Authors Answer 71 – Standalone or Series?

I am a day late, but this week that was deliberate. I was waiting for the result of a job interview, and yesterday I didn’t have it yet. Next week it would be old news, so I waited until today, which enables me to announce that I was successful!

Whilst this is good news, all it basically means is that I keep the job I was already doing on temporary promotion, so I’m not suddenly getting bucketloads more money. Alas!

Anyway, after that public service announcement, over to this week’s question.

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Authors Answer 69 & 70

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!

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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.