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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-18 04:47
Subject: [writing|interviews] In the frozen tundra of the Midwest
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Tags:books, omaha, sale, stories, sunspin, travel, writing
Flew to Omaha yesterday. I expect to be able to keep writing momentum on this trip.

Over the past two days I have spent 5.0 hours editing the Sunspin outline, largely based on feedback from mcurry. He did an excellent job of flagging some issues, as well as reinforcing some of the issues I'd identified on my own. The ending needed some serious help, and I think I've sorted out what and how.

In other writing news, one of the acceptances from last week was the short story "The Blade of His Plow", for the DAW anthology Human For a Day, edited by Jennifer Brozek. The other was "Brown-Bottle Nostrum" to 10Flash Quarterly. Plus a reprint sale to the same market.

Also, I had so much fun with the recent Paul London interview [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] that I will take questions in this comment thread to assemble into an interview in the next week or two. So ask me about writing, cancer, parenting, life, myself, whatever.

Another week here in the country of the corn...
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User: djelibeybi
Date: 2011-01-18 21:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
During all your cancer treatment, how did you manage to continue to motivate yourself to write and to keep up your regular blogs? If there were days when you didn't manage it, what impact did this have upon you?

Are there particular characters (of yours) which have helped you through the treatment and recovery?

Do you have a favourite book or story to which you return when you need a "comfort blanket"? (Mine is Ringworld by Larry Niven)
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Michael Curry
User: mcurry
Date: 2011-01-19 00:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Glad I was able to help!
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User: eljaydaly
Date: 2011-01-19 12:49 (UTC)
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Thanks for opening the thread to questions. I've been interested in asking you this for some time now.

You've spoken about how challenging it was to make the shift from short stories to novels (at least, I think you have!), and the difficulty with changing from one span of control to another.

Speaking as somebody who's made the difficult transition from writing "voicey" short stories to novels... how did you do that? How did you manage to stretch your thought process (or shrink it) so that muscles that were used to working in short, dense idea-chunks got used to handling a very long span? How did you teach yourself to switch from making a single very dense dish to making a seven-course meal?

Day to day, how did that process look? How did you manage to wrap your head around it all? Compared with the eleven years it took you to start selling, how long would you say it took you to get a comfortable handle on such a different way of thinking and writing? Or did you actually not find it so very different? (I don't want to make an inadvertent assumption.)

I'm not sure that question (er... bunch of questions) even makes sense. But there it is. I'd be interested in your insights, as always.
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User: ruralwriter
Date: 2011-01-19 17:18 (UTC)
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You've mentioned that you wrote hundreds (or some value of "a lot") of stories before publishing a pro story; are you ever tempted to return to any of those pieces and revise them? Or do ideas from those stories sometimes reappear in your newer work without your consciously returning to revise those stories?
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