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A Hobbit Birthday

Image of 3 ring binder, title on Front is The Birthday Game 2014
Old Binder from 2014   The Birthday Game
  • Wow.  Look at all the cobwebs in here.  Let's wipe them away and have a bit of fun.


Well, it's March 2022.  Time for a random post.


My writing office is over in the guest cottage on our bit of acreage.  And lately, I've decided that Cardboard Boxes is no longer my decor of choice.  So I've been going through them and throwing stuff away.  In the course of that, I came across this binder from 2014.


It's not that long ago, to me.  Readers who have been with me for a long time may remember this game.  To celebrate my birthday, I contacted friends all over the world, such as John Howe in New Zealand, and Lou Kramer in Australia, and William Sean Glen in Tacoma, and well, too many to list off.  To each one, I sent a signed book, gift wrapped.  In turn, those friends made up riddles or rhymes that were hints, and clues and then hid the books in public places, such as restaurants and book stores.  


It was great fun.  Kat and I tracked the activity as books were discovered. We posted the solutions to the riddles and let people know which gifts had been found.


Well, here we are, eight years later.  I am semi-retired and I've lost contact with a lot of my hiders over those years.  So.  No birthday game this year.


But I still love the idea of a hobbit birthday party, where the celebrant gives away gifts.  No mathoms from me, only signed books sent through the post.  And  this will be on a much smaller scale than I wish I could do this.


So, here are the rules.  The first ten postcards I receive from the US, and the first ten postcards I receive from anywhere else will be mailed a book.  A random Hobb book from my dragon's hoard in my storage unit.  The book will not be sent by super fast post, but regular mail.  And it may be any Hobb book at all, hardback or paperback.  But it will be signed.  


Send your post card to :


Robin Hobb

7006 Harts Lake Road South

Roy, Washington 98580



On the post card (or in an envelope if you prefer) you must send your name and address.  Now, PAY ATTENTION!  Because over the years, I have been surprised at how many people scribble a name and partial address so that I cannot reply, no matter what I wish.  So, your information should look like this.  You can type it or hand print it.  But every part of it must be in  ALL CAPS.  And very tidy.  And broken into lines, like this:







POSTAL CODE  123 456



You would be surprised how many people forget to write the name of their country. 


 If you wish to know if you were one of the ten, include your carefully priinted email and I will let you know a book is on the way to you.  


That's it.  So easy.  Now, I won't be posting this information anywhere else.  No Facebook, Twitter, instagram.  Just here on the Hobb website.


So, off you go, to find a postcard and drop it in the mail.


And tomorrow, March 5, I will be 70.


and NO NO NO!  Do not email me your address.  And do not try to put it here in a reply.  That Will Not Work.    Snail Mail only.


And I promise that no, I am not going to use your addresses to send you spam.  No mailing list will be created, no newsletter sent, nothing.  It's a one time use of the first 10 post cards from the US and the first 10 from anywhere else in the world. Promise.  










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