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Byron the Quokka: Bell Mountain Trivia Question No. 6

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G’day! Here I am with another bicycle, which if Lee had any sense, he’d offer as the prize to the winner of this trivia contest. But no–he just wants to give out autographed books. He won’t listen to me.

Byron the Quokka here, and on with the contest! Here’s Question No. 6:

Who caused the avalanche that buried the Thunder King’s hall at Golden Pass?

Right, I know it’s hard to get a lot of people to play a trivia game that’s about some books that hardly anyone has ever heard of. Well, if you want to find out more about them, just click “Books.” Or visit amazon.com and read the Customer Reviews. He’s won awards for them, y’know–the first two books in the series, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, both won awards. Why do you think us quokkas read these books over and over again? And we’re world-famous for our good taste in literature!


Byron the Quokka: Bell Mountain trivia question No. 5

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, with Question No. 5 in my Bell Mountain Trivia contest. Here it is.

Question: Who is “Et-taa-na-qiqu”?

I’m trying to talk Lee into offering a bigger prize than just an autographed book. He won’t go for a bicycle; I wonder if I can get him to make the prize an oven. We had an oven once, on Rottnest Island. A very nice family of quokkas lived in it.

 


How Much Can I Write Before It Rains?

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If this blog seems a bit light on nooze today, it’s because I have to use the time to work on Bell Mountain No. 13, The Wind From Heaven–a wind which is blowing my characters this way and that, some of them to places that they never knew existed.

With a dozen chapters written so far, I have no idea where the story is going to take me: I just hang on for dear life and hope I’m still hanging on when it gets there. I ask the Lord every day to give me the story that He wants me to tell, and do my best to tell it. Good thing I’ve got really sharp editors to back me up!

We have thunderstorms in our afternoon forecast, so I’d better get out there as soon as I can. There’s an unexplored sector of Lintum Forest waiting for me, a crazy man who’s gotten a nation of barbarians to think he’s a god, and a fleet of ships turning up from no one knows where… among other things.


‘Are My Books Biased?’ (2013) (Re-run)

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There was a prominent book reviewer in 2013 who wouldn’t review my books because, he said, they were too full of Calvinism.

https://leeduigon.com/2018/01/10/are-my-books-biased-2013/

This reviewer makes a big thing of being a former Calvinist, till he saw the error of his ways and converted to Catholicism. I never heard that he reviewed books only written by Catholics. All I know is, he won’t review books written by me.

So here we go again, having to point out the bleeding obvious: the Temple in Obann is not the Roman Catholic Church; it’s the Temple in Obann and nobody in it ever even heard of Catholics or Protestants.

I’m just sorry my Aunt Betty, a scholar and a nun, died before my books were published. I would have loved to hear her insights!


Sorry! No Essay Questions

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G’day, mates! Byron the Quokka here, with some clarification about our Bell Mountain Trivia Contest.

I don’t know how the rumor got started, or who started it, but there are not going to be any essay questions in this contest. My cousin Bengay is crazy about essay questions. He turns everything into an essay question. Ask him what’s the bloomin’ time, and he gives you an essay.

We don’t need that in the contest, do we? Short answers are the best. And by the way, here are the answers to the first two questions:

One, the best wine in Obann comes from Durmurot; and two, Martis’ horse is named Dulayl. Question No. 3–who called himself the king of Lintum Forest?–is still in play, and Question No. 4 will come up by and by. There will be 20 questions. The reader with the most right answers gets a gold watch with this green face on it that sings a creepy little song sort of like a bunch of ants would sing it–oops, I mean an autographed book.


A Quick Note from Byron: Question 2

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C’mon now, mates, someone must know this!

What is the name of Martis’ horse?

Crikey, how’re we going to have a Bell Mountain trivia contest if no one answers the bloomin’ question? And that was an easy one! It’s not like I asked, “What’s Ysbott the Snake’s middle name?” That one doesn’t count, by the way!


Byron the Quokka: Next Question!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, with Question No. 2 of the Bell Mountain Trivia Contest. I’ve watched Lee do this several times, so I’m sure I can do it, too, while he goes outside  and tries to write another book.

Right, here goes! Question No. 2–

What is the name of Martis’ horse?

Yeah, I know that’s an easy one, but no fear–they’ll get harder as we go along. Remember, whoever gets the most right answers wins a bicycle… Oops, shouldn’t’ve said that. The prize is supposed to be a book.

In case of a tie, you both win.

Now don’t make me look like some poor sap of a kangaroo by not coming up with answers. If this doesn’t work, I won’t get any more contests to run. Here, I’ll even give you a hint!

It’s not “Man O’ War.”


An Important Announcement from Byron the Quokka: Bell Mountain Trivia

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G’day! That picture up there shows Aunt Feezie, Uncle Jeff, and Cousin Ethelred playing Bell Mountain trivia. We quokkas can’t ever get enough of it!

Byron the Quokka here, to introduce The Bell Mountain Trivia Contest, which is like totally all my idea and Lee said I could do it as long as I don’t forget I’m supposed to be running a comment contest–the one you win if you post Comment No. 47,000.

This contest is really simple and anyone can play. Every few days, I’ll ask a Bell Mountain Trivia question. And after 20 questions, whoever got the most right answers wins a prize: an autographed book, most likely. (You know how he is about bicycles.)

Right! Question No. 1:

Where does the best wine in Obann come from?

Of course, it’s a lot easier to answer these questions if you’ve read the books. Aunt Feezie has read The Glass Bridge a dozen times. But as all the quokkas in my neighborhood already know all the answers to all the questions, it wouldn’t be fair for them to be in the contest.

Somewhere out there is a human who knows the Bell Mountain books as well as any quokka! Let’s see who it is.


By Request: from ‘The Theologian and the Assassin’ (Bell Mountain Chapter 13)

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Requested by Joshua, an excerpt from my award-winning novel, Bell Mountain.

“[I]n a very nicely appointed private study with thick rugs and rich hangings on the walls, the First Prester, Lord Reesh, angrily rattled a sheet of paper in his hand.

“Do you know what this is?” he said. “It’s a letter from the burned fool who’s the prester at the new chamber house in a place called Ninneburky. It’s almost all the way up the river.”

“I know the town, my lord,” said the other man in the room–an unremarkable-looking fellow with a sad face and a little pointed beard.

“Good. Because you’re going there,” Lord Reesh said. “As soon as I explain this.

“Two children from Ninneburky have run away to climb Bell Mountain. You are to find them. If they are still on their way to the mountain when you overtake them, don’t interfere. Follow them. See to it that they get there. I want to know every single thing that happens to them, Martis. If they climb the mountain, climb after them. If they get to the top and find a bell, you are to prevent them from touching it, and no one is ever to see or hear from them again.”

The people of Ninneburky, even the prester himself, would have been appalled to learn that the First Prester had a confidential servant whose duties included killing people. For that is what Martis did, in addition to ferreting out secrets, spying, stealing, and arranging for certain persons to be accused of and punished for crimes they hadn’t committed. Not even the other oligarchs knew about Martis. To everyone in the city, he was only a clerk in the Temple. He even looked like a clerk.

But to Lord Reesh–who considered himself the first oligarch as well as the First Prester–he was a very necessary tool. And because he had served Lord Reesh for years, and never failed him, Martis enjoyed a certain liberty in speaking to his master.

“Do you think a pair of children might actually climb the mountain, my lord?” he said…

To find out how Martis the assassin fared in his mission, read Bell Mountain, the first book in the series, with 11 titles in print–so far. No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever, is currently being prepared for publication.

To order any of them, visit the blog’s home page and click “Books,” or visit http://www.chalcedon.edu and The Chalcedon Store.

 


Important Announcement! (from Byron the Quokka)

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G’day, it’s me, Byron the Quokka, with a super-important announcement!

We now have just over 45,000 comments on this blog, and Lee says I can start another comment contest as long as I don’t promise that the winner gets a bicycle.

So OK, new comment contest, with the finish line at 47,000, which means that the next contest will be for No. 50,000, a real milestone–and those dumb  wombats said we’d never make it! But first this contest. Whoever posts Comment No. 47,000 wins the prize.

I don’t know what he’s got against giving away bicycles. [Editor’s Note: Byron, it wasn’t ours to give! How many times do I have to tell you that?] So I guess an autographed copy of his new book, The Temptation–and if you’ve already got it, you can ask for a different book.

I don’t know. A bag of pretzels and a can of Foster’s, that might really get people hopping…

And by the way, hopping is better than walking. Ask any quokka.


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