Bards & Sages

Since Jeff Chapman, Simon Kewin, and I have stories appearing in the next issue of Bards & Sages Quarterly, we thought we'd try something fun and interview each other, then post the answers on each of our blogs.

Question #1:  How would you describe your story in one sentence?

Jeff:  Let the dead die. (Story title: "The Facts in the Case of M. Hussman")

Simon:  The barbarian horde is at the gates of the city, but young Queen Myrgiane sits with her courtiers working on her embroidery, calmly waiting for her plans to unfold. (Story title: "Threads")

Milo:  It's a weird western, and there's some time travel involved. (Story title: "Sins of the Father")

Question #2:  What inspired you to write it?

Simon:  I like the idea of stories that turn on some apparently insignificant, commonplace thing rather than powerful magical artefacts or great heroes (although they're cool, too). So, a snatch of a song or a chance remark; something that anyone could know or do. I had the idea of the embroidery that features in the story and I thought it would be interesting to contrast it with a rampaging barbarian horde. That, in itself, amused me, but also, how can a mere embroidery save a city from such an onslaught? The answer really comes down to the two characters, Queen Myrgiane and Bloody Argan. The queen, especially, was fun to write. Anyone underestimating her is making a big mistake.

Milo:  I was watching a really bad spaghetti western (can't even remember the name of it), and my mind wandered...

Jeff:  The prompt "love beyond the grave" and Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar."

Question #3:  Are you a bard or a sage?

Milo:  I'm not wise enough to be a sage, but I could possibly quoth some bardish scifaiku.

Jeff:  Definitely a bard. I make up stories to entertain and stimulate the little gray cells. I still have all my wisdom teeth, but I make no claims regarding the wisdom imparted by my tales.

Simon:  Well, not a bard, given my singing voice, so I'll have to go Sage. There's a long flowing cloak to go with it, right?

Question #4:  Anything else you'd like to add?

Jeff:  This is my first steampunk effort and my first attempt at an epistolary story. It's a powerful and flexible form that allows for a level of detachment and brevity that would be awkward in a standard narrative. It was a lot of fun to write.

Simon:  Without giving the ending to Threads away, I can't help thinking there are more stories to be written about what happens next. Perhaps I will write them one day...

Milo:  Cade, the albino samurai from "Sins of the Father," has shown up in a couple of my other tales, and I have a feeling he will keep doing so. He's like that.

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As always, thanks for reading.

29 comments:

  1. I'm particularly fond of bards myself. Congrats to all three of you for your stories appearing in the quarteryly!

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  2. Cool interviews! Congrats to all of you.

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  3. you just can't keep a good albino samurai down haha great interview

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  4. This is a great way to publicise what I'm calling The Three Amigos issue. Well done, guys.

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  5. I think you're wise enough to be a sage, Milo!

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  6. What a fun interview! Congrats to you all. :)

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  7. Time traveling western - I like that concept.

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  8. Those all sound like great stories, and the seamless sense of humor you three have was a delight.

    Tina @ Life is Good

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  9. P.S Signed up for newsletter so I can read stories! Thanks.
    ~Tina

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  10. Sounds like 3 very different stories -- all intriguing! Great idea for an interview format. I'm passing this along to my daughter and urging her to sign up. This is very much her thing!

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  11. Congrats to you all! And a time travelling western sounds fun :)

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  12. I'll take me some time travel. =) --And LOL! My characters do like to occasionally pop their heads in places they weren't expected too.

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  13. Congrats on the publication :)

    I love the creative way you came up with to help promote it.

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  14. All three stories sound fantastic! Congrats and great interview!

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  15. I really like the sound of these stories so I'll be looking them up. I'm impressed with the humor and intelligence in each writer's answers. Usually when people ask me literary questions I can come across either as a pedant or a knuckle dragger.

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  16. Oops -- One more thing.

    Milo, I read your story that you sent me, "Beneath the Surface" and really enjoyed it. It was very well written and imaginative with, of course, a nice evil touch in the final sentence. Thank you so much.

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    1. Thanks for reading and the kind remarks, Helena.

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  17. These stories sound awesome! Congrats you guys/bards/sages. :)

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  18. Congrats to all of you!

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  19. Congratulations to you bards/sages!
    A fun interview.
    Thanks once again for the prize Milo!
    Writer In Transit

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  20. If you have all of your wisdom teeth, you must be a sage!

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  21. I can see why you three get on with each other.

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  22. That was a fun interview! I'd have to go with Sage, too, since I can't sing.
    All three stories sound intriguing!

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  23. I love the descriptions. Congratulations to all of you.

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  24. Haha, fun mini-interviews. This promises to be a lively issue.

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  25. You've been doing such great marketing work lately, Milo. I hope you'll consider blogging a few of your secrets one of these days. I'm fascinated about what works and what doesn't

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    1. All trial and error thus far. Tweetdeck has been a great way to organize my Twittering. No secrets yet -- what you see is what you get.

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  26. Glad you all liked the interview; we had fun with it. I'll be sure to announce when this issue of Bards & Sages goes live.

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  27. It's tough to be patient! We as writers really need to learn this, because the process of going from first draft to published book takes a very long time!

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