Authors Answer 68 – Authors research the strangest things

Turkish is doing my head in.

Okay, I know I am voluntarily learning Turkish, and I’m not going to give up, but jesus, it’ll be some years yet before I can hold a conversation in Turkish.

Does this have anything to do with research? Nope, but it has everything to do with the fact that it is now nearly half past nine, when usually I might start writing my Monday post around quarter past eight or so. And it’s all because of Turkish. Türkçe çok zor.

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Authors Answer 67 – The Challenge of Writing Romance

I nearly wasn’t going to write this post today, because I had a cat on my lap, and everyone knows it is impossible to type with a cat on your lap. However, said cat was also being annoying (back paw in the boob, trying to insinuate her front paws into my armpits), so she can fuck off. Let’s be on time two weeks in a row, yeah!

And then I saw the question. Challenge? Bwahahaha, the challenge for me is not writing romance. Continue reading

Authors Answer 63 – We All Started Somewhere

I’m declaring this week lazy week. Not intentionally, but I just saw this week’s question, and remembered that I have already blogged about this before. Not recently – this is a post from back in 2013, when I still wrote posts that went into the thousands of words, so rather than reinventing the wheel and churning out a half-hearted copy of that post, I’m just going to link to it here.

Please note that this is a post from 4.5 years ago, so things have moved on considerably since then. I have, for instance, rewritten my hobbit novel and posted it on my blog (look at the link above marked A Shire Romance).

For the record, the question is When did you start writing fiction, and what did you write?

My original (and very long) post is here.

The original post on Jay Dee’s blog is here.

Authors Answer 62 – Our Favourite Created Characters

Dammit, did nobody notice that I’d misspelled Author in (of all things) the title of my post last week? Missed the fecking H in there. >.< In my defense, I was still tired from a rather eventful weekend, and unfortunately not even I am perfect.

Anyway, a fun question this week: Who is your favourite character that you created, either for a book/story or just because?

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Authors Answer 60 & 61 – Holidays

Right, 2016 is over and done with, and good riddance. Shittiest year in a long while. And yes, I know some good things have happened too, but Brexit and Trump together are enough to make 2016 a year to bury deeply in the back of a cupboard and forget about forever.

And in true me-fashion I’m catching up and doing two answers at once. To be fair, even if I’d posted an answer last week it’d still have been late, since it would have been on Boxing Day, and question 60 is What are your plans for Christmas day? Continue reading