Missed a week again, so double post today! Yet another family visit got in the way. I’ve also been feeling shit, but that’s no excuse because frankly, I’m still feeling shit. I hate having a cold I can’t seem to shift. At the moment I’m living on hot toddies and liquorice (or, when at work, coffee, since I’m not really allowed to slip some whisky into anything I drink at work).
Anyway, that’s all by the by – let’s have a look at this week’s questions!
AA 69: As a writer or blogger, what was the most unusual request or comment you’ve received?
Just as well this week is a double bill, because I have literally got nothing interesting to reply with. These days, the most unusual thing for me is to get a comment at all. I was rather hoping to get a few weirdos stalking me when I did my year of reading the Bible posts, but alas, I did not attract any religious nutjobs*.
Reading the replies by the other authors on Jay Dee’s blog, their audience seems to be as un-unusual as mine.
AA 70: If you could request any author to be a guest on Authors Answer, who would it be and why?
I’ve got three potential candidates for this. First of all, Robin Hobb, because I adore her Fitz and the Fool books, and on the one occasion I met her she was absolutely lovely.
Secondly, Scott Lynch, because anyone who can pour that much sarcasm into their books is automatically a massive hero of mine.
Thirdly, because there was no stipulation of plausibility, JRR Tolkien, because despite the fact that I (whisper it) do not think he was a very good writer, his influence on both myself and literature/the world in general is undeniably massive. Funnily enough the one thing I actually admire most about him is the fact that he was (apparently) a polyglot, and I’d love to find out how accurate that claim was. Case in point – my colleagues (being British and possibly genetically incapable of learning another language) always say things to me like ‘you speak a lot of languages’, while the reality is that I speak two languages fluently (Dutch and English), can hold a decent conversation in one more (German), can make myself understood in two or three beyond that (Italian, French and possibly Russian), and know a little bit about a lot of others (Norwegian, Spanish, Irish, Welsh, Greek, Turkish, Polish, Hungarian, Finnish, Czech, maybe Swedish). However, knowing a few words and a bit of grammar of a lot of languages does not a polyglot make. It’s all in the perception – to my colleagues the fact that I speak more than one language is in itself virtually inconceivable.
So those would be my three guests. See who others would pick in the original post.
*With which I do not mean to imply that all people following a religion are nutjobs – I was hoping to get nutjobs who happened to be of a religious persuasion. Just to make that clear.