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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-05-24 15:10
Subject: [personal] Axe me know moor inquisitions, I'll tyle you no moor lyes
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Mood:bored
Music:a music box cranking out "Jingle Bells"
Tags:cancer, child, funny, personal
So a lot of the party is away at various cons (BayCon, WisCon, etc.). I am laying low at home, slowly approaching normalcy under the watchful eye of lasirendolce and the_child. Seems like a good time for an open question thread. Ask about anything: writing, cancer, parenting, the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act. I'll answer as best I can, if you're lucky while the drugs are running hot in my little monkey veins.
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lauriemann
User: lauriemann
Date: 2008-05-24 22:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I love your Hawaiian shirts. Where can I buy one?
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Jay Lake: jay-viking
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-24 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: Hawaiian shirts
Keyword:jay-viking
Hawaiian shirts are the essence of life. They abound for the spiritually prepared.

More seriously, some of them come from http://www.alohaland.com/, others are custom tailored with help from danjite and khaybee.
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2008-05-24 22:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What is your favorite mixed drink, and how is it properly prepared? Do your recent medical complications preclude indulging?
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Jay Lake: signs-flammable
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-24 22:48 (UTC)
Subject: Mixed drinks
Keyword:signs-flammable
Everyone thinks I'm a total pussy on this one, but I really like Fuzzy Navels. That's basically a screwdriver made with peach schnapps instead of vodka. I am currently contraindicated for alcohol consumption due to the Dilaudid (though I suspect it would be a heck of a trip). I'll be back on the girlie drinks by Denvention, though.
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selfavowedgeek: Toshiro Mifune as Yojimbo
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2008-05-24 22:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Toshiro Mifune as Yojimbo
A twofer:

What is your favorite genre of music and your guiltiest music pleasure ?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-24 22:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Music genre...that's a tough call, but probably 80s rock/alt.rock — REM, etc.

My guiltiest pleasure? Homer and Jethro.
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User: beth_bernobich
Date: 2008-05-24 23:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:doggie
What is your favorite book?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-24 23:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My favorite book is Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe. Highly recommended reading for any English speaking fan of genre, or of literature in general.
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Andrew
User: carnwrite
Date: 2008-05-25 00:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Do you have a favourite comic or graphic novel?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-25 00:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Watchmen.

Though I was also pretty fond of Hitman.
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lt260: Haggis
User: lt260
Date: 2008-05-25 00:31 (UTC)
Subject: Trifecta
Keyword:Haggis
If you could have any artist (living) of the genre create your next book cover, who is on your top three list?

Same question but this time you can time travel and pick from among those no longer with us.

Now for the bonus question: you are limited to the number of SF/F artwork you can place on your walls. If you hang any more then five pieces, your home becomes a nexus for zombie Republicans of the worst ilk. Think of Reagan, Nixon, and McCarthy blathering conservative talking points, one-liners, and catch-phrases in haunting tones until the wee hours of the morning. These pink elephant wannabes have written the rule that you cannot have more then one piece from any one artist. Don't ask why, as they will answer and, quite frankly, you'd rather be waterboarded then listen to that. So who's work do you choose?
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lt260: Haggis
User: lt260
Date: 2008-05-25 00:34 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Trifecta
Keyword:Haggis
Crap. That last line should read "whose work."
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Fiction Theory: radar
User: fiction_theory
Date: 2008-05-25 00:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:radar
1. You get to be any animal in the world, what animal do you want to be?

2. What do you think, so far, have been the five most important days in your life? (There's kind of a funny story behind this question).

3. You get to replace one American President of your choice with Any Other Person (of your choice, including yourself), who do you take out of office, who do you replace them with, and why?

4. Because we all love you and think you're the best, we're building a temple as a monument to your awesome. What kind of offerings would please you most?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-25 01:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
1. You get to be any animal in the world, what animal do you want to be?

Bonobo!

2. What do you think, so far, have been the five most important days in your life? (There's kind of a funny story behind this question).

Um, the day I was born, the day my daughter came into my arms, the day I thought she'd died in a bike wreck, the day I was diagnosed with cancer, and the day Mainspring was published. So what's the story?

3. You get to replace one American President of your choice with Any Other Person (of your choice, including yourself), who do you take out of office, who do you replace them with, and why?

Ronald Reagan, and I replace him with Paul Wellstone. Without Reagan, we never would have had Bush 41 or Bush 43, and Wellstone would have been a strong liberal leader who would have served the country much better than Reagan and his disastrous political heirs.

4. Because we all love you and think you're the best, we're building a temple as a monument to your awesome. What kind of offerings would please you most?

Hmm. Shoes for industry, shoes for the poor, classic sports cars for me, books for libraries worldwide.
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Erin Cashier
User: therinth
Date: 2008-05-25 01:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When are you coming to Cali again? :D

(And you're going to Worldcon, right?)

*smooch from Wiscon!*
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-25 01:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
July 11-13! And yes to Denvention!
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Jay Lake: sanguine-pontiac
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-25 01:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:sanguine-pontiac
In no particular order:

Blastolene Big Bertha
1960 Cadillac hearse with an LT4 drive train and modernized interior
2008 Dodge Magnum Hemi in top trim line
1973 Ford LTD Wagon upgraded with Triton V10 and modernized drive train
1911 American La France Roadster
1968 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen with AMG upgrades
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ruralwriter
User: ruralwriter
Date: 2008-05-25 01:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Did you go to Clarion?

What have been the, hrm, five most important events in your writing career?

Do you have a lucky Hawaiian shirt?

Do you have a Hawaiian shirt with Mt. Hood featured prominently on it?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-25 01:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Did you go to Clarion?

No. I applied in 2003, and didn't make the cut. In no other year of my life did I have the both the time and funds.

What have been the, hrm, five most important events in your writing career?

Hmm. Tough one. Probably these:

Joining the Slug Tribe in 1990
Joining the Wordos in 2000
Selling my first short story in 2001
Selling my first novel 2004 (Rocket Science)
Winning the Campbell Award in 2004
Selling my first trade novel in 2005 (Mainspring)

Ok, that's six. I'm a writer, not a mathematician.

Do you have a lucky Hawaiian shirt?

Not particularly, but I have special favorites, including my space babes shirt and my girlie shirt.

Do you have a Hawaiian shirt with Mt. Hood featured prominently on it?

Sadly, no...
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-05-25 03:44 (UTC)
Subject: cancer
hope you keep doing well,know how tough it is. my step-father is at the tail end of third chemo treatment. takes alot out of you. i am also dealing with fibromyalgia. it is becoming more known but it took 2 years of testing and a change of doctors to be diagnoised .just started talking to people on sites, any advice on that. can contact at bonnieholmes44@yahoo.ca
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jeffsoesbe: bald man thinking
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2008-05-25 06:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bald man thinking
What should it be, Jay? Tell me, what should it be?

(Have an open question thread, get an open question).

- yeff


Edited at 2008-05-25 06:14 am (UTC)
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Jay Lake: food-peking_duck
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-25 22:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:food-peking_duck
Ice cream! With anchovies!
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jeffsoesbe: yeff yahoo avatar
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2008-05-25 06:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:yeff yahoo avatar
OK, serious(er) question.

Since there's a "five most" theme going here, I'll ask this: I know it's like asking you to choose among children, but what are your five stories you think you've done the best on (so far) and where can I go read them?

- yeff
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-25 22:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Jack's House" - Strange Horizons, December, 2002
"The Goat Cutter" - Greetings From Lake Wu (and several other places)
"The Sky that Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and Into the Black" - Clarkesworld, March, 2008
"America, Such as She Is" - to be published this fall
"Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh" - not yet accepted
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russ: carcassonne
User: goulo
Date: 2008-05-25 06:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:carcassonne
Do you remember when and where you last played a boardgame, and what game it was?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-25 22:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Last month, at my house, Monopoly, Pirates of the Caribbean edition, with the_child and lasirenadolce.
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2008-05-25 10:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
a) If you were a pair of pants and martian invasion stated in Las Vegas, when would North Dakota secede and become a viable option for hermaphrodites?

b) What three foods do you avoid most assiduously?


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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-25 22:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
a) If you were a pair of pants and a Martian invasion started in Las Vegas, when would North Dakota secede and become a viable option for hermaphrodites?

Only if an inseam of 42 inches left Chicago travelling at 40 miles per hour.

b) What three foods do you avoid most assiduously?

Assiduous foods, primarily.
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