January 5th, 2012

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Yet More Question Answers

I think I have one more set to answer after this one.

mkellis asked: Leading question, but: are you going to put up a thread for Serpent Sea discussions (including spoilers)?

I don't think I will, mostly because having it on my LJ would mean I'd be sent the comments and be responsible for moderating (if it needed moderation) and I really don't have the time. But if someone else wants to do it, let me know where it is and I'll advertise it here.

Also: about 1/3 of the way in, and so very, very good. I'm reveling in the sensawunda of the settings.

Thank you!

puddleshark asked: How do you keep track of what's going on in action scenes? Do you just have a very good visual memory, or do you have to have notes'n'plans'n'stuff?

Usually my action scenes aren't complicated enough to need plans. Because I stick to a tight personal POV, the character in the action scene only sees the portion of the scene they are interacting with. That character may have a vague idea what the others are doing, but she's mostly going to be focused on her part of the action, her goal, staying alive, etc. The fragments that she sees of the rest of the scene may make the whole thing seem a lot more complicated to plan than it actually was.

If you have multiple viewpoints in an action scene, which I hardly ever do, that would probably need a plan.

Okay, off to the recycling center, the post office, and the grocery store. Then I need to take another whack at this chapter.

One more reminder: I'll be doing a book signing for The Serpent Sea and The Cloud Roads at Murder by the Book, in Houston, Texas, on Saturday January 7 at 4:30, along with authors Kimberly Frost and Jaye Wells. Use this link to order signed copies online.
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First, a brief history of my cats:

Kate was the first cat I had as an adult, the first cat that was all mine. An ex-roommate gave her to me when Kate was already 13 years old, with the expectation that Kate would soon die. Kate lived another 10 years, much of it just her and me in poorly air-conditioned student apartments. It was actually my vet (also inherited from the ex-roommate) who said one day that he had been seeing Kate for an awfully long time, looked up her chart and realized she was over 20. She slept on my head, and once in the early morning stretched out a paw and accidentally hooked a claw in one of my nostrils. (Fortunately she was also a very smart cat and realized immediately what she'd done, and waited calmly for me to unhook her.) She died of heart failure, at home, in my lap, in 1997 when I was working on the galleys of The Death of the Necromancer.

Harry was a kitten when I found him at night in an ice storm outside my apartment. Harry died in August of 2010, and I wrote about him here. He was two months shy of 20.

We got Bella as a kitten from the animal shelter when Kate died, and she's probably close to 16 years old. She's been losing weight for a couple of years, but at first that was okay, because she was a bit overweight. But she was down to 8 pounds last October, and now she's nearly down to 7. We had complete blood tests and urine tests and every other bodily fluid test done at the vet (same vet I've had since Kate), and the results are all negative. There is nothing wrong with her. She eats, she doesn't throw up food, she plays a bit, purrs a lot, sleeps a lot, doesn't seem to be in pain. But she's wasting away. So, yeah, there's something wrong with her. For me, 16 is not old for a cat. 16 is when we start to notice that, oh yeah, the cat might be getting kind of middle-aged now.

So right now we're just waiting to see what happens, and plying her with expensive cat foods that come in pouches and smell very very bad, and guarding her food from Tasha who would otherwise gorge on it like a Roman emperor at an orgy.


Bella with Spike, our dog who died of cancer in 2008:

Bella forcing affection on Harry:

Tasha as a kitten forcibly grooming Harry: