Ask @RonanWills:

If you feel comfortable talking about it, what is your health problem? Did something hit you in the back or in the head? Was it a car accident? At least that's what I gather from the symptoms you mention in your blog.

Yep, it was a (minor) car crash. I wasn't injured at the time but it caused a fun array of neurological symptoms in the aftermath.

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Maybe you'd like to write something about the new winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature? I mean, besides that blog entry about his latest novel.

I would, but to be honest my interest in Ishiguro pretty much stops and starts with Never Let Me Go, which is one of my favourite books of all time.
I mean, I could certainly write about Never Let Me Go and its film adaptation. I might in fact do that, when I get around to revisiting it some time.
Meanwhile, if you haven't read Never Let Me Go you should read Never Let Me Go. The movie's good too.

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Do you think that practice makes perfect? I mean, if that were true, Sanderson would be a writing genius, with all those book-bricks he produces. It's obvious some people need more than practice.

I can't speak to this personally, but I've heard that the process of building some creative skills changes dramatically once you go professional. When you're just writing for your own enjoyment, you can take as long as you need; when you're doing it for money, deadlines and other restrictions come into play.
Sanderson is ridiculously prolific and writes huge books. I would not be surprised if that lends itself to a creative process that emphasizes getting the books out the door first and improving The Craft second.
More widely, I think there are a lot of authors who arguably get worse as their careers progress. Continual practice might improve their theoretical skill ceiling (as far as it's possible to determine that for something as subjective as creative writing) but a million different factors--including personal ones that you or I might have no knowledge of--can affect the quality of their actual output.

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Favorite Bowie songs?

The one with the astronaut is pretty good, and also the only David Bowie song I've ever listened to.

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WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE Z-FIGHTER?

I DON'T KNOW TRUNKS I GUESS?

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What do you think of dah greatest anime evah Cowboy Bebop? Do you love it? Does it love you back?

Cowboy Bebop and I can never truly love each other, as it is not, in fact, the greatest anime ever.
Yeah, it's good. I just never quite liked it as much as a lot of western anime fans seem to. At the time it started airing on Cartoon Network, my tastes in anime were starting to crystallize and mature as I left series like DBZ and Pokemon behind, and they settled in a very different direction to Cowboy Bebop's general style and tone (a style that has not aged particularly well, although it's not nearly as embarrassing to look at now as something like Trigun).
This is kind of par for the course for me--I got into anime with a lot of the same "gateway drugs" as western fans my age, but most of the older-skewing series that people moved onto afterwards left me pretty cold, and I ended up going for less popular stuff (with the exception of Evangelion).

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How did you manage to spend time with this blog whole doing a college course? When I was in college me and pretty much everyone in class didn't have much free time.

Most of my prolific blogging was done during a part-time course, and the Kvothe posts happened while I was doing a lab project full-time and therefore didn't have assignments and things to work on.
If you noticed my blog output dipping during 2015/16, that's because I was in a master's program.

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I know you shat on the Amazing Atheist a while back and it got me wondering, do you plan to jump your content to video format and tear apart the arguments of "intellectuals" like him?

I've considered various kinds of Video Content ("media criticism and also arguing with assholes online" seems to be becoming a popular genre, oddly), but health problems preclude me from working on anything at the moment. Maybe when I'm better.

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Have you ever encountered people who say they read those Literature Classics when they were kids and understood them perfectly? I think they're just show-offs. Many of those books have very adult dilemmas--at that age I wouldn't have related to what Jane Eyre or Gatsby were feeling.

I think in cases like this, people usually understand the books through a child's perspective and then later, when they read them as adults, superimpose their adult perspective onto their younger self without realizing it.
At least, that's what's happened to me a lot of times.

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I've seen Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I swear it looks like the director has read your commentary --or, at least, a commentary similar to yours--, because the sequel really looks like how you wanted the first movie to be, for the most part. I suggest watching it cautiously.

I forgot until I read this question that I actually wrote something about the first Guardians of the Galaxy.
Maybe I'll go see it? I've been super bored and unimpressed with the last few Marvel movies I watched, and going to the cinema is kind of an ordeal at the moment due to health issues.

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I think you said sometimes that you had a prolonged college education. Was it because you started a course and didn't finish it? I ask that because it happened to me and I'm looking for advice as to choose a right course so that I don't abandon it again. (If you feel comfortable talking about it)

I did drop out of the very first course I started after a few months, but later stuck with my undergrad even though I knew about halfway through that it wasn't what I was going to be working in.
I'm glad I dropped out the first time because I would have been miserable, and I'm glad I stuck out the undergrad because just having the bachelor's degree opened doors I wouldn't have gotten into otherwise.
My advice: if you find something that's at least tolerable, see it through to the end because having that degree really makes a difference, but don't stay somewhere that's draining your soul if leaving for greener pastures is feasible.

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"13 Reasons Why" seems to be the new YA craze. Interested in commenting it?

I didn't know this was a book until I read this question.
It seems mildly more interesting than the last few YA crazes.

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What do you think about Emma Watson as an actress and feminist icon?

No real opinion on either. I haven't seen much of her non-Harry Potter movies, haven't paid much attention to her activism.
It probably gets at least some people to suspend whatever anti-feminist biases they've built up, which I guess is something to be applauded.

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How would you do it if you were writing a fantasy book and it had to be gory and grimdark?

I recommend reading NK Jemisin's The Fifth Season to answer this question (and also because it's totally boss).

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In your let's read of the Kvothe books you mentioned several times how the dialogue is paired with an action. But Rothfuss also makes another classic amateur mistake, that is adverbs in dialogue tags (i.e. quickly asked). What is your stand on adverbs being used that way?

I actually don't have a problem with this, as long as it's used in moderation and to convey elements of speech that can't easily be shown in the dialogue itself. So "asked quickly" is actually fine because I might not be able to tell the character was speaking quickly just from their dialogue, whereas "asked skeptically" isn't, because I should be able to realize that the character is being skeptical without being told.

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Should I take it from your lack of posts of the Wheel of Time that you don't like it as much as when you were a teenager? Personally, my problem with the Eye of the World is that is kind of repetitive: dream with the bad guy, run, dream with the bad guy, run, and so on.

Yeah, it appeals to me far less now. In hindsight, most of the problems that would go on to define the series are evident right from the start.

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Have you played Night in the Woods yet? If so, consider this a glowing recommendation. Seriously, it's great.

I'll probably get to it once I finish with breath of the wild (so in like a month).

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Oh, sorry. I asked your dog is pretty and what his name is. Sorry, but my English is not still very good. I only speak German.

Her name is Eve! She's very cute :3

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Warum hast du nicht meine Frage geantwortet? :(

I don't speak German :v

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Okay, since this is apparently a gripping dilemma on the internet, how do you like your steak?

Well done. Meat must never show a hint of pink colouration. Rare steaks are an abomination.

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Is your cat friendly with your dog? Do they cuddle? :3

...sort of? When they're both in the exact right mood? Kind of?

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I'm a writer, and I'm wondering if it's a good idea to show off your writing talents. I was strongly opposed to the idea, because I thought it would make me look like a pretentious dick. But I think I shut myself too much--even my friends don't know that I write. Have I gone too far?

I think it depends on why you're doing it and who you show it to. There's a difference between talking about your hobby with close friends and family and shoving your manuscript onto casual acquaintances.

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Do you think Moonlight won because the Academy actually gives a fuck about representation of gay people in movies? It probably was because in the past the Academy was faced with controversy for lack of diversity and they wanted to fix it someway, not out of some desire to improve the world.

I mean the best scenario is that they gave it the award because they legit thought it was the best movie, politics aside.
If there was some ulterior motive behind the voting, I'd wager it had more to do with La La Land being the alternative. There's probably at least a few academy voters who looked at the criticism they've gotten for being out of touch and how people reacted when they gave the award to The Artist, and realized that a best picture win for a throwback to 40s technicolour musicals would torpedo whatever cultural credibility they had left.
(A more depressing possibility is that at least some of them are hoping this will make all the #OscarsSoWhite controversy go away so they can go back to rewarding mainstream mediocrity and movies that tell them how great they are)

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What do you think about the whole "I'm not feminist, I'm equalist" argument? I think it's kind of petty and pointless to argue semantics. When you say you're a feminist, people already know what you mean.

There are probably some people who think they're making an actual point, just like there are people who think "all lives matter" is anything other than an anti-BLM motto, but 90% of the time it comes off as nothing but a bad diversionary tactic.

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I saw a video on the internet that said: "if anyone tells you're not talented, don't listen to that person. Your opinion is the only important one. Rowling was rejected at first and look where she is now". I think it's a bad approach because you will not learn as a creator. What do you think?

It's bad for several reasons.
1. "Talent" as people imagine it isn't a thing. People don't have an art gene that they're either born with or without. Your skill at any given whatever is a combination of factors, some of which are outside your control but most of which aren't.
2. "Your opinion is the only one that matters" is sort of true, but only in the specific context that ultimately you have to be the one to parse the reaction and feedback your work elicits and decide what to make of it. It doesn't mean you should ignore what everyone else says and bravely forge ahead, heedless of all warnings and advice. You'll probably fall off a cliff or write Save The Pearls or something.
3. Financial success and actually being good at what you do aren't the same thing at all.

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