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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-23 05:25
Subject: [personal] Open thread
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Haven't done it in a while, so here's an open thread. Ask me about cancer, writing, publishing, growing up in Africa and Asia, parenting, whatever.

I'll answer as time and brainspace permit.

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W. Lotus: Peaceful
User: wlotus
Date: 2010-06-23 13:00 (UTC)
Subject: I'm New
Keyword:Peaceful
I just want to say I am glad you're still around, and I look forward to learning more about you through your blog.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: Re: I'm New
Thank you. :)
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Reynardo the Red
User: reynardo
Date: 2010-06-23 13:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When you'd spent the time growing up in Africa and Asia, what Western habit or custom seemed the most ridiculous when you got back?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 21:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Believe it or not, shopping in supermarkets. I grew up thinking all food came in cardboard case lots...
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selfavowedgeek: Samurai Trio
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2010-06-23 13:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Samurai Trio
During a given week, roughly how much of your writing time ends up business-related and not rough-copy churning?

Also, what's your fondest memory of your African and Asian experiences?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 21:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
During a given week, roughly how much of your writing time ends up business-related and not rough-copy churning?

Non-chemo answer: I work 40-50 hours per week at the Day Jobbe, and probably a good 50% of that is business writing. (Proposal, white papers, etc.) When I'm deep in a novel, I'll write 15-20 hours per week on that, less when I'm doing shorts.

So figure 60/40 bias toward business writing? But they don't intersect in my head much if at all.
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ubiquitous_a: knitters-balls
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2010-06-23 13:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:knitters-balls
Have you a need for more hats? :)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 21:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Almost always, though the urgency is much diminished as I exit this round of chemo. :)
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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2010-06-23 14:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lyles constant
I can't think of a question at the moment, but thought I'd mention that we visited Berlin a couple weeks ago, and we saw one of your books in a bookstore. Woot! :)

We are still on the lookout for Polish translations of novels (or short stories in magazines) in bookstores here in Wrocław.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 21:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Woot on the books! Polish stuff coming this year or next, I think.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-06-23 15:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm happy to be able to read your work, Jay. Whether here or in print (paper or eInk).
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 21:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you, sir.
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User: brownkitty
Date: 2010-06-23 16:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How did you come to start doing the Zen pictures?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 21:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I used to post occasional photos, and still do. Somewhere along the way I realized I have tens of thousands of photos on Flickr, so it just seemed like a fun thing to do. I get to churn through my own memories that way, too.
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Bob
User: yourbob
Date: 2010-06-23 16:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
After all you're recent experiences, is the answer still 42?

I hope they're very good ones, but I also wish you many more experiences.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 21:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, 46 at the moment, but in principle, 42.

I'm sorry, what was the question?
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bram452
User: bram452
Date: 2010-06-23 17:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The hell was McChrystal thinking?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 21:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
He was thinking about doing the macarena with Nikki Haley and Sarah Palin, I suspect.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 22:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Bujold's Vorkosigan books, because they're so damned real and Pratchett's Discworld books because they're so damned deep and funny at the same time.
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sarpvinash
User: sarpvinash
Date: 2010-06-23 20:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hi, greetings from India. Inspiring to see you fight and also it is a quiet education on writing (and much else!) just by regularly reading your blog. Love your moments of Zen.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 22:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you very much. More to come on the photos, of course...
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shelly_rae: Rae in the Sunshine
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-06-23 21:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Rae in the Sunshine
Jay,
If you could live anywhere in the world (assuming money was no problem) where would you live and what sort of house would you have? Why?
Anon
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 22:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A big old rambly house somewhere here on the West Coast, but I'd be in other places most of the time. Because I want to see *everything*.
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fivecats
User: fivecats
Date: 2010-06-23 22:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
do you think steampunk is a fad or a genre that will last?

i'm writing a steampunk book geared towards middle grades. in the best of circumstances i'm guessing it would be 2-5 years before it gets published by a traditional publishing house. will they still be interested in the genre by then do you think?

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-23 23:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As I've said before, to my view, steampunk isn't so much a genre as a voice, or a "skin". It's an aesthetic. But SF movements are like rock and roll, they never die. Write what you want to write, and don't worry about the (sub)genre. If the book is good, and finds the right editor, it will do what it needs.
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Lady A!: Tell Me A Story
User: accioayla
Date: 2010-06-24 00:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Tell Me A Story
Here's hoping you wont be a Spoonie for too much longer! *HUGS* I'm still struggling with M.E., so your insight on just how hard it is to keep going on but you do it anyway is so very valuable to me. Thank you.

As for my question, hrm. When did you learn to read, and do you remember your very first favourite book?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-24 12:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When did you learn to read, and do you remember your very first favourite book?

I literally don't remember not being able to read. My first favorite book, from age 3 or 4, was a Cat in the Hat dictionary in French.
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Arklan
User: arklan
Date: 2010-06-24 00:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hi jay! i've got a couple of your books. great stuff.

i find myself having only one real talent that i'm passionate about - writing fiction. yet despite being good at it, i don't know how to go about making money from it. so, the question is this: how the heck did you get published?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-24 12:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
how the heck did you get published?

I wrote and I wrote and I wrote and I wrote.

I also got myself critiqued, submitted, absorbed hundreds of rejections, and generally learned the business of writing and publishing.

But mostly I wrote. :)
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