HA HA MOTHERFUCKERS YOU EXPECTED COMPETENCE AND YOU GOT THE OFFICIAL TUMBLR OF SCOTT LYNCH INSTEAD! A WORK MOST DECIDEDLY IN PROGRESS.
birdofthesoul asked: Will we be seeing more of Bug?
James Bug will return in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.
silence-in-between-thoughts asked: Which character(s), from any book you've written, were the most: -Fun/interesting -Difficult -Easy to write?
In my experience, the characters that are the most fun to write are the ones that appear in a truth-telling or barrier-breaking capacity. To puncture someone else’s self-satisfication, to let them know they’re being an idiot, and so forth. This mantle rotates between characters as circumstances dictate… for example, sometimes Locke is the deliverer of great justice and sometimes he’s the guy who needs a clue-bat to the head.
Of all the characters we’ve met so far, Zamira’s probably the closest to having all of her shit together… she’s ruthless but fair, decisive yet flexible. She’s likely to be the most sensible person in the room no matter what room she’s in. That sort of self-sufficient confidence is a lot of fun to write. Zamira in some ways is modeled a bit after one of my favorite characters in modern SF/F, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan from Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga. Cordelia has the power to divide truth from bullshit with the speed and precision of a laser, and Bujold has the chops to write her as fair and believable when she does it. Cordelias are undeniably fun.
As for difficult… when a character is proving difficult to write, I take it as a warning sign that I have either not thought them through adequately, or I’m trying to fit them into a niche the story doesn’t support. The earliest version of Jasmer Moncraine, for example, was rough around the edges but fundamentally warm and trustworthy. I ultimately realized that after Chains and Maranzalla, the last thing the series needed was yet another rough-but-honorable father figure. When I made Moncraine more dangerous, he became much more fun to write, and the story sprouted more useful tension.
refrigeratorsrock asked: Hey Scott my friend and I really need to know how the Grey King and Barsavi got that much horse piss? Is there some stable boy ouside Camorr cursing everyone because he had to spend way too much time chasing hoses and collecting it?
Probably, but the task can only have been made easier by the fact that the Falconer has an affinity for controlling animals. Not the most elegant use for sorcery ever devised, but the client gets what the client pays for, right?
Anonymous asked: Hi Scott, no idea idea about your plans for Iceland, but I was there last year and wanted to recommend getting up to Akureyri if you can - we didn't have much time, so we just did the AirIceland day trip to Lake Myvatn (can't link sorry). Godafoss is just stunning, and Dimmuborgir has to be one of the weirdest landscapes I've had the fortune to see. Also, lake Myvatn is far nicer than the blue lagoon.
I will keep all of this in mind because I want very much to visit again, but I suspect that this year’s stop is going to be the standard 24-hour break allowed by Icelandair and we’re not going to stray too far. ;)
Anonymous asked: Hi Scott. A little question about card games. This is completely obsessive-compulsive, but I've been wondering how you envision Carousel Hazard. I thought of it as a sort of poker (you've got to put your best hand together after drawing), played with a deck reminiscent of French Tarot. Am I close? --Spider
Yes and no; the game is definitely about poker-esque hand construction, with a few flourishes due to partner play. The deck they’re using is the standard Therin playing deck.
Anonymous asked: Are we going to find out how Father Chains died and see the aftermath of his death in later books?
This verges on the very mildest of spoilers, so be forewarned. Though it is plainly known that he died some time prior to TLOLL. ;)
The last major section of flashback sequences will cover the aftermath of the return from Espara, the transition to adulthood for the Bastards, the loss of Chains and the passing of authority, and disagreements about that passing of authority. This should all take place in The Ministry of Necessity, leaving books 6 and 7 in the sequence to be almost entirely dedicated to forward motion, plotwise.
runandremember asked: Do those appearances and signings include Spain and/or Portugal?
At the moment, I’m afraid not. We might have the chance to branch out, but I can’t make any promises. This trip isn’t really a ‘proper’ European tour; it’s an extended personal trip during which we’re making a lot of professional appearances. Our current definite plans include: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France, the UK, and Iceland. We do hope to add at least one or two more.