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Dj Connell
* Discworld Area Head, Sasquan / WorldCon 2015
More info at www.sasquan.org
* Current Project: The Great Discworld Fan Gathering at Sasquan
* Founder, Discworld Seamstress Guild of North America, Established 2003
* Co-Founder, North American Discworld Dark Clerks.
Established 2011
* Board Chair: North American Discworld Connection

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Memories of Sir Terry Pratchett OR So Long I Must Be Going

I finished closing down the following Facebook pages for these Discworld guilds and groups today.  

Discworld Dark Clerks  
Discworld Guild of Singers and Musicians
Discworld Seamstress Guild of North America 
Guild of Alchemists 
North American Discworld Connection - NADWCon 


While there was crossover in readership, posts went out to roughly 2,500 Discworld fans. Here is the letter I posted on those sites several weeks ago

I know some of you would like me to write more about Terry-the-man but to be honest, the loss of such a good, brave and kind person is still, for me, too recent.  There are - no doubt - people who were closer to him, and who will write about him much better than I could but some day I will post a few of my favorite Terry moments.  For now, here is a slice of the work we did on behalf of the fans.  Terry always put the fans first, and so did we.    

Dear Discworld friends: 

I first met Terry Pratchett in the early 90's, well before he was famous in the U.S. I will always be grateful that I met him when he was just this nice British guy who came to my friend's bookstore, because I might have been too wary or too shy back then to talk to The Writing Rock Star he later became.

Over the years it has been both my pleasure and my privilege to organize and host DW events in my friend's honor. It began in 2002 when he asked me to throw him a party at ConJoseWe had tremendous support from that con's Co-Chair and Terry's friend, Tom Whitmore, and a grand time was had by all.  It meant a lot to our team when Terry said it was one of the best parties he'd ever attended. 


In 1998, he asked me to to help organize the first NADWCon which took place in Tempe, AZ in 2009, I was happy to help out with programming, and to organize the Seamstress Guild's Opening Night Gala in his honor. Those of us who were lucky enough to share those times with him will cherish our memories for many years to come. 

Our Seamstress and other guilds have since been involved with many DW events and meets, including the Great Discworld Fan Meet last year at Sasquan / Worldcon 2015. I was happy to serve as the DW Area Head on that ConCom, and I met many wonderful fans from all around the world as a result.  I am deeply indebted to Laurie Mann, the Programing Chair for Sasquan, for her help, advice and support.  We could not have done any of this work without her.  We had a lot of support of others on that talent-rich, creative ConCom and the experience was a great one for our team.   

My thanks also go out to all those who came to the memorial for Terry at Sasquan and who shared their stories for our documentary film, The Turtle Moves, during the course of the con. 

I knew Terry for almost 20 years, and his friendship graced my life. I will always miss him. I felt it was important to honor his memory in 2015, and to help the fans do so, as well. Now that he is gone, and we've grieved this loss together, I feel that my work here is done. So while I look forward to seeing many more generations embrace the books as the years go on, I will be closing this and other FB pages, and moving on to other projects. I will keep what Terry taught has me through both his work and his life as a constant example, and I will cherish the friends that I have made through Discworld fandom over the years. 

I may add on a few notes about the film, et al, before I shut down these pages for good. In the meantime, please enjoy what we've posted in past. 

Cheers, and Best Wishes, 


Denise Connell 

P.S If you're wondering what I'm up to next, well here's a hint. It makes sense when you think about it, for who of all people could follow Terry? <grin>

Art: Tiffany and the Feegles by Paul Kidby  

P.S. The @nadwcon twitter feed will close down shortly.   It will soon reopen under new management. 

Please note: My team and I are not associated with the current effort to organize a North American Discworld convention in 2017 in any way, shape or form.  If you have questions about that event, please contact the organizers directly.  

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for all you've done. I have to say that NADWCON 2009 was the most fun I've had in decades, and I will always be glad we went. That party was a one-of-a-kind event.

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  2. You are going to have a blast with the Bard fans.Thank you for everything you did for Terry. It meant a tremendous amount to me to find the facebook fan pages and blogs when he died. It felt like losing one of my best friends and it was good to read the tributes of so many others.

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