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Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by Radthorne, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. Radthorne

    Radthorne Keeper of the Hikari

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    Greetings to you all. I'd like to use this thread to keep everyone up to date on what's going on with my books, the status of up-coming titles, and where I'll be showing up (book signings, conventions, and the like). And, any general purpose questions are fair game. I'll probably initiate some other threads on specific topics, and of course you are free to start one if you like.

    Just as a quick note (I'm updating this one at work so will have to wait until this evening to put in a lot more stuff), I have a radio interview playing this week on the web. You can listen to it as a streaming audio file at DragonPage.com, which is a weekly talk show of SF and fantasy topics.

    Also, this weekend I'll be at Rustycon, a regional convention here in the Seattle, WA area, in the U.S. I'll be on a panel on Saturday at 3:00 PM discussing Good and Evil, and which one should die at the end of the book. That's my only panel of the con (a light load this time), but if any members are going be sure to let me know and we can arrange to get together.

    More later!
     
  2. Radthorne

    Radthorne Keeper of the Hikari

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    As promised, a bit more stuff.

    I'll be appearing at a number of conventions in 2005, including:
    Rustycon, as noted above, this weekend.
    RadCon in Pascoe, WA on Feb 18th - 20th.
    Norwescon in Seattle, WA on Mar 24th - 27th.
    CascadiaCon in Seattle, WA on Sept 1st - 5th.
    Foolscap in Bellevue, WA on Sept 23rd - 25
    World Fantasy Con in Madison, WI Nov 3rd - 6th.

    In addition, I'm working with the University of Washingon Bookstore on a reading when my next book is released in March.

    If you miss the radio interview on DragonPage.com, it should show up in their archives next week. Also, I'll be posting the interview on my website at some point.
     
  3. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    My goodness you get around!

    Another rumour I've heard about you and I was wondering if you could verify is, that you go into the office an hour early every day and spend that time writing. Do you do that every day without fail? Are you THAT dedicated?
     
  4. Radthorne

    Radthorne Keeper of the Hikari

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    Whew! When I saw the bit about a rumour I thought I was going to have to distract the wife and say, "Don't mind what's on the screen, it's nothing..."

    Actually, it's worse than that. I work for an hour and a half writing before I go into the office, and then drag in my laptop and write for another hour during lunch (bread crumbs in the keyboard are an occupational hazard). I use the term work for the writing on purpose, because you can't keep up that level of activity unless you think of it as a job rather than as a hobby (a perhaps particularly poorly paying job, but a job nonetheless...) And it is every day, although often the lunch time session gets interrupted for "real" work meetings (always getting in the way, that annoying money-paying job...) If you're going to write big books, you really have to put in the time or the things will never get done.

    Now, if I could just get my fingers to start uncurling from overtyping...
     
  5. JRMurdock

    JRMurdock Where have I been?

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    Radcon! You got your own con! That's so cool.

    Sorry, had to. :)

    Glad to see you're getting around to the con circuit. Any chance you'll be in San Diego any time?

    P.S. I'm reading a few books about Gems and Trees and such. When I get done with those, can you guess which books I'll be picking up next?
     
  6. Radthorne

    Radthorne Keeper of the Hikari

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    :D I knew I always liked gnomes... Thanks - I look forward to hearing your feedback on 'em!

    Yeah, I rather thought it would be appropriate to show up at RadCon. And of course one of their regular guests is also Irene Radford. So the two of us will have to sit next to each other at the signing table and be the "official" con signers...

    I don't have any immediate plans to head for San Diego, but it's possible I'll get down there at some point. I visit family in L.A. several times a year, so once Sabakushi is out I may try to work in book store events with those trips. After I hit a few in the L.A. area, I'll see if I can get some going down in San Diego.
     
  7. alison

    alison Books of Pellinor

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    The con thing is something I don't know anything about. Are they fun? How often would you go, and what do you get out of it?
     
  8. Radthorne

    Radthorne Keeper of the Hikari

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    The list that I posted up top is pretty typical for me for a year - mostly regional things that I can drive too from home (and go back to home each evening), with one or two more distant ones where I need to get a hotel room and pay for air fare. I try to serve on as many panels as I can get, and do a reading whenever they'll let me.

    Are they fun? No, not really, at least for me. The primary reason I'm going is for the networking - interacting with other professionals and making contacts that may someday turn into something. I may sell a set or two of books during the weekend, if I was on a number of panels and people liked what they heard me say. That's another shotgun approach thing - by your presence (and the bookmarks and postcards you leave on the freebie table) you hope to attract the attention of the buying public in the genre (if they can be pried away from the big names long enough).

    I'm at Rustycon this weekend, but I only had one panel today so not a lot of exposure (although the panel itself was pretty good - Jane Fancher was on it with me, and she's quite entertaining).

    As Rocket will attest :D I'm not much of a social butterfly. So the whole networking thing is hard for me, but it's really a necessary thing. If I was better at it, I'd stay at the local cons in the evening and go to all the parties or sit in the bar (both places where a lot of the networking occurs), but that's just not really my thing. Instead I'm here posting messages (and networking with you!)

    One concrete benefit has been that over time, by associating with other authors there (everyone from other bottom-of-the-food-chain types like me up to some good sized names), I've gained a lot of confidence about walking in those circles and not feeling like some sort of imposter.

    Oh, and I did meet my publisher at a convention, where she offered me my original contract. So I suppose that was a pretty concrete benefit too!
     
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  9. alison

    alison Books of Pellinor

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    Thanks Rad - I'm a bit schizoid and tend to waver between being a butterfly type and cocooned anti-social solitude. I guess I'd probably be in the bar - I'll have to drag you in if we ever meet - when I'm away from home, I like to gad a bit. I've done the odd writer's festival, and it sounds as if the sff cons are kind of similar events. Only bigger, I believe? It's true, that thing of working out that famous writers et al are just, after all, human beings, and what a relief it is. I was once so shy I couldn't speak to people because it felt like my jaw was wired shut, but I've mainly got past that. Though I have my moments.

    And hey, cyber networking is fun, especially if you're supposed to be doing something else :) I'm the sort of person who was probably born to sit in cafes boring other people about the wonderful things I'm going to do, so I do love email - if other people's eyes glaze over, they can trash it without my seeing - and if my social circuits suddenly shut down, which they are prone to do without warning, well, it's not like you have to look for a taxi...
     
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  10. Radthorne

    Radthorne Keeper of the Hikari

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    Certainly, feel free to drag me into a bar. I keep trying to entice Rocket Sheep to come up here to the States to attend either World Con or World Fantasy; perhaps we can swing an Australian package deal on writers and I can get both of you? :D Or, if Lise and I ever make it down for a trip to NZ, we can "swing by" for a visit to see my Aussie friends. (Something tells me, though, that it would be difficult to get you and Rocket out of the bar once we went in... :)

    I wouldn't say that you're any slouch on the appearances front, judging from your website: let's see, last year you did a tour in the UK, went to Bern, and also hit various locales in Australia. Sounds pretty busy to me!

    Feel free to include me on your emailing list, by the way, anytime that you want to chat.
     
  11. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    Yes, well... the bar... I went to my first con last year and ended up in the bar on the first night with a guy known to all as "Scary Costume Man". He actually was more hilarious than scary. And I didn't mind that but the con went downhill from there.

    There were room parties that became mobile, ping pong championships that stole my pants, an anti-Clarionborg campaign, being labelled Trailer Trash because a group of us couldn't afford the hotel, the chance to meet every drunk in the city, and a stalker who took two days to figure out I wasn't a man (I'd offended him via the internet, you see). Anyway, it ended up being a very weird con... not something that could ever happen to a normal person on their first con experience. I tend to attract trouble. There were good things too. I got to chat to lots of great writers privately. They were hanging out in all the quiet spots I found to avoid the stalker. And some of the panels were interesting.

    This year I'm going to this one: Continuuum but if anyone is thinking of heading downunder check out the Nat con in Tassie 'Thylacon' and also the Canberra one 'Conflux' and there's also something in Adelaide and Perth... this year too... but the first three I mentioned are all around the middle of the year... oh an there's one in Auckland about the same time... and you can drive off and check out Hobbitsville later.
     
  12. Radthorne

    Radthorne Keeper of the Hikari

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    This is, um, an Australian phrase, I take it?

    I've heard that the sets that are left are unpainted, de-foliated, etc. due to some agreement with New Line Cinema. Probably not quite as pretty as in the movies, I imagine...
     
  13. alison

    alison Books of Pellinor

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    You're on! Though do you think they might iris scan and send us back? It's been happening to a few Australians lately, and if Rocket Sheep is as wicked as she says, and gets around with no pants after pingpong games (I don't know what it means, either - but I'm sure there's a story there) - well!!!!
     
  14. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    Those are the rules of ping pong. If you get no points before the other person gets to 21 you have to run down the street with no pants on. Don't you know the rules?
     
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    alison Books of Pellinor

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    I bow down and grovel in my ignorance, o Rocket Sheep. (If I knew how to use those smiley things at the side, I'd put up the shocked looking one.) But Great Flaming Ovine One, forgive me for observing this, but you must be pretty bad at ping pong, if you got no points at all. Or were you seeing two ping pongs, and kept hitting the wrong one? I don't want anyone seeing the parlous state of my knickers, so I'll take note and gracefully decline any challenges that might come my way...

    I guess we should let Rad get back to his news...
     
  16. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    Yes we should... altho it'll have to be good to top my profound badness at ping pong.

    I'm amazed at how many cons are on in WA alone this year that Radthorne can drive to.

    You know in Australia, the same core group of people go to nearly every con in every state (and only five of the states are having them in 2005, remember we only have one major city per state and one con) but if you compare the size of Australia to the size of the USA... that is pretty amazing (mind you if you compare the price of airfares in Aus to those in USA, that is pretty amazing too, mind you they probably don't have to peddle so hard in the US).

    Anyway, a con in Australia is about meeting familiar faces. I'm not sure I'm ready for an American con.
     
  17. Radthorne

    Radthorne Keeper of the Hikari

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    Please, let's go back to playing ping pong in our knickers. I think that's a far more interesting topic... When did you say we got out of that bar? :eek: (I can see that tanking Rocket up a bit will lead to a highly entertaining evening...)

    And yes, Rocket is very wicked. She professes to being an innocent sheep, but lurking beneath that wooly exterior lay the heart of a dragon, seeking to fly free and escape the boundaries of suburbia. And she does so, by writing excellent prose that is both humorous and dark in turns. It is by that which we can see the true sheep.

    There do seem to be cons around every corner up here. As Maus said, I even have my own, RadCon. :D I don't even know what the Rad in that is supposed to mean. At the regional ones that I'm driving to, they are fairly insular, in that I see many of the same people at all of them. They range in size from about 300 up to 2500 attendees. I believe CascadiaCon, the North American replacement for WorldCon while it's in Scotland, is anticpating 3000 people.

    I'm not entirely sure either how this many cons can be supported, but they seem to keep on going. Being such a small fry, I try to go to anything where someone invites me to be on panels. Building "buzz" is a slow process, but if you keep working at it methodically, eventually something may come out of it. I have one delightful older woman who comes to almost every con and sits in my panels knitting caps and things for her grandchildren. She's read The Road to Kotaishi and asks me at every con when the next book is coming out, because she really, really wants to read it. Another couple of months and she should be able to get her hands on Sabakushi!
     
  18. alison

    alison Books of Pellinor

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    Rad means "radical", I guess? That's a pretty good abbreviation for an sff writer. Doesn't work with my name, I just get "Crog", which is way uncool.

    I love the story of the old woman knitting at your panels. There are irresistible echoes of the old women knitting around the guillotine in Revolutionary France, but so long as it's not your head.

    Cons do sound like potentially overwhelming events, but obviously I must check them out if I want to be a fully rounded person (preferably with the True Sheep at my elbow to keep me safe). (True about her work, too, Rocket, ewe modest thing).

    Oh god, it's too early in the morning. I'd better get some coffee.
     
  19. Radthorne

    Radthorne Keeper of the Hikari

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    I'm not sure where RadCon's Rad comes from, but mine has a slightly more offbeat story to it. When my son was born, I suggested to my then-wife that we both change our names, combining mine (which used to be Radke) and hers (which was Hawthorne). Thus we, and our son, became Radthornes. (Alas, the relationship proved less enduring than the name idea). When Lise (my present wife) and I married, she elected to adopt the Radthorne name as well. Thus there are only four of us Radthornes in the world. (If you plug my name into Google, 95% of what you get back is for me, with most of the rest related to either Lise, my son, or his mother. There's also a gamer who combined parts of his first and last name to get Radthorne as an online handle, and some dog kennel in England from the 80's that had that name, but that's it.) "Radthorne" also sounded better than "Hawke" which would have been the combination of the other two halves. And as much as I thought about it, I resisted the temptation to name my son Hawke Radthorne. That would have been pretty cool, though, huh? ;)

    And I think "Crog" is a lovely name. Ok, maybe not lovely. But it does have a certain edginess to it... maybe write a little sci-fi with it?

    Guillotine?!? :eek: And I thought she was such a sweet little old lady... I must be careful not to "off" any of her favorite characters, or I might be in big trouble...

    The True Sheep... I really like that! And I shan't let her forget it, either! I know what berg she is in; are you in the same one? Are you, like, neighbors and have just been holding out on us? Or has the Official Author Forum served to lay the foundation for a new Antipodean friendship?
     
  20. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    Crog sounds like someone with a club who likes to drag her boyfriends round by their hair... I should stop there.

    Berg, Rad? As in Iceberg? I think the word is burb. As in 'burbling saditude" (Vandermeer, get out of my head!). And I know we're not neighbours because Alison is next to the sea, and I'm smack dab in the centre of ALL the burbs.

    It's really cool about you having one dedicated fan, Radthorne. I think you need a fanclub. We could chase you at cons, tear your hair out and sell it on ebay for hundreds... that would get you noticed. ;)