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Jan 27, 1:50pm Top

Sometimes some of the people here can be pretty quiet (especially the readers), so I thought I would try to lure some of y'all away from the corners where you are lurking.

The format of the thread is simple. Answer two or three questions about yourself (two or three sentences per answer), and then ask a question of your own. Hopefully this way we can start learning a bit about who is here.

I'll post five example questions to get us started.

What book do you most like to complain about and why?
Where is 'home', and what is it about that place that appeals to you the most?
What living author do you most wish was an active participant in the Hobnob Group and why?
What critters do you share your living space with?
What have you recently read that struck you as particularly compelling, insightful or inspirational?

Jan 30, 10:15pm Top

Hmm, what book do I most like to complain about? That’s a little tricky...if I say 50 shades will I be torn to bits? Sorry.
Home is in Pennsylvania. I suppose the mountains make for pretty scenery.
What living author do I wish was an active member? Laurel K Hamilton. She is brilliant. Her Anita Blake novels are addicting.
As far as little critters go, my middle son has a leopard gecko he named Toast.
I read a lot, it’s hard to say what has recently struck me as compelling, insightful or inspirational, but I did read a book recently by an indie author named Heather McKinnon that was really excellent.

Feb 12, 6:33am Top

Consider phelbas and all of Iain M Banks's work which does nothing for me despite it's inventiveness in worldbuilding. (cf a conversation with >1 LShelby: somewhere in the depths of this board, whereby I praised worldbuilding as far too little is usually apparent, but Banks does only worldbuilding without plot or characters and that is insufficient too).

A suburb of Manchester UK, friendly neighbourhood with a good mix of nightlife and quiet and the countryside not that far away

CJ Cherryh because she's lived an interesting life and has lots of thoughts on writing. Or else my friend who's just getting ready to publish her first books.

None - but local foxes sometimes play in our garden.

Most recently Organisms by James Alan Gardner a collection of short SF stories mostly with repeating but offset or overlapping points of view, it's very well done entertaining and thoughtful.

How did you discover that writing was something you were good at/wanted to do?

Edited: Feb 12, 10:09am Top

1. I'll readily complain about anything on the bestseller list that I sample a page of and see: POV jumping all over the place, short colourless sentences, cliché-ridden dialogue, etc. etc. Throwaway rags - presumably by authors who had the right connections, knew the right doors, wrote precisely to spec?

2. Home is a quiet place that welcomes introspection, inspires with its atmosphere, history or setting, offering a secure place to focus on dreaming.

3. I'd welcome an author who remembers what the struggle's about, can simultaneously encourage and also be real, and who has given more thought to their work than just checking the boxes. A lot of the successful ones get a little lost in the business side, dispensing promotion tips first and foremost, and can't relate to the stage we're at anymore. Others are really good at it.

4. There are ten breathing things in my living space. See clash with answer above re home.

5. Smilla's Sense of Snow is what every thriller ought to be, imo. Introspective, thoughtful, intelligent at the same time as it churns out the thrills.

>3 reading_fox:, 6. The power of writing - magic that requires only paper and a pencil - struck me in third grade. Been waiting ever since to discover I'm good at it. It is possible to get too caught up in enjoying the magic without stepping back to honestly evaluate. It is possible to become so mechanically correct that the magic is missing. I'm a metronome trying to find the sweet spot.

Q7: once you've inevitably become a world famous writer, what's the interview question you're most looking forward to (or dreading)?

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