The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:25 pm

Jan You must be mixing us up with the Yorkshire crowd, there is a difference between being canny and being mean. :roll: ;)
He willnae tak' a drink! I think he's deid! , on the other hand though A Midgie in yir hand is worth twa up yir kilt.
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:05 pm

Who's Wee Dug wrote:Jan You must be mixing us up with the Yorkshire crowd, there is a difference between being canny and being mean. :roll: ;)


I wonder how that whole thrifty/mean Scot shtick got started, anyway?

Hang on...

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According to TV Tropes, it originated in 18th-19th century England, due to the Act of Union. A bunch of Scots came down to make their fortune, and spendthrift was forever linked with the Scottish. And the English didn't see their own thriftiness. Now, say it with me...

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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:37 pm

Quatermass wrote:
Who's Wee Dug wrote:Jan You must be mixing us up with the Yorkshire crowd, there is a difference between being canny and being mean. :roll: ;)


I wonder how that whole thrifty/mean Scot shtick got started, anyway?

Hang on...

*looks up things...*

According to TV Tropes, it originated in 18th-19th century England, due to the Act of Union. A bunch of Scots came down to make their fortune, and spendthrift was forever linked with the Scottish. And the English didn't see their own thriftiness. Now, say it with me...



My Aunt married a Yorkie, nice guy I got on well with him but one tight fisted person, and it has been my experience with a few more from that region it must be the rumor they put out to deflect it away from themselves. :lol:
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:25 pm

:lol: Actually it's my Mum who begrudges spending much - so it's the Cornish rising :P
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:07 pm

Q - I'm feeling pretty depressed about this now as well but there is still time for a pleasant surprise... :think:

The Rules wrote:10. A shortlist of six entrants will be contacted by the Publisher by 31st March 2013. The publisher will select the winner from the shortlisted entrants and the winner will be announced by 31st May 2013.
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14. The shortlisted entrants [and winner’s] names will be available on http://www.terrypratchett.co.uk from 31st March 2013 [and 31st May 2013] (as applicable).


So a few days to go for us although you'll have about 12 hours tacked on for having the sun rise earlier for you... Image and I'll be mainlining the Easter chocs (and the G&T) if I'm still waiting on Saturday :shifty: :oops:
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:46 pm

Jan Van Quirm wrote:Q - I'm feeling pretty depressed about this now as well but there is still time for a pleasant surprise... :think:

The Rules wrote:10. A shortlist of six entrants will be contacted by the Publisher by 31st March 2013. The publisher will select the winner from the shortlisted entrants and the winner will be announced by 31st May 2013.
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14. The shortlisted entrants [and winner’s] names will be available on http://www.terrypratchett.co.uk from 31st March 2013 [and 31st May 2013] (as applicable).


So a few days to go for us although you'll have about 12 hours tacked on for having the sun rise earlier for you... Image and I'll be mainlining the Easter chocs (and the G&T) if I'm still waiting on Saturday :shifty: :oops:


10 hours. I have to have my time set forward by ten hours ahead of GMT. Thanks for the concern, anyway.

Anyway, they may not be able to contact us, if we do get on the shortlist. They may have trouble selecting the shortlist. Six entrants out of...what? It was at least five hundred last time, wasn't it? The selection of the shortlist may very well be eleventh hour stuff. Even if the amount of entries may be lower, the quality overall might be higher, and thus, the decisions made might be more difficult.

And part of the problem with the deadline for this contest is that it is hard to do decent editing. Recently, my mother looked over my first completed draft and noted two main problems: a lot of cluster[EFF!] bombs, and that many of the characters get easily enraged. She enjoyed it, though, and keep in mind that she is not currently a regular science fiction reader.

Anyway, I have a new book idea, spurred on slightly by my purchase of Skyfall yesterday, although it is not a spy thriller. Have to develop it...

BTW, if you're gonna mainline anything, wouldn't chocolate icing powder be a better choice? You might get a chocolate stuck in your nose, otherwise. ;)
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:13 pm

Q wrote:BTW, if you're gonna mainline anything, wouldn't chocolate icing powder be a better choice? You might get a chocolate stuck in your nose, otherwis ;)

I have a reliable source for powdered dark stuff that you can also make into a drink so I have many options.... :twisted:
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby DrJezz » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:37 am

Hmmm, I've been keeping my eye on the inbox too, to no avail - I'm going to hold off mainlining anything through my nose however - the veins are too small :shock: Still, good luck in the remaining hours guys :pray:
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:23 am

The suspense is killing me. Along with UV rays, entropy, humanity's apathy towards the environment, junk food...
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jinx » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:27 am

Not long left to go. Good luck guys. :)

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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:48 pm

...Ugh, writer's block is upon me again. My brilliant new idea fell down at the first hurdle with two busted kneecaps and a fireside poker lodged in its head (with apologies to Ben Croshaw)...
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:25 pm

Chin up Q - not long to go now even if every second seems like an eon because the sun will rise again... :angry-banghead:
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:52 pm

And for those who've been following the blood sweat and tears :roll: No champagne has been consumed in Cornwall or Brisbane today, but the 'good' news is that we're assuming that no one else has had cause to celebrate either because, if you can find the relevant page about the First Novel prize on the main site (HERE IT IS although Q & I have both been checking the Home, News and Extra pages too :doh: ), because no announcements have been made as to who's made it onto the shortlist.

It's April 1st tomorrow so let's hope we'll at least know why we haven't heard a dickie bird by then if the shortlist goes up, 'cos it's the gin bottle that I'll be headed for next if they still haven't put the results up by then and we're all still left in limbo... :oops:
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby michelanCello » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:10 pm

That's not fair! Surely they must know that you've all been waiting for this and that you're excited! :S Let us know as soon as you know anything!
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Tonyblack » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:30 pm

Indeed! I can only imagine what you are all going through. :?
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