Friday, March 19, 2010

Fablehaven Winner

Gwenyth picked the contestant with the most expensive postage,
but that's okay.

Fablehaven is headed to New Zealand.

Niki, you won. :)

I wonder if the book has a different cover in New Zealand. I don't think so; this is the image that came up on Amazon's UK site. By the way, if you didn't click on Brandon Mull's name on my last post, you should click HERE to visit his website. It's awesome!


So, Niki, I need your mailing address. It's been just over 13 years since I mailed anything to New Zealand. One of my very good friends served a Mandarin Chinese speaking LDS mission there. My e-mail address is myrnabobfoster at yahoo

Incidentally, the friend who went to New Zealand was the person who first started calling me Myrnabob. He was one of those people who would give out nicknames, and the nicknames would stick. I think my nickname would have died out, but my friends from high school addressed letters to Myrnabob when I went to college. That was back in the dark ages--before e-mail had become popular--and we still sent letters by snail mail. My roomies started using the nickname, and now, even my in-laws use it.

I like nicknames. There are all kinds of great stories where the characters' real names aren't important. Their nicknames shape our perception of them.

Do any of you have a favorite nickname story or character?


  1. Congrats to Niki. I love this series.

    Every main character I've written has a nickname. I blame my fascination with Tolstoy during my formative years. Now THAT guy had a million names for every character! :)

  2. I've been wondering where Myrnabob came from.

    As for nicknames, one of Bob's characters has a penchant for nicknaming people - kind of like Sawyer from LOST.

    Congrats, Niki! (Too bad, Myrna, you can't hand-deliver it - New Zealand is gorgeous.)

  3. Congrats to Niki! :)
    I was wondering about the whole Myrnabob thing.
    I've had many nick-names through my life (if you can believe it, one of them was even given to me because I talked so much.) The one I hear the most nowadays is "Ror-dawg."

  4. Yes, Jackee, a person not paying attention in a Tolstoy novel is easily confused.

    I still haven't seen Lost, Krista, but I'll take your word for it. I've had quite a few people like that in my life, all of them male. There's an interesting prestige that goes with it. Having a nickname conferred upon you by one of those people always meant I was accepted into their family or group, if you know what I mean.

    Rorie, the "Ror-dawg" nickname has to have been made up by a guy.

  5. Who was the person who came up with Myrnabob? I can't remember.

  6. Wow!! I have just come home from being out all day for my birthday and to find this out has just topped it off beautifully. :o) Thank you Myrna XX It's wonderful :o)))) Will send you an email tomo.

  7. You're welcome, Niki, and happy birthday!