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Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: Future Guests 7/9 @katrchrdsn 7/16 @Lkblackburne 7/23 @monsterhunter45 7/30 @talekyn 8/6 @SaraMegibow 8/13 @PatrickSwenson #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 03 00:46:02 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Also upcoming on #sffwrtcht @BethCato and @BrentWeeks, amongst others. More to come soon! (Thu Jul 03 00:46:26 +0000 2014)
jkcheney: @sffwrtcht @BethCato @BrentWeeks Yay, Beth! (Thu Jul 03 00:46:50 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @jkcheney Yes, we are easily offended by bad breath. It makes the tweets smell funny #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 03 00:52:22 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @PrinceJvstin Hurry up so you can come to chat ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 03 00:52:49 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: @BryanThomasS sorry I can’t make it @jkcheney! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 03 00:53:34 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @PrinceJvstin @jkcheney #sffwrtcht :( (Thu Jul 03 00:54:06 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @jkcheney’s coffee stained teeth are brought to you by Folgers for #sffwrtcht(Thu Jul 03 00:54:38 +0000 2014)
BethCato: RT @sffwrtcht: Also upcoming on #sffwrtcht @BethCato and @BrentWeeks, amongst others. More to come soon! (Thu Jul 03 00:55:42 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: #sffwrtcht is coming to you live tonight from @claireashgrove’s horse barn. Where the stallions dislike me & the mares are suspicious. (Thu Jul 03 00:55:49 +0000 2014)
jkcheney: @sffwrtcht I just got my teeth cleaned, so I have to work that toothbrush. #Sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 03 00:56:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Athough we have earned points from all for our YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! #sffwrtcht(Thu Jul 03 00:56:26 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @jkcheney heh just a little fun\ #Sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 03 00:56:36 +0000 2014)

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Transcripts-flatTheKJA: Ready to start my hour long guest spot on #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:01:49 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @TheKJA Welcome! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:02:29 +0000 2014)
AuthorUniverse: RT @TheKJA: Ready to start my hour long guest spot on #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:02:31 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: I wonder if @BryanThomasS is having technical difficulties? #sffwrtcht(Thu Jun 26 01:03:58 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @TheKJA, would you like to tell us a little about what got you interested in #scifi and #fantasy while we wait for him? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:04:50 +0000 2014)
TheKJA: We seem to be without a moderator! #sffwrtcht So we’ll wing it! (Thu Jun 26 01:05:55 +0000 2014)
TheKJA: I got interested in SF when I saw War of the Worlds at age 5. Always wanted to be a writer. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:07:15 +0000 2014)
AuthorUniverse: RT @TheKJA: We seem to be without a moderator! #sffwrtcht So we’ll wing it! (Thu Jun 26 01:07:33 +0000 2014)
AuthorUniverse: RT @TheKJA: I got interested in SF when I saw War of the Worlds at age 5. Always wanted to be a writer. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:07:33 +0000 2014)
JLovesAStory: @TheKJA What stood out to you in War of the Worlds, as far as the world-building & characters that inspired you the most!? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:08:29 +0000 2014)
TheKJA: Other Tweeps, I’m on an hour-long round table at #sffwrtcht Stop in (Thu Jun 26 01:08:35 +0000 2014)
zooeysuff: RT @TheKJA: Other Tweeps, I’m on an hour-long round table at #sffwrtcht Stop in (Thu Jun 26 01:08:47 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: So, @TheKJA, how did you develop that goal? (being a writer) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:08:51 +0000 2014)
zooeysuff: “@TheKJA: Other Tweeps, I’m on an hour-long round table at #sffwrtcht Stop in” For cool sci-fi chatting, check out #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:09:21 +0000 2014)
Cvinxten: @TheKJA So what do we do? Just chat with ya with the #sffwrtcht ? (Thu Jun 26 01:09:33 +0000 2014)
TheKJA: War of the Worlds was the first SF I saw on TV and it captivated me. Loved the Martians, the heat ray, the twist at the end. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:10:04 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:10:06 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @TheKJA is the bestselling author of 100 books and innumerable short stories. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:10:16 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: From Dune, Star Wars & Star Trek to original books like the Saga Of The Seven Suns and his latest, Hellhole series, he�s prolfc #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:10:29 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: His latest novel, from @TorBooks, THE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS, is the start of a sequel space opera saga to Seven Suns. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:10:37 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @Cvinxten Feel free to ask a question if there aren’t too many waiting for an answer — oh, here’s Bryan with the rules! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 26 01:10:42 +0000 2014)

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YA Report: Hero by Alethea Kontis

by Michelle Ristuccia

 

Hero, the sequel to Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, brings us the adventure of Saturday Woodcutter, the sister “doomed to a happy life.” In Hero, Saturday discovers the adventure she’s been craving, meets a cross-dressing love interest, and defies the power of the mountain witch who plans to wreck havoc on the the world.

I love Enchanted, and I love Hero even more. Each sister has a unique personality and an adventure tailored to their strengths and weaknesses. Saturday’s impulsiveness brings an ocean of chaos that sails her far away from home, where her bravery and stubbornness serve her well against the witch and her flying familiar. And although Saturday is absolutely not interested in romance, she meets her match in Peregrine, the young man that the blind witch has mistaken for her own daughter.
In fact, Hero has a lot of gender swapping, from the hilarious to the subversive, encouraging the reader to laugh at our own expectations. Saturday is a tall, large, heavy-lifter, so she believes she’s not the type for romance. Ha! Both the protagonist and the villain are strong female characters, and Peregrine is an appropriate supporting character. With the Woodcutter series in general and with Hero in particular, Alethea Kontis proves that there are strong female characters in the YA market. In her interview with USA Today, Kontis says:

“What I hope to convey to the modern teen is that you can be a hero or a madman, no matter what sex you are. Your adventure all depends on YOU, and the paths you choose to take in your life.”

Alethea Kontis writes Hero with a lively voice that is sure to delight as Saturday deals with dragons, enchanted swords, and blind witches. Hero is an advheroenture to fill readers’ – and Saturday’s — hearts.

Scope out Hero, the Woodcutter Series, and find out more about Princess Alethea and her various fiction online at: www.aletheakontis.com and on twitter at @AletheaKontis .

You can read our review of Enchanted here and our interview with Alethea Kontis here.

 

PS. Hero is so awesome, it has two different covers! So yes, that cover you see on Amazon (or wherever) IS the same book. :)

 

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Michelle Ristuccia enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her rabid love of SFF, podcasting, and raising future geeklings at her blog, http://wakingdreamsblog.blogspot.com , or twitter stalk her at http://twitter.com/ mrsmica

Transcripts-flatJodyLynnNye: @emoontx @BryanThomasS @sffwrtcht I am looking forward to it! (Thu Jun 19 00:30:56 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 19 00:59:38 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 19 00:59:45 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 19 00:59:56 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Jun 19 01:00:05 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 19 01:00:15 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 6/25 @TheKJA 7/2 @JKathleenCheney 7/9 @katrchrdsn 7/16 @Lkblackburne 7/23 @monsterhunter45 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 19 01:00:26 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @JodyLynnNye has authored or coauthored forty published novels and more than one hundred short stories #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 19 01:00:34 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her works include the Mythology humorous fantasy series, and with Robert Aspirin the Dragon and MythAdventures series. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 19 01:00:45 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her short fiction has appeard in anthos like Sleeping Beauties, Army Of The Fantastic, Take Me To Your Leader & Thieves� World 2k #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 19 01:01:08 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She�s edited anthologies, written teleplays and nonfiction and more, sometimes working with her husbnd author/editor Bill Fawcett #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 19 01:01:21 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She can be found online at Twitter, Facebook and her website:http://t.co/NKLqkcstJZ #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 19 01:01:29 +0000 2014)

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Transcripts-flattalekyn: RT @sffwrtcht: 20 min to @GailZMartin’s live typing test. How fast can she type? How many questions can she answer in 1 hour? Tune in to #s… (Thu Jun 12 00:43:54 +0000 2014)
GailZMartin: @sffwrtcht 92 words a minute, last time anyone checked. (Thu Jun 12 00:48:23 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @GailZMartin Wow. I thought I was fast. Impressive. #sffwrtcht The trick is you have a 141 character limit here ;) (Thu Jun 12 00:49:05 +0000 2014)
GailZMartin: RT @sffwrtcht: 20 min to @GailZMartin’s live typing test. How fast can she type? How many questions can she answer in 1 hour? Tune in to #s… (Thu Jun 12 00:53:05 +0000 2014)
GailZMartin: RT @BryanThomasS: Future Guests 6/11 @GailZMartin 6/18 @JodyLynnNye 6/25 @TheKJA 7/2 @JKathleenCheney 7/9 @katrchrdsn 7/16 @Lkblackburne #s… (Thu Jun 12 00:53:09 +0000 2014)
chippermuse: Ok, friends. @GailZMartin is chatting for the next hour about her work. To join in, just follow the hashtag #sffwrtcht. (Thu Jun 12 00:57:47 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 12 00:58:50 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 12 00:58:58 +0000 2014)
RichardPF: RT @sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fict… (Thu Jun 12 00:59:08 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 12 00:59:12 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Jun 12 00:59:21 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 12 00:59:31 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @GailZMartin is the author of the new epic fantasy REIGN OF ASH and DEADLY CURIOSITIES, an urban fantasy #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 12 00:59:46 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She also authored THE ASCENDANT KINGDOMS SAGA, THE CHRONICLES OF THE NECROMANCER, and THE FALLEN KINGS CYCLE #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 12 00:59:55 +0000 2014)
GailZMartin: RT @chippermuse: Ok, friends. @GailZMartin is chatting for the next hour about her work. To join in, just follow the hashtag #sffwrtcht. (Thu Jun 12 01:00:13 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies: Steampunk vs. Aliens, Athena�s Daughters, Dance Like a Monkey, Dreams of Steel 5 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 12 01:00:19 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Co-writing a steampunk novel with her husband, Larry N. Martin, they have 3 kids, a cat, a maltese dog and a golden retriever #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 12 01:00:33 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She can be found online at http://t.co/R3d9vWORcvhttp://t.co/7FY6Kb6aFO, on Twitter, Facebook and more #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 12 01:00:41 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She blogs at http://t.co/UU8TN9yNow and podcasts at http://t.co/ei2FG1XXMMand leads monthly conversations on her Goodreads #sffwrtcht (Thu Jun 12 01:00:51 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht, @GailZMartin Where�d your interest in SFF come from? (Thu Jun 12 01:01:02 +0000 2014)

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Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: Future Guests 6/4 @PaulGoatAllen 6/11 @GailZMartin 6/18 TBD 6/25 @TheKJA 7/2 @ScottLynch78 7/9 @katrchrdsn #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:09:25 +0000 2014)
emoontx: Moving NewBox & its parts around on ktichen tablein prep for SFFWRTCHT Twitter chat in < 1 hour.. (Thu May 29 00:21:04 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx Look forward to it ! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:23:13 +0000 2014)
emoontx: @sffwrtcht Table end set up. Box of books for footrest. Cookies in reach. What could possibly go wrong? (Thu May 29 00:25:14 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx LOL Well…you could forget the #sffwrtcht hashtag. But other than that and a power outage, I imagine we’re good. :) (Thu May 29 00:26:41 +0000 2014)
emoontx: @sffwrtcht I hope I don’t do that…I actually managed to get the two windows set up the way I think you said I should. (Thu May 29 00:35:36 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx Awesome. I’m sure it’ll be fine. It’s really quite simple and fun once we get going. #sffwrtcht. I promise. (Thu May 29 00:36:42 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: #sffwrtcht is making a schedule change on 6/18 at the request of a guest who is no longer available @gregvaneekhout. New guest coming soon. (Thu May 29 00:37:24 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @gregvaneekhout You made yourself unavailable. #sffwrtcht. Have a good night. (Thu May 29 00:41:05 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx Any questions in the last few minutes before we start? #sffwrtcht(Thu May 29 00:43:52 +0000 2014)
emoontx: @sffwrtcht Though just realized that when calculating length of replies I didn’t include it. ARGH. HOWmany characters is that?? NINE? (Thu May 29 00:43:53 +0000 2014)
emoontx: @sffwrtcht Hashtags ought to be free…<G> (Thu May 29 00:44:17 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: #sffwrtcht in 15 minutes with @BantamSpectra @BaenBooks author @Emoontx discussing #writing #fantasy #scifi and more live! Join us! (Thu May 29 00:44:42 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx 8. You can skip the @sffwrtcht and just use #sffwrtcht. That’ll help.(Thu May 29 00:45:26 +0000 2014)
JeffJaje: @sffwrtcht Awesome timing I just discoverd your chat, ane @EmoonTX is one of my favorite authors. (Thu May 29 00:45:51 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @JeffJaje @emoontx Well welcome. We’ll start shortly #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:46:42 +0000 2014)
emoontx: @sffwrtcht Nope. Time to jump in the deep end, right? (Thu May 29 00:46:54 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx Yep. You’ll do just fine. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:48:20 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: #sffwrtcht Any regular League members out there tonight? (Thu May 29 00:54:38 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx Just waiting on our regulars — the League of Extraordinary Pantsers, we call ourselves. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:55:21 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht I need to see a twitpic of that…imagining strange trousers. (Thu May 29 00:56:06 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: #sffwrtcht See? You have a writer’s mind! LOL (Thu May 29 00:57:02 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:57:12 +0000 2014)
shadowflame1974: @emoontx Hello there. Hope you have a good time with the #sffwrtcht tonight (Thu May 29 00:57:27 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:57:33 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:57:49 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu May 29 00:58:02 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:58:23 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 6/4 @PaulGoatAllen 6/11 @GailZMartin 6/18 TBD 6/25 @TheKJA 7/2 @ScottLynch78 7/9 @katrchrdsn #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:58:36 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @emoontx was just a small town girl, born and raised in a border world in Texas sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:58:47 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her first fiction sale came in 1985, her first novel in 1987, and then the race began. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:59:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: The Sheepfarmer�s Daughter, her first #fantasy novel in the Paksenarrion series launched a beloved franchise 1/2 #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:59:19 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: And won her the Compton Crook Award. She won a 2003 Nebula for The Speed Of Dark and a Heinlein Award in 2007. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:59:31 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her latest novel, CROWN OF RENEWAL completes the second Quintet in her Deed of Paksenarrion universe #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 00:59:48 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her space opera-military sf series include Vatta�s War and The Serrano Legacy. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:00:07 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She has served as a Marine and made it through Officer training then worked on computers. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:00:22 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She can be found online at http://t.co/xSgh9TYc1Khttp://t.co/FxUGRgh2zpat Facebook, Goodreads, and on Twitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:00:38 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht, @Emoontx Where�d your interest in SFF come from?(Thu May 29 01:00:53 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht from a 9th grade classmate who transferred in from parochial school.(Thu May 29 01:01:46 +0000 2014)
talekyn: @emoontx Thanks for joining us on #sffwrtcht tonight! Can’t wait to hear about your writing process. (Thu May 29 01:02:40 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Really? Who were some of your favorite authors/books growing up? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:02:53 +0000 2014)
kodermike: Elizabeth Moon (@emoontx) is on #sffwrtcht tonight – nifty keen (Thu May 29 01:03:37 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Books–horse books, dog books, adventure stories–Henry, Meek, Lyons, etc. Later thrillers & historicals. (Thu May 29 01:04:04 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: Welcome, @emoontx #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:04:06 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx When did you decide to pursue writing? And did you study formally in school, learn as you went, etc.? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:04:43 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Once in SFF, Heinlein, Sturgeon, Norton,…then everything. (Thu May 29 01:05:01 +0000 2014)
emoontx: Got serious about writing quite late–late 70s, after other things fell through. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:06:03 +0000 2014)
emoontx: Didn’t major in anything related to it, just always wrong on the side. #sffwrtcht(Thu May 29 01:06:38 +0000 2014)
emoontx: WROTE on the side. Wrong a lot, too, but still…#sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:07:07 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx How long did you write before making your first sale? What was it and to whom? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:07:12 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Blame new keyboard, OK? (Thu May 29 01:07:33 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx LOL We’ll buy that, of course. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:08:17 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht ~5 years actual submitting. MZB’s Sword & Sorceress III (Thu May 29 01:08:28 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht You’re very kind (curtseys) (Thu May 29 01:09:10 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Where�d the idea for the Deed of Paksenarrion come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:09:23 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: In the Deed of Paksenarrion, a sheepfarmer�s 18 yo daughter leaves home, joins a mercenary company & discovers she�s a paladin #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:09:54 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht It just kind of grew. It isn’t the story I thought I was going to write.(Thu May 29 01:10:07 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht I wouldn’t exactly call it “discovers”–she wanted glory & found out what it costs. (Thu May 29 01:10:43 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: . @emoontx Okay, thanks for clarifying. Tell us about who Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter is. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:11:26 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Charismatic, practical, generous, strong emotions & loyalties, instinctive not analytical, not intellectual. (Thu May 29 01:12:38 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Most pleasant character to spend several years of writing with. (Thu May 29 01:13:16 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx And tell us about the world of Pargun, Tsaia and Lyonya. #sffwrtcht(Thu May 29 01:13:32 +0000 2014)
Margieontheweb: @emoontx #sffwrtcht Did paladins legacy come easy or take some coaxing to reconnect with paksworld? (Thu May 29 01:14:03 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht That’s going to take several tweets…3 or 4. Here goes…. (Thu May 29 01:14:15 +0000 2014)
jenmoser: @emoontx What was your process in developing the currency system for Paksenarrion’s world? Thanks for sharing with us! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:14:33 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx It’s always nice when the character is a good companion, isn’t it? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:14:36 +0000 2014)
talekyn: @emoontx It’s great when our characters are actually pleasant to spend time with! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:15:24 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @talekyn Great minds, eh? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:16:09 +0000 2014)
emoontx: Forgot #sffwrtcht Tsaia is monarchy, semi-feudal, Girdish now, anti-magic bias, split by large river, magelord conquest in past. (Thu May 29 01:16:12 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Pargun: monarchy, feudal, settled by Seafolk refugees, hates magelords, Tsaia, and elves. (Thu May 29 01:17:01 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Lyonya: Dual rule of elves & humans, humans have king, elves have Lady of Ladysforest. Generally peaceful; elves use glamour. (Thu May 29 01:18:05 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Elves not above manipulation of human time-sense & other things.(Thu May 29 01:19:25 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Great job summing it up succinctly. We had a question about how the currency system developed. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:19:50 +0000 2014)
Margieontheweb: @emoontx do you outline before writing or just go with the flow? Write many drafts or just a few? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:20:15 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Next, The Legacy Of Gird, a duology about a liberator who teaches his people they can fight & win against their rulers #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:20:32 +0000 2014)
JeffJaje: RT #sffwrtcht Lyonya, Tsia, Pargun – what about Fintha? (Thu May 29 01:20:32 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Currency system designed to fit w/cultures’ histories…my major prof in college was economic hist., medievalist. (Thu May 29 01:21:06 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @Margieontheweb Please let @emoontx answer your first question before asking another so they don’t get overwhelming. Thanks. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:21:12 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht For this group, I went back & read more economics of medieval & early modern, as characters more involved than Paks was. (Thu May 29 01:22:01 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Interesting. Tell us about Gird and where that series idea came from please? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:22:13 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @Margieontheweb @emoontx is going to address both those shortly, I promise. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:22:59 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Paks thought Gird was the perfect hero-saint, leading his people to freedome. True, but not whole story. (Thu May 29 01:23:37 +0000 2014)
Margieontheweb: @sffwrtcht @emoontx that’s all I got! I happen to be obsessively rereading Paladins Legacy right now before buying Crown of Renewel! :) (Thu May 29 01:24:26 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht So had to write his real history: serf joined rebellion only when his family was attacked. Fallible, but indomitable. (Thu May 29 01:24:34 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Gird is solid–absolutely himself all the way through, warts and all.(Thu May 29 01:25:13 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Luap, on the other hand, is hollow–a man who cannot endure seeing himself as he is. (Thu May 29 01:25:48 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx So Gird’s prehistory before Deed then? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:26:02 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Yes, about 500 years before Paks, and perhaps another 500 more or less since the magelord conquest. (Thu May 29 01:27:15 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: With Oath of Fealty in 2010 you launched a new Quintet in the same universe, this time leaving @BaenBooks for @BantamSpectra. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:27:38 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx How hard was it to go back to that universe after 20 years and what brought you back? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:27:56 +0000 2014)
emoontx: I’d been with Del Rey since 2000, so they got the next Paks group. #sffwrtcht(Thu May 29 01:29:17 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Aside from misplacing the notebooks I’d carefully kept–and the master map–it was surprisingly easy to fall back into Paksworld. (Thu May 29 01:30:06 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Ah oh. Glad you found that notebook. How long did the novels take to write? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:30:39 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Having to redraw master map was…hard. What brought me back–it’s my favorite place. (Thu May 29 01:30:45 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Didn’t find notebooks–had to scrounge through old books <G> (Thu May 29 01:31:41 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Oh no. Well, guess that brought you back into the old books, eh? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:32:11 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Each one took roughly a year, but tying up Crown took longer–it wanted to go on. (Thu May 29 01:32:21 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht It was amazing how I had left myself hooks for connections that I didn’t know I’d need…writerbrain something smart. (Thu May 29 01:33:07 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Interesting. Was it in part not wanting it to end? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:33:33 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Did you start with characters or plot? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:33:44 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht But you forget names–place names, names that don’t get onstage (someone’s brother, etc.) (Thu May 29 01:33:59 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht I wanted to finish Crown, but there were some story arcs (secondary characters) that couldn’t be finished in that book. (Thu May 29 01:35:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx Ah yeah, hence the need for notebooks… #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:35:26 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .Well, so it seems appropriate to ask, @emoontx Pantser or Outliner? #sffwrtcht(Thu May 29 01:35:49 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Characters who have a story to tell. If it’s a good enough story, I write it. (Thu May 29 01:35:56 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Ideal characters are plot generators–strong & conflicting motivations. (Thu May 29 01:36:33 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht If I outline and know the story…very hard to write it. I discover the story as I go. (Thu May 29 01:37:19 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Where did that name Paksenarrion come from? #sffwrtcht Typo on a new keyboard or…? (just kidding) (Thu May 29 01:38:12 +0000 2014)
Margieontheweb: RT @emoontx: #sffwrtcht Characters who have a story to tell. If it’s a good enough story, I write it. (Thu May 29 01:38:12 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Realized in recent years I’m a sort of explorer in most things–directions? What directions? Dive in and go, and see whatever. (Thu May 29 01:38:22 +0000 2014)
Margieontheweb: RT @emoontx: #sffwrtcht Ideal characters are plot generators–strong & conflicting motivations. (Thu May 29 01:38:22 +0000 2014)
Margieontheweb: RT @emoontx: #sffwrtcht Realized in recent years I’m a sort of explorer in most things–directions? What directions? Dive in and go, and … (Thu May 29 01:38:53 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Drove my engineer mother crazy when I’d do something not on the page and it worked. (Thu May 29 01:38:57 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx Many of us write the same. Hence the League of Extraordinary Pantsers ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:39:27 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Just starting what I thought would be short story–Paks walked into tavern and gave her name as Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter. (Thu May 29 01:39:49 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht I jammed the keys on the old typewriter trying to type that one. Finally sounded it out & decided to call her Paks. (Thu May 29 01:40:28 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .Paks has a smaller role this time out. @emoontx So tell us about Kieri Phelan. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:40:55 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht And yes, I do “see” and “hear” what my POV sees and hears…don’t tell the nearest shrink. (Thu May 29 01:41:29 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx heh. Makes sense Yes, those were the days before computers and word processors…harder in some ways #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:42:04 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx Lips are sealed. #sffwrtcht LOL (Thu May 29 01:42:30 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Kieri: abducted & abused as child, escaped at cost of another’s life, soldier, later Duke, finally recognized as Lyonya’s king. (Thu May 29 01:42:34 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: And who is Prince Mikeli? #sffwrtcht .@emoontx (Thu May 29 01:42:59 +0000 2014)
kodermike: @emoontx Do you write by hand or typewriter still in the early drafts, or are you more digital these days? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:43:10 +0000 2014)
controuble: Hi, Elizabeth – will Camwyn’s story get finished? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:43:18 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: So in Paladin�s Legacy, we have two kings facing conspiracies against them and Paks must help them fight to survive. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:43:25 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Highly intelligent, experienced & talented in war, also half-elf, Lady’s grandson, lost first wife & children to attack. (Thu May 29 01:43:45 +0000 2014)
controuble: And I want more Dorrin, too #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:44:19 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht The past sometimes haunts him; he is determined to protect his own from anything like that. (Thu May 29 01:44:34 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Where�d this story idea come from for Paladin�s Legacy? #sffwrtcht And did you know it would be five books after you got going? (Thu May 29 01:45:40 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht 3, actually: Torfinn of Pargun is also facing conspiracy. Tough times. Paks is minimal help, but essential here and there. (Thu May 29 01:45:56 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx @controuble wants more Dorrin and also asks if Camwyn’s story will get finished? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:46:42 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht This is another “Not the story I was looking for” when I started. Shifted from Kieri’s story to fallout from… (Thu May 29 01:46:53 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht ..Paks’s actions in finding Kieri and his becoming king. It all had to fit in there–everyone’s coping w/changed expectations. (Thu May 29 01:47:47 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Dorrin may have more to come. I hope to finish Camwyn’s story someday. (Thu May 29 01:48:25 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht No, I didn’t know it was going to be 5 books. But once the multiple major viewpoints took off…length was going to happen. (Thu May 29 01:49:18 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Tell us a bit about CROWN OF RENEWAL, if you can without spoilers. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:49:32 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Multiple major POVs require more depth, more texture, and thus more words. (Thu May 29 01:50:00 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx Of course. Funny how organic writing can lead to such bursts of growth. But you made it! #sffwrtcht Congrats! (Thu May 29 01:50:55 +0000 2014)
emoontx: Crown ties up all the major character arcs and a few more. Without spoilers? Hmmm….#sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:50:58 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx Maybe just the set up LOL #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:51:29 +0000 2014)
emoontx: Man makes stuffed cow, horse bites man, tree grows out of someone’s arm, sleepers wake, dragon…is Dragon. #sffwrtcht No spoilers. (Thu May 29 01:51:58 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: If not, then, @emoontx What�s your writing time look like: planned, write when you can, write to word count? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:52:12 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx LOL Well done! heh #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:52:49 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht ANd you hate me for that, right? OK…sea battle, pirates, magical duel, ex-thief in a wool warehouse??? (Thu May 29 01:53:01 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx LOL I’m looking forward to getting there. I’m hooked on OATH OF FEALTY at the moment. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:54:05 +0000 2014)
talekyn: RT @emoontx: Man makes stuffed cow, horse bites man, tree grows out of someone’s arm, sleepers wake, dragon…is Dragon. #sffwrtcht No spo… (Thu May 29 01:54:17 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht First-draft time–start early morning go until meet words needed. 5-6 days a week, 7 if necessary to meet deadline. (Thu May 29 01:54:28 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx That amused me a great deal. Very clever *applauds* #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:54:52 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Do you have any rituals or use any special software or music playlist? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:55:30 +0000 2014)
controuble: @sffwrtcht @emoontx Oh, you have a lot of excellent reading ahead of you if you’re only on Oath right now – they are ALL wonderful (Thu May 29 01:55:41 +0000 2014)
Margieontheweb: RT @emoontx: #sffwrtcht First-draft time–start early morning go until meet words needed. 5-6 days a week, 7 if necessary to meet deadline. (Thu May 29 01:55:53 +0000 2014)
sharonluttrell: @emoontx #sffwrtcht If Deed wasn’t the story you thought u were writing what was the original story going to be? And when did you realize? (Thu May 29 01:56:48 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Only ritual–seat in chair, turn on computer, open file, stare at it, heave a sigh, and start typing. Music, yes. (Thu May 29 01:56:49 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @controuble @emoontx Yep I am catching up. And there’s a new Paks story coming out in SHATTERED SHIELDS this Nov. which I edited #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:56:54 +0000 2014)
mgcady: RT @emoontx: #sffwrtcht Only ritual–seat in chair, turn on computer, open file, stare at it, heave a sigh, and start typing. Music, yes. (Thu May 29 01:57:05 +0000 2014)
BethCato: .@sffwrtcht @emoontx Did you have a fave POV in CROWN? (As a reader, loved Arvid and Dorrin! And the cow.) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:57:12 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx What�s the best and worst writing advice you�ve ever gotten? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:57:20 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Usually write to music, nearly always classical, mostly not vocal. If vocal, not something I’ve sung, or I’ll sing (not good!) (Thu May 29 01:57:53 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @BethCato @emoontx OMG Beth, you just spoiled the cow’s POV thing. SIGH. THANKS a lot. ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:58:32 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht If singing along to music I’ve sung in performance, characters may suddenly spout the lyrics. “Gloria! Gloria!” or “DIes irae.” (Thu May 29 01:58:50 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx As a singer, I have the same issue. If it’s got lyrics and I like it, I’ll sing along and not write. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 01:59:01 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Best: Le Guin’s–Read a lot, write a lot, learn to type. Worst: “You have to write short stories before you write a novel.” (Thu May 29 01:59:46 +0000 2014)
hanrahak395: RT @emoontx: Man makes stuffed cow, horse bites man, tree grows out of someone’s arm, sleepers wake, dragon…is Dragon. #sffwrtcht No spo… (Thu May 29 02:00:10 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Well we’re out of time, but before we go, What future projects are you working on that we can look forward to? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 02:00:37 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please `Like� our Facebook group: http://t.co/tFOTDqY6 #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 02:00:57 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 6/4 @PaulGoatAllen 6/11 @GailZMartin 6/18 TBD 6/25 @TheKJA 7/2 @ScottLynch78 7/9 @katrchrdsn #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 02:01:23 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Next–short fiction collection of Paksworld stories, then new book group–can’t talk about yet. Talking jinxes ‘em. (Thu May 29 02:01:32 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Next week B&N reviewer @PaulGoatAllen joins us to discuss reviewing, the state of SFF and more! Join us at 9pm ET with questions #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 02:02:03 +0000 2014)
talekyn: @emoontx Agh! I almost forgot to ask my usual: does your writing process change at all from short stories to novels? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 02:02:18 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Find @emoontx online at http://t.co/xSgh9TYc1Khttp://t.co/FxUGRgh2zp at Facebook, Goodreads, and on Twitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 02:02:33 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@emoontx Well thanks so much for taking time to hang with us and chat. We really enjoyed it. And continued success! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 02:03:00 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: It’s been great to have you here with us, @emoontx #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 02:03:16 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht Thanks for having me–it was fun, even with my tangled fingers. (Thu May 29 02:03:18 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @emoontx You did it like a pro. I hope your fingers can rest now ;) #sffwrtcht(Thu May 29 02:04:01 +0000 2014)
emoontx: #sffwrtcht And to you in your editorial endeavors as well. Bye now–cookies are calling me. (Thu May 29 02:04:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: A transcript for this chat will be up at the website soon.http://t.co/sNNDnxPFCl Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 29 02:04:36 +0000 2014)

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Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 00:59:48 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 00:59:59 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:00:09 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: The kids are watching Frozen, the cat has been given treats … I’m ready for #sffwrtcht! (Thu May 22 01:00:11 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu May 22 01:00:17 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:00:27 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 5/28 @emoontx 6/4 @PaulGoatAllen 6/11 @GailZMartin 6/18 @Gregvaneekhout 6/25 @TheKJA 7/2 @ScottLynch78 #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:00:35 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @JodiMcIsaac grew up in New Brunswick, Canada saying things like “aboot” and “ayyyyy” a lot #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:01:05 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: After stints as a short track speed skater, a speechwriter, and fundraising and marketing executive in the nonprofit sector � #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:01:24 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She started a boutique copywriting agency and began writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. #sffwrtcht 2/2 (Thu May 22 01:01:42 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She currently lives with her husband and two feisty daughters in Calgary, Alberta. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:01:55 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her Thin Veil series is out from 47North, with the final book AMONG THE UNSEEN just released #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:02:04 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @jodimcisaac (Thu May 22 01:03:44 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Somewhere between epic and urban fantasy, the series is about a woman from Earth who discovers she can travel between realms #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:04:01 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: *waves* Hi everyone! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:04:02 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Entering a land of Celtic lore and mystical creatures through portals called sidhes, she discovers a new family and home. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:04:10 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She can be found online at http://t.co/7tgRP9xj84 at Facebook, Goodreads, and on twitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:04:20 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @jodimcisaac. Now forget writing. You were a short-track speed skater? We want to know everything #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:04:44 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: #sffwrtcht now becomes #sssscht Short-Track Speed Skating Chat (Thu May 22 01:05:13 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: The deep dark secrets of speedskating? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:05:40 +0000 2014)
TheLineSavannah: RT @sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @jodimcisaac. Now forget writing. You were a short-track speed skater? We want to know everything #sff… (Thu May 22 01:05:46 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@JodiMcISaac Seriously. You just don’t encounter THAT every day. #sffwrtcht(Thu May 22 01:06:00 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: @sffwrtcht wait, what? I don’t know anything about Short Track Speed Skating. #sssscht #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:06:20 +0000 2014)
TheLineSavannah: RT @jodimcisaac: 10 minutes until my @BryanThomasS peppers me with questions at #sffwrtcht. Come lurk (or ask your own questions!). (Thu May 22 01:06:37 +0000 2014)
talekyn: @jodimcisaac Welcome to our wacky #sffwrtcht world! (Thu May 22 01:06:56 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: Let’s just say that speedskating gave me the discipline I needed to write these books. =) 4 a.m.? No problem? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:06:57 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@JodiMcISaac Who were some of your favorite authors/books growing up? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:07:11 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: I was a huge Anne of Green Gables fan. Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, Sweet Valley High. Very vanilla in my reading choices. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:07:41 +0000 2014)
GothGirlGabs: RT @sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @JodiMcIsaac grew up in New Brunswick, Canada saying things like “aboot” and “ayyyyy” a lot #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:08:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@JodiMcIsaac Those weren’t exactly #scifi #fantasy reads LOL #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:08:29 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: I’m a recent convert to SFF. *hangs head in shame* #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:08:34 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: :O @jodiMcIssac shocks #sffwrtcht with her revelation (Thu May 22 01:08:53 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: I got pulled in by the big brands like LOTR and Harry Potter, but have certainly branched out since. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:09:25 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@JodiMcIsaac When did you decide to pursue writing? And did you study formally in school, learn as you went, etc.? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:09:52 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: I’M A SFF POSEUR! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:10:01 +0000 2014)
GothGirlGabs: #sffwrtcht @jodimcisaac What was it like transitioning from indie writer to a ‘traditionally’ published author? (Thu May 22 01:10:21 +0000 2014)
talekyn: @jodimcisaac That’s still some solid grounding in strong female characters and how to keep a series going. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:10:35 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: I�ve always wanted to be a writer, but didn�t take it seriously until about 4 years ago, when I started writing Through the Door. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:10:37 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@JodiMcIsaac BUT we let you into our inner sanctum of #sffwrtcht #howwillwegoon #theshame (Thu May 22 01:10:46 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: I didn�t study writing formally – I just learned as I went, I guess! #sffwrtcht(Thu May 22 01:10:48 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: So, as a recent convert to SFF, @jodimcisaac , why go with a portal/contemporary fantasy for your first series? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:10:50 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@JodiMcIsaac How long did you write before making your first sale? What was it and to whom? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:11:10 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: @GothGirlGabs Not much difference, actually. You still have to do tons of marketing. But I love working w/ the team at #47North. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:11:44 +0000 2014)
TheLineSavannah: RT @talekyn: @jodimcisaac That’s still some solid grounding in strong female characters and how to keep a series going. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:11:48 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: @talekyn THANK YOU! (So there!) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:12:16 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: @PrinceJvstin Because I wanted to bring magic into my own mundane life as a mom of 2 toddlers, and this was the next best thing! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:12:55 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: Through the Door my first sale (to 47North), and the first piece of fiction I�d written since I was a child. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:13:17 +0000 2014)
TheLineSavannah: RT @jodimcisaac: @PrinceJvstin Because I wanted to bring magic into my own mundane life as a mom of 2 toddlers, and this was the next best … (Thu May 22 01:13:23 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@JasonMcIsaac Where�d the idea for the Thin Veil Series come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:13:30 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: Unless you count a couple of fan fiction stories. =) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:13:30 +0000 2014)
TheLineSavannah: RT @sffwrtcht: .@JasonMcIsaac Where�d the idea for the Thin Veil Series come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 22 01:14:18 +0000 2014)

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Transcript: SFFWRTCHT 5/14/14 With Ben Bova

Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:00:14 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:01:11 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:01:39 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu May 15 01:01:50 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:02:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 5/21 @JodiMcIsaac 5/28 @emoontx 6/4 @PaulGoatAllen 6/11 @GailZMartin 6/18 @Gregvaneekhout 6/25 @TheKJA #sffwrtcht … (Thu May 15 01:02:51 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest Dr .@BenBova is one of a legendary editor and author of more than 120 novels & nonfiction books #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:03:01 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: Welcome to @BenBova! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:03:26 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Pres Emeritus of the National Space Socty, past Pres of SFWA, he�s an Arthur C Clarke Foundtn Lifetime Achiev Award Recip in 2005 #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:03:29 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: He�s been involved as an editor with OMNI and ANALOG, has won six Hugos and numerous other awards and taught SF at Harvard #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:03:39 +0000 2014)
SFFWRTCHTGuest: #sffwrtcht Hello everyone. (Thu May 15 01:03:46 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: And the list goes on and on #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:03:55 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: His novels include MILLENNIUM, KINSMAN, Several ORION books, the SAM GUNN series, and more #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:04:04 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: His latest novel is TRANSHUMAN, a medical thriller from @TorBooks and MARS INC released recently and RESCUE MODE is coming soon #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:04:16 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: He can be found online at http://t.co/674oVoIYWK at facebook and on twitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:04:27 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht, @BenBova! (@sffwrtchtguest) Where�d your interest in SFF come from? (Thu May 15 01:04:40 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @BenBova is using @sffwrtchtguest tonight to chat #sffwrtcht Long story (Thu May 15 01:04:54 +0000 2014)
SFFWRTCHTGuest: #sffwrtcht From my first visit to a planetarium, when I was 11 (Thu May 15 01:05:20 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@sffwrtchtguest Who were some of your favorite authors/books growing up? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:06:52 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We are slower tonight because I am on the phone helping our kind guest with twitter. Please bear with us. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 15 01:08:11 +0000 2014)
SFFWRTCHTGuest: @sffwrtcht Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, Ray Bradbury, to name a few (Thu May 15 01:08:42 +0000 2014)

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Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 00:59:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 00:59:22 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 00:59:32 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu May 08 00:59:51 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:00:04 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 5/14 @BenBova 5/21 @JodiMcIsaac 5/28 @emoontx 6/4 TBD 6/11 @GailZMartin 6/18 @Gregvaneekhout 6/25 @TheKJA #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:00:18 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @DougHulick is a fantasy writer who lives in Minnesota, fights with swords, raises kids, walks the dog & cooks #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:00:29 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: His first novel AMONG THIEVES released from @AceRocBooks in 2011 and won critical acclaim and France�s Grand Prix de I�Imaginaire #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:00:46 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: It was also nominated for a David Gemmell Award and was the Kitschies Nominee for the Golden Tentacle #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:00:56 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: Welcome, @DougHulich to #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:00:56 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: His second novel SWORN IN STEEL is out now, a follow up, and the second book in his TALES OF THE KIN. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:01:11 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: He has a bachelor�s in history with a minor in English and followed up with a Masters in Medieval History because he�s a slacker #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:01:23 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: Welcome @DougHulick to #sffwrtcht. Long time no see! (Thu May 08 01:01:44 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: He can be found online at http://t.co/GUIEocJi1U at http://t.co/zmbpZlRkLoand on twitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:01:47 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht, @DougHulick! Where�d your interest in SFF come from? (Thu May 08 01:01:58 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @PrinceJvstin Always trying to one up me SIGH Not sure if he’s here yet #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:02:19 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Tweetdeck freaked on me. I’m jhere. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:02:56 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: Welcome @DougHulick Where’d your interest in SFF come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:03:22 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I started w/ Tolkien in ~ 7th grade. Reade THE HOBBIT when I was sick over the summer. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:03:37 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: @sffwrtcht I started w/ Tolkien in ~ 7th grade. Reade THE HOBBIT when I was sick over the summer. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:03:57 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: After that, I read widely. Any SF or Fantasy I could get my hands on. I especially liked RE Howard, Leiber, Thieves World. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:04:19 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Later, Roger Zelazny became a big influence on me. I also go into hard-boiled crime via movies, then books. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:04:38 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick When did you decide to pursue writing? And did you study formally in school, learn as you went, etc.? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:04:44 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I pretty much knew I wanted to be a writer after that 1st summer w/ THE HOBBIT and other books. Even when I went into college #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:06:05 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I wanted to fit writing into whatever degree I ended up getting. I took some creative writing classes, but majored in history #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:06:22 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: (which also involves a lot of writing, just not with dialog tags. Though you do sometimes make things up on tests. :) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:06:40 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@doughulick How long did you write before making your first sale? What was it and to whom? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:07:01 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I wrote all through college, mostly on a intraweb system called PLATO. Lots of round-robin stories w/ other & vignettes. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:07:35 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: My first sale was to MZB Fantasy Magazine. The story had been one of those vignettes. It was the 1st thing I sent out & it sold. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:08:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Spoiled lucky bastard ;) .@DougHulick Tell us about how you wound up with ROC? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:08:24 +0000 2014)
chippermuse: RT @sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @DougHulick is a fantasy writer who lives in Minnesota, fights with swords, raises kids, walks the dog & coo… (Thu May 08 01:08:32 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Yeah, people hate that story. :) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:08:48 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Getting w/ ROC wasn’t anything exotic. My agent sent the book to my editor, she liked it, they made an offer, I accepted. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:09:20 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick Where�d the idea for AMONG THIEVES come from? #sffwrtcht(Thu May 08 01:09:26 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: (Like the short story sale, we sold it to the first editor who read it. I don’t have any trunk novels. AT was it.) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:09:34 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick The only saving grace of that was it took you 3 years to get a sequel out. SLOWPOKE #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:10:07 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: (I’m making enemies, aren’t I?) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:10:12 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: AMONG THIEVES is about Drothe who is sent by his boss, a crime lord, to find out who�s leaning on his people & discovrs a mystery #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:10:32 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Mea culpa. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:10:36 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: A book of ancient magic, a conspiracy to overthrow an emperor, and a plan to start a war with Drothe stuck in the middle. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:10:43 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @DougHulick LOL Yes, we hate you but you can change that by being interesting… ;) Where’d the idea for AMONG THIEVES come from #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:11:23 +0000 2014)
David_JWest: @DougHulick not enemies just dreadful anticipation. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:11:51 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I stumbled across a book in the university book store in college: “A Dictionary of the Underworld.” Remaindered, even! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:12:11 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: It was basically a dictionary of thieves’ cant.#sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:12:26 +0000 2014)
KevinBreaux: RT @DougHulick: I stumbled across a book in the university book store in college: “A Dictionary of the Underworld.” Remaindered, even! #sff… (Thu May 08 01:12:44 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I immediately knew 1) this was awesome, 2) it was a gold mine, and 3) I had to use it in a story or a book. That led to #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:12:49 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: researching medieval & modern crime. AMONG THIEVES is my attempt to put all of those disparate elements #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:13:17 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: (along w/ my love for a 1st person PI-style POV) into one book. #sffwrtcht(Thu May 08 01:13:35 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick Drothe is a member of the Kin and “a Nose.” Tell us about what that means? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:13:45 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: .@DougHulick I will say it’s really a good read. It gets you hooked #sffwrtcht #AmongThieves (Thu May 08 01:14:31 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: The Kin are basically my equivalent of the mafia. Cosa Nostra. Whatever. I wanted there to be a sense of it being both a separate #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:14:49 +0000 2014)
David_JWest: @DougHulick how about the ideas for the Deacon’s? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:14:51 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: entity with a (semi) organized hierarchy, but not centralized. We’re used to the idea of the Mob & I figured it needed a name. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:15:23 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick And Drothe�s best friend and closest companion is a Degan. Tell us about him. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:16:02 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: As for a Nose, that comes straight from historical cant. It denotes a spy. I liked the term, but wanted it to be more nuanced. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:16:06 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: So I made a Nose an information broken, and broke it down into three types. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:16:29 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: All of them gather information, they just report/sell it to different people. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:16:41 +0000 2014)
David_JWest: @sffwrtcht @DougHulick whoops didn’t mean to misspell that. #sffwrtcht(Thu May 08 01:16:47 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: Drothe’s 1st Person POV make the two novels intimate. What other characters would you want to explore that POV with? @DougHulick #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:16:53 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: to them. Plus, I always loved the Free Companies that fought throughout N Italy, so I made them mercs, too. :) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:18:48 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: There’s more to the Order, of course, but that’s explored in SWORN (spoilers ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:19:12 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I’m very comfortable writing in 1st person. It’s kinda the natural voice for my wirting. I have a modern UF where half the book #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:20:05 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: RT The Degans come from all the different military orders that existed in the mdievl period. I jst wanted to add a diffrnt flair #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:20:38 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: is in 1st P, 1/2 in 3rd. I like playing with both, but prefer 1st. I just gravitate there. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:21:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick Tell us about Ildrecca. What�s it like and what inspired it? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:21:05 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: When I first thought of Ildrecca, I imagined Constantinople if the Byzantine Emp hadn’t fallen to the Turks in 1453 & survived #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:22:01 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: RT @DougHulick: When I first thought of Ildrecca, I imagined Constantinople if the Byzantine Emp hadn’t fallen to the Turks in 1453 & survi… (Thu May 08 01:22:14 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: into the Renaissance. At least, that was the initial concept. As I wrote, it developed a more Italian flair. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:22:25 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: But the roots are still in Constantinople. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:22:42 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick How long did the novel take to write? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:22:49 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: AMONG THIEVES took 10 years off & on. There were breaks in there (we had 2 kids, and I’m the stay-at-home dad, so there was a lot #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:23:43 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: of diapers and very little writing for a couple stretches in there). Fallow periods as well. Advantage of deadline, ya know? :) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:24:13 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick Did you start with characters or plot? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:24:22 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Got to be laaaaaazy. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:24:33 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Definitely characters. As much as I like to twist & turn my plot, I start with character. Then I need to have the opening scene #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:24:58 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick Pantser or Outliner? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:25:44 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: In SWORN IN STEEL, Drothe has become a crime lord himself and finds himself blamed for the death of a rival. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:25:49 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Getting out of the mess requires him to recruit help from a friend he betrayed and time is running out. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:26:17 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: in my head. I’m very cinematic that way. I have to almost see the opening sequence to get going. After that, I fill in as I go. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:26:26 +0000 2014)
RobHBedford: How many Tales of the Kin do you have mapped out? @DougHulick #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:27:20 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: Why move the action out of Ildrecca in SWORN IN STEEL? @DougHulick #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:27:58 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Mapped out? Um, then next book? The series was actually conceived as being open-ended, with each book being able #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:28:48 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick Where�d the idea for SWORN IN STEEL come from? #sffwrtcht(Thu May 08 01:28:59 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: to stand (more or less) on its own plot-wise. That means it could run over several books, but a lot depends on sales, etc. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:29:03 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: RT @sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick Pantser or Outliner? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:29:30 +0000 2014)
ristea: Everyone go check out #sffwrtcht with @DougHulick right now. His books are amazing. (Thu May 08 01:29:40 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Think serial instead of trilogy and you get a better idea of what I was shooting for. There’s an larger arc, but it isn’t central #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:29:48 +0000 2014)
RobHBedford: Just saw on your website you were a brewery worker, which brewery and what’s you fav style and/or brand of beer #sffwrtcht @DougHulick (Thu May 08 01:30:12 +0000 2014)
RobHBedford: RT @ristea: Everyone go check out #sffwrtcht with @DougHulick right now. His books are amazing. (Thu May 08 01:30:37 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @RobHBedford @DougHulick #sffwrtcht Did you read the intro where I always say WRITING RELATED questions only? (Thu May 08 01:30:39 +0000 2014)
GailZMartin: RT @sffwrtcht: Future Guests 5/14 @BenBova 5/21 @JodiMcIsaac 5/28 @emoontx 6/4 TBD 6/11 @GailZMartin 6/18 @Gregvaneekhout 6/25 @TheKJA #sf… (Thu May 08 01:30:44 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Honestly? I don’t remember. SWORN was never meant to be about the plot; it was supposed to be about Drothe feeling the #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:30:48 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: repercussions of his actions from the first book. I didn’t want things to simply reset or be settled at the beginning of Book 2 #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:31:00 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Life doesn’t tie up that neatly. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:31:12 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick The story is adventure fantasy w/ a classic feel. You have studied swordsmanship. Did that effect your fight scenes? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:33:01 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: It informed them a lot (sometimes too much, as my writer’s group can tell you ;). If anything, I tend to over-write the fights & #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:33:47 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: then scale them back. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:34:08 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I’ll see the action in my head, use fencing/historical terminology to get it down, then go back and make it more accessible. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:34:19 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: Are you still here or is @twitter dawdling? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:34:25 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick And you use thieves cant? Tell us about that. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:34:32 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @Wyld_Dandelyon Twitter is dawdling #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:34:42 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Mind, I usually do that a couple of times because what makes perfect sense to ME is still to jargon heavy for most readers. :) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:34:43 +0000 2014)
ristea: .@DougHulick what are some common “mistakes” you see when authors write about swords in novels? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:35:16 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @DougHulick That’s the hazard of being knowledgeable on particular topics sometimes. Jargony overwriting #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:35:40 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: The thieves cant in the books is about 50% historical, 25% where I used the term but changed the meaning, & 25% made up #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:36:37 +0000 2014)
ristea: .@DougHulick or what are some misconceptions are are blatantly false? I feel that you are to swords what @MykeCole is to guns. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:37:13 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: Bad @twitter! I’m enjoying hearing what @DougHulick has to say. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:37:16 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I have five different sources at this point, along w/ Elizabethan “cpney catching” pamphlets that give cant & describe cons #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:37:24 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: If anything, there’s more material than I can use! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:37:39 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick And thieves cant is a shorthand language, slang of sorts, correct? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:38:02 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Re. sword: probably the biggest twitch-inducer for me is the bad assumptions that can be fixed w/ minimal research. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:38:45 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: 8 lb long swords, or armor you can’t move in, or small swords vs. claymores…stuff that isn’t hard to get right if you get #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:39:33 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: past the old tropes & assumptions that no one ever challenges. #sffwrtcht(Thu May 08 01:39:52 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Cant is like a coded language. Ideally, you should be able to make elaborate plans in cant in front of a policeman & him have no #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:40:51 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick This book took a long time to write. Writer�s block? Tell us about the journey. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:41:10 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: idea that you are discussing a crime. It’s also slang, but it is (initially) an “owned” slang in many cases. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:41:30 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Not a block so much as standing in place and spinning around a lot. I generated 350,000 words easily trying to get the book done. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:42:28 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick What�s your writing time look like: planned, write when you can, write to word count? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:42:51 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: What’s your favorite worldbuilding bit in Djan [In the new novel] @DougHulick #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:43:23 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I’m a slow writer and I’d never written on deadline before. I spent far too much energy trying to get it Right the first time #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:43:48 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: instead of Done. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:44:01 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: That kept me from achieving either. In the end, it was my editor who helped me find my way out of the woods on this one. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:44:30 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: For people who say they don’t need editors, or that editors don’t matter? Don’t believe it for a second. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:44:42 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: RT @DougHulick: For people who say they don’t need editors, or that editors don’t matter? Don’t believe it for a second. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:45:20 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Fav world blding in Djan? Probably the way the Despoate gained control over all the magi centuries ago. Pure social politics #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:46:23 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Writing time? (laughs) I’m still the stay at home dad, so writing happens either when the kids are in school, or in the evening. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:47:14 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick Do you have any rituals or use any special software or music playlist? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:47:20 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: My younger son is special needs, so its a pretty tight bracket: when he is home, I don’t get much done. Part of the job, though:) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:47:31 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I need quiet to write. I can listen to music in a pinch, but prefer to be alone in a quiet place. No internet usually helps. :) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:48:36 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I also like to have coffee handy, even if not drinking it. I’ve come to associate the smell with writing. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:49:01 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick What�s the best and worst writing advice you�ve ever been given? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:49:06 +0000 2014)
ristea: RT @DougHulick: I also like to have coffee handy, even if not drinking it. I’ve come to associate the smell with writing. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:49:31 +0000 2014)
David_JWest: RT @DougHulick: I also like to have coffee handy, even if not drinking it. I’ve come to associate the smell with writing. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:49:49 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Oh lord. I *hate* “Write what you know.” I mean, it’s a good concept if seen in the right way, but is too easy to misunderstand. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:50:07 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: If we all took that chestnut literally, it would be nothing but memoirs are far as the eye could see. :) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:50:35 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick Um, but you wrote what you know in fight scenes ;) #sffwrtcht(Thu May 08 01:50:36 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Probably the best advice I’ve gotten is to write every day. No excuses. Writing begets more writing. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:51:13 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Also, just about any page from THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield is golden. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:51:52 +0000 2014)
Sensawunda: RT @DougHulick: Probably the best advice I’ve gotten is to write every day. No excuses. Writing begets more writing. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:51:55 +0000 2014)
jodimcisaac: @sffwrtcht Ha! I’ll have to try that next time I’m doing a little cross-border shopping. (Thu May 08 01:51:58 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Hey, I can turn this computer off and walk away any time, Bryan. ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:52:20 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick What future projects are you working on that we can look forward to? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:52:21 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please `Like� our Facebook group: http://t.co/tFOTDqY6 #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:52:45 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Right now, I’m just focusing on Book 3 (no title yet. I suck at titles.) After that, I need to see if my publisher wants more #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:53:25 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 5/14 @BenBova 5/21 @JodiMcIsaac 5/28 @emoontx 6/4 TBD 6/11 @GailZMartin 6/18 @Gregvaneekhout 6/25 @TheKJA #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:53:32 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Find Doug online at http://t.co/F0OVPCMeYx and also on Facebookhttp://t.co/tUFLRZ2pvE and here at Twitter! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:53:44 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick I think we missed one questions, or at least I didn’t see the answer. Are you an outliner or pantser? #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:54:05 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: TotK books. If yes, yay! If not, then I have a UF 80% done, an idea for a fantasy set in a 2nd world vesion of the #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:54:37 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: French Revolution. Maybe magic and 1860s gangs in NY (a la Gangs of New York, w/ magic)? Lots of idea, no contracts. :) #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:55:33 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Pantser, although I’d love to be able to have more outlined before I start. Haven’t managed to master that yet. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:57:14 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick Thanks for taking precious writing time to share with us your journey. We wish you continued success! And Congrats! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:57:23 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: I agree, @DougHulick Titles are always hard! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:57:32 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: For some reason, I usually am told I am good with titles. Only had one changed by a publisher in 15 books so far. #sffwrtcht #fingerscrossed (Thu May 08 01:58:07 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: A transcript for this chat will be up at the website soon.http://t.co/XXOmFcxxwM Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:58:25 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: Thanks also to everyone who asked a question or just read along. I greatly appreciate it! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:58:39 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: @DougHulick thanks for coming by, Doug! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:59:10 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@DougHulick Now I think @RobHBedford is dying to know your favorite beer and which brewery you worked at LOL #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 01:59:22 +0000 2014)
DougHulick: I’ll ping him off #sffwrtcht :) (Thu May 08 01:59:51 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @DougHulick No worries. I just try and save those questions for the end. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 02:00:26 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @DougHulick I may violate my own rule when @JodiMcIsaac comes on. Because she used to be a short track speed skater… #sffwrtcht QUESTIONS! (Thu May 08 02:01:13 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: Thanks, @DougHulick for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu May 08 02:03:47 +0000 2014)

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sffwrtcht: RT @BryanThomasS: 25 min to #sffwrtcht with Pathfinder Tales Overlord & author @JamesLSutter telling us why editors should be obeyed withou… (Thu May 01 00:34:56 +0000 2014)

BryanThomasS: 26 min to #sffwrtcht in which we will tar, feather and string up @JamesLSutter LIVE! (Thu May 01 00:35:25 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: #sffwrtcht @BryanThomasS @jameslsutter if I don’t make it, forgive me. Domestic crisis involving a dramatic 10 year old girl. I’ll try! (Thu May 01 00:37:36 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @LeahPetersen @jameslsutter #sffwrtcht Did you shave her head AGAIN?(Thu May 01 00:40:53 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 5/7 @DougHulick 5/14 @BenBova 5/21 @JodiMcIsaac 5/28 @emoontx 6/4 TBD 6/11 @GailZMartin 6/18 @Gregvaneekhout #sffwrtcht (Thu May 01 00:47:30 +0000 2014)
jameslsutter: Dipping my fists in gummy bears to prepare for the no-holds-barred twitter interview cage match that is #sffwrtcht: http://t.co/nDNHOHXyUo (Thu May 01 00:55:31 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 01 00:59:12 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 01 00:59:25 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 01 00:59:34 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu May 01 00:59:43 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: Welcome, @JamesLSutter to #sffwrtcht (Thu May 01 00:59:47 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 01 00:59:52 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 5/7 @DougHulick 5/14 @BenBova 5/21 @JodiMcIsaac 5/28 @emoontx 6/4 TBD. 6/11 @GailZMartin 6/18 @Gregvaneekhout #sffwrtcht (Thu May 01 01:00:05 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest is one of the creators of the Pathfinder role playing game, based on D&D, 3rd edition. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 01 01:00:19 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: He lives in the Pacific Northwest and writes and edits RPGs, tie-in novels, while working for Paizo. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 01 01:00:27 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: His stories have appeared in anthologies like Machine of Death, Human Tales and Beast Within 2 and forthcoming Shattered Shields. #sffwrtcht (Thu May 01 01:00:43 +0000 2014) View full article »