7/27/03 3:32:23 PM Opening "Chat Log 7/27/03"
TheUsurpKing: Hi Paul
Dhewco: My first time like this time too.....
HOST WPLC Sushi: so you can see me ?
G1ft0fgabn0t: Welcome everyone to the special chat with Piers Anthony
HOST WPLC Sushi: my first time in this sort of chat room
TheUsurpKing: Hi Dhewco
Online Host: Lera al has entered the room.
TheUsurpKing: Hi Lera
HOST WPLC Sushi: cecil, how many chat windows can you see?
TheUsurpKing: Yes I can see the Sushi man
Dhewco: is everyone here a fan? or just writers here for advice?
TheUsurpKing: Stage Chat area and Audience Chat area
G1ft0fgabn0t: Lots of storms about tonight my friends. We'll pray for juice
all the way ;)
HOST WPLC Sushi: wow, so you type and it comes out on the bottom window?
HOST WPLC Sushi: this was arranged in advance by AOL, as I understand it
JES No Time: How do the two screens work?
TheUsurpKing: Good, two areas, Stage Chat Area in top screen and
Audience Chat Area in lower screen
Sunan21: The speaker is in the stage chat area if I've read the
Dhewco: I feel so inferior down here at the bottom :P
Fjm3eyes: can we bottom guys get to the top?
Docks153: This must be the place. The address is quite different from what
BornToVector: Hi Steel, gabby, paul and of course you Sry
G1ft0fgabn0t: I love your Xanth novels and I'm a very unique individual
HOST WPLC Lyric: yes, everyone is having AOL trouble at the moment Mr.
G1ft0fgabn0t: hopefully the problems have been corrected
Dhewco: I preferred the Immortality series better than the Xanth
SteeIBtrfl: Mr. Anthony - you are on the stage area
SteeIBtrfl: which is the right one
HOST WPLC Lyric: Okay, for those of you who don't know what is going on
HOST WPLC Lyric: This is a special auditorium type chat room
Docks153: As long as the planking is solid.
HOST WPLC Lyric: the main conversation will be going on in the top screen
HOST WPLC Lyric: so that if people don't behave by observing protocol
HOST WPLC Lyric: the main discussion will not be disrupted and so that
people can follow much easier
HOST WPLC Lyric: So for everyone in the bottom screen
Docks153: How will I know where the questions are coming from?
HOST WPLC Lyric: sorry but we won't be able to see your comments if we're
paying attention up here
HOST WPLC Sushi: jes, we ought to use Protocol or there may be chaos
G1ft0fgabn0t: We will post the questions for Mr. Anthony in the top window
SteeIBtrfl: Docks - Lyric will post your questions
SteeIBtrfl: Right here
HOST WPLC Lyric: Tonight we will be observing strict protocol
Docks153: I keep trying to read that name as Steel Butt.
SteeIBtrfl: Members of the audience were invited to send in questions prior
HOST WPLC Lyric: since we're in this auditorium instead of our normal chat
SteeIBtrfl: Docks - <grins>
HOST WPLC Sushi: you can email me questions, and I will select some more.
HOST WPLC Sushi: so we can have 'fresh' ones along with those pre-submitted
Docks153: It looks more interesting on the lower stage where the people are.
HOST WPLC Lyric: Dion, we will all notice
Docks153: I gather everyone can read both stages?
HOST WPLC Sushi: <-- one of Mr Anthony's aliens (not people) ;-)
HOST WPLC Sushi: Eagle, everyone, please email me your questions
HOST WPLC Sushi: I will sort 'em out
HOST WPLC Lyric: Okay, gang
Docks153: And I always see LOL as Lots of Love.
HOST WPLC Lyric: tonight we're pleased to welcome Piers Anthony to our chat
HOST WPLC Lyric: He is the author of 124 books
HOST WPLC Lyric: INCREDIBLE books
HOST WPLC Lyric: Books that entertain and change lives
HOST WPLC Lyric: we are incredibly excited to have him here tonight
TheUsurpKing: Hello, Mr. Anthony
HOST WPLC Lyric: I know you all will have questions
HOST WPLC Lyric: but please DO NOT IM him, me or anyone else on stage
HOST WPLC Lyric: We will take questions from the audience by email only
HOST WPLC Lyric: please email them to HOST WPLC SUSHI
ChicagoGail1988: Thank you for coming welcome
HOST WPLC Lyric: and he will pass them on to me to post on stage, okay?
HOST WPLC Lyric: Mr. Anthony, can you please tell us a little about how
you got started as a writer
HOST WPLC Lyric: what made you WANT to write
Docks153: Yes. In college I needed to decide on my major, and I pondered
it overnight, and realized I wanted to be a
Docks153: writer. It was like a light turning on, and it guided me ever
Docks153: I'm not sure how to signal the end of my answer.
HOST WPLC Lyric: How long from realizing you wanted to be a writer
HOST WPLC Lyric: till the time you wrote your first successful book?
HOST WPLC Lyric: you can type ga for go ahead if you like
Docks153: Eight years for my first story, five more to my first novel.
HOST WPLC Lyric: So it definitely wasn't an overnight process! LOL
HOST WPLC Lyric: LOL means laugh out loud in this case!
Docks153: Definitely not overnight! It isn't for anybody, I think. ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: a few people in the audience have asked, what made you
stick with it?
HOST WPLC Lyric: not give up hope? ga
Docks153: I tried fifteen types of employment. The only one I like was
writing--the least successful. ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: Sunan asks
HOST WPLC Lyric: What do you feel, out of your 140 books, written in
numerous genres, would you consider your most personal work
HOST WPLC Lyric: hmm did I get it wrong, is it 140 or 124?
HOST WPLC Lyric: sorry the last word should be accomplishment
Docks153: But I need to know the question: my most personal what? Book?
Sex experience? Job?
HOST WPLC Lyric: book
Docks153: The book that means the most to me in Tatham Mound, my first big
HOST WPLC Lyric: Of your 124 books which one do you think is your best
HOST WPLC Lyric: is it because of the subject or the research?
Docks153: However, I feel all of them are good.
HOST WPLC Lyric: I frankly, agree!
Docks153: Yes, I favor my historicals, because they require much more work,
and have greater relevance to people.
HOST WPLC Lyric: Frank would like to know, what kind of writer's schedule
you maintain and how do you feel about revisions?
Docks153: For fun, of course, it's Xanth.
Docks153: I try to start my day at 9, work to 1:30, break for lunch and a
slew of mail, then work from 3-5 and 6-8.
Docks153: But usually that pattern gets interrupted, so it's an ideal more
than a reality. ga
TrounceM13: Whoa! I am impressed with his writing regimen. He works
about 9 hours a day on it.
HOST WPLC Lyric: wow
HOST WPLC Lyric: and how many words or pages do you turn out every day
HOST WPLC Lyric: we all wonder how you got to be so prolific! ga
Docks153: One thing to clarify: I love to write. I resent the breaks, but
Docks153: I would write all the time if life did not get in the way. ga
Docks153: oops, now I'm typoing. I trust the essence came through.
HOST WPLC Lyric: it did!
HOST WPLC Lyric: Frank also wanted to know how you felt about revisions
HOST WPLC Lyric: and if you employed an editor
Docks153: I like revisions I do myself. I tend to feel that editorial
revisions should be outlawed.
AttyBBlack: WE ARE IN PROTOCOL IN THE AUDIENCE CHAT. IT CAN BE SEEN
BY THE STAGE
TrounceM13: What would be the point of having an audience chat area
if the audience couldn't chat?
HOST WPLC Lyric: lol, we all do
Tdmsrm9801: true that
HOST WPLC Lyric: how do you deal with those. ga
Docks153: To address an audience remark: I agree: folk should get to chat.
HOST WPLC Lyric: Then the guest prevails
HOST WPLC Lyric: as long as it's tame conversation down there
HOST WPLC Lyric: LOL
HOST WPLC Lyric: We CAN see you by the way
Docks153: How do I deal with editorial revisions? I got to the point where
I could ban them. For the past decade
Docks153: I've had none. I had to leave a publisher to make my point, but
I made it. ga
HOST WPLC Sushi: Yes, please DO stay on topic. Anyone gets rowdy, please
note, that mythical Host zapper is real! :-)
HOST WPLC Lyric: Jasmine wanted to know specifically about your editorial
TrounceM13: Strict Protocol... I'll try to give you a concise
explanation but I am no expert, either...
HOST WPLC Lyric: with But What Of Earth.......
HOST WPLC Lyric: How common are the difficulties you encountered with
writing that novel in the publishing world?
HOST WPLC Lyric: and When did you get your original manuscript back, and
how could you read it, (considering all the editing/slashing it received. ga
Docks153: But What of Earth was such a disaster I got it reverted, the
publisher apologized, and shut down the line.
Docks153: They never showed me what they were doing to my novel.
HOST WPLC Lyric: gee if they do that to you, the rest of us don't have a
HOST WPLC Lyric: lol
Docks153: I found out when it was published. They had rendered it into an
illegal collaboration, degraded. ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: Gabby loves your Xanth line so I'm going to let her ask
some questions about that
Docks153: They did it to me only once.
HOST WPLC Lyric: While we're waiting for Gabby
HOST WPLC Lyric: Marie wants to know
Docks153: That editor is no longer in business in this genre. He screwed
too many writers.
HOST WPLC Lyric: What ingredients did you stir together to create Xanth,
and how long did it have to cook before you were read
HOST WPLC Lyric: you were ready to serve it
HOST WPLC Lyric: ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: (Really, was this something that you thought about for a
long time, or was it an inspiration?)
Docks153: This is dull: I wanted to work with Lester Del Rey at BALLANTINE,
and he was the fantasy editor.
Docks153: So I wrote a fantasy novel. It just sort of filled in from
Florida, with magic added. not very original. ga
G1ft0fgabn0t: Yet somehow you have almost a cult following now. How do you
feel about that?
Docks153: I love having a following. I just wish my publisher knew it.
G1ft0fgabn0t: We'll have to do something about that. Perhaps some of the
nightmares can set them straight ;)
HOST WPLC Lyric: lol
G1ft0fgabn0t: Do you find it difficult to continue writing the Xanth novels
after so many have been written?
Docks153: The fact is, all publishers want from me is Xanth. They won't
ever read anything else.
HOST WPLC Lyric: Mr. Anthony, can you tell us something more about how YOU
got involved in science fiction/fantasy?
Docks153: Xanth is easy, and I like it, and it makes a lot of money. So
it's fine, as long as I'm not confined to it. g
HOST WPLC Lyric: sorry, my question was premature
HOST WPLC Lyric: can you see it?
Docks153: I discovered science fiction at age 13, and disappeared into it,
never emerging, really.
SteeIBtrfl: Do you still have the opportunity to read much science
Docks153: I don't read much of anything, because as I said, I'd rather
write. I make myself read one or more books a
Docks153: month. ga
SteeIBtrfl: Which authors do you like to read the most?
Docks153: This is a problem, because when I reread a favorite author,
he/s"he may not remain a favorite.
Docks153: I'm way more critical as a reader now than I was when younger.
So I can really answer. ga
SteeIBtrfl: Do you feel your 'writing' has ruined some of your 'reading'
Docks153: oops, that should be I cannot really answer.
Docks153: Does writing spoil my reading enjoyment? To a decree, because I
see all the flaws.
HOST WPLC Lyric: PulitzerPlease asks: can you talk about the crisis of
being stereotyped as a mid-lister
HOST WPLC Lyric: ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: perhaps you can also tell us more about the problem with
HOST WPLC Lyric: ga
Docks153: I surely could say a lot about being steor--I forgot dot to spell
it--stereotyped. The essence is I hate it.
Docks153: There's no problem with Xanth except that it prevents publishers
form considering my more serious work.
SteeIBtrfl: Have any of your books or series been optioned for movies? ga
Docks153: For example, ChroMagic, my most serious fantasy, had to go to a
small press. ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: Mr Anthony, what advice do you have for us, following in
your footsteps, not to be in the same stereotyped
HOST WPLC Lyric: situation?
HOST WPLC Lyric: ga
Docks153: Three series have been optioned for movies: Xanth, Adept,
Docks153: Advice? as someone in the trenches below remarked, I think,
there are worse things than having a ready
Docks153: market for a series. so it may be better to be steor--whatever,
HOST WPLC Lyric: Donna asks: How do you know when you are finished
rewriting / editing a book?
Docks153: over the years I have learned to be professional. I can write to
a specific length, and it ends at that
HOST WPLC Lyric: Do you rewrite?
Docks153: length. I know my editing schedule, and follow it. So I always
know when the end comes' it's no surprise.
Docks153: I do rewrite when it goes wrong, as it sometimes--not often--does.
HOST WPLC Lyric: Genjii555: I'd like to ask what his longest dry spell
he's had or period he's gone without writing anything
Docks153: I don't have dry writing spells. Dry selling spells, maybe, but
then the novels pile up.
HOST WPLC Lyric: Actually, Gabby had a question about that
HOST WPLC Lyric: about dealing with all the plots dancing in your head
Docks153: Yes, RB--I don't have to do rewrites. That comes under the
heading of non-editor-interference.
HOST WPLC Lyric: how do you manage them?
G1ft0fgabn0t: Yes. How do you deal with all the plot bunnies? I'm sure
there are many :::grinning:::
HOST WPLC Lyric: Welcome Back
SteeIBtrfl: errant magic
HOST WPLC Lyric: yes, a wizard is fooling around with you
Docks153: I must have typoed. Suddenly I was out of AOL.
SteeIBtrfl: <---- completely innocent
Docks153: tell me where I was and I'll continue.
HOST WPLC Lyric: I think Gabby was still asking her question
You have just entered room Careers & Work (Special Events II)
Docks153: PS, you who was glad I was gone...
HOST WPLC Lyric: What do you do with all the ideas in your head you can't
HOST WPLC Lyric: that was gabby's question
SteeIBtrfl: Docks - Gabby wanted to know if you get lots of storyline ideas
while you are writing
G1ft0fgabn0t: and how you deal with them <g.
Docks153: I don't remember what I was in' I was blanked by the oust.
Docks153: I do get story ideas while writing.
Docks153: I save them and look them up later when I need them.
Docks153: But I'm not sure than answers the question I had been in.
HOST WPLC Lyric: Sushi would like to ask a question
HOST WPLC Sushi: In "Hard Sell" you have many details about several very
specialized careers. How much research do you do?
HOST WPLC Sushi: g/a
Docks153: Hard Sell: I followed up on things I was interested in, so it
wasn't much research for that project
HOST WPLC Sushi: how? ga
Docks153: Bur rather the project using what I had .ga
HOST WPLC Sushi: so these were things you already knew about
Docks153: Yes. I have many interests.
HOST WPLC Sushi: cool! :-) ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: JES No Time: He went from Happy go lucky stuff in Xanth
to Rides a Pale horse about the figure of death. How
Docks153: in fact I'm interested in just about everything, and feel I won't
live long enough to learn about everything.
HOST WPLC Sushi: Refresher for newcomers: we have lots of Q's lined up.
If you have more please email them to me. :-)
HOST WPLC Lyric: can you go so easily from one to the other? ga
Docks153: I make notes on ideal and projects, so when I change from one to
another I do spot homework in my notes.
Docks153: It takes a few minutes to orient, and them I am on my way.
Online Host: STROMBOS has entered the room.
HOST WPLC Lyric: Bev would like to know: When you write a book, do you
know what the ending will be when you start writing?
Docks153: Yes, I know the ending. What I don't know is the middle, and I
can get in trouble there.
Docks153: To those below: my presence is supposed to end at 8. be patient.
HOST WPLC Lyric: Donna had also asked a similar question
HOST WPLC Lyric: how much plotting do you do?
Docks153: 8 my time, not necessarily yours.
HOST WPLC Lyric: We appreciate as much time as you can give us
HOST WPLC Lyric: please don't let anyone rush you out
Docks153: Plotting: if I don't have a plot, I don't have a story. I work
hard to figure it out, always. sometimes
Docks153: my notes are longer than my text. ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: Honey, a teen writer asks: Do you ever find yourself
doubting your writing abilities? How would you overcome
HOST WPLC Lyric: overcome that feeling, and what would you suggest an
unpublished writer do?
Docks153: Doubting my writing abilities? Not any more. What I doubt is
the ability of the editors to appreciate them.
HOST WPLC Lyric: roflol
HOST WPLC Lyric: Adam asks: Just how close do you think Fantasy is to
Docks153: I have been in the business several decades now, you see. go
Docks153: I see fantasy and SF as two quite different genres. But they get
lumped together, so okay. I once tried to
Docks153: merge them, in the Adept series, experiencing [?] loud screams of
HOST WPLC Lyric: Frank asks: Should a first time novelist work with an
agent? Several people are asking that one!
Docks153: But the only objection I ever got was from a reviewer, and they
HOST WPLC Lyric: Please don't worry about answering the questions I post
until you are ready
Docks153: Agent: a first time novelist can't get an agent, so it's academic.
HOST WPLC Lyric: Frank asks, along with many others, should a first time
novelist use an agent?
HOST WPLC Lyric: I've heard that the publishers, this year, really don't
even want to publish established writers
Docks153: I didn't get an agent until I had soled several novels on my own.
HOST WPLC Lyric: any advice for those of us who haven't established our
Docks153: I have my doubts that publisher ever want to publish anything
other than a best seller. But I regard publishers as idiots. ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: Susan asks
As a teacher, what do you think is the most important piece of
information you could pass on to a student to help him or her become a better writer.
HOST WPLC Lyric: ga
Docks153: Just keep learning, keep writing, keep submitting pieces, and
hope for some good luck. I did that for 8 years
HOST WPLC Lyric: NovelEagle asks: Could you please tell us something about
your experiences in working with Xlibris?
Docks153: Writing can be a distressing job, because publishers really don't
Docks153: I am a part owner of Xlibris, and am on it's board of directors.
Docks153: I wanted to help open up the system.
Docks153: So I'm not an objective judge. I learned a lot about major
HOST WPLC Lyric: AWeiss4338 asks: How did it feel to be successful as a
writer, when you had your first best seller.
Docks153: Overall I think Xlibris is okay, but so are the other self
Docks153: I loved making it to bestsellerdom, and hated coming off the
lists when publishers messed up the marketing.
Docks153: Let's fare it, it's better being on top than on the bottom, as
HOST WPLC Lyric: hart asks, What's your opinion about the need for
writer's to have formal training, like MFAs and attend
Docks153: there is the bottom window know. ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: writing workshops such as Breadloaf?
Docks153: A writer doesn't need formal training. if he can write well
without it, that's good enough.
HOST WPLC Lyric: lol, yes we are trying for everyone in the bottom window
Docks153: I happen to have a BA in creative writing, but that wasn't what
got me published.
HOST WPLC Lyric: Cecil asks: Are you involved in any critique groups, if
not why, and if so do you think you still have room t
Docks153: I had to keep learning and improving for six years after my
Docks153: Some good writers are high school dropouts, like Fred Pohl. ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: room to improve your writing by using them?
Docks153: I was once in a critique group, and it was great. But that was
HOST WPLC Lyric: He also wanted to know
HOST WPLC Lyric: Do you have to consciously think about pacing your books
or do you just write and come what may?
Docks153: For those still learning, I think it's good. ga
Docks153: Xanth I know where it places. other I write for the love of it.
Those don't sell.
Docks153: For the average writer, it is important to know the market and
write for it.
Docks153: But luck still plays a huge part. ga
HOST WPLC Lyric: Marie asks
HOST WPLC Lyric: When did you decide that such usually horrifying
creatures could be so funny/human/appealing?
HOST WPLC Lyric: in reference to Xanth
Docks153: When I started fantasy, I found I just couldn't take it
seriously. So everything was funny, even monsters.
HOST WPLC Sushi: Any further Q's please email them to me. :-)
HOST WPLC Sushi: and do make them as clear as possible. :-)
Docks153: We are running out of time. I don't want to miss my supper.
HOST WPLC Lyric: BBlack asks: We are honored to have him. Why does he
give so few interviews?
Docks153: I'd rather be writing than interviewing.
HOST WPLC Lyric: and we'll make that the last question then
HOST WPLC Lyric: I tried to get in as many questions as possible everyone
Docks153: The funny thing is many writers don't seem to like to write. I
AttyBBlack: thank you so much for your time
HOST WPLC Lyric: if it were up to me, we'd be here all night answering
them for everyone
TrounceM13: Thank you so much for your time.
HOST WPLC Lyric: we had over 125 questions submitted by email!
TheUsurpKing: Thank you Mr. Anthony, I enjoyed your session and
hope to see you again.
NovelEagle: Thank you for "And, Eternity"
HOST WPLC Lyric: I think you did a great job answering what you could!
Tdmsrm9801: yes, thank you very much I've been a fan for years
Docks153: Nice to meet you folk down there in the hole below.
STROMBOS: Thank you so much. This was inspiring. I intend to go on
TrounceM13: Standing ovation for Mr. Anthony.
PulitzerPlease: Dock....thank you for time and opinions
HOST WPLC Lyric: Thanks so much for coming. Any thing you'd like to have
us run out and publish
HOST WPLC Lyric: besides your autobiography?
Dancingcloud42: great fans, and enjoyed everything you said tonight.
Fjm3eyes: nice meeting you, Docks!
HOST WPLC Sushi: I disavow all responsibility for this setup
JES No Time: Great having you Mr. Anthony
HOST WPLC Lyric: me too!
G1ft0fgabn0t: Thank you for sharing your time and expertise with us
Docks153: I'm just being my usual ornery self. but thanks.
G1ft0fgabn0t: Me three gang ;)
HOST WPLC Sushi: we have had better suggestions -- but far too late for
this occasion :-/
Lera al: great job
BornToVector: I truly enjoyed it. thanks Mr. Anthony and those who
SteeIBtrfl: thank you Piers
Genjii555: LMAO Brag
SteeIBtrfl: very cool chat
HOST WPLC Sushi: there are other ways to arrange these chats, or so I am
told -- again and again ;-)
Braguine: thanks you Docks for your time
HOST WPLC Lyric: lol, we don't consider that ornery, but we'll take what
ever you've got!
Docks153: Okay, I'll go now, so you folk can have your chat room back. Bye!
HOST WPLC Lyric: :::::: APPLAUSE:::::::
HOST WPLC Lyric: thanks for coming!!
RBOZO55: bye Docks, thanks for coming
STROMBOS: Bye and thanks hosts too
HOST WPLC Lyric: Clapping
Trecho226: bye, piers...from oenone...terri
Tdmsrm9801: if he thinks that's ornery he should meet my Grandpa
TheUsurpKing: Great Job Sry!
Braguine: good work, HOSTS
Lera al: Thanks, Lyric, for setting this up
Sunan21: Thanks for coming Docks
JES No Time: Thanks again Docks
AttyBBlack: That was so cool
Tdmsrm9801: thanks again
Fjm3eyes: Sushi...Lyric....that's very good to know/////////////
AttyBBlack: Sry, Excellent job!!!!
G1ft0fgabn0t: A big round of applause for the hosts with the mosts
AttyBBlack: Thanks for arranging it
Dancingcloud42: It was great
HOST WPLC Sushi: THANKS to everyone :-D
TheUsurpKing: Great Job to all the Hosts!
BornToVector: Bye and THANKS to the hosts
Sunan21: Great job HOSTS
JES No Time: I second that. Great job Sry
AttyBBlack: already Sry they're asking for the next rabbit you're
pulling out of your hat
HOST WPLC Mgr: The reason for the two-level room is so that you can
see the questions and answers
Trecho226: me too...here's an evil little plan...go to his website
and send e-mail asking your unanswered questions
Trecho226: www.hipiers.com AttyBBlack: That man really writes. What a schedule!!!
Sunan21: Good night everyone
HOST WPLC Sushi: Anyone interested in our regular critique group, please
email me for info
HOST WPLC Sushi: we meet every Monday :-)
JES No Time: The hour really zoomed right by. See you guys
HOST WPLC Lyric: Thanks for sticking with us guys, I know this format
wasn't the best
HOST WPLC Lyric: some of you didn't understand to email questions
HOST WPLC Lyric: But I really tried to get in as many as I could
HOST WPLC Sushi: adios, amigos
7/27/03 5:15:53 PM Closing "Chat Log 7/27/03"