Transcript: SFFWRTCHT 10/23/13 With Django Wexler

Transcripts-flatDjangoWexler: RT @BryanThomasS: Tonight @AceRocBooks author @DjangoWexler is in the #sffwrtcht hotseat talking flintlock #fantasy and more at 9 pm EDT, t… (Thu Oct 24 00:19:55 +0000 2013)

BryanThomasS: On tonight’s #sffwrtcht we cover important questions like: of @DjangoWexler and Django Cody married, would their child be Django Django? #fb (Thu Oct 24 00:38:53 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 10/30 @JMMcDermott 11/6 @jkcheney 11/13 @RPWeston 11/20 @AlexJCavanaugh 11/27 @DavidHair #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 00:42:23 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 00:59:50 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 00:59:57 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table discussion. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:00:43 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Oct 24 01:00:54 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:01:09 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @Django Wexler is the author of The Shadow Campaigns epic fantasy series, a flintlock fantasy from @AceRocBooks #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:01:41 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: In addition, his classic #fantasyYA series launches with THE FORBIDDEN LIBRARY next April. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:01:54 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: Django Wexler graduated from my alma mater Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing & comp sci #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:02:22 +0000 2013)
kodermike: @sffwrtcht Isn’t it @djangoWrexler? ;) @acerocbooks (Thu Oct 24 01:02:23 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: He then worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. #sffwrtcht(Thu Oct 24 01:02:34 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with 2 cats & a teetering mountain of books. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:02:53 +0000 2013)
kodermike: @sffwrtcht Bah, even I can’t type @djangowexler now. Nm. @acerocbooks(Thu Oct 24 01:03:09 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:03:10 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: You can find him online on Twitter, Facebook, and his website at #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:03:36 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @DjangoWexler! First things first, where’d your interest in science fiction and fantasy come from? (Thu Oct 24 01:03:55 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @DjangoWexler ! (Thu Oct 24 01:03:58 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin Thanks! Twitter roundtables are a new experience for me. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:04:48 +0000 2013)
BryanThomasS: @PrinceJvstin Hello Paul #sffwrtcht LET’S GRILL HIM (Thu Oct 24 01:05:04 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht That’s actually really hard to answer, because it’s what I’ve been interested in as long as I can remember. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:05:25 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler OK Who were some of your favorite authors and inspirations? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:05:49 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht It just always seemed like where I belonged — when I got my first real job, it was as a library page, reading #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:06:04 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: Borrowing a variant of that question Shaun Duke uses…why do you *still* read SF/F.What keeps you in this space? @DjangoWexler #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:06:11 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht the entire library SFF shelf. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:06:16 +0000 2013)
jenniferbrozek: @PrinceJvstin Did ya’ll know that @DjangoWexler is local to me? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:06:16 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht Back in the day: David Brin, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Weiss & Hickman, and quite a few others. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:07:16 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: @jenniferbrozek @DjangoWexler I knew he was Pacific Northwest like you but not how proximate he is #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:07:24 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler When did you decide to pursue writing? And did you study formally in school, learn as you went, etc.? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:07:24 +0000 2013)
BryanThomasS: @jenniferbrozek @PrinceJvstin @DjangoWexler I do know that. My sympathies, Django #sffwrtcht ;) (Thu Oct 24 01:07:51 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht Closer to the present: GRRM, @LordGrimdark , Steven Erikson, @leverus #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:07:57 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin Part of it is probably just habit? But I love the imagination. I love opening up a new book and finding a new #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:08:43 +0000 2013)
AlexJCavanaugh: RT @sffwrtcht: Future Guests 10/30 @JMMcDermott 11/6 @jkcheney 11/13 @RPWeston 11/20 @AlexJCavanaugh 11/27 @DavidHair #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:08:44 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin world, society, or other tidbit. I like *writing* it because secondary worlds help spotlight key questions. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:09:14 +0000 2013)
BryanThomasS: @jenniferbrozek @PrinceJvstin @DjangoWexler LOL I expected something like that #sffwrtcht #murdermeatOryCon (Thu Oct 24 01:09:17 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I have been writing since high school, more or less, but I didn’t really think about pursuing it as a career. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:09:51 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht In college I did get a creative writing degree to go with my CS degree, but I always thought of it as a hobby thing. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:10:16 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler How long did you write before making your first sale? Did you start with shorts or novels? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:10:17 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht It wasn’t until last year that I really thought about quitting my day job. Then I REALLY wanted to all of a sudden. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:10:44 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: Thousand Names shows a definite interest and inspiration from Napoleon’s early career. Where does that come from? @DjangoWexler #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:11:15 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I wrote a bit about getting started as a writer here: #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:11:23 +0000 2013)
BryanThomasS: @DjangoWexler Gee, guy gets a decent check for writing and he wants to write? SHOCKING #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:11:33 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I think I wrote my first novel in 2001 or 2002, some short stories and novellas before then. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:12:32 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht The first one I SOLD (to a small press) was in about 2005, then another in 2006. After that #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:13:01 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht there was a long break while I wrote something new and got an agent, then Thousand Names in 2011. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:13:21 +0000 2013)
TroubledScribe: #sffwrtcht @DjangoWexler I’m not familiar with any of your works yet, I’m curious about the origins of the title, The Thousand Names. (Thu Oct 24 01:13:44 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin I was a big wargamer in college, which kind of turned me on to the study of history. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:13:48 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin After reading “The Campaigns of Napleon” (Chandler) I got the idea that the story would make for a good fantasy. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:14:18 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: ,@DjangoWexler What drew you to epic fantasy? Your work seems stepped in historical influences. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:14:24 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin The series was originally intended to be a more faithful retelling, but it didn’t work out that way. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:14:36 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @TroubledScribe Hrm, okay. SLIGHT spoiler alert. “The Thousand Names” refers to an great archive of the true names of #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:15:15 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: although very different in matter and tone, kind of reminds me of the Guy Gavriel Kay Sarantium novels that way @DjangoWexler #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:15:26 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @TroubledScribe spirits/demons, which gives the possessor the power to summon them. Or so it is said! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:15:37 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @BryanThomasS I never thought I’d get a decent check! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:15:52 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler That won’t spoil much, I promise. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:16:14 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I love epic fantasy as a reader, I love things that are vast and grand. I think specifically it was GRRM and #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:16:27 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht “A Song of Ice and Fire” that made me think “I want to write like that.” GRRM draws the traditional #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:16:54 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler I’ve had many similar thoughts about checks. What do you think are the core elements of good epic fantasy? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:17:03 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht knight-and-castles world back to its historical roots, and I liked that a lot. So I set out to do something #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:17:14 +0000 2013)
TroubledScribe: #sffwrtcht @DjangoWexler Now I’m hooked. :) (Thu Oct 24 01:17:29 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht similar but using a different location and historical period for a basis, at least at the beginning. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:17:34 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @TroubledScribe Ooh, excellent! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:18:06 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: One unexpected good thing about 1000Names are the female characters. How did you create Winter and Alhundt? @DjangoWexler #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:18:36 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht For me “epic fantasy” means something like “a story that engages with the basic nature of its world.” So something #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:18:38 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht like “Swordspoint” isn’t “epic fantasy” (which doesn’t mean it isn’t good, it’s awesome!) because it’s just about #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:19:12 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht people and politics. Epic Fantasy is more about characters confronting central truths about their entire existence. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:19:35 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I often say that ASOIAF wouldn’t really be epic without the Others and the dragons. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:20:00 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler Do you usually start with characters or plot? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:20:26 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: RT @DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht people and politics. Epic Fantasy is more about characters confronting central truths about their entire exis… (Thu Oct 24 01:20:34 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin Winter went through a TON of iterations as I was getting the book figured out. She was originally a much less #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:20:34 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: @DjangoWexler @sffwrtcht that’s an interesting formulation of Epic Fantasy I’ve not heard before #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:20:56 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin primary character — I knew I wanted a second POV, and I knew I wanted a woman, but she was like Janus’ little #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:20:57 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin sister and Marcus’ love interest. As I outlined, though, it became clear that she needed her own plot to carry #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:21:22 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin not just an adjunct of Marcus’. When I started down that path, she changed into something much more fun, and now #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:21:54 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin that plotline is one of my favorites. Alhundt was originally a big, surly guy, and there was another love interest #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:22:17 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin for Marcus, but she felt completely superfluous so I combined the roles. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:22:38 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin I guess I (slowly, painfully) learned the lesson that “love interest” is not a good enough character description! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:22:58 +0000 2013)
geekstarter: @PintsNCupcakes #sffwrtcht is right (Thu Oct 24 01:23:12 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin @sffwrtcht It’s not a universal formulation, obviously, but it works as long as you’re clear that “non-epic” #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:23:27 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: @DjangoWexler that’s a good lesson to learn. I enjoyed both characters immensely, as much as Marcus. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:23:37 +0000 2013)
BryanThomasS: @DjangoWexler @PrinceJvstin LOL Yeah, it’s not very deep, huh? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:23:46 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin @sffwrtcht is in no way inferior — plenty of awesome books about people and politics. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:23:47 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin @sffwrtcht It also means you can have “epic SF” with the same description. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:24:01 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht It varies. I would say I usually start with either characters or world design, and figure out the plot later. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:24:33 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler How long does a typical novel take to write? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:24:49 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht Sometimes I know like a character’s arc or twists, so I have hints of what the plot needs to do to get there. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:24:54 +0000 2013)
TroubledScribe: #sffwrtcht @DjangoWexler What was the motivation behind writing The Thousands Names ? (Thu Oct 24 01:25:15 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: In THE THOUSAND NAMES, The Vordanai & the Khandarai are at war aftr a faction calld the Redeemers deposes the Khandarai prince1/2 #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:25:17 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht Depends on the length. Thousand Names is around 200k words, and took maybe 9 months to draft. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:25:24 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: The story follows soldiers in the Vordonai army as they struggle to survive a strange land and culture #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:25:29 +0000 2013)
jkcheney: @DjangoWexler @sffwrtcht Wow. (Thu Oct 24 01:25:39 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht When I’m drafting I do about 2k words per day, but there’s pauses for occasional backing and filling. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:25:45 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht Forbidden Library is much shorter (75k) so it went much faster. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:26:00 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler 200k Wow. It’s a monster. Where�d the idea for Shadow Campaigns come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:26:14 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht Then there’s editing which took maybe another six months, even before submission! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:26:28 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @TroubledScribe The most basic motivation is that I wanted to write a fantasy novel I could sell to a big publisher. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:26:57 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: @DjangoWexler Do you edit on your own or hire an editor before submission? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:27:02 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @TroubledScribe I had gotten a small press release, and self-pub didn’t really exist in its present form (this is 2006) #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:27:29 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @TroubledScribe So that seemed like the next step to continue making progress. I have always written stuff, but I made an #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:27:52 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @TroubledScribe effort to make it specifically something I thought a) I could sell and b) I could have fun writing a series. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:28:13 +0000 2013)
jkcheney: @DjangoWexler @sffwrtcht Ah, I thought that original # was for start to submission. That sounds more managable for 200K. (Thu Oct 24 01:28:26 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: @jkcheney Hey Cheney. Are you checking out how this works? ;) Look forward to your visit #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:28:39 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht As I said before, it started out as a fantasy version of the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:28:59 +0000 2013)
jkcheney: @sffwrtcht That’s what I’m doing. And checking out DW, too ;o) (Thu Oct 24 01:29:01 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I’d read the old Stirling/Drake series “The General”, which is an SF retelling of the campaigns of Belisarius. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:29:18 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler Winter’s immediate superior is Captain Marcus d�Ivoire. Your second POV character. Tell us about him please. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:29:27 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht And I thought I would put together something similar, since I was getting really into Napoleonics. It’s a fun period. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:29:36 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: What were the challenges/opportunities in setting 1000 Names as Flintlock Fantasy rather than earlier time periods @DjangoWexler #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:29:51 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht When I started outlining it, though, it kind of went off and became something else entirely. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:29:55 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @jkcheney @sffwrtcht I actually submitted it at 215k to my agent, and he told me to ADD stuff, so it was #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:30:30 +0000 2013)
jkcheney: @DjangoWexler @sffwrtcht Always fun when it takes on a life of its own, huh?(Thu Oct 24 01:30:34 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @jkcheney @sffwrtcht 230k when the editor got it! We cut it down to 195k for the release. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:30:45 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @jkcheney @sffwrtcht Apparently my agent cleverly just left the world count off the pitch. ^^; #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:31:03 +0000 2013)
jkcheney: @DjangoWexler @sffwrtcht Clever fellow ;o) (Thu Oct 24 01:31:24 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht He’s kind of a straight-laced, up-and-up sort of guy. Part of his role is to serve as the Watson to Janus’ Holmes, #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:31:43 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler Tell us a bit about the Redeemers, Desoltai and Khandarai and your magic system. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:31:51 +0000 2013)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @DjangoWexler sounds like a good agent. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:32:02 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht giving Janus someone to explain his brilliance to. But he needed to have a story of his own — he’s kind of solid #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:32:10 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht and dependable, but not eager to open up to others. Gruff, maybe. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:32:28 +0000 2013)
BryanThomasS: @DjangoWexler Janus annoyed the hell out of me. Just when I liked him, he pissed me off, and then I liked him again. Bastard #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:32:39 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I edited on my own and with the help of my awesome beta readers. Then my agent and I did another pass. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:33:02 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin Society is a lot more advanced by then, and travel is a lot easier. There’s not a big “wilderness” anymore. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:33:36 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin You can’t really get away with small-scale conflict like you can in, say, the 13th century. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:34:01 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin Because there’s actual police, and armies, and procedures. It’s the beginnings of the nation-state. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:34:21 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin So that has some fun possibilities, but it rules out some types of plots, especially “journey” plots. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:34:42 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin Unless you’re marching a whole army! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:34:54 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @Wyld_Dandelyon He is @sethasfishman and he is an EXTREMELY good agent. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:35:21 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @Wyld_Dandelyon It has become clear to me that signing up with him may be the best single decision I ever made. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:35:36 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I can’t really go into detail about the magic, because it would spoil some of the rest of the series! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:36:02 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I wanted to create a magic system where the people who use it only barely understand what’s going on. It’s complex #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:36:22 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler Suffice it to say the magic revolves around spirits? How many books are in the series or is it indefinite? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:36:32 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht and doesn’t always follow straightforward rules. And different cultures have different views of what’s happening, so #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:36:45 +0000 2013)
TroubledScribe: #sffwrtcht @DjangoWexler The world you have created in The Thousand Names, is it a place in which you would like living or only escape to? (Thu Oct 24 01:36:57 +0000 2013)
BryanThomasS: @DjangoWexler Why do you think I wanted you to explain it. What the heck are the rules? #dodger #sffwrtcht ;) (Thu Oct 24 01:37:18 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: What else can you tell us about geography of the world of the Thousand Names How much of an analogue 2 ours is it? @DjangoWexler #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:37:19 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht it’s not clear if a Desoltai “naath” and a Church “demon” are different things or just different views. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:37:22 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht Five total. It’s very definite, there’s an arc I’m going through and then it’s going to end. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:38:04 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler Do the books all flow consecutively or are there gaps in time between? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:38:18 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht It’s just barely possible it may bloat out into another book or two in the middle, but I hope not. I’ve got outlines. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:38:35 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @TroubledScribe I think it would probably be rough as a modern Westerner, to lack all the modern conveniences. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:39:00 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @TroubledScribe I love playing wargames and reading stories, but the real thing would probably be less pleasant. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:39:24 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @TroubledScribe OTOH “It is well that war is so terrible, or else men would grow too fond of it.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:39:43 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @BryanThomasS You have to wait for the next book with everyone else. But I don’t think there will be a Sanderson-style #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:40:09 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @BryanThomasS rulebook, it’s not that kind of magic system. #sffwrtcht(Thu Oct 24 01:40:18 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin It’s not very close to our world. There’s countries that are roughly analogous to European nations in terms of #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:40:52 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin their culture or political position, but the map is very different. Actually I was just working with the artist #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:41:14 +0000 2013)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @DjangoWexler It’s cool to have some Mystery in the magic. #sffwrtcht(Thu Oct 24 01:41:15 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin to finish up the map of Vordan and Vordan City for book 2 today. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:41:25 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin I have a world map but it’s only in my crappy sketching, I need someone to make a nice pretty version. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:41:46 +0000 2013)
BryanThomasS: @jkcheney @DjangoWexler Hey, use the #sffwrtcht hashtag please (Thu Oct 24 01:41:46 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: @DjangoWexler awesome. My interest and love of maps and cartography, fantastic and otherwise, is well known. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:42:00 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @Wyld_Dandelyon Yeah, I’ve always thought so! It makes for a very different kind of book. Magic isn’t reliable like Superman’s #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:42:20 +0000 2013)
jkcheney: @BryanThomasS @DjangoWexler Sorry…still learning #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:42:21 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @Wyld_Dandelyon powers, it’s weird and borderline-incomprehensible. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:42:31 +0000 2013)
talekyn: @DjangoWexler I like the idea that different societies are accessing the same magic in different ways. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:43:04 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: @DjangoWexler there are people with tools and capabilities to do that (many of them even better than me) #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:43:04 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht There are short gaps. I think it’s about a month between Thousand Names and Shadow Throne, a bit more #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:43:04 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler How much research did you do before/during writing? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:43:10 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht between 2 and 3. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:43:12 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin I have a friend who is working on an awesome version, but she doesn’t always have a lot of time. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:43:59 +0000 2013)
talekyn: @DjangoWexler Reminds me of the worldview that all paths to God are equal, and we each find the one that’s right for us. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:44:12 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin Yup! I’m hoping one of them will want to do fanart for me. =) #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:44:31 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin Maybe someday I’ll have the marketing budget to commission something cool. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:44:47 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht A lot of it I did before writing, just as “the stuff I like to read for fun”. I read a lot of military history. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:45:32 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: @DjangoWexler well, I DID do a “fan art map” interpretation of the map in @Mazarkis_W ‘s novel, so it definitely could happen #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:45:48 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht Once I got into research there were a few books I went through to get things like formations and some first-person #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:45:59 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht accounts of battles, etc. That was really interesting. #sffwrtcht(Thu Oct 24 01:46:13 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler What was your path to publication like? How did you wind up with ROC? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:46:36 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin @Mazarkis_W If you ever want to take that on, let me know and I’ll send you a sketch! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:46:46 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: @DjangoWexler Sounds it. I’m going to check that stuff out for my streampunk epic fantasy series #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:47:12 +0000 2013)
BryanThomasS: @jkcheney @DjangoWexler PSHAW. Amateur ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:47:29 +0000 2013)
TroubledScribe: #sffwrtcht @DjangoWexler What has been the biggest suprise for you, with the publication of The Thousand Names? (Thu Oct 24 01:47:36 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I had what I always thought of as the “standard route”, which it turns out practically nobody actually takes. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:47:45 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I wrote the book, then went on and made a list of all the agents I thought would like it. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:48:02 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht Then I queried them all (about 50) one at a time, carefully reading guidelines etc. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:48:20 +0000 2013)
jkcheney: @DjangoWexler @sffwrtcht Query letter to your agent and all? #sffwtrcht (Thu Oct 24 01:48:21 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I got two positive responses, and ended up going with Seth. We did another revision of the book, and I wrote a series #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:48:44 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht outline. Then he sent it off to the publishers, and Roc made us an offer. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:49:03 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht That turned out to be awesome because I get to work with @Jess_Wade , who is awesome! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:49:25 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: . @DjangoWexler Congrats! It turns out you also sold a YA classic #fantasy series as well #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:49:55 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler THE FORBIDDEN LIBRARY has been described as classic fantasy for fans of Coraline and Inkheart. Tell us about it. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:50:03 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht A lot of books have some really interesting tidbits hidden among a bunch of boring stuff. Libraries help a lot. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:50:06 +0000 2013)
patremagne: @DjangoWexler Paul’s being modest, he’s very talented with CC3. @PrinceJvstin @Mazarkis_W #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:50:26 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @jkcheney @sffwrtcht Yup, the way they taught me in writing class. Since then I hear from a bunch of other writers the ways #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:50:40 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @jkcheney @sffwrtcht they got started, and my story seems boring by comparison! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:50:51 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @TroubledScribe The waiting. I sold it early in 2012, so it was 18 months until release! It felt like FOREVER. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:51:28 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht The Forbidden Library came out of a very simple question. In fantasy there’s this mentor character that turns up a lot #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:52:06 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: Is there any chance we’ll see your two early novels re-released on Kindle? @DjangoWexler #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:52:36 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht , almost always an old guy with a beard, to tell the hero what to do: Merlin/Gandalf/Dumbledore/Obi-Wan/Yoda. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:52:41 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht Except when you think about it, those guys seem a little sketchy, since they’re usually tell the hero to go do #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:53:17 +0000 2013)
chippermuse: It’s good to know the “standard route” works! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:53:34 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht something really dangerous, especially when the heroes are little kids. (Looking at you Dumbledore.) #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:53:37 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler And how many books are planned in that series? #sffwrtcht(Thu Oct 24 01:53:47 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht It only works out because it always turns out they have the hero’s best interests at heart all along. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:53:57 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht So the question is, what if you *couldn’t* trust that guy? What if you didn’t think he was looking out for you? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:54:21 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht I think of it as the “sketchy Dumbledore scenario.” #sffwrtcht(Thu Oct 24 01:54:39 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht The book takes place in 1931, and Alice goes to live with her uncle when her father disappears. She ends up #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:55:18 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht sneaking into her uncle’s magical library, and then everything gets weird. Also there’s talking cats. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:55:39 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht Also 5 total. It’s pretty well mapped out, with an arc that actually ends. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:56:13 +0000 2013)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @DjangoWexler Talking cats is a good thing. And magic! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:56:18 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler Is it YA or MG? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:56:24 +0000 2013)
jkcheney: @DjangoWexler @sffwrtcht Please tell me the cats are sarcastic…. #sffwrtcht(Thu Oct 24 01:56:27 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin Possible! I have the rights to them, I’m hoping someone wants to pay me for them someday. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:56:45 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin I feel like I might want to do an edit pass on them, though, and fix some things that embarrass me now. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:57:03 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @PrinceJvstin Not sure if that’s really kosher or not. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:57:11 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @sffwrtcht MG. It’s labeled as 10 and up. I thought of it as roughly “Harry Potter #1″ level. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:57:43 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler Do you use Scrivener or other “writing software tools”? Write to music? Any rituals? #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:57:48 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: @DjangoWexler well, I’ve seen authors re-edit and clean up works they release for themselves on Kindle, so it seems kosher #sffwrtcht. (Thu Oct 24 01:57:57 +0000 2013)
DjangoWexler: @jkcheney @sffwrtcht Of course! A non-sarcastic cat hardly would be a cat at all. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:58:01 +0000 2013)
chippermuse: Ha, @jkcheney – I like the way you think! #sarcasticcats #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:58:10 +0000 2013)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @DjangoWexler I know people who self-publish web-serials who then e-publish an edited version. New tech changes so many things! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:59:39 +0000 2013)
LazetteG: @sffwrtcht Hello! I’ve just wandered in. Looks like an interesting discussion. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 01:59:49 +0000 2013)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @LazetteG welcome #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 02:00:49 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: @LazetteG Welcome. We’re about to wrap. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 02:01:04 +0000 2013)
LazetteG: @sffwrtcht LOL. I’m late everywhere lately. #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 02:01:40 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: Ok @DjangoWexler has hit his tweet limits. SO… he can reply again later when he’s unfrozen #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 02:02:07 +0000 2013)
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sffwrtcht: .@DjangoWexler can be found online online on Twitter, Facebook, and his website at #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 02:03:05 +0000 2013)
PrinceJvstin: We overbombarded @DjangoWexler with questions and sent him to twitter jail! Sorry, Django! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 02:03:31 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: A transcript for this chat will be up at the website soon. Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 02:03:31 +0000 2013)
jkcheney: @sffwrtcht And thanks for your patience…finally got it figured out ;o) #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 02:04:00 +0000 2013)
sffwrtcht: @jkcheney No problem. Couldn’t resist teasing. I will send a full “How it works email” when it’s closer to your dhat #sffwrtcht (Thu Oct 24 02:05:09 +0000 2013)



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