Eight years ago, my new-found friend, Wayne, and I decided to embark on a mutual dream of forming an Inklings group of our own. But distance was not our friend, he being in Maryland and I being in northern New York. So rather than a weekly gathering in some local pub, we decided upon meeting for a full weekend at a locale halfway between his home and mine.

The result has been a faithful convergence on a poetic (if not sleepy) Pennsylvanian town or city for the last eight years. And what a blessing it’s been for both of us. The mutual camaraderie is immeasurably valuable, as are the long talks concerning writing, plot and character development, theology, doctrines of the faith. Not to mention the verbose amount of gregarious guffawing we engage in.

And threading through it all are the continuous clicks of our laptop keys as we work on our next stories for the world to read. Wayne is working on a new supernatural thriller series called GHOST, while I’m very close to announcing the title and release date of my newest work, codenamed TSR.

Here’s to Inkblots everywhere who enjoy fellowship and the pursuit of the intellectual.



Christian Fahey · 2 Feb ’13 at 2:08 pm

Two thumbs up, C. Enjoy, learn, grow, and travel safely. A GREAT annual event!

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Feb ’13 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks, Christian. Appreciate the enthusiasm – from one many of the pen to another.

Jag Swiftstorm · 3 Feb ’13 at 2:22 am

I think I remember Sky, and ‘t’ is probably ‘the’, so ‘The Sky —‘ For some reason, I’m thinking Régime, but that’s probably wrong. Runner?

And no, I don’t expect you’ll say whether I actually got it right or not 😛

    Christopher Hopper · 3 Feb ’13 at 9:53 am

    I love seeing you guess. Good guesses!

    Soon and very soon…

The Princess Writer · 3 Feb ’13 at 2:54 pm

The Small Rhinoceros. A high thrilling adventure, involving the great peanut butter episode! I’m looking forward to it! Keep it up! (Oh, and please, please, PLEASE put in that wonderful thirty versed song the hippo sung in the shower. I’m really looking forward to it.) (Don’t smile. I know you have a secret love for rhinos somewhere in you.) (Just kidding.)
Congrats and may your pen ever flow with the love of the King!

    Christopher Hopper · 3 Feb ’13 at 4:49 pm

    Well, Ladies & Gentlemen, there you have it! Cat’s out of the bag!

    I can’t even follow that. It’s too good.

    The Princess Writer · 3 Feb ’13 at 5:21 pm

    Ah! My friends, you must learn from moi, the great master at all related things in this subject!
    You must sneak into the person’s house dressed as a rhino—because a hippo costume would be to suspicious—creep into the study, grab the manuscript, and devour its peanut-buttery goodness while standing on your head. If you do not conduct yourself in this exact manner, the Great Hippo Monster will come along and take you to Hippo Land. *cue scary music*


Gabe · 5 Feb ’13 at 11:57 am

Yay! Looking forward to what you guys come up with!

Bytheway, is there a way I can subscribe to your blog? Get an email every time you post?

    Christopher Hopper · 6 Feb ’13 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks Gabe.

    I don’t have an RSS feed set up now, but I probably can. Let me get back to you. Working on a few other projects right now.

    Christopher Hopper · 6 Feb ’13 at 2:13 pm

    Okay, so if you wouldn’t mind being my guinea pig:

    First, if you don’t know about RSS feeds, read this.

    Next, try inserting the URL you get when clicking on “POSTS” in the very, very upper most right hand corner of my page.

    If that doesn’t work, try clicking on and doing the same with the new little RSS icon / “subscribe” link I placed under the Search menu on the sidebar.

    Hit me back with how you made out.

    Gabe · 7 Feb ’13 at 3:54 pm

    Sorry, didn’t get to this until now. On it I am, let you know how it went, I will. 😀

    Gabe · 7 Feb ’13 at 4:00 pm

    It works! Thank you!!!

    Gabe · 7 Feb ’13 at 8:55 pm

    I clicked the post thingy at the top, copied the address, went to Google Reader, clicked the button that says “subscribe”, and pasted the address. Now, every post will come up on my Google reader, along with blogspot blogs I’ve subscribed to.
    It doesn’t, however, notify me of new posts, but I got a free app on my iPod called Feedler which connects directly to my Google reader, and notifies me every time there is a new post on any of my RSS subscriptions, including your blog.

    This won’t work for everyone, but works awesome for me. 🙂

    For those who don’t have an iPod, here’s something that I’m not sure whether or not it works: http://blogtrottr.com
    ‘Tis supposed to send an email to you minutes after a new post, but when I entered your RSS link, it said told me that it worked, but also says
    “However, that feed won’t tell us when it has new content, so we’ll check it every hour instead.”
    Not sure what that means.
    Why don’t you try making a post on RSS feed, and I’ll let you know how fast blogtrottr sends me an email? That would be the easiest way to test it.

    Gabe · 7 Feb ’13 at 9:59 pm

    Correction: The app is called FeeddlerRSS.

      Christopher Hopper · 8 Feb ’13 at 8:03 am

      Cool, thanks for this Gabe! Great tutorial for anyone else who’s interested.

    Gabe · 8 Feb ’13 at 11:31 am

    Okay, now that you’ve posted, I can tell you how it went. I received an email from http://blogtrottr.com within an hour of your posting. Works awesome.

    The app, as it turns out, does not notify me until I open it, so that’s useless, but it does allow me to read blogs I’ve subscribed to directly on my iPod (even though I don’t have Safari on it), which is really handy.

    Whether or not anyone gets the app, the http://blogtrottr.com is the way to go. Just click the POSTS button @ the top of Sir Hopper’s website, copy the link that is in the top, paste it in bloggtrottr, enter your email address, and you’ll get an email within an hour of any new post.

      Christopher Hopper · 8 Feb ’13 at 11:36 am

      Coolness, good to know. Man, thanks for letting everyone know. Me too!

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