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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-04-01 07:46
Subject: [personal|writing] A change of direction
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Tags:bedside manner, books, calamity, cancer, candy striper, funny, healthcare, paper hat, personal, relations, ward heeler, white shoe, writing
Well, Calamity of So Long a Life is out the door, and I've found myself doing a lot of soul searching about my writing career, the kind of work I'm doing, and where I'm likely to go over the next few years, especially in the face of my ongoing cancer struggles.

This really has been an incredibly rewarding journey I've been on since 1990. Science fiction and fantasy have always been the home of my heart, and they always will be. Too much of who I am was built on the experience of being a reader, a fan, a writer, for all these years.

But it's time for a change. I'm redirecting my efforts toward something that better reflects the current circumstances of my life, and offers me a greater shot at economic success. From now on, I'm going to be writing nurse romances.

I've already proposed a five part series to my agent, The White Shoe Shuffle. The working titles are:
  • Candy Striper For Life

  • Love in a Paper Hat

  • Doctor-Nurse Relations

  • Bedside Manner Blues

  • The Ward Heeler


I know this change will challenge my readers and fans, but I'm really hoping you'll be able to follow me in this new direction of mine. I'll be combining my experiences as a cancer patient with my love of fiction and my writing talents to create something new, vibrant and hopefully a hell of a lot of fun.

Thank you.

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mlerules
User: mlerules
Date: 2012-04-01 14:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
LOL!

Okay, I DARE you to write just one of these, submit it, and see what happens.
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Twilight: Imperious
User: twilight2000
Date: 2012-04-01 16:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Imperious
I DOUBLE-dare you!
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-04-01 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, I'm worried that this new literary direction will quickly become obsolete, given the rapid advances the Japanese are making with robotic nurses. Nurse romance novels could soon go the way of the buggy whip manufacturer romances that were all the rage at the turn of the 20th century.
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Jay Lake: wry-darth_tater
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-04-01 15:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:wry-darth_tater
Darn it, I'm behind the curve again?
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-04-01 15:35 (UTC)
Subject: Ah but think...
This opens up a new line...nurse robot romances. I cant wait. Hes going to get RICH.

Tillyjane, ever the optimist
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jackwilliambell
User: jackwilliambell
Date: 2012-04-01 16:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And, pray tell, why is it I can't have a romantic relationship with my robot nurse? I'm sure the Japanese are thorough enough to engineer that possibility into the system.
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scarlettina: LOL!
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-04-02 06:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:LOL!
OK, that? Is just kinda creepy, Mr. Bell. I think you've been up int he wilderness a little too long now.
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They Didn't Ask Me: runaway-robot
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2012-04-02 00:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:runaway-robot
You thought a SF author wouldn't have robotic nurses?

Dr. Phil
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User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-04-01 15:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Bwahahahaha! Again, quite grateful I wasn't drinking anything while reading this!
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Cairsten
User: kuangning
Date: 2012-04-01 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*eyes you, eyes the date, eyes you s'more, and goes back to reading on my Kindle.*

It's Believe Nothing Day again already, huh?
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Laura Anne Gilman: lol
User: suricattus
Date: 2012-04-01 15:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lol
Sorry, Jay: Mary's still WAY better than you at this.... ;-)

(Me, I don't even try)
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scarlettina: LOL!
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-04-02 06:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:LOL!
I'm with you.
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slweippert: Muse laughs
User: slweippert
Date: 2012-04-01 15:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Muse laughs
Happy April Fools to you too Jay. I'll punch your arm for threatening not to finish Sunspin when I see you at Norwescon. ;)
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jackwilliambell
User: jackwilliambell
Date: 2012-04-01 16:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Do these involve clowns and dwarves in any way?
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zyzyly
User: zyzyly
Date: 2012-04-01 16:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Nurse romances! haha!
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russ: venus im pelz
User: goulo
Date: 2012-04-01 18:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:venus im pelz
Cheeky monkey!
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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2012-04-01 19:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm looking forward to the Jay Lake covers like this one: http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/special/nurse_romance/archive_romance2008-03-13.cfm

Oh, oh, oh! and you have to figure a way to top a scintillating line like this one: "His cheeks burned hotly. 'Sometimes, Shelley, I’d like to turn you over my knee.'”

Edited at 2012-04-01 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Jay Lake: graffiti-cheetohs
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-04-01 20:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:graffiti-cheetohs
He gazed intently at the warmth of her presence. "Honey, I have a temperature probe I'd like to slip into you right now."
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crystalrmartin
User: crystalrmartin
Date: 2012-04-01 19:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Awesome I say, I attended the 18th annual running of the nudes this morning. Go for it... ;)
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2012-04-01 21:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was especially struck by The Ward Heeler. There's got to be a market for the combination nurse romance/gritty political story.


Happy First of April to you, Jay.
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curious Eve: laughing kitty
User: curiouseve
Date: 2012-04-01 22:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:laughing kitty
Lol!
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scarlettina: LOL!
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-04-02 06:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:LOL!
You, sir, are a silly, silly man. And the unfortunate truth of the matter is that you could probably pull this off.

Oh dear.
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