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      Living Room Etiquette   07/25/17

      Welcome to my living room on the internet.   Let me talk a little bit about the history of my home on the internet. I started out blogging on LiveJournal, which is a blogging community. And I talked about publishing and process, but in a fairly general way.   And that worked for a number of years.   What I almost never talked about was my books. But over time, people found my LJ, and they wanted to talk about my books, and I felt a little self-conscious talking about my books on LiveJournal, where the community was more general and more social, and talking about my books felt a little conspicuously like shouting: Me Me Me!   So: I started my author web-site. I posted sample chapters. I talked--when I had any news--about my books. I didn't post often, because I didn't want to drive people who came to the web-site purely for news or information away.   And that seemed to work.   But a funny thing happened. I'm not, and have never been, Robert Jordan, George Martin or Patrick Rothfuss in terms of my reach. I don't have the kind of buzz they generate, and I'm fine with that. I'm not Misty Lackey or Melanie Rawn, either.   I write my books. I try not to say too much about them, because some people hate spoilers. I try not to complain too much about the process, because every job anywhere is difficult sometimes. But… I can't really talk about my books as if I were a reader, because I can't ever approach them as a reader would for the first time. Or even the twentieth.   And sometimes people want to talk about the experience of reading my books. But given my general invisibility on fantasy reader radars, they haven't found many places in which they can do that.   A few years ago, my readers began to talk to each other - on my web-site, because they found people who were also interested in talking about my books there. On a release-day post about the latest novel. This made some readers unhappy because of course discussing the books meant spoilers. I then made a separate SPOILER thread, which people could easily avoid.   That worked, and I made a spoiler thread for almost every subsequent book.   So readers who wanted to discuss the book with other readers spoke to each other on the spoiler threads. I stay out of the spoiler threads. I stay out of the discussions about my books. And I've been able to do that because, while people don't always agree, they don't descend into acrimony and flames.   But the spoiler thread for Cast in Peril was 369 comments long. And that's a lot of comments, and possibly a long load time.   And I thought: maybe it's time to try forums.   I wouldn't have considered forums at all if the spoiler threads had descended into invective and angry ranting; they never have. The people who post and discuss on them have been helpful and reasonable, even when they don't agree with each other.   And what I want out of forums is for that to continue. I don't expect my forums to be crowded; I don't expect that they'll need to be moderated or policed, because of the history of the readers who have posted on my web-site.   But forums in general have rules and policies, and it's best to be clear about those up front, in case of future need. So.   The Living Room rules:   1. Since it's my Living Room, there's a strong possibility that children and grandmothers will stroll past or stop in, since both frequent my house. So I'd ask you to keep that in mind when it comes to profanity. Swear as much as I do.   2. Door to door salesmen frequently interrupt social gatherings, and they're not there to join the discussion. So: don't be that person. This isn't a tupperware party, and I don't want anyone to attempt to sell things to my visitors. If you notice that someone is advertising cheap watches or winning lottery numbers or any variant thereof, report it - and ignore it. It'll be cleaned up and swept out the door.   3. No flaming. Which is to say: no personal attacks or insults. I don't expect this will be a problem because it hasn't been - and I'd really like that to continue. Also, and this is a personal thing: don't accuse someone of trolling just because they disagree with you. Sometimes people disagree; they're not doing it to enrage or derail.   4. Things NOT to discuss on these forums: Real-world religions (any). Real-world politics (any). Explicit sexuality (because: children & grandmothers. And, to be fair, me). There are many other places to discuss any of these things - and I ask that you discuss them there. Here is not the place. This is possibly the only thing I'll be draconian about.   If, in the opinion of the management, you break these rules, we'll probably ask you to sit out the topic. If you break these rules more than once, we may ask you to sit out the week. If you can't communicate without breaking these rules, this is not the forum for you; there are lots of forums on the internet that will be more to your liking.   Also: I believe that readers should be able to discuss what they want to discuss, even if what they want to discuss is how a particular book I've written didn't work for them. For obvious reasons, I would like to personally avoid those discussions because I don't want to be a damper, and because it's not possible for me to be consistently objective about my own work. It's not entirely possible to avoid these discussions on the web-site; on the forums it will be. I've asked Tchula Ripton to moderate, as she's been the list-mom on the Yahoo West list for a number of years.   So on those parts of the forum where the discussions are about my works, she wears the big hat where necessary, because I'm not there.   As for the forums: any member can create topics, and any member can read any forum and reply there. If, for instance, you want to get people's opinions on ebook readers, you can start a post in the “Random†category, and ask.

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  1. Checked Mercedes's site. She says that they picked up an early proposal and that a new distjacke will be out. This one may be a collectors' item.
  2. Just bought the new Valdemar novel, The Hills have Spies. The dust jacket summary must come from a parallel universe. The main charcter, Mags's son, is called Justyn on the jacket but Perry in the book (at least for the first 100 pages). The plot details have nothing to do with what I've read so far. It's as weird as the latest cover copy on Dragondrums.
  3. Michelle has just posted that War will now be 2 books -- Firstborn and War -- to come out in 2019. Explanation: the book was too big for a single volume, so they let (made?) Michelle add something to it so that it can be 2 single volumes.
  4. Long time reader, first time poster

    Hi Nevada. I don't think there's ever been discussion of the Sundered. Possibly because it's now complete and because it came out so long ago. I think you should read the Sacred Hunt before you read Michelle's next book because I think it will pick up some threads from that. (spoiler: Hunter's Death ends with the same battle as House Name.) You might cantact Bakka about the short stories; Michelle used to be manager there and is rumoured to still show up once a week.
  5. suggested read order

    The books in order of events The hidden City City of Night House Name *the Sacred Hunt books (Hunter's Oath and Hunter's Death) overlap House Name and cover the same crucial events. The six Sun Sword books: The Broken Crown The Uncrowned King The Shining Court Sea of Sorrows The Riven Shield The Sun Sword Skirmish Battle Oracle War The Memory of Stone has 6 short stories giving extra background. There is a large temporal gap between House Name and The Sun Sword that I didn't pick up at first. Jewel is quite established when the Broken Crown starts. The alternate approach is in order as written. Sacred Hunt, Sun Sword, House Name to War.
  6. Book Covers and All...

    I looked at the blurb on the back of Dragondrums the other day and it doesn't match my memory of the story. Where does Piemur get sent off the become a dragon rider?
  7. Michelles' web site

    After the last Sun Sword book came out, I told you (in Bakka) that I though Jewel had disappeared rather suddenly. You've now compensated with another six books and counting. Thanks.
  8. I just looked at Michelle's upcoming public appearances and it looks as if they may all be 3 years old. If I'm right, is there a way to get her (or some computer nerd in her family) to keep them up to date?
  9. Bakka

    Bakka is now on Harbord west of Spadina. Walking distance, or 2 streetcar stops south of Bloor. Don't miss the basement with the pre-read books. The rest of the staff are all well-informed and equally opinionated as Michelle. This is the fourth location I can think of, and I think there's one I forgot.
  10. CAST IN HONOR

    My bookstore chain (who shall remain nameless) emaild me that my copy is in.
  11. Book Covers and All...

    Revival of topic. I just looked at some new covers of Anne McCafferey's Dragonsong/Dragonsinger/Dragondrums. The pictures covey to me someone sitting on a rock in Bryce Canyon with a dragon flying around. There is nothing in it that conveys "This is about a girl who wants to make music and write songs." I'll have a look at the rest of the series when I have time.
  12. Ellariannatte!

    I have this theory about how long a drama adaptation should be. I think that you can't get much more than a short story in a half hour and it would be better in an hour. A novelette might be compressed into a normal length movie. A full novel -- Brideshead Revisited went for 17 hours on TV. Lord of the Rings is an even longer novel. If it's going to be a musical or opera, it will be even longer. Trying to cram things into a shorter time and significant bits will get left out.
  13. Rereading

    Often, when I'm re-reading, I skip to favourite scenes or omit a lot of the setup. Then I go back and find that there are things that I've totally forgotten.
  14. Happy Easter everyone

    Salty: Was that taken this year? My, spring comes early, way down south. We had snow all day. David
  15. Oracle has a release date!

    Michelle has just posted the cover art for Oracle on her blog site. http://michellesagara.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/9780756410094_Oracle_JK_Med.jpg
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