Authors Answer 29 – Tapping the Inner Child

I’m actually a little puzzled by this week’s question, because it makes a presumption that I’m not convinced is true: How do adult authors write from the point of view of children/teenagers so well?

So let me ask the obvious: do they? I can’t really think of any examples right now, but I’m sure I’ve read books with a teenage character that seemed far too mature (or childish) to me. The reason I can’t remember any is probably because I abandoned them halfway through – I’m not a huge fan of YA at the best of times, never mind bad YA.

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Authors Answer 28 – Publishing Paths

I’m probably going to keep it pretty short this week, as my sister is here so I don’t want to spend too long on the computer. I believe this week’s question lends itself fairly well to that anyway: Vanity publishing? Indie publishing? Self publishing? Traditional publishing? Author publishing? What’s the difference? What do you recommend?

The first point to make is that for several of those, it’s not really like you have that actual option. But let’s go through them in order.

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Spotlight – Dreams in another language

I had a very weird dream last night. Full details are a little fuzzy (as so often happens with dreams of course), but it was all to do with me trying to oust a terrorist plot to blow up a student house somewhere in Prague. No, don’t ask me where that came from, I’ve already been there and my brain refuses to explain itself.

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Authors Answer 26 – Impossible love

It’s a lazy Bank Holiday week, and Author’s Answer has obliged by giving me a question which I have already answered previously in this post.

For completion’s sake, the question is If you could date any fictional character, who would you date?

(I could expand on my earlier post and add probably another dozen or so characters, but the fact remains that Fitz is and probably always will be at the top of the list.)

(Also, check out this link – this is probably the best rendition of Fitz I’ve found: http://simieuk.deviantart.com/art/Fitz-Chivalry-Farseer-565196039 *sigh*)

Original post on Jay Dee’s blog can be found here.

Spotlight – That one little extra S

I’ve been meaning to post this for a few weeks now, but kept getting distracted. Anyway, I stumbled upon this interesting 30-question ‘words we all misuse’ quiz:

http://people.howstuffworks.com/words-we-all-misuse-quiz.htm?mkcpgn=6043612134764

It’s pretty pedantic, but I rather expect that from a quiz that is basically intended to make you feel all linguistically superior. Question 7 pokes fun at Alanis Morisette – like so many have done before – by pointing out that most of the things in her hit ‘Ironic’ are anything but ironic. There’s the good old ‘then-than’ and ‘they’re/there’ mix-up. I breezed my way through faultlessly.

Until I got to question 23…

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