October 22nd, 2004 Chat with Bill T. Pottle
22:12:29 [Jacqueline] Hi and welcome. We’re chatting with author Bill Pottle tonight. To enter your name, please type it in the upper left hand name box and then type “enter”. We’ll be using protocol so please type “?” to ask a question and “!” to make a comment and “ga” to signify “go ahead” when you’re finished
22:13:26 [Jacqueline] Glenda, I think we’re all readers.
22:13:40 [Chris] i’m gonna read it for one of my projects in school
22:13:44 [Glenda] Well, you know what I mean. snicker
22:13:48 [Aznboi1592] duh
22:14:04 [Glenda] Hey, I finally got a Ebookman!
22:14:17 [AuthorBill] Does it work well?
22:14:20 [Jacqueline] Before we begin, I need DQFan to go to black.
22:14:32 [AuthorBill] I can’t wait for pages with changable type
22:14:39 [Jacqueline] Cool, Glenda, I love mine
22:14:42 [Aznboi1592] i am on black
22:15:04 [Glenda] Haven’t done the set up yet.
22:15:17 [Jacqueline] Everyone please give Bill, our special guest, a warm welcome before the grilling
22:15:29 [Glenda] Is it difficult to set it up?
22:16:25 [Glenda] Welcome Bill!!
22:16:30 [Jacqueline] Welcome, Bill!
22:16:33 [Chris] HI BILL!!!
22:16:40 [AuthorBill] Thanks!
22:16:46 [Lainie] Hi Bill!
22:16:59 [BettyD] welcome Bill
22:17:01 [AuthorBill] Hi
22:17:14 [Lainie] Welcome Sarah
22:17:16 [Sarah] K everyone i was Dqfan be4 but i have to come say sry and that bill is actually really cool
22:17:24 [Jacqueline] Bill Pottle was born and grew up in Denver, Colorado. While living in Colorado, he enjoyed spending time camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains, and eventually received his Eagle Scout. Climbing above the clouds provided the inspiration for the character of Tivu in the Lands of Daranor series.
22:17:31 [Jacqueline] He began work on his first novel, DreamQuest, in sixth grade, and worked on it sporadically until its publication 12 years later.
22:17:51 [Chris] dang
22:17:53 [Jacqueline] He attended Cornell University where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in Biological and Environmental Engineering. His research focused on developing sensors to detect trace amounts of biological pathogens.
22:18:00 [Chris] I was like 7 or somethin
22:18:24 [Jacqueline] He also served as the captain and MVP of the Cornell University Taekwondo Team, which he helped to win five consecutive league championships. In 2002 he also served as the captain of the Ivy/Northeast Collegiate Taekwondo All Star Team. In April 2002, he earned his forth degree black belt.
22:18:53 [Chris] I heard Charles the illustrator does TKD also
22:18:56 [Jacqueline] The influence of Taekwondo and other martial arts can be seen in some of the action sequences in his work. He currently works for the Gene Therapy Program of the University of Pennsylvania where he makes adenovirus as a method of gene transfer and also as a method of producing vaccines against comm
22:18:58 [Chris] Can you beat him Bill?
22:19:04 [Jacqueline] disease agents.
22:19:12 [AuthorBill] Chris is the brother of Charles DeGuzman
22:19:13 [Glenda] wow
22:19:18 [Sarah] and now hes a gene theripist and he takes care of viruses all day
22:19:26 [Chris] Tch
22:19:33 [Jacqueline] He has traveled extensively, including visiting every continent except Antarctica and every communist country except North Korea. A large portion of these travels were during the
22:19:34 [Chris] You ruined the fun bill
22:19:39 [Jacqueline] Semester at Sea program, and a non-fiction book about the journey should be published by the end of 2003.
22:19:41 [Chris] Thanks a lot
22:19:49 [Sarah] who the heck is Charles DeGuzman??
22:19:55 [AuthorBill] Charles is my friend who I also met in Sixth grade who did the cover art and the flash animations at http://www.dreamqueststory.com/
22:19:58 [Jacqueline] Visit Bill Pottle website at: http://www.dreamqueststory.com/
22:20:02 [Lainie] Please remember to type ? to get in the queu to ask questions or ! to get in the queu to make a comment
22:20:09 [Lainie] we’ll call on everyone in turn
22:20:15 [Sarah] o ya u told us that at school
22:20:53 [Jacqueline] Very impressive, Bill! Tell us about Dreamquest
22:21:17 [AuthorBill] Alright, well, DreamQuest is a coming of age fantasy epic
22:21:24 [Lainie] Hi and welcome. We’re chatting with author Bill Pottle tonight. To enter your name, please type it in the upper left hand name box and then type “enter”. We’ll be using protocol so please type “?” to ask a question and “!” to make a comment and “ga” to signify “go ahead” when you’re finished
22:21:26 [Chris] Yea Bill I wanna here about the sword!
22:21:29 [Jacqueline] Hi and welcome. We’re chatting with author Bill Pottle tonight. To enter your name, please type it in the upper left hand name box and then type “enter”. We’ll be using protocol so please type “?” to ask a question and “!” to make a comment and “ga” to signify “go ahead” when you’re finished
22:21:41 [Jacqueline] oops
22:21:55 [AuthorBill] I tried to incorporate many different themes, so that there would be something for everyone
22:22:31 [AuthorBill] There’s a little romance, adventure, military stragety, fantasy, magic, martial arts, and religion
22:22:43 [AuthorBill] and there is a really cool sword
22:22:55 [AuthorBill] there are three, actually
22:23:05 [AuthorBill] but everyone’s favorite is the Light Sword
22:23:17 [AuthorBill] You can see this sword clearly on the cover image
22:24:10 [AuthorBill] which you can find on the following page
22:24:11 [AuthorBill] http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/btp4/dqart.html
22:24:27 [Chris] The guy with the cape holding it?
22:24:54 [AuthorBill] Yep, Derlin (red cloak) is the one who has it
22:25:22 [AuthorBill] it’s special because when it encounters enemy an enemy blade or armor, it turns to light and passes right through
22:25:35 [AuthorBill] on the other side it immediately turns hard again
22:26:04 [AuthorBill] it can completely slice through someone wearing armor and the armor won’t even have a scratch on it
22:26:45 [Chris] Can it slice through superman?
22:27:08 [Jacqueline] Hi and welcome. We’re chatting with author Bill Pottle tonight. To enter your name, please type it in the upper left hand name box and then type “enter”. We’ll be using protocol so please type “?” to ask a question and “!” to make a comment and “ga” to signify “go ahead” when you’re finished
22:27:12 [AuthorBill] obviously
22:27:46 [AuthorBill] does anyone have any other questions about the book?
22:28:13 [Glenda] ?
22:28:47 [Jacqueline] ga, Glenda
22:28:51 [Glenda] Is this your first fiction book?
22:28:59 [Lainie] ga Glenda
22:29:09 [AuthorBill] Yes.
22:29:26 [AuthorBill] Since I did start in sixth grade, I didn’t have too much time before that.
22:29:29 [Jacqueline] ?
22:29:55 [AuthorBill] but I am already about 30% finished with the sequel ProphecyQuest so far
22:30:39 [Lainie] ga Jacqueline
22:30:46 [AuthorBill] ga jacqueline
22:31:16 [Jacqueline] How long did it take you to write the book?
22:31:19 [Jacqueline] ga
22:31:39 [AuthorBill] haha…. well, it was just published in March
22:31:54 [AuthorBill] so that makes 13 years, but who’s counting?
22:32:03 [corbett744] How long until you expect to be finished with Prophecy Quest?
22:32:44 [AuthorBill] well, I”m hoping to finish it within about 1 year to 1 year and a half
22:32:45 [Jacqueline] Thanks, Bill. Here I though you were going to say two years and you were only in the eighth grade.
22:32:53 [Sarah] ?
22:33:12 [AuthorBill] I talked with a about 2000 kids last week so I’m getting excited and working a lot now
22:33:23 [AuthorBill] if only I didn’t have to do my regular job
22:33:31 [Lainie] ga Sarah
22:33:45 [Lainie] (remember when you’re done speaking, to type “ga”)
22:33:49 [Sarah] Who are the guard??
22:34:00 [Sarah] ga
22:34:18 [AuthorBill] the Guard are the top bodygurads in Daranor
22:34:20 [Glenda] ?
22:34:37 [AuthorBill] there are only ten of them and five are always within striking distance of the King
22:34:56 [AuthorBill] The other five are sent off on special missions, like scouting missions
22:35:12 [Chris] ?
22:35:27 [AuthorBill] their training is really intense. Not only do they have to have amazing physical prowess, but their mental capacaties have to be extremely sharp
22:35:39 [AuthorBill] they have to memorize things like every building in Daranor
22:35:49 [AuthorBill] (there aren’t TOO many, though)
22:35:51 [AuthorBill] ga glenda
22:36:00 [Lainie] ga glenda
22:36:06 [Glenda] I adore medical thrillers. With your biology background, would you like to write a medical thriller someday?
22:36:36 [AuthorBill] I have been thinking about this a lot, actually
22:36:49 [AuthorBill] I have a lot of ideas
22:37:14 [AuthorBill] for instance, nesting virulent viruses like AIDS inside of a virus like the common cold virus
22:38:13 [AuthorBill] nesting unexpressed toxin proteins inside common carrier molecules that could be
22:38:36 [AuthorBill] released by a common trigger molecule, even an antibiotic like tetracycline
22:38:53 [AuthorBill] however, I am a bit hesitant to put some of these ideas down on paper in the detail that I know them
22:39:23 [AuthorBill] it’s not like no one has ever thought of them before, but I wouldn’t want to put any ideas out there that could be used by terrorists
22:39:38 [Glenda] true
22:40:03 [Lainie] (sounds awesome Bill! I hope you write these books! well maybe don’t give the instructions – remember The Stand and Virus – no specifics of how to make them) ga chris
22:40:39 [Chris] Uhhhhh
22:40:44 [Chris] O yra
22:40:56 [Chris] Do any of those guards have like special abilities?
22:40:58 [AuthorBill] sorry- true no instructions- but I think that’s what would make my stories good- the detail that the plot could be crafted in
22:41:02 [Chris] say like
22:41:14 [AuthorBill] although it might be hard for non-techincal people to understand
22:41:23 [AuthorBill] well, none of them have things like magic
22:41:33 [AuthorBill] although, they each have their own special weapon
22:41:59 [AuthorBill] Garseon has a blowgun with many darts that each cause a different effect
22:42:24 [AuthorBill] Latson (DQ2) has a steel broadsword that’s tipped with diamonds
22:42:35 [AuthorBill] it is sharper then everything except the Light Swrod
22:42:43 [AuthorBill] ga
22:43:51 [Glenda] ?
22:43:59 [AuthorBill] ga glenda
22:44:06 [Glenda] What time period is your book set in?
22:44:29 [AuthorBill] well, it’s a mythical world, so it’s not relevant to our calendar
22:44:37 [AuthorBill] however, the technology is mideival
22:44:48 [AuthorBill] they have cannons, but no personal firearms
22:47:19 [AuthorBill] ga
22:48:16 [AuthorBill] has everyone visited http://www.dreamqueststory.com/?
22:48:31 [Jacqueline] Bill, who do you like to read?
22:48:34 [Glenda] not yet but will.
22:48:47 [AuthorBill] and seen the “High bandwidth’ intro?
22:49:07 [AuthorBill] Lately, I really like J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown
22:49:18 [AuthorBill] Like a lot of people, now a days!
22:49:30 [AuthorBill] I picked up the first Artemis Fowl recently and loved it too
22:49:43 [AuthorBill] I like how COlfer incorporates technology
22:50:19 [AuthorBill] I have also found some good iUniverse authors
22:50:37 [AuthorBill] Victoria Randall (The Ring of the Dark Elves) and Wil Radcliffe (Noggle Stones)
22:50:50 [AuthorBill] now I have a ?
22:51:01 [AuthorBill] does anyone here still celebrate Halloween and dress up?
22:51:11 [Jacqueline] (very cool intro!)
22:51:12 [Chris] ME!!!
22:51:17 [Lainie] yes
22:51:20 [AuthorBill] thanks!
22:51:30 [AuthorBill] Charles made the flash
22:51:33 [AuthorBill] anyone else?
22:51:35 [Glenda] sometimes go to costume parties
22:51:44 [Chris] good stuff man!
22:52:11 [Jacqueline] Do you Bill?
22:52:30 [AuthorBill] I was just asking because I’m holding a DreamQuest halloween contest
22:52:51 [Lainie] cool
22:52:59 [AuthorBill] if anyone dresses up as a character from DQ and then sends in a picture then I’m going to have a drawing for a free copy
22:53:05 [Jacqueline] And that is…
22:53:45 [Jacqueline] Sounds like a great contest
22:54:05 [AuthorBill] yeah, hopefully a lot of people will enter
22:55:05 [AuthorBill] I don’t remember, was I going to give away something at this chat too?
22:55:07 [Jacqueline] For tonight’s drawing Bill will randomly select one guest who will get to choose a name (may be modified slightly) for a character in DreamQuest2.
22:55:24 [Jacqueline] Are you ready, Bill?
22:55:37 [Glenda] I’m sorry but I have to run.
22:55:42 [Glenda] Goodnight.
22:56:00 [Jacqueline] Glenda, email me
22:56:04 [AuthorBill] oh, sad. Glenda was so close to being in the contest
22:56:22 [Jacqueline] at email@example.com I’ll give you ebookman advice
22:56:47 [Jacqueline] Are you staying for the contest, Glenda?
22:57:03 [AuthorBill] okay, how about this
22:57:33 [AuthorBill] I’m going to pick a letter
22:57:41 [AuthorBill] I’ll give one hint
22:58:10 [AuthorBill] then, the first person who guesses it will win
22:58:35 [AuthorBill] is that okay?
22:58:46 [Jacqueline] Sounds good!
22:59:19 [AuthorBill] okay…..
22:59:24 [AuthorBill] ready……?
22:59:36 [AuthorBill] here’s the rule, though
22:59:43 [AuthorBill] no looking!
22:59:54 [AuthorBill] only guessing
23:00:03 [Jacqueline] lol
23:00:12 [Chris] C!!!
23:00:52 [AuthorBill] nope
23:00:54 [AuthorBill] here’s the hing
23:00:56 [AuthorBill] hint
23:01:07 [AuthorBill] it’s the first letter in chapter 1 of DreamQuest!
23:01:10 [AuthorBill] now guess!
23:02:17 [AuthorBill] you can guess as many times as you want!
23:02:59 [AuthorBill] no one wants to guess…..
23:03:04 [Chris] F!!!
23:03:11 [AuthorBill] I could do it but I get to name ALL the characters!
23:03:16 [Jacqueline] I can’t, I’m wm staff
23:03:18 [AuthorBill] keep guessing
23:03:49 [Jacqueline] Corbett and Sarah? are you still here?
23:03:54 [Sarah02] a
23:04:19 [AuthorBill] welll, it’s capital A, but that’s close enough!
23:04:39 [AuthorBill] I guess Sarah is the winner then
23:05:22 [Jacqueline] Yayyyy, Sarah! Congratulations!
23:05:41 [Sarah02] YES!!!!!!!
23:06:06 [Jacqueline] I would have said C for Chapter
23:06:34 [Lainie] Yeah Sarah!
23:07:05 [Jacqueline] Bill, do you want Sarah to email you?
23:07:15 [AuthorBill] close, Jacqueline
23:07:29 [AuthorBill] I’m not worried. I’m sure she will IM me at least 100 times
23:07:33 [Jacqueline] Well it is the first word…technically
23:07:33 [AuthorBill] before tomorrow
23:07:54 [Sarah02] hehe i will not thats mean
23:08:09 [AuthorBill] sorry- 50 times.
23:08:10 [Jacqueline] Thanks for being our guest, Bill! You’re fascinating
23:08:27 [AuthorBill] thanks for having me
23:08:34 [Jacqueline] And thanks for everyone joining us.
23:08:38 [Lainie] If anyone would like to be on our chat mailing list, please email me with your email address at Chinara@aol.com and I will add you to our list.
23:08:41 [AuthorBill] I hope the chat was helpful
23:08:41 [Sarah02] yes he is very fascinating
23:08:42 [Chris] BYE BILL!!!
23:08:47 [Jacqueline] You’ll have to come back sometime
23:08:57 [Lainie] Yes, thank you Bill and everyone! I hope you write those books – I love those type