Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Science Fiction And Fantasy Writer's Chat 4/20/11 with James Enge

sffwrtcht: On 4/27 author @paulskemp talks about his Star Wars and Forgotten Realm books and editor Lou Anders of PYR 5/4. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:01:00 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Many of you may be familiar with tonight’s guest from his many Morlock adventure stories in Black Gate. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:01:13 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Many of you may be familiar with tonight’s guest from his many Morlock adventure stories in Black Gate. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:01:14 +0000 2011)
upandcomic: RT @BryanThomasS: If you like Swords & Sorrcery, tune in now to #sffwrtcht with @jamesenge, a classicist and S&S author! (Thu Apr 21 01:01:35 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Blood of Ambrose, The Crooke Way and The Wolf Age. He just signed to write another trilogy. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:01:42 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Welcome @jamesenge! Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:01:55 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Great to be here! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:02:11 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Oops, That was supposed to be The Crooked Way #sffwrtcht So crooked it is, that it kicked the d as I typed it (Thu Apr 21 01:02:19 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: I figured. Im th wrst tpyist in the world--drive my copyeditor nuts. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:02:59 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge LOL Welcome to #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:03:24 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Let’s start with the day job. You teach classic languages or literature or both? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:03:48 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: If you have not read Morlock stories, btw, you are missing out. I find them thoroughly entertaining! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:04:21 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: RT @jamesenge: Both languages and literature. Latin language mostly, with a little Greek. And myth and Roman history, too. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:04:35 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Both languages and literature. Latin language mostly, with a little Greek. And myth and Roman history, too. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:04:39 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Awesome! Who are some of your favorite classical writers? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:05:13 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: I like Vergil--the AENEID is like a fantasy novel in verse, with gods and magic and murder and trwachery and all the good stuff. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:05:52 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge It is indeed! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:06:07 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @KOMcLaughlin On now! Please join us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:06:19 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Also Seneca--the same stuff as Vergil, but with extra doses of cannibalism and murder. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:06:20 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Just makes it more interesting. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:06:38 +0000 2011)
KOMcLaughlin: @BryanThomasS Already there, thanks for the heads up! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:06:57 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: That was supposed to be treachery--not trwachery, whatever that is. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:07:01 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: And you teach undergrad, graduate or both? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:07:01 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge I thought that was an Elmer Fudd accent #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:07:21 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: A grad student every now and then, but we mostly teach undergraduates in my department. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:07:31 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Was it academic boredom, morbid curiosity, or too much spare time which led you to become a writer? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:07:50 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @KOMcLaughlin Welcome to #sffwrtcht! (Thu Apr 21 01:08:07 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Maxime silete (Be vewy vewy quiet!) #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:08:13 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Re being a writer: I started as a kid, long before I got into classics. Though I was always into myth. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:08:44 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: @jamesenge What kinds of stories/things did you write as a kid? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:09:12 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Oh, God. Horrible multibook imitations of Tolkien, drenched with Mary Sues, that never ended until I abandoned them. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:09:54 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge LOL I wrote lots of fanfic type stuff as well. I think many writers start that way #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:10:34 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: How did the Morlock character come into being? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:10:37 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Morlock was a combination of lots of things--Tolkien, Arthurian mythos, Wells. Irritation with favorite writers gets me to write. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:11:39 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: @jamesenge As a classics professor, do you use modern computers or the kind that fill rooms, to capture the classics experience? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:12:23 +0000 2011)
Paulskemp: RT @sffwrtcht: On 4/27 author @paulskemp talks about his Star Wars and Forgotten Realm books and editor Lou Anders of PYR 5/4. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:12:27 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Did you attempt a novel first or start with the short stories? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:12:37 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @KOMcLaughlin Feel free to jump in any time with questions. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:12:58 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: He walked into one of those multibook things I wrote as a teenager and started causing trouble immediately. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:13:06 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: RT @jamesenge: He walked into one of those multibook things I wrote as a teenager and started causing trouble immediately. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:13:06 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Re classics teaching: I do whatever I can to capture the students' attention. You have to sell clasics pretty hard these days. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:13:51 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge So he's been in your life a long time, demanding you to work at telling his tales... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:13:54 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Sadly, I'm sure that's true. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:14:13 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Yes, although it took a long time for the world to grow around him. And for my storytelling to grow up to him. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:14:45 +0000 2011)
Jaleta_Clegg: @jamesenge What classics are better received by the college kids? do movies help sell classics to them? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:15:13 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Re classics: It's a good challenge, though. Every college teacher should show that what he's doing is with the students' time. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:15:47 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Jaleta_Clegg Good question! Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:15:57 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Re classics: Spartacus is big these days! Also Perseus (because of CLASH) & the Spartans. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:16:32 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: @jamesenge Did you attempt a novel first or start with the short stories? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:16:39 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Thank God the movies are doing their part to promote the classics #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:16:57 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: I started first with novels, failed egregiously with novels, tried stories, and now I'm trying novels again. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:17:16 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge How many short stories have there been and where have they appeared besides Black Gate? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:17:40 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Glad you didn't give up... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:17:59 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS Yes, the mvies have been pretty lively lately. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:18:19 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Coming tomorrow on GraspingForTheWind.com, the #sffwrtcht interviews @TheKJA about Star Wars, Dune, and more! (Thu Apr 21 01:19:07 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Coming tomorrow on GraspingForTheWind.com, the #sffwrtcht interviews @TheKJA about Star Wars, Dune, and more! (Thu Apr 21 01:19:07 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Re stories... There's one in SWORDS & DARK MAGC (up for a Shirley Jackson), and TRAVELLERS' REST (available as a free ebook)... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:19:13 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Yes, I've read both. Was there one in Rogue Blades or was that something else? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:19:40 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Re stories--& one at Everr Day Fiction, and a couple in the old FLASHING SWORDS ezine. Now I'm losing track... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:20:03 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Tell us a little about the character of Morlock. He’s Merlin’s son and the family are wizards? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:20:16 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: I missed the every day fiction one. Now I have to go track that down. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:20:33 +0000 2011)
eruditeogre: @jamesenge the SWORDS story is the one that hooked me on your work. Solid craftsmanship, wry humor, human moments, fun S&S #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:20:54 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Yes, ROGUE BLADES reprinted one from FLASHING SWORDS "The Red Worm's Way". I still have the original version up at my website. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:21:10 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @eruditeogre Good to see you! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:21:32 +0000 2011)
Jaleta_Clegg: #WW luv to @jbaer10314 @rencummins @goldenageofgeek (he's awesome!) @jade_fowler @danmcneil888 and join #sffwrtcht in progress NOW (Thu Apr 21 01:21:39 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @eruditeogre Good to hear! That one got bounced once because an editor said the character doesn't change in the story... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:22:02 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Does he change in the book? seems everything changes around him instead... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:22:30 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: .... but he's an alcoholic who walks away from a drink on the story's last page. I bit my elbow. @eruditeogre #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:22:41 +0000 2011)
eruditeogre: @BryanThomasS following along as I also work on my column :-). Did not want to miss Mr. Enge! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:22:56 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Ah yes, I remember that story now. A good one... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:23:32 +0000 2011)
Jaleta_Clegg: #sffwrtcht I don't read much S&S, but your stories intrigue me. What would you recommend as your favorite story? @jamesenge (Thu Apr 21 01:23:33 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: That's true about Morlock in BLOOD OF AMBROSE. Though he does has an important choice to make in the final section. @BryanThomasS #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:23:41 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Tsk tsk Asking him to pick a favorite child... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:23:52 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Morlock is a bit mysterious. He's feared because of his family's magic and reputation. Estranged frm his fathr Merlin. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:24:40 +0000 2011)
KOMcLaughlin: @BryanThomasS @jamesenge How about a good place to start reading? ;) A good first pick for someone who hasn't read your work yet? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:24:45 +0000 2011)
eruditeogre: @jamesenge Wow, that's silly! I really admired the ending, the progression that led up to that nicely. Made other tales engaging #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:24:47 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: What made you decide it was time to attempt a Morlock book? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:24:49 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Hm... "Turn Up This Crooked Way" is one I really like. I like them all, of course. #biased #egomaniac @Jaleta_Clegg #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:24:52 +0000 2011)
Jaleta_Clegg: @jamesenge I should have phrased that differently. Any place to buy Turn Up This Crooked Way? #biased #egomaniac #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:25:42 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Either BLOOD OF AMBROSE or THIS CROOKED WAY (or the stories linked on my site #plug) might be good. @KOMcLaughlin #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:25:54 +0000 2011)
eruditeogre: @jamesenge THIS CROOKED WAY was quite a contrast to BLOOD OF AMBROSE. Was it intentional taking the story in a surreal direction? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:26:31 +0000 2011)
Jaleta_Clegg: @eruditeogre What is your website? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:26:35 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: I firmly believe in starting _in medias res_--rush straight into the middle of things. @KOMcLaughlin #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:26:40 +0000 2011)
Jaleta_Clegg: I hate when tweetdeck switches comments on me. Website for @jamesenge please. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:27:09 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Blood of Ambrose is more about the young Emperor Lathamar in many ways than Morlock. How did that happen? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:27:22 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Re novels: after I started selling stories I was interested in the challenge of a novel. I like experiments with storytelling. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:27:42 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge That shows in your experimentation with novel form/structure, which we'll get to in a moment. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:28:29 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @Jaleta_Clegg It's tucked into the novel THIS CROOKED WAY (as you might expect) but it appeared in BLACK GATE 8. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:28:44 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @Jaleta_Clegg And I think blackgate.com is still running a back-issue sale #plug #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:29:22 +0000 2011)
eruditeogre: @jamesenge I really appreciated the variety of approaches in each novel, & the fact that Morlock related differently to the story.#sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:29:28 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @eruditeogre Sort of! But some of the weirder parts in TCW predate BOA by years. I wanted BOA to be user-friendly, though. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:30:18 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Do the same sidekicks and relatives appear in all the stories and the other books or is Morlock the main recurring character? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:30:31 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS Morlock stories sometimes need more than one hero. He doesn't talk enough! That was one reason. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:31:16 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge yes, it is hard to articulate grunts and groans as dialogue, I'm sure. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:31:53 +0000 2011)
Jaleta_Clegg: @jamesenge Thanks. I'm checking out your fiction now. Looks good. #plug #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:32:42 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS I try to vary the mix of supporting characters (or alternate main characters). #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:32:44 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge A year ago on their last back issue sale, I bought every issue I didn't have. So now, I have the complete collection. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:32:49 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Indeed. Because it really is ensemble storytelling. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:33:12 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS WOLF AGE happened because a few people asked about the werewolf in TCW & I got to thinking. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:33:23 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Do the other books tie in to the story of Blood of Ambrose or is each independent? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:33:48 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS Re grunts: Eh! Howmany times can you type that?! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:34:13 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge There are various spellings you can research in the classics, of course... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:34:33 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: BLOOD OF AMBROSE and THIS CROOKED WAY really are standalones. WOLF AGE benefits from knowing the others. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:35:05 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: The structure of Blood of Ambrose felt loose to me. Almost as if a serious of vinyettes with a thin thru line. Why that choice? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:35:57 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS I wanted to write the kind of story that usually appears in 3 volumes in a single shot. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:37:03 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS Some people weren't crazy about it. Not enough scenery & walking? But S&S fans dug it, as a rule. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:37:49 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Well, in one sense it felt like an actual adventure might feel, as I imagine it, so it was authentic that way #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:39:05 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: What drew you to sword and sorcery? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:39:17 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @eruditeogre Belated! Thanks. Maybe changing it up each book is a mistake--people don't know what to expect. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:39:26 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge The lack of heavy description didn't bother me. I tend to write that way myself. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:39:32 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Fritz Leiber's S&S blew me away. It was a different kind of fantasy that Tolkien's--earthier, wittier, faster. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:40:39 +0000 2011)
eruditeogre: @eruditeogre Personally, I like the change-ups. If it were a tight series it might be less efficacious, but I enjoyed the shifts. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:41:10 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS I know what you mean about description. I like significant description, not mere scenery. The shotgun on the wall. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:41:30 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Speaking of Lieber, who are some of your mentors and influences? #sffwrtcht #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:41:31 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Absolutely. And I like a certain pace. Too much bogs it all down. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:41:53 +0000 2011)
KOMcLaughlin: #sffwrtcht I was practically raised on that stuff - Hobbit and LOTR in 1st grade, and then I began devouring my parents' 50s/60s pulp books (Thu Apr 21 01:42:14 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @KOMcLaughlin I am behind on a lot of it but I am haunting used book stores and slowly catching up #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:42:53 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: How does your knowledge of the classics period—culture, languages, writing—infuse your fiction? Or does it? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:43:55 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @eruditeogre Some of the series is set in stone, some I make up as I go. The contrasts are fun for me, hopefully for the reader. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:44:11 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Tying into that, how much outlining, character sketching and prep do you do? Do you plan ahead or let the story unfold #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:44:52 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @KOMcLaughlin That's the stuff. Although I started with FELLOWSHIP, & got the HOBBIT later. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:45:00 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Tying into Leiber, who are some of your mentors and influences? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:45:36 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS I steal what I can from myths. There's a running Morlock=Hercules gag in the books, but it's blink-and-miss-it. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:46:14 +0000 2011)
KOMcLaughlin: @jamesenge #sffwrtcht Those are great old books. Can't recommend them enough. Different sort of writing from today, but great. (Thu Apr 21 01:46:14 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS Influences; JRRT, Leiber, Vance, Le Guin, Brackett, Zelazny. Those are the bigs, I think, at least in genre. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:47:32 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge I love Brackett. Just got my first Vance and Zelazny to read. Love JRRT too. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:48:29 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Have you written fiction with other characters than Morlock? Any other genres? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:48:35 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS Re outlining: I always have an outline, but I reserve the right to smash it. The sordid Muse knows what she wants. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:48:38 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge ha ha, yes she does. Is it a detailed outline or just a sketch? #craft #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:49:10 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Still time all for your questions for @jamesenge on @sffwrtcht. Feel free to jump in! (Thu Apr 21 01:50:20 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Still time all for your questions for @jamesenge on @sffwrtcht. Feel free to jump in! (Thu Apr 21 01:50:20 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: I've written buckets of fiction with other characters. It hasn't sold, but I don't despair. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:50:24 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge What projects do you have coming up that we can look forward to? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:50:50 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge Congrats on the latest trilogy deal, by the way. @onyxhawke #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:51:10 +0000 2011)
KOMcLaughlin: @jamesenge #sffwrtcht Have you thought about self publishing, or are you happy with working through Pyr, or both? (Thu Apr 21 01:51:11 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS I always know how the story ends (unless I change it at the last minute). #sffwrtcht #craft (Thu Apr 21 01:51:12 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge LOL, me, too. #sffwrtcht #craft (Thu Apr 21 01:51:32 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS The longer the story is, the more notes-to-self I usually need to make the parts fit. #sffwrtcht #craft (Thu Apr 21 01:51:51 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: James Enge is a nom de plume. Do you have any other noms de plume? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:53:01 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @KOMcLaughlin I really like Pyr--and I'm not saying that because they pay me. Self-publishing: always an option, but... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:53:06 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @KOMcLaughlin ... it really might be hard to separate oneself from the crowd of voices crying for attention. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:53:45 +0000 2011)
eruditeogre: @jamesenge do you have a filing system for notes or do you use Scrivener? Or just wing it? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:54:15 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: So far I've only published as James Enge and James Pfundstein (the latter for classics stuff). #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:54:36 +0000 2011)
eruditeogre: @jamesenge heh, I never knew you had a nom de plume! Can you tell us what was behind that decision? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:55:11 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @eruditeogre It's pretty informal--used to be scribbled on sheets of paper, now it's a word file with cryptic junk in it. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:55:27 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @eruditeogre Ahem. Some of us do our research... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:55:28 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @eruditeogre aka reading the author's own website... #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:55:40 +0000 2011)
njoenews: RT @sffwrtcht: On 4/27 author @paulskemp talks about his Star Wars and Forgotten Realm books and editor Lou Anders of PYR 5/4. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:56:05 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: @jamesenge What else do you have coming for us to look forward to in the near future? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:56:12 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @eruditeogre "Pfundstein" is just too hard for people to spell. There is a real James Enge, though. I bet he hates my guts. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:56:32 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge He'll never say anything. He'll be too afraid of the Ambrosii and the shathes! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:57:22 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Upcoming: Next year, probably in summer A GUILE OF DRAGONS. It's volume 1 of a real & actual trilogy. That's the next experiment. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:57:52 +0000 2011)
eruditeogre: @BryanThomasS too busy writing appreciations of the author! :-) #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:57:52 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: A real and actual trilogy of Morlock tales? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:58:14 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Where can we find you online besides jamesenge.com? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:58:20 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: Yes, I started out complaining about trilogies, and then I started thinking about how I'd do it, and then I started doing it. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:59:04 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge LOL Ironic how we hook ourselves into these things with our big mouths, huh? #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 01:59:29 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Next week, we chat with Star Wars and D&D Forgotten Realms author @Paulskemp with PYR editor @LouAnders the following week! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:00:31 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Next week, we chat with Star Wars and D&D Forgotten Realms author @Paulskemp with PYR editor @LouAnders the following week! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:00:31 +0000 2011)
Jaleta_Clegg: #sffwrtcht Sorry had to step out for a bit. Nice to meet fellow Zelazny fans. Love his stuff. And Leiber, too. (Thu Apr 21 02:00:37 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @eruditeogre ;) Nice save #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:00:41 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Awesome! @jamesenge Thanks for joining us! Great chatting with you! Come back any time! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:01:16 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @BryanThomasS Re big mouths: Yes! Maybe Morlock has the right idea, with those enigmatic grunts. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:01:40 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: A transcript for this chat will be up on the blog shortly. Meanwhile, you can catch up at erif.org/sffwrtcht-20110420.php #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:01:56 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: This was a riot; thanks for having me, and to everyone for a great conversation. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:02:06 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge yes, indeed. I know I'd be better off following his example! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:02:13 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: (untranscribable) #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:02:42 +0000 2011)
Jaleta_Clegg: @BryanThomasS @jamesenge Nice chatting with you. Now I've got some great S&S to read. Looking forward to it. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:03:20 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @jamesenge LOL #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:03:22 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Jaleta_Clegg Good to see you too! #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:04:18 +0000 2011)
eruditeogre: @jamesenge Eh. (translation: I enjoyed this chat very much and thank you profusely for participating). #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:06:05 +0000 2011)
jamesenge: @Jaleta_Clegg Thanks again. It is always good to meet a Zelazny fan, virtually or otherwise. I worry about his star fading. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:06:25 +0000 2011)
eruditeogre: & might I add: if folks want more discussion of Mr. Enge's work, I wrote an appreciation for SFSignal: bit.ly/i1mI8q #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:08:08 +0000 2011)
kaolinfire: RT @eruditeogre: @jamesenge Eh. (translation: I enjoyed this chat very much and thank you profusely for participating). #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:08:14 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @eruditeogre Shameless self-plugger #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 21 02:08:41 +0000 2011)

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