Thursday, December 13, 2018

Daemons Discuss - Podcast: Take 48! | Our All Souls Holiday Episode - Let's Try Festivus!

We love holidays! This year, let's try this one!

Take #48 - The One With Festivus for the Rest of Us

Description: It's our holiday episode! We love to test the waters with different traditions, and this year we are doing Festivus (of Seinfield fame)! Feats of Strength! Festivus Miracles! Airing of Grievances! We also have a relaxed imaginary fireside chat. We reflect on aspects of the series, the fandom, answer questions, and share parts of our weird Daemon lives. After this episode, we are on a holiday break until January 3rd! Happy Holidays, and have a joyous 2019!

SPOILER ALERT! We (The Daemons) approach this podcast with an assumption that the listener has read All Souls universe books, including the trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life), and  Time's Convert + snippits from The World of All Souls. If you haven't, and you don't mind, we certainly don't mind!  Please be advised, we will approach the television series (A Discovery of Witches) the same way when it is released in the US/Canada. 😊  Let's do this. *Note - this podcast is labeled 'explicit'

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1. Show notes:

For newcomers to the series:
  • Our Daemon Guides to the All Souls Trilogy are available for download: ADOW, SON, TBOL 
  • If you'd like a ready-reference from the author herself, be sure to download the All Souls Real-Time Reading companion (free e-book at online booksellers via Penguin and Headline books). For a more in-depth view of the trilogy, The World of All Souls is available at all major book sellers, as well as the continuation volume into this world, Time's Convert.
  • Deborah Harkness usually conducts a real-time reading on her Facebook Page (starting in September), and shares her posts across social media. Check out her website for all of her social media links, and of course all that she has to offer her readers! Be sure to sign up for her newsletter while you are there!
  • To see what's available on the web as far as the All Souls universe fandom, check our links page.

Frank Costanza, from the show Seinfeld, pretty much invented Festivus!
In this episode:
  • Daemons! Worldwide! We are thrilled to be heard across the world
  • We are in holiday mode! There is no real structure to this episode
  • We discuss Festivus traditions
  • Jean’s Feats of strength - not having a nervous breakdown after flying all over the country this past year
  • Angela’s feats of strength - wrestling with time
  • Valerie’s feat of strength - hanging on!
  • It was a busy year for the fandom! 2 book releases and the TV show starting to air
  • An iron tree was purchased this year! We’ll use it as our festivus pole
  • We figured out how to get Jean to talk into her microphone. Audience: meet Jean’s mike, Michael Fassbender 
  • Listen to our last episode! Angela is in love with it!
  • We weren’t joking when we said we record in our closets!
  • Angela records in her basement, but we won’t talk about that … 👻
  • Festivus miracles: we have 11 listeners now! Used to be 10! Philly Con was another one! Jean and Valerie can move quickly when threatened with missing their flights! Uber Black - we’re not mad at it! Valerie’s epiphany. Angela points out it was a miracle that we kept our fortnightly schedule.
  • Holiday messages from Wendy, Lauren and Caroline!
  • We talk about how our fandom life relates to our other lives!
  • Team Baldwin needs another bus!
  • Angela wants to know what it’s like to watch the TV show without reading the books
  • Ask a Daemon - we heard from Shelli, Melanie, Anna & Iwona! Great questions and stories, ladies!
  • We discuss our scents
  • How we met (in case you’ve never heard this story)
  • Whispering. It works for kids and pilots!
  • How does a plane relate to an 18 wheeler?! 🤔
  • The airing of the grievances! Angela has daemonic opposite world greivance! Valerie's grievance is that the fandom growing is messing with her inner introvert! Jean is noting that like life, the fandom is changing. Growing pains!
Housekeeping Ask a Daemon: Thank you, Shelli, Melanie, Anna & Iwona -- they ask questions and give their All Souls stories! We loved hearing from you all.

Save It For The Show - Yeah, nope. Didn't happen this episode!

Reminders: Valerie reminds US and Canadian listeners sign up for their streaming service of choice (Shudder or Sundance Now); use our promo code! Details below. Don't forget to enter our holiday giveaway! We also have a HUGE giveaway coming in January! Mark your calenders: Jan 3rd! We are now on break until then! Scroll down for details.

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Bûche de Noël
Two Blind Mice! That's the wine from Jean and Val's late-night wine party years ago.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Happy Holidays 2018 - A Giveaway!

Happy Holidays!
It's our last giveaway of the year! Every year we aim to emulate Phoebe Taylor's philosophy:
Phoebe had encouraged the entire family to think of gifts that were handmade or hand-me-down, which struck us all as both meaningful and practical.  ~ The Book of Life
Well, nothing is hand-made this year, but all hand-me-down! A good friend of ours visited Oxford recently, and brought back some items specifically for us to give away! One of the items is a totebag from Blackwell's. You'll remember Blackwell's from this passage:
My usual meal consisted of a twenty-minute break in the nearby bookstore’s second-floor café. I smiled at the thought of Miriam occupying herself  during that time, trapped in Blackwell’s where the tourists congregated to look at postcards, smack between the Oxford guidebooks and the true-crime section. ~ A Discovery of Witches
The next item we offer is Diana's commonplace book. It's that illusive pamphlet that was once solely a promotional item distributed by Penguin/Viking books. Now, the only place you can actually get it is if you were to purchase the US trilogy boxed set in hardcover. We still have some of the loose ones, and we're giving one of them away (signed by Deborah Harkness)! It's described in The World of All Souls and a replica of what's ensconced in the story here:
“It’s the Elizabethan equivalent of a laptop computer,” he’d explained, handing me the slim volume. “You’re a woman of letters and need somewhere to put them.” ~ Shadow of Night
Ok! It seems we've named-dropped ALL of the books in the All Souls universe, except for one . . . ? Yup, we left out Time's Convert, the latest book that details Marcus' human past, the Bishop-Clairmont's scion present, and Phoebe Taylor's vampire future! We are giving that away, but not a new one. No. That wouldn't go with Phoebe's philosophy! Instead, we are giving away one of our ARCs! Yes, the promotional pre-publication/advance uncorrected manuscript that was given to reviewers. You won't find it in stores (it states clearly on the cover that it is not for sale), as the distribution of ARCs is extremely limited. Therefore, it is priceless and quite the collector's item; the ARC is in outstanding condition.

And there it is. All books in the universe have been covered! *Daemon bow*

The goods!
Up for grabs (pictured above):
  1. Time's Convert (Viking softcover ARC)
  2. Diana's commonplace book (signed by Deborah Harkness)
  3. A Blackwell's of Oxford canvas tote bag

Update, 6 Jan 2019: Congratulations Gale K.!

xo, ~The Daemons

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