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by TimPowers
Fri May 27, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: Tim Powers
Topic: Tim Powers Q&A #18 and FINAL
Replies: 13
Views: 3229

Re: Tim Powers Q&A #18 and FINAL

It's been fun, thank you all!
by TimPowers
Thu May 19, 2011 2:23 am
Forum: Tim Powers
Topic: Tim Powers Q&A #6
Replies: 13
Views: 3058

Re: Tim Powers Q&A #6

Hi, Pearlsgirl! -- You're right, keeping track of everything becomes a second undertaking! I keep Word files on every major character, with all the details I know -- and a lot of them are details that never make it into the story. Sometimes I've even tacked up drawings of my characters, and ink in w...
by TimPowers
Wed May 18, 2011 3:04 am
Forum: Tim Powers
Topic: Tim Powers Q&A #6
Replies: 13
Views: 3058

Re: Tim Powers Q&A #6

Hi, Pearlsgirl! Yes, I do get a real feeling of accomplishment when I've done my last run-through of a novel or short story and can't any longer see anything wrong with it! I think, This will last, this is a finished thing! I want to open the window and yell "Hah!" at the world!
by TimPowers
Tue May 17, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Tim Powers
Topic: Tim Powers Q&A #6
Replies: 13
Views: 3058

Re: Tim Powers Q&A #6

Hi, Pearlsgirl! Well, every day I start by re-reading the last couple of days' work (about six or ten pages) and fixing it as I go. This lets me "land running" when I get to where I left off yesterday -- I just continue on. And since I want to land running, I try never to end a day's work ...
by TimPowers
Tue May 17, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Tim Powers
Topic: Tim Powers Question #13
Replies: 4
Views: 1744

Re: Tim Powers Question #13

Hi, Buster -- Right, they give you money so that they can buy it for a stated price if they decide to, and in the meantime you can't sell it to anybody else. An option is usually for a year. If they actually buy the rights (as opposed to just optioning them), and make the movie, presumably they will...
by TimPowers
Tue May 17, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Tim Powers
Topic: Tim Powers Q&A #6
Replies: 13
Views: 3058

Re: Tim Powers Q&A #6

Hello, Pearlsgirl! I think I have writer's block every day -- I'd always rather do anything at all than actually sit down at the computer and open the current book's Word file. Guilt usually gets me moving, though -- I tell myself, "You bum! Some people actually have jobs! If you want to do som...
by TimPowers
Mon May 16, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: Tim Powers
Topic: Tim Powers Q&A #6
Replies: 13
Views: 3058

Re: Tim Powers Q&A #6

Theresa, right, I somehow missed that movie!

And Buster, no, as far as I can recall I've never been on a ship powered by sails! Not one that was moving, anyway.
by TimPowers
Mon May 09, 2011 1:48 am
Forum: Tim Powers
Topic: Tim Powers Q&A #3
Replies: 7
Views: 1906

Re: Tim Powers Q&A #3

Hi, Buster! I've never walked away from an outline once I've got a contract for it, because by the time I've submitted it I'm pretty sure that there's a book's worth of stuff there. (Of course the outline I sell to the editor is just guesswork, since I haven't done the research yet!) But there have ...
by TimPowers
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: On Stranger Tides
Topic: On Stranger Tides Question #22 ~ Ulysee Segundo & Orpheus Rising
Replies: 13
Views: 2754

Re: On Stranger Tides Question #22 ~ Ulysee Segundo & Orpheus Rising

Hi, Nebraska! No, I generally don't re-read my work unless a new edition is coming out, and I have to correct proofs. Somehow re-reading it just for fun seems like something I shouldn't do till after I retire.
by TimPowers
Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:37 am
Forum: On Stranger Tides
Topic: On Stranger Tides Question #22 ~ Ulysee Segundo & Orpheus Rising
Replies: 13
Views: 2754

Re: On Stranger Tides Question #22 ~ Ulysee Segundo & Orpheus Rising

Well -- let's see. I definitely meant "Ulysee Segundo" to mean "Ulysses the Second," yes -- a sort of second life, as in Tennyson's poem about Ulysses, the one that has the line "'Tis not too late to seek a newer world," as I recall. And Orpheus Rising was a reference t...
by TimPowers
Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: On Stranger Tides
Topic: OST Question #23 - Ashbless Quote
Replies: 7
Views: 2143

Re: OST Question #23 - Ashbless Quote

I find that I've either got a title for a book in mind from the beginning, or else I can't think one up at all. I've read that whenever Hemingway was stuck for a title, he's ask Maxwell Perkins to send him a complete Shakespeare and a copy of the King James Bible, because he was certain he could fin...
by TimPowers
Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:31 am
Forum: On Stranger Tides
Topic: On Stranger Tides Question #17 ~ Voyage to The Fountain of Youth
Replies: 33
Views: 5991

Re: On Stranger Tides Question #17 ~ Voyage to The Fountain of Youth

Hello, Firefly --

Harry Stottle is a pirate's misunderstanding when somebody referred to Aristotle!
by TimPowers
Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:28 am
Forum: On Stranger Tides
Topic: On Stranger Tides Question #8 ~ Hurwood and Friend
Replies: 14
Views: 2951

Re: On Stranger Tides Question #8 ~ Hurwood and Friend

Buster, I like your theme music! I don't actually listen to music as I write -- if it's good, I'd stop writing to listen to it -- but I often have some song or bit of music that I associate with a book. I can't remember what it might have been for On Stranger Tides! -- but it's generally pretty rand...
by TimPowers
Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:08 am
Forum: On Stranger Tides
Topic: OST Question #12 - Voodoo
Replies: 20
Views: 3668

Re: OST Question #12 - Voodoo

It seems to me that Tim wrote the book expecting the reader already had a substantial amount of knowledge about voodoo and magic. Hello, Nebraska! Sorry, I didn't mean to make it obscure! In fact I wrote it assuming that the reader would know nearly nothing about voodoo -- especially since I change...
by TimPowers
Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: On Stranger Tides
Topic: On Stranger Tides Question #5 ~ Jack Shandy
Replies: 23
Views: 3676

Re: On Stranger Tides Question #5 ~ Jack Shandy

Buster,

I'm impressed! From now on I'm going to claim I had all that puppets-&-strings business in mind when I wrote the book! It's great!

-- Tim

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