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Let’s Have Fun Discussions: Ask the Readers

I feel as if we have a nice little community here now, and we often see many of the same people in the comments. I’d like to begin a regular Ask the Readers feature where I pose a question, answer it, then hand it over to all of you to answer in the comments.  Maybe we can have some lively discussions. Some will be fun, some serious, some silly, some controversial.

The topics could be anything from writing, blogging, world events, food, science, books, parenting, politics, religion (yes, I’m going there), history, and more. Really, the sky’s the limit.  But I’m not going to be the one asking the questions. You are.

So, in the comments below, please ask your questions. But please don’t answer the questions below, only ask them. Once I start getting questions in, I’m going to post them once a week. So, let’s have fun!

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Talking to Famous People

Ever talk to a famous person? I have. And you know what? They’re just regular people. But why do we want to talk to them? We see them on TV, in movies, and more. In interviews, we get to see a part of the real person. But do we get to actually know them? One thing I wonder about is what kind of conversation I would have with them.

There’s one kind of author I love, and that’s an author who will connect with their fans. I’ve had brief interactions with a couple authors who have a decent following. Alastair Reynolds reacted to my review of his book Revelation Space, and even more recently, I had a brief exchange of emails with him. He seemed like a very nice guy. Also, Michael J. Sullivan has not only done an interview with me, but he was a guest contributor for Authors Answer back in December. Michael, you are a wonderful person. On top of those two, another author gaining more recognition is Baye McNeil, who I had the pleasure of finally meeting by chance a couple months ago. We’ve known each other online for a while, but never had the chance to actually meet. And he was lucky enough to interview Miss Universe Japan Ariana Miyamoto.

You see, those kinds of people show that they are human. They are accessible and take time to connect with their fans.

I’ve had brief conversations with some actors, as well. But they were at Star Trek conventions. I was very lucky to speak with James Doohan, Michael Dorn, and Marina Sirtis.

But you know what? I’d like a couple people to say hi to me. A couple people I respect. One is Wil Wheaton. Sure, he was the often disliked Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but he seems like a great guy who is one of the best geeks in the world.

The other is Ellen DeGeneres. Why her? What she does for her fans is incredibly generous. I’m not a fan, but I have a lot of respect for her. And I just realised something. DeGeneres. Generous. DeGenerous? Wow.

Have you spoken to anyone famous? Anyone you’d love to talk to?