Eythain's version of events
Since the cat is out of the bag
I might as well tell the tale of the DB Sewing Circle,
as seen from my point of view.
It all started back just over a year ago (28 February 97... Hey! That means it took
_exactly_ a year from conception to execution! Cool!), when the snide remark from
Lois McMaster Bujold to David Brin that "My fans sew!" came to the attention of the
Brin-L list. His challenge was clear: Can we let this happen?
The answer: "No!"
A multinational effort got started, soon encompassing no less than four nations spread
over three different continents.
It was about this time that I got involved. My contribution was meagre, and not at
all in the making of the Brinsters outfit. However, a chance comment that we might
consider doing a contract or a warranty or something to give with the rest was enough
for the Goddess Herself (Jo Anne) to sink her shining fangs into my innocent flesh.
With some discussion between me and the others, I ended up with the text for the
I, David Brin
Most graciously accept
These Gifts made by the
DB Sewing Circle
And the text of the warranty as:
These products have been made according to guidelines
set by Jijo's Council of Sages. They are guaranteed to dissolve in one hundred
years or less. If they fail to do so, please return them to the DB Sewing Circle,
where they will be promptly destroyed.
(If you think the warranty sounds strange, remember, these are _sooner_ products)
There was some discussion of how to make these; in the sooner spirit, they shouldn't
be made using anything overly technical (we discussed using an Buyur relic, but decided
against it...). Initially the thought was to do both on wood, but that turned out
to be an unwieldy solution for the warranty simply because there was _way_ too much
The wooden plaque with the warranty was made and pictures of it (and me) can be found
Another solution had to be found for the warranty, and Julia Thompson (who'd been
brought in by then) offered to cajole a friend into doing it as calligraphy on paper
(sent by John Gunnarson from Sweden). I'm not sure whether they used my exact text
in the end, but I think I'm strong enough to take it even if they didn't.
Well, to make a long story short, after much confusion Jo Anne finally made the drop
yesterday. There's _much_ more to tell, but this is pretty much my involvement with
It's fun when a plan gets together, which this one (after several false starts) finally
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