Saturday, January 19, 2008

E-Mail Issue

I was informed this afternoon that the "Email Me" box to the left wasn't working earlier this week. When I tried it this evening, it didn't work.

I've signed up with a different e-mail account and have linked it to the blog (all by myself!).

If anyone sent me an e-mail via the link during the week and hasn't heard from me (and I'm really pretty good about answering my e-mails within 24 hours), please try again. I love getting e-mails from all of you, and I hate the thought that your messages have been lost.

For any of you with whom I've been corresponding, please switch to the new address:

Thanks for your patience.


Kristina said...

Okay, rightnow Im really mad 'cause I typed out a really long email and it didnt send for some reason. >_< ugh! SO MAD!

Anyways...Let me say the gist of the email in an eighth of the words. I loved LAWKI and was so happy to find out that there in a sequel coming out and a possible 3rd book.

I was thinking about the whole dead town thing. What if something was wrong with the water in the town? You know, something that could only hurt you if you CONSUMED it. I remember visiting family in Washington (Bainbridge, ferry ride away from seattle =] BEST city ever by the way!) and while I was there everyone was told not to drink the faucet water because there was a small trace of ecoli in it (or someone thought there was) and they had to make sure it was safe before people could drink the tap again.

Well, no one is going to be around checking water, especially for some random town which has no big significance to those in power.

Think about it. Something bad is in the water. No one knows it. Everyone needs water so everybody in the town drinks it thinking everything is okie dokie. Everyone is dead or dying before anyone knows there is something really wrong!

There you go! Dead bodies everywhere! ^_^ ...Wow, I sound mean. O_o

Im really glad you wrote these books and that your planning on the 3rd one.

*gives hug*

Im a crazy teen. Im allowed to hug people randomly. haha ^_^


kristina said...

I think the hanging idea is great. What better way to punish the accused and display it for all to see. If you steal, you die. If people see this happening before them, there is a greater chance of keeping people in line in an orderless world. The punishment has to be that terrible. If people arnt going to be civil by themselves then they are just going to have to be scared into it!

And just so you know, the bleaker you make it the better. In my opinion, anyway. It IS the end of everything we knew. Of course it is dark and depressing!It sure aint going to be sunshine and rainbow, fuzzy bunnys and unicorns!

You should make a myspace for your books so people can add you. I looked, but didnt find you. It is great for word to spread about these books and I want to add you and Im sure a lot of other people do too! ^_^

Okay, longest PS thing EVER! I swear Im done now. =P


Anonymous said...

New York City is the best city ever, but let's not quibble.

The pborblem with your water theory is that, in the apres-luna scenario, water will come from individual wells and not from a central source.

ANd, by the way, no matter how bleak the times, no matter how bad things get, there will always be people who are optomistic.

Glen the Anonymous Ethnocentric.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Welcome Kristina and hello always to no longer anonymous Glen-

myspace scares me a little, but I gave it a quick lookover this morning, and I'll check it out considerably more seriously this week. All publicity is good publicity, and I suppose if I can make the plunge into blogging, and figure out how to change the e-mail address and how to illustrate it, then I can conquer myspace as well (I am so delusional).

Glen's point about the water is valid, but I like Kristina's idea that the people are killed by accidental poisoning. It could be bad grain of some sort. I will need to give that serious consideration.

I'm off to the other unanswered comments, and then, oh you poor folk, I think I'm about to blog again.

Caroline said...

I love the MySpace idea. You would totally be put in my top friends =P

I love the poisoning idea as well! =) Well done Kristina! You come up with pretty good ideas =)

oh and I just noticed that I can sign in on my LJ account! omfg! what a wonderful invention~ but I don't feel like putting the 106 in my name =P haha.

Mr. Cavin said...

Hey, It’s my master’s thesis here:

Regarding MySpace: the frustrating thing you may run into is that some of the skills you've learned piloting Blogger bear no resemblance to similar tricks you must turn with the proprietary code of MySpace. Of course, that is supposed to make it all easier. Have No Fear!
Regarding poisoning: I think that people with wells would use them, but people who lived around a giant lake would not. Look for Lake Norman, North Carolina. My grandparents used to fish there. Ground water would, of course, all dry up, shallowest first, in a drought, but you haven't stipulated how long the people have been dead, really. Nor how long he drought: Norman would take a decade of pretty rough climate to go completely, I think. Also, bout the "plague" thing: this is a very vague word. Capitalized it still means, like, three different historical diseases, the Bubonic Plague being only one. Smallpox can be a plague. Diarrhea can be a plague. Some things can be transferred from corpses, and some can’t. Some are airborne and some are not. If everybody died from Dengue Fever, they’d have to worry about the mosquitoes, not the corpses. If it is very dry now, the mosquitoes would be affected first, right? If everyone died from Ebola or even HIV, there would be no corpse problem either. Even the flu was a plague in American history, as any transferrable illness would be in a land without doctors. Many would kill without lingering, especially a bacterial or viral infection that would die off after the hosts were dead for some weeks.

That said, and at the risk of being gruesome: corpses could, of course, become a hazardous material risk around tow—a risk completely disassociated from the causes of their death. It’s the reason we bury people to begin with. Decomposition is unhealthy for us. I suggest you go to the CDC website and either pick a poison of disease that fits the bill nicely. Remember, since you are making everything up anyway, and strains are emergent, you don’t really have to worry yourself about the science if you are near enough. There isn’t anyone around in your future, really, to diagnose properly anyway. The quibbling over relative verisimilitude would, in fact, mirror the types of conversations that happen just about every time someone catches anything.

In summation: Kristina said “Of course it is dark and depressing! It sure ain’t going to be sunshine and rainbow, fuzzy bunnys and unicorns!” and I want to mildly disagree. It is true that life will be very hard, but it is still life, so it will be all of the above. Certainly, I can see limiting the momentary delights of living in those first few books, what with disaster being so recent. But eventually people will adapt and happiness will again be pursued and attained along with survival. As a matter of fact, I am looking forward to P5B, in which we can see the attitude of people who have no memory of the old (ante-lune?) world, who are too young to imagine that the world has ever been in any other way, and who function totally normally, even optimistically, because of it.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello to Caroline and Mr. Cavin.

Caroline and Kristina- I promise I really will look into MySpace. I haven't yet, because of football and skating and tennis and having lunch out, but it's on my to do list for the week.

Thank you, Mr. Cavin, for all your nifty talk on plagues. I had favored the bubonic plague because it's so disgusting, but any mass death will do (and I really do have to protect my characters from the plague).

I love all this stuff, but it's so complicated. I've been trying to figure what food the troupe would carry with them, and I immediately thought of bags of rice and beans, but they need water, and even though the water would be boiled, they still have to find water to do the boiling with. The AAA Guide Book will most likely list big lakes that my characters can find. It takes a lot of drought to completely empty a lake, but I know from personal experience how quickly small streams and brooks can dry out.

Oh well. I suppose my characters can always eat rocks and dirt.