OMG, I ate too much!!! Cedar did a fantastic job with an ‘Italian’ meal at her house last night, and we had a huge turnout!

The usual suspects, plus Jesse coming down from OKC, Becky and hubby from Dallas, John from over by Gainesville, and Ben Yalow from Dallas.

The discussions were all over the place, from the opening paragraphs of both versions ofย  RAH’s The Puppet Masters, to research for menus, to plotting for new novels, to hang ups on works in process, to various military things, discussions of guns in books and movies, and Jesse brought a box of his 3D creations to play with…

And those are just the ones I caught parts of, there were ‘other’ discussions going on in the kitchen, on the porch, and in the living room as people circulated!

And I got caught up on my beta reads I owed people, so I can finally get back on my WIP tomorrow! I didn’t get a lot done the last two weeks, because of the situation and worry over PP, but I did at least get up to 42k words.

And I think the radio interview went fairly well, and they didn’t have to bleep me once, so I’m proud of that. But it IS embarrassing when you discuss people and ‘revision’ of books (Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming) and then forget the name of Roald Dahl’s wife (Patricia Neal) during the discussion… sigh

The interview can be found HERE.


Burp… — 12 Comments

  1. It is okay to forget a name every once and awhile. I attribute it to “dustiattic” syndrome. A friend once told me that his aunt told him that our minds are like a dusty attic. That as we get older we put the newer things on top while we have to dig down into the pile for older things. I was only in my 40s at the time and having to dig around for some things. And I know neither of us are spring chickens.

    Glad you are back in the saddle up there in the wilds of North Central Texas and stirring up trouble with the NTT.

  2. 1) glad things went well.
    B) “and they didn’t have to bleep me once”. So, disappointed, ya Brownshoe. ๐Ÿ™‚
    3rd) “both versions”?

  3. I just listened to your interview and enjoyed it very much. I admire you and your fellow writers in, not only promoting their own works, but taking the time to help the “boots” who are just starting out. And I have also read several of your partners in crime’s books. too. Keep up the good work, Jim.

  4. Marc/Old Surfer- There were two versions of the first paragraph, the original editor input version, and one after Heinlein took back the rights!

    ‘Original’ editor input version publication- Were they truly intelligent? By themselves, that is? I don’t know and I don’t know how we can ever find out! If they were not truly intelligent, I hope I never live to see us tangle with anything at all like them which is intelligent. I know who will lose. Me. You. The so called human race.

    Heinlein ‘revised’ publication- Except that two agents of the most secret intelligence agency in the U.S. government were on the scene and disappeared without reporting in. And four more agents who were sent in also disappeared. So the head of the agency and his two top agents went in and managed to get out with their discovery: an invasion is underway by slug-like aliens who can touch a human and completely control his or her mind. What the humans know, they know. What the slugs want, no matter what, the human will do. And most of Iowa is already under their control.

    The problem with the Heinlein version is that the first para gives away a detail that doesn’t come into play until well into the book.

    Bill- Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Robert- See above!

    CP- Thanks!

  5. Great interview. I always face these with trepidation.
    You were entertaining and very informative, and Derek had to remind BOTH of us that it was… What was her name again?

  6. At least it wasn’t your name that you forgot.

    As you get older and file away more information in your brain, it’s kind of like a computer hard drive. The more files, the longer it takes to look through all of the directories and sub-directories. If the process gets interrupted before it can complete, you don’t find the data.

  7. Why Do We Say Undocumented, When The Correct Word Is ILLEGAL!