The Inquisition

Posted on March 13th, 2013 in The Inquisition

I started blogging way back in August 2007, would you believe.  That’s nearly 6 years.  There have been times when I’ve blogged more, times when I’ve blogged less, but by and large I’ve stuck to 1-3 posts a week, every week.  That’s a lot of posts.  Early in your blogging career you’ve a lot to talk about.  You find all sorts of things to be outraged by, to excuse yourself for, to shoot your mouth off over.  But time wears down those rough edges, and wears away the topics to discuss.  There are work-related announcements, of course, and this TV show I’ve watched or that video game I’ve played, and Whisky Deathmatch of course, but I must admit that, on occasion, I find myself racking my brains for something to talk about.

This morning I got an email from someone asking me a question.  It was quite an interesting question that I immediately started spinning a long and involved answer to, but I thought to myself, is it really worth all this effort to reply to one person’s email?  Then I thought, wait a moment, I’ll write a blog post answering the question, email her the link, and then all you lucky folks can benefit from the answer, and I won’t have to think of something to write a blog post about!  Genius!  And then it hit me, as if – in the words of my personal role model Colonel Kurtz – I was shot with a diamond … a diamond bullet right through my forehead – Instead of endlessly racking my brains to think of things people might want to read about, I could simply ask them what they’d like to know.

So ask.  It can be about anything.  What I’ve written and why.  How I wrote it and why.  The publishing industry more generally.  Or video games, or TV, or swearing, or whisky, or Danish furniture, or whatever you like, practical or abstract.  Pick my brains, such as they are.  Provoke, stimulate and challenge me.  The floor is yours.

Now and again, I might pick out a question to answer.  My response may be elaborate, self-indulgent and rambling.  It may be simple, self-indulgent and pithy.  We’ll see how it goes…

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  1. Are we ever going to find out what happened with Ferro?

  2. How did you pick your agent?

  3. This is probably coming in too late for an answer, but:
    Why do you start all your books/sections of books with quotes from other people?

  4. My question is about your ideas about ideas, or something to that effect. I guess I should get the question out of the way before the explanation, so here:

    Based on some comments of yours that I’ve read here and there, why do you think ideas are more of a dime in a dozen thing and hard work is what matters when it comes to writing literature?

    For the explanation then, I finished Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 a few days ago and went to Goodreads for some reviews to see what I was supposed to think about the book as one does nowadays … and one of the reviews ended with this, which made me think of your comments about writing:

    “It is currently axiomatic of literature that what matters is technique. Maybe characters. That’s it. Ray Bradbury writes about ideas. Some time we will think they matter and are worthy of being considered as important as books written in tortured ways for people who think reading should be painful.”

    Not to say that I’ve had to suffer immensely, other than for reasons to do with the characters and plot, while reading your books. :)

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