Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 4 Dec 98 11:06
So did Doc finish the book and return it at the checkout desk? It does have three stories about dogs in it, which isn't too bad a ratio for a collection of 17 stories.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Fri 4 Dec 98 19:41
No, Doc still has not coughed it up. I am searching, searching. If I cannot find it by Monday, I shall quick as a bunny get another.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 4 Dec 98 19:55
I hope you can get another one quick as a bunny!
Martha Soukup (soukup) Sun 6 Dec 98 01:30
I just want to say that there was an Alfa Romeo convertible parked around the corner today, and its license plate number was NJULIET.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Sun 6 Dec 98 09:55
do we like that? I kinda like that, although I am against vanity plates.
this bag is not a toy (vard) Sun 6 Dec 98 09:58
I once read on the Well about the sighting in San Francisco of a Honda Civic del Sol with license plates DEL FOG.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Sun 6 Dec 98 10:42
I like vanity plates when they make me laugh.
Linda Dyer (lin) Sun 6 Dec 98 12:02
problem is, they only make me laugh once.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Sun 6 Dec 98 17:01
I only see most license plates once.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Mon 7 Dec 98 10:55
Joe Haldeman suggests the Alfa Romeo driver has another, identical car, and its license plate reads NBETA. C'mon, ask me something.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Mon 7 Dec 98 12:20
What do you look like? What's your favorite color? What's your work schedule? Are you married? Single? Don't know? Do you have any vices? What kind of clothing do you favor? Do you color your hair? Do you define yourself by your work? Who are your greatest influences? Where do you like to hang out on the Well? How's your book doing? Tell us about your other Books.
Jennifer Powell (jnfr) Mon 7 Dec 98 14:22
Why in the world do you write fiction (given that it can be hard work and pays almost nothing)?
Scott Underwood (ideo) Mon 7 Dec 98 14:48
How about working style? Word processor or pencil and paper? Several revisions or fully formed at first attempt? Rigid schedule or when the muse strikes?
Gail Williams (gail) Mon 7 Dec 98 15:28
What's the most annoying question interviewers... not *here* but cluesless interviewers *elsewhere*... tend to ask?
Martha Soukup (soukup) Mon 7 Dec 98 15:37
Whew, that's a lot of questions. When I was a kid, my favorite color was brown, but I don't know that I have one now. Am I married or single? That's a complicated question. I am best friends with the swellest person on earth and we're not divorced. I'm a t-shirt and jeans sort of person, though for special occasions I've been known to wear things that go up to here and down to there. I highlight my hair a little sometimes. I don't know how I define myself. If I defined myself by my work, I'd be pretty depressed, and sometimes I do. Influences is a long post. I hang out in a lot of Well conferences: Words, Current, Media, Genx, Obsess.ind, Slicker.ind, Owl, Sanfran, Books, Music, Newmusic.ind, Movies, and other ones I'm forgetting. I don't know how my book's doing. It does better every time someone buys a copy. I don't know why I write fiction. That would be another whole post. My working style is nothing to brag about. I'll elaborate where desired--
Michael R. Walsh (mrw) Mon 7 Dec 98 17:23
Long posts where indicated would be lovely.
Jennifer Powell (jnfr) Mon 7 Dec 98 17:51
Yes, please expand when you have the time.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Mon 7 Dec 98 18:01
I have no long-term memory, which forces me to be a short-fiction writer. Let me know what you want expanded on, and if it comes roughly one at a time I won't have to whine for you to repeat it.
Jennifer Powell (jnfr) Mon 7 Dec 98 18:34
Okay, you have to write short fiction, because you have no long-term memory. But why write fiction? What does it give you?
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Mon 7 Dec 98 20:24
Jennifer, I find that an odd question! Perhaps I'm being sensitive on (soukup)'s behalf, but that, coupled with the previous statement of fiction paying nothing, seems, well...vaguely denigrating. You can't possibly mean it this way, I am sure. To me it is the greatest privilege in the world to write books and have people print them up and offer them for sale. And fiction, because it is so hard, is the greatest privilege of all.
Jennifer Powell (jnfr) Mon 7 Dec 98 21:05
I do not mean my question to be denigrating, and I hope Martha doesn't take it that way. I am both surprised and happy that anyone writes fiction, given how underappreciated and poorly paid such work is. Not to mention that it can be personally draining. I've talked with a lot of writers about why they write fiction in spite of the difficulties of that profession, and the reasons often go to the very soul of a person. I'd love to hear more about Martha's soul, that's all.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Tue 8 Dec 98 00:33
Please don't be sensitive on my behalf, or otherwise do be, because I think it's a perfectly reasonable question so I can't be sensitive about it myself. I mean, it's a crazy thing to do. Go to New York and walk into the Strand used-book store, where writers who were once well-enough known and published a dozen books are swallowed up and lost and forgotten until once a year someone comes in who notices a dusty old book and remembers them. And then I write short stories! So when someone does manage to stumble across one, and is good enough to ask, "Where can I read more?", my answer has been, "Um, I could make you some printouts," because they weren't going to find the dozens of old magazines and anthologies the stories were printed in two years ago--or two months. As for fiction paying nothing, didn't I say that first? I was reading along in the Salon topic where people were talking about how you had to work for them for love to take whatever it was, $500 for an essay, and I thought-- wow! At five cents a word (not an unusual short-fiction rate), I'd need to turn out a 10,000 word novelette for that! So you don't do it for the money. Don't even write novels for the money: a few novelists hit the jackpot, but with the decline of the midlist, it's hard, unless you hit that jackpot, to make even a poverty-level living wage writing a novel a year. You can easily make $5000 for a novel. You can easily make less. And if you don't hit the jackpot, you may not be given many chances even to make the little money. So: hardly any money, small audience. I guess I want to say something. Even if it's only to the room. I guess.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden (pnh) Tue 8 Dec 98 04:36
I work in fiction, too, as an editor, and although I've been on the Well for years I still find it striking to listen to the many journalists and technical writers here complain about what they think are low rates. Ha ha, I laugh in a dark way that is not really a laugh, ha ha.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 8 Dec 98 13:40
so Martha, you're married to your best friend but not married?
Angus MacDonald (angus) Tue 8 Dec 98 14:19
Is it true that you used to work in bookstores? Is it necessary for a writer to work in bookstores at some point? Is it harmful?
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