Wow, two years have passed since my last major site update. I knew I had
slacked off since volunteering at Anne's official site, but I guess I didn't
realize just how much! I had a very enjoyable couple of years working on
her site, first as a host for the bulletin board and chat room, and later as the
administrator in charge of the rest of the volunteer hosts. That changed
in early Feb 2003 when I found myself pregnant with twins and completely sapped
Eight months later I finally
seem to have a bit of free time, being on full-time leave from work. I
hope to get a few long-overdue updates done to this site before the babies make
their appearance. After they're born, I'm hoping to at least manage
quarterly updates, but I know I may just be kidding myself!.
Major updates have been made to: Book News.
Minor updates have been made to: Introduction to Pern,
Game News, Dragon/Pern Merchandise
More updates will hopefully
follow, as I know there are many broken links that need to be changed or
deleted, as well as other updates needed due to Pern books/stories published
in the last couple of years.
Two announcements added to the welcome page, about the new home of
Pern Museum and Archives and about an upcoming trivia event called
Pern Quest. Also my pictures from
are now up for all to see!
There is a new biography of Anne published recently, which is easily ordered
online and also could be ordered by your local bookstore (I don't know if stores
will stock it, as it seems intended more for school library collections).
More details are on by Book News page. I did
think it was a great read, and I'm not just saying that cause this here website
was one of four listed in the back of the book!
I'm going to be moving in one
week (into my very first home, which is awesome!), and won't have internet
access from home for an undetermined amount of time. I will however have
access through work and will be just three minutes from the office, so I'll by
no means be unavailable!
I've finished a long-overdue overhaul of all the links on my site, deleting ones
to defunct sites and adding in new ones. Poke around and see if you can
figure out what's changed -- I didn't manage to keep track myself! I
have also updated the Book,
and Game news, all of which needed it. I have
more work that needs to be done, updates to content and other links to add;
hopefully time and inspiration to work on it will follow shortly.
Dreams of Dragons should soon have
another sculpture, this time of Menolly and her firelizard fair.
Updated news on the
Pern TV show,
and new links in and about my site. Skies of Pern is available now in the
UK and I got my copy a week ago. It's great!!!
Big news about the
Pern TV show,
and an update about the cover art for the
of Pern book.
I've got some new information from
Todd Cameron Hamilton,
the main artist for the Dragonlover's Guide to Pern.
I've added a two new notes on my
DLG Errata page,
under p95, 2nd col, first full para & second full para (thanks to Kevin for
pointing them out!).
I've added some new information to the
page, stuff I've learned chatting with Anne! I've also finally started a
Congratulations to my friend and helper Anneli, who won a statue of Ramoth
Hatching for the Pern
slogan she submitted to the contest on Anne's site. Dreams of Dragons
has released a third sculpture, also of Ramoth.
She's gorgeous but expensive!
I've become a host for the
Table Live now too! Just look for my Zoey icon!
I've made a couple minor changes to the
Rukbat page and
DLG errata page. I still need to change my
poll, should happen in just a few more days.
I've made a few minor updates here, mostly to the various other news
sections (book, tv, and game). I've become a host over at the new
Table message board on Anne's site, and it's keeping me busier than
ever. But I'm going to try to make steady - if slow - progress on this
Dreams of Dragons has released its
second sculpture, Ramoth
Anne's new website grows by leaps and
bounds. Alec has added a message board, to which he and occasionally even
Anne respond to questions. There's also a periodic survey question, the
news section is updated at least once a week, and they're working up some great
ideas for merchandise to sell. So if you haven't visited yet, or haven't
been there for a while, it's time to go!
My site on the other hand, has been languishing of late. I'm starting to
find a balance between working, household chores, and 'play' time, so I hope to
start making additions again soon. I have added a new section to the
Link List, listing the many
message boards that are
now available online. Also there's a new McCaffrey
I've done a bit of maintenance work, adding a link or two and someone new to the
character bases list (you can't miss him, he's first
on it). In other news I've finally started a full-time job and my time to
"Pernate" (another great term
thought up) has been significantly reduced once again. That means work on
summaries from DragonCon is not likely to progress, though I am under orders to
get a few particular ones; if there's any you're particularly interested in then bug me and I might get around to them. On the
plus side with my new job, I'm learning some interesting web stuff like
cascading style sheets which I might someday put to work on my site!
I've finally finished my site reorganization!
It's been quite a long time coming: My contents list used to contain a
smattering of outside links amongst the links to my own pages. Over time I
grew increasingly dissatisfied with this awkward arrangement, but had a hard
time deciding how separate out my pages from others and still have a nicely
organized contents list. This past March I figured out how I wanted to do
it, and began work on the project. Then, as many of you are already aware,
all work on my site was interrupted by my cross-country move from Illinois to
Maryland. Finally I've found time to work on this site again, and finished
and implemented the changes I'd plotted for months. I welcome any comments
you might have on this new organizational scheme, so feel free to
Anne McCaffrey's new website is up
and running now!
I've put the majority of my
up now. I hope to start on panel summaries next week. Coelura's
McCaffrey bibliography is back online now.
First of all, big congratulations go to Elrhan for the one year anniversary
of his website and his promotion to Master Archivist. Visit
site and you'll see that he's earned it, and then perhaps
drop him a note to tell him so!
Second, you should all be happy to
hear that I'm settled in Maryland now. It's been quite a long time since
I've been able to edit this site, and I'm very happy to be back! The move
went smoothly, and I'm reasonably unpacked. I returned from
a week ago, and have a lot of information & pictures from it to impart to
everyone. I spent nearly all my time there at
but also did sneak off to see author
Kurtz, who's new Deryni book King Kelson's Bride was just published by Ace.
Besides the DragonCon 2000 news and some updated information on the Pern TV
show, I have a major reorganization of this site in the works and also have a
set of Pern webrings that need to be opened - big plans which will take some
time to implement. I'll also be starting up my Pern poll again soon,
thanks to a long list of question Elrhan suggested. Bear with me over the
coming weeks and months as I find time to work on this site.
I have big news! I'm going to be moving cross-country from Illinois to
Maryland sometime in June. Don't worry, this site's url won't change at
all. All it means for you, my visitors, is that my computer access will be
spotty in the weeks to come so I may be quite slow to respond to email, and slow
to make some site change I've been plotting.
Anne's latest book, Pegasus in Space is in stores now. On my news
page there's a link to an article at the Scifi Channel's website about the
Dragonriders tv show; looks like bad news for a Fall 2000.
I've been really busy lately with my real-life teaching duties, and not had time
for major work on this site. I do have big plans to be implemented as soon
as I find the time. Read more about them on my
I've just about run out of ideas for
Poll. Unless I successfully brainstorm (or people email me a bunch of
good ideas, hint, hint), I'll be closing down the poll in about a month.
I'm delighted and honored to have
been asked to help announce a new website of interest to Pern fans
of Dragons is the home site of a new line of Pern sculptures
created by British artist Bernard Pearson, and fully authorized by Anne McCaffrey. The
first creation has been finished, a small coffer depicting Anne's home
Dragonhold-Underhill. It can be seen and ordered online now. A
second design, Ramoth, is under development.
You might also want to visit Bernard's other site,
Cunning Artificer's Discworld Emporium, to see the work he's done for Terry
Sometime in the (near?) future, I
should be holding a contest through my website, for which Bernard will kindly
donate one of his Pern works as a prize. Once things are settled I'll
announce the contest both here and in the alt.fan.pern newsgroup
||I've got a bit of new news about the upcoming
show, new publishing notes, and new link to an
interview done by Grolier Interactive about the game. There's a new link to an
old interview I've found
posted on Sabria's Guide to Pern Online.
||I've done a lot of site maintenance lately to clean up dead links. I was
helped in this by a free trial of
SEVENtwentyfour Inc. I've just finished work on a
to the Pern Web Ring, as the descriptions people write about their own site in
the ring index often doesn't tell you much about the site. I found that an
astounding 77 of 336 sites break the ring--that's more than 1 in 5 and I think it's
shameful. I'm trying to nag the ringmaster into correcting this, but considering
setting up a rival webring if he does nothing. My
poll deals with this issue. On my trip around the ring I did find one new site
that I thought was really well done; I encourage you all to visit
World of Pern Site.
Cast of Pern notes are up on The Masterharper of
Pern. I hope to have notes on All the Weyrs done within a month.
I'm also in the middle of working on a
guide to the
sites belonging to the Pern Web Ring.
|After months of sporadic minor site changes and no major site updates, I'm finally
going to try to reorganize my schedule a bit to set aside time for site work. At the
top of my list of projects to work on is the Cast of Pern and DragonCon notes, which were
the top vote-getters in a poll I ran to find out what people were most interested in.
Look for changes to start after the first of the new year.
There is an update on my Merchandise of Pern page.
||I've added a few new bits at the bottom of my
tidbit's page, including one about the origin of the hatching
candidates white robes.
||Less than a month after having my computer relocated, I've
had another interruption in my website work due to an ailing hard drive. The
replacement has now arrived, and I will hopefully get all my software reinstalled within a
week. Meanwhile, I can spend minor amounts of time using a different computer for
I've got lots of news to share about things directly and indirectly affecting my site.
Most notably I've been promoted to Master Archivist, which I'm delighted by. I did
not just decide to promote myself on the one Turn anniversary of my site--sneaky Elrhan
organized a group of notable Pern peers to vote on my mastery. I've posted some of
the details on a separate
On the indirect front, I am finally going to have a full-time job (I've been puttering
around with part-time stuff before, during, and after college). It's a somewhat
technical job that I was offered partially on the merits of this website, which I created
by myself with very little formal training. I don't expect the job to significantly
interfere with my continuing development of this site, but I can't say for sure until I've
actually started the new job, which is at least a week away. Some more details about
what I'll be doing both professionally and site-wise in the coming months can be found on
the About Sariel page. Elrhan has defended and explained his sneaky actions in his
I've added a separate awards page to my site, as I recently won a
second award and my spot to post award graphics has been permanently usurped by my AMA
(Accredited Master Archivist) graphic.
||I researched the timeline for Dragonflight myself, and
updated the listings in my Timeline.
DragonCon notes about the Harper Hall Hour and Pern Gather have
I'm back on-line after a long hiatus caused
by "The Saga of the Desk," which I'll try to explain in a bit. I really
need to finish off my DragonCon notes, and should have the time and technology to work on
them now! I have updated my
Pern news section to match what I
learned at DragonCon.
||I finally got a decent graphics program, which has led to my
site redecoration! Hope y'all like it--it took me a while to change everything, but
it's now set up so that any future changes are quite simple.
My write-ups of info learned at DragonCon
about the upcoming Pern
PC game and
TV show are essentially complete--unless I remember anything
||If I wasn't me, I'd shoot me for how slow my DragonCon
updates have been! Many apologies, but I've had a lot of interruptions lately.
And I spent time today on some general maintenance issues--changing how some links open,
deleting dead links, and adding two new interview links I've found, with Albedo
One, and W3M3.
||A new website that you'll all want to visit--Atlantis TV's Dragonriders of Pern site. It's pretty
darn cool. The intro page requires you to have or download 'shockwave flash;' if you
don't want to or can't download it, then you can skip
over the intro--but you'll miss hearing the voice of Anne!
||Updates about DragonCon are going slow, unfortunately.
I had time this weekend, but I burnt several fingertips (ovens are evil!) and couldn't
type much. Links will slowly be added to my
index page for
On a different topic, my fellow journeyman archivist Elrhan has finally gone public with
Genealogy info are unique among Pern websites, plus he's got some great Fun Stuff and the start of a good
quote collection. He's
getting insecure about the site, because not many people have email him about it yet--so drop him a line to tell what you think of his
picture gallery from DragonCon
is now available for your perusal. Many photos will only be of interest to those who
attended, but there are plenty of others that all should enjoy (I hope!).
I'm back from DragonCon. As I have
time, I will writing up my notes (I took tons!) and sharing with you all the new info I
know about the upcoming TV show and PC game, and everything else I learned about.
Just try and be patient...
I'll be going to
DragonCon in Atlanta, GA July
1-4th, and get to see the Dragonlady herself! Look for a summary of my experiences
at the Con, to appear the following weekend (I hope--I'll have a lot of work to catch up
on when I return home...).
|I've got a new page in the art section, about
||I'm starting a new feature--a weekly (or perhaps bi-weekly)
poll! Be sure to cast your vote, and
send me suggestions for new questions...
A quick note to let everyone know I'm still
alive! I simply haven't had the time and inclination lately to add more the
site. In a few more weeks the course I'm teaching will wrap up, and then I hope to
get back to regular work on the site. My apologies to the people who have tried the
trivia contest recently, whose names I haven't managed to post yet--I haven't forgotten
you, and I will eventually add your scores.
Sometime in the next few months I'm planning to add a page about collecting Pern books and
miscellany, now that my collection is nicely filled out and I won't be giving advice to my
I've removed a few pages and a few links,
persuant to my site's review by Anne's lawyer. Eventually I'll explain the reasoning
behind these changes, but I'm just too busy at the moment. I'll be leaving town for
a while soon, so don't be surprised if it takes me longer to reply to emails.
||I made a new page, about the
Rukbat, Pern's sun. I also fixed a number of typos in the
Dragonsdawn cast listing. And there's a new listing
on my Merchandise of Pern page--some Michael Whelan art can now be
ordered directly from his site.
interview while poking around. An online chat sponsored by Barnes & Noble from
News of Pern has been
updated, and one new character has been added to
you find her? A
interview with Anne was done by
I found time for a few minor changes:
refinements to the
Cast of Pern, and a short new
section called Story & Name differences.
||Lots of little changes have been made recently. Most
notable changes are to my Disclaimer & Credits section.
||As you can see, I've both redecorated and
relocated! I have my own domain name now, so even if I need to relocate again in the
future, this site's url should never change again! I redecorated so that my site
finally has a nice, unified look. While it was hard to for me to axe some of my
other, favorite backgrounds, I finally chose this lovely pink marble, and I think my
new look does appear more professional. Now that the move has been accomplished, I
hope to get back to more significant site additions!
I have added Dragonsdawn to the
Cast of Pern, and there's a
few new people in Character Bases.
||Site changes may slow down for a bit--I have a new job,
which limits my free time.
||I've added a few short stories to the
Cast of Pern.
||I'm starting a new feature:
Cast of Pern.
Includes only Dragonseye/Red Star Rising so far, but new additions will follow
every few weeks.
I've added several new people to
||A few new links to bring to your attention:
interview is in the Del Rey Newsletter; scroll down a ways to find it.
Pern Demographics uses a fancy
spreadsheet program to determine the population of modern Pern, with a discussion of
variables. And I'm building a link to
Lynn Nye's site, because in her
she discusses Pern and DLG a bit.
||Yipee! As a member of the Pern Web Ring, I had the
chance to enter a random drawing for an advanced copy of Anne's next book, Nimisha's Ship,
and I was one of 10 winners! Find my review & the cover image on my
Other Worlds of Anne site.
list of corrections to the
Dragonlover's Guide to Pern is now complete through the first edition (and all these
corrections apply to the second as well).
I've also added a few links, and done some other fiddling with my table of contents.
||My review of the Masterharper of Pern
CD is now up.
||Lyrics from the Masterharper of Pern CD are now part of the
Poetry & Songs of Pern page. Plus, I've made my own arrangement of the March of
the Wings. [all pages removed as copyright infringing]
||I've added a link to the
Masterharper of Pern CD website, plus a bit of info about the cd and the upcoming Pern TV show.
||I've revamped the
trivia game to
make it less tedious to try--now you just need to match a list of dragons to given
timeline now covers Dragonsdawn, Chronicles of Pern, Moreta, Masterharper of Pern,
Dragonflight, Dragonquest, Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums, and The White
||I've added some discussion threads to
||Yikes! I just discovered that my site's been screwed
up for about a week! A big apology to anyone who tried visiting in that time.
||I've put up copies of all the poetry/songs found within the books, and listed it
under Online Resources.
||I now have an image of the cover of
The People of Pern.
||Info on the Planet Pirate/Dinosaur Planet series can now be
found on my
Other Worlds of Anne site.