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Jim Hines Reads Bad Fantasy for Jay Lake

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Published on Jan 12, 2013

Author Jay Lake has been fighting colon cancer for four years, and he's running out of treatment options. Catherine Shaffer and Mary Robinette Kowal put together a fundraiser to try to pay for whole genome sequencing for Jay, which might suggest other ways of attacking the cancer. They rallied various people from the SF/F community to perform various "acts of whimsy" as rewards for meeting fundraising goals.

I volunteered to read excerpts from the very first story I ever wrote, a 50,000 word piece of Dungeons & Dragons-inspired sword & sorcery, starring Nakor the Purple, a character I totally-didn't-rip-off-from-Raymond-Feist. Not only that, but I would read this IN COSTUME as Nakor. You see, back in college, our D&D group put together Halloween costumes of our characters, and it was awesome. Because that's how we rolled back in 1995.

I won't lie to you. The story is pretty bad. I'm tempted to make a drinking game. "For every unnecessary adverb, take a drink. Every time a character raises an eyebrow, take a drink. Every time the villains sit around waiting for the heroes to do something, take a drink."

For everyone who believes the myth that professional authors were just born knowing how to write, I offer this video as proof that you could not be more wrong...

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