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Goblin Wedding

Fan mail is always nice. I love hearing from people who have enjoyed the goblins or the princesses, or even just a short story I wrote.  But this week, I received an e-mail that took it to a whole new level of writerly awesomeness.

Bartosz Walczyk from Poland e-mailed to thank me, explaining that Wojna Goblina (Goblin War) was directly responsible for him meeting his fiancee Ann.  Today’s post was late because I was waiting on permission to share the story.  In his own words:

I’m a teacher at school and I have been assigned a substitution to one of the schools - as I had some free time then, I took up the challenge. You have to imagine that at school there is always much work that needs to be done, so time is really short. And shy as I am, I don’t like going to people, greeting and meeting them. Especially when I know that I will be working with them for very little time.  But when I saw someone sitting in a corner of the teacher room reading Goblin War, I had no choice but to approach that woman. And this is how it started. Believe me, without the book, I would never have done it.

Bartosz and Ann are engaged to be married in 2011, and I’m told one of the first things they did together was to finish reading Goblin War.

Coolest.  Reader.  E-mail.  Ever!

My heartfelt congratulations to them both.  And for the rest of you, forget match.com and e-harmony and the rest.  If you really want to meet your soul mate, pick up a copy of Goblin War [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy]!

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So I’m (obviously) back from ConFusion.  Had a wonderful and crazy time.  Saw many excellent people, and did not get to spend near enough time with most of them.  (I did get to play with the Buckell twins though.  Twins = exponentially increased cuteness!!!)

Brain and body are a bit fried.  I’m planning to write something a bit more coherent, but in the meantime, have a picture of me and Chewie from the con.  This photo was taken mere minutes before Chewbacca turned and ripped the arms off of that stormtrooper behind us.  Click the thumbnail for the larger shot.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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mtlawson
Jan. 25th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
You know, that pic looks better than the last one that had both you and Stormtroopers in it. Something about not having your hands up behind your head does it. ;-)

That's a really cool story. Did he mention if he'd read the first two books before he espied Goblin War in yon fair maiden's hands?
jimhines
Jan. 25th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm assuming he did, but I'm not 100% sure.

And thanks! It's the fanboy in me, but I love the 501st guys (the ones who do the fancy Star Wars costumes). Makes me grin every time.
celtic_catgirl
Jan. 25th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
That is a fantastic story. Thanks for sharing!

I can't count the number of friends I've made and strangers I've talked to about books in general. There are very few things that make me happier than sharing a good book with someone (my copy of Stepsister Scheme is on loan again, I threw it in with a pile of Carrie Vaughn books)
cathshaffer
Jan. 25th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Wow! Completely awesome.

And what a fantastic photo! The composition, the lighting, the artistry, simply amazing.
jimhines
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I wish the photographer had been able to do something about that slightly goofy expression on my face...
deborahblakehps
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Okay--you're on. I'm taking my copy of GOBLIN WAR and hanging out places where men can hit on me :-) But if I don't get married because of it, I want my money back...
jimhines
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Publisher makes no guarantees as to the effectiveness of the book outside of Poland.
deborahblakehps
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Drat. I knew there was a catch.
jongibbs
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Great story. Best of luck to the happy couple :)
jadesfire55
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Great to see you this weekend, if only passing through the hallways!
jimhines
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Likewise! I think I officially know too many people at ConFusion now. There's just not enough time in the weekend!
nightwolfwriter
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
You're right, that's an incredible fan letter.

Course, what are you going to do if they ask you to be the best man?

jimhines
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
In this sort of situation, I believe it's traditional for the publisher to spring for the plane tickets!
nightwolfwriter
Jan. 25th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
And just think, if you can work in the Polish Winged Lancers into one of your Princess Books, the whole trip could be written off as research.

(Gotta work the angles, ya know.)
jeffreyab
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
It was good to see you Jim, what was the name of that cool jacket and where did you get it?
jimhines
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Likewise, Jeff! I wish there had been more time to chat and hang out.

The jacket is now discontinued, sadly. It came from Scottevest.
faerie_writer
Jan. 25th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
That totally *is* an awesome story! :D
jjschwabach
Jan. 26th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
That's awesome!
melissajm
Jan. 26th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
That's awesome!
melissajm
Jan. 26th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
(Sheez, Twin, we're doing it again. I did NOT read your post first.)
dynastic_queen
Jan. 26th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Wow. I'll have to add on to your title.

Matchmaker, & Master of All Things Blue and Sisterly.

That works.
phoenixfirewolf
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Wow, that's awesome :) Now, not only are you a writer, but you're a match maker too.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 28th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
This makes me smile.

hehe. I soooo want you to add Match Maker to your bio.

:) ~GoGo
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