Random Thoughts for Wednesday, November 10th 2010

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Staring at a sunbeam makes you realize – there’s a lot of crap floating around in the air…

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The oil change light in your car is just a recommendation sort of thing, right?  I mean, if you track it by mileage, you can totally ignore that light…?

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Being a tall, big guy was an advantage freshman year in high school – nobody messed with me.

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Being a tall, big guy and traveling on airplanes is a distinct disadvantage.

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I need to take more time for myself.

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Vacations are hard for me because there is no one to pick up the slack for me when I’m gone – there’s just me.

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Feeling unappreciated for what you do and contribute is not a good thing.

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Being embarrassed when praise is given is not a good thing either.

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I never want to be limited by genre as an author; why do authors have to write under pen names in order to publish their books across genres?  Is being an author the ultimate form of typecasting?  I mean – Robert Jordan (a pen name) wrote the Wheel of Time books under a pen name and used the same pen name for his books in the Conan universe, but used a different name (Reagan O’Neal) for his westerns.

Mike Resnick once told me that for him to write outside of Science Fiction would be like ‘starting over’.  Why?

I don’t understand this at all.  Why couldn’t you simply write what you want to write and be known as writer rather than a cross genre anomaly?

Has anyone successfully written books in multiple genres without having to use pen names?

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As technology grows, as social networks grow, it becomes easier to reach out and make friends across the globe – people that you talk with every day, get to know, to love and feel close to.

Makes weekend bbq’s and get togethers difficult though…

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I find it odd that people ask me for advice about publishing given that I have not yet been published.  And yet, the emails and DM’s come in…

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I love cheeseburgers.

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I am trying, hard, to change my eating habits.  Something needs to give.

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2 comments for “Random Thoughts for Wednesday, November 10th 2010

  1. Mike Resnick
    November 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I can sell in any number of fields. I’ve sold a mystery novel, and
    had offers for a Western. I’ve sold non-fiction books,. But while I can sell in those fields, I would be selling at beginner’s wages, and I’d rather make
    the considerably more money I get for my science fiction.
    Simple as that.

    Mike Resnick

    • Patrick Hester
      November 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm

      I guess what confuses me is – I work as a marketing director for a mortgage company. If I went to work for a grocery store as their marketing director, I wouldn’t start over on pay – I’d be able to get the same pay give or take that I make at the mortgage company.

      You’re a great writer – why wouldn’t you be paid accordingly?

      ~P

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