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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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