“And he probably had saved the world a few times, but it had generally happened accidentally, while he was trying to do something else. So you almost certainly didn’t actually get any karmic points for that. It probably only counted if you started out by thinking in a loud way, ‘By criminy, it’s jolly well time to save the world, and no two ways about it!’ instead of ‘Oh, shit, this time I’m really going to die.’” — Terry Pratchett, “Interesting Times”
More Q&A coming, but jperceval asked about the meaning of bao bei, which is an endearment that Dean uses quite often when speaking to Miri in The Red Heart of Jade.
Bao bei, which looks like (graphic taken from zhongwen.com), means “treasure” or “darling” or “precious.” Basically, a term of affection. I always like how it rolls off the tongue.
To write—or not write—for the market, courtesy of Bob.
The mingling of horror and romance: Both horror and romance genres miss the obvious. If a reader, like myself, is assured by virtue of genre convention that the main characters in love will survive to The End, then the author or screenwriter or filmmaker can pretty much DO ANYTHING to those two characters. There is virtually no limit to what I will endure on their behalf, if I know that before the last page they�ll be HEA and not DOA. This simple revelation opens up a synergy of genre to create an entertainment experience with maximum impact on every level.