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01 December 2008 @ 06:53 pm
Writer Meme  

* Age when I decided I wanted to be a writer: I genuinely have no recollection of *not* intending to be a writer. I was six the first time I got published (in a school anthology).

* Age when I “wrote” my first story: Certainly not more than 8 or 9 when I first tackled something that was meant to be large-scale.

* Age when I got my hands on a typewriter: I learned to type properly on a typewriter when I was in 4th grade, so I was…*counts on fingers* 8. But I’d used a computer before that, and we had a typewriter at our house, so when I first got my *hands* on one? Who knows.

* Age when I wrote my first novel: 19. Apparently I was a late bloomer, from reading this meme on the flist. :) I started at least two or three (the first one at age 8 or 9), but I was 19 when I actually wrote one.

* Novels written between age 4 and age 34: Um. All except WALKING DEAD, so that would be…sixteen.

* Age when I first submitted a short story to a magazine: I’ve only ever submitted one. I think I was about…27.

* Thickness of file of rejection slips prior to first story sale: Far fewer than 25.

* Age when I sold my first short story: Um. 31? My first short story sale was a commissioned story for Harlequin, Ill Met by Moonlight. (after adding up other things, I must’ve been 32, because it was the summer URBAN SHAMAN came out.)

* Age when I first came close to selling a novel: I had a “sorry but we’ve stopped publishing this line” when was 25 (for IMMORTAL BELOVED) which I like to think would’ve been a sale if they hadn’t stopped publishing the line, but, y’know, there’s no actual telling. :)

* Age when I killed my first market: N/A

* Age when I was first told I had no talent (by an editor): Never, but I had one tell me I was a dangerous writer because my book proposal was entertaining enough that she forgot to look for problems.

* Age I was first told I had no talent (by a reader): Not yet.

* Age when I first sold a non-fiction book: Hain’t done that yet.

* Age when I first sold a poem: Sold? Never. Published? Age 6.

* Age when I next wrote a saleable novel: 27. I *sold* it when I was 30.

* Age when that novel was published: 32

* Age when the second saleable novel finally sold: 30 (multi-book deal), but I was 31 when I sold my second series on spec.

* Age when a work was first shortlisted for a Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy or Stoker award: To quote suricattus/Laura Anne, “Hah. And again I say, hah.”

* Age when the second saleable novel came out: 32

* Age when the third saleable novel came out: 32

* Age when the fourth saleable novel came out: 33

* Age when I first won a Hugo award: Haven’t yet, but that’s okay, honestly. There’s one award I want. It’s not a Hugo. Not that I’d turn a Hugo down, mind you, but it’s not the one I’m after.

* Age when I finally shut down the day-job and became a full-time novelist: If by “shut down the day job” you mean “got laid off and didn’t go back to work”, I was…33? I have a hard time remembering how old I am, much less how old I was when books came out. I sold US in Nov 2003, so I was 30. It came out in June 2005, so I was just 32. Oh. So I was 32, because it was at the end of 2005 that the web design job went away.

* Age when the money coming in matched/exceeded my previous employment: It *might* this year, if I get that last paycheck technically due me in 2008.

* Age when I returned to the day-job because of economic implosion: Not yet, and I hope never, because damn, I wouldn’t know how to do a day job anymore. o.O

* Age now: 35

* Number of books sold: 15, I think. 6 Walker Papers, 3 Old Races, 3 Strongbox, 2 Inheritors’, 2 Truthseeker. How many is that? 16! Plus “Banshee Cries”, which is a novella and which I tend to count as a book with regards to publication credits, and there’ll be a couple short stories out next year. And a graphic novel.

* Number of titles in print: 11, assuming the Strongbox Chronicles still count as ‘in print’, which I’m not entirely clear on.

* Number of titles fallen out of print: Well, that depends on what’s up with the Strongbox Chronicles. I should ask Jenn. :)

(Aside: With the mass market release of the Walker Papers, the two new books (PRETENDER’S CROWN and WALKING DEAD), the 1 or 2 anthologies, and the graphic novel, I will have 8 or 9 releases next year. Plus monthly comics for at least four months. My little mind, it boggles. o.O)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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snowinginjunesnowinginjune on December 1st, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
i am ganna do this too!
snowinginjune: dork-ho!snowinginjune on December 1st, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
i did it... and after i finished i felt so depressed... ;___________; ugh!
kitmizkit on December 1st, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Well, it's really sort of more a professional writer meme, so there's no need to feel badly... :)
snowinginjunesnowinginjune on December 1st, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
i shall re meme myself in ten years and see how far i got!
Kate Kirbykirbyk on December 1st, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
So what is the award you want?

I bet World Fantasy Award, but part of me hopes you really want an Eisner. :) (Chance comes out _soon!)

kit: chancemizkit on December 1st, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd love an Eisner, but neither of those are actually the ones I'm after. Perhaps I'll let people guess a while and see if anybody hits on it. :)

Bryantbryant on December 1st, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Doooo you want an Emmy or an Oscar?
kitmizkit on December 1st, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, but I'm in the wrong field for those, for all intents and purposes, what with not even writing screenplays or teleplays, much less acting or directing or what-not. :) So we can safely say I'm after a literary award rather than not. :)
Bryantbryant on December 1st, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Then I don't know what you want. Hm.
ramurphy on December 1st, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I know, I know!!!! But I'm not gonna tell 'em!
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on December 2nd, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
You want a Newberry award for RIGHT ANGLES TO FAIRYLAND :)
kitmizkit on December 2nd, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
Somebody's been paying attention. :)
hegemony hedgehog: winkagrimony on December 2nd, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Hedgehogs are full of awesome, after all.
irishkate: booksirishkate on December 1st, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
well they are so pretty...and good to see.

thank you for the fudge - kept me awake on the way home...wasn't easy to stay away but it was easy to stay in the speed limit since there were an amazing number of cars on the road going my way!
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kit: fandommizkit on December 2nd, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)

Sometime I'm going to get my Del Rey editor to read that (in her COPIOUS FREE TIME), because she was in fact the editor for the Highlander line back when I submitted. I'd love to see if she thinks it *would* have gotten published. :) I mean, it's ten years out of date with my writing skill now, but, um. It's better than some of the ones they did publish. :)
Xixpioti on December 2nd, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Very cool. :)
Karina: iZodcreamnsugar on December 2nd, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Holy crapshoot. I need to go buy more of your books.
Amandatreehugginhippy on December 3rd, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
Wow. I'm desperately awaiting the next Walker Papers, and I finally got through the Old Races (Directing the school play + three Masters classes + trying to have a life = hindering pleasure reading!). Now I've got to find the others!

Well, in a few weeks. My last paper is due the day the play opens so I'm kinda swamped til then :P
alfreda89alfreda89 on December 6th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Woman, you are FAST. I only write like a daemon in the last third of the book, where it comes so fast I can barely keep up.
kitmizkit on December 6th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
I am fast. Even when I think I'm not. I'm starting to accept that. :)