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Cu'jara Cinmoi Author of Prince of Nothing | joined 26 January 2004 | 836 posts


My ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT Interview posted 11 March 2006 in Interviews and ReviewsMy ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT Interview by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

So it was only ET Canada, but it was pretty cool all the same. It turns out that CJ Moore's boyfriend is a big fan of the series.

The interview was about 20 minutes long, and will apparently be used for a special on Canadian writers on Bravo Channel, with some snippets of me talking about Fantasy and Psychothrillers on ET proper. I thought it went very well, given that it was first TV interview ever. I had them all laughing several times. But then I do look rather funny...

Since my television viewing habits are sporadic at best, do let me know if you happen to catch it. I'm pickled tink about this.

Does anyone know who Neil Gaiman's tailor is? view post


The Tour Dust Settles... posted 11 March 2006 in Tour and Signing InformationThe Tour Dust Settles... by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I just returned late last night, and I wanted to give a hearty thanks to all those who dared the chill Canadian night to listen to me pontificate about the Truth of Literature the end of the world as we know it...

(Sorry about the earworm... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> )

It was very cool being able to thank Steve Erikson in person. I bought him enough beers to send him wobbling home. And he gave me some sound advice.

I'll be back to catch up on the Q&amp;A thread soon. I have to finish scrapping with Vandermeer first. view post


TORONTO, March 31st to April 2nd posted 14 March 2006 in Tour and Signing InformationTORONTO, March 31st to April 2nd by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I've been crazy-busy for the past few days, but I thought I should pop in and post my schedule at Toronto's most excellent Ad Astra SF&amp;F Convention, otherwise I would forget, like I always seem to do.

The Convention runs from March 31st to April 2nd, and I plan on warming a seat in the bar all three of those days. If you recognize me, feel free to berate, interrogate, congratulate, or just say hello. Really, I'm just another dude.

I have a panel Saturday morning at 11AM entitled, &quot;Changing your Mind&quot; - I have no bloody clue as to what that's about. Then I have a signing session from 3:30 to 5 that afternoon.

Then on Sunday at 1PM, I have a panel entitled &quot;SF Everywhere, but Still We Don't Get No Respect.&quot; Since I primarily write F, as opposed to SF, I guess that means I really don't get any respect!

I hope some of you have a chance to make it. Ad Astra really is a cool time. view post


Fan art for the PoN posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AFan art for the PoN by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Hmm. It's a good question, but I guess I'm unsure how to go about this without spending an inordinate amount of time typing - the questions are really starting to pile up fast!

Actor analogies maybe? I don't think that would work because with the exception of Esmenet, no one seems to fit.

You do know, that part of the reason I shy away from descriptive inventories is that I want readers to decide these things for themselves. So I guess my question back to you, Edge, would be what do you want them to look like? view post


A Prince of Nothing Wiki posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AA Prince of Nothing Wiki by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

The biggest danger of a wiki, since there is an encyclopedic section in TTT, is plagarism. I would not want a PoN Wiki to become, or even to start with, an unauthorised copy of your work!


So long as no one is binding them and selling them I'm not sure I would care. I think intellectual property laws should be leaky - especially if it inspires others to be creative in their own right.

What I would like to do, someday, is my own version of the Silmarillion - a big encyclopedic scrap book of all the stuff I've accumulated over the years. view post


Spoilerful question about the trilogy's end posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; ASpoilerful question about the trilogy's end by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Yeah, it was in the cards from the very beginning, Stormchaser, which I think a reread would show quite clearly.

I have given my pledge, here and elsewhere, that I WILL NOT deviate from my original narrative outline for the Second Apocalypse. This really isn't a matter of aesthetic scruples for me, but just a consequence of having lived with the story for some twenty years. I literally feel as though my life would be for naught if I don't do it the best way I possibly can, which is very likely not the most lucrative way I could do it.

I'm tempted to say that if the ending pissed you off, just wait for the ending ending! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Consult vs Mandate posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AConsult vs Mandate by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

It was a cold war more than anything else, with neither side possessing the resources to really do more than bruise the other. I'm inclined to be coy about this, because I'm thinking about writing a novella prequel on this period, something that could lay the groundwork for TDTCB - make it more accessible. I'm thinking about calling it An Atrocity Tale... view post


A question concerning your cat. posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AA question concerning your cat. by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Thanks Edge! But please do call me Scott - I mean, we're talking about my cat now.

When my wife and I first got Scully as a kitten we had a week-long scrap about what to call her. She wanted something chickish, like 'Fluffy' or something, and I wanted something offsidish, like 'Fridge' or 'Toaster' or something retarded like that. One night while watching X-Files (yes, we were huge fans), we started squabbling again, and between a pause in our mutual barrages, Muldar happened to say 'Scully.' We looked at each other in wonder, grabbed our kitten, and fell in love all over again! view post


Eanna? posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AEanna? by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Yeah, I actually think many writers do damage to their worlds by revealing too much, both historically and geographically. For our ancient ancestors, 'terra incognita' always loomed large on their horizon, as a perpetual source of hope and dread.

Really, that's just a way of saying the cookie jar has no bottom! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


A Prince of Nothing Wiki posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AA Prince of Nothing Wiki by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Ah, who needs employment... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

Sounds, very interesting, though I think my agent would choke if he heard me say that! The thing is, I'm committed timewise, in a big way, now that I have these contracts for AE. It'll be three years before I have the luxury of considering any other big projects. view post


Inrau's sorcery posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AInrau's sorcery by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

This question really morphed!

Yes, Inrau IS damned. And this is the basis of his conversion. There's always hope that the scriptures just overlooked some kind of loophole, or that by praying real hard...

Part of the problem is that we see Inrau primarily through Achamian, and if you think about it, Achamian tends not to go into the details of his damnation - or that of any of those he loves. For instance, why doesn't he ever wonder about Inrau's soul? This omission becomes more and more explicit the more implicated Achamian becomes in Kellhus's world. Think of TTT. I wanted this to be the one thing he cannot grasp without the protection of vague intellectual abstraction. view post


Aspect-Emperor status posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AAspect-Emperor status by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Never fear, Mith! I've been working on AE all this time, mostly hammering out scenes and details. Note that the dates I gave correspond exactly with the 18 month schedule. In my original Penguin contract, the time from inception to publication was a year.

You do know you're using the wrong sports analogy for the publishing world, and that's why you end up getting so bummed by the shifting schedule. It's not like football, where the games over when you run out the clock. It's more like baseball, were the game itself determines the time spent. Although there are a number of exceptions, some notorious, I think this actually works best for the readers in the end. Don't you think?

The more scheduling accountability you impose on the writing process, the more you risk distorting it, it seems to me. view post


Men v. Nonmen posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AMen v. Nonmen by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Keep this up, WL, and I'll have to put you on retainer. Long time no see. How you've been keeping? view post


TTT Encyclopedia posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; ATTT Encyclopedia by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Yeah, definitely wait before reading the Glossary. I actually think I screwed more than a couple things up while putting the thing together, simply because I was so paranoid about spoilers. Some things I left out, that I should have put in, and some things I put in, that I should have left out. The problem is that I get lazy from time to time, and start relying on my memory instead of consulting my notes.

Well, okay, so I'm lazy pretty much all the time. view post


Akka and the Ciphrang - TTT spoilers posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AAkka and the Ciphrang - TTT spoilers by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Regarding the mark, the idea is that passion is not cognitive, which is to say, neither true nor false OF anything, unlike statements or images. This is why recalling the 'Passion of the God' is never incomplete, whereas recalling the 'Thought of the God' must be false somehow, and so marked.

That's the rationale, anyway. view post


Back-er or Bake-er? posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; ABack-er or Bake-er? by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I pronounce 'potato' as 'potato,' 'tomato' as 'tomato,' 'either' as 'either' (people usually laugh at that one), 'nuclear' as 'nuclear' (and not, as GWB does, as 'nookewleer'), and lastly, 'about' as 'go screw yourself Larry!'

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A thank you to Scott posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AA thank you to Scott by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Damn, and I try so hard to be virtual... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

Thanks, EE. It was great meeting you as well! I hope I wasn't too depressing, you know, with all that end of the world blather. view post


State of Canadian literary culture posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AState of Canadian literary culture by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Yeah, I'm not quite so sanguine as Rob. At that Brock conference, it was pretty clear to me that the guy was taking direct aim at him. I also think the wall doesn't seem so high to him simply because he's been able to establish himself as a pundit despite his genre credentials, and I think that's a function of his tenacity and impressive skills as a speaker as much as anything else. Every publcist I worked with on my recent Canadian tour commented on how the people who typically line up to interview or profile authors at various media, weren't at all interested in speaking to me. Literary writers with far, far fewer readers have a far easier time than do genre writers.

It really speaks to the power of words to pigeonhole. I mean if it's this difficult to crawl out from under a literary epithet, could you imagine a racial or a sexual one? view post


Cishaurim explanation posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; ACishaurim explanation by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I think I need to put you on retainer as well, EE! Now, if only you an Whitelord had law degrees... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Why are Kellhus and Moenghus of the Few? posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AWhy are Kellhus and Moenghus of the Few? by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

The idea is that pertains to a certain kind of ability to remember. Since memory, like other cognitive capacities, seems to be somewhat heritable, so is the ability - but only somewhat. The thing with the Dunyain, however, is that they have spent millennia breeding for certain cognitive capacities.

I'm afraid there's not much I can say, Ikiru. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

Otherwise, you're allowed to call me whatever you want, Ikiru - this actually isn't my board. I just prefer Scott. view post


Inchoroi, Souls, the Outside [TTT Spoilers] posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AInchoroi, Souls, the Outside [TTT Spoilers] by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

This is a good question, and these are all issues I've settled in my own mind (which isn't always the case), but as I say, since metaphysical systems in the real world are open, vague, and apparently inconsistent, I think I would actually do damage to the world by laying out a comprehensive, canonical metaphysics. It's like the old horror film trope: sometimes what you don't see can be the most vivid thing of all. view post


The Nonmen Quya (spoilers) posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AThe Nonmen Quya (spoilers) by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Why is everyone so curious about Eanna all of a sudden? view post


RPG? posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; ARPG? by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

When I was in Vancouver I had a chance to meet up with an old member of our old D&amp;D crew (Arsenal, on the board here), and he showed me reams of old material while the two of us drew down 'what are those hairbags doing here' stares in swank bar of the hotel I was staying at. It blew my mind. It was revisiting a childhood home I'd forgotten about. Those games really were something special. view post


TORONTO, March 31st to April 2nd posted 15 March 2006 in Tour and Signing InformationTORONTO, March 31st to April 2nd by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I'm not sure who owes what to whom, but when it comes to beer, I'm always inclined to split the difference... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

Keiths or Newcastle, in reverse order. view post


SFFWorld and The Warrior-Prophet posted 16 March 2006 in Author AnnouncementsSFFWorld and The Warrior-Prophet by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I've been meaning to post this for a couple of days now, but everything has been a big hurly burly. The most excellent members of SFFWorld have voted The Warrior-Prophet THE Best Book of 2005!

Is that too cool or what... view post


SF Site and The Warrior-Prophet posted 16 March 2006 in Author AnnouncementsSF Site and The Warrior-Prophet by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

SF Site, which is a premier genre webzine, has posted their Best SF and Fantasy Books of 2005: Reader's Choice, and The Warrior-Prophet finished 6th overall - not bad considering it almost made the top ten last year on the strength of the Canadian release alone.

I'm still pinching myself. I truly never believed these books would be so popular... view post


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