sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 00:59:32 +0000 2012)

sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 00:59:41 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table discussion. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:00:06 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Jul 12 01:00:19 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:00:28 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 7/18 @AlexBledsoe 7/25 @JimCHines 8/01 @PaulSKemp 8/08 @BradleyPBeaulieu 8/15 @JohnPicacio 8/22 @JeanJAuthor #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:00:43 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @debcoates lives in Iowa and is a member of the Blue Heaven professional writers� group. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:00:51 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Her first novel, WideOpen, was published by Tor in March 2012 and she�s self-described as a writer “owned by dogs.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:01:06 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: She grew up on a sometime dairy farm in westrn New York, has 2 degrees, lived in Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Iowa. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:01:32 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: She�s been a farmhand, a factory worker, a statistician, a researcher, an educator and an IT professional. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:01:40 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov�s, Fantasy and Science Fiction and Strange Horizons, amongst others. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:01:48 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: She can be found online at Twitter as @debcoates via her website athttp://t.co/UPMwHPxR and her blog. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:02:01 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @debcoates! (Thu Jul 12 01:02:09 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Thanks so much for having me! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:02:13 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Congrats on your first novel. I couldn’ #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:02:33 +0000 2012)
shadowflame1974: @debcoates welcome to our corner of the chaos #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:02:44 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates t put it down.. truly #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:02:48 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Where’d your interest in SFF come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:02:53 +0000 2012)
debcoates: SO glad you liked it! My dad was an avid SF reader so it’s always been around. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:03:14 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @shadowflame1974 Thx for the welcome! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:03:29 +0000 2012)
debcoates: I think I started with The Mushroom Planet books and never looked back #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:04:08 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: @talekyn @shadowflame1974 @followthelede @Wyld_Dandelyon @Ben_J_L @kodermike @PrinceJvstin @gryphoness are you all here? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:04:15 +0000 2012)
kodermike: @debcoates Have fun tonight on #sffwrtcht :) (Thu Jul 12 01:04:18 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Who were some of your favorite authors and books? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:04:24 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates I bought Mushroom Planet to read to my kids. I loved that book, too. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:04:33 +0000 2012)
shadowflame1974: @sffwrtcht waves Yep! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:04:37 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Well, L’Engle for sure and Heinlein and anyone else I could get my hands on #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:04:56 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates When did you develop an interest in writing and how did you pursue that? Classes? Workshops? Learn on your own? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:05:24 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Now, Lois McMaster Bujold. Awesome. Louise Penny. Terrific mysteries Loved Cronin’s The Passage. Can’t wait for The Twelve. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:05:32 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @Jaleta_Clegg Hey , welcome! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:05:46 +0000 2012)
gryphoness: @sffwrtcht On my way out the door, but hope you’re having a good one! (Thu Jul 12 01:06:00 +0000 2012)
debcoates: I discovered revision in grad sch which convinced me that maybe I could actually write down all the stuff I cooked up in my head #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:06:05 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Lots of time on my own, but made my best progress in workshops. Esp. the OWW, which I think helped me over the last hurdle. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:06:14 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @BryanThomasS I’m finally home on a Wednesday again. Nice to be here. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:06:33 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@debcoates How long did you write before making your first sale? #sffwrtcht(Thu Jul 12 01:06:51 +0000 2012)
talekyn: @debcoates L’Engle was my earliest SF influence, too. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:06:52 +0000 2012)
kodermike: @sffwrtcht what @shadowflame1974 said :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:07:12 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @sffwrtcht Oh, gosh, a long time. I tend to write in fits and starts–I’m slow #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:07:13 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @sffwrtcht Probably five or six years before I sold my first story. But I aimed big too! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:07:55 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @Jaleta_Clegg How’s space camp this summer? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:08:11 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@debcoates You started with short fiction. What are the key elements of good short story for you? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:08:24 +0000 2012)
debcoates: For me, the thematic core. Character and plot–yes–but it should all drive twrd that ‘something’ that the story is abt #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:08:46 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @BryanThomasS Busy, but almost over. Another week of camps and I’m done. Then I’ll have time to write and read again. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:08:59 +0000 2012)
debcoates: THo it can take a long time for me to figure out what that ‘something’ is #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:09:05 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates Do you write to themes in your novels, too? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:09:30 +0000 2012)
TheNewAuthor: I made it to #sffwrtcht!! Let the party begin….oh, it already started.(Thu Jul 12 01:09:53 +0000 2012)
kaolinfire: Whoah. It’s Wednesday. It’s after 6. I’m on the computer. I don’t know how long this will last, but HELLO #SFFWRTCHT! =) (Thu Jul 12 01:10:14 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Urgh forgot the hashtag HA! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:10:17 +0000 2012)
CarolBCollett: RT @debcoates: For me, the thematic core. Character and plot–yes–but it should all drive twrd that ‘something’ that the story is abt … (Thu Jul 12 01:10:23 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates BTW, your dog looks a lot like mine. Black lab mix? #sffwrtcht(Thu Jul 12 01:11:00 +0000 2012)
kaolinfire: @debcoates My question of the week: what sff magazines do you miss? :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:11:18 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: RT @debcoates: @Jaleta_Clegg I tend to be more abt character to start, but I do need to find a central something at some stage. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:11:18 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Jaleta_Clegg No, tho you’re right he does look it. He’s a German Pinscher #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:11:26 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@debcoates You describe Wide Open and the follow up Deep Down as contemporary fantasy. 1/3 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:11:47 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@debcoates For me, it borders on horror & urban fantasy. At 1st the only specific aspect is ghosts but magic appears 2/3 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:12:24 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @kaolinfire I miss having time to read! But I do still kind of miss SF AGE. I do read Asimovs fairly reg #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:12:39 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@debcoates Then again, the setting is rural like Harris� Sookie books. Where�d the idea for the Wide Open come from? 3/3 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:12:48 +0000 2012)
debcoates: In many ways it’s a continuation of some of my short stories. Different characters and world, but sim. sensibilities #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:13:05 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @kaolinfire Hey, good to see you. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:13:25 +0000 2012)
debcoates: I like interesting characters and flyover country and people that are–I hope–a little non-stereotypical #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:13:31 +0000 2012)
talekyn: @debcoates Since you started with short stories: does your process differ from shorts to novels? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:13:48 +0000 2012)
debcoates: It’s stuff I know and I know it’s not something everyone sees a lot #sffwrtcht(Thu Jul 12 01:13:57 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates The book was sent by your publicist with a request for this chat and I have to admit I wasn�t sure what I was getting #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:14:09 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates But it hooked me right away and I couldn�t put it down. You have captured small, Midwest farm life quite vividly. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:14:27 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Wide Open is the story of Sgt. Hallie Michaels back from Adghanistan on leave for her sister Dell�s funeral. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:14:43 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @talekyn Actually quite a bit. SSs are much more about a whole for me. I’m a lot more willing (and need) to rip at my novels. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:14:48 +0000 2012)
CarolBCollett: RT @debcoates: I like interesting characters and flyover country and people that are–I hope–a little non-stereotypical #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:14:53 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Hallie refuses to believe it�s suicide and begins uncovering a string of murders by a mysterious corporation #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:15:10 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Tell us about Taylor County, your fiction setting. What inspirations did you use for creating that? Why South Dakota? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:15:22 +0000 2012)
debcoates: A lot of the settings in WO are liminal spaces which fits with Hallie because she’s in a liminal space too 1/2 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:15:43 +0000 2012)
debcoates: But also because western South Dakota, which I think is beautiful, is so rarely used as a setting 2/2 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:15:51 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @Jaleta_Clegg Ah yes. Well it takes time to cook all those alien foods, gather ingredients, etc. ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:15:58 +0000 2012)
debcoates: I made up Taylor County because there wasn’t one county that was everything I wanted #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:16:51 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @BryanThomasS I’m stuck at work for 12-15 hours a day when we do a camp. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:16:56 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@debcoates How long did the novel take you to write? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:16:59 +0000 2012)
debcoates: A year and a half? I think? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:17:16 +0000 2012)
kaolinfire: @debcoates where (or how?) do you dig for your characters? especially for secondary characters? #SFFWRTCHT (Thu Jul 12 01:17:21 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @Jaleta_Clegg Yikes. Long days. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:17:42 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @kaolinfire My novels almost always start with my main chars. Plot comes later. Secondary characters I discover along the way. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:18:05 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @kaolinfire ONe of my favorite things, actually #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:18:17 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates I guess it’s easier than crossing counties, etc. and explaining all that especially with Boyd being a local cop #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:18:46 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS Exactly! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:19:02 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @kaolinfire Have you read WideOpen? #SFFWRTCHT (Thu Jul 12 01:19:14 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@debcoates How did you wind up with @torbooks? What was your journey to publication like? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:19:44 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS I do use ‘real’ Rapid CIty and ‘real’ Iowa #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:19:57 +0000 2012)
kaolinfire: @BryanThomasS I haven’t, hadn’t heard of it. In fact, just looking it up (and WHOAH that’s a beautiful cover!) #SFFWRTCHT (Thu Jul 12 01:20:05 +0000 2012)
kodermike: @debcoates A year and a half to write – but how fermenting? :) #sffwrtcht(Thu Jul 12 01:20:07 +0000 2012)
debcoates: I have a terrific editor at Tor, Stacy Hill, who really ‘got’ WIDE OPEN and what the story was trying to be #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:20:18 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates I am so used to making up settings, I hadn’t thought about the complexity of jurisdiction etc. til you said that #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:20:19 +0000 2012)
CarolBCollett: RT @debcoates: @kaolinfire My novels almost always start with my main chars. Plot comes later. Secondary characters I discover along t … (Thu Jul 12 01:20:51 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @kodermike I think several of my short stories were part of the ‘fermenting’ process. THo no quite related #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:20:54 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates What? Iowa is real? I thought it just meant Idiots Out Walking Around j/k #couldntresist #justdrovethrulastweek #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:21:15 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS It opened things up quite a bit. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:21:18 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @kaolinfire Yes, the cover is quite nice. #SFFWRTCHT (Thu Jul 12 01:21:30 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS S’okay. We’re all totally busy making fun of MN and OH #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:21:45 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @kaolinfire @BryanThomasS I love the cover too! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:22:13 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @kodermike HAHA! I think my brain added the words automatically! #sffwrtcht(Thu Jul 12 01:22:38 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Heh. MN is where I was last week actually. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:22:44 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates @kaolinfire Book 2′s cover looks good too. It’s on her website #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:23:04 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Ok, back on track, so how did you get to @torbooks? Journey to publ. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:23:30 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS @kaolinfire YES! A girl and a dog and a gun and lots of pretty colors. SO happy with it #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:23:38 +0000 2012)
debcoates: I have a terrific editor at Tor, Stacy Hill, who ‘got’ WIDE OPEN and what the story was trying to be and offered right away #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:24:16 +0000 2012)
jennreese: @debcoates Had you always envisioned WIDE OPEN as the first in a series, or did that idea come later? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:24:30 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @jennreese I always saw it as stand-alone but had a couple of stories I wanted to tell if someone gave me the chance #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:25:05 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@debcoates Obviously with Deep Down due out in 2013, it�s a series. How many books are planned? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:25:05 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates LOL so you’re saying you had a tough road to publication then? ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:25:17 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Three books total. I’m working on the third one now. Tentatively called OVER HOME #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:25:32 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @jennreese Welcome to #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:26:01 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS Well, it is nice when the first editor response is an acceptance. But still…It was a long time getting there. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:26:03 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@debcoates Do you outline or pants it? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:26:27 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Totally pants it. But I try to be a little more structured w/every draft and every book Cuz I’d like to be more efficient #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:26:51 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@debcoates Yeah, I know it is. I just liked the way the answer kind of implied that. We wish it was short & easy, right? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:27:21 +0000 2012)
CarolBCollett: RT @debcoates: Totally pants it. But I try to be a little more structured w/every draft and every book Cuz I’d like to be more efficien … (Thu Jul 12 01:27:39 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@debcoates Do you use Scrivener or other “writing software tools”? Write to music? Any rituals? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:27:43 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @jennreese No it’s fine. We invite it. No problem. As I said, welcome. #sffwrtcht I just like to acknowledge people. (Thu Jul 12 01:28:02 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS Seriously, if the first editor accepts any later rejections just aren’t quite as painful #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:28:09 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: #sffwrtcht -ers this is one of those weeks I wish I had a book to give away because I mean, this book captivated me. 1/2 (Thu Jul 12 01:28:35 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Scrivener is a life-saver for me! It takes my messy desk syndrome and makes it manageable #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:28:36 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: #sffwrtcht 2/2 I read the last half in 2 days. (Thu Jul 12 01:28:47 +0000 2012)
debcoates: I think ‘wasting time on the internet’ is my most consistent ritual. I also do a lot of thinking while walking dogs #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:29:04 +0000 2012)
kodermike: RT @debcoates: Scrivener is a life-saver for me! It takes my messy desk syndrome and makes it manageable #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:29:19 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates heh, yeah, it does help. My 2nd novel’s out & rejection is becoming less painful. In some ways. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:32:30 +0000 2012)
jennreese: @debcoates Did you research the war in Afghanistan much to get into the main character’s head? Her voice really sings. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:32:43 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS I don’t think it ever really goes away, but yeah, it gets better #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:32:58 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates You know I just bought Scrivener and actually, I do thinking while walking dogs also. Interesting. Midwest thing? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:33:05 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: @debcoates Have you written short stories set in Taylor County or do you have plans to do so? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:33:21 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @jennreese I did! Tho there’s surprisingly little on women soldiers esp in Afghanistan #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:33:24 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS Or, it’s that my dogs are v. demanding :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:33:47 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Oh yeah, I’m not going to become a fan of it or anything heh #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:33:52 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @sffwrtcht Not yet, but I’d like to. I have a few ideas. Now I just have to find the time! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:34:26 +0000 2012)
talekyn: RT @debcoates: I think ‘wasting time on the internet’ is my most consistent ritual. I also do a lot of thinking while walking dogs #sff … (Thu Jul 12 01:34:57 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates Time is the luxury I think all of us would love to find. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:35:09 +0000 2012)
PrinceJvstin: @sffwrtcht @talekyn @shadowflame1974 @followthelede @Wyld_Dandelyon @Ben_J_L @kodermike @gryphoness Sorry, in a down mood, so I stayed away (Thu Jul 12 01:35:14 +0000 2012)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @debcoates Rejections never become fun, but they’re part of the process. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:35:20 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Jaleta_Clegg HA! Isn’t that the truth! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:35:27 +0000 2012)
talekyn: Mine, too! RT ” @debcoates I think ‘wasting time on the internet’ is my most consistent ritual.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:35:40 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@debcoates Please tell us a bit abt the magic of your tale. It�s an ancient art passed frm the antagonist’s grandmother? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:36:00 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Wyld_Dandelyon True! I do appreciate when I learn something from them, which is often #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:36:03 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates I’d get so much writing done if I were independently wealthy and had a housekeeper like Alice from Brady Bunch #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:36:03 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Yes. it’s something most magic wielders in the world of WO would never do, but there’s a lot of power in it #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:36:36 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates My dogs are definitely very demanding. But they’re my spoiled babies. They want to know why the dog had so few lines? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:36:57 +0000 2012)
debcoates: I’ll also say that a lot of magic & the supernatural in WO center around death and the dead which is part of Hallie’s connection #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:37:18 +0000 2012)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @debcoates lt’s wonderful when an editor has time and interest enough to give feedback. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:37:23 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS Hmmm…wait until book 2 :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:37:36 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS There’s a reason there’s a dog on the cover #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:38:20 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates It’s powered by blood and grows over time and involves control of weather, that much I’ll say. Interesting. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:38:38 +0000 2012)
PrinceJvstin: How does where you live (Iowa) inform and influence your writing @debcoates #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:38:42 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: @debcoates Speaking of which, what can you tell us about book 2′s story and when to expect it? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:39:04 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @PrinceJvstin Definitely why I use some of the settings I use. Love the Midwest and think it’s largely misunderstood #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:39:23 +0000 2012)
debcoates: More Hallie. More Boyd. More SD. But also moving forward from WIDE OPEN and dealing with consequences. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:39:34 +0000 2012)
debcoates: The girl and the gun and the dog on the cover? That’s all really important #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:39:52 +0000 2012)
debcoates: It will be coming in March, 2013 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:40:05 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Ah ha ha. Okay, the dogs are jumping on me now. Sigh. They are pleased to hear that. ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:40:08 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @PrinceJvstin I also wonder how growing up on a farm influences it as well @debcoates #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:40:31 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@debcoates What�s your writing time look like-specific block? Write til you reach word count? Grab it when you can? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:41:02 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS Oh, yes, lots. Also, I majored in Animal Science and Agronomy in college so I finally get to use it! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:41:09 +0000 2012)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @BryanThomasS Did you ask if @DebCoates is a pantser or a plotter yet? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:41:21 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates LOL You’re very cryptic. Publishers love that. ;) #sffwrtcht(Thu Jul 12 01:41:24 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Mostly catch as catch can. A lot of evenings and weekends with occasional chances for longer sessions #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:41:42 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Finally found a way to prove to the parents you’re using that degree, huh? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:42:01 +0000 2012)
kodermike: @debcoates How would you classify Wide Open? (mainstream, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal). I know, just labels, but curious #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:42:15 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Wyld_Dandelyon Heh. I am a pantser who wishes she were a plotter #sffwrtcht #grassisalwaysgreener (Thu Jul 12 01:42:17 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS Exactly! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:42:51 +0000 2012)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @debcoates Why do you wish you were more of a plotter? #sffwrtcht(Thu Jul 12 01:43:00 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @Wyld_Dandelyon Why yes I did. She said she gets more outliny with every project as she seeks order, basically #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:43:08 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @kodermike I call it contemporary fantasy but I sort of think of it as urban fantasy even tho it clearly isn’t #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:43:18 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@debcoates What�s the best and worst writing advice you�ve ever gotten? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:43:23 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates Rural paranormal? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:43:42 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Wyld_Dandelyon Because I spend a LOT of time fixing and rearranging and taking things out and addintg them in #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:43:57 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Wyld_Dandelyon In my dreams, plotters never have that problem :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:44:15 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Jaleta_Clegg Not bad! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:44:24 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates Ha! Yes, they do, they just won’t admit it. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:44:34 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Best writing advice–Never give up! Never surrender! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:44:43 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @kaolinfire I know, right? LOL @Wyld_Dandelyon @debcoates #sffwrtcht #gotitcovered (Thu Jul 12 01:44:53 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Worst–hmm…maybe I blanked it out it was so bad :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:45:10 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@debcoates What future projects are you working on that we can look forward to? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:46:12 +0000 2012)
debcoates: Well, book 3 right now. But I’ve also got a couple of YA projects–one abt a shapeshifter and one abt hellhounds. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:46:30 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: @debcoates That is, besides book 2 and an assumed book 3 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:46:32 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates That is, besides book 2 and an assumed book 3 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:46:33 +0000 2012)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @debcoates I suspect plotters spend lots of time following the wrong path, just because it’s there in front of them. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:47:03 +0000 2012)
debcoates: And I just got an idea the other day for one about weird modern dragons but it’ll be awhile before I get there #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:47:13 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Wyld_Dandelyon Don’t shatter my illusions!! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:47:28 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Ah, hellhounds, nice. Dogs again ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:47:28 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@debcoates Do you keep a diary or journal of ideas? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:47:51 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS YES! I was sort of disapointed I couldn’t work more dogs into WO But they were scared off by the ghosts #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:48:04 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS I do! But it’s pretty disorganized and I often surprise myself later when I stumble over things I wrote #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:48:30 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS Tho, usually in a good way #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:48:46 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates Good writing advice – trust your subconscious. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:49:10 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: FYI @debcoates can be found online at Twitter as @debcoates via her website at http://t.co/UPMwHPxR and her blog. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:49:17 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: FYI @debcoates can be found online at Twitter as @debcoates via her website at http://t.co/HSimYuSw and her blog. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:49:17 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Jaleta_Clegg Yes, altho I wish sometimes my subconscious was a little less cryptic. It does do some of my best plotting #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:49:49 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates I’m amazed at the amount of foreshadowing my subconscious dumps into my books. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:50:23 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: The book is WIDE OPEN from @torbooks by @debcoates & it’s out in hardback & well worth a read #sffwrtcht #scifi #fantasy #mywana (Thu Jul 12 01:50:33 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: The book is WIDE OPEN from @torbooks by @debcoates & it’s out in hardback & well worth a read #sffwrtcht #scifi #fantasy #mywana (Thu Jul 12 01:50:33 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Jaleta_Clegg Me too! Tho I love when I figure it out. It’s like a gift! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:50:47 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates I love finding kindred writing spirits. *cheesy grin* #sffwrtcht(Thu Jul 12 01:51:32 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates I just have napkins & scraps of paper in a folder heh #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:52:04 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Jaleta_Clegg It’s sure easy in this business to think you’re the only one sometimes #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:52:09 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Btw, I finished the book on my porch Monday as thunder and lightning rolled in which was pretty awesome #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:52:35 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates Thank goodness for social media. Much easier to connect. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:52:38 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS What I hate the most is when I come across a note and I’m sure it was brilliant, but I can’t remember what it means #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:52:52 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS Perfect #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:53:03 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Tell us a bit more about your short stories. What genres have you played with besides #fantasy? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:53:25 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Jaleta_Clegg Very true! I’ve found some of my best writing buddies through the internet. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:53:36 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Please `Like� our Facebook group: http://t.co/tFOTDqY6 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:53:38 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: Please `Like� our Facebook group: http://t.co/CeHCXuLJ #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:53:39 +0000 2012)
Wyld_Dandelyon: RT @debcoates: What I hate the most is when I come across a note and I’m sure it was brilliant, but I cant remember what it means #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:53:49 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: RT @debcoates: What I hate the most is when I come across a note and I’m sure it was brilliant, but I can’t remember wht it means #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:54:27 +0000 2012)
debcoates: I’ve got a couple of stories that are straight science fiction and at least one that’s YA #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:54:27 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates YES!! Hate that too! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:54:42 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Next week, we talk Eddie LaCrosse, the noir #fantasy detective series with @AlexBledsoe also from @torbooks #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:54:54 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: Next week, we talk Eddie LaCrosse, the noir #fantasy detective series with @AlexBledsoe also from @torbooks #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:54:54 +0000 2012)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @debcoates I hate it when I knew where a story was going, but life got in the way, and by the time I find it again I’m clueless. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:55:12 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@debcoates Any plans to explore Hallie, Dell, etc in younger years? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:55:47 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: We have all the transcripts, extra interviews, giveaways, and more at:http://t.co/O8BbU3Pf #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:55:55 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: We have all the transcripts, extra interviews, giveaways, and more at:http://t.co/t66YT75v #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:55:56 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Wyld_Dandelyon HAHAHA! Yeah… I get some of my best ideas as I’m falling asleep wihch is really dangerous. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:55:59 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS It would be SO much fun to write about Dell as someone other than a ghost. Hmm… #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:56:30 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates LOL Wouldn’t it? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:56:44 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: @debcoates Did you get an agent for the novel or have one before from other work? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:57:43 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @sffwrtcht I got an agent for the novel. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:58:09 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: RT @zanzindorf: @BryanThomasS @debcoates I have a file cabinet of those. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:58:30 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates I figured but curious. Well, I really congratulate you again on a great read. Continued success #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:59:16 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: @debcoates Thanks for chatting with us tonight! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 01:59:32 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @BryanThomasS Thank you. And thank you SO much for having me #sffwrtcht(Thu Jul 12 01:59:41 +0000 2012)
debcoates: It was great fun. Though I think my fingers need a break! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 02:00:01 +0000 2012)
Jaleta_Clegg: @debcoates Nice to meet you. I hope to see you around. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 02:00:03 +0000 2012)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @debcoates That’s mostly a recipe for not falling asleep. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 02:00:13 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Jaleta_Clegg Thanks! Me too! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 02:00:18 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @Wyld_Dandelyon WHich is why I never get enough sleep #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 02:00:37 +0000 2012)
kaolinfire: @Wyld_Dandelyon @debcoates #sffwrtcht main reason I do short fiction is I need to still “feel” the story. If I can’t do it in one sitting…. (Thu Jul 12 02:00:52 +0000 2012)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @debcoates LOL I know how that works! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 02:01:27 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @kaolinfire @Wyld_Dandelyon That was actually a struggle for me when I switched to novels #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 02:01:30 +0000 2012)
kodermike: @debcoates Thanks for enduring the barrage :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 02:01:49 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @debcoates Always a pleasure. Especially a fellow Midwestern writer. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 02:02:08 +0000 2012)
debcoates: @kodermike HA! It really was fun #sffwrtcht (Thu Jul 12 02:02:21 +0000 2012)

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