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  • On Quora yesterday, I caught the attention of 40k teens from India, but I don't know how to hold it. They are extremely interested in what 'foreigners' think about India's education system. If I were smarter and more ruthless, I would find a way to convince them that my books answer their questions. I'm feeling rather stupid, though. Thinking about this makes me tired.
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Quickest, easiest. Could you edit your answer credentials, and in the credential write 'Author of....) and a book title. Then edit the answer, reference the book somewhere in your answer.
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    Question: I've heard tales of a woman who wrote about a world in which mice were the smartest creatures on the planet and it had several other themes which Douglas Adams used in his famous book. I can't find her name via google. Do any of you know it?
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    Peter Macey's Stationary Orbit had superintelligent alien dolphins 3 years before Hitchhiker's Guide, but that isn't the one I'm thinking of. There was a book featuring mice.
    The earliest science fiction novel was not written by Voltaire, Margaret Cavendish, or even Johannes Kepler (1600 AD). It was written in 200 AD by someone named Lucian. It features robots, space travel, alien lifeforms, and interplanetary warfare. It was written as a satire of supposedly historical writings. A True Story - Wikipedia
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Would the medics have it, that cholera was carried in water, and not as a miasma? No they would not. WOULD NOT re-examine that idea. Idee fixe. The enduring problem with establishments. God bless Dr John Snow. He had to prove it with private means, but they gave him a terrible time.
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    I remember that movie about the scientist (Dr Snow?) who took his wife into a cholera-infested village. I didn't finish it, but the beginning was good.
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Ah? I don't know that film, but Dr Snow never married, and died alone on his sofa, quite young, poor lamb.
    A good day. Someone translated some of my Quora answers into Spanish and 3 agents liked my pitches on Twitter. A hilarious day: My daughter painted a mural on her wall. Sweat Dreams? English is her second language. A bad day: She didn't put the lid back on the paint properly and when I picked up the bucket, I dropped it. A typical day: pizza
    My mind has been hijacked by Netflix and I now have two imaginary boyfriends duking it out: the murderous stalker from ‘You’ and the jealous pageant coach from ‘Insatiable’. I actually prefer the stalker in theory, but in practice, since I don’t have a death wish, the pageant coach’s inaccessibility makes him much more my style. I’m drawn to deep weakness. How fiction is born: thesis, antithesis, synthesis.
    I've set aside fiction to work on my non-fiction, turning my brain off and ordering the 400 pages I've written over the past year and a half. All I have to do is sort it, stitch it, decorate it, and weave in a running theme to give it structure. I'm 200 pages in and still have faith that this will be readable! Ha. Did I mention that many of the 400 pages sound maniacal? Meh. I can always tone it down. This will work.
    We've just adopted a little tomcat, 12 weeks old, and our dog is spending every waking moment staring at this creature with such intensity that my head is threatening to explode. I'm absorbing our dog's anxiety and the kids have gone similarly nuts. They've even started waking up early to do their chores, just so that they can spend an extra five minutes staring at the kitten. This situation is not fostering writing.
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    Pet births and deaths are always dramatic. I'm sorry about your kitty, Emily. I will definitely try to find a camera tomorrow. I am actually quite bad at taking photos!
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    While investigating the camera situation, I discovered that my kids had downloaded an app which posted their pictures and videos to 400 "followers" that they had quickly accumulated. Damn internet. Now I'm trying to figure out how to erase the account, but they want more personal information to erase everything!! I had planned to email myself a photo from the camera, but now I'm stuck worrying about that app!
    Rainbird
    Rainbird
    All the "eeek"s, Kirsten... Terrifying.
    Hi Kristen,
    I have some free time this weekend if you want me to take a look at some of your work.
    Just PM ME and apologies I haven't been on here properly for some time.
    Kindest Regards,
    Alix :)
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    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    Thanks Alix, there is a bit posted in the forum, but it is all rather incomplete.
    Nice to see your face pop up in my Quora Feed, answering the question 'What is a good, entertaining novel to read? Good luck with your book.
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