The identity of my "lost blogger" from this week is revealed and explained in an extended entry. Don't read any further unless you are totally stumped! If you are new to the game, and want to give it a try, read the introduction here and then the entries are here: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five. And for those 40 of you who entered a correct guess in the runner-up drawing, I'll be posting the T-shirt winner tomorrow (Sunday) after I've found somebody to draw a name out of a hat for me.
Thanks to Kevin for coming up with such a great idea, Pauly for writing The Lost Blogs book, and to all of you who participated. I had a lot of fun with the project. But the fun has only just begun here at Blogography! Starting Monday, it's another week of entirely new big fun...
And now... it's time for the reveal...
When Kevin first mentioned this project, I knew I wanted to participate, but I also knew that I would be unable to do a good job of it. I am a visual person, and writing is not a strong point for me... it's hard enough for me to write as myself, and writing as somebody else would be disastrous. So I decided that I wouldn't even attempt to write great clues, but instead supplement my feeble skills with pictures. Some people found this distracting and didn't like it, but it was the best way I knew how to participate, so I'm sorry if you are one of them.
What follows is an entry-by-entry "cheat sheet" explaining the various clues and what they mean. Once I've given out hints for each of the entries, I'll explain what the entries actually meant, and who my "lost blogger" identity is...
This Lost Blogger is constantly referring to how "Tom" doesn't belong on his page. You should ignore "Tom" because that's just a spoof of "MySpace" where 99% of the people there have "Tom" listed as their friend. You should also ignore the "DaveSpace" banner and the ad that's inside of it, because that's not part of this person's journal. Everything ELSE, however, IS a clue.
ENTRY #1 (click here to see it in a new window)
There is not a lot of information here, because it's the first day and I am just setting things up. Useful information includes...
ENTRY #2 (click here to see it in a new window)
Everything you need to know about the identity of this Lost Blogger is right here. However, the clues are a bit difficult to decipher unless you are a sci-fi geek. Useful information includes...
ENTRY #3 (click here to see it in a new window)
This is the entry that really blows everything wide open. It actually presents clues for things that are more well-known than Entry #4, but are not as easy to guess. Useful information includes...
ENTRY #4 (click here to see it in a new window)
This entry focuses on something that this Lost Blogger is not as well-known for, and so I made the clues a little bit easier to guess. It's still very important, and could be used to easily verify the information in Entries #2 & #3 if you weren't sure. Useful information includes...
ENTRY #5 (click here to see it in a new window)
This entry is set up so that anybody with access to Google can figure out the identity of my lost blogger. Useful information includes...
ENTRY #2... put it all together, and everything is leading to the book "John Carter and a Princess of Mars".
ENTRY #3... if I were to tell you that those animals are named Jad-Bul-Ja, N'kima (NOT Cheeta), Tantor, and Kerchack, would you know that they pal around with Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle? Minnie Driver voiced "Jane" in the Disney animated adaptation of Tarzan, and Michael T. Weiss voiced Tarzan himself in the animated television series. Miss Seymour has the first name of Jane, who is Tarzan's wife-to-be. All things here are leading to the book "Tarzan of the Apes".
ENTRY #4.... the actors (Eckhart, Woodard, Qualls) were all stars of the movie-flop "The Core". The Mole Man lives underground. The rock drill can get you underground. The lizard man could be a "reptoid" from the dinosaur-infested "inner world" at the center of the earth. These are all elements of the first "Pellucidar" series book, "At the Earth's Core".
ENTRY #5... all info is leading to a first book in the "Carson of Venus" series, which would be "Pirates of Venus".
And who wrote all these famous books? Why, that would be EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, the identity of my lost blogger!!
Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of my most favorite authors. I have read every one of his stories that I've been able to find. I have an extensive collection of his works in paperback. He is a true visionary, and a brilliant author in all genres... including Sci-Fi, Westerns, Romance, and Mystery. I highly recommend that you check out his stuff... mostly because most every movie adaptation of his books has sucked ass. Tarzan, for example is reduced to a grunting idiot in many movies ("ME TARZAN, YOU JANE!") which is the complete opposite of the Tarzan in the books (where he is an eloquent speaker of at least a dozen different languages). Burroughs' first work, A Princess of Mars, is probably my favorite book of all time. It is highly imaginative science fiction that's a truly stunning debut for a writer. I've read it at least 30 times.
Many of Burrough's earliest works are available FREE from Project Guttenberg.
Writing as Burroughs was a daunting task. One thing I wanted to do was gradually make his "DaveSpace" change from entry to entry, just like all those "MySpace" sites I've seen. Each time his speech gets a little more stupid, and his site design gets a little more garish and ugly. After twenty years, he's practically unintelligible, just like I find most MySpace journals to be.
One thing I worked very hard to do was capture events of Burrough's actual life around the time that his entry was written. This was not always easy, but it was the least I can do. Certain things, like the feud with Otis Adelbert Kline, were real. Kline wrote books that were very much in the style of Burroughs. Burroughs shot back by writing books that took subjects from Kline. Kline then retaliated by taking ideas from Burroughs. Another fact is the horrible financial troubles that Burroughs faced in life. Even once his writing took off and he had become enormously popular, he still had problems with his finances from time to time. If you are at all interesting in his fascinating life, there's a quick Wikipedia entry here, and ERBzine has more in-depth information here.
So, to any of you who stuck it out this long... thanks! I'd love to get your comments on this project so that if I ever do something like this again, I'll have a better idea of what works and what doesn't.