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Dec 12, 2008; Pickles Asks:

Do you know of a pill-form opiate which would go well with a cold beer after a long drive?

Stacey answers:

Pickles, Pickles, where are you going on your long drive? To Recreational Drug-use Land? Please use caution. I think any extra pill from your latest dental procedure or uncomfortable medical intervention would do nicely.

Dec 09, 2008; frenzy fred Asks:

Contemplating a purchase of your book (My Date with Satan) I was bemused to discover that there are many copies available for 1 cent on Amazon. More surprising is the fact that there are copies for free that qualify for free shipping. Aside from the butter and egg money earned on the seedy streets of Downtown Tucson what is it you do for a living? This writing gig can't be paying the bills...

Stacey answers:

Well Fred, those are used books. I'm sure you're at least dimly aware that writers, rock stars, movie companies, and even the Disney corporation don't make any royalties from used books/CD's/DVD's/mice. I don't know if you're asking about the value of art or the economics of publishing or just trying to annoy me by telling me that a book I wrote is valued at a penny (well done!). Here's another shocking fact I recently learned: many books are available at the library for free.

Dec 05, 2008; Maude Asks:

Hey Stacey, I'm wondering who your editor was for My Date with Satan. Thank you!

Stacey answers:

My editor was Nan Graham.

Dec 05, 2008; unome Asks:

Are you really married or is that a way to cool the frenzy?

Stacey answers:

I'm not married. I am unmarried. Let the frenzy begin.

Dec 05, 2008; unome Asks:

Are you really into Scientology or is that just a way to stoke the frenzy?

Stacey answers:

I've found it very hard not to like Scientology since I discovered that they believe we all have wicked little aliens stuck all over our bodies. (They mean it! But it's a metaphor! But it's not! Because they mean it! But ha ha ha it's a metaphor anyway!) So I'm more of a fan of Scientology than an actual Scientologist. Also, I have this weird Tom Cruise thing (he appears in my dreams) but I think I'm getting over it.

Dec 02, 2008; Nano-rhyming Asks:

What did your novel-in-a-month end up being about?

Stacey answers:

It's sort of about aliens and robots and Mormons and plagues and drugs, in no particular order. How about yours?

Nov 17, 2008; Verbose Asks:

Please list your top 20 favorite verbs!

Stacey answers:

In the two weeks since you asked, Verbose, I've only been able to come up with one: procrastinate.

Nov 01, 2008; Wonderer Asks:

So it's November 1. Are you going to do Nanowrimo? Should I do it? I'm afraid.

Stacey answers:

Yeah I guess. I'm going to try anyway. Nanowrimo is when you write a novel in a month and that month is November--see their website. It's a short novel and it's allowed to suck. It's sort of like a writing exercise. I'm actually having trouble just typing this answer right now so I am not sure I can write a whole novel but I will try. If anyone else is doing it, my writing name (and my porn star name) is Bunny Meadowbrook and you can list me as one of your writing buddies.

Yes you should do it. I am afraid too. Failure is an option.

Oh yeah, also, my novel is supposed to be about the history of the entire world and probably will have aliens in it. You are welcome to use/steal this brilliant idea also.

Oct 28, 2008; Candice Asks:

Gday I have to write an essay for uni and im talking about the necessity of memory and why memory even in fictional literature is important. for example, I live in Australia and we have recently studied fictional works from 2 Aussie writers about real issues. For example there is 'Sorry' by Gail Jones and 'The Marsh Birds' by Eva Sallis. Sorry is a fictional story but it is about Indigenous Australians and The Marsh Birds is a fictional story about migrants. i understand that both these texts make the reader think about the past but i question how important they are because technically we're not REMEMBERING anything because they are indeed fiction. So my question to you, as weird and complex as it seems is why is fictional literature important in regards to the memory of the nation? this isnt my essay question but i think if i understand someone elses point of view on this it may help me to atleast have an idea of what im talking about. Im sorry if this is boring or complicated for you. cheers Candice

Stacey answers:

Hi Candice. Though I'm not sure I totally understand your question, I'll give it a shot. Fiction is important in regards to the memory of the nation because our brains process events as narratives and stories give drama and shape and texture to what might otherwise be dry or abstract facts. This kind of fiction isn't my favorite kind of fiction because sometimes it feels like it's trying to teach me a lesson. But when it's done well, it can be truly great, and the story that comes to mind for me in this vein is Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried."

Oct 27, 2008; natalie Asks:

when will i have sex with ollie

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