53 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to AnassaRh
  8. @AnassaRh re Odysseus, Margaret Atwood considered his wife in The Penelopiad #ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:03:24 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to AnassaRh
  9. @AnassaRh Howard Waldrop obliquely retells the 12 Labours in 1920s rural (so not UF) Mississippi in A Dozen Tough Jobs its great.#ufchat Sun Feb 20 02:02:05 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to AnassaRh
  10. @AnassaRh @MartinMillar1 created a modern urban pantheon in his Brixton books inc god of electric guitar thieves etc.#ufchat Sun Feb 20 01:39:49 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to AnassaRh
  11. @AnassaRh interesting assertion, not sure of the mythic base of eg Wizard Of The Pigeons or Shirley’s City Come A Walkin’ #ufchat Sun Feb 20 01:35:06 2011 via TweetDeck in reply to AnassaRh

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END OF TRANSCRIPT & ADDITIONAL TWITTER COMMENTS

Transcript Feb 5th 2011: UFchat Roundtable: Predictions for 2011

7:59 am FantasyFaction: Good topic on Female Fantasy Authors with Discussion & Recommendations: http://bit.ly/gSd6R3 #amreading #fantasy #ufchat #litchat
8:42 am KC_Woolf: RT @fantasyfaction: Good topic on Female Fantasy Authors with Discussion & Recommendations: http://bit.ly/gSd6R3 #amreading #fantasy #ufchat
12:08 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat is ON today! Sat 2/4 @shadowflame1974 puts on Mod hat & boots for 1st time. (Warning: she’s armed!) Open roundtable format @ 3pmPST
12:08 pm inkgypsy: #UFchat is ON today! Sat 2/4 @shadowflame1974 puts on Mod hat & boots for 1st time. (Warning: she’s armed!) Open roundtable format @ 3pmPST
12:11 pm inkgypsy: Though #UFchat is in capable hands today I sure will miss it if I can’t make it in between home-hospital duties here! It’s going to be fun!
12:27 pm PrincessSoupie: RT @FantasyFaction: Good topic on Female Fantasy Authors with Discussion & Recommendations: http://bit.ly/gSd6R3 #amreading #fantasy #ufchat #litchat
12:31 pm jolantru: RT @UF_Chat: #UFchat is ON today! Sat 2/4 @shadowflame1974 puts on Mod hat & boots for 1st time. (Warning: she’s armed!) Open roundtable format @ 3pmPST
2:15 pm Sarah_Bromley: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat is ON today! Sat 2/4 @shadowflame1974 puts on Mod hat & boots for 1st time. (Warning: she’s armed!) Open roundtable format @ 3pmPST
6:39 pm shadowflame1974: Morning… or ummmm afternoon all. Going to mod my first #UFchat today. Round table discussion.
6:41 pm UF_Chat: Round table discussion today: Predictions for 2011 #UFchat 5 P.m. CST
6:43 pm rcmurphy: RT @UF_Chat: Round table discussion today: Predictions for 2011 #UFchat 5 P.m. CST
6:52 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: Round table discussion today: Predictions for 2011 #UFchat 5 P.m. CST
7:51 pm sandrawickham: RT @UF_Chat: Round table discussion today: Predictions for 2011 #UFchat 5 P.m. CST
8:19 pm shadowflame1974: #UFChat in just a few hours! Round table discussion on where UF is going this year. Come and join in!
8:27 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat What are you looking forward to this year in Urban Fantasy? Werewolves, zombies, vampires. We want to know! 5pm CST
8:28 pm rcmurphy: RT @UF_Chat: #UFchat What are you looking forward to this year in Urban Fantasy? Werewolves, zombies, vampires. We want to know! 5pm CST
8:29 pm LauraKreitzer: @UF_Chat Something DIFFERENT. Something new #UFchat
8:50 pm miranda00writes: RT @UF_Chat: #UFchat What are you looking forward to this year in Urban Fantasy? Werewolves, zombies, vampires. We want to know! 5pm CST
9:01 pm UF_Chat: where will UF will take us in 2011. Will Vampires rule the world or will the Weres pull it off. Stay tuned for #UFChat 5 pm CST
9:03 pm marirandomities: RT @uf_chat: where will UF will take us in 2011. Will Vampires rule the world or will the Weres pull it off. #UFChat 5 pm CST
9:06 pm shadowflame1974: I’ll be lurking today going to mod my first #UFchat in 2 hours :D and haven”t read Neuromancer yet
9:07 pm shadowflame1974: I’ll be lurking today going to mod my first #UFchat in 2 hours :D and haven”t read Neuromancer yet #cyberpunkchat
9:13 pm AnassaRh: Also, to warn you, I participate in #ufchat every Saturday, usually late because dayjob conflicts. And I tend to be talkative?
9:29 pm marirandomities: A Saturday shout out to my #FridayFlash, The Knight Revealed, epi #12 of the Troll Serial: http://bit.ly/trolls12_knight #litchat #ufchat
9:53 pm UF_Chat: One hour to go time. #UFChat Round table discussion today, ‘Were do you think UF will go in 2011 and beyond? 5 pm CST
9:54 pm leapetra: RT @UF_Chat: where will UF will take us in 2011. Will Vampires rule the world or will the Weres pull it off. #UFChat 5 pm CST #ufchat
9:54 pm Jess_Haines: RT @UF_Chat: One hour to go time. #UFChat Round table discussion today, ‘Were do you think UF will go in 2011 and beyond? 5 pm CST
9:57 pm rcmurphy: RT @UF_Chat: One hour to go time. #UFChat Round table discussion today, ‘Were do you think UF will go in 2011 and beyond? 5 pm CST
10:31 pm UF_Chat: This will be my first mod job for #UFChat Open discussion on what trends are out there for 2011. Vampires? Werewolves? What next?
10:32 pm UF_Chat: Are you up for some predictions for 2011? Where UF is going this year. What is going strong? What is coming up? 5 pm CST #UFChat
10:34 pm ganymeder: RT @marirandomities: A Saturday shout out to my #FridayFlash, The Knight Revealed, epi #12 of the Troll Serial: http://bit.ly/trolls12_knight #litchat #ufchat
10:48 pm UF_Chat: Pulls on the UF Mod boots on. Looks good. Nothing feels better than monster stomping boots. #UFChat
10:51 pm UF_Chat: Hat’s a little small though *Grabs her own* ahh much better. Anyone out there? #UFChat
10:52 pm UF_Chat: http://bit.ly/dWUqfS Top Anticipated Fantasy books of 2011 #UFChat
10:52 pm L_Bushman: RT @UF_Chat: Pulls on the UF Mod boots on. Looks good. Nothing feels better than monster stomping boots. #UFChat
10:53 pm leapetra: RT @UF_Chat: Pulls on the UF Mod boots on. Looks good. Nothing feels better than monster stomping boots. #ufchat
10:53 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Just us chickens. #UFChat
10:54 pm UF_Chat: Orbit books: Cover trends 2009 part 1 http://bit.ly/eDv6rm Part 2 http://bit.ly/eSfrtP #UFChat
10:55 pm shadowflame1974: @Jess_Haines hey anyone who can wrangle Weres, vamps and zombies isn’t a chicken #UFChat
10:56 pm Jess_Haines: @shadowflame1974 Point taken, lol. #UFChat
10:57 pm DEcharacters: will watch chat but not sure I’ll have anything to add to the conversation #UFchat
10:57 pm shadowflame1974: Going to be my first time wrangling the chat so bear with me. #UFChat
10:58 pm BryanThomasS: @shadowflame1974 heckle heckle heckle :) #UFChat
10:59 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat re: covers What no chain mail wonderbras? #ufchat
10:59 pm UF_Chat: And we are going live in 3…. 2… 1… #UFChat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: Let’s open by looking at what’s in store for UF fans this year – the trends, expectations, predictions, #UFChat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: what’s hot, what’s not & the current writing trends (which we’ll see on the shelves in 2 to 5 years). #UFChat
11:00 pm leapetra: tweet chat is slow tonight. or more computer issues with me. #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: So what kind of trends did we see in 2010? Vamps seemed to dominate TV but how about books? #UFChat
11:02 pm shadowflame1974: @leapetra yea given up on tweetchat using TweetDeck #UFChat
11:02 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat More and more talk about trolls. That new movie from Norway is helping with that #ufchat
11:02 pm Jess_Haines: #UFChat I’ve seen a lot of angel stuff in YA and demon stuff in UF/PNR come out in the past year. Probably will see more of that in 2011.
11:03 pm Jess_Haines: #UFChat Aside from the obvious vamp/werewolf/mage stuff, of course. :P Fae are also becoming more popular.
11:04 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Trolls are interesting turn. Much more based in legends but what kind of changes in them have you seen? #UFChat
11:04 pm DawnEmbers: Try this again: There is mage stuff in UF? Where can I find that? #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: @DawnEmbers yep wiches, magic useers and magic galore in some stories. #UFChat
11:05 pm leapetra: #UFChat I think vampires will still be big, I can only hope that the image of them will start to change, New blood!
11:05 pm Jess_Haines: @DawnEmbers Mage/wizard, yes. Harry Dresden is the biggest, most popular example. #UFChat
11:06 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra How so? What would you like to see done differently? Not more sparkling, I hope, lol. #UFChat
11:06 pm leapetra: @uf_chat nice thing about trolls, is that there are many interpretations. From stone beings, to almost human ones. #UFChat
11:06 pm DawnEmbers: @UF_Chat ahh, yeah I heard of witches but not sure that any called them “mages” like I have in epic fantasy #UFchat
11:06 pm Jess_Haines: @DawnEmbers Have you read Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files? The MC is a wizard who advertises in the Yellow Pages, hehe. #UFChat
11:06 pm leapetra: @uf_chat hard part: setting them in urban areas. they stayed to the fringes of society most of the time. Except in Hellboy. #UFChat
11:07 pm DawnEmbers: @Jess_Haines I’ve heard of the tv show. but for me wizard is different than mage #UFchat but thanks I might read a book at one point
11:07 pm jayewells: @DawnEmbers @UF_Chat As far as I know my series is one of the only UFs that actually uses the term “mage”–The Sabina Kane series. #ufchat
11:07 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Ayup. Some books came out that had a TON of hype surrounding them that featured angels. Didn’t read them, myself. #UFChat
11:08 pm Jess_Haines: @DawnEmbers If you grew up on D&D, yeah, it’s different. But that’s par for the course in UF. #UFChat
11:08 pm Jess_Haines: @jayewells @DawnEmbers Not true. I have a mage feature fairly prominently in my novels, even if he’s a secondary character. #UFChat
11:09 pm leapetra: @DawnEmbers to me, mage is a person that is born with magic. Wizard learns. #ufchat
11:09 pm Jess_Haines: @DawnEmbers Ah. Yeah, they are more prominently featured in epic/high fantasy than UF, it’s true. #UFChat
11:10 pm leapetra: @jess_haines vampires: get them out of high school first. #UFChat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: Do you all see more emphasis in magic than magical creatures then? #UFChat
11:10 pm Jess_Haines: @jayewells @DawnEmbers Also, I just read something… think it was Karen Chance? Featured use of mages. #UFChat
11:10 pm DawnEmbers: I’ll admit, I haven’t read much in the way of urban fantasy but I might this year. #UFchat
11:10 pm Jess_Haines: @jayewells @DawnEmbers They are out there, just have to look for ‘em. #UFChat
11:10 pm Jess_Haines: AMEN. RT @leapetra: @jess_haines vampires: get them out of high school first. #UFChat
11:11 pm QQwill: #UFChat I think that we are going to see a lot more steampunk paranormals
11:11 pm UF_Chat: RT @Jess_Haines: AMEN. RT @leapetra: @jess_haines vampires: get them out of high school first. #UFChat >> I second that
11:12 pm L_Bushman: RT @UF_Chat: RT @Jess_Haines: AMEN. RT @leapetra: @jess_haines vampires: get them out of high school first. #UFChat >> I second that
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: @jayewells This is true. Dresden is the main one–not many others use them as MCs. @DawnEmbers #UFChat
11:12 pm UF_Chat: anyone looking forward to any new books this year? #UFChat
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: @jayewells Magic-user in general, I mean (wizard/sorcerer/mage). @DawnEmbers #UFChat
11:13 pm Jess_Haines: RT @UF_Chat: anyone looking forward to any new books this year? #UFChat >>PALE DEMON and GHOST STORY. :D
11:13 pm leapetra: everything is lagging for me WAAAAH #UFChat
11:13 pm jayewells: @Jess_Haines @DawnEmbers Yeah I think there’s a difference bt a mage and a wizard. #ufchat
11:13 pm shadowflame1974: @leapetra :( can you try tweet deck or use the twitter search? #UFChat
11:14 pm QQwill: Several. Love @Ben_Aaronovitch‘s Rivers of London series. RT @UF_Chat: anyone looking forward to any new books this year? #UFChat
11:14 pm Jess_Haines: @jayewells True. Everyone has their own take on it, though, from what I’ve seen. @DawnEmbers #UFChat
11:14 pm cdreimer: My vampire novella is different: 90YO twin brothers, vampire hunter & master vampire, look back on their destructive life b4 dying. #UFChat
11:15 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra Try TweetDeck, if you can. Works beautifully for me on a crappy little netbook. #UFChat
11:15 pm jayewells: @Jess_Haines @DawnEmbers Yeah the specific world building twists by every author is part of the fun of the genre. #ufchat
11:15 pm QQwill: I agree completely. RT @jayewells: @Jess_Haines @DawnEmbers Yeah I think there’s a difference bt a mage and a wizard. #ufchat
11:15 pm leapetra: @shadowflame1974 twitter search is working the best right now, the reast about 5 – 10 mins behind #UFChat
11:15 pm Jess_Haines: @jayewells @DawnEmbers Yes, precisely. :) #UFChat
11:16 pm ladytechie: @QQwill I am reading the US version of @Ben_Aaronovitch, Midnight Riot. I look forward to the others in the series. #UFChat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: Has there been much of a change in cover art this year. The Orbit links I showed earlier shows some changes #UFChat
11:17 pm DawnEmbers: #UFchat I’m looking forward to reading books from last year because I’m behind in reading but have a book review blog now
11:18 pm QQwill: @leapetra If it’s handled well. Perhaps we should call it parapunk, not steampunk? #ufchat
11:18 pm leapetra: I am still catching up with my books from last year #UFChat
11:18 pm perfectchichi: RT @UF_Chat: RT @Jess_Haines: AMEN. RT @leapetra: @jess_haines vampires: get them out of high school first. #UFChat >> I second that
11:18 pm UF_Chat: Cover trends 2009: I love thesePart 1 http://bit.ly/eDv6rmPart 2 http://bit.ly/eSfrtP From Orbit books. #UFChat
11:18 pm Jess_Haines: #UFChat I have a lot of books from last year I still need to read. Just recently bought GRAVE WITCH, DARK & STORMY KNIGHTS, etc.
11:18 pm QQwill: @ladytechie I loved Midnight Riot. Moon Over Soho is out on March 1, 2011. #UFChat
11:19 pm leapetra: @QQwill You could also throw dieselpunk on top of it. #UFChat
11:19 pm shadowflame1974: I have so much in my TBR pile. #UFChat
11:19 pm ladytechie: I have several just on 2/22 release date that are on my list to purchase. #UFChat
11:19 pm cdreimer: I also wrote about 20YO vampire queen, college educated, hiding until she’s ready to deliver vampire messiah baby – on her terms. #UFChat
11:20 pm QQwill: @leapetra That’s true. I do think it will evolve into it’s own punk nitch. Like bustlepunk has. #UFChat
11:20 pm leapetra: I am surprised there hasn’t been a big push with American folklore monsters. #UFChat
11:20 pm leapetra: Wouldn’t you love to read a book a bout a jackalope? #UFChat
11:21 pm ladytechie: I have a TBR room with literally hundreds of books and having a Nook and Kindle has only exacerbated the problem. #UFChat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra I’m a bit surprised about this too. Also Asian and Indian mythology. #UFChat
11:21 pm QQwill: @leapetra I’ve heard rumor of Wendigo storeis. #UFChat I think one made an appearance in the Dresden Files already.
11:21 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra LOL, a jackalope, huh? Sure. #UFChat
11:21 pm ladytechie: Yes, Cindy Pon’s next book is high on my list. #UFChat
11:21 pm QQwill: @ladytechie I have a huge TBR. I’ll never get through it! #UFChat
11:21 pm leapetra: twitter search is working for me. thank goodness #UFChat
11:21 pm DawnEmbers: @QQwill a wendigo would be interesting. I liked a wendigo movie years ago #UFchat
11:22 pm cdreimer: There’s more to vampires than being forever young, sparkling, and too stupid to graduate from high school and/or move on. :) #UFChat
11:22 pm leapetra: @QQwill Wendigo is good, I would love to see something with the Melonheads, Mothman, Beast of Bay Road, etc #UFChat
11:22 pm QQwill: @DawnEmbers I’ve seen a wendigo used in shows/ movies a couple of times. #UFChat
11:22 pm ladytechie: @QQwill Midnight Riot is hilarious and I love that it is not in the U.S. #UFChat
11:22 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat how many of you are doing the majority of your reading on Kindles & Nooks now?
11:22 pm Jess_Haines: I’d like to see something with a wendigo, too. Mostly seen movies, not books. #UFChat
11:23 pm ladytechie: @jonfmerz Honestly, I have to do all 3, physical and both Nook and Kindle. #UFChat
11:23 pm jonfmerz: @cdreimer and thank god for that #ufchat
11:23 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines strange thing is there is a disease that causes bony tumours to form behind rabbits ears #UFChat
11:24 pm Jess_Haines: @jonfmerz I have the software on my laptop and phone, but haven’t bought an ereading device. #UFChat
11:24 pm ladytechie: @jonfmerz Yes, I am a tech nut and actually have an iPad too. I use the Kindle and Nook more. #UFChat
11:24 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra O.o Funky! Maybe that’s where the idea for them came from. #UFChat
11:25 pm Jess_Haines: @jonfmerz Yep. Not as often as paper, but I do read them. #UFChat
11:25 pm shadowflame1974: #UFChat I have Calibre on my netbook. so I can read online but still prefer the books. #UFChat
11:25 pm ladytechie: I have series that I follow that I want the physical books for because the covers are great. #UFChat
11:25 pm jonfmerz: @ladytechie I just put all my Lawson vampire stuff up on Kindle & Nook but I was wondering how many UF fans actually read ebooks #ufchat
11:25 pm jayewells: @ladytechie @jonfmerz I’d love to see an ereader study by genre preference. So would most of publishing I’d imagine. #ufchat
11:26 pm BeccaBell9: “@jonfmerz: #ufchat how many of you are doing the majority of your reading on Kindles & ?” Zero. Call me old school – like my paper books!
11:26 pm QQwill: @ladytechie You should try Mike Shevdon’s Courts of the Feyre series and Suzanne McLeod’s Spellcracker series. #UFChat
11:26 pm jayewells: @jonfmerz @ladytechie In my experience UF fans are enthusiastic about ebooks. #ufchat
11:26 pm cdreimer: I’m working on a short story about killer California condors. Indian folklore says that the condor can cut off heads & drink blood. #UFChat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: @jonfmerz I think a lot of them do. If you look on Amazon, most titles are now offered on eBook format. #UFChat
11:27 pm jonfmerz: @jayewells @ladytechie yeah that’s what I’m wondering. Is UF a big genre for ebooks? #ufchat
11:27 pm DawnEmbers: #UFchat I read paperback. The only things I read on my computer are unpublished for friends or chapters for publisher I’m an intern with
11:27 pm ladytechie: @QQwill I love the Spellcracker series! I am looking up the Mike Shevdon’s series now. #UFChat
11:27 pm jayewells: @QQwill @ladytechie I second the Suzanne McLeod rec. She’s brilliant. But I’m biased sine she’s my crit partner. ;) #ufchat
11:27 pm jonfmerz: @BeccaBell9 me too but so many folks seem to go for ‘em #ufchat
11:28 pm ladytechie: I hate when that happens. I have Mike Chevdon’s Sixty-One Inch Nails in my TBR Library. #UFChat
11:28 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat good point. Happy I’ve got a lot of stuff out there, but it’s been interesting for sure! #ufchat
11:28 pm ladytechie: @jonfmerz Oh yes, for me it is. #UFChat
11:28 pm leapetra: @cdreimer That’s a great bit folklore. I love finding bits like that #UFChat
11:28 pm cdreimer: Before I saw “Season of The Witch,” I saw movie trailers for irresponsible people and demons. My recent flash fiction was all that. #UFChat
11:29 pm Jess_Haines: @cdreimer That just gave me flashbacks to Blair Witch. AUGH. #UFChat
11:29 pm ladytechie: @jayewells @jonfmerz Yes, and I was traveling about every other month and it was more convenient then multiple books in the luggage. #UFChat
11:30 pm jonfmerz: @ladytechie I can track sales of my paperback, but don’t know how many ebooks of my latest have sold but I think it’s abut the same #ufchat
11:30 pm cdreimer: Irresponsible people and demons – a new trend? Horror couldn’t exist w/o irresponsible people. Demons are new signs of the times? #UFChat
11:31 pm leapetra: I am hooked on the regional folklore, not just in the United States. So many good horror tales #UFChat
11:31 pm jonfmerz: @ladytechie @jayewells that makes sense. My wife got a Kindle for Christmas and loves it. #ufchat
11:31 pm Jess_Haines: @cdreimer Could be. Lots of books featuring demons out there now. LKH had an interesting one before she got all porny. #UFChat
11:31 pm QQwill: @Jess_Haines Jackie Kessler has the Hell series with demons. It’s great. #UFChat
11:32 pm Jess_Haines: @QQwill Ohh, I’ll have to check that out. @StaciaKane also has a good UF with demons. #UFChat
11:32 pm ladytechie: @Jess_Haines Yes, on the demons. I was all set to read Hellforged but needed a break on demons. I love that series. #UFChat
11:33 pm inkgypsy: Popping in briefly – talking demons I see? #UFchat
11:33 pm inkgypsy: Me too! RT @leapetra: I am hooked on the regional folklore, not just in the United States. So many good horror tales #UFChat
11:33 pm Jess_Haines: @ladytechie Haven’t read that series yet. Been hearing a lot about it, though. #UFChat
11:34 pm ladytechie: Another I am looking forward to is Gail Carriger’s next release. #UFChat
11:34 pm cdreimer: @Jess_Haines I’m not really into demons. I’m more of a “let’s make a deal with the devil and see how bad it gets” type. :) #UFChat
11:34 pm leapetra: Surprising with some of the 2012 end of the world stuff, not more end of the world UF #UFChat
11:34 pm QQwill: @Jess_Haines Yes she does. First one in the series is Personal Demons. #UFChat
11:34 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Discussing current UF trends and what’s popular. Demons came up on the list. :) #UFChat
11:34 pm UF_Chat: *ads to the TBR list* #UFChat
11:34 pm jonfmerz: The Sandman Slim books deal with demons in a pretty cool way #ufchat
11:35 pm Jess_Haines: @cdreimer Did you ever see that Schwarzenegger movie, End of Days? #UFChat
11:35 pm UF_Chat: Some might consider demons as end of the world topics. the Devil too. #UFChat
11:35 pm QQwill: @leapetra Nina Bangs is doing a PNR based series around the 2012 myth. Can’t think of a UF though. #UFChat
11:35 pm jayewells: @Jess_Haines @cdreimer LOL “You are a choir boy compared to me!” Loved End of Days. #ufchat
11:36 pm Jess_Haines: @jayewells YES!! XD @cdreimer #UFChat
11:36 pm ladytechie: I am a huge fan of the Gin Blanco series by Jennifer Estep too. Can’t wait for that one. #UFChat
11:36 pm leapetra: @cdreimer Unless you are Lordi, then the Devil’s your bitch. (great song: Devil is a Loser) #UFChat
11:36 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra American folklore monsters – wondering why not as well. Maybe people worried about stepping on native toes? #UFchat
11:36 pm jonfmerz: @Jess_Haines @cdreimer that movie had so much potential, but…ugh. #ufchat
11:36 pm Jess_Haines: @jayewells I have to put in the DVD after I finish watching Aliens, lol. @cdreimer #UFChat
11:36 pm jayewells: @Jess_Haines @cdreimer It’s pure cheesy fun. #ufchat
11:37 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Dark & Stormy Knights was a good antho – not perfect but then I haven’t read a perfect antho. #UFchat
11:37 pm Jess_Haines: @jonfmerz I enjoyed it. Considering who was in it and what they had to work with, I think they did pretty damn good. @cdreimer #UFChat
11:37 pm shadowflame1974: @inkgypsy maybe differences in interpretations. Different tribes had diferent views on monsters. #UFChat
11:37 pm cdreimer: Did a vampire story set at the CA U.S./Mexican border where the *chupacabra* (goat sucker) was mentioned as a passing joke. #UFChat
11:37 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy I’m looking forward to it. Roomie is shoving THE BOOK OF JHEREG down my throat first, lol. #UFChat
11:38 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy There are alot of tales from logging that are not Native American inspired. #UFChat
11:38 pm jonfmerz: @Jess_Haines @cdreimer yeah that’s good point, well taken #ufchat
11:38 pm Jess_Haines: @jonfmerz Yeeeesssss. Watching the extended edition right now. :D @jayewells @cdreimer #UFChat
11:38 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines I know demons were touted as the “it” creature for 2010 but not sure they clicked as much as expected. #UFchat
11:38 pm ladytechie: Oh another thing I am liking and hope more for are supernaturals working for the government. #UFChat
11:38 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines There are much worse roomies out there! Yours sounds like a keeper – at least for a while ;) :D #UFChat
11:38 pm Jess_Haines: @jonfmerz If it had the budget/cast/director of Avatar, that would be a different story. :D@cdreimer #UFChat
11:39 pm jonfmerz: @Jess_Haines OMG yes! #ufchat
11:39 pm cdreimer: @Jess_Haines No, I haven’t. I tend to draw on dealing w/ the devil through my church experience (i.e, the evil that good men allow). #UFChat
11:39 pm jayewells: Okay I’m heading out for the night. Thanks for letting me stop by #ufchat. Lots of great UFs coming out in the next couple of months.
11:39 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy PERSONAL DEMONS by @StaciaKane was the only one that I really enjoyed. #UFChat
11:40 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra I agree – & is a lot that are ‘New American’ too (settler tales also based on native folklore but on new land experience. #UFchat
11:40 pm leapetra: http://www.folklore.lumberwoods.com/title.htm #UFChat
11:40 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy LOL, he’s all right. :) #UFChat
11:40 pm Jess_Haines: @cdreimer Should check it out, it’s amusing. :) #UFChat
11:41 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines I admit I’m a little baffled by the demon interest. I get bored very quickly. Angels too. But prob just personal pref. #UFchat
11:41 pm Jess_Haines: @ladytechie Did you read BLOOD LAW by @JeannieHolmes? #UFChat
11:41 pm tasmin21: @UF_Chat Tossing my name in as a writer of demons. #UFChat Also have a WIP involving a jackalope AND a wendigo.
11:41 pm leapetra: http://www.folklore.lumberwoods.com/title.htm Logging creatures #UFchat
11:41 pm QQwill: @inkgypsy @Jess_Haines I don’t mind the demons when set against a rich and varied mythology. There are lost of demons. #UFChat
11:41 pm DawnEmbers: @inkgypsy personal preference is a big thing in the genre #UFchat I get bored easily with any vampire story
11:42 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Angels and demons never really were my thing. Doesn’t mean I never read them, just… infrequently. #UFChat
11:42 pm cdreimer: I think most Americans are generally ignorant of folklore. I might’ve read two Indian folklore stories while in college. #UFChat
11:42 pm inkgypsy: Ooh nice! I’m bookmarking! RT @leapetra: http://bit.ly/emlflG Logging creatures #UFchat
11:42 pm ladytechie: @inkgypsy I thought I loved the angels, it seems that I am just a fan of the Archangels by Nalini SIngh tho I’m not a big PNR fan #UFChat
11:42 pm ladytechie: @Jess_Haines Yes, Blood Law was good! #UFChat
11:43 pm Jess_Haines: RT @tasmin21: @UF_Chat Tossing my name in as a writer of demons. #UFChat Also have a WIP involving a jackalope AND a wendigo. >> WIN. :D
11:43 pm jonfmerz: I gotta run, but I hope all you UF fans will grab a copy of my latest: THE KENSEI -with vampires and ninjas- in stores everywhere. #ufchat
11:43 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy me too, i prefer interdimensonal creatures #UFchat
11:43 pm jonfmerz: good talking to you all! #ufchat
11:43 pm Jess_Haines: @DawnEmbers Really? What if it involves zombies? :D http://bit.ly/eavW9z #UFChat
11:44 pm DawnEmbers: I’ll admit #UFchat I have an angel/demon paranormal romance, but i haven’t read the similar books in the genre #badwriter
11:44 pm DawnEmbers: @Jess_Haines I’ve only read one zombie book, so still not sure how I feel on them #UFchat
11:44 pm leapetra: @cdreimer What about Pecos Bil, or Paul Bunyan, or John Henry, its a pity if kids don’t know about them now. #UFchat
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: @jonfmerz You, too! Thanks for stopping by! :) #UFChat
11:44 pm inkgypsy: @QQwill Differently cultured backgrounds using demons can read- v. interesting but standard Western gets samey for me. #UFchat @Jess_Haines
11:45 pm UF_Chat: I think it is a pitty too. Perhaps more of us could think of way to remake and rebuild them #UFChat
11:45 pm GraylinFox: RT @inkgypsy Ooh nice! I’m bookmarking! RT @leapetra: http://bit.ly/emlflG Logging creatures #UFchat
11:45 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra They don’t?? That’s terrible! (I’m surrounded by cartoon people so we always see those versions then expand here). #UFchat
11:46 pm johnmierau: Sticks up hand for @jonfmerz re RT: #ufchat how many of you are doing the majority of your reading on Kindles & Nooks now?
11:46 pm Jess_Haines: Oh, speaking of demons!! OMG, any other Big Al (Kim Harrison Hollows series) fans out there? :D #UFChat
11:46 pm inkgypsy: Anybody know how Monster High franchise is doing? It was booming before Xmas. interesting use of classic monsters for tweens/teens. #UFchat
11:46 pm QQwill: Another trend – Death, Grim Reaper of whatever you want to call him/her/it books. #UFChat
11:46 pm UF_Chat: #UFChat so what if Blue the ox was a snow creature who fell in love with Paul Bunyon?
11:46 pm shadowflame1974: #UFChat so what if Blue the ox was a snow creature who fell in love with Paul Bunyon?
11:46 pm jonfmerz: @Jess_Haines trying to make this a regular stop every Saturday! #ufchat BTW, I run free fiction in my newsletter http://bit.ly/fDOALy
11:46 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines OK – you got me. Him I can read. :D #UFchat
11:47 pm cdreimer: I’m planning to do an updated Hansel & Gretel fairy tale, where the dead witch’s spirit is in the recycled bricks for a home oven. #UFChat
11:47 pm GraylinFox: RT @Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Discussing current UF trends and what’s popular. Demons came up on the list. :) #UFChat
11:47 pm Jess_Haines: @QQwill Really? I’ve only seen one of these, GRAVE WITCH. #UFChat
11:47 pm UF_Chat: Or maybe their deeds were more than that? #UFChat so many ways to go with legends
11:47 pm DawnEmbers: Maybe I should use a mage instead of demon hunter in my SLC urban fantasy idea *ponders* #UFChat More my type anyways
11:47 pm Jess_Haines: @jonfmerz Awesome, I’ll check it out. :) #UFChat
11:47 pm QQwill: @Jess_Haines Death Works series by Trent Jamieson. Amber Benson’s Calliope Reaper-Jones series. There are others. #UFChat
11:48 pm inkgypsy: @cdreimer I’d be interested – let me know. I’ll promote it – I’m huge supporter of fairy tale revisits. H&G has many possibilities. #UFchat
11:48 pm jonfmerz: @johnmierau thanks John! have you grabbed my Lawson stuff on the Nook or Kindle? 5 novels, a novella & 4 shorts! #ufchat
11:48 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy 4 srs. I really want to read WORLD WAR Z after reading that short. #UFChat
11:48 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: #UFChat so what if Blue the ox was a snow creature who fell in love with Paul Bunyon?
11:48 pm Jess_Haines: @QQwill Huh. Haven’t heard of either of those. #UFChat
11:48 pm cdreimer: @leapetra I heard them in passing while in school. John Henry I learned from a PBS or Saturday morning short cartoon. #UFchat
11:48 pm thelightedbridg: RT @leapetra: Wouldn’t you love to read a book a bout a jackalope? #UFChat
11:49 pm LSMatson: @jonfmerz Will do. Just found #UFchat. And Go Gators.
11:49 pm inkgypsy: I must bow out once more. Great to participate & see you all briefly! #UFchat
11:49 pm shadowflame1974: @inkgypsy see you later ! #UFChat
11:49 pm jonfmerz: @LSMatson thanks! #ufchat
11:50 pm kwyskiel: RT @jonfmerz: I gotta run, but I hope all you UF fans will grab a copy of my latest: THE KENSEI -with vampires and ninjas- in stores everywhere. #ufchat
11:50 pm leapetra: RT @UF_Chat #UFChat so what if Blue the ox was a snow creature who fell in love with Paul Bunyon? <scary thought, unless shapeshifter
11:50 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy See you later! :) #UFChat
11:50 pm LSMatson: IS #UFchat a regular Saturday night gig for writers?
11:50 pm QQwill: @Jess_Haines Trent’s: Death Most Definite and Managing Death. Amber’s: Death’s Daughter, Cat’s Claw & Serpent’s Storm. #UFChat
11:50 pm Jess_Haines: @QQwill Will look them up next time I go book shopping. :) #UFChat
11:51 pm shadowflame1974: @leapetra see a legend can be retold. Just needs new eyes to see it #UFChat
11:51 pm leapetra: @cdreimer Disney did a movie called Tall Tale, years ago. That was the last time I saw them on screen #UFchat
11:51 pm Jess_Haines: @LSMatson Writers, fans, whatever. :) Every Saturday afternoon. #UFChat
11:51 pm QQwill: @inkgypsy I have to dash. Thank you for an interesting and enjoyable discussion. #UFChat
11:51 pm shadowflame1974: @QQwill Glad to have you. #UFChat
11:51 pm cdreimer: Since my story revolves around bricks, stepmother (before being possessed by the witch) reads the kids “The Three Little Pigs.” :) #UFchat
11:52 pm tordotUF: Are you chatting on Twitter right now? Join the conversation with hastag #UFchat
11:52 pm Jess_Haines: @QQwill Catch you later! :) #UFChat
11:53 pm edmarrow: @jonfmerz My wife and I do 95% on our matching Nooks. #ufchat #cutecouple
11:53 pm shadowflame1974: @tordotUF Thank you for the RT! #UFChat
11:53 pm leapetra: @shadowflame1974 Paul Bunyan might get pissed if he saw all his forests gone. And it would be ironic too #UFchat
11:53 pm crazy_legz: ohhok!! New Captain America Poster looks FAB!! RT @tordotUF: Join the conversation with hastag #UFchat
11:53 pm Ramenth: #UFchat, eh? Interesting, I’m ashamed to say this is the first I’ve heard of it. What’s up, other Urban Fantasy people. Anyone writing atm?
11:53 pm shadowflame1974: @leapetra it might be. lots of potential in that #UFChat
11:54 pm UF_Chat: @Ramenth @crazy_legz welcome to the chat. Today is open discussion on trends. #UFChat
11:54 pm Jess_Haines: @Ramenth Ayup. Working on a novella for an anthology coming out later this year about bitchy werewives. *g* You? #UFChat
11:54 pm leapetra: @Ramenth writing when I am not wresting my computer to the ground and trying to make it submit! #UFchat
11:55 pm cdreimer: I loved “The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs!” by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, where the story is told from the wolf’s perspective. #UFChat
11:55 pm shadowflame1974: @cdreimer that was an awesome little story. #UFChat
11:55 pm tordotUF: @cdreimer Who doesn’t love a good fractured fairy tale? #ufchat
11:56 pm Jess_Haines: You know what I would like to see more of? Dark/gritty vamp and zombie fiction that is not YA. #UFChat
11:56 pm UF_Chat: We will be continuing the discussion for as long as we have participants. #UFChat
11:57 pm leapetra: RT @Jess_Haines: You know what I would like to see more of? Dark/gritty vamp and zombie fiction that is not YA. #UFChat
11:57 pm readingecstasy: @cdreimer Seems like a take on the tale familiar to me, but I doubt it’s the book you mentioned. #UFChat
11:57 pm crazy_legz: Trends as in not Captain Americas new Poster? aww! Like Paranormal SP etc? Where has all the Epic/High fantasy gone? #UFChat
11:57 pm readingecstasy: @tordotUF @cdreimer Agreed. #ufchat
11:58 pm tordotUF: @crazy_legz I saw it too. Looks good #ufchat
11:58 pm Jess_Haines: @crazy_legz Well, this IS the *urban* fantasy chat. I’m sure there are high/epic fantasy chats out there, too. :) #UFChat
11:58 pm Ramenth: @Jess_Haines Writing a novel atm, actually, about Vampires and Lawyers. It’s kinda cliche, but I don’t think it’s really been done. #ufchat
11:58 pm cdreimer: @Jess_Haines Check out my “Dead Enders” story in Fem-Fangs (Pill Hill Press). http://www.cdreimer.com/books/femfangsanthology.html #UFchat
11:58 pm readingecstasy: @Jess_Haines Where have you been looking? #UFChat
11:58 pm ladytechie: @crazy_legz I’m new to the High Fantasy but loving the ones I’ve read so far. N K Jemisin! #UFChat
11:58 pm DawnEmbers: #UFchat there is a general fantasy chat on Tuesday’s called #Flitchat
11:58 pm UF_Chat: @crazy_legz Trends that affect UF in general and Speculative fiction in general today. #UFChat though we usually have Q&A
11:59 pm shadowflame1974: @crazy_legz and I wonder too about the Epic Fantasy. Is it too complicated for some writiers? #UFChat
11:59 pm tordotUF: @Jess_Haines @Ramenth Really? I’d buy that. Which anthology? #ufchat
February 6, 2011
ladytechie: @shadowflame1974 I had trouble with the made-up worlds at first until I saw the beauty in world building. #UFChat
Jess_Haines: @tordotUF The werewives thing? Antho isn’t out yet. Probably not even available for preorder. @Ramenth #UFChat
12:01 am shadowflame1974: @ladytechie World building can be frustrating and amazing depending on how it is done. #UFChat
12:01 am Ramenth: #ufchat @tordotUF We’ll see how it turns out. @Jess_Haines: Echoing @tordotUF here; what Anthology!
12:01 am Jess_Haines: @tordotUF Will be titled THE REAL WEREWIVES OF VAMPIRE COUNTY. Spoof on reality tv shows. :) @Ramenth #UFChat
12:01 am Ramenth: @Jess_Haines #UFChat huh, cool. Well, I look forward to reading it.
12:01 am ladytechie: @Jess_Haines That sounds hilarious! #UFChat
12:02 am Jess_Haines: @ReadingEcstasy I follow more than just the romance femmes. I also keep an eye on SciFiGuy, ATUF, a few others. #UFChat
12:02 am ladytechie: @shadowflame1974 I can see how it can be difficult and have seen authors talk about charts. I think they might be necessary. #UFChat
12:02 am Jess_Haines: @Ramenth @ladytechie Thank you! :) Not sure who the other authors in the antho will be, but I’m sure it’ll be awesome! #UFChat
12:02 am leapetra: @shadowflame1974 Or become time consuming (glances at wall covered with maps of fictional town) #UFchat
12:03 am Ramenth: @Jess_Haines #UFCHat, okay that is frankly an incredible title. You win an internets.
12:03 am shadowflame1974: @ladytechie they are. charts and spreadsheets, and notes can be very complicated. #UFChat
12:03 am Jess_Haines: @Ramenth LOL, thank you! Wish I thought of it. My editor is a genius. XD My story in the antho is WHAT’S YOURS IS MINE. #UFChat
12:03 am shadowflame1974: @leapetra lol yes! #UFChat
12:03 am readingecstasy: @Jess_Haines That’s good. Diversity is key. I’m going back to the crazy this year. I’ll keep you updated. #UFChat
12:03 am crazy_legz: @shadowflame1974 yeah I’ve come to the conclusion it is. *sniffs* #UFchat
12:04 am Jess_Haines: @ReadingEcstasy Please do. I have added JOHN DIES AT THE END and WORLD WAR Z to my TBR so far. #UFChat
12:04 am Jess_Haines: @JackieKessler Awesome! :D #UFChat
12:04 am egtalbot: @jonfmerz I do about 80-90% of my vreading on kindle now #ufchat
12:04 am tordotUF: @Jess_Haines @tordotUF @Ramenth I’ll keep an eye out for it #ufchat
12:04 am shadowflame1974: @crazy_legz No worries though. I think it will come back around. Been more talk about it lately. #UFChat
12:05 am Jess_Haines: @tordotUF @Ramenth Expect it will come out either later this year or early next year since my contribution is not due until April. #UFChat
12:06 am leapetra: @shadowflame1974 I love making worlds. Deerbow City for my vampires. And a whole world for my minstrels. #UFchat
12:07 am shadowflame1974: @leapetra I loved it when i was writing novel 1, the UF novels are half reality half fantasy so at least have a basis for tonws #UFChat
12:08 am crazy_legz: @UF_Chat meh, cool thanks! Twas all I needed to know! :-D #UFChat
12:09 am Jess_Haines: #UFChat LOL, queen alien is chasing Newt and Ripley comes to save her. My day is made. :D
12:11 am UF_Chat: Well, I think our chat is winding down. Thanks everyone for participating. We will be back next week! #UFChat
12:12 am Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Looking forward to it, as always. :) #UFChat
12:12 am crazy_legz: @UF_Chat I’ll be on earlier then so! lol! #UFChat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Lots of ideas, lots to think about. We are considering having open discussion once a month what do you think? #UFChat
12:14 am Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Needs some guidance, IMHO, so people have an idea what they’re chatting about. #UFChat
12:15 am shadowflame1974: @Jess_Haines My fault on that one, Kids got home at the wrong time. >.< #UFChat
12:16 am Jess_Haines: @shadowflame1974 No worries. :) I think we had fun today! #UFChat
12:16 am shadowflame1974: @Jess_Haines I hope so #UFChat
12:17 am UF_Chat: Night all and if you have anyting you’d like to talk about send a @ #UFChat
12:17 am ladytechie: Great #UFChat today! See everyone soon.
12:17 am Jess_Haines: @shadowflame1974 Got and gave some good book recs, and I had a good time. :) #UFChat
12:21 am jflamingo2: @UF_Chat I haven’t been around to join your chats for some time but it’s always interesting I think an open discussion would do well #UFchat
12:21 am Jess_Haines: OK, #UFChat is over, so I’m going to grab a drink and settle down to more Werewives hilarity and watch End of Days. :D
12:25 am AyeQue: RT @Jess_Haines: You know what I would like to see more of? Dark/gritty vamp and zombie fiction that is not YA. #UFChat
12:43 am Rachel__Graves: I need some new authors, any suggestions for ghost stories, paranormal romances, Urban fantasy, and horror? #ufchat #authors #reading
12:45 am Jess_Haines: @Rachel__Graves Have you read Laurrell K. Hamilton? Kim Harrison? Jim Butcher? Charlaine Harris? Patricia Briggs? Staples of UF. #UFChat
12:47 am Ramenth: #UFChat @Rachel_Graves The October Daye series by @seananmcguire is also very good.
1:39 am sandrawickham: @shadowflame1974 @UF_Chat I missed #UFchat cuz I’m down and out with some stoopid sickness. Just got outta bed. Drat! *waves anyway*
1:44 am JeannieHolmes: Agreed. RT @Jess_Haines: You know what I would like to see more of? Dark/gritty vamp and zombie fiction that is not YA. #UFChat
3:43 am frannymiller: RT @JeannieHolmes: Agreed. RT @Jess_Haines: You know what I would like to see more of? Dark/gritty vamp and zombie fiction that is not YA. #UFChat
8:43 am AnassaRh: Heading into the #ufchat transcript. Consider yourselves warned. (Imagine tonight will be long and rambly.)
8:47 am AnassaRh: Trends in 2010’s UF? More fae, some steampunk. YA had those too, plus angels and medium-types. #ufchat
8:49 am specficdb: RT @AnassaRh: Trends in 2010’s UF? More fae, some steampunk. YA had those too, plus angels and medium-types. #ufchat
8:51 am AnassaRh: I’m not sure I see an emphasis on magic in the 2010 UF. Upcoming? Yeah, I think we’ll probably see that. #ufchat
8:52 am AnassaRh: I suspect we’ll see more mixed-myth worlds, where it’s not just Celtic or Norse or Roman, but is a bit of everything. #ufchat
8:53 am specficdb: RT @AnassaRh: I suspect we’ll see more mixed-myth worlds, where it’s not just Celtic or Norse or Roman, but is a bit of everything. #ufchat
8:54 am AnassaRh: Books I’m looking forward to? Bloodshot, Brush of Darkness, Midnight Riot, Heartless, Late Eclipses, One Salt Sea, MM of Labyrinth. #ufchat
8:55 am AnassaRh: And of course, there are a whole lot of pre-2011 books I haven’t gotten through yet. #ufchat
8:55 am specficdb: RT @AnassaRh: Books I’m looking forward to? Bloodshot, Brush of Darkness, Midnight Riot, Heartless, Late Eclipses, One Salt Sea, MM of Labyrinth. #ufchat
8:59 am AnassaRh: I didn’t pull up the Orbit links, but if memory serves, we’re seeing less flesh, more sensible outfits. Also more heads? #ufchat
9:03 am jolantru: RT @AnassaRh: Trends in 2010’s UF? More fae, some steampunk. YA had those too, plus angels and medium-types. #ufchat
9:04 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy @leapetra Toe stepping’s likely an issue, yeah. Also scant records for some baddies, and general lack of knowledge. #ufchat
9:05 am AnassaRh: .@inkgypsy @leapetra I’d imagine many more people know Western, even Asian monsters, than do the American ones. #ufchat
9:06 am AnassaRh: Of course, there are lots of American monsters created by whites. We don’t see those ones either. #ufchat
9:17 am AnassaRh: @Rachel__Graves I second the October Daye rec. Also Kat Richardson, Stacia Kane, Suzanne McLeod, Lilith Saintcrow, Mike Carey. #ufchat
9:20 am AnassaRh: So, looks like #ufchat was less guided than I’d expected (no crit to @shadowflame1974). Looking forward to more open chats, though.
9:21 am AnassaRh: More predictions of things to come? Based on comments in previous #ufchat‘s, we’ll start seeing women with families and non-Western monsters
9:22 am AnassaRh: It also sounds like there’s going to be a backlash against alpha-alpha males and MCs in law enforcement. #ufchat
9:23 am AnassaRh: And I’m totally up for all of that! Even if I’m not writing about most of that stuff at the moment. #ufchat
9:23 am jolantru: RT @AnassaRh: More predictions of things to come? Based on comments in previous #ufchat‘s, we’ll start seeing women with families and non-Western monsters
11:43 am crazy_legz: @ariadne aye but on Tuesday we have #Flitchat which does all things fantasy #UFChat is just for Urban Fantasy ;-)
12:38 pm leapetra: RT @anassarh: It also sounds like there’s going to be a backlash against alpha-alpha males and MCs in law enforcement. #ufchat <agree
3:32 pm marirandomities: Many, many thanks! :) RT @kimidreams: The #ufchat Daily is out! http://bit.ly/etTGlm ? Top stories today via @marirandomities @UF_Chat
February 7, 2011
3:29 am jolantru: Excerpt is out!: http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=authors&authors_id=165 #ufchat
 

 

 

Triple Treat GIVEAWAY! + Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Housel of the Blackwell Philosophy & Pop Culture Series

This Saturday

- January 22nd, 2011 -

you could WIN THREE different

- and incredibly awesome –

books!

Just join us at 3pm PST/6pmEST as usual for #UFchat and bring questions for Dr. Housel.

There will be three chances to win, happening at random points DURING the Q&A!

3 chances for 3 minutes each for 3 different books!

(Winners announced within half an hour of the chat-end.)

And that doesn’t even hint at the subversive (and extremely fun!) discussion we’ll be having!

To quote @DocHousel, our guest returning for the 2nd time:

“Vampy Twihard/Fangbanger #UFchat (on) 1/22 with wicked hot #Giveaway….”

Bring your bad thoughts – we want to think bad things with you!

;)

Transcript for December 18th, 2010: A UF Winter Wonderland of Christmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem

This week’s TOPIC: ‘Tis the season for superstition, Santa and spirits – among other things! Urban fantasy is everywhere during holidays!

Whether you celebrate Xmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (or something else) there’s a whole lot of paranormal this time of year! From Saint Nick and elves invading houses to zombie carols and antlered winter hunters, there’s a little UF for everyone…

And we have GIFTS! For YOU!! Up for grabs: Wolfsbane & Mistletoe antho, Zombie Xmas Carols, Holidays Are Hell antho, Haunted Holidays antho, Naked City antho!!

Apologies for the delay – I wanted to confirm the order of our guest authors being Q&A’d in January before posting any sort of announcement because… that’s right! We have TWO authors being interviewed in the first month and more lined up for February and beyond! (Details for our January 8th return at the end.)

Official UFchat questions are in YELLOW.

Resources/ topic-related links are in BLUE.

5:54 pm jimnduncan: RT @inkgypsy: Lots to win today in #UFchat! Xmas/Yule themed w ghosts (& goats!) of past/future, invading elves + more UF seasonal-weird. 3pmPST Pls RT
6:00 pm UF_Chat: #Ufchat gets spirit of GIVEAWAYS today! Ghosts to elves, goats to mistletoe, headless shadows to baby puddings – chat Xmas UF style! 3pmPST
6:00 pm inkgypsy: #Ufchat gets spirit of GIVEAWAYS today! Ghosts to elves, goats to mistletoe, headless shadows to baby puddings – chat Xmas UF style! 3pmPST
7:00 pm inkgypsy: “People born on Xmas fortunate as supposedly can’t drown/hang OR unfortunate as see ghosts & spirits…” More in #UFchat today! 3pmPST
7:01 pm UF_Chat: “People born on Xmas fortunate as supposedly can’t drown/hang OR unfortunate as see ghosts & spirits…” More in #UFchat today! 3pmPST
7:45 pm inkgypsy: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:45 pm UF_Chat: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:47 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:48 pm specficdb: RT @inkgypsy: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:50 pm PoseySessions: RT @inkgypsy: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
8:00 pm UF_Chat: “Some believe those born on Xmas Eve turn into ghosts every year while sleeping…” (Remedy revealed in 3 hrs: #UFchat 3pmPST + GIVEAWAYS!)
8:00 pm inkgypsy: “Some believe those born on Xmas Eve turn into ghosts every year while sleeping…” (Remedy revealed in 3 hrs: #UFchat 3pmPST + GIVEAWAYS!)
8:02 pm shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: “Some believe those born on Xmas Eve turn into ghosts every year while sleeping…” (Remedy revealed in 3 hrs: #UFchat 3pmPST + GIVEAWAYS!)
9:00 pm UF_Chat: 2 hrs to last #UFchat of 2010! LOTS GIVEAWAYS!! Xmas/Yule themed season of superstition & winter weirdness! Come chat & WIN! 3pmPST Pls RT
9:00 pm inkgypsy: 2 hrs to last #UFchat of 2010! LOTS GIVEAWAYS!! Xmas/Yule themed season of superstition & winter weirdness! Come chat & WIN! 3pmPST Pls RT
9:41 pm shadowflame1974: An hour and 15 mins to #UFchat, Xmas themes and giveaways!
9:57 pm scootercarlyle: @inkgypsy Thank you so much. I’ll be there today if the toddler is still asleep! #UFchat
10:00 pm inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:00 pm UF_Chat: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:00 pm Jess_Haines: RT @inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:05 pm J_GriffinB: RT @inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:06 pm J_GriffinB: RT @UF_Chat: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:09 pm J_GriffinB: @cvaldezmiller @saramcclung @Karen_Hooper @gina_penn #UFChat beginith in a fitty-uno minutoes.
10:10 pm shadowflame1974: 50 minutes to Winter Wonderland #UFchat Come and see what things go bump on Christmas eve!
10:13 pm inkgypsy: @crookedfang AWesome! BTW we’re having lots of giveaways on #UFchat today. Wanna come? You could win somethin’. ;)
10:15 pm crookedfang: RT @inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:22 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy Any sign of Krampus in this chat tonight #ufchat
10:26 pm shadowflame1974: Grab the sleigh bells and watch the mistletoe, we have #UFchat coming up in 30 minutes. Giveaways to some of our participants today!
10:27 pm sandrawickham: RT @shadowflame1974: Grab the sleigh bells and watch the mistletoe, we have #UFchat coming up in 30 minutes. Giveaways to some of our participants today!
10:28 pm sandrawickham: @shadowflame1974 #UFchat is always on when I’m sitting down to write! Ack!! I’ll still peek in… :D
10:30 pm inkgypsy: 30 mins to last #UFchat of 2010! Xmas with a UF take today + BOOKS TO WIN! (multiple chances) Lookee here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pmPST
10:30 pm UF_Chat: 30 mins to last #UFchat of 2010! Xmas with a UF take today + BOOKS TO WIN! (multiple chances) Lookee here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pmPST
10:30 pm J_GriffinB: RT @UF_Chat: 30 mins to last #UFchat of 2010! Xmas with a UF take today + BOOKS TO WIN! (multiple chances) Lookee here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pmPST
10:45 pm UF_Chat: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:45 pm inkgypsy: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:45 pm shadowflame1974: 15 minutes until #UFchat! Bring your stocking because we have gifts!
10:46 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery Will call when the movie is over. :D Also, you should come to #UFChat!
10:46 pm JulieeJohnsonn: RT @UF_Chat: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:46 pm sandrawickham: RT @inkgypsy: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:47 pm specficdb: RT @UF_Chat: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:48 pm inkgypsy: Putting on my #UFchat Santa hat (& my boots – of course!) for the Xmas/Yule themed UF GIVEAWAY DAY today!
10:48 pm inkgypsy: RT @shadowflame1974: 15 minutes until #UFchat! Bring your stocking because we have gifts!
10:48 pm melissacarmic: RT @inkgypsy: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:49 pm shadowflame1974: going to have to bail in a few for #UFchat everyone is welcome to hop over when you are done here :D We have Giveaways ;) #cyberpunkchat
10:50 pm UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:50 pm inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:50 pm UF_Chat: A UF Winter Wonderland of Xmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem + GIFTS for YOU! (http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo ) #UFchat in 11 mins!
10:50 pm inkgypsy: A UF Winter Wonderland of Xmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem + GIFTS for YOU! (http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo ) #UFchat in 11 mins!
10:51 pm inkgypsy: Primer #2 for @UFchat early birds: Season of Superstition http://bit.ly/icr8Nz #UFchat
10:51 pm UF_Chat: Primer #2 for @UFchat early birds: Season of Superstition http://bit.ly/icr8Nz #UFchat
10:51 pm leapetra: RT @uf_chat: A UF Winter Wonderland of Xmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem + GIFTS for YOU! #UFchat in 11 mins!
10:54 pm sandrawickham: This is great! RT @inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:57 pm UF_Chat: Have you read @Jayewells urban fantasy take on 12 days? It’s today’s #UFchat primer! http://bit.ly/5S4FQD 4 mins till we start + GIVEAWAYS!
10:57 pm inkgypsy: Have you read @Jayewells urban fantasy take on 12 days? It’s today’s #UFchat primer! http://bit.ly/5S4FQD 4 mins till we start + GIVEAWAYS!
10:58 pm ajackwriting: RT @sandrawickham: This is great! RT @inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:58 pm inkgypsy: Hmm – might be good… #UFchat #scifichat RT @SciFiTweetn: Dollhouse Comic Coming in March http://bit.ly/ibzH1W
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2… & now live with #UFchat! It?s the Xmas edition and we have GIFTS! (Yes ? you?ve all been such good brain food this year.) #ufchat
11:00 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat Woo hoo!
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 1st: Apologies for not getting Q&A w Merrie transcript up ? been wk of vet emergencies. Working on it. Hope to have it up v soon. #ufchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: Whether you celebrate Xmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (or something else) there?s a whole lot of paranormal this time of year! #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: From Saint Nick and elves invading houses to zombie carols and antlered winter hunters, there?s a little UF for everyone. #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Giveaways will happen DURING #UFchat for participants ? stay sharp & be ready to use your google-fu to scavenge for answers? #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: There are 3 chances to win DURING the chat & extra TRIPLE book prize at end for writers up for a little holiday UF challenge. #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Up for grabs: Wolfsbane & Mistletoe antho, Zombie Xmas Carols, Holidays Are Hell antho, Haunted Holidays antho, Naked City antho!! #ufchat
11:02 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Wow! And hooray!! #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: See here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo for covers & info on books to be won today! #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: ?Tis the season for superstition, Santa and spirits – among other things! Urban fantasy is everywhere during holidays! #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Reminder: ?S? stands for statement, which will be followed by a ?Q? (a related #UFchat question for discussion). #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Today we?ll have ?Xmas Potluck?: fun questions, scavenger ?google-hunts? (books to win!), chat re Xmas/Yule lore & UF possibilities. #ufchat
11:02 pm sandrawickham: Check this out people!! RT @UF_Chat: See here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo for covers & info on books to be won today! #ufchat
11:03 pm J_GriffinB: (S) Here now. #UFchat
11:03 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat Awesome! :D
11:03 pm UF_Chat: Q1: Ghosts were Xmas regulars long before Scrooge. Why do you think that is? (Don’t worry – will let you know when PRIZE Qs up!) #ufchat
11:03 pm jamigold: Awesome! I love it! RT @UF_Chat: Have you read @Jayewells urban fantasy take on 12 days? http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat #urbanfantasy
11:03 pm leapetra: Cannot wait #ufchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB @Jess_Haines @sandrawickham @jamigold @leapetra Hello all! #ufchat
11:04 pm Diane_Amy: @leapetra when is #ufchat?
11:04 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Q1: Perhaps it’s a time for people to think of family passed on? Friends passed on??#UFchat
11:04 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat because it’s so close to the solstice. the veil was thinner then. #ufchat
11:04 pm leapetra: @Diane_Amy Right now! #ufchat
11:04 pm J_GriffinB: @Diane_Amy Now. #UFchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: Ghosts and Christmas go together… why do you think that is? #ufchat
11:04 pm NicolePeeler: RT @inkgypsy: Putting on my #UFchat Santa hat (& my boots – of course!) for the Xmas/Yule themed UF GIVEAWAY DAY today!
11:05 pm UF_Chat: @Diane_Amy Starting right now! Join us. :) #ufchat
11:05 pm leapetra: @Diane_Amy http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat #ufchat
11:05 pm J_GriffinB: A1 Because the season also marks the new year, and Xmas was adapted from earlier religious holidays having different meanings. #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Wonder what they do between Halloween & Xmas? Hang & Haunt? :D (story story!) #ufchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Q1a: What other ghosts/spirits besides past/present/future are associated with Xmas/Yule you know of? #ufchat
11:05 pm J_GriffinB: A1 Venerate the spirits of your ancestors. #UFchat
11:06 pm gina_penn: Newbie to #ufchat!
11:07 pm inkgypsy: #freebies #giveaway #UFchat RIGHT NOW! Come join us – talk Xmas, get gifts! Use the hashtag to participate. Merry UF giveaway day!
11:07 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A1a the general “Christmas Spirit” :D #ufchat
11:07 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A1a Isn’t the Horned Hunt one? #UFchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: @gina_penn Welcome! Jump in – all comments welcome. :) #UFchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: S: Xmas tree lights originally lanterns hung on tree to show spirits the way home. Candles still used regularly in windows at Xmas. #ufchat
11:07 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A1a I’m drawing a blank, lol. I know there definitely are some, but I can’trecall which they are.
11:07 pm J_GriffinB: @gina_penn Welcome, lovely! Gina has great horror chops, folks! #UFchat
11:07 pm LGwenn: Hey I finally made it to a #UFChat ! #ufchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: Q1b: What is the connection between ghosts and light? Is it different at Xmas? #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: @LGwenn Welcome! It’s merry giveaway day today in #UFchat! :D
11:08 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A1b My recollection is that people used to put candles in their windows at night to guide people/spirits to their homes.
11:08 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A1a spirits or creatures. There are so many associated. #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: Q1c: Are ghosts thought of differently/fondly at Xmas compared to eg Halloween? Why? #ufchat
11:09 pm jamigold: @leapetra Thanks for the TweetChat link. I’m trying to figure this out. #ufchat
11:09 pm StacyMaynard: Hey all thanks Jess for tweeting about this, I have never heard of it. #ufchat
11:09 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A1b the shortest day of the year, the longest night, makes more sense that ghosts would come #ufchat
11:09 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A1b Was just researching candles for current WIP, used to fend off evil spirits. Maybe relevance with xmas time?! #UFchat
11:09 pm LGwenn: Q1bI think it is winter in general– the days are darker…things are dying…so we are more aware of death and of light #ufchat
11:09 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A1b Would we not all be ghosts if the light of spring didn’t return, a reason for offering things at the winter solstice? #UFchat
11:10 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Q1c I would assume so. Halloween’s more mischievous in nature whereas xmas is more family-based/recalling deceased family #ufchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: I’m going to let people warm up & trickle in before asking a GIVEAWAY question – ok? I’ll make it REALLY clear. ;) #ufchat
11:10 pm leapetra: @jamigold Nice thing about the tweetchat, you don’t have to worry about the hashtag #ufchat
11:10 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A1c Could go back to what @leapetra said about the general “Christmas Spirit”! People feeling warm and generous… #UFchat
11:10 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Thank ya! :D #ufchat
11:10 pm gina_penn: Thanks! And Thanks to Griffin for sounding the warning bell on this one. #UFchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Ooh deep! And please write that story! #ufchat
11:11 pm sandrawickham: @leapetra Oh really? Cuz I’ve forgotten the hashtag at least once! Maybe I should switch to tweetchat. #UFchat
11:11 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A1c I think at Christmas people are thinking positive thoughts about the mysteries of the world. #ufchat
11:11 pm specficdb: RT @UF_Chat: I’m going to let people warm up & trickle in before asking a GIVEAWAY question – ok? I’ll make it REALLY clear. ;) #ufchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: Q2: With antho title Wolfsbane & Mistletoe as inspiration, what unique aspects of season think would appeal/repel vampires & why? #ufchat
11:11 pm J_GriffinB: @sandrawickham It is easiest to use: http://tweetchat.com/room/UFchat #UFchat
11:11 pm LGwenn: http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat <<<tweetchat for #UFChat #ufchat
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A2 I think that it gets darker earlier and people are more inviting would tend to draw more vampires.
11:12 pm UF_Chat: S: If Santa needs replacing (benevolent) vampire might do job well! (Super speed/strength, long lived, red outfit? Just sayin’. ;) #ufchat
11:12 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Q2: All the Christmas lights & xmas spirit might repel vampires #ufchat
11:12 pm PoseySessions: RT @UF_Chat: I’m going to let people warm up & trickle in before asking a GIVEAWAY question – ok? I’ll make it REALLY clear. ;) #ufchat
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A2 (cont) The general merriment might disgust and repel some of them, though. *g*
11:12 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Easy for a Vamp to hunt during the New Years parties, Christmas parties… #UFchat
11:13 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #ufchat LOL, only if it’s red leather, baby!
11:13 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Death stepped in once! he he #ufchat
11:13 pm Book_Faery: @J_GriffinB Oh yeah, lots of people drinking that eggnog haha #ufchat
11:13 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Ooh nice – thresholds less guarded due to general good feelings & generosity? Oh boy… #ufchat
11:13 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat LOL, oh yeah. Drunk people everywhere!
11:13 pm LGwenn: Q2- but all the people outside of their homes caroling on a long night… #ufchat
11:13 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #ufchat Absolutely. Think how easy it would be to take advantage.
11:13 pm UF_Chat: Q2a: What about werewolves? How would they fit with the current Xmas traditions/stories/superstitions? #ufchat
11:14 pm leapetra: As a vampire most ppl invite any one in during the holidays. #ufchat
11:14 pm J_GriffinB: @Book_Faery Even the vamps that look a bit off. “Man, I must have been beer-goggling something fierce last night!” #UFchat
11:14 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #ufchat A2a Weres would most likely hate all the strong scents associated with the season. Sensitive noses, and all that.
11:15 pm Book_Faery: #ufchat Dress the werewolves up as reindeer! Rudolph noses and those car antlers. Bet you’d they’d get mad fast :P
11:15 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A2a I think they’d like all the food, though. Hehe. People tend to have huge spreads at their Xmas and New Year’s parties.
11:15 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Think about all those layers & coats (ha ha) to hide under too tho – could be useful.. ;) #UFchat
11:15 pm TeresaDAmario: @Book_Faery oh now that’s just mean! LOL #ufchat
11:15 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery LOL! #UFchat
11:16 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I like the pissed off druid. You cut the mistletoe I needed for my potion o world domination so U could get laid? DIE! #UFchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: Q3: Zombie Santa parodies are common Creepy Christmas greetings now? Why pick zombies to emulate/parody Santa? #ufchat
11:16 pm leapetra: S werewolves would love the family aspect. The pack around the fire and such #ufchat
11:16 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery #ufchat ROFL! Like Chaz and his antlers! http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/2010/12/guest-blog-jess-haines.html
11:16 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB lol #UFchat
11:16 pm sandrawickham: @UF_chat I’m still trying to figure out tweetchat…LOL. #UFchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Xlnt point – would be a good reason to have a giant gathering which wouldn’t draw attention, complete w weird rituals! #UFchat
11:17 pm Book_Faery: A3: Santa’s almost like an immortal figure due to the xmas tradition. Maybe Santa really is undead #ufchat
11:17 pm Book_Faery: @J_GriffinB LMAO vampire beer goggles. Classic #ufchat
11:17 pm shadowflame1974: @sandrawickham did you get logged in hon? #UFchat
11:17 pm gina_penn: @J_GriffinB #