Thoughtful Thursday: Happy birthday to us! [And we’re giving away gifts!]

Happy Birthday, FanLitHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

This week marks our SEVENTH birthday. Some of us (Kat, John, and I) have been around since the beginning (June 2007). Rebecca and Kelly joined us in 2008. Ryan and Terry arrived in 2010. Marion and Tim showed up in 2011, Brad and Steven joined in 2012. Sandy was a guest here for a couple of years before finally giving in and signing on a couple of months ago. Kate, the newb, is still getting lost on her way to the cafeteria.

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In lieu of gifts this year, we’re requesting that our readers give a gift to a character from speculative fiction. I’m going to send Nynaeve a scrunchie for those braids she keeps pulling. What are you going to send to whom?

SEVEN commenters from the US or Canada will receive a gift from us: a BOOK from our stacks, some FanLit BOOKMARKS, and a totally wearable FANLIT T-SHIRT!

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BILL CAPOSSERE, who's been with us since June 2007, lives in Rochester NY, where he is an English adjunct by day and a writer by night. His essays and stories have appeared in Colorado Review, Rosebud, Alaska Quarterly, and other literary journals, along with a few anthologies, and been recognized in the "Notable Essays" section of Best American Essays. His children's work has appeared in several magazines, while his plays have been given stage readings at GEVA Theatre and Bristol Valley Playhouse. When he's not writing, reading, reviewing, or teaching, he can usually be found with his wife and son on the frisbee golf course or the ultimate frisbee field.

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  1. I’m going to send Harry Dresden some special California gourmet dog treats for Mouse… and a hand-cranked radio, since Harry and electricity don’t get along very well.

  2. The doorman keeps forgetting who I am. :(

  3. Sandy Ferber /

    In honour of my main man, Allan Quatermain, I will be making a contribution in his name to the World Wildlife Fund….

  4. Sandyg265 /

    I’m giving Mercy Thompson a years supply of fresh meat for all of the werewolves in her life.

  5. This is tough. Choosing just the right gift is so difficult! I think I’ll gift some fabric to Arachne from Benedict Jacka’s novels. She probably has more than enough and of higher quality, but any seamstress can always use a bit more. I’ll make it a hemp/silk blend. I think she’d like that.

  6. Danny Whittaker /

    I would give Bran from The Dark is Rising a new dog to fill the void left by Cafall.

  7. I’m going to gift Thomas Covenant with Canadian citizenship – the poor guy could use a little free healthcare. :)

  8. I’m going to send FitzChivalry Farseer a box of Kleenex and some Prozac.

  9. Trey /

    I’d give Miles Vorkosigan a book on parenting and perhaps some lifts for his shoes. Perhaps he’d give me head start….

  10. I’d give Fraa Jad from Anathem a back-up protractor.

  11. Hmm:
    Quick Ben some extra acorns and Fiddler a top notch fishing rod and complete tackle box.

    Ender: a best friend who comes out.

    The Illustrated Man: some laser-removal gift certificates.

    Gurgi: free tuition to any university of his choice.

    Croaker: a cop of Dragon Dictate.

    Paul: a lovely wooden spice cabinet

    Fafhrd and Mouser: matching beer steins

    The Pevensies: A copy of Richard Dawkins’ latest

    Robinton: a lifetime supply of Benden wine

    Thomas Covenant: A DVD of Up with People

    Cithrin: a copy of Quicken

  12. Bill Siravo /

    I am going to send a large bottle of PF50 suncreen lotion to Elric of Melniboné

  13. Bill, C “Ender; a best friend who comes out!” Priceless.

  14. RedEyedGhost /

    I’m going to send Geder Palliako ear plugs, they may or may not be laced with some sort of poison.

  15. April /

    Hm, I’m not so great with gifts, especially for people who can do magic or fly through the stars or subsist on berries and hunted meat, I mean, what the heck could I give them that they can’t get themselves?

    After some thought,
    Mercy Thompson – a cone of silence in case she needs to have a private conversation.
    Mister – his own cat door though I suspect he doesn’t really need one.
    Maia the Goblin Emperor – a week’s vacation in Cabo in a faerie glamour making him look like someone unremarkable so he can relax and stop being emperor for a week.
    Carrot & Angua – a wedding with honeymoon

  16. Rebecca /

    Wow, was it really 2008? Feels like just yesterday!

  17. Rebecca /

    And I’d give Bella Swan a copy of “The Gift of Fear (and Other Survival Signs to Protect Us From Violence”. Come to think of it, I’d supply this book to a number of YA heroines.

  18. Rebecca /

    Oh, and Susan Pevensie would get as many lipsticks and nylons as she damn well pleases.

  19. I’m going to give Cersei a big dose of whatever medication they give nowadays for bitchitis. That one has a serious case of PMDD (Google it)! ;)

    Happy seven years! Wow! Your site is indispensable. Whenever I’m weighing the pros and cons of a speculative fiction title, I always check to see it you reviewed it here. Plus, I LOVE ‘identify last month’s covers’…great exercise for the brain. :)

  20. Chuck /

    I’d give the Aes Sedai a trip to Disney World. They could use a break.

  21. Seta Fordham /

    Happy birthday, FanLit!
    To Frodo: a big bag of spider poison!

  22. Liesel /

    I’d give Conan a haircut.

  23. Bill Siravo, Chuck, Danny Whitaker,Bob Milne, Trey, RedEyedGhost and Maria Bearmountain, you win a book from our Stacks, some Fantasy Literature bookmarks, which work in any book, and a totally wearable Fantasy Literature T-Shirt. (Please include your preference in shirt size.)

    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

  24. Trey /

    Wheee! Thanks Marion!

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