The Turtle has finally arrived!

Today I’m announcing a new face at NAF. We’re very excited to have her here, and can’t wait to read what she has to say. But before I give you the official introduction, allow me to pull back the curtain a little.

This new venture we began almost a year ago, has been a learning experience for us all. Occasionally, we evaluate ourselves and try to fix small things that are not quite working as intended. Most recently, we changed some titles around in order to create more consistency with our own stated guidelines. That’s why you’ll now see a Contributors section containing two of our founding members, because in truth they have always been Contributors and not Featured Authors or Alumni. They are and always will be founding members, but now we’re just calling a duck a duck… and they are in total agreement with the new title.

So once the dust settled, there was one slot open for a Featured Author. How did we select the new member? Well, in many ways the new member had already been selected. Now here comes some information that neither the new member or our most recent member, Avily, knows.

When we last had an open call for a new member, the selection process narrowed the field to three candidates. I presented all three to the members of NAF and asked them to rank them 1, 2, and 3, in order of their preference. By adding the numbers given to each candidate, the one with the smallest number would be the winner.

At least that was the theory. But something happened I didn’t expect. A tie. The top two candidates had the exact same numerical value after I added all the votes. So in order to break the tie, I reviewed the individual votes to see if one candidate received more 1s than the other. And so it was that Avily had received one more 1 than the other candidate. She became our new member.

That’s why it seemed only natural that when another slot opened that we first offer it to the runner-up in the last vote. Because after all, it was a tie vote that necessitated a technical tie breaker. All our members agreed, and now that candidate has officially and finally joined us.

Please welcome…

Robynn Tolbert

Lover of fine fiction, turtles, and Farmville. She has authored two books, including Star of Justice, a 2009 Marcher Lord Select Premise contest top 20 entry. Somehow she maintains somewhere in the neighborhood of three separate blogs, not including her new venture here at NAF. She is full of wit, spunk, and opinion, but don’t try to rush her… a turtle is as a turtle does.

Read all about her by checking out her NAF PROFILE page and at ROBYNNTOLBERT.COM.

Please make her welcome!

About Keven Newsome

Keven Newsome is an musician, theologian, and a bit of a nerd. He enjoys a variety of musical genres, from Christian rock to movie soundtracks to KPop. A former band director, he plays about a dozen instruments, given a couple of weeks to practice up. His theological work has included a book on multi-generational ministry and a thesis on the theology of communicating with the dead. As for his nerd-card, he enjoys the fandoms of The Legend of Zelda, Doctor Who, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Lord of the Rings. With a music degree from William Carey University and a theology degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Keven actively serves in ministry as both pastor and worship leader.

7 comments on “The Turtle has finally arrived!

  1. She has so many names but my favorite is Princess Turtle. Welcome, my friend. 😀

  2. Welcome, welcome, welcome! Looking forward to your posts, Robynn. And if Diane holds an Anvil above you at any time, I’ll help you out of the way. 😉

  3. Pant, pant, pant…I’m here! I’m here! pant, pant You guys are gonna have to slow down. This Turtle’s legs ain’t designed to move so fast.
    Shall I tell you an odd story about runners-up? Same thing happened in high school. Missed valedictorian by a tenth of a point. Saddest part was, after five years of Latin, I’d never heard of a “salutatorian” until they handed me my diploma. hehe! That’s okay. Second place experiences less pressure.
    And, David, my shell is anvil-proof. I hope. 😀

  4. Hey, cool, Robynn! 😀 Welcome!

  5. I know I’m a bit late on this, but welcome to the NAF Robynn! (: It’s wonderful to have you with us.

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