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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 13 Aug 2007 :  16:02:56  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

Hello Jaleigh!

am I right to assume that the character Meisha is an Elemental Savant (Tome & Blood; Complete Arcane) or was inspired by that Prestige Class?
You see, I like to include a RPG part in my revisions



Yep, you got it. :) The idea of the savants intrigued me from the start, and Meisha's nature matched that class quite well.

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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 13 Aug 2007 :  16:06:38  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend
Very nifty, Jaleigh. Very nifty indeed.

Steven
who can't wait to get a copy of Howling Delve and read it....



Hey there, it's been a long time. :) Hopefully we'll cross paths at Gen Con. I hope you like the book, there's a lot of you in the Amn stuff. Your help on that was invaluable.

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Zanan
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Germany
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Posted - 05 Oct 2008 :  23:05:34  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just writing the revision of Mistshore. Neat novel this, if only it wasn't 4E ... and post-apocalyptic Realms

Anyways, a good read and a must for those willing to read about people "taking" a spellscar for their character.

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 06 Oct 2008 :  22:52:48  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

Just writing the revision of Mistshore. Neat novel this, if only it wasn't 4E ... and post-apocalyptic Realms

Anyways, a good read and a must for those willing to read about people "taking" a spellscar for their character.



Nothing to be done about the 4e setting, but I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

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Zanan
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Germany
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Posted - 07 Oct 2008 :  21:01:02  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just nitpicking a tiny tiny bit ... that Sull chap used to end some of his early sentences with "and that's the truth" (or the like). I noted that he dropped that habbit later on?

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 07 Oct 2008 :  22:55:31  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

Just nitpicking a tiny tiny bit ... that Sull chap used to end some of his early sentences with "and that's the truth" (or the like). I noted that he dropped that habbit later on?



Yeah, you know, that's one of those things I noticed in the edits--I was originally going to have that be Sull's thing, his line, but then as the story progressed, and the situation got more intense, and he got closer to Icelin, it felt too lighthearted, if that makes sense. So I let it die. Maybe after the crisis was over he went back to using the line. Can I get away with that?

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Zanan
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Germany
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Posted - 08 Oct 2008 :  08:21:44  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Aye, since it is my alter ego's birthday, I'll let the issue drop

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 08 Oct 2008 :  22:27:10  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

Aye, since it is my alter ego's birthday, I'll let the issue drop



You're too kind, and a Happy Birthday to your alter ego.

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Zanan
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Germany
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Posted - 14 Oct 2008 :  10:26:45  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for that. I hope you had a good day too, with your Wii and all.

As for the novel, any chance that we'll see the dwarven lass and the elven "twins" in the future. Don't know about the current guidelines, but I have come to dislike stories where the evil (or let them term bad) guys always bite the dust in the end. It is neat for heroic fantasy, but it starts to become repetitive when it happens all too often. Of course, some of the bad guys are smart enough to validate their survival too.

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2008 :  23:01:54  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

any chance that we'll see the dwarven lass and the elven "twins" in the future. Don't know about the current guidelines, but I have come to dislike stories where the evil (or let them term bad) guys always bite the dust in the end. It is neat for heroic fantasy, but it starts to become repetitive when it happens all too often. Of course, some of the bad guys are smart enough to validate their survival too.



I know what you mean, I like the idea that after the end of the novel Bellaril and the elves are still going to be kicking around Mistshore, causing trouble for each other. Bells is tenacious, but the Locks won't go down easy. As for whether they show up in my fiction in the future, I can tell you I have no immediate plans to use them, but like I said, they're out there, so there's always the possibility they could show up again. Of course I'd love to revisit Icelin and Ruen too, but that's a whole other journey.

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sfdragon
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Posted - 25 Oct 2008 :  09:39:38  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
the dude with the tentacle arm, davoreent was it, that dude seems familiar, is he that ***** of a warlock from Eric's Depths of madness??


Mod Edit: Watch the language please.

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 25 Oct 2008 :  19:17:38  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sfdragon

the dude with the tentacle arm, davoreent was it, that dude seems familiar, is he that ***** of a warlock from Eric's Depths of madness??



Hello, sfdragon. No, Darvont is just an unfortunate victim of the Spellplague. Any similarities to Erik's character are purely coincidental.

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Kajehase
Great Reader

Sweden
2104 Posts

Posted - 27 Oct 2008 :  17:19:43  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Jaleigh, just finished Mistshore a couple of days ago, and I must say that despite mentioning my absolute biggest ARRRGH-inducing feature of the new Realms several times (the "motes" [growls, beats head against wall, and similar things at the mere mention of them), I loved it. Likeable characters, "good" villains, and a well-paced plot. Bravo!

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 28 Oct 2008 :  01:06:14  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

Hello Jaleigh, just finished Mistshore a couple of days ago, and I must say that despite mentioning my absolute biggest ARRRGH-inducing feature of the new Realms several times (the "motes" [growls, beats head against wall, and similar things at the mere mention of them), I loved it. Likeable characters, "good" villains, and a well-paced plot. Bravo!



Thank you, Kajehase, I'm happy you enjoyed the book, and I apologize for any head trauma that may have resulted from the motes...er...things-which-must-not-be-mentioned.

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Kajehase
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Sweden
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Posted - 01 Nov 2008 :  14:06:40  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No apologies needed, hitting one's head hard enough gets one free morphine
On a serious note, by the third page I was so into the story I hardly noticed ...those particular artefacts of the new realms.

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Kyrene
Senior Scribe

South Africa
710 Posts

Posted - 04 Feb 2010 :  09:10:19  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was browsing your blog and therefore have to ask this lore question: How does one therefore pronounce your name?
Ill take a stab at it being a combination of a badly accented German Ja (Yes) and a plain standard Lee (as in Bruce, the girls name or the ward side something that is sheltered from the wind).

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The Red Walker
Great Reader

USA
3563 Posts

Posted - 04 Feb 2010 :  13:32:13  Show Profile Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kyrene

I was browsing your blog and therefore have to ask this lore question: How does one therefore pronounce your name?
Ill take a stab at it being a combination of a badly accented German Ja (Yes) and a plain standard Lee (as in Bruce, the girls name or the ward side something that is sheltered from the wind).



I understood that it was pronounced Thus : J-Lee.

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 04 Feb 2010 :  17:59:38  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The "Ja" part is pronounced "Ju" with the "u" sounding like the "u" in cup or duck. The "leigh" part is indeed pronounced "lee" as in Bruce. Emphasis when saying it is placed on the "lee" part. I respond to pretty much any variation though, and a lot of people just call me JJ.

Also, thanks for all the comments on The Bone Bird. I'm glad you guys are enjoying the anthology. I've been reading some of the other stories, and there are some seriously good tales to be had.

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The Red Walker
Great Reader

USA
3563 Posts

Posted - 04 Feb 2010 :  18:16:43  Show Profile Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jaleigh J.

The "Ja" part is pronounced "Ju" with the "u" sounding like the "u" in cup or duck. The "leigh" part is indeed pronounced "lee" as in Bruce. Emphasis when saying it is placed on the "lee" part. I respond to pretty much any variation though, and a lot of people just call me JJ.

Also, thanks for all the comments on The Bone Bird. I'm glad you guys are enjoying the anthology. I've been reading some of the other stories, and there are some seriously good tales to be had.



Cool...now I dont feel so bad giving my daughter a silent J in her name Marjley

And it is a good anthology with several very strong stories.

Are you working on any other FR stuff now?

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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 05 Feb 2010 :  00:02:00  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

Cool...now I dont feel so bad giving my daughter a silent J in her name Marjley

And it is a good anthology with several very strong stories.

Are you working on any other FR stuff now?



I like the spelling of Marjley, very creative.

As for what I'm working on in FR, right now I'm awaiting final edits/notes on my novel Unbroken Chain, which is due to be released in July of this year. After that, so far as I know my FR schedule's clear.

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The Red Walker
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USA
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Posted - 05 Feb 2010 :  01:00:16  Show Profile Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jaleigh J.

quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

Cool...now I dont feel so bad giving my daughter a silent J in her name Marjley

And it is a good anthology with several very strong stories.

Are you working on any other FR stuff now?



I like the spelling of Marjley, very creative.
Maybe you can convince her it's cool then....shes 13 and thats a tough age!
quote:

As for what I'm working on in FR, right now I'm awaiting final edits/notes on my novel Unbroken Chain, which is due to be released in July of this year. After that, so far as I know my FR schedule's clear.



Wow...I missed that...when was it announced?

I am very happy for you as well as glad to be able to buy it!!

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The Red Walker
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USA
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Posted - 05 Feb 2010 :  01:45:07  Show Profile Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And you said your FR schedule was clear after that....so it's not a trilogy but a stand alone or part of a series?

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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 05 Feb 2010 :  02:49:26  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

Wow...I missed that...when was it announced?

I am very happy for you as well as glad to be able to buy it!!



Thanks! It was announced fairly recently, and it is a stand-alone novel, not part of a trilogy. I have to say the shadar-kai are one of the most fascinating (and difficult) races I've ever tried to write about in the Realms. I hope folks enjoy the story.

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Kyrene
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South Africa
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Posted - 05 Feb 2010 :  08:47:45  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jaleigh J.

Thanks! It was announced fairly recently, and it is a stand-alone novel, not part of a trilogy.

Is it a stand-alone part of a foursome (or more-some), like Mistshore and The Howling Delve formed part of "Ed Presents" and The Dungeons?

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 05 Feb 2010 :  14:52:44  Show Profile Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jaleigh J.

quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

Wow...I missed that...when was it announced?

I am very happy for you as well as glad to be able to buy it!!



Thanks! It was announced fairly recently, and it is a stand-alone novel, not part of a trilogy. I have to say the shadar-kai are one of the most fascinating (and difficult) races I've ever tried to write about in the Realms. I hope folks enjoy the story.



Good....difficult means you really flexed your writing muscles, so I can't wait to get a copy!

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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 05 Feb 2010 :  20:42:47  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kyrene
Is it a stand-alone part of a foursome (or more-some), like Mistshore and The Howling Delve formed part of "Ed Presents" and The Dungeons?



Originally it was announced as being a part of the Planetouched series of novels, which would have been a set of stand-alone novels similar to The Dungeons, with a common theme of Planetouched characters (such as the shadar-kai), but this was changed recently and (with my editor's permission) I can now say that the novel is literally a stand-alone; it won't be attached to any other series. Make sense?

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Tremaine
Seeker

United Kingdom
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hi there I just recently finished you novel Mistshore in 2 days and posted some thoughts on the old bookclub scrolls.

I was just wondering where you got the idea for Ruen to predict peoples time to pass over by touching them? are you an X-file fan because it remind me a lot of the character Clyde Bruckman

Thanks for you time

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Jaleigh J.
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 24 Jul 2010 :  19:10:54  Show Profile  Visit Jaleigh J.'s Homepage Send Jaleigh J. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tremaine

hi there I just recently finished you novel Mistshore in 2 days and posted some thoughts on the old bookclub scrolls.

I was just wondering where you got the idea for Ruen to predict peoples time to pass over by touching them? are you an X-file fan because it remind me a lot of the character Clyde Bruckman

Thanks for you time



Hi Tremaine,

Thanks for reading Mistshore and posting your thoughts. Ruen's abilities came about when designing his character and his spellscar. I wanted a person who kept himself isolated from others to the point that he didn't even want to be touched. At the time I was also studying the monk (this would have still been 3rd Edition, at the time of the writing) and how the powers were so much a part of the body. The monk is a union between body and spirit. Ruen's spellscar disrupts that balance, and it's something he struggles with constantly. I liked the idea of exploring that conflict in a character.

I was a fan of early X-files, but it's been a long time since I watched an episode. But the idea for the curse didn't come from the show. The power to predict when someone will die, I imagine, has been used many times in books, movies and tv shows. It wasn't so much the power itself but how it affected Ruen that I wanted to explore.


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Tremaine
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thank you for the answer I appreciate the reply, it's quite a nifty unique idea to have :-)
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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
Moderator

Australia
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Posted - 12 Aug 2010 :  03:04:34  Show Profile Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greeting Jaleigh. I've finally found myself an opportunity to start working my way through Mistshore. And as part of my continuing quest to catalogue/note every piece of musical Realmslore in published sources, I came across a reference on pg. 9 that intrigued me. Icelin begins to sing a few words from a song she used with her magic earlier. I'm just wondering whether there's anything more you can tell me about this particular song or its music?

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