Friday, September 5, 2014

Follow Friday - A Typhoon Has Sustained Winds of More Than 74 Miles Per Hour

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - The YA Buzz and Whatever You Can Still Betray.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: Are you also a writer and what genre or did you ever consider writing?

As with so many of these questions, the answer depends on how you interpret it. In this case, it depends on how you interpret the word "writer". In one sense, everyone who writes a blog is a writer, and I mean that in a non-trivial sense. Kameron Hurley recently won the Hugo award for Best Related Work for her essay We Have Always Fought: Challenging the "Women, Cattle, and Slaves" Narrative, which was published as a blog post on A Dribble of Ink. Granted, Kameron's essay is an outlier as most of us cannot write nearly as well as she can, but that is a difference in degree and not in kind. Our blog writing is as serious or frivolous as we want it to be.

I also write a lot of material for games. I have played role-playing games since I was a preteen, and for much of my gaming life I have been in the position of being on the game master side of the table. And that means writing campaign settings and adventure scenarios so that players can enjoy themselves battling terrible villains. And I have reams of material that I have written for games, in various stages of completion ranging from "sketchy outline" to "polished game settings including player handouts and illustrations". None of them are ever going to be published. Most will probably never be seen by anyone except those people who sit at the table when I am running a campaign. But it is writing all the same.

But the kind of writing that I think this question is actually asking about is fiction writing. As in "have you written any novels". The answer to this question is a qualified yes. I haven't written any novels, but I have written some pieces of shorter fiction almost all of which are unfinished as of this date. None of them have been published as of yet, but they might be at some point in the future. Those who read this blog might guess that the genres I write in are science fiction and fantasy, and that guess would be correct. And though I have not tried my hand at writing a novel yet, I might at some point in the reasonably near future.

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  1. A fellow SFF genre lover :D

    Currently an old follower via GFC but a new follower via Bloglovin!

    Guinevere & Libertad @ Twinja Book Review's #FF

  2. I have thought about writing, but I would not have time to get the deadlines done. I am a new GFC follower!
    My FFF

    1. @Kat T.: I am also somewhat allergic to deadlines. I avoid doing blog tours specifically for that reason.