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  1. Jo Zebedee

    Jo Zebedee Come away, oh human child - Waters and the Wild

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    Heh. Yes, I was aware some of this might be peoples' nightmares. But meeting other writers for coffee is hardly onerous ;)

    I was a little tongue tied but Pat is very funny and has no airs or graces so it was easy to be put at ease. I've met her a couple of times now and she is just fabulous (her blog is incredibly uplifting to follow)
     
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    Ah. I think either the blog may have changed, or you and I have very different ideas of "uplifting" based on recent posts. I couldn't find it initially, so found a link on her twitter page. Today's post read as "Mortality, I'm not in the mood. Just **** off" which, in hindsight, might have served as a warning.:whistle:

    The author's blog was very interesting, but I don't think I'd describe it as uplifting. For anyone who's interested though, it can be found here: Ceci N'est Pas Une Blog
     
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    Jo Zebedee Come away, oh human child - Waters and the Wild

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    She was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer 2 years ago and has now outlived that diagnosis (and, please God, may she continue to). Her blog has been about the fight against it, her attitude to it (which is a fighting attitude) and how to stare such things in the face and tell them to f*ck off. So, yes, there will be some lower blogs but there are many, many uplifting ones in there too which celebrate our place in life and where it all fits into the great scheme of things.

    So, yes, the subject matter might not be uplifting - but Pat's attitude sure as hell is. :)
     
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    Since I was asked, I'm popping the link to my interview here (it's not a blog post, but I don't really now where else to put it!). :)

    (I'm pretty sure I was just waffling on for most of it!)

     
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    Good interview. That book isn't remotely aimed at me but I have to confess I'm a little interested now[1]. One thing I didn't see mentioned (and at the risk of going a little OT) - what's the tone of the book? Do you mix in a lot of humor or is it straight-faced or even very dark?

    I was struck just like the interviewers were: "stabby" has got to become a thing. For every fantasy story, people ought to ask, "Well, yeah, but how stabby is it?"

    [1] I did follow up one of the references and read "Ripped Away". Very nifty idea but
    I feel very bad for any employee whose favorite book is a Stephen King or Clive Barker or something. ;) On the other hand, I would be wandering about the Trantorian/Foundation Galactic Empire or something and whee! :D
     
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    Juliana will write for cups of tea

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    Thanks J-Sun, glad you liked it! Tone...hmm... Its slightly dark in places, but not much. Not particularly humorous, either. A bit of an adventure-thriller I guess? Yuck, describing your own work is hard!

    I'm not sure where I got stabby from; I don't think I invented it. Sounds like something Joe Abercrombie would say, perhaps? :D
     
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    Okay - main thing is it's not a comedy or "dramedy" but not an overly "grimdark" thing, either. Aiming to be exciting more than broody. I think I've got it.

    On "stabby," I looked around and it is apparently a thing but the only attributions go to people I've never heard of. Apparently it's usually used to describe a bad mood but can also be used more like you did, which is what I like it for. Anyway, just one of those things that might be picked up from anywhere. :)

    FWIW, not that many are likely to care (I'm going to see if I can't find the Conklin thread where it'd be more appropriate and maybe try the short story thread if I can't find it), but my blog post today was Review: Great Science Fiction by Scientists, ed. by Groff Conklin.
     
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    Some pics and highlights from the scavenger hunt I had at my online book launch party yesterday. :)

    Release Day Fun
     
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    Jo Zebedee Come away, oh human child - Waters and the Wild

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    Peat, very interesting!

    Jo, good piece. It's so easy not to listen to that gut feeling when you're trying to follow all the 'right' steps.
     
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    Entirely agree on the importance of consistency and not getting carried away with it. The world's the backdrop, after all, not the foreground.
     
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    That's why you should never follow them.
     
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