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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-01-11 02:58
Subject: [personal] Miscellaneous updatery
Security: Public
Location:Omaha Eppley Field, Gate A7
Mood:thoughtful and tired
Music:airport moosick
Tags:green, madness, mainspring, personal, travel
In the Omaha airport. I am drastically short on sleep, even more so than usual for a flying-home-from-Omaha Friday. Plus I'm not flying home, I'm flying to Seattle for Rustycon 25. lasirenadolce will meet me at the airport, then I will see frankwu, kenscholes and a cast of hundreds. I will probably be sleeping on my feet at that point, unless I get some serious nap in on the plane. Which in turn means less word count on Green.

On the other hand, it's going to be pretty hard to top this week for being made of sheer win. There's the Tor deal for Green, me being promoted at the day job, and Mainspring Powell's | Amazon | Audible ] hitting the Nebula long ballot, all in the same freaking week.

I've mentioned before that the External Validation Fairy sometimes shows up with a 2x4. This week, I think he turned out with a cattle prod and felonious intent. Hey, universe? I hear you. And thanks.

In other news, I'm looking ahead. I plan to be done with Green's initial draft within the next week or ten days. Exactly when depends on whether or not I can get any binge writing in. Then it will go in the drawer for a couple of months while the New Model Process steeps in my backbrain. I'll probably pop it out to a couple of alpha readers in the mean time, just for a baseline reality check.

After that I need to take a bit of time off (measured in days, not weeks) to blow out the cobwebs in my brain, then do revisions on "America Such as She Is", which is overdue to the editor. A few other short story tasks as well. Then a bit more time off (also measured in days, not weeks), before I tackle editorial change requests on Madness of Flowers. All that should take me somewhere into the month of March. Then I shall determine what to do next.

For now, back to work. Or sleep. Or both. See some, all or none of you on the other side.

(And a hat tip to ellameena for reminding me of one of my favorite subject lines.)
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User: mondyboy
Date: 2008-01-11 11:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I just put the paperback of Mainspring on order at my local SF bookshop here in Melbourne, Oz. I'm looking forward to it.
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Chris McKitterick: Spotted in a New Orleans alley.
User: mckitterick
Date: 2008-01-11 11:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Spotted in a New Orleans alley.
That's all fantastic news (except for the lack of sleep, natch)! Awesomeness!

I was reading in WIRED about an alternative sleep process that I'm considering testing for myself: Sleep just 20 minutes every four hours. Apparently it takes the body a bit to adjust, but eventually the brain adapts and begins hitting REM sleep much sooner. Those 20-minute sleeps are essential, meaning one needs a couch or similar device at work for those two naps, but how cool would it be to have an extra six or seven hours per day to be productive?

Enjoy Rustycon.
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Sherwood Smith
User: sartorias
Date: 2008-01-11 13:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Surfacing briefly to say, congrats! Well deserved all round. And to thank you for the Bush coins link--I needed that.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2008-01-11 14:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You already got a boatload of congratulations from M. and me in person, but here's one more in writing.

editorial change requests on Madness of Flowers

Good to see that name pop up again. Wasn't it originally due out last year? Perhaps you could share some Behind-the-Scenes Stuff with us?
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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2008-01-11 19:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On the other hand, it's going to be pretty hard to top this week for being made of sheer win. There's the Tor deal for Green, me being promoted at the day job, and Mainspring [ Powell's | Amazon | Audible ] hitting the Nebula long ballot, all in the same freaking week.

Conga-rat-ulations :)
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Twilight: Imperious
User: twilight2000
Date: 2008-01-11 19:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
DAMN! Now *that's* a week I want to be able to claim sometime in the future.

You give us beginners something to shoot for ;>
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jeffsoesbe: bender applause sign
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2008-01-11 21:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bender applause sign
The new year has started out with some excellent awesome for you, dude. Congratulations!!! I hope the excellence continues.

- yeff
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User: neutronjockey
Date: 2008-01-11 23:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay Lake was Kung-fu writing...
...that cat was fast as lightening...
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User: kmckiernan
Date: 2008-01-13 04:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
IMHO this couldn't happen to a nicer, more dedicated-to-his-craft guy. You've worked really hard to get here and this happy convergence of acknowledgements is well-deserved. Congratulations on everything and happy Rustycon.
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