To wrap up these Twelve Days of Greenwood, I thought it would be fun to ask Ed a bunch of rapid-fire questions ala Inside the Actor’s Studio. Here are my questions and his responses:
What is your favorite word?
I haven’t got a favorite word, but I like to slip certain words into most of my novels, just for fun. As well as resurrecting odd or archaic words (not current “jargon,” but words that were once more popular than they are now, like “thus” and “whom” as well as far more exotic words). I love the sounds of language, words that “sound cool.” Stroll through a good thick physical dictionary (Oxford, for choice) for a few pages, to see what words turn up that appeal. I do it all the time.
What is your least favorite word?
Again, I haven’t got one, though I’m close to deeming it to be “basically,” considering all the idiots I hear who use it instead of—or even as well as!—“um.”
What is the best sound in the world?
My wife rolling over and saying happily, “Good morning, lovey.”
What is the worst sound?
Someone sobbing in grief, whom you know you can’t comfort.
If you could change one fact of life, what would it be?
That money, or lack of enough of it, governs so many life choices.
If you had an afternoon to spend with Elminster in the real world, what would the two of you do?
Knowing Elminster, he’d want to spend time browsing my books, eating various ice creams, and sampling all sorts of drinks (mundane, not just alcoholic). Oh, and he’d probably want to see some “handsome lasses,” too.
What does Elminster think of Ed Greenwood?
That Ed Greenwood is a wimp and a gossip, but an essentially nice fellow, who is, as they say, “mostly harmless.” And who’d not last ten breaths in the Realms, without good strong guardianship. He’d probably comment, if asked his opinion of me by me, something along the lines of, “Well, at least ye can read.”
Which of your many accomplishments makes you proudest and why?
My proudest accomplishment is making so many friends because the Realms, or my other writings, gave them pleasure. Plain and simple, that’s it. Putting joy into someone else’s life is the biggest achievement I can think of, and the one I get the most charge out of. It’s not about my greatest book, because I don’t think I’ve done any great books (yet, my pride adds in a tiny voice), or about my favorite, because I don’t have one. Really. It’s about the joy, the diversion, the fun, of touching other minds.February 12th, 2010
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