Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Science Fiction And Fantasy Writer's Chat 2/09/11 with Jeremy C. Shipp

2:00 amsffwrtcht:Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer?s Chat. #sffwrtcht
2:01 amsffwrtcht:r goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht
2:01 amsffwrtcht:Our format is round table discussion. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht
2:01 amsffwrtcht:Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments.
2:01 amsffwrtcht:It?s up to the guest whether the question time will run longer than our allotted hour slot. #sffwrtcht
2:02 amsffwrtcht:Next Wed. we have @MaryRobinette and on Feb 23, @jay_lake. #sffwrtcht
2:02 amsffwrtcht:Tonight?s guest is the author of two novels and two collections so far, @JeremyCShipp #sffwrtcht
2:02 amsffwrtcht:His novels are Vacation and Cursed. And his collections Sheep and Wolves and Fungus Of the Heart. #sffwrtcht
2:02 amBryanThomasS:Welcome Jeremy! Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht
2:03 amsffwrtcht:#sffwrtcht with @JeremyCShipp is live now!
2:03 amBryanThomasS:#sffwrtcht with @JeremyCShipp is live now!
2:04 amS_S_Michaels:RT @JeremyCShipp: #sffwrtcht is hosting a live chat with me at 9pm EST. If you could join in and ask a question or two, that would be more than fantastic.
2:04 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS My pleasure! Thank you for having me. #sffwrtcht
2:04 amlouisbshalako:Is it helpful to give away stories in unpaid markets?#sffwrtcht
2:05 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Tell us how you became a writer #sffwrtcht
2:05 amJ_GriffinB:hola, all. #sffwrtcht
2:05 amshadowflame1974:Good evening everyone #sffwrtcht
2:06 amBryanThomasS:Ur stories are quite varied, at least those I?ve read so far. A man cheats on his girl who takes revenge by becoming a vampire #sffwrtcht
2:06 amJeremyCShipp:#sffwrtcht is currently hosting a live chat with me. I'd love for you to join in and ask a question. Be sure to include #sffwrtcht.
2:06 amMerc_hyn_di:Whee! RT @BryanThomasS: #sffwrtcht with @JeremyCShipp is live now!
2:06 amMerc_hyn_di:@JeremyCShipp When did you first realize the attic clowns existed, and how often do they invade your stories? #sffwrtcht
2:07 amBryanThomasS:You have a private eye tale with a 40s feel which quickly comes to be more SFish. Do you tend toward the odd or strange? #sffwrtcht
2:07 amS_S_Michaels:RT @shadowflame1974: Good evening everyone #sffwrtcht
2:07 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS I wrote my first novel when I was 13. That's when I first felt like a writer. I've written constantly ever since. #sffwrtcht
2:08 amBryanThomasS:@J_GriffinB @shadowflame1974 @Merc_hyn_di Good to see you guys! #sffwrtcht
2:08 amshadowflame1974:#sffwrtcht live right now with @JeremyCShipp ask a questions or the Attic Clowns will invade your dreams. ;)
2:08 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp I started writing at a young age also #sffwrtcht
2:08 amWulfie_:RT @shadowflame1974: #sffwrtcht live right now with @JeremyCShipp ask a questions or the Attic Clowns will invade your dreams. ;)
2:08 amJeremyCShipp:@louisbshalako I have given away reprints to unpaid markets, but I try to sell first rights to paying publications. #sffwrtcht
2:09 amJeremyCShipp:@louisbshalako I've also posted a few free stories on my website, which has helped me gain new fans. #sffwrtcht
2:09 amlouisbshalako:#sffwrtcht Is horror an escape for the reader? What about the writer?
2:10 amJeremyCShipp:@Merc_hyn_di The attic clowns showed up about five years ago. They came out of an antique mirror I bought at a mime's yard sale. #sffwrtcht
2:10 amsffwrtcht:@JeremyCShipp Is all of your stuff out from Raw Dog Screaming Press at this point? #sffwrtcht
2:11 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Your stuff does take interesting twists and lean towards the odd from what I've read. Who are your influences? #sffwrtcht
2:12 amJeremyCShipp:@Merc_hyn_di The attic clowns recently defeated my muse in an epic battle and now they're in charge. #sffwrtcht
2:12 amJ_GriffinB:#sffwrtcht Can't see the questions you are responding to, @JeremyCShipp
2:12 amJeremyCShipp:@Merc_hyn_di So, now I'm writing a book all about attic clowns. I have no say in the matter. #sffwrtcht
2:12 amBryanThomasS:@J_GriffinB Well they should be coming up with the hashtag #sffwrtcht
2:13 amsffwrtcht:@JeremyCShipp For those who are clueless what you guys are talking about, can you explain the attic clowns reference please #sffwrtcht
2:13 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS My work has always been weird. My imagination has always worked that way, even when I played pretend as a kid. #sffwrtcht
2:14 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp How many novels removed from that first 13yo one is your first published novel? #sffwrtcht
2:14 amBryanThomasS:Please be sure and include the hashtag #sffwrtcht in all questions and answers so everyone can follow along. Thanks.
2:15 amJeremyCShipp:@louisbshalako Horror can be an escape for the reader and the writer, but that's never how it's worked for me and my work. #sffwrtcht
2:15 amsffwrtcht:Please be sure and include the hashtag #sffwrtcht in all questions and answers so everyone can follow along. Thanks.
2:15 amMerc_hyn_di:@JeremyCShipp It sound like it was epic and involved a lot of bananas from the coconut monkeys (as ammo?) #sffwrtcht
2:15 amJeremyCShipp:@louisbshalako In my mind, my stories are funhouse mirror reflections of reality. #sffwrtcht
2:16 amJeremyCShipp:@louisbshalako For me, writing horror helps me to process the real horrors of the world, to find light in the darkness. #sffwrtcht
2:16 amMerc_hyn_di:@JeremyCShipp What was the inspiration behind the disturbing and sad story, "Those Below"? #sffwrtcht #zombies
2:16 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht Yes, all four of my books were released by Raw Dog Screaming Press. #sffwrtcht
2:16 amblackmagered:@JeremyCShipp I'm actually want to know more about the garden gnomes, apparently you have a legion Who would win: clown vs gnome? #sffwrtcht
2:17 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht Someo of my books are also set to be published by a German-language publisher and an Indonesian-language publisher. #sffwrtcht
2:18 amsffwrtcht:@JeremyCShipp That's cool. Which books? #sffwrtcht
2:18 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS As a kid, I was greatly inspired by writers such as HG Wells, Alexandre Dumas, Jules Verne. #sffwrtcht
2:19 amWandafulWendy:#sffwrtcht - Love your Gnomeness Jeremy
2:19 amlouisbshalako:#sffwrtcht How would you find foreign publishers like that?
2:19 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp One of your novels, Cursed is about a guy who comes to believe he's part of a group of cursed individuals #sffwrtcht
2:19 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp And Vacation is about a guy whose corporate sponsored vacation becomes a nightmare. #sffwrtcht
2:20 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Those are three of my fav writers as well #sffwrtcht
2:20 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS More recently, I find myself inspired by Haruki Murakami, Arundhati Roy, Kurt Vonnegut. #sffwrtcht
2:20 amReine71:@JeremyCShipp Did Cicely spring completely from your imagination, or lend traits from real person/s? She's my kind of gal. :) #sffwrtcht
2:21 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS I'm also influenced by creators such as Terry Gilliam, George Lucas, Jim Henson. #sffwrtcht
2:22 amsffwrtcht:@JeremyCShipp So what's all this talk about Atomic Monkeys and Gnomes for those out of the loop? #sffwrtcht
2:22 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Some great influences many of us share! #sffwrtcht
2:22 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht The attic clowns are evil clowns who live in my attic. I often talk about them on Twitter. #sffwrtcht
2:23 amblackmagered:@JeremyCShipp How does the writing process begin for you? Do you outline? Sketch on napkins? Dive right in? #sffwrtcht
2:23 amBryanThomasS:@blackmagered Thanks for bringing that up. I was about to #sffwrtcht
2:24 amsffwrtcht:And related to @blackmagered 's ?, where do you get your ideas? #sffwrtcht
2:24 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS I wrote about 7 or 8 novels before VACATION, which was my debut novel. I'm glad I wrote some practice novels first. #sffwrtcht
2:25 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Do you ever plan to go back to any of those first novels? #sffwrtcht
2:26 amJeremyCShipp:@Merc_hyn_di "Those Below" was inspired by all the racism that I've witnessed. My goal was to write a zombie tale with a twist. #sffwrtcht
2:27 amJeremyCShipp:@blackmagered The attic clowns are powerful, but the gnomic shamans wield magic sporks that can transform clowns into parsnips. #sffwrtcht
2:27 amMerc_hyn_di:@JeremyCShipp I think "Those Below" succeeded fantastically in that regard. I still think about it a lot. #sffwrtcht
2:28 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht Vacation and Sheep and Wolves are set to be published in German, and Cursed is set to be published in Indonesian. #sffwrtcht
2:28 amsffwrtcht:@JeremyCShipp That's a huge compliment. Congrats #sffwrtcht
2:28 amshadowflame1974:#sffwrtcht so what happens when the Garden Gnomes and Attic Clowns go to waar
2:29 amJeremyCShipp:@louisbshalako The foreign publishers approached my publisher about my books. A foreign rights agent is also very helpful. #sffwrtcht
2:30 amJeremyCShipp:@Reine71 Cicely's one of my favorite characters. She is, in part, inspired by various friends and family members. #sffwrtcht
2:31 amJeremyCShipp:@Reine71 My wife and I often have absurd conversations that are similar to those of Nick and Cicely. #sffwrtcht
2:32 amJeremyCShipp:@blackmagered As far as the writing process goes, I never outline, although I do brainstorm from time to time. #sffwrtcht
2:32 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Do you do anything with character sketches before writing or during? #sffwrtcht
2:32 amJeremyCShipp:@blackmagered I usually know where my stories are headed, but I don't like to map out exactly how I'm going to get there. #sffwrtcht
2:33 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht My ideas spawn from real world events, dreams, major and minor events in my life. #sffwrtcht
2:34 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht And sometimes an idea pops in my mind, and I have no idea how it got there or where it came from. #sffwrtcht
2:35 amlouisbshalako:#sffwrtcht Do you drink eighty cups of coffee and write all night?
2:35 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS I think of my first novels as learning experiences. I have so many new ideas, I don't feel the need to revisit them #sffwrtcht
2:36 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp What's your writing day look like? Do you have a day job? write mornings? Evenings? Scattered times? #sffwrtcht
2:36 amWandafulWendy:#sffwrtcht What's next for Jeremy Shipp???
2:36 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Do you labor over every word or allow drafts to polish it or both?#sffwrtcht
2:37 amJeremyCShipp:@shadowflame1974 I've worked hard to negotiate peace between the Attic Clowns and the Yard Gnomes. They haven't fought since 2008 #sffwrtcht
2:38 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS I don't really do character sketches. My character sort of reveal themselves to me as I'm writing. #sffwrtcht
2:39 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp I work the same way on characters #sffwrtcht
2:39 amReine71:@JeremyCShipp Awesome! Cicely's a combo of my first girlfriend and the woman I hope someday to meet. And marry. #sffwrtcht
2:39 amJeremyCShipp:@louisbshalako I don't drink any coffee, but I do write all night sometimes. I'm a bit of a health nut. #sffwrtcht
2:40 amblackmagered:#sffwrtcht Clowns vs Gnomes will be the next Pirates vs Ninjas // hell yeah #tshirtidea (^D^ )
2:40 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS I have a couple different day jobs, but I make my own schedule. I write mostly at night. #sffwrtcht
2:40 amsffwrtcht:@JeremyCShipp Do you come from a family of writers or are you the first? #sffwrtcht
2:41 amJeremyCShipp:@WandafulWendy I'm working on a new story collection and a new novel. #sffwrtcht
2:41 amJeremyCShipp:@WandafulWendy I also have short stories forthcoming in Cemetery Dance, Withersin, The Burning Maiden. #sffwrtcht
2:42 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp And "Camp" is available on line right now, right? #sffwrtcht
2:42 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS I do tend to obsess and labor over every word. I edit as I go. I also go back and re-edit later. #sffwrtcht
2:43 amblackmagered:@JeremyCShipp Most favorite writing utensil/medium? #sffwrtcht
2:43 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp I got that impression because your writing is very tight and it seems like every word is so spcific #sffwrtcht
2:43 amJeremyCShipp:@blackmagered I'd love a clowns vs gnomes t-shirt! #sffwrtcht
2:44 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Do you write on MS Word? Scrivener? Laptop? Desktop? Dictation? #sffwrtcht
2:44 amJeremyCShipp:@Reine71 I hope you do find her and marry her someday. #sffwrtcht
2:44 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht None of my family members are professional writers, although there are some awesome writers in my family. #sffwrtcht
2:45 amsffwrtcht:@JeremyCShipp Did you study writing in school or learn your craft outside of that? #sffwrtcht
2:45 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht My grandfather, for instance, was always writing when I was a kid. He wrote many Christian stories. He was a minister. #sffwrtcht
2:46 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Were any of his stories published? #sffwrtcht
2:46 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS Yes, here's a free PDF copy of my horror story "Camp"
2:47 amsffwrtcht:Great job everyone. Keep those #sffwrtcht questions coming for @JeremyCShipp 14 minutes to go!
2:47 amJeremyCShipp:@blackmagered I write in paper notebooks part of the time, but I do most of my writing on the computer. #sffwrtcht
2:47 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS Yeah, I do try to make every sentence, every word count. #sffwrtcht
2:48 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS I use MS Word most of the time. #sffwrtcht
2:49 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht I have a BA in creative writing, so that experience helped, especially the workshops. #sffwrtcht
2:49 amlouisbshalako:#sffwrtcht When people say, 'You can't do this for the money..." What is your response?
2:50 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Absolutely it did. Currently looking into my MFA in CW #sffwrtcht
2:50 amWandafulWendy:#sffwrtcht I love the way you self promote - It's a great way to put yourself out there and shows that you believe in yourself..
2:50 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht I also learned to write by reading and by writing and by taking to heart advice given to me by editors/other writers. #sffwrtcht
2:51 amsffwrtcht:@JeremyCShipp Did anyone specifically take you under their wing and mentor you? #sffwrtcht
2:51 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS My grandfather was self-published. He started his own ministry, and his members read his work. #sffwrtcht
2:52 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp The SFF community is particularly good about encouraging and mentoring others #sffwrtcht
2:52 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Does faith play a role at all in your work? #sffwrtcht
2:52 amJeremyCShipp:@louisbshalako Are you talking about people who think it's impossible to make money as a writer? #sffwrtcht
2:53 amJeremyCShipp:@WandafulWendy Thank you! I try to promote my work in a way that entertains people. #sffwrtcht
2:54 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht When I was a senior in high school, my creative writing teacher, Mr. Brugalette, took me under his wing. #sffwrtcht
2:55 amsffwrtcht:@JeremyCShipp Love teachers like that. #sffwrtcht
2:55 amlouisbshalako:#sffwrtcht Now you're asking the questions! It is not impossible. in my opinion.
2:55 amsffwrtcht:5 minutes left. Get those final questions in please. #sffwrtcht
2:55 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht Mr. Brugalette encouraged me to send my work to publishers, and so I did. That's when my writing career started. #sffwrtcht
2:56 amshadowflame1974:@JeremyCShipp you got to love teachers like that. #sffwrtcht
2:56 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Remind us where we can find you and buy your books online? #sffwrtcht
2:56 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS You could say that faith does play an important part in my work. #sffwrtcht
2:57 amJ_GriffinB:@JeremyCShipp What do you find most horrifying in daily life? #sffwrtcht
2:58 amJeremyCShipp:@louisbshalako You're right. It is possible to make good money as an author. It takes a lot of work, and sometimes a lot of time. #sffwrtcht
2:59 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Do you use a critique or writer's group or just a core of select beta readers? #sffwrtcht
2:59 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS My website is You can buy my books at Amazon, and other such online bookstores. #sffwrtcht
2:59 amblackmagered:@JeremyCShipp your most favorite book of all time? if you had to choose just one #sffwrtcht
2:59 amlouisbshalako:RT @JeremyCShipp: @BryanThomasS My website is You can buy my books at Amazon, and other such online bookstores. #sffwrtcht
3:00 amsffwrtcht:Guys, next week we have the fantabulous puppeteer and SFWA VP @MaryRobinette Kowal with us. #sffwrtcht
3:00 amsffwrtcht:Then we'll have author/editor @jay_lake the week after #sffwrtcht
3:00 amJeremyCShipp:@J_GriffinB I find hierarchical thinking to be extremely horrifying. Lack of empathy is also terrifying. #sffwrtcht
3:00 amMaryRobinette:RT @sffwrtcht: Guys, next week we have the fantabulous puppeteer and SFWA VP @MaryRobinetteKowal with us. #sffwrtcht
3:01 amBryanThomasS:@blackmagered Another great question #sffwrtcht
3:01 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS At this point, only a select group of people critique my work before it's published. My wife is my best beta reader #sffwrtcht
3:01 amsffwrtcht:Ok, our official time is up. But @JeremyCShipp can stay as long as he's willing for more #sffwrtcht
3:02 amJeremyCShipp:@blackmagered I have so many favorites, but I suppose if I had to choose one, I'd choose The God of Small Things by Arudhati Roy #sffwrtcht
3:02 amJ_GriffinB:@BryanThomasS can you illuminate the term hierarchal thinking for me? #sffwrtcht
3:02 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp Interesting. I haven't read that one. #sffwrtcht
3:02 amBryanThomasS:@J_GriffinB Or at least his definition of it #sffwrtcht
3:03 amJ_GriffinB:pardon, meant that for your guest. #sffwrtcht
3:03 amWandafulWendy:#sffwrtcht Thank you SFF for this great opportunity to yak with the awesome Jeremy Shipp
3:03 amlouisbshalako:#sffwrtcht Hierarchies tend to think in layers, if I can help out.
3:03 amBryanThomasS:@WandafulWendy Thanks for joining us. #sffwrtcht
3:04 amBryanThomasS:RT @J_GriffinB: @jeremycshipp can you illuminate the term hierarchal thinking for me? #sffwrtcht
3:04 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp At least your definition of hierarchal thinking #sffwrtcht
3:05 amJeremyCShipp:@J_GriffinB The hierarchical thinking that I'm referring to has to do with people believing that one group is better than another #sffwrtcht
3:06 amJeremyCShipp:@J_GriffinB Thinking that one person deserves more respect than another, basically. #sffwrtcht
3:06 amJ_GriffinB:@JeremyCShipp Thanks, I was caught up in a 'hierarchy of needs' thought process. #sffwrtcht
3:06 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp And that kind of thinking is still shockingly common sadly #sffwrtcht
3:07 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht Thanks for the chat, everyone! Loved the questions. I'll stick around for a bit longer. #sffwrtcht
3:07 amsffwrtcht:@JeremyCShipp Jeremy, we'll stay as long as you'd like to but officially, thanks for being a great guest tonight #sffwrtcht
3:09 amMerc_hyn_di:A fabulous #sffwrtcht with @JeremyCShipp Thanks, Jeremy! (Hopefully it's really you, not an attic clown in disguise)
3:09 amshadowflame1974:@JeremyCShipp Thank you for answering questions tonight. #sffwrtcht
3:10 amJeremyCShipp:@Merc_hyn_di Thank you! I am an attic clown in disguise, but that's who @JeremyCShipp really is, so it's no problem. #sffwrtcht
3:10 amsffwrtcht:Upcoming guests Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, GUD mag, Brenda Cooper, Kevin J. Andrsn, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Klima #sffwrtcht
3:12 amWandafulWendy:#sffwrtcht Do you think you will ever write a story about a hunky spunky gnome rescuing ME from those nasty attic clowns???
3:13 amJeremyCShipp:@WandafulWendy Maybe I will now! :) #sffwrtcht
3:13 amBryanThomasS:@JeremyCShipp I'm definitely going to track down your novels. Very intrigued by the premises of Cursed and Vacation #sffwrtcht
3:13 amJeremyCShipp:@sffwrtcht Thanks for the chat! I must go and eat a mound of peanut butter now. Catch you all later. #sffwrtcht
3:14 amJeremyCShipp:@BryanThomasS Thank you! Much appreciated. :) #sffwrtcht
3:14 amsffwrtcht:The transcript for our chat with @JeremyCShipp will be available later tonight at Thanks for joining us!

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