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Wednesday Q&A

I haven’t done an open Q&A in while. Time to remedy that.

Ask me anything you like. Some questions I’ll answer on the spot. More complex questions may get their own blog post at a later date.

I reserve the right to not answer any questions that fall into the category of “I don’t wanna.”

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Mar. 21st, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
Sadly, no. At least not this year. The 2012 big con is Worldcon, and possibly World Fantasy if I can get myself moving and get everything planned.
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Mar. 21st, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
So, how's it going?
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
I've had better months :-P

Which is strange, because I've gotten some exciting good news, and I ordered a nifty birthday present for myself, both of which are good things.
Mar. 21st, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
What are your five favorite Phineas & Ferb episodes? (Just to make it harder, anything longer than half an hour isn't eligible.)
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Huh. I'll have to think about that one...
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
Do you prefer your experiences with regular publishing or going the self-publishing route?
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
So far, I very much prefer my experiences with DAW.
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Do you read to your kids? What's been your favorite book to share with them so far?
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
We both do, though my wife does the vast majority of the reading. Right now we're working through Harry Potter, book seven, and that's been a lot of fun to watch.

My favorite part is when my son (who just turned seven) gets so into the conflict that when the good guys win, he jumps up, throws up his arms, and says, "Yes!!!"

We're talking about reading Goblin Quest to them next. That could be interesting...
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)

New to your blog, so I'd like to know your writing schedule (apologies in case I've missed a big post on it somewhere). Do you just sit and write for x hrs a day, or so many words, or what?

Also, favourite idiom?

Oh, and as a costumer, too, I'm curious - has anyone ever cosplayed/dressed up as a character from your works? And how do you feel about that?
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
I write during my lunch break at work, which means I get one hour a day, five days a week. I sometimes squeeze in some extra writing time on nights and weekends, especially when I'm closing in on a deadline, but that's something that needs to be balanced out with kids and family and everything else.

Favorite idiom? Hm ... I'm rather fond of "This bites the wax tadpole, which I picked up from Dave Barry.

And yes, I'm aware of at least one person who cosplayed a character of mine, which was sweet :-) That would be stormsdotter, who commented above, and posted a pic of her as Talia. How do I feel about it? Flattered. I love that someone liked the books/characters enough to want to cosplay one of them.

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Mar. 21st, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm old enough that when you said "open Q&A" the first question that popped into my head was "Boxers or briefs?" Then my brain caught up with that and said, "No! I don't want to know that!"

Okay, here's a question that might make you think: You're a new black belt, and according to a previous post you also trained as a youth in a different martial art. What are the differences and similarities between the two?
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
The style of Tae Kwon Do I learned as a kid was about fighting from a greater distance, with a lot more emphasis on kicking. The school was much more into discipline, and had a more rigid feel to it.

Sanchin-Ryu is a very close-in style. A lot of the strikes and techniques are most effective if you're skin-to-skin with your opponent. (Getting in that close pretty much nullifies those Tae Kwon Do kicks, too.) The school is more ... accepting. I routinely hug people when I show up for class. There's still discipline, but it's not the rigid, militaristic feel I had in the other school.

Whereas TKD emphasized memorizing more forms, Sanchin-Ryu spends a lot of time trying to understand them, to break down individual techniques and apply them in different ways. I know fewer forms in Sanchin-Ryu than I did in TKD, but I understand what I'm doing a lot better.
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Mar. 21st, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Which myth do you wish the mythbusters would bust, once and for all?
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Most of what I'm coming up with are political, which I think is a side effect of my anger and frustration these days. But I'd love to see them bust things like:

-Same-sex marriage will destroy us all!!!

-Our legal system is perfectly fair and balanced when it comes to race and gender.

-Women are always making up rape accusations to punish men.

Stuff like that.
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Mar. 21st, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
What happened to the cat in "The Snow Queen's Shadow"? I've spent an inordinate amount of time getting angry over the possible fate of the ship's cat...
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Stub spent a few miserable days caged up on the ship, hissing at anyone who came near him. But being caged up also kept him safe and out of the fighting until the ship was towed in for repairs.

Afterward, Danielle spoke to him and invited him to live at the palace, where he spent his time hunting mice, hiding from Prince Jakob, and sleeping at the base of a new tree in the courtyard...
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Mar. 21st, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
What is the top language you dream about your books being translated to and why?

Do you have a favorite American translator whose translations of foreign books you always seek out, even if the topic may not be your usual favorite?

If all books you read is 100%, how many of those were not originally written in English?
Mar. 21st, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Those are great questions. Almost everything I read was (as far as I know) originally published in English. Part of that is because the U.S. doesn't publish a lot of translated works, but partly it's because I need to do a better job of seeking out and reading translated books.

As for what language I dream about being translated into? I don't really know. Danish maybe, because I've got a cousin who moved to Denmark with his family a while back, and it would be cool for him to be able to buy my books in his new language?

I feel a little embarrassed, because I know these are weak answers to some very good questions :-P
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
How do you determine a good agent from a bad one? Is there some book series, company or sites, that you could commend for a brand new writer? There's so much to slog through!
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
I hope neither you or Jim mind me jumping in on this, but I'd recommend Preditors & Editors as a resource for your agent search: http://pred-ed.com/

Also, for an agent search -- find out through various search tools and websites who represents authors you respect and work in the genres you want to publish -- those may be a good place to start looking.
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Mar. 21st, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
Favorite books growing up?

I'm having trouble verbalizing a question on your thoughts of books as a conversation: both the Goblin and the Princess books are playing off well-established tropes (D&D, which takes a lot from Tolkien and other fantasy) and fairy tales (and other famous retellings; I don't think you can escape Disney if you write fairy tale retellings). And the Libriomancer series is about the magic of books.
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
I was all about the Star Trek books for a long time. (Uhura's Song, by Janet Kagan, was my favorite.)

To try to respond to your unverbalized question, I definitely think of books and genre as an ongoing conversation :-)
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Why do you think we've developed this perfect storm of Republicans VS women now? I know that Republican women don't seem to support all the ridiculousness that's happening. Neither do other groups. So why now?
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
I've seen arguments that it ties back to the reduced regulation of corporate political spending or that it's a backlash against the gradual erosion of white male power, but ultimately I think it comes down to the fact that certain people in positions of power have lost their g** d***ed minds.
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
Do you consider cheesecake a cake or a pie? (For purposes of Pi Day.)
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
I think either answer is acceptable. If you're looking to eat pie to celebrate pi day, then cheesecake is absolutely a pie. If someone insists on eating cake for their birthday, then cheesecake is all about the cake-ness.

The correct response is whatever lets you eat more cheesecake.
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Mar. 21st, 2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
We've had the Talia vs. Batman question answered.


Danielle vs. Batman? Is this even a thing that would happen? (Maybe they'd just end up having tea together... sorry, I'll leave the answering to you!)
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'm having a hard time imagining a situation which would lead to a physical fight between Danielle and Batman, but in such a fight, I'd probably have to give Batman the edge :-(
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