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Maybe this'll work. Maybe it won't. Anyhow, I am creating a FAQ entry for Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth. I have a few questions that I'm asked all the time, but I thought it'd be worthwhile throwing it open here, and seeing what you guys would ask me if I sudden had a FAQ.

I might even answer them here, just for kicks.


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Aug. 7th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)



Also, whenceforth? And to whom?
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
...could you be a little more specific? i have so many things i could confess too.
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
What I mean to ask was:
To whom?
(not to mention:
With what?)

I find that last parenthetical question perhaps the most alarming. I'd be surprised if it wasn't frequently asked. I'm sorry but I can't be much more specific than this, but I doubt that the frequent askers would either, if that's any consolation.
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
It looks like I did ask "To whom?", but hopefully I've contextualised the question a little more now.
Aug. 7th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC)
Have you sold any "science fiction is dead." t-shirts?
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
you know i have. also, good faq question.
Aug. 7th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
When, precisely, are we going to learn the truth about you, the Russian cosmonaut, the three tubes of toothpaste, the whip wielding midget troupe, and Matt Damon?

We wait.
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
Now, see, this is specific.
And it would be frequently asked, except that you keep deleting the comments where people ask this. No more! No more censorship, Ben!
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
i rule this blog with a iron fist! i rule it! if i don't want no matt damon references here, then there won't be!
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
...and thanks to the wonders of double-negatives, there indeed aren't no Matt Damon references here (see above).
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
you're such a word nazi :P
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
My review of Al Reynolds' Understanding Space and Time gets a mention from coalescent in his review here (which I just read) - because I pulled Al up on his misuse of the word "crescendo"!
So I guess you're right. Well, you're not wrong anyway.
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
well, there are worse things in the world.

today as i was working on 26lies, i thought, 'i don't really use this words in a correct way. it's just some sort of launching pad for me.' i figure that'll piss some people off, and decided that was okay :)
Aug. 7th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
Ben Peek: "Humpy Dumpty has nothing on me!"
`When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'
Aug. 7th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
my god. that describes me so well.
Aug. 8th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Elitist :)
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
you say that like it's a bad thing ;)
Aug. 7th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
You should put your pie recipe in.
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
i have!

it's under N, for vladimir nabokov.
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
it's under N, for vladimir nabokov.

Of course!

Aug. 8th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
What's the best piece of writing advice you've given? (Conversely, what's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received?)

Imagining of course that there is such a thing as writing advice...and that you would be receptive to it / give it out...
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
...i don't reckon i've ever given great advice. how about you? my advice usually tends to be along the lines of don't be afriad to push yourself, do things youd on't usually do, blah blah. as for writing advice i've got, um... you know, none spring to mind...

maybe i'm not listening to people.
Aug. 8th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
Yeah; I don't think any of it would be regarded as 'great', but I am always encouraging to write freely and without self-censorship. That's about as good as it gets really.

And yet still I am paid for this.

I've read lots of good writing quotations, but haven't been told much good to my face. The best 'advice' I've ever heard is when someone likes something I've written and says they'd like to see more; then I know I'm on the right track.

I 'listen' to people all the time, but eventually reach a decision / follow my own path myself anyway.
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)

actually, i think the best advice i ever heard was never to ask if someone has read your work. the logic goes that if they liked it, they'll tell you, and if they didn't, you're not going to want to hear it. so i figure that would be my one.

i think i might use the writing advice one.
Aug. 8th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
Is Ben Peek your real name?

A passerby
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
heh. you don't really think i came up with a fake one, do you?
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
Just off the top of my head:

1. Is it true what they say about the groupies?

2. Why don't you like going to cons?

3. Is style it's own reward, or must it be integrated with the narrative in order to work.
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
i wonder if i can use that con one?

1. Is it true what they say about the groupies?

i wish i had some groupies, really.

2. Why don't you like going to cons?

this one i reckon i might be able to use, so thanks :)

(the answer is kind of complex nowadays. but mostly, i find that sort of intense, hi, how are you, shallow conversation driven environment very empty. i can handle it for a bit, but after a while i just begin to dislike myself for the things i say. kinda like any big work function. also, they cost money.)

3. Is style it's own reward, or must it be integrated with the narrative in order to work.

it can go both ways, of course. the persuit of style can be more of a reward to the author than to the reader, i sometimes feel, however, because i think style is one of those things that writers get more of a buzz out of. (or maybe are just more conscious of it.)
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
It's good to feel useful.

In case it needs saying, feel free to paraphrase any you end up using so that they can generate the answers you want to give.

Maybe if you went to cons, you'd have more groupies ;)
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:14 am (UTC)
you're always useful :)

anyhow, i don't know what'll work or not for it. it's actually just an entry, so there's no answers within the book--rather, i want the entry to convey information by the question. things like 'do you always wear black?' and so on.

i always want to have a joke in it. heh. i thought FAQ would be pretty easy, but it's proving to be a bit more tetchy than i thought. i wonder if tetchy is really a word.
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:17 am (UTC)
Tetchy is a word, similar to irritable. But I'm not sure if you're using it correctly. I think it's a state of mind, or a mannerism which a person has, rather than a property of something non-sentient. (As a philosopher, I think I may be in the habit of taking such distinctions too seriously.)
Aug. 8th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
hmm. yes. that's what i thought it meant. i think you could perhaps put it on a non living thing--since its a mood, it'd just fall under a personification.
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
Well, if you're personifying , then anything's permitted.
Aug. 10th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
Seven questions
(i) Have you got a favourite letter? If so which one would it be?
(ii) If you could invent a letter, what would it be?
(iii) Are 26 letters enough or should we have more?
(iv) Any views on diphthongs?
(v) In Welsh letters are sometimes mutated according to what word has come before. If you could mutate a letter is there one that you think deserves special attention and why?
(vi) Some letters sound different according to context - do you think this is fair?
(vii) In Yorkshire the 'h' is often ignored; while in some parts of London the 't' is often deliberately abused - do you have an suggestions for the 'h' ot 't' activist?
Aug. 10th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Seven questions
man, so many letter questions!

you know, clare, i don't even think about letters that much. i don't think i have a favourite letter. maybe z. z has a nice form. but really, i'm all in the, 'it's a tool' kind of frame of mind.

and i'm not drunk enough for the yorkshire question!

Aug. 10th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Seven questions
heh, heh that was just the start...
Yes, I like z too, especially when part of a sequence, after lunch, as now zzzzzzz.
No one wake me up - unless you think of an answer to the Yorkshire question - and the more drunk you are, the better, in my view.
P.S. Just before I shut my eyes I'd just like to say good answers to the meme, Mr Peek - and agree about LotR - though thought the Hobbit wasn't too bad.
P.P.S.That picture of the diamond mine was amazing and loved that story about helicopters getting sucked in.
Aug. 10th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Seven questions
the midday nap!

heh. well, i'm about off to go to sleep for the night. i have spent the evening learning all sorts of things. for example, anthony burgess paid to have sex with a twelve year old girl, amongst other many other prostitutes of different races. the things you learn doing a bit of research on a guy.

i'm glad you liked the answers, and the diamond mine. i want to go. maybe we should organise a diamond mine excursion.

anyhow, to bed with me.
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