First of all, Merry Christmas.
Now, here’s the announcement: As most of you know, last summer, at the San Diego convention, we gave away blue scarves, just like the ones worn by the Farm Fables who believe and hope that Boy Blue will be coming back from the dead – just the same, except ours were printed with the Fables logo and the message: Boy Blue is Coming Back. What you don’t know, is that, after all the giveaways at the convention, there were some left over, and I (with the help of Shelly and a few other partners in crime) managed to steal those leftover scarves and take them home with me.
So here we are. As a very, very small thank-you for being such loyal and insightful readers on this forum, I’m going to give away those remaining blue scarves, one each (and only one each) to the members of this forum.
But here’s the catch: I’m fairly certain there aren’t going to be enough to send one to each person here who wants one. I strongly suspect they’ll run out before everyone gets a chance at getting one. And this is why I spent so much time trying to decide if it was a good idea to offer any at all. The worst thing about free giveaways is that some get them and some don’t, and as much as I like to reward our readers, I don’t want to frustrate and penalize those who get left out, even for such a small thing as this. I was torn as to what was the best thing to do.
So here’s how we’re going to resolve it: I will send one scarf to each person here who wants one, until they run out. Here’s how I’ve decided to prioritize those requests, making it as fair as I’m able to determine such things:
1) First priority will go to those who’ve been here the longest, contributing the most. Of that group, no one will be penalized for making critical posts in the past. With very few exceptions – so few I can’t recall a single specific example – all critical postings here have followed the rules of good manners and reasonable criticism. This group will for the most part be the folks who visit and post often enough that I know them – or at least their names, without having to search their posting history.
2) Next we’ll send them to those who may not be as familiar to me, but who’ve been here the longest and posted the most.
3) Next will be everyone else, for as long as they last, assuming we get this far.
Now for the fine print – the annoying rules and caveats:
1) Because of the limited supply, no one gets more than one, no matter how many others folks in your household also read Fables. I appreciate that you folks are wonderful Fables evangelists, who spread the word far and wide, to all of your parents, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters and friends, but I simply don’t have enough to go around. The nice thing is, the scarves can be shared so easily.
2) No, I will not tell you how many blue scarves there are, because I don’t want the math wizards among you to be able to handicap where the cut-off is likely to fall. I haven’t even counted them and won’t. They’re in a stack and will be sent out one at a time, until I reach the bottom of the stack.
3) Anyone who requests one of the scarves will only do so knowing in advance that he or she may not get one, and not let that disappointment drive you into Mister Dark’s camp, like Nurse Spratt (no matter how many handsome princes he offers you). You will know in advance that, even if you don’t get one, I still very much appreciate that you’re such a loyal reader and member of this forum.
4) Anyone who gets a scarf promises two things: First: that you know the “Blue is Coming Back” message written on it is not a promise from us (those of us who produce the series) that he is coming back in the pages of Fables. It’s a statement of belief, or at least hope, or at least preference, on your part. Second: That you will wear the scarf – at comic book and science fiction conventions, being two good examples of where it might be appropriate attire.
5) This will take time. Lots of time. I will personally send out scarves, as quickly as I can. But this duty will fall well behind other obligations in my life – meeting Fables deadlines being but one example. Don’t be surprised if they’re still trickling out to you in the spring and summer.
6) Unfortunately, I cannot personalize the scarf to you, or sign it. As much as that would be a fine thing to do, it would almost insure that getting them all out will never actually get done. However, Bucky and Steve and I and anyone else involved with Fables, will be more than happy to sign them, if you ever see us at a convention.
7) I will not answer enquiries along the lines of, “Did I make the cut?” That would just break my (small lump of coal masquerading as a) heart to have to answer such questions. Basically, if a scarf ever shows up, that’s how you’ll know.
8) Finally, please, please, please, only ask for one of the scarves if you plan to keep it. If you just want something to sell on Ebay, I’d much rather they go to someone who wants an actual keepsake. No, I will not try to hunt down those who do put them up on Ebay (or the like). There’s no way to police this requirement, other than by the honor system.
9) For those of you who ask for one, but don’t make the cut, I’ll try to work out a way that you get to the front of the line the next time we have something fun to give away.
Okay then, how do you let me know you want one, and tell me where to send it?
Send me a private message, here at the forum, with your full real name and your complete mailing address. That’s it.
But you should note that it seems there is a limit to how many private messages we can have saved at any one time, and I have been horrible about reading mine and deleting the old ones in the past (mostly because I keep forgetting there are such things as private messages, and that little thing that lets you know you have one is very small and hard to notice). I will try to get the private messages from you folks read, addresses copied, and deleted, often and quickly, so that others can have room to send their messages. If the private message box is full, please keep trying. Yes, it’s an inefficient system, but I am an old man, easily fuddled by computer stuff, and nearly incapable of learning new tricks.
That’s all I can think of for now. Let me know if you have any questions that weren’t dealt with here.
And once again, Merry Christmas.