Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ask and Ye Shall Receive Part the First

Thanks for the questions yesterday, even the ones from two smartasses who shall remain nameless. First off, some random trivia that no one asked about*: this post's title is adapted from chapter 7, verse 7 of the Gospel of Matthew ("Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.")

My faith is a fairly big part of who I am as a person, which I won't get into here because ... well let's be honest .. that's not why you read my blog. I also tend to not discuss religion with people -- not because I'm afraid of offending them (I really don't care if people get offended by my religious beliefs or not. They're my beliefs. Not yours) -- but because I've done so much independent study that my answers tend to be much longer and more detailed than necessary.

And now onto the questions:

From Susan:

I want to know if you write anything other than steampunk. If so, do you research as much for the other genre?

I do have an epic fantasy trilogy on the back burner (SON OF MAGIC is actually book one). I've attempted to write paranormal fiction though, so I guess you can count that. To answer the second part of your question, yes I've done a lot of research for those stories. There's reams of notes about Renaissance Europe, Imperial China, and the Vikings (yes, the Vikings) that I've made as the basis for several cultures on Haldor (the world of SON OF MAGIC).

It doesn't help that I'm fascinated by history and discovering new things. I very much suffer from over-researching something, but I still maintain it's not my fault that history is so interesting.

From Stephanie:

If you sold your first book and got an advance of $7,000 (which you'll earn through in no time since your book has landed on the NYT Bestseller List), how would you spend that $7,000?

As it stands right now, I probably wouldn't do anything with it. Well that's not true ... I'd use the after-tax income to pay down my student loans (I hate having debt with the fiery vengeance of a thousand supernovas). Then again, my wife would of course have her say in how we spent that money as well. So my opinion doesn't carry that much weight.

All things being equal though, I'm thinking a weeklong vacation to Ireland. The Irish are easily my favorite people in the world (after all, I did marry a woman who's an Irish/French-Canadian blend).

From Renee:

You work a lot, and you write. So, do you have time for any other activities/hobbies? How is married life? All that you expected? What is your favorite childhood memory?

About the only other hobby I have time for (and this is an uncommon occurrence) is playing video games with my wife. Neither of us have much time for them as of late, even though she's excited for several games that are already out and some others that will be released in February.

Married life is ... interesting is perhaps the best word. My wife and I spent our first two years living very different schedules (and we still do), but the difference now is I get to see her every night when I come home. Which is a very pleasant change. I'm also lucky enough to have entered holy matrimony without any pre-conceived notions of what it was going to be, so I didn't have any expectations to either be fulfilled or disappointed.

I don't have one specific favorite childhood memory that I can point to and say "that's the one." Rather, I'll go with all the Christmases before my older brother and sister moved away. Those were always a fun time around the Delman household.

Since I don't want this post to ramble on, I'm going to cut the answer goodness here. No worries for the other submitters though -- your questions will get answers tomorrow.

Thanks for making post 75 a good one folks! You keep reading and I'll keep writing.

Oh and L.T.? The square root of muffin is doughnut. Thought you'd want to know that right off. ;)

* People who know me in real life know my love of random trivia well.


L. T. Host said...


I have been angst-ing and emo-ing away all night, wondering what the answer was.

Now my existential math homework is complete.

Also, mmm doughnuts :)

But yeah, good answers! Can't wait to read more.

Joshua McCune said...

A kindred spirit when it comes to debt and marriage. Good to know that you and the missus coincide schedule-wise these days... the non-stop lifestyle can be rewarding (both internally and externally), but it's nice when we can share it with those closest to us.

I'm definitely square-rooting my muffins from henceforth.

Davin Malasarn said...

I new you were a heavy researcher! These questions and answers are interesting Matthew. Thanks for posting them!

Matthew Delman said...

L.T. -- I'm glad you're feeling better now that I answered your square root question.

Bane -- The schedules mesh kind of. My full-time gig lets me out at 2:30 pm each day, but three nights a week I head to the part-time place until 9:15 (home at 9:30). My wife gets home from her office at 8 pm every day. So yeah. The meshing is approximate.

Davin -- Guilty as charged. Several technology-focused friends know I can find information on the internet faster than them, so they're constantly asking me to do research for them.

Renee Pinner said...

Thus it follows that the square root of cake is pie and of icecream is pudding. Suare rooting in fattening!
Thanks for the answers! I'm glad to hear that the newly wed deal is still coated in bliss.
I priced a trip to Ireland recently for my two girls and I. It would be a nice way to spend an advance.

Anita Saxena said...

You sound busy. It can be hard to find time for significant others when schedules mish mash (as mine often does with boyfriend). But we've made it so we can see each other most evenings. So it's nice.
happy writing!

Natalie said...

If I ever sell a book the advance money is going straight to the mortgage, so I know what you mean about debt hatred :) Happy 75th post! It's been a fun couple months!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Mmmm... donuts...

I'd be responsible with part of the money, but take a chunk for a trip too. Ireland is nice, but I'd like to hit up Morocco and Turkey. And Egypt. :) I have yet to take a hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings before I die. It's on the list!

Susan R. Mills said...

Thanks for answering. These were some great questions and even greater answers.