Michaeline: Virtual Fun, Australian RRA style!


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Calling out, around the world! Romance readers, here’s a special bulletin for you! (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Just a quick update on Elizabeth’s post on July 22, 2020. The Australian Romance Readers Association’s virtual weekend has begun! Their A Romantic Rendezvous: Locked Down began releasing interviews on YouTube this morning, and by the time people in Europe and North America wake up, there should be almost a day’s worth of fun stuff up!

I spent a half hour watching the Jennifer Crusie interview; it was my first time to see her in live action! She’s just as I imagined she would be: articulate and full of good humor.

I’m tempted to spoil it and tell you what was in the interview! She talks about using collage to create characters, and why she doesn’t like to base a character on a real person. She tells us what books she’d recommend to someone new to her catalog. She adds her theory of humor. She tells us her best reader feedback, and then the conversation winds up with book talk, of authors living and dead that she likes.

I’m making the comments a spoiler zone; if you haven’t seen the interview, you might want to bookmark this to read the comments later. Please feel free to discuss and fan-squee! I’ll be checking back through the weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday for me).

There are a few other ARRLD events that I’ve got marked on my calendar for this weekend, but the wonderful thing is that it’s all on YouTube, so you can enjoy them any time, on your own schedule. (I’m just lucky that Australia is only one hour different for me – LOL, first time I’ve ever been first on a video.)

4 thoughts on “Michaeline: Virtual Fun, Australian RRA style!

  1. Your post is so timely, Michaeline. I just finished watching the first few videos from the event, including the Jenny Crusie interview. It was fun to “see” her and hear the interview. It’s late here, so I will pause my video watching until morning, but I have enjoyed it so far. It is a great way to connect readers and writers, even though we are scattered all over the world.

    • After your post, I stuck it in my calendar . . . in fact, that’s what woke me up this morning. The reminder that at 8 a.m. (9 their time), Jenny’s interview was going to go live.

      You guys have all met her in person, haven’t you? I think I remember something about meeting up at an RWA, but I could be imagining it.

      What she said about basing characters on real people was so interesting to me — that she feels very restricted when she does that, but she has no problems making a composite of the feelings she gets from four or five pictures (not necessarily of the same person, even) to create a character.

      (-: I’m gonna say, if a person can work that way, it’s the safest way to do it. I can only imagine the complaints I’d get if I started basing characters on real people in my life. I will admit to borrowing bits and pieces, but only to the readers of this blog.

  2. Thanks for refreshing our memory about this, Michaeline! I love all things Jenny, so I watched the first 10-15 minutes of her interview, but I felt like I knew a lot of what she was talking about, so I skipped on over to the session she did with Anne Stuart about collaboration, which I thought was tremendous. They collaborated on two books and they talked about their process. I’m not sure if the interviewer was better, or if they spoke on a topic I was unfamiliar with, but the interview seemed a lot livelier and more informative. I really enjoyed it. Here’s the link:

    • Thanks for the link! That was a good one, too! There’s at least one more Jenny — being a fangirl this time! She fangirls really really well on her blog, so I’m looking forward to it as soon as I make a pot of tea.

      Amy Andrews (the second interviewer) dropped some hints that she knew both ladies personally — picking them up at the airport! It was a nice rapport. The collaboration stuff was fascinating — I really liked the fact that they bucked Amy’s perception of the collab. There were no ground rules except each person got a character, and got to decide what that character did.

      I’ve read at least one book that grew out of a letter exchange (Sorcery and Cecelia: Or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot, Wrede & Stevermer), and that seemed like a great way to collaborate. Each person defined their character through the letter, and introduced complications where the other person just had to say, “Yes, and . . . .” What a great writer game, and when it results in fun and a finished story for readers, that’s grand!

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