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Huh. Goblin Hero is now available on the Kindle. So books two and three in the series are out there in electronic format, but not Goblin Quest, the first in the series. Ah well, I'm sure Quest will catch up eventually. Nice to see that DAW is getting the backlist electrified, though.

Yesterday's mail also brought painted prototypes of the goblin miniatures from Garden Ninja studios. Sweet! I had a few minor notes on the Jig figure, and I want to take another look tonight after work. (Last night I was out seeing Bob the Builder live with my son, so I didn't get home until late and had very little time to do anything.) We'll be getting miniatures of Jig, Darnak, Veka, and Golaka. I'm already thinking about doing an LJ icon from the Golaka miniature :-) In the meantime, you can see the miniatures they've done based on Branden Sanderson's Mistborn books.

I've mostly stayed out of the cultural appropriation debate, in part because I just don't have the time to dive into another Internet kerfuffle right now. However, I wanted to toss out two points about being accountable as a writer.

1. You're reponsible for what you write. Period. You choose what you write and what you don't write. Nobody else is out there making you write this or that, or setting rules about what you can or can't cover. Some choices are more marketable than others. Some may result in more conflict and confrontation than others. But it's your choice. That's why you're the writer, see. If you let other people tell you what to write, then we call you a stenographer.

2. You're responsible for your screw-ups. If you write, you're going to make mistakes. Deal with it. Sometimes it's a stupid mistake, like me completely messing up the science of solar radiation on the moon for a Writers of the Future workshop story. Sometimes it's falling into the trap of writing stereotypes instead of people. I've done that one as well. People will call you on these things. They're right to do so. Your job as the writer is to learn, and to do better next time.

Now, will someone please help me get the Bob the Builder song out of my brain?

Rosemary and Rue, by Seanan McGuire
Red Hood's Revenge


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Jan. 29th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
"Now, will someone please help me get the Bob the Builder song out of my brain?"

I've found the theme to The A-Team removes most earworms. The only side effect is the lingering theme to the A-team.
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)

My brain is now trying to play both at once. Oddest duet ever...
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Jan. 29th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
;o) You're Bob's puppet now, spreading his siren song to the masses...
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
No! Must ... finish ... Red Hood before writing Bob Builder fanfic.
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Jan. 29th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
You have a copy of Seanan's book? What's up with that? Is it a proof?
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
I have my ways... (It's the manuscript, not a finished review copy.)
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Your reading material is...pleasing...unto me.
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
I thought it might :-) (Let me know when there's more on the web site, and I'll add a link.)
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Jan. 29th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Why would you even WANT to get the Bob the Builder theme song out of your head? It is a great song. Just change the lyrics a little bit. "Can I write it? Yes, I can!" It's...motivational.
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)


Sorry, but I had to take revenge after YOU put it in MY head.

No, wait, that's not revenge. THIS is revenge:

"It's a small world after all..."
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
You would prefer Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" in your head instead?

Servant of Ear-Worms, Master of None
Jan. 30th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Ugh. Now I'm collateral damage. And I had a perfectly fine song stuck in my head already, and now it's completely forgotten and replaced by Neil Diamond.
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Guaranteed THIS will get the Bob the Builder Song out of your head. (Warning: YouTube link.)

... However, it will never leave your brain. You've been warned.
Jan. 29th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, YouTube is inaccessible from work. I'm safe!
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Jan. 29th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)

Brain infested.

Crying now.
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Luckily I don't know the Bob the Builder song, though I do have a little cardboard miniature of him sitting on a windowsill in my kitchen. It came in a box of cereal with the bulldozer dude. Cute.

I occasionally melt my brain with the "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" song. I usually start humming it when I meet someone to whom I wished it applied.

Miniatures of Jig and friends. Very nifty!
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Bob the Builder song? Try the Blue's Clues mail song! We just got a letter, we just got a letter, we just got a letter, I wonder who its from?
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Jan. 29th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
I'm struggling with Red Hood's Revenge for similar reasons. Breaking away from pseudoEuropean culture and going more psuedoMiddle East. I know it will be flawed, and I suspect some people will be pissed. Probably rightfully so. But I'm still going to do the best I can with it. Anything else would be unfair both to my readers, and to the character.
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Jan. 29th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
How does selling your book electronically affect what you're paid? Is it more, less, or the same? Just curious. :)

Oh, and "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight..."
Jan. 29th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Depends on the contract. For me, I get 6% on the paperbacks. For e-books, I believe I get 15%, so I make a little more for every one of those that sells.

Right now, the vast majority of the sales are in print, but the electronic editions still help.
Jan. 29th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Some time ago there was a discussion of earworms on NPR and the person being interviewed explained that you want to think of the music, not the lyrics, of The Girl From Ipanema -- in your head or hum it or whistle it. The syncopation breaks the hold of the previous earworm. However, if you start in on the words... you'll have a new earworm.

I've used this method for a number of years and the damned thing works.

Dr. Phil
Jan. 29th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Bob the Builder Song

I just discussed this with Jamie. At first he wasn't sure that this was a bad thing. Eventually he decided that for you it might be (he didn't say so, but I'm sure he was considering your age).

He finally said that magic should get rid of it. He'll be happy to take care of this when you pick him up tonight.

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