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Martha Wells

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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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