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Meme: Five Question Hot Potato – Ekaterina Sedia

Alchemy of StoneEkaterina Sedia has a new book coming out at the end of July. All the advance buzz makes Alchemy of Stone sound as if it will be as exciting, but totally different from The Secret History of Moscow. To spread the word, Matt Staggs has started this interview meme. The rules are simple.

If you get tagged, just come up with five questions for Ekaterina Sedia and email them to her. Ask about her work, her new novel “The Alchemy of Stone,” or anything else you’d like. Send them to her. She’s game. After you post your questions to your site, tag another person and let them know! Remember, this is just a game, so don’t sweat your questions too much. Just have fun, post the answers, and tag the next person.

Here are my questions.

1. Do you remember the moment in your writing career when you first thought, “Hey, I can actually do this?”

I’ll let you know when it happens! No, seriously I remember writing a few novels which weren’t any good, and then there was According to Crow, my first published novel. And I looked at it and thought, hey, this isn’t bad. So I actually sent it out.

2. What is your husband like?

He is a much nicer person than I am. He’s a psychologist, and he works with drug addicts — as you can imagine, it requires a lot of patience, which incidentally helps with many other things. Also, he is not a geek, and yet it never interfered with family harmony.

3. If someone were going to prepare the perfect meal for you, what would it be?

Hm. It would have to be some combination of Indian food and sushi. Or maybe just that Nepalese butternut squash they serve at Himal Chuli in Madison, WI. ((Mmmm…..))

4. Pretending for a moment that Alchemy of Stone isn’t your book, why would you tell someone that they have to read it?

Because it’s fun, has gargoyles, and asks important questions about automaton emancipation? ((Hot dang. Gargoyles!))

5. How many authors does it take to change a light bulb?

None. It’s not like they would notice that the bulb burned out.

I tag Alethea Kontis
((Alethea also has a new book out. Make sure you check out Beauty and Dynamite while you’re at it.))

Other interviews are at:
Matt Stags
Paul Jessup
Johnathan Wood
Mark Teppo

Page 123, Fifth sentence

Jayme Lynn Blaschke has tagged me with the page 123 meme.

To participate, you grab the closest book, go to page 123, find the fifth sentence, and blog it. Then tag five people.

So, the closest book is Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti, from Juno Books.

“The rest of the evening’s guests were trickling into the room, their faces flushed from the chill night air.”

I picked this up at WisCon because a steampunk romance sounded great, but I haven’t started it yet.

I’m tagging Jeff Richards, Elizabeth Barrette, Joe Sherry, Beth Wodzinksi, and Alethea Kontis

2007 in 12 sentences: meme

Vylar Kaftan posted this on her journal and I thought it seemed like a good idea.

The first 12 sentences from my blog for each month this year.

January: For years, I’ve had a standing date with Sue and Albert on New Year’s Day for black-eyed peas and greens.

February: The deadline to submit nominations for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Best New Science Fiction Writer Award is not until March 3, 2007.

March: My husband and his friend stand in the kitchen talking about wine.

April: As many of you know, I’ve had some doubts about Scalzi’s bid for presidency of SFWA.

May: I called Carlisle shipping, again, about our missing Audrey II puppets.

June: So.

July: Rob continues to work on cleaning the stove and, to our surprise, the stove is white.

August: I just added making dog ears to my plate.

September: There’s a certain euphonious delight happening with that title.

October: We are packing the puppets now.

November: Today started with me sleeping through my alarm, though waking up in enough time to make the 8:15 train to Saratoga if I hurried.

December: Buried in the 101 Best Web Freebies from BusinessWeek was a bit that read:

Acephalous: Measuring The Speed of Meme: An Experiment in which You Will Participate, Or Else…

Acephalous: Measuring The Speed of Meme: An Experiment in which You Will Participate, Or Else…

You too can participate in science from the comfort of your own home. Click on the link above to read the details of the experiment, or take the shortcut and just follow the instructions below.

  1. Write a post, in which you explain the experiment and link to the original post ( (All blogs count, be they TypePad, Blogger, MySpace, Facebook, &c.)
  2. Ask your readers to do the same. Beg them. Relate sob stories about poor graduate students in desperate circumstances. Imply I’m one of them. (Do whatever you have to. If that fails, try whatever it takes.)
  3. Ping Technorati.