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Oh, by the way

I now have 100 people who have friended this blog.

Yeah, I know there are blogs out there with 1000s of readers (heck, I think I'm friended to one or two authors here that have legions of fans), but I just wanted to say "Hi, and thanks!" to everyone who's friended me for whatever reason.

People say writers tend to be private individuals, but private, retiring and/or shy are adjectives that are not normally associated with me. So, to celebrate neadods becoming the 100th victim . . . I mean person to friend this blog, I'll blatantly steal one of kradical's ideas and open the floor to questions. Any questions you might have for me (within reason and not covered by the National Security Act of 1948 *grin*) I'll do my best to answer.

All right, folks, take your best shots.

(goes to put on the flame-proof underwear)


( 8 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Jun. 2nd, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
You're still about 80 people more popular than I. How do you cope with your celebrity status? ;)
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
An iron constitution and a wife with a large hat pin to deflate my head when necessary.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
What's the hardest thing you've ever written?
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
For myself? It was trying to write the synopsis of Harbinger of Darkness when an agent asked to see the synopsis and first three. I'm so used to doing things for media tie-in, which is pitch a one or two paragraph plot, and then the chapter breakdowns (which can be as much as 10 pages before writing the story.

The idea of trying to distill a 120,000 word story into two pages was extraordinarily daunting. I still don't think I have a good synopsis for it (luckily, the agent and I had discussed this and she took a longer one . . . I got turned down, but it was the chapters not the synopsis that did me in with her).

Needless to say, before I query anything else, I will have the synopsis as polished as my query and my chapters before it goes anywhere.

Work? Oh, there've been a few doozies, but they were hard because the developers I was working with were less than cooperative about providing me timely information until we were up against the deadline and then looking at me like, "Why didn't you ask for help?" Hello! What part of "hey, I need information" didn't you understand?

Edited at 2008-06-02 09:38 pm (UTC)
Jun. 2nd, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
What was your first story sale?

(I love your journal, btw, I like reading about the nitty-gritty of just getting things written. It's an area I need help with... )

Edited at 2008-06-02 01:19 pm (UTC)
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
My first sale was to the local newspaper when I became one of the sports reporters at age 15. By 17, I was the sports editor with two other reporters working for me. We covered all the stuff at the local high school for the paper and I got extra for taking photographs.

My first comic sale was in 1992 when Troubleshooters Incorporated was published by a small press (Starwarp Concepts). I think I got paid $40 for writing/plotting the issues.

My first fiction sale was Assault on Avengers Mansion for the "Ultimate Hulk" anthology by Marvel Comics/Byron Preiss Multimedia. Each of us got to pitch a story for a different section of the Hulk's career. I wound up doing Avengers 1.5 with the Avengers fighting Doctor Doom three years before Roger Stern's version came out as a comic. It was a great experience and a learning one. Transferring from writing in a comic style to a prose style was a bit of a learning curve. (O.K., the envelope dripped red ink if you held it by one corner, but I had a good (and patient) editor and we got through it.)
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
When are you going to take out the garbage? ;-)

(I thought you might like an easy one.)
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
You know I was betting on either this or when I was going to fold the laundry from last night.

The answer to both? Soon.
( 8 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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