A Punchyish Interview with Author Jaimie M. Engle

The professor would like to welcome Jaimie M. Engle, author of Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, to the Punchy Lands!

Welcome, my dear!

Before we get started, please share with the PLF (Punchy Lands Family) a quick, brief, or short summary of the novel.

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When history clashes with fantasy, there’s sure to be trouble.

Twelve year old Clifton Chase finds a strange arrow in his closet. When he launches it, Clifton is magically transported to England…in the year 1485! Now, he’s expected to save two snobby princes and defeat a great king, while figuring out why the arrow, carved from the Tree of Knowledge, chose him. If that isn’t bad enough, the king of the Merpeople and a crestback dragon are trying to kill him to take the Arrow of Light! Dwarves, mythical birds, and giants complete the cast of characters helping Clifton find his way through time before it runs out.

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Now for some Punchyish questions:

1. State one Punchyish fact about yourself. (Example: The professor likes cashews with spaghetti.)

A. I once danced at the Aloha Bowl halftime show in Hawaii, where I made two gingerbread floats kiss in a parade.

2. What inspired Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light?

A. The first spark came with a scene of a boy getting ready for archery club in his bedroom. He found a strange arrow, while searching for his sneakers, and took it with him before leaving the room. Then, I saw a pointy nose press through the darkness of a closet, followed by the face of a dwarf. And all he said was, “But the boy had found it first.” This intrigued me to do some research, which led me to the discovery of two princes forgotten by time. I wanted to tell their story under the question: what if they had been rescued?

3. Do you write in the dark?

A. Physically, no. It’s bad for your eyes…I’d think as a Professor you should know this. But figuratively, yes. I ALWAYS write in the dark.

Well, I’m not the normal type of professor, so I cannot be blamed, you know.

4. Who’s your favorite author?

After God, I’d have to say it’s a toss up between Lewis Carroll and J.K. Rowling. They both created worlds that were so spectacular I would give up almost anything to live in them.

5. The professor was extremely interested by Dropwater. Can you explain what it is, and what inspired it?

A. Certainly. I had wanted to add something to the book, in the way Rowling had produced Butterbeer and the Hobbits had their ale. I think this aspect makes the characters and their lives more believable. Dropwater is a tea made from licorice root, or anise. I had discovered Dropwater on the web, and after publishing the book, I went back to look up the recipe and I couldn’t find any mention of it anywhere. Now, I know I’m not clever enough to have created this drink on my own. But apparently, I did.

6. In the novel, Clifton meets mermaids. Now, if this professor ever met a mermaid, his top hat would blow off in fear. Why wasn’t Clifton afraid?

A. Good question. Clifton was mesmerized at first by the beauty and perfection of the mermaids and their Romanesque city. It wasn’t until he met a certain mermaid, who was able to show him what was really beneath those shiny scales and flowing hair, that the fear kicked in.

7. Are any sequels planned for Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light?

A. I do have some ideas for a part two and three. They may or may not involve Excalibur, the Wild Wild West, the Ais Indians, the Bermuda Triangle, or the Spear of Destiny. But as a self-published author, I think I’ll let the first book hang around for a while before I get started on any sequels.

8. How do you go about the writing process? Do you plan, or just sit and write?

A. Most of the time I have a general idea of where the story is heading. For Clifton Chase, it was obviously heading toward a specific historical event, and all I was doing was filling in between the beginning and this moment. For the manuscript I’m currently working on, I know the last page and I know the scene I dreamt, which prompted the story. But besides that, I write blindly and don’t reread very much until the book is completed. I figure, if it surprises me that a plot twist happened or a character did something, than I am certain to keep my reader on their toes.

Many thanks for dropping in today, Jaimie. The professor is honored!!

A. The pleasure was all mine. Thank you for sharing Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light with your audience.

Make sure to drop by Jaimie’s website:  www.jaimiengle.com.

MicP Studios put together an excerpt from Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, and here it is:

NOTE: The VoiceMaster tends to be a bit redundant at times.

 

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204 Responses to “A Punchyish Interview with Author Jaimie M. Engle”


  1. 1 Hazy December 7, 2013 at 12:43

    Nice interview! Seems like a good read. The premise sounds interesting. The Arrow of Light sounds cool. Makes me want to try archery

    Daniel did a pretty good job as mom. :lol:

    Mermaids can be quite wicked and scary indeed.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke December 7, 2013 at 20:38

      Me too! I’m sure Weatherly is good at Archery, but I’m definitely not!

      :lol: He did! What a thingy.

      Surprised me!

      • 3 Hazy December 8, 2013 at 04:25

        I’m sure with practice, the professor would be a good archer. :)

        Were you thinking all mermaids were like The Little Mermaid?

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke December 9, 2013 at 15:03

        I’m too wobbly at the knees, I fear.

        I must’ve been! :lol: In fact, they’re like Ursula!

  2. 5 L. Marie November 27, 2013 at 17:16

    Love the premise of this book and the skit!!! :-D Will look for this book.

    • 6 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 20:22

      It’s a great read, and thanks!

  3. 7 Painting Pundit November 27, 2013 at 03:50

    Those Salamis sure do have a range talents!

    • 8 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 14:01

      :D They do! Especially DS!

  4. 9 ladycheetah7 November 27, 2013 at 01:13

    Okay she likes JK Rowlings work then her book is worth a read. Oh btw, Mom had a lovely voice..baaahhhhaaahhhaaa.
    :-)

    • 10 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 02:08

      Definitely worth a read. The professor really enjoyed it.

      :lol: What about the VoiceMaster? Thinketh thou what?

      • 11 ladycheetah7 November 27, 2013 at 02:34

        I like. It’s very cool the whole commercial thing and all. Very nice touch. The person doing the announcement was hilarious, especially when he digressed and kept referring back to the fact they couldn’t find a woman for the female part. That tickled me. Too funny. Perhaps because I had to work OT on a project so listening to it when I got home gave me the laugh I needed.

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 13:59

        The VoiceMaster did digress from his script, you know. He’s such a mean one at times.

  5. 13 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:00

    “I’m not the normal type of professor,” I thought that was self- evident…

    Sounds like fun! The vid was … interesting. Dadblameit, why can’t you people find a woman?

    • 14 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 21:31

      Really? I thought everyone thought the professor was quite normal.

      • 15 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:35

        Normal is underrated.

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 01:54

        Maybe you’ve got a point there–just maybe you do.

      • 17 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 02:17

        Normal can be very boring.

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 13:54

        You’re definitely right.

      • 19 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 13:56

        I’m listening to Kenny G. Another friend said I would enjoy it. And I do.

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 14:03

        Great! The professor likes Kenny G, for sure. But he’s not professorish, you know.

      • 21 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 14:06

        KG isn’t?

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 16:14

        No, do you think so?

      • 23 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 16:18

        I just thought it was quite pleasant to the ear.

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 16:27

        I like his “In the Mood for Love: The Most Romantic Melodies of all Time.” (Don’t tell anyone the professor said this! Could get very dangerous.)

      • 25 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 16:33

        You may be surprised that I am not surprised…

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 20:20

        Really? :shock:

      • 27 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 21:22

        Does that surprise you?

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 23:32

        Yes! And I’d like to know why…

      • 29 Susan P November 28, 2013 at 13:20

        Ding bust it, Professor.

      • 30 Professor VJ Duke November 28, 2013 at 14:18

        Love the expression! Will be adding that and Laws–if it’s fine with you.

      • 31 Susan P November 29, 2013 at 05:47

        Of course it’s fine with me.

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 17:17

        You’re very gracious, and give the professor loads of fun.

      • 33 Susan P November 29, 2013 at 18:45

        Likewise, Professor VJ Duke. Likewise.

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 21:37

        :D ;) ==]:-{)=

    • 35 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 21:32

      What’d you think of the VoiceMaster? He was laughing the professor to scorn. (Women charge more.)

      • 36 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:37

        That seems like dadblamery laughing you to scorn. I thoroughly enjoyed the review and the vid. That’s a really cool new twist in ripping books.

      • 37 ladycheetah7 November 27, 2013 at 01:15

        Good point Susan. I thought something was different but couldn’t put my finger on it.

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 02:08

        What’s different?

      • 39 ladycheetah7 November 27, 2013 at 02:35

        The ripping schedule. You haven’t had your usual ripping sessions so it threw me off a bit.

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 13:59

        Well, we’ve got something on Thursday that’s sort of a like a ripio.

      • 41 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 01:55

        It was definitely different! The professor tries to keep it that way.

      • 42 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 02:18

        The professor has skills. And a dadblame sense of humor that might end wars if he could just find the right way to go about it…

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 13:55

        Really? What type of wars?

      • 44 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 13:56

        Just about any kind. It’s hard to fight when you are ROFL.

      • 45 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 14:03

        :lol: That’s true! (I think that’s why the professor got away with ripping books.)

      • 46 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 14:06

        There you are then.

      • 47 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 16:14

        The professor is honored.

  6. 48 jaimiengle November 26, 2013 at 20:44

    Thank you for an awesome interview and a AMAZING audio rendition. It was hilarious. I kinda like that Mom was played by a dude. It’s interesting to see how an audience interprets your book (lol….)
    Thanks for the props from all those who have commented. It means so much to me that you guys think it sounds interesting. I hope you’ll pick up a copy…fits nicely in a stocking.
    Till the next punchy interview about my next tale of wolves and Viking lure….

    • 49 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 21:05

      No problem! The VoiceMaster was laughing the professor to scorn about Mom being played by Daniel…but it seems to have turned out well! (It was a Punchyish–maybe professorish–interpretation.)

      Ooo, the professor would like to read that one!

  7. 50 Sonya Solomonovich November 26, 2013 at 18:48

    Sounds awesome, I shall pick up a copy. The Daddy and Ruber skit was priceless! :D I like the cover art too. I know from experience how hard it is for an independent writer to find a good cover artist.

    • 51 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 21:00

      Thank you! The cover art is good. (I love yours too.)

      Definitely never hire the professor to paint your cover art!

    • 52 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:02

      What Sonya said.

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 21:32

        What did she say?

      • 54 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:37

        She said what she said, man.

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 01:55

        Professor, you mean.

      • 56 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 02:18

        I mean what I mean.

      • 57 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 13:55

        Well! Huff-Hum.

  8. 58 Anja November 26, 2013 at 17:20

    What is wrong with mermaids? They need love too….

    • 59 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 17:58

      They need a katana!

      • 60 Anja November 26, 2013 at 17:59

        How do you suppose they swim and wield a katana?

      • 61 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 20:57

        Maybe they hold the katana in their teeth?

      • 62 Anja November 26, 2013 at 21:53

        Maybe but seems like that would still get in their way

      • 63 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 01:58

        Then they hold it in their tentacles.

      • 64 Anja November 27, 2013 at 02:01

        Tentacles??????

      • 65 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 02:09

        Yes. All Mer-things have them, I thought…

      • 66 Anja November 27, 2013 at 02:10

        Not the ones I have read about. I haven’t actually met one but that is what I have been told.

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 02:13

        They don’t exist in the PL, you know. DS probably killed them all.

      • 68 Anja November 27, 2013 at 02:14

        Maybe they do exist, they are just hiding. Maybe you should go look for some and interview them.

      • 69 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 13:54

        The professor would be too dadblame scared to do so.

      • 70 Anja November 27, 2013 at 15:11

        Do you need me to come protect you?

      • 71 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 16:24

        Yes. And bring your devil cat (I forget his name.)

      • 72 Anja November 27, 2013 at 18:41

        Ummm devil= diablo

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 20:31

        You don’t say?

      • 74 Anja November 27, 2013 at 20:56

        Actually I did say.

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 23:29

        Well, I totally forgot about it. Ai de mim.

      • 76 Anja November 27, 2013 at 23:48

        ? Mimes ?

      • 77 Professor VJ Duke November 28, 2013 at 14:13

        What, my dear?

      • 78 Anja November 28, 2013 at 14:32

        Was trying to figure out you were speaking about mimes or in portuguese…

      • 79 Professor VJ Duke November 28, 2013 at 18:21

        It’s Portuguese. Susan taught me.

      • 80 Anja November 28, 2013 at 20:58

        Ahhhh I wasn’t sure. I’m not up on my Portuguese language :)

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 00:34

        Nor is the professor.

      • 82 Anja November 29, 2013 at 00:36

        At least it wasn’t about mimes…they scare me. Mimes and clowns are just evil.

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 00:36

        So are ballerinas.

      • 84 Anja November 29, 2013 at 00:37

        How are ballerina’s evil?

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 00:40

        They never talk to me.

      • 86 Anja November 29, 2013 at 00:41

        I didn’t realize you are surrounded by ballerinas.

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 00:47

        Me neither.

      • 88 Anja November 29, 2013 at 00:49

        Maybe they aren’t taking because they are hungry

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 00:56

        That’s a good point.

      • 90 Anja November 29, 2013 at 01:35

        Or their feet hurt

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 17:16

        They should wear boots, then.

      • 92 Anja November 29, 2013 at 17:49

        Trust me, very hard to be en pointe in boots.

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 21:34

        What’s en pointe?

      • 94 Anja November 29, 2013 at 22:03

        Ohhhh its when a ballerina supports all her weight on the tips of her toes when foot is fully extended. Need pointe shoes for it.

      • 95 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 00:21

        The professor could never do that.

      • 96 Anja November 30, 2013 at 00:25

        I can’t anymore…when I was younger I was able to. It is NOT easy

      • 97 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 00:25

        Good for you! I think I’ll try to dance like Sammy Davis Jr.

      • 98 Anja November 30, 2013 at 00:28

        hahaha soft shoe tap?

      • 99 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 00:33

        Yes. Couldn’t you see the professor doing that?

      • 100 Anja November 30, 2013 at 00:34

        mmmmm Not so sure. With top hat?

      • 101 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 00:35

        Yes!

      • 102 Anja November 30, 2013 at 00:36

        Maybe…..still not sure

      • 103 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 00:37

        Would you define romantic for me?

      • 104 Anja November 30, 2013 at 00:41

        My definition or dictionary one

      • 105 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 14:30

        Yours!

      • 106 Anja November 30, 2013 at 14:50

        My definition of romantic…..oh boy….
        I think to be a true romantic, one must have a certain level of intelligence as well as creativity. It is a person who sees things, life from a different angle so his/her actions show that as well. It is a man who is confident in himself to embrace the arts such as writing, music…..ya know that stuff. :)
        It isn’t just what comes out when one is in love, the whole candy and flowers thing. I, for one, am not even a woman who wants candies and flowers. A romantic is a person who can see things in a different way and explores, finds adventure and expresses themselves in unique ways.
        Is that enough?

      • 107 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 21:13

        What a fabulous definition! In that case…

      • 108 Anja November 30, 2013 at 21:21

        And see you always argue with me

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 21:22

        I shouldn’t. You know what’s best for this professorish mind. It’s actually a compliment, isn’t it?

      • 110 Anja November 30, 2013 at 21:23

        Of course it is a compliment. :) Would I ever say anything unkind?

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 21:46

        No, I don’t think so, but maybe.

      • 112 Anja November 30, 2013 at 21:47

        Maybe?? Oh come on now….

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 21:48

        You have been mean on occasion.

      • 114 Anja November 30, 2013 at 21:49

        When?!?

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 21:50

        Well, you had the professor helping Jane, when he probably wouldn’t.

      • 116 Anja November 30, 2013 at 21:54

        Are we back to that? I disagree…I think you would help. Also, that is not ME being mean…that is a story.

      • 117 Professor VJ Duke December 1, 2013 at 20:16

        Yes, we are. But I wouldn’t since I’m wicked.

      • 118 Anja December 1, 2013 at 20:50

        and I disagree :)

      • 119 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2013 at 18:08

        You can’t!

      • 120 Anja December 3, 2013 at 00:47

        Why not

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke December 3, 2013 at 03:49

        Because the professor has ruled.

      • 122 Anja December 3, 2013 at 11:04

        hahahahhahahahahahahahaha

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke December 3, 2013 at 19:22

        :P

      • 124 Anja December 3, 2013 at 22:57

        ;)

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2013 at 14:10

        ==]:-{)+

      • 126 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:03

        Holding a katana in your teeth may be dangerous to your health.

      • 127 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 21:32

        Well, if you oil the blade, it won’t chip your teeth.

      • 128 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:38

        What if the oil gets washed off underwater?

      • 129 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 01:55

        Is such dadblamery possible?

      • 130 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 02:19

        It floats, according to what I’ve read. Check out Exxon.

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 13:55

        :lol:

  9. 132 technophile9 November 26, 2013 at 16:40

    A very entertaining excerpt! I love Daniel’s voice. :D

    • 133 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 17:58

      You know, I think he rather enjoyed playing his part too!

  10. 134 Jazzy Couldren November 26, 2013 at 16:29

    Hey, did you know Harry Potter is stinky?

    • 135 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 17:57

      MM, be nice now.

    • 136 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:04

      Are you jealous, MM?

      • 137 Jazzy Couldren November 26, 2013 at 21:07

        Why would Manliness be jealous of such an unmanly boy?

      • 138 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:12

        I was wondering that myself.

      • 139 Jazzy Couldren November 26, 2013 at 21:18

        Then you oughta know he ain’t jealous. He just don’t done like the lack of manliness there is in the book.

      • 140 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:33

        How about gentleman-ness?

      • 141 Jazzy Couldren November 26, 2013 at 21:44

        That ain’t important. :}

  11. 142 FictionFan November 26, 2013 at 16:04

    :lol: Daniel is a star! Lovely vid – and didn’t that dialogue just suit the Sausage and his son to a T!

    Also so pleased to find another Harry Potter fan over here – I wonder why the Professor didn’t splutter?

    Great interview, Prof and Jaimie – very Punchyish!

    • 143 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 17:57

      :D Daniel? Whatever for? It did, didn’t it? So surprising to find, haha.

      I think there’s a lot in the PL. You know, the professor never read HP?

      Thanks, FEF! (What do you think of the VoiceMaster?)

      • 144 FictionFan November 26, 2013 at 18:32

        For being willing to take on the role of ‘Mom’ (mispelling there, I think you’ll find). Truly Shakespearian performance!

        Then why does the Professor hate it?

        He injected a sense of truly thrilling drama into the whole thing, I thought – and handled the unruly noisy ones well. He makes a valid point about the strange lack of women in the PL too…(though if there were women, we’d have missed out on Daniel’s extraordinary acting abilites…)

      • 145 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 20:59

        :lol: Dan will love to hear that… (I don’t think I will find!)

        Did the professor say that?

        That wasn’t nice of, VM. Off his script, he was. Originally, we were going to cast Schwarz.

      • 146 FictionFan November 27, 2013 at 01:06

        More Daniel, please – he never gets the starring roles! ;)

        The Professor did not merely say it, he huffed and he puffed and he well-nigh blew FF’s house down! In fact, I’m pretty sure I came away with the impression that the Professor prefers Darby to HP!

        Schwarz as the Voicemaster? Or Schwartz as Mom – surely, surely not!!!

      • 147 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 02:02

        The professor will keep this in mind. Must convince Mic, you know.

        I’m a rat, not a wolf, remember. Let’s just say…well, the professor is probably the only one in the world who doesn’t really like it. I’ll explain it to you in detail one day–if you’d like.

        No! :lol: Schwarz as the dad, but it seemed so Salami/Ruber to me.

      • 148 FictionFan November 27, 2013 at 14:30

        Ah…yes…of course…Mic!

        I’m sure the Professor could be both – Samurai Rat and perhaps a Ninja Wolf? Yes, please, I would be interested to know…

        Well, I’m glad you overruled Mic on that one, cos that dialogue could have been written specially for our very own father/son combo – even the opportunity for them to talk about porpoises was there…

      • 149 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 16:21

        He won’t like that…

        You know, I rather like Ninja Wolf. It’s very charming. Must tell BUS about this one, too. (I shall, then. The professor could be sweeter than he lets on, I fear.)

        It definitely was! (The professor took your Daniel suggestion for Friday.)

      • 150 FictionFan November 27, 2013 at 17:57

        Poor Mic! It must be terrible to be mistaken for…imaginary…

        I do too – and have informed BUS of your evolutionary progress… (Good! The sweetness comment confuses me though in this context…though I’ve always seen through the Professor’s lupine exterior…)

        Really? Oooh, can’t wait!!

      • 151 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 20:28

        I bet it is, dadblameit!

        Great, great. BUS will like it, I think. (Well, I mightn’t hate it as much as you think, but I probably do. Never mind! What have you seen?)

        Yes!

      • 152 FictionFan November 27, 2013 at 22:41

        I see! Well, now I’m even more intrigued to hear your view…

        The Professor is like a meringue – crunchy but very sweet…

        Ooh, I bet he’ll be great!! I hope he says ‘Oh, my!’

      • 153 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 23:37

        It’s scary, I’m sure.

        Ooo, not sweet. Wicked. Crunchy and wicked. Ai de mim.

        Just got the dadblame thing together, since tomorrow’s Thanksgiving. (He and Schwarz are a team.)

      • 154 FictionFan November 28, 2013 at 00:50

        Sorry, definitely sweet! What’s ‘Ai de mim’?

        Daniel and Schwarz? Yayyyyyyyy!!!!

        Are you having a day off tomorrow? If so, Happy Thanksgiving! (If not, ignore that and I’ll say it again tomorrow… ;) )

      • 155 Professor VJ Duke November 28, 2013 at 14:15

        Huff-Hum and a roar. I believe it means ‘Woe is me’ in Portuguese. Susan taught me. :D :D

        And Olmes.

        Well, the professor is off today, but I’ll be around! Thank you! (Do you celebrate?)

      • 156 FictionFan November 28, 2013 at 17:14

        We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but I will definitely be celebrating a Olmes complete with my three favourite men tomorrow!!

      • 157 Professor VJ Duke November 28, 2013 at 18:29

        Awesome! (You should always celebrate when a feast is involved… ;) ) Hope you do like it. It’s pure dadblamery.

      • 158 FictionFan November 28, 2013 at 22:30

        (I think you’re right – I may add Thanksgiving to future years just for the turkey, but then you must have haggis on Burn’s Night.) Dadblamery is what we expect!

      • 159 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 00:35

        (The professor doesn’t like turkey. When’s Burn’s Night?)

        Oh dear!

      • 160 FictionFan November 29, 2013 at 14:28

        (That’s a coincidence – FF doesn’t like haggis! January 25th.)

      • 161 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 17:19

        (But you’ve never tried it. You must remind me.)

      • 162 FictionFan November 29, 2013 at 19:25

        (True, and I doubt I ever will – fancy you remembering that! I will – I may even start spouting incomprehensible poetry nearer the time…)

      • 163 Professor VJ Duke November 29, 2013 at 21:44

        (Well, when the professor comes to visit and to see that dinosaur, you’ll have to try some along with me. Goodness!)

      • 164 FictionFan November 30, 2013 at 01:47

        (Must I? Well, the Professor will have to catch one first – they’re pretty sneaky, you know…)

      • 165 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 14:32

        How do you catch one?

      • 166 FictionFan November 30, 2013 at 17:10

        Well, first you have to serve seven years as an apprentice with the Worshipful Company of Haggis-Hunters (though your experience with Giant Worms might enable you to get a reduction). Then you’re presented with a kilt and a special haggis net on a pole, and allocated an area of mountainside to patrol. Some people train their cats to flush the little beasties out of their haggis-holes, but that’s cheating. Really, you should be able to attract them towards the net by rattling your sporran while yodelling the famous haggis-chant ‘Och! Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!’

      • 167 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2013 at 21:17

        :lol: :lol: Seems like a nice game, but haggis isn’t an animal, is it?

      • 168 FictionFan December 1, 2013 at 23:29

        Isn’t it? Then why does it live in haggis-holes? ;)

        PS Nice new Gravatar!

      • 169 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2013 at 18:11

        I think you’re teasing this poor, unfortunate professor.

        It reminds me of me. :)

    • 170 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:05

      Oooo-love Harry Potter.

      • 171 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 21:33

        You do? (See FEF!)

      • 172 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:38

        Why should I see FeF

      • 173 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 01:56

        Well, FF was saying how no one seemed to like HP.

      • 174 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 02:20

        I did try to communicate that to FF, but unfortunately the dadblame thing landed in the dadblame wrong pace.

      • 175 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 13:55

        Did it? The comments on this site can be tricky for sure.

      • 176 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 13:59

        Tricksy yesssss

      • 177 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 14:03

        Golum. Nice.

      • 178 Susan P November 27, 2013 at 14:07

        :D

      • 179 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 16:14

        :cool:

      • 180 FictionFan November 27, 2013 at 01:08

        All people of taste and sense love HP, don’t you think?

        (I think he meant ‘See, FEF!’ That all-important and much-underrated comma… ;) )

      • 181 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 02:08

        :cry:

      • 182 FictionFan November 27, 2013 at 14:31

        Oh, please don’t cry! I’m so sorry – it wasn’t me that was so mean, it was my inner gnome…

      • 183 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 16:22

        Yes, yes, definitely was. But I do think the professor lacks taste and sense.

      • 184 FictionFan November 27, 2013 at 17:58

        The Professor clearly has good taste since he likes FF! And sense…well, it’s over-rated anyway, don’t you think? ;)

      • 185 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 20:29

        :D That’s true. Exactly. Very overrated.

  12. 186 Debbie November 26, 2013 at 15:59

    Sounds like an interesting tale — best wishes to Jaimie on its success! And I do love the comment about Jaimie’s favorite authors — it’s spot on!

    • 187 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 17:56

      But if you had to pick one, who would it be? Now you must!

      • 188 Debbie November 26, 2013 at 18:43

        Okay, dadblameit, I’ll choose — C.S. Lewis. I’d love to live in Narnia!!

      • 189 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 20:59

        Yes, and live with Tash. Wouldn’t you want to meet Tash?

  13. 190 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 26, 2013 at 15:07

    Sounds like a great story. Loved the image of the boy searching for his sneakers. Best Wishes to Jamie M. Engle!! Lots of great hints for writers.

    • 191 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 17:56

      It was an awesome story. Reminded the professor just a bit of a CS Lewis story. Very good read.

      What thinketh thou of the VoiceMaster?

      • 192 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 26, 2013 at 23:22

        Interesting! I enjoy CS Lewis, very much.

        Keep talking like that. :D I think the VoiceMaster did a fantastic job. Daniel, too. The professor has a very smart brain. Creative today, I’d say.

      • 193 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 01:59

        The professor does too. I love The Horse and his Boy.

        Feareth me that the professorish one be not creative, however. (See how I destroyed the ancient language?)

      • 194 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 27, 2013 at 03:34

        Yes. I can identify with Bree and Shasta. I too long for home this week. Should have put that piece on my list for a reread this week.

        :lol: (I applaud your effort!) Tis true, for Thou hast spoken of this thruth til Audith putith a dagger in her heartith.

      • 195 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 14:01

        The professor identifies with the Tishroc–may he live forever and evers.

        :lol: The professor likes this lots! Must speaketh like this. Must.

      • 196 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 27, 2013 at 14:13

        Now I have to reread. And evers…

        ;) I tried my best. (Good morrow, My Lord.)

      • 197 Professor VJ Duke November 27, 2013 at 16:17

        (That’s the professorish version.)

        You do great. (Just call me “o professorish one”)

  14. 198 deanthefish November 26, 2013 at 14:26

    Intriguing…. the Mermaid part sounds interesting… fear and Mermaids don’t typically mix: like it!

    • 199 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2013 at 17:53

      It was really neat. This professor wasn’t aware of their ‘evil nature’ at first. Really cool part. You should get the book, Mr. Fish.

    • 200 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:07

      Mermaids ARE dangerous. They distract sailors.

      http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Merpeople

      • 201 Jazzy Couldren November 26, 2013 at 21:19

        This is really unmanly. +:}

      • 202 Susan P November 26, 2013 at 21:33

        I want to see your certificate of approval as the PL critic, please.

      • 203 Jazzy Couldren November 26, 2013 at 22:54

        Doesn’t you see my muscles?


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