Mini Virtual Conflux Con…

Well, I’ve done my bit! But it is still on another 24 hours.

For my one hour take a look here. It is a bit incoherent, as Q and A don’t always follow one another(I’m a slow typist…) but I think I answered just about everything in the end.

In fact you can even check out last year’s here.

It was great fun, and I so enjoyed it. One hour just flew by; couldn’t believe that it was over so quickly. My thanks to the organisers. Wish I was going to the real thing too!


Mini Virtual Conflux Con… — 9 Comments

  1. I confess I totally forgot. I was watching a movie. But, as I said before, I can ask you anything I want to know here.

    Interesting question about your different forms of magic. Not something which had occurred to me before.

    By the way, the strike out thing, you don’t have to do it in HTML, I forgot this morning and it still worked OK.

  2. i didn’t hear the bell as i said in the previous thread, and i’m dreadfully ashamed, i’ve had hard working week ^^ I’ve awaken this morning in a total disaster of toughts too late for the conflux chat, too early for working!

    The question about magic is interresting, it’s true ^^

    As glenda said we could keep on asking, here is a question again:

    Why did you came to write some ‘Fantasy’ books rather than other ways to write things?

  3. Actually, I didn’t start by writing fantasy. the first books I wrote were sort of thrillers with a dash of romance. I did try (not very hard) to get one of them published. I probably should have tried a lot harder, but I lacked confidence.

    I wrote another thriller after that – showed it to a member of my husband’s family (it was set in Malaysia) only to realise that she thought the central character and I were the same person – that the thoughts she had were mine. It was a terrible shock to me; I didn’t know people thought that way. And I realised I was in trouble with inlaws if I set my books in the real world around me.

    So I wrote the other kind of book I was passionate about reading: fantasy. At least no one thinks I am Blaze Halfbreed!

    And Gynie, I was not the least bit surprised that you weren’t awake at 4 a.m.

  4. Sorry I missed it this time around. Yes, an hour never seems to be long enough … but then I guess it’s good to have people wanting to come back for more. 🙂

    Are you scheduled for one of those ‘coffee hour’ groups in Denver to meet your adoring fans, or just the three panels and the reading?

  5. I did ask for a kaffeeklatsch, but I think you have to be a really sought after author to get a place. Most Americans have never heard of me.

  6. I am sorry you are so unknown in North America Glenda, although my library does have the Glory Isles Trilogy so that’s something.

    What a pity about your book set in Malaysia. Surely if you tried to publish it now they would realise it wasn’t you? You could use another name altogether.

  7. I stayed up until 4am to observe your whole conversation, and I even asked a question myself (my alter-ego is Blackbat67 – I asked you the magic question).

    I don’t know why, I just love the different magic systems that authors use, and I love creating my own, trying to come up with unique ones. Believe me, I have more magic systems than I do storylines *g* although sometimes the magic system gives me a storyline to work with!

    It was great chatting with you online – I also wish I could go to the real thing, but I will be in college at that time *sigh*


  8. I’m impressed, Elliott. Not only did you stay up (which is what I am trying to do at the moment at Changi airport) but you also managed to ask an intelligent question at that hour!

    I was actually racking my brains to think of how I came up with the idea of the magic in the Mirage Makers. I wrote it well over 10 years ago, so my mind is now playing tricks…

    Usually I have a single idea. What if -? Then that leads to something else and that means something else and bit by bit the whole system evolves. I always limit the magic. I try to make it internally consistent and not to powerful.

    I once wrote a book – unpublished – which had a really fabulous magic system…Where the land was sort of like a chess board and certain players (characters who were mages) could only move magically in certain ways from certain places – like chess pieces are constrained by the rules of the game. Trouble was this: it ended up so complicated that it required too much explanation! It was a great idea, but almost impossible to write in a way which didn’t kill the narrative tension.

  9. Wow that chess magic system sounds, erm, like you say: complicated *g*.

    I know what you mean about not remembering the origins of ideas – just the other day I was reading through my ‘Ideas Journal’ and I discovered some ideas that I don’t remember having *g*.

    I stayed up because I didn’t want to miss chatting with you, and because I probably wouldn’t have been able to get to sleep anyway (we’ve had quite a few thunderstorms in the UK lately).

    Anyway, good luck at the airport!


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