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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-08-28 05:22
Subject: [personal] Ask me anything
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This is an open questions thread. Ask me anything, about writing, cancer, parenting, politics, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930, whatever.

I'll probably answer in comments, unless it's a really complicated or interesting question, in which case I'll bump it up to a blog post.

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User: halloranelder
Date: 2012-08-28 12:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Why do you write?
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Debbie N.
User: wild_irises
Date: 2012-08-30 05:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What advice would you give someone who is facing their first re-appearance (second appearance) of colon cancer?
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Jay Lake: writing-smiling_stone
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-08-30 15:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:writing-smiling_stone
I write because I can.

I write because I love stories.

I write because I love the language.

I write because I love my readers.

Mostly, I write because it is (almost) the most fun I can have.
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Pierceheart
User: pierceheart
Date: 2012-08-28 13:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
At some point, I'd love to ask you questions about "On the Human Plan", but they've escaped my mind at the moment. I read it, and re-read it periodically, in an anthology edited by Dozois.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-08-30 15:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am glad you have enjoyed it so. Please feel free to ask the questions when they recur to you.
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lazy_neutrino
User: lazy_neutrino
Date: 2012-08-28 14:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What are you proudest of? (Not a person or a creature, but some other choice/action that you can take full credit for. Could be a single moment or a way of life, whatever.)

I can't yet answer this question for myself, incidentally.
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Jay Lake: child-interview
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-08-30 15:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:child-interview
I am proudest of the_child, inasmuch as I can claim any responsibility for her in the first place.
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Little and foxy and sexy... what more do you want?
User: little_foxy
Date: 2012-08-28 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
because someone has too... the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 is about what exactly?
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chris_gerrib
User: chris_gerrib
Date: 2012-08-28 15:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You stole my question! ;-)
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Twilight
User: twilight2000
Date: 2012-08-28 17:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
beat me to it!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-08-30 15:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Protectionist trade legislation during the Great Depression.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoot-Hawley_Tariff_Act

:)
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Sara: south park
User: goldfishsara
Date: 2012-08-28 19:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:south park
If you could instantly and permanently alter one aspect of human nature, what would you choose?
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Jay Lake: sanguine-superb_fairy_wren
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-08-30 15:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:sanguine-superb_fairy_wren
Make people more self-aware. That alone would banish much religious, political and cultural hypocrisy, and introduce a hell of a lot more kindness.
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curious Eve: kittenwriter
User: curiouseve
Date: 2012-08-28 19:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:kittenwriter
You have used the word "throughput" with regard to thinking about a blog post. Can you explain what this term means, when used to talk about writing?
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Jay Lake: writing-bookmobile
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-08-30 15:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:writing-bookmobile
Throughput refers to how much writing I do over a given span of time or the given life of a project.
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anghara
User: anghara
Date: 2012-08-28 20:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You and I shared something - a bunch of years spent in Africa, when we were young. How did Africa touch/change/affect you? What memories do you have of the place? DId they ever creep into your writing?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-08-30 16:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Africa fills the back of mind. My earliest memories are from living there. Landscapes, people, culture, scents, temperatures, the look of sky and horizon. Much of my teen years were spent there as well. The sense of otherness, in terms of people and landscape, infuses everything I write.
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horace_hamster
User: horace_hamster
Date: 2012-08-28 23:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Fear of death -- some of it is "other people won't have me around and they will miss me", and some of it is "I won't be around I'll miss out on doing stuff". But often there is also an element of disliking the idea of being forgotten, erased, from the world in general; while children are a genetic legacy they aren't a footprint-on-humanity legacy. When you're contemplating a projected reduction in normal lifespan, does it make it any easier to know that you have, unlike most people, achieved a kind of immortality through your published novels?
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amphigori: bfly
User: amphigori
Date: 2012-08-29 08:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bfly
What's one of your favourite recipes? Something you enjoy cooking and eating. Something decidedly unhealthy! I'm looking for comfort food here.
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