Ragaris Fortnight, ten days on
So the Ragaris Fortnight has now finished, and I didn’t get too wet sitting out at the gate.
As I said a few weeks ago, the “general objective [was] to acquire more readers, purchasers and name-recognition generally, but particularly a) online; and b) in my local area, Beeston/Chilwell.” Two specific objectives were to sell the new stash of copies I’d obtained; and to double the number of reviews on Amazon.
I think I’ve achieved a little more name-recognition, and I’ve sold all but one of my stock – several to those who’ve read one book and wanted the next one. Maybe the reviews will come in after those books are read!
I’ll do another assessment in a few weeks, maybe with actual figures (surely not!) but in the meantime:
If you want to watch my four publicity videos and haven’t yet done so, scroll down on the Home page https://www.penelopewallace.com/ and the Tales pages of this site.
And for those who aren’t on Facebook, these are the quotes I chose to feature day by day.
From this site:
On Ragaris the monarch you swear allegiance to, the innkeeper you buy a drink from, the priest who hears your confession, and the warrior who kills you may all be either male or female. The idea that women are inferior was long ago DENOUNCED AS HERESY.
From “We Do Not Kill Children”:
“What killed him?” “The Old Stones killed him. It is the Place to Die.”
“He is a child I have not yet killed… I’m saving him for breakfast.”
“Even in war, even in the worst of times, we will not kill children, we will not commit rape, we will not take pleasure in torment.”
Gormad had never seen the King except in a crowd. There was a strange fascination about him, because he only had one arm, and it was very rude to look, but almost impossible not to.
He rode through wind and rain for three days… (This one was chosen to suit the weather, and to please a devotee of Kai Kingsbrother.)
From “The Tenth Province of Jaryar”:
[The Haymonese point of view} was a fair argument, one he’d had by the fire with his wife and brother-in-law before setting out. But in war a soldier’s enemies are chosen for him, and he kills them.
“Magnificent creatures, ducks, don’t you think?”
“They will fight. Which means that many of them will die, and they ask me why this is necessary, and I have no answer.”
From “The Servant’s Voice”:
“If I’ve ever known a saint in my life, your uncle was that man.” What could that mean? It was a question, and questions were the fascination of Hridnaya’s life.
“Almighty Father,” she prayed, “help me not to show fear. And in your great mercy, prevent me from doing anything completely stupid today.”
“One may say: I am a Queen, and another: I am a beggar. But each is more than that…. I have known a warrior who was also a poet, a physician who was also a wrestler, and a milkmaid who was also a prophet.”
“The greatest curse for any land is a king who does wickedly, and cannot be stopped.”
“Is she capable?” asked the Queen. “Very capable at getting into trouble,” he said, “and yet staying alive.”
Question 7: Could it be that the highborn people of long ago invented God and the Bible in order to make us obey? (Merciful God, please don’t send me to hell for this thought. Please.)
Answer: I have listened for the last year, and there are many verses of Scripture that speak on behalf of the poor. And our Lord became a servant. So that must mean that the poor and servants are important to God, even though the rich try to hide this and explain those verses away, and so He can’t just be their lie.
Did I miss out your favourite?
Love from the PPI Blogger
PS Next post due on 6th Nov. But seriously, no one has commented since August? You’re sure the blog isn’t going straight to Junk?