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Transcript for December 11, 2010: Life, Death & AFTERLIFE – Q&A with Merrie Destefano

This week’s TOPIC: Life, Death & Afterlife in UF plus a Q&A with guest author Merrie Destefano discussing her UF debut, AFTERLIFE!

Merrie is the author of the futuristic UF novel “Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles” and has co-authored the Walter Foster book “How to Draw Zombies” – obviously she’s no stranger to the undead..! ;)

Official UFchat questions in YELLOW, other questions to guest author are in ORANGE and guest author replies to both participants & moderator are in RED for easier reading.

Resources/ topic-related links are in BLUE.

We also had a giveaway – a signed copy of AFTERLIFE to one lucky participant who asked Merrie a question, given a number and was chosen by random.org. The winner was: @J_GriffinB!

12:12 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 Going to be great #UFchat with @MerrieDestefano Q&A on AFTERLIFE & giveaway! Tell people to ask questions if want to enter!
12:15 am shadowflame1974: Going to be great #UFchat with @MerrieDestefano Q&A on AFTERLIFE & giveaway! Tell people to ask questions if want to enter!
12:21 am MerrieDestefano: Thanks! Looking forward to it! << RT @inkgypsy @shadowflame1974: Q&A on AFTERLIFE & giveaway! << #UFchat Sat., 3 p.m. PST
12:51 am inkgypsy: Transformer owl! http://youtu.be/gFwgblszf6s The Count Drac version is weirdly-amazing. No wonder vampires & owls are linked! #UFchat
12:56 am Laura_Bickle: RT @inkgypsy: Transformer owl! http://youtu.be/gFwgblszf6s The Count Drac version is weirdly-amazing. No wonder vampires & owls are linked! #UFchat
1:33 am LunaLindsey: RT @inkgypsy: Transformer owl! http://youtu.be/gFwgblszf6s The Count Drac version is weirdly-amazing. No wonder vampires & owls are linked! #UFchat
5:25 am UF_Chat: Reminder to all mid-week night creatures Sat #UFchat has guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano + signed copy of AFTERLIFE to win during chat!
5:25 am inkgypsy: Reminder to all mid-week night creatures Sat #UFchat has guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano + signed copy of AFTERLIFE to win during chat!
5:39 am Daylilie222: RT @inkgypsy: Reminder to all mid-week night creatures Sat #UFchat has guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano + signed copy of AFTERLIFE to win during chat!
5:50 am J_GriffinB: @gina_penn @saramcclung @cvaldezmiller @Karen_Hooper Don’t forget #UFchat this Saturday, 6PM EST. @inkgypsy is the hostess with the mostest
5:51 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Thanks! You rock. 😉 It’s going to be a fun #UFchat – plus whomever asks @MerrieDestefano a question gets entered to win!
5:55 am MerrieDestefano: @inkgypsy Thanks for all the #UFchat promos! *hugs*
6:11 am inkgypsy: @MerrieDestefano Just sent you Sats #UFchat schedule for you to look over. 🙂 Notes welcome. 🙂
8:39 am UF_Chat: Transcript for Dec 4 #UFchat is up! http://bit.ly/hWBNjq Human Factor in UF Mcs ? from mundane to magical hybrid: how human are they really?
8:39 am inkgypsy: Transcript for Dec 4 #UFchat is up! http://bit.ly/hWBNjq Human Factor in UF Mcs ? from mundane to magical hybrid: how human are they really?
9:11 am UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
9:11 am inkgypsy: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
6:08 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat tomorrow with special guest @MerrieDestefano! Stop by, ask a question and win a book! 5 p.m. CST.
6:15 pm MerrieDestefano: RT @shadowflame1974: #UFchat tomorrow with special guest @MerrieDestefano! Stop by, ask a question and win a book! 5 p.m. CST.
7:01 pm MerrieDestefano: Questions about AFTERLIFE? Join me and @InkGyspy on #UFchat on Saturday, 3 p.m. EST.
8:17 pm Book_Faery: RT @MerrieDestefano: Questions about AFTERLIFE? Join me and @InkGyspy on #UFchat on Saturday, 3 p.m. EST.
8:20 pm inkgypsy: RT @UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
8:20 pm Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
8:28 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
8:53 pm AnassaRh: #FF @inkgypsy because she’s supportive, insightful, and has a dog in surgery today. 😦 Also she founded #ufchat (3 pm PST, 6 pm EST on Sat.)
8:53 pm tadbo: RT @AnassaRh: #FF @inkgypsy because she’s supportive, insightful, and has a dog in surgery today. 😦 Also she founded #ufchat (3 pm PST, 6 pm EST on Sat.)
10:06 pm Preternatural__: I don’t generally, but she wrote a kick ass book, AFTERLIFE, & she’s cool to boot. Check her out on #UFChat this Sat. #FF @MerrieDestefano
11:44 pm JLCoburn: @inkgypsy No #UFChat for me this week. Going to be out of town.
December 11, 2010
1:10 am shadowflame1974: our special guest this week ? UF author @MerrieDestefano who?s debut novel AFTERLIFE recently debuted. #UFchat Tomorrow at 5 pm CST
5:00 pm inkgypsy: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
5:00 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
5:00 pm Daylilie222: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
5:18 pm tadbo: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
6:01 pm MerrieDestefano: Death, life, the quest for immortality. Join me on #UFchat today at 3 p.m. @InkGypsy and I will discuss the themes of AFTERLIFE and more!
6:02 pm specficdb: RT @MerrieDestefano: Death, life, the quest for immortality. Join me on #UFchat today at 3 p.m. @InkGypsy and I will discuss the themes of AFTERLIFE and more!
6:30 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
6:30 pm inkgypsy: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
6:30 pm shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
7:06 pm MerrieDestefano: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
8:00 pm UF_Chat: 3 hours till #UFchat! Guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re futuristic/UF debut AFTERLIFE – You can win signed copy in chat today! 3pm PST
8:00 pm inkgypsy: 3 hours till #UFchat! Guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re futuristic/UF debut AFTERLIFE – You can win signed copy in chat today! 3pm PST
8:00 pm Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: 3 hours till #UFchat! Guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re futuristic/UF debut AFTERLIFE – You can win signed copy in chat today! 3pm PST
9:00 pm inkgypsy: 2 hrs to #UFchat!What if we didn’t have to die but had 2nd chance? Chat life&death in UF + Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re AFTERLIFE & WIN! 3pmPST
9:00 pm UF_Chat: 2 hrs to #UFchat!What if we didn’t have to die but had 2nd chance? Chat life&death in UF + Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re AFTERLIFE & WIN! 3pmPST
10:00 pm inkgypsy: Jim Butcher meets Bladerunner in AFTERLIFE by today’s guest author @MerrieDestefano! Win signed copy during our Q&A. #UFChat 1 hour! 3pm PST
10:00 pm UF_Chat: Jim Butcher meets Bladerunner in AFTERLIFE by today’s guest author @MerrieDestefano! Win signed copy during our Q&A. #UFChat 1 hour! 3pm PST
10:03 pm QQwill: RT @inkgypsy: Jim Butcher meets Bladerunner in AFTERLIFE by today’s guest author @MerrieDestefano! Win signed copy during our Q&A. #UFChat 1 hour! 3pm PST
10:24 pm J_GriffinB: Going to tickle my girl till she gives up, hopefully before the start of #UFchat . #ufchat
10:25 pm inkgypsy: TOPIC: Life and death in UF + Q&A with Merrie Destefano re Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles #UFchat
10:25 pm UF_Chat: TOPIC: Life and death in UF + Q&A with Merrie Destefano re Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles #UFchat
10:25 pm Book_Faery: RT @inkgypsy: TOPIC: Life and death in UF + Q&A with Merrie Destefano re Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles #UFchat
10:28 pm shadowflame1974: Count down to #UFchat 30 minutes. How death affects an MC. with special guest, @MerrieDestefano
10:30 pm UF_Chat: 30 mins to #UFchat! TODAY ask special guest author @Merriedestefano a question & you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of AFTERLIFE! 3pmPST
10:30 pm inkgypsy: 30 mins to #UFchat! TODAY ask special guest author @Merriedestefano a question & you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of AFTERLIFE! 3pmPST
10:44 pm shadowflame1974: 15 minutes to #UFchat. What happens after death? with guest @MerrieDestefano! Ask a question and be entered to win a book.
10:45 pm UF_Chat: 15 mins to #UFchat! Life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF + special Q&A w author @MerrieDestefano. Ask her a question during chat & U could win bk!!
10:45 pm inkgypsy: 15 mins to #UFchat! Life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF + special Q&A w author @MerrieDestefano. Ask her a question during chat & U could win bk!!
10:46 pm SpiceBites: RT @inkgypsy: 15 mins to #UFchat! Life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF + special Q&A w author @MerrieDestefano. Ask her a question during chat & U could win bk!!
10:46 pm SpiceBites: @inkgypsy Lookinf forward to #UFchat!
10:50 pm inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: The Body?Whedon?s most powerful death portrayal was natural one (Buffy’s mom) http://bit.ly/fNtiyV #UFchat
10:50 pm UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: The Body?Whedon?s most powerful death portrayal was natural one (Buffy’s mom) http://bit.ly/fNtiyV #UFchat
10:51 pm inkgypsy: Primer #2 for #UFchat early birds: AFTERLIFE: The Resurrection Chronicles (blurb & reviews) http://bit.ly/eK8FBe #UFchat
10:51 pm UF_Chat: Primer #2 for #UFchat early birds: AFTERLIFE: The Resurrection Chronicles (blurb & reviews) http://bit.ly/eK8FBe #UFchat
10:55 pm inkgypsy: Pulling on my #UFchat stomping boots, changing to mod hat & handing pair to kickass author @MerrieDestefano for our special Q&A w her today!
10:55 pm inkgypsy: @SpiceBites Yay! And today you might win something too.. 😉 woo hoo! #UFchat
10:57 pm UF_Chat: Urban fantasy people! We have a guest author’s brain to nibble on today! Plus you can win signed copy of AFTERLIFE #UFchat in 4 minutes!
10:57 pm inkgypsy: Urban fantasy people! We have a guest author’s brain to nibble on today! Plus you can win signed copy of AFTERLIFE #UFchat in 4 minutes!
10:59 pm J_GriffinB: Slides in… #ufchat
10:59 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Hello! Got questions I hope. 😉 #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2… & now live with #UFchat! Life, death, resurrection, do-overs ? death is key force in UF but how is it really handled? #ufchat
11:00 pm soniawrite: hi ufchat #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: Life goes on in UF ? usually well after death. What does it do to life and death values if you get 2nd (& more) chances? #ufchat
11:00 pm Preternatural__: Cheers all! #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: Reminder: ?S? stands for statement, which will be followed by a ?Q? (a related #UFchat question for discussion). #ufchat
11:00 pm saramcclung: hi 🙂 #ufchat
11:00 pm MerrieDestefano: @inkgypsy Can I use #UFchat for a hashtag?
11:00 pm UF_Chat: @soniawrite Hi! Good to see you! 🙂 #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Q1: People die and return to life all the time in UF ? what are the various ways people can ?come back?? #ufchat
11:01 pm J_GriffinB: @saramcclung Hey! #ufchat
11:01 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Please do 🙂 #UFchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano That’s excactly the right one. 🙂 #ufchat
11:01 pm shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano sure can hon! welcome everyone #ufchat
11:01 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Easier to go to: http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat #ufchat
11:01 pm inkgypsy: @MerrieDestefano I replied as mod – yes – perfect! #UFchat
11:02 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat ghosts, vampires, zombies are all ways to die and come back #UFchat
11:02 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat stinking dead, sparkly dead, mostly dead, misty dead… I’m sure I’m missing some deads here. #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Hello all! Guest author today – let’s warm up the topic a bit first to get us settled in – life & death. 1st question is up! #ufchat
11:02 pm soniawrite: @J_GriffinB sparkly dead? twilight vamps? #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Q1a: How much of themselves/their humanness do they retain? #ufchat
11:02 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB lol in other words zombies, vampires, did you mention ghosts? #ufchat
11:03 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano hello! your book is on my tbr. haven’t gotten to it yet though #UFchat
11:03 pm J_GriffinB: @soniawrite Couldn’t resist the jab. Oh. Horny dead. And the re-possessed. #ufchat
11:03 pm J_GriffinB: @shadowflame1974 Misty, darling. Misty. #ufchat
11:03 pm ladytechie: Hmm, shade? #ufchat
11:03 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB aaahhhh I see #ufchat
11:03 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat q1a. sometimes a lot, sometimes none. but the change somehow, usually become harder #UFchat
11:03 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Hey! Guest author today – you want to pick her brain too? It’s tasty.. 😉 #UFchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: Q2: Death is usually violent and painful in UF ? can you think of any UF in which natural death occurs? #ufchat
11:04 pm ladytechie: Yes until they start chomping on people. Then not so much. #ufchat
11:05 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat accidental death? death by old age? um . . .no. #UFchat
11:05 pm shadowflame1974: Q1a sometimes not much at all. depends on what they come back as… #ufchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: S: Joss Whedon got many kudos for his Buffy episode The Body in which Buffy?s mother dies a natural death she can?t fight. #ufchat
11:05 pm Preternatural__: S2 Ummm…honestly, no. #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Q2a: Why was The Body episode on Buffy series so powerful? #ufchat
11:05 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A2: Not that takes place in the present narrative. Usually it’s the parental unit that died, leaving some trace… #ufchat
11:05 pm soniawrite: is suicide natural? #UFchat
11:06 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat I don’t think I saw that episode. #UFchat
11:06 pm ladytechie: A2: Because Buffy can fight anything but that. #ufchat
11:06 pm Preternatural__: @soniawrite Really? When Buffy’s mom dies? #UFchat
11:06 pm J_GriffinB: @soniawrite Not according to insurance and legal definitions, no. #ufchat
11:06 pm UF_Chat: Q3: Why is there such (unconscious) resistance to portraying natural death in UF? Especially when it?s such a prevalent device? #ufchat
11:07 pm soniawrite: anita blake’s mother died in an accident, didn’t she? that was accidental and it had a pretty strong impact on her. #UFchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: @soniawrite It’s considered his best ever by many – some controversy over why wasn’t put up for Emmy. #ufchat
11:07 pm soniawrite: @J_GriffinB just checking. thanks #UFchat
11:07 pm ladytechie: @soniawrite It was extremely moving and sad. #ufchat
11:08 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A3: Too prosaic, I should think. Readers and writers want to get the hell away from the halitosis & pimples of daily life #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: Q4: Other than as a vampire what other instances of resurrection (or similar – ie. actually dying & coming back) are in UF? #ufchat
11:08 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano No, worries. Just use your hashtag, yeah? #UFchat
11:08 pm soniawrite: @Preternatural__ yeah, really. i really don’t remember that. been watching it on netflix but I am only up season 2 #UFchat
11:09 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A4: Ghost springs to mind. #ufchat
11:09 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB I was watching for it! lol I think you’re 6 for 6 since you started now – or more! #UFchat
11:09 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat I don’t remember this controversy. oh well #UFchat
11:09 pm Preternatural__: @soniawrite Ummm..Season 6? I wanna say…the one with Glory. #UFchat
11:09 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I still want to throw a pot with Demi. #ufchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: Q4a: What were consequences, if any, of these characters coming back from the dead (eg special powers)? #ufchat
11:10 pm thedragongem: Q4: Ghosts. In the Women of the Otherworld series #UFchat
11:10 pm J_GriffinB: @inkgypsy It is a maxim I want writers to accept, therefore I preach the word! #ufchat
11:10 pm soniawrite: @Preternatural__ ohh. i don’t think i was watching buffy than #UFchat
11:10 pm shadowflame1974: Q2 Two come to mind CEMurphy’s Urban Shaman. Mother dies Lackey’s Dianne’s best friend Lennie dies of AIDS #ufchat
11:10 pm Preternatural__: @thedragongem Good point. or in the case of Eve, something else #UFchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: S: Our special guest today @MerrieDestefano has recently debuted with her novel AFTERLIFE ? set in alt-semi-future-world? #ufchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: S cont: … in which now possible to ?download? to new body when die so are essentially resurrected & get a 2nd life (up to 9 times) #ufchat
11:12 pm soniawrite: a4 ghosts are all i can think of #UFchat
11:12 pm UF_Chat: Q5: What might the repercussions be on the psyche of a character of coming back from natural death as opposed to a violent one? #ufchat
11:12 pm ladytechie: 4a: Families are affected. Some accepting, some not so much. #UFChat
11:12 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat depends on what they came back as. as vamps, well, blood and all that. ghosts – it depends on the writer does ghosts #UFchat
11:13 pm UF_Chat: Q6: Natural death (& coming back from it) has possibility of making character feel more helpless than ?surviving? violent one. Why? #ufchat
11:13 pm thedragongem: The Crow was a Revenant #UFchat
11:13 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB I think it’s am excellent cause. 🙂 #UFchat
11:14 pm shadowflame1974: Violent death would have PTSD attached Natural: having unfinished business left to attend to. Maybe overly enthusiastic over things #ufchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: S: Interesting 2 note many legendary monsters that traditionally threatened life are transformed in UF to become ?alt-life? options! #ufchat
11:14 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Does nine play out further into the series as the ‘special number?’ #UFchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: S cont: Eg vampire ? life after death, zombies ? life tho traditionally ?dead? etc #ufchat
11:14 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I think that might depend on the nature of the natural death, & whether the ‘copies’ have the same flaw that led to demise. #ufchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: Q7: Why do you think this is especially prevalent in the UF genre? #ufchat
11:14 pm soniawrite: q6: a violent is more likely to affect the psyche too I think #UFchat
11:15 pm MerrieDestefano: @CarolynCrane No other number seemed to work for me, plus I wanted at least 500 years of life. #ufchat
11:15 pm soniawrite: the dead people who come back to life in the highlander? #UFchat
11:15 pm UF_Chat: @Preternatural__ Not sure if she’s grabbing last minute coffee – ask again if she doesn’t reply. Good question. #ufchat
11:15 pm MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ Oh, hello! No special significance in number other than it gave me the lifespan (500 years) that I wanted. #ufchat
11:15 pm SpiceBites: Q7: Would Zombies count? #UFChat
11:16 pm MerrieDestefano: Sorry, have I missed some questions? =( #ufchat #amslowtypist
11:16 pm CarolynCrane: @MerrieDestefano It does seem natural. If you didn’t do 9, ppl would prolly be like, why not 9? #ufchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: Reminder to #UFchat watchers – please use hashtag so we & Merrie can see your comment/question (& you can be entered to win too.) 🙂 #ufchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: Q8: What UF characters not already turned or ?returned? might consider a resurrection? Why? #ufchat
11:16 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Did the blend on SF/UF come from what you read or you just dig both genres? #UFchat
11:17 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Just tuning in..and reading through the thread to try and catch up-hi everyone!! #UFchat
11:17 pm MerrieDestefano: @CarolynCrane yeah, I didn’t want double digits. Didn’t want 3 or 7, 9 just worked for me. #ufchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Nope – no misses as Mr. P is asking again. We’re almost up to intro-ing you. 🙂 #ufchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: S: In AFTERLIFE people who download selves to new body & life get a ?babysitter? for the 1st week to help them adjust. #ufchat
11:17 pm ladytechie: Afterlife was amazingly original, well-written and thought-provoking. I loved it! #UFChat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: Q9: How would you imagine your first week would be in a new body after dying & leaving old life behind? Perks? Cons? #ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Did we skip Q7b? #ufchat #lost
11:18 pm SpiceBites: Q8: Mummies might want to resurrection for revenge #UFChat
11:18 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat mostly cons, I should think #UFchat
11:18 pm UF_Chat: @ladytechie I thought it was a wonderful addition to genre too – diff approach but still strong UF feel! Loved it. #ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: Very few perks except extended life. First week is disorienting & you struggle with all your memories coming back at once. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: At the same time, you can?t remember important things, like looking both ways before crossing a street. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: On the other hand, you are stunningly beautiful in first week. Again, not necessarily good, because of kidnappings. [3/3] #UFchat
11:19 pm CarolynCrane: @SpiceBites LOL Has anybody done a mummy UF? #UFChat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Heh heh – not yet. Still in 1st 10 questions. Not in the Merrie questions yet – almost – 1 to go. 🙂 #ufchat
11:19 pm shadowflame1974: Q9 distorted. getting used to new body how it moves compared to the old one. #ufchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: Q10: Life goes on in UF ? usually well after death. What does it do to life and death values if you get 2nd (& more) chances? #ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: Almost anyone might decide to resurrect, although you can?t if you?ve committed a capital crime or any sort of terrorism. [1/4] #Ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: The twist is that not everyone wants to resurrect. Groups of people, called One-Timers choose death over life; [2/4] #Ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: They hold pro-death ralleys and fight for the right to choose death. Nine-Timers, on the other hand, fight for more life. [3/4] #Ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: There are even suicide cults, people who have become addicted to the resurrection process. [4/4] #UFchat
11:19 pm Jinxie_G: Ah crap. See? Now I really do have another book to add to my TBR pile! Told you @MerrieDestefano. *runs away from #UFchat*
11:20 pm SpiceBites: @CarolynCrane There so should be one –mummy UF that is ;P #UFChat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: It?s now time to introduce our special guest this week ? UF author @MerrieDestefano who?s debut novel AFTERLIFE recently debuted. #ufchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: AFTERLIFE= Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher. Thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt New Orleans where life after death is big business. #ufchat
11:20 pm Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: It?s now time to introduce our special guest this week ? UF author @MerrieDestefano who?s debut novel AFTERLIFE recently debuted. #ufchat
11:20 pm MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ I don’t read much UF, more SF and other genres. #ufchat
11:20 pm Book_Faery: Ahh it’s so fun hearing @MerrieDestefano discuss AFTERLIFE. Loved reading that book! #UFchat
11:20 pm J_GriffinB: RT @MerrieDesteffano Anyone might decide to resurrect, although you can?t if you?ve committed a capital crime or terrorism. #ufchat
11:20 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano suicide cults? really? wow sounds they glamorize death #UFchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: Welcome @MerrieDestefano! Thank you for joining us today & for enabling the giveaway too (signed copy of her book!). #ufchat
11:21 pm CarolynCrane: @UF_Chat @MerrieDestefano Wow, that sounds really interesting an cool. And, they don’t look like themselves? #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: I?ll ask Q’s until 3:45-ish & then will open floor for all other Q’s. If have on-topic Q during Q&A pls address Merrie & use hashtag #ufchat
11:21 pm MerrieDestefano: Hi, everyone! #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: ? otherwise please hold Q?s till floor is opened. Remember ALL questions to Merrie will be entered into signed book giveaway today! #ufchat
11:21 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Nice. I’ll bring up SF influences when not here *grin* #UFchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Congratulations on your debut novel and the positive response! #ufchat
11:21 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Thanks for inviting me! Sorry for answering all the wrong questions. DUh. #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q1: When did you first have the idea for AFTERLIFE? #ufchat
11:21 pm ASolitaryScribe: @MerrieDestefano this sounds awesome. They come back as adults? #ufchat
11:22 pm CarolynCrane: @SpiceBites *thinking about mummies now* #UFChat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: @Preternatural__ No – no – ask here too! Curious. 🙂 #ufchat
11:22 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano hi! #UFchat
11:22 pm MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe Yes, always adults. =) #ufchat
11:22 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1: About 2-3 years ago. Grew from a science article I read about how lengthening telomeres in DNA could give us immortality. #UFchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Actually they worked well. 😀 #ufchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q1a: Per the description ? how would you say AFTERLIFE like Jim Butcher? How about Bladerunner? #ufchat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1a: Unfortunately, haven?t read Jim Butcher?s books, so can?t comment. However, I love Philip K. Dick and social sci fi… [1/3] #Ufchat
11:23 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano OK, since I read a lot of SF as well, what do you like/who influenced you? #UFchat
11:23 pm CarolynCrane: @UF_Chat OMG! I’m sorry. I just blunder in with questions! #ufchat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1: writers influence other writers. Bladerunner is a dark world where clones struggle for their right 2 live (in the movie) [3/3] #Ufchat
11:23 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano So glad u r here, I checked out Afterlife on Amazon & love the way the first bit reads @UF_Chat #UFChat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1: In AFTERLIFE, people struggle for the right to die or the right to live forever. [3/3] #UFchat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Thanks! =) #ufchat
11:24 pm MerrieDestefano: Still hoping I am doing this right. #ufchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: @CarolynCrane S’ok – hard to tame the rabble. 😉 (Each chat is a little diff so we all try ways to help author Q&As keep track. 🙂 #ufchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: S: AFTERLIFE is not your usual UF ? eg. futuristic/UF mix, strong tech presence, w multi 1st person POVs. #ufchat
11:24 pm MerrieDestefano: @CarolynCrane LOL. And I blundered in answering the wrong questions! #ufchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q2: While definitely works, why decide to focus on UF market instead of eg sci-fi? What is appeal to UF readers? #ufchat
11:24 pm sandrawickham: Right now @MerrieDestefano is the guest over at #UFchat if you want to join in. Her book AFTERLIFE sounds excellent!
11:24 pm ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano Afterlife was totally amazing and actually was what drove me to write one of my first reviews on Goodreads. #UFChat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Somebody poke me with a long stick when it’s time for me to answer another question. #ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Q2: My editor saw a lot of UF elements in AFTERLIFE, & we worked 2 make those stronger: dark, noir world, strong female… [1/3] #Ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: @sandrawickham It really is. Gorgeous writing on top of great story! #ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Q2: character, first person POV, end of world scenario, life-after-death themes. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Q2: Sometimes thinking outside of the box can make a book stronger. So far, have had great response from UF readers. [3/3] #Ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: S: Merrie also co-wrote the text for the Walter Foster book How to Draw Zombies ? clearly she?s no stranger to the undead! #ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q3: In what way are the new bodies of people resurrected in AFTERLIFE similar to other undead – if at all? #ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: My editor is made out of pure gold, BTW. #ufchat
11:26 pm MerrieDestefano: @ladytechie Awww! So sweet. Thank you! #ufchat
11:26 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano Since Afterlife sounds quite different than most, was it harder to sell? #UFChat
11:26 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Nice! (editor kudos – always great to hear. 🙂 #ufchat
11:26 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3: Not similar to zombies at all; maybe slightly similar to vampires in that insatiable quest for life. #UFchat
11:26 pm CarolynCrane: It is interesting topic, death, and how the post-dead of all kinds have both advantages and liabilities #ufchat
11:27 pm MerrieDestefano: Must pay attention. Almost missed my question. #imanerd #ufchat
11:27 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Do you mean to a publisher or a reader? #ufchat
11:27 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Did you have D Gill edit AFTERLIFE? #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q3a: Did working on How to Draw Zombies & Afterlife ever overlap ? did one ever affect the other? #ufchat
11:28 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3a: AFTERLIFE was finished when I did the How to Draw Zombies book, so zombies did not affect the novel. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q4: What sort of research did you do for AFTERLIFE? #ufchat
11:28 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano To a publisher…. #UFChat
11:28 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3a: However, working on the zombie book got me over my creep factor. I really didn?t like zombies co-wrote the zombie book. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:28 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano She is all sorts of awesome when you look at the titles she edits =) #UFchat
11:28 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3a. Now I think I would like add a zombie or two to some future novel. Not AFTERLIFE, though. [3/3] #Ufchat
11:29 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites I think the important thing is to find agent/editor/publisher who share your vision. #ufchat
11:30 pm CarolynCrane: aQ7 In a way, UF tames monsters for people in a “scary” era, but it also apparently tames death, too. In so many books. #ufchat
11:30 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano And what publisher are you with? #ufchat
11:30 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano I’ll try to wait for your multi answers (thanks for putting the 3/3 indicators!) #UFchat
11:30 pm MerrieDestefano: Q4: Researched New Orleans, the history, the culture, the food, the music, the French Quarter, the bayou, the plants.#UFchat
11:30 pm MerrieDestefano: Q4: Also, researched French terms. #ufchat
11:30 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q5: What was it that got you interested in the concept of resurrection technology, if anything? #ufchat
11:31 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano LOL! Those must have been some fun research trips, esp. the food & music one ;P #UFChat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano: Seems lots room to explore stories of ?second chances? in world of AFTERLIFE ? what they would do & why. (cont) #ufchat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q6: Any chance we?ll see some of those ?second chance? stories? #ufchat
11:33 pm MerrieDestefano: Q6: By second chance stories, do you mean sequels? If so, yes. There?s lots of room for sequel stories in this world. [1/3]#Ufchat
11:33 pm MerrieDestefano: Q6: I?m finishing a project right now. As soon as it?s done (mid-January), I plan to start an AFTERLIFE sequel. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:33 pm MerrieDestefano: Q6: So many people who have read AFTERLIFE have already asked me for a sequel, which is really cool! [2/3] #Ufchat
11:33 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano RT @J_GriffinB Publisher is Eos/HarperCollins. Will change names soon to Voyager/HarperCollins. #ufchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: Amazing detail w/out actually being there! Kudos! #UFchat RT @MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites I wish I could have taken a trip to NOLA. =(
11:33 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q7: New Orleans is wonderfully fleshed out – like character in book. What made you choose the city to set story in? #ufchat
11:34 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7: Oh, so many reasons! Loved the City of the Dead cemeteries, loved the culture, loved that it is the birthplace of jazz. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:34 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7: Plus I have a great respect for the people of the city [NOLA] and what they have gone through with Katrina. I wanted to.. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:34 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7: increase public awareness of the city and the people. [3/3] #UFchat
11:35 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q7a: You live in Southern CA. How did you go about researching New Orleans in such vivid detail? #ufchat
11:35 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7a: I read everything I could find, from blog posts to books to magazines. Anything that would tell me about the city. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:35 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7a: Plus a year earlier, I ran a special issue of Victorian Homes mag that featured NOLA. [I was the editor then] [2/3] #Ufchat
11:36 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7a: So I already had a LOT of facts in my head by the time I wrote the book. [3/3]#Ufchat
11:36 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Ooh nice insider look! (Magazine article editor) #ufchat
11:36 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q7b: Can you pls describe the New Orleans of AFTERLIFE? The social structure/layers/levels? #ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: AFTERLIFE is set in near future New Orleans, in a time when people can resurrect instead of die, through a [1/4] #Ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: company called Fresh Start. It’s a dark world and society has basically been turned inside out. Very few children born [2/4] #Ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: families almost non-existent. People now “invent” their own families by meeting people in virtual reality chat bars. [3/4] #Ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: Virtual reality can take you anywhere in the world; But even with 9 potential lives, people still crave immortality. [4/4] #Ufchat
11:38 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Thanks! =) #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: @MerriDestefano Q8: With resurrection tech avail. there is group of people: “One Timers”. Can you explain their POV of life/death? #ufchat
11:39 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: One-Timers are a group of people who choose not to resurrect, either for religious or moral or personal reasons. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:39 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: The family that owns the resurrection technology happened to be One-Timers, so they were conflicted. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:39 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: I really enjoy working with characters that are conflicted. =) [3/3] #UFchat
11:39 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q9: Is a pro-death priest in AFTERLIFE – sounds contrary to our understanding of priests. Can you explain his POV? #ufchat
11:40 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: Yes, a lot of religious people in AFTERLIFE are pro-death. It?s similar to how people now are pro-life. [1/2] #Ufchat
11:40 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: I don?t think that character had a POV. But he believed in giving people the right to choose death over resurrection. [2/2] #UFchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Priest had Chapter opening quote if memory serves. #UFchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: S: Some UF has long-lived vamps changing name, starting new life in new place after while to stay hidden, like resurrected in bk. #ufchat
11:41 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Yeah, that’s the priest. =) #ufchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q10: Did you have vampires in mind at all when writing the ?life jumps?? #ufchat
11:42 pm MerrieDestefano: Q10: No, not vampires. I think our quest for immortality goes beyond vampires. In other words, [1/2] #Ufchat
11:42 pm MerrieDestefano: Q10: I believe mankind has craved immortality long before vampires came into the picture. [2/2] #UFchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: S: One of MCs in AFTERLIFE is Chaz Dominguez who is a ?Babysitter? ? a feared/respected job/position. #ufchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q11: What is a ?babysitter? and how did you come up with the concept? #ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: Babysitters watch over you when you resurrect. They have more power than the local or international police #Ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: As I worked on the story, in my mind, I realized that Newbies would be too vulnerable on their own. #Ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: So I created Babysitters and made the main character one. #Ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: So the book has one POV of a Newbie and one of a Babysitter. #UFchat
11:43 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q11a: I imagine training for a Babysitter would be tough! Are there other babysitters in world? How do they train? #ufchat
11:44 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11a: Absolutely! Lots of Babysitters. Training would be like training for a Navy SEAL. #UFchat
11:44 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q12: How is death treated differently by world of AFTERLIFE compared to a) us b) other UF series/characters? #ufchat
11:44 pm MerrieDestefano: I feel like I’m “over-talking” everyone. Pure silence. #ufchat
11:45 pm MerrieDestefano: Q12: Not sure about other UF series. But in AFTERLIFE, death is like the unspoken fear. Everyone tries to forget it exists. #UFchat
11:45 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Mummification processes of the Egyptians comes to mind; including servants, pets, food in afterlife a good example. #ufchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano I think they’re watching, fascinated & waiting for open question time. 😀 #UFchat
11:45 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano *listening/reading chat* I’ll ask at the general *L* #UFchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q13: Why did you decide 9 times would be the maximum times resurrection technology would work? (eg Symbolic etc) #ufchat
11:45 pm soniawrite: no, i am just listioning. reading, that is #UFchat
11:45 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano reading in rapt attention 🙂 #UFChat
11:45 pm Jess_Haines: @MerrieDestefano I’ll be over soon, just wrapping Xmas shopping and stuff. ARGH. Want. To. CHAT. #ufchat
11:46 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano and moderator asked us to shut it till 1/4 till. #ufchat
11:46 pm MerrieDestefano: @Jess_Haines Want you to chat! #ufchat
11:46 pm MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB Oh, yeah. =) #ufchat
11:46 pm Jess_Haines: @MerrieDestefano OK, let me jump in the shower and get dressed, will be over to chat in like 15-20 mins #ufchat
11:46 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines We’re here – open questions soon -thought you might like to see an author Q&A. 🙂 (Plus topic & Merrie are awesome 😀 ) #UFchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Q13: No other number seemed right to me. Didn?t like Three-Timers or Six-Timers. Plus I really wanted to create a world where [1/2] #UFchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Q13: people could live to be 500 years old. I felt like that was long enough to create an entirely different world. [2/2] #UFchat
11:47 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Nice. 😛 #UFchat
11:47 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q13a: What are restrictions of resurrection in AFTERLIFE? Can you ‘upgrade’ to better looks, better athlete etc? #ufchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Almost missed my question! Argh. #ufchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Q13a: you can upgrade to almost anything. #ufchat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q14: The dog Omega is very important character. Considering 9 lives etc why write a dog & not a cat? #ufchat
11:48 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q13a: but you can only keep 50 % of your memories. #ufchat
11:48 pm MerrieDestefano: Q14: I wanted the dog to be able to interact more with people, to save lives if necessary. A cat wouldn?t have been able to do that. #Ufchat
11:48 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I want upgrades: No dyslexia, better joints, thank you. #ufchat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q15: What do you think is handled well regarding life vs death in UF genre? What aspects are unexplored/avoided? #ufchat
11:49 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Tough question. I think UF handles the supernatural elements very well. #ufchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano LAST Q b4 floor open: If you ?yourself, in this reality- had the option to be resurrected, would you? Why/why not? #ufchat
11:50 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q15: But rarely ever deal with the science. #ufchat
11:50 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q15: I also think theology not covered that much. But maybe I haven’t read enough UF. #ufchat
11:51 pm MerrieDestefano: Q16: No, I?m a One-Timer. Like my main character, Chaz. One life and then I?m done. I believe in heaven and want to go there. =) #UFchat
11:51 pm UF_Chat: NOW OPENING FLOOR FOR Q?s. Remember each person asking gets entered into giveaway today! Pls @MerrieDestefano & add #UFchat hashtag. #ufchat
11:51 pm MerrieDestefano: I think I survived. #ufchat
11:51 pm ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano Relationships are key in this book. What drove your depiction of the relationship between the brothers/father? #UFChat
11:52 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Sounds like the usual suspect, but who influenced you in SF? #UFchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Now you get lots of questions from all over… 😉 #UFchat
11:52 pm MerrieDestefano: Whoa, I feel like I was juggling eels there. #ufchat
11:52 pm ASolitaryScribe: @MerrieDestefano i’m so intrigued. What sorts of new religions has this science created? #ufchat
11:53 pm MerrieDestefano: @ladytechie I love relationships. To me, Chaz and Russ approached their struggles so differently. Both loved their father. #ufchat
11:53 pm shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano lol no now comes the eel juggling 😀 #ufchat
11:53 pm MerrieDestefano: @ladytechie but one fell apart (Russ) when difficulties came along, one grew stronger (Chaz) #ufchat
11:53 pm soniawrite: okay this may seem like a silly question, but who are your fav authors? also, did you read any books on writing? #UFchat
11:54 pm MerrieDestefano: Strong, 3-dimensional characters are crucial for a good plot, to me. #ufchat
11:54 pm J_GriffinB: @marieDestefano: Why only 50% of memories? #ufchat
11:54 pm inkgypsy: @soniawrite You might need to address Merrie directly for her to see your question. 🙂 #UFchat
11:54 pm MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ Loved Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Michael Crichton. #ufchat
11:55 pm MerrieDestefano: @shadowflame1974 EEEEEEELLLSSS! #ufchat
11:55 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano okay this may seem like a silly question, but who are your fav authors? also, did you read any books on writing? #UFchat
11:55 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Damn straight! #ufchat
11:56 pm soniawrite: @inkgypsy thanks! #UFchat
11:56 pm MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Loved James Scott Bell’s writing books, BIRD BY BIRD, WRITING DOWN THE BONES. #ufchat
11:56 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano Can a resurrected return to a love from a former life/reincarnation? #UFChat
11:56 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB I just saw your pot comment.. ROFL! #UFchat
11:57 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Do you intend to attend any writing cons in the next year? World Fantasy, World Science Fiction Convention #ufchat
11:57 pm MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB To be mean. =) Seriously, life needs challenge. And when you break the rules, you must pay a price. #ufchat
11:57 pm shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano When and why did you begin to write fiction after being involved with several magazines? #ufchat
11:57 pm MerrieDestefano: BTW, I will answer all questions, even if it takes me awhile. =) #ufchat
11:57 pm magelly: @MerrieDestefano Twitter chat can be very frantic. Keeping up with all that stuff. #ufchat
11:58 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Yeah, if you’re in SoCal, you could do ComicCon =) #UFchat
11:58 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano thabnks! spicebites is a good queston – how does family come into all this? #UFchat
11:58 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Do you mean could you return to live with your old boyfriend? Sure, if he wants you. Some thorns in this rose. #ufchat
11:58 pm MerrieDestefano: @inkgypsy Think I missed the pot comment. Must find! #ufchat
11:59 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano So it’s purely a Mcguffin, placed there to challenge the characters? #ufchat
11:59 pm MerrieDestefano: @shadowflame1974 I always wanted to write fiction and have done so for a long time. The mag editor position was to pay the bills. #ufchat
11:59 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano I can see complications for a future book, unrequited love, the ex who refuses to die…. #UFChat
11:59 pm MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB Yes! I’m going to World Fantasy Con in SD, Comic Con in SD, ConDor in SD, maybe RT in LA. #ufchat
December 12, 2010
MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ totally. I went last year. it was SO much fun. #ufchat
J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano See you at WFC, then. Renovation? #ufchat
12:01 am MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB A McGuffin? I don’t understand. I’m very dense. #ufchat
12:01 am Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano SDCC is Always a blast! Lemme know what booth you’re at pls. #UFchat
12:01 am MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Yes, plus your time lines might not match up unless you died at same time. #ufchat
12:02 am UF_Chat: Last call for questions for @MerrieDestefano today (& entry into our signed book giveaway) – Ask Merrie now! #ufchat
12:02 am J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano A plot mechanism to challenge the characters/aid the writer in storytelling. #ufchat
12:02 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe I don’t think science created any religion. But religions changed. #ufchat
12:02 am Preternatural__: @J_GriffinB Yeah, you explain McGuffin in 140 characters or less *L* #UFchat
12:02 am SpiceBites: Dagnabbit, I’ve to go for a limo ride in 13 mins…but this was fun & v. interesting! #UFChat
12:02 am shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano when the person comes back does he get to chose what memories to keep or is it luck as to what processes? #ufchat
12:03 am J_GriffinB: @Preternatural__ Think I just did! #ufchat
12:03 am ASolitaryScribe: @MerrieDestefano what does this new science do to religion? R there new sects? #ufchat
12:03 am soniawrite: @SpiceBites @MerrieDestefano i can see whole family soap opera! tragedies! especially with the 50 % memory thing #UFchat
12:03 am UF_Chat: @SpiceBites We’ll announce winner in about 1/2 hr. 🙂 #UFchat
12:03 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Families often break up, lose contact with one another. People build fake families through Virtual Reality chat rooms. #ufchat
12:03 am J_GriffinB: @SpiceBites Careful. Those that ride in limos in my tales end up getting shot at a lot. #ufchat
12:04 am SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano Nice to meet you & good luck! I’m looking forward to reading Afterlife. #UFChat
12:04 am J_GriffinB: @soniawrite @SpiceBites @MerrieDestefano Might be a blessing for some families. #ufchat
12:04 am MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB I think I need to learn more about McGuffins or whatever they are! I need to use them more often! #ufchat
12:04 am Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Thanks for stopping by =) #UFchat
12:04 am CarolynCrane: @MerrieDestefano What’s the most important issue/question for you, in the book. #ufchat
12:04 am MerrieDestefano: @shadowflame1974 Yes, you get to choose what memories to keep. But still, someone you know may have erased you from their memory. #ufchat
12:04 am SpiceBites: @J_GriffinB I think I’m more in danger of getting trampled by overexcited kids trying to see xmas lights. LOL! #UFChat
12:05 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe Yes, new religions or more like cults. I didn’t go in to that too much. Just implied. Suicide cults. #ufchat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe Changes in major religions. The lack of death changed so much in the world of AFTERLIFE. #ufchat
12:06 am shadowflame1974: @SpiceBites lol ouch watch the toes! #ufchat
12:06 am VampBookClub: RT @UF_Chat: Last call for questions for @MerrieDestefano today (& entry into our signed book giveaway) – Ask Merrie now! #ufchat
12:06 am J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Perhaps your next one in the series? #ufchat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe It was like a long dark shadow fell over the world when they took away death. #ufchat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Exactly! Me too! #ufchat
12:06 am SpiceBites: @UF_Chat I’ll check the transcripts l8r for the winner. Deepest apologies for blundering w/ques. earlier. & Thanx for moderating! #UFChat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Thanks so much and thanks for dropping by! #ufchat
12:06 am soniawrite: @J_GriffinB @soniawrite @SpiceBites @MerrieDestefano can only imagine the serial killers. & stalkers – being stalked through 9 lives #UFchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: RT @CarolynCrane: @MerrieDestefano What’s the most important issue/question for you, in the book. #ufchat
12:07 am SpiceBites: Toodles all! Have fun! #UFChat
12:07 am ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano What was the one part of the story to which you later realized you wished you gave more depth? #UFChat
12:07 am MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB @soniawrite @SpiceBites To not stay together? I think a lot of people would rather have diff. parents/sister/brothers. #ufchat
12:08 am inkgypsy: @soniawrite What a creepy 9and yet cool) idea! Multi-life stalker etc #UFchat
12:08 am J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat @CarolynCrane @MerrieDestefano And how is the technology policed? #ufchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Thanks for coming & answering our questions today & for the giveaway bonus! Any closing comments you?d like to add? #ufchat
12:08 am J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano My thoughts too. Forget all the shit pulled on you by siblings, the disappointments, etc. especially abusive house #ufchat
12:08 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite OOOOH, what a great idea! #ufchat
12:09 am J_GriffinB: RT @UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Thanks for coming & answering our questions today & for the giveaway bonus! #ufchat
12:09 am soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano oh, why, thank you lol #UFchat
12:09 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Interesting charac study there-patterns evident even in kids who don’t remember etc -seeing that after erased memories & #UFchat
12:10 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB and trying to figure out the mystery of past would be twisted fun to write! #UFchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: FINAL BIG Q @MerrieDestefano Where can people find you online/contact you to ask questions about your book or other writing? #ufchat
12:11 am J_GriffinB: @inkgypsy Nine Princes in Amber comes to mind. He knows he can’t trust Random, but still likes him. Can’t explain it. #ufchat
12:11 am soniawrite: @inkgypsy yeah so very creepy. but interesting to read about #UFchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: I wonder if our guest got booted off for all the awesome comments? #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: I will post Merrie’s website and you know where to find her on Twitter! Think we may have lost her to API limits… 😦 #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Thanks again for being our special guest today! We wish you every success with AFTERLIFE & hope to read more soon! #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: That?s a wrap for #UFchat today! Next week is a Winter Solstice/Christmas/holiday themed #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Having a special holiday?themed #UFchat next week, then break due to public holidays and return in 2011 w many UF authors booked to Q&A!
12:13 am ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano Yes, thank you! #UFChat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Got a topic you want to chat about? Let me know! (@inkgypsy) I?ll add it to the list & maybe even bump up the chat-date for it. ? #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Some additional resources on AFTERLIFE, and life and death in urban fantasy and speculative fiction: #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: The Body?Whedon?s most powerful death portrayal was natural one (Buffy’s mom) http://bit.ly/fNtiyV #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Primer #2 for #UFchat early birds: AFTERLIFE: The Resurrection Chronicles (blurb & reviews) http://bit.ly/eK8FBe #ufchat
12:14 am J_GriffinB: And yes, thanks again @marriedestefano and thanks for hosting, @inkgypsy ! #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano?s website with info & reviews on AFTERLIFE: http://bit.ly/ijHhEW #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Speculative faith: urban fantasy – Afterlife:The Resurrection Chronicles http://bit.ly/fjbYzh #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Bringing Back the Dead ? Lame or Awesome? http://bit.ly/i0U8Gt (Thanks to @AnassaRh for this link!) #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Killing Off Characters by Nikki Mantyla http://bit.ly/faVaVI #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Gothic, Paranormal & UF for Tweens & Teens ? many recommended have ?how to cope with death? central to themes: http://bit.ly/e6Ykjn #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Buffy ?The Body? episode is a good example of how to write crying scenes (article) http://bit.ly/ia8AIZ #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Vampirology from Creation to Death & Dusting (much from Buffy but a lot in common with much UF) http://bit.ly/dHQrUh #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: DVD Commentary text on Buffy series episode The Body by Joss Whedon, when her mom dies natural death http://bit.ly/gG19NL #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Humungous thnx to @Shadowflame1974, @AnassaRh & @Daylilie222 – all helped in diff ways during my fur-baby emergency this week. xx #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: #UFchat transcript available on the #UFchat blog in 48hrs-ish, allowing for late comments. Just use the hashtag. ? #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Now to tally up entries & choose winner for signed copy of AFTERLIFE via random.org!! ? stick around if you want to see who won! #ufchat
12:17 am J_GriffinB: Sticking. #ufchat
12:17 am soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano – thanks for answering all the questions #UFchat
12:18 am shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestafano Thanks for the eel juggling. It was very entertaining 😀 #ufchat
12:18 am shadowflame1974: @InkGypsy no worries on the help hon #ufchat
12:18 am CarolynCrane: @UF_Chat This has been so interesting. Your book sounds awesome. #UFchat @MerrieDestefano
12:21 am inkgypsy: @CarolynCrane Thanks! Merrie is awesome & her writing is just lovely-beautiful words on top of gritty, xlnt story. Thx for coming! #UFchat
12:25 am Jess_Haines: Yaaay, I’m finally here! 😀 I hope I didn’t miss much. o.o #ufchat
12:27 am shadowflame1974: @Jess_Haines lol Just in time for the drawing 😀 #ufchat
12:27 am Jess_Haines: @shadowflame1974 Woot! 😀 #ufchat
12:35 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines I forgot the hashtag – oops – pls add #UFchat to your question!
12:37 am Jess_Haines: @MerrieDestefano So I didn’t get to toss a question in there–what do you consider your go-to resource RE: resurrection? Books, web? #ufchat
12:40 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines I have sent her a mail.. 🙂 #UFchat
12:41 am Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Awesome, thanks. 🙂 Very interested in hearing what she used for research! #ufchat
12:47 am J_GriffinB: Unt ze vinner ist? #ufchat
12:50 am UF_Chat: And the winner is? (drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #UFchat
12:50 am inkgypsy: And the winner is? (drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #UFchat
12:51 am Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Congrats ! =) #ufchat
12:51 am shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: And the winner is(drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #ufchat
12:51 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Congratulations! Woot! #UFchat
12:51 am J_GriffinB: Thanks! Wow. #ufchat
12:52 am shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB ROFL YOU! #ufchat
12:52 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Your number was 2 by the way – guess it’s lucky for you! #UFchat 🙂
12:52 am J_GriffinB: I’m about to #2 from excitement. #ufchat
12:53 am J_GriffinB: Schweet, though, really! #ufchat
12:53 am shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB snicker…. #ufchat
12:54 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB *eyeroll then throws confetti – times 2* #UFchat
12:55 am J_GriffinB: unable to find email addy for her, and she’s not following. Shall I send my physical addy to you for forwarding? #ufchat
12:56 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB BTW if you can’t DM Merrie let me know and I can email her your address. Alternately you can contact her on Facebook. 🙂 #UFchat
12:56 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 That’s not to say I HAVE your address.. not yet anyway.. lol #UFchat
12:56 am Wulfie_: RT @UF_Chat: And the winner is? (drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #UFchat
12:57 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB That’s not to say I HAVE your address.. not yet anyway.. lol #UFchat
12:57 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB LOL Yes please – I’ll get it to her straight away. 🙂 #UFchat
12:59 am J_GriffinB: Done. #ufchat
1:10 am soniawrite: @J_GriffinB congrats on winning the book! #UFchat
6:31 am MerrieDestefano: Thanks again to everyone who hung out at #ufchat today. 🙂
6:42 am MerrieDestefano: @Jess_Haines Hi! Re your question…do U mean research for the book or the resurrection process? I use the Web a lot in my research. #ufchat
6:43 am MerrieDestefano: @Jess_Haines As far as the resurrection process, I made it up. Some nuggets of science here & there, like telomeres. #ufchat
8:59 am AnassaRh: All right. Settling down for #UFChat. Suggest: Death, dying, etc. Should be interesting?
9:01 am AnassaRh: A1: Vampires, weres, zombies, ghosts. Less obviously, fake/temporary death, magical reinsertion of soul, magical loopholes. #ufchat
9:02 am AnassaRh: A1a: Depends on book. Sometimes most of it. Sometimes all of it. Usually in between somewhere. #ufchat
9:08 am AnassaRh: A2: Not offhand, no. I spy a gap in need of filling? #ufchat
9:10 am AnassaRh: A3: Violent death is more exciting? It can spur the plot, give added drive to the MC? #ufchat
9:11 am AnassaRh: Revenge, dying wishes, etc. are more powerful devices when violence factors in. Also adds grit/noir to story. #ufchat
9:13 am AnassaRh: Although “Child, I always regretted not tracking down that witch.” is equally powerful to “Child, find the werewolf that killed me.” #ufchat
9:14 am AnassaRh: Hmm. Going back to the slaying family idea from a couple weeks ago? Warriors dislike bed deaths. No honor. Same with slayers? #ufchat
9:15 am AnassaRh: Would an anti-slaying child take up arms on their parents’ dying wish? Would a slayer do everything possible to die in battle? #ufchat
9:19 am AnassaRh: Okay, now that tangent’s over? A4a: Powers are pretty much a given. Also temp disorientation, trauma, confusion, denial. #ufchat
9:20 am AnassaRh: Hey! Do resurrected monsters ever get PTSD? Esp. if a were’s conscious for the initial change? #ufchat
9:25 am AnassaRh: A6: They couldn’t stop it. It will happen again, same result. Also, if it’s death by age, there’s gradual weakening of the body. #ufchat
9:42 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh So glad you’re chiming in tonight! #UFchat Another of those topics I expected to find lots of posts on and barely found anything!
9:42 am AnassaRh: A7: Desire to humanize the monsters. Because we want to be immortal. Because UF is the anti-horror? #ufchat
9:43 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Because UF bumps back those things in the night..? 😉 #UFchat
9:45 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Perhaps #ufchat will spark a rash of posts, then? I was surprised as well. I’d think a geeky lit major?
9:45 am AnassaRh: Ha, yes! RT @inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Because UF bumps back those things in the night..? 😉 #UFchat
9:48 am AnassaRh: A9: Cons: You wouldn’t have the same (or any) sense memory. Might not recognize your body. Might not be recognized. Bigots. #ufchat
9:48 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh I think some aspiring UF author (who doesn’t have a billion deadlines) could easily blog daily on ideas from a weekly #UFchat!
9:49 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Ooh – totally forgot to bring up the sense memory of heart transplant patients & hand transplants too…#UFchat
9:49 am AnassaRh: A9: Perks: Young and healthy body (we hope). Fresh slate, possible new identity. #ufchat
9:50 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh .. there’s scientific evidence of ‘previous owner’s personality embedded in them – particularly heart! (Frankenstein OMG!) #UFchat
9:50 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Even in the heart? Do you have a link? That sounds cool! (Didn’t Koontz already write a book off that idea?) #ufchat
9:51 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Must ask if clones are adult, what about sense memory of ’empty’ bodies – what would be lacking from grown from kid human? #UFchat
9:52 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Depends on type of cloning. Clone in vat from infancy? Everything. Clone in nursery? Very little, but not YOURS. #ufchat
9:53 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh ESPECIALLY the heart – artistic talent transfer, partner preference & more Medical article read. Can’t remember where… #UFchat
9:53 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy I’m assuming clone had to start as kid. Know of no scientific way to do otherwise. #ufchat
9:53 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh In AFTERLIFE the clone/download bodies are all full grown as children can’t ‘download’/be downloaded to. #UFchat
9:54 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Another question, maybe better: What would the clone have sense memory for, that the original wouldn’t? #ufchat
9:54 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Little vague on the cloning process myself – imagine tanks & vats – like the movies & X-Files. #UFchat
9:55 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Yes that too! (clone’s sense memory ADDITION to normal humans) #UFchat
9:55 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Ooh. Must look that up! Think we’ll ever do heart transplants just to get better art skills? #ufchat
9:55 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh That gets very black market super quick… *shudder* #UFchat
9:56 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy And if the clones incur some kind of trauma? An abusive nurse, maybe? #ufchat
9:56 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Makes for a great story, though, doesn’t it? #ufchat
9:56 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Fair enough. #ufchat
9:57 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Yes – would be interesting if figured out how to track sense memory!! (eek – supernatural ability alert!) #UFchat
9:57 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy As far as I understand it, human clones would be like sheep clones. Cell culture ?> test tube baby ?> child? #ufchat
9:58 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Or… now that they can just grow various body parts you could put them together… *shudders again* #UFchat
9:58 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy I think vat-clone thing can be seen as womb metaphor. Maybe even intended as such: pump nutrients in, grow clone faster. #ufchat
9:59 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Sorry for horrifying you so late at night. 😦 #ufchat
9:59 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh You kidding? I live in this universe! LOL #UFchat What do you think I think about all day/night? LOL
10:00 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Besides it’s early yet – sun-up a long way away… 😉 #UFchat
10:07 am AnassaRh: A10: Can see life-after-death heightening life (death sux) or lowering (life not the end). #ufchat
10:08 am AnassaRh: A10: Real question is, if you become a vampire, /can/ you take it all with you? What are the legalities behind resurrection? #ufchat
6:03 pm hannahnpbowman: @inkgypsy @AnassaRh Jumping in late, but in Vorkosigan saga, clones are raised as children, then have brain transplants. #ufchat
6:04 pm hannahnpbowman: @inkgypsy @AnassaRh Old personality is destroyed, replaced by new one (of brain). Basically murder. #ufchat
6:24 pm AnassaRh: @hannahnpbowman @inkgypsy Almost forgot about the Vorkosigan saga because we were talking UF! #ufchat
6:24 pm AnassaRh: @hannahnpbowman @inkgypsy But those clones were the inspiration for my “raised as kids” comment. Feel terrible for them. Ugh. #ufchat
7:10 pm hannahnpbowman: @AnassaRh @inkgypsy I’ve still got Vorkosigans on the brain… (pun unintentional) #ufchat
8:21 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy I’ve thought of using #UFchat as a resource for writing at Indie Urban Fantasy. 😉
8:24 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy Real cloning isn’t too mysterious: An egg/ovum is implanted w cloned DNA, allowed to grow. No vats, just a normal baby. #UFchat
9:24 pm AnassaRh: On my blog: Trying Something New – #UFChat Recap http://bit.ly/fPaFVv
11:23 am inkgypsy: @lunalindsey Please DO use #UFchat as a resource! one of the reasons I created it is so writers could use it. 🙂 We all want more good UF.
6:34 pm AnassaRh: RT from yesterday: Trying Something New – #UFChat Recap http://bit.ly/fPaFVv (on death in urban fantasy)
8:14 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy I would participate more in #ufchat if you used something like IRC or a web-based IRC. Twitter chat is too hard to follow.
8:15 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy As for skimming transcripts for blog ideas, ok! Will do. Will also try to credit and link when appropriate. 🙂 #UFchat
8:35 pm LunaLindsey: #UFChat recap and musings on death in Urban Fantasy at Specnology blog: http://bit.ly/hTlUSx
December 15, 2010
12:09 am jimnduncan: #ufchat death in uf to me is more interesting looking at the other side, ie what possibilities lie beyond the living world.
December 16, 2010
8:14 am AnassaRh: Excellent post by @nkjemisin on breaking female stereotypes, women warriors, and gender policing. A must read. http://bit.ly/f2eOr9 #ufchat
8:22 am jolantru: RT @AnassaRh: Excellent post by @nkjemisin on breaking female stereotypes, women warriors, and gender policing. A must read. http://bit.ly/f2eOr9 #ufchat
December 17, 2010
2:10 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Oh, was that from the #UFchat? I think I forgot to use the hashtag.
1:46 pm shevdon: Writing three-dimensional characters for UF and other genres – How? New article at http://shevdon.com/ #ufchat #writing #writechat
2:06 pm sfbook: RT @shevdon: Writing three-dimensional characters for UF and other genres – How? New article at http://shevdon.com/ #ufchat #writing #writechat

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END OF TRANSCRIPT FOR DECEMBER 11th, 2010

Next week (December 18th) is a Winter Solstice/Christmas/holiday themed #ufchat along with LOTS OF GIFTS FOR YOU! (It’s also our last chat for the year before we take a break during the public holidays.)

See you next week and bring your google-fu – gifts will be found via ‘google scavenger hunts’ – so bring boots, googles and any other kickin’ equipment to give you the edge you need… books up for grabs – all UF! (& most with a little seasonal ‘kick’ to boot 😉 – will be tweeted before the event!

Stay tuned to @UF_Chat on Twitter for countdowns, updates, pre-chat primers (especially important for your google-fu-ing by the way) and a glimpse at the prize bag before you go hunting.

Gypsy (@inkgypsy)

Please note: I plan to pull out these questions & answers for a separate post but (as you might have deduced from this late posting of the transcript) life has gotten crazy-busy beyond the normal Christmas-season stuff so I’m not sure when I’ll get to it… In the meantime, hopefully the color coding will make for easier reading/tracking of the Q&A. 🙂

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