Welcome to the 2013 Realms Faire! Welcome to the joust! Is there anything that sounds better than the snorting of war horses and the clinking of armor? Only the thunder of hooves and the crack of lances hitting knights.
You, the crowd, will be eligible to win prizes via drawing everyday during the joust. All you need to do is leave a comment cheering for any knight. You may cheer up to three times a day. Each comment will earn you an entry in the drawing. Comments close at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time US each day.
You score points for the knights by using key words they were given. For instance, if I were jousting as Pax Knight and my key words were huzzah, Pax Knight, and Backworlds, and you left a comment that said Huzzah, Pax Knight! That would score two points for the knight. If you use all three words, the knight gets three points.
The knight with the most points at the end of the week will win a year of promotion on my website, a signed M. Pax paperback of their choice, chocolate, a steampunk pin, and bragging rights.
To get the key words, visit the jousting knights:
- Star Knight
- Lady Mary
- Lady Elson
- Sir Burns
- Xanthus Ehrensvard
- Ghost Knight
- Lady of the Lab
- Sir Elias Gargarin Tavish
- Lady Patricia Lynne
Rumor has it some of the knights are offering
bribesfavors on their sites. Ooo!
Sip Your Grog While the Bards Say…
Quest of the Hart excerpt by Mary Waibel:
Arabella’s fingers trembled on the hilt of the dagger as desire for the animal swept through her. He was perfect, not a point out of place or a blemish on his coat. She gazed longingly at him, until a sound from Kaylee brought her back to the task at hand.
Shaking her head to clear it, she watched Kaylee speak to the creature. Did she honestly expect him to answer? Arabella stopped her snort before it gave away her presence. There would be no better chance than this.
Holding the dagger before her, she lined up Kaylee with the tip of the blade. It had to be a perfect throw, as she would not get another chance. She dipped the blade forward once, twice, thrice, then let it fly through the air with a flick of her wrist. The blade spun, end over end, sailing forward. Arabella held her breath, watching, praying her aim was true.
The dagger flew on target, but just before it buried itself in Kaylee’s back, the princess moved, and the dagger embedded itself into the chest of the hart.
The Feats of Lady Elson
What right has a mild-mannered, former lunchlady to call herself a knight, you ask. Let me tell you of Lady Elson’s feats, and you shall understand. For her very first joust, she ventured back to a realm of ginormous hair and shoulder pads, where she took on not one, not two, but three Daves. Emerging victorious, she returned to the twenty-first century less than sated with the conquest of mere mortals. Turning her sites toward supernatural realms, she confronted an angel of God. His greatest weapon was his power of divine temptation, but once again she bested her challenger, trapping him within a full arc.
In the end, she realized that the angel had been but a pussy cat; she thirsted for a bloodier battle. Snatching a classic fairy tale out of the air, Lady Elson twisted it with her bare hands, dropping its crumbs along the way as she marched into the Undead Thicket, a place Hans & Greta had pleaded for her to stay clear of. It was there that she discovered and thwarted that…that thing in the basement. So don’t think for one moment that she’s a’scared of anything she might encounter at the Realms Faire.
Let the Huzzahs Begin!
Prizes in today’s drawing generously offered by Lady Mary and Lady Elson:
- ebook copy of either Quest of the Hart or Charmed Memories by Mary Waibel
- 1 pair of gold-toned angel wing earrings from Nicki Elson
- 1 set of 4 chalice charms from Nicki Elson
- 1 beaded angel wing bookmark from Nicki Elson
- an ebook copy of either Divine Temptation or Three Daves by Nicki Elson
All joust winners will be announced on this blog Monday, November 18th.
Visit the other Realms Faire Events
Joust ~ Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade Parade ~ Collective Performance ~ Castle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt
Rumor has it there’s a Kindle being given away at Phasers…
Continue the fun at Grogz on Facebook. Sing, drink, and spar with the knights. Or use the hashtag #grogz on Twitter.
You may or may not have heard Nick Wilford and his family suffered a terrible bereavement over the weekend. Kyra Lennon is generously organizing the collection of funds through paypal – firstname.lastname@example.org – to send flowers and use the remaining money for a donation as the family chooses.
Any contribution is welcome. The point is to let Nick and his family know the writing/author community cares about more than his writing and his digital life. Simple and powerful.
Now cheer for my knights!
All 10 of them.
Comments are now closed for today. Come back tomorrow for more chances to win and more cheering. That post will be going off in about 7 hours.