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  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    Thanks for sharing that. I think I might have it printed on a T-shirt....
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    > And for a followup - how does parenthood change one's perception of Darth Vader's experience in Episodes V and VI? Darth Vader is like the alcoholic birth father who somehow manages to squeeze in some late life redemption. I...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    > No. You were WORKING AT A JOB, and they interrupted you AT THE JOB. :) It is true in that case. And in general, the kids are good at leaving me alone. However, in general, until I have quite...
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    > we didn't have our children so that we could farm them off to someone else's care while pretending that life > could carry on as before. A very positive story that strikes a chord! My experience of the brain...
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    Yes indeed! And we got to take our daughter to see the new Star Wars at the same age as I was when I saw the original. Wonderful moment....
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    > Those oxytocin highs are pretty incredible, aren't they? :-) Yes. My advice to new parents is don't fight the gooey feelings. Without them, you're still sleep deprived and covered in poo. And, if you don't suddenly become all Authority...
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    That figures. And the time can actually be memorable: Kurtzhau first watched the original Star Wars trilogy when he was 4. We both had flu, and I was sick of Thomas the Tank engine, so we ended up cuddled up...
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    That's such an intense story I have tweeted it....
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    Isn't that a bit like formula milk but a zillion times more complicated? A robo nanny would have to give off the right scents to match emotions, the right non verbals, the subtle inflections... babies are little learning machines. It...
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    > Sorry, I don't see why a nanny wouldn't be a specialized servitor in the baby-rearing context. Explain, please? Baby-rearing involves human-human interaction. That's the point. It's all - god help me, even stepping in poo at 4am - quality...
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    (I'm enjoying hearing about other people's upbringings by the way.)...
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    I think it depends on your definition of quality time. Changing diapers is actually a moment of interaction and closeness. Same with baths. Food prep less so. However, a lot of "conversation" and interaction goes on during the things you...
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    A good measure! I get invited to join in Halo, so that's a good sign, right? Plus they are happy for me to referee Traveller....
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    Well as I said, there has to be some kind of pay off between pursuing a profession and being a good parent. I think "successful" was the important part. I think it's entirely possible to be a successful novelist *after*...
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    > Does Peril Panda wear Joo-Janta 200 Peril-Sensitive sunglasses? Actually, that's what I thought of when Morgenstern came up with the idea! She'd been watching Walking with Dinosaurs - I think she was 5? - and suddenly declared, "This is...
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    A question authors like to hear, though! Epub available here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/MHaroldPage...
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    You ever seen that experiment where you get somebody who swears they never dream and you wake them up from REM sleep? And they say something like, "But the giant chickens are genuflecting"? Well...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    > Just how old is 'hardboiled galactic traveller “Lucky” Jim Brandistock ... ageing ex-mercenary turned archaeologist'? > Ask because I enjoyed the free look inside and get the impression that our hero would make for an entertaining space-curmudgeon. Apart from...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    There are probably IP issues with calling the subgenre after the RPG!...
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    > One of the problems is of course that the owner of the ship could sell it and never work again, making more money out of that than pirating. You need to provide some reason not to do that, in...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    In other news, somebody suggested "Space Junker", a term used by Eve fan fic writers. Anybody heard of it?...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I tend to like to work my deeper themes into the setting and the people, then just tell a good yarn. But the delivering that yarn is my main objective....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    > Planetary Romance Yes but, though you and I and other educated people know that Romance can, and originally meant, "damned good yarn", the rest of the world thinks it involves kissing and stuff. Plus to me the term has...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Described in today's Black Gate. Had thought of doing it here, but would feel too much like a viva....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    > You're better off using the classic term "Planetary romance", that's what I do with my books. In some ways I agree. However, I am afraid the "romance" part would be misunderstood these days. Also, it seems to include stories...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    > 'Spunk' for two reasons: first - its what the heroes in these stories have more of than any other attribute; second - because when I looked up the origin of the word 'punk' (prostitute) figured that although many 'punk'...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    https://www.blackgate.com/2017/04/20/modular-the-new-mongoose-traveller-2-more-than-just-a-science-fiction-midlife-crisis-simulator/...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    It seemed so... Or at least what you describe wouldn't be proper punk....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I watched a panel about this at Eastercon. Some people got quite heated about the "punk" equals, *must* equal, a focus on the underdog, the dissempowered etc. For myself, I think a lot of -punk does focus on the littler...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    > Cosmopunk, perhaps? English has commandeered the root term "cosmos" (as it did with the Ur-punk prefix, "cyber") but it's a little more Other than "Space" or "Star" Cosmopunk is cool, but sounds a bit retro. I'm trying to avoid...
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