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Link to an interview with me

John Ottinger at Grasping for the Wind has just let me know that an interview he conducted has just gone live. It's here.

I have eaten too much cake because, yes, it's that time of year again. I explained to my younger son that the correct number of candles would ruin the cake because by the time they were all lit the icing would be covered with wax.

And now, because people are finally in bed, I am going to try to write a few words...

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ladyredcrest
May. 6th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
It is your birthday? I am a bad fan.. I didn't know that. Happy Birthday, babe! May the 3 aspects of fate smile on you for another year.
msagara
May. 6th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
It is your birthday? I am a bad fan.. I didn't know that. Happy Birthday, babe! May the 3 aspects of fate smile on you for another year.

It's something I try to forget every year...
agrimony
May. 6th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
Happy solar anniversary of the day you showed up! :)
moontear
May. 6th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Oooh, happy birthday. :D
sartorias
May. 6th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Wishing you a successful and wonderful year.
phantom_wolfboy
May. 6th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Congratulations on another successful trip around the sun!
uneide
May. 6th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Here's too a good new one. ;) I just tell my toddler I only put one candle for each decade.
msagara
May. 6th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Sadly, we didn't have candles -- we had, for some reason, small sparklers. We also had an eighteen month old in attendance, and of the four children present (2 of mine, 2 of my son's godfather's), he is the only child who has done unusual things like try to stick chopsticks down the central vaccuuming outlet, trying to stick pens into the toaster, and (successful) jamming a VCR with a whole host of DvDs.

I.e. sparklers and this toddler would be a disaster.
trektone
May. 6th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I'll have to remember: Boys' Day (now Children's Day) is also Cinco de Mayo and is also Michelle's B-Day!

When I was growing up, my parents put up this big paper carp to celebrate Boys' Day.

Oh, I liked the interview. Actually, I like reading your interviews in general.
msagara
May. 6th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I'll have to remember: Boys' Day (now Children's Day) is also Cinco de Mayo and is also Michelle's B-Day!

I grew up knowing that I was born on Boy's Day. It probably had a large hand in shaping my character.

Oh, I liked the interview. Actually, I like reading your interviews in general.

Thank you -- I actually liked the way that one turned out, although there was one question which made me feel a little bit under-brainpowered.
twiegand
May. 6th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday.
sdn
May. 6th, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
birthday???
msagara
May. 6th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
birthday???

It was. I was born on Boy's Day, and only later discovered that it was associated with any other festivities. (I think Boy's Day was eventually renamed to Children's Day, but, well.)
ovirginsaint
May. 6th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
Belated happy birthday! :) Seems like the first week of may is crowded with a whole lot of birthdays xD I hope it was a good one!
longlegs21
May. 6th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
You do give interesting interviews! You started writing so you could continue to work at the bookstore. I would have guessed it was the other way around! I also read the other interviews you have posted on your website.

Question about the West novels: Are they all tragedies?
estara
May. 6th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I never read any of them as tragedies. They're dramatic and some people survive and some don't.

In the Lord of The Rings and even in Harry Potter not all the characters make it to the end, either.
longlegs21
May. 6th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
True. Thanks! I haven't read any of them yet, but I thought I was picking up a tragic vibe from what I've read about them.
estara
May. 7th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Let me say that all the characters I really like have survived so far, so I'm fine with where the story's going ^^.
msagara
May. 6th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Question about the West novels: Are they all tragedies?

I admit I don't think of them as tragedies, although possibly Sea of Sorrows has some element of that form. I can't tell -- from the inside of the book, as the writer -- if the rest would be read in the same way as John Ottinger read Hidden City, though.


longlegs21
May. 6th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Well, I suppose I'll have to just read one and see what I think! :-)
Thanks!
starlady38
May. 7th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Boys' Day or no.

I thought it was interesting that Ottinger read The Hidden City as a tragedy--nothing particularly tragic happened, in my opinion and understanding of the classical definition of the term. It was hugely grim, and while I liked Rath quite a lot I agreed with the statue that he was a fool, but the book itself was not what I would call "tragic."
estara
May. 6th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Happy belated Birthday and may you write and sell at least as many books in the next twenty years of your life as you sold in the last twenty (if the Sun Sword series is actually over, PLEASE don't tell me, I still hope you can get around to writing more there - meanwhile I quite adore Kaylin).

Oh and may you enjoy the writing process, too.
msagara
May. 6th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
(if the Sun Sword series is actually over, PLEASE don't tell me, I still hope you can get around to writing more there - meanwhile I quite adore Kaylin).

Hidden City and House Name form the thematic half of House War set in the 'past'. The subsequent two volumes are the House War in the present. I'm working on House Name now, but a bunch of little things in the Sun Sword were groundwork for the House War; the latter two books will probably take place entirely in Averalaan, though.

And then I have some 200 pages of the first book in what I think of as The Black Gauntlet, and that book starts, as Hunter's Oath did, in Breodanir, with Cynthia's son. It doesn't stay in Breodanir, though.
estara
May. 7th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Very good *looks gleefully at hardcover of Hidden City waiting until she can put House Name next to it and read them in one gulp* indeed!

Anything which keeps the story going on past the events in the last published Sun Sword novel is highly appreciated ^^.

If my birthday wish runs out in another twenty years, I'll just renew it then, that should help :D.

dubiousprospects.blogspot.com
May. 7th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Many happy returns of the day!

-- Graydon
msagara
May. 7th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Many happy returns of the day!

Thank you :)

Edited at 2008-05-07 06:46 pm (UTC)
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